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New Research Suggests an Existing Drug, Riluzole, May Prevent Foggy ‘Old Age’ Brain

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Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown that fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent these changes.

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Limit Imaging Scans for Headache? Neurosurgeons Raise Concerns

Recent guidelines seeking to reduce the use of neuroimaging tests for patients with headaches run the risk of missing or delaying the diagnosis of brain tumors, according to a special article in the January issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Study: An Alternative for Pain Control after Knee Replacement Surgery

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A Henry Ford Hospital study, presented recently at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons meeting in Dallas, found that injecting a newer long-acting numbing medicine called liposomal bupivacaine into the tissue surrounding the knee during surgery may provide a faster recovery and higher patient satisfaction.

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'Kiddie Caudal' Anesthesia Seems Safe—But Still More to Learn

A recent report provided anesthesiologists with reassuring data on the safety of caudal nerve block—sometimes called the "kiddie caudal"—for infants and young children undergoing surgery. But an editorial in the January issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia draws attention to some important limitations of the study and to the need for further research on the safety and efficacy of this widely used pediatric anesthesia technique.

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The Davis Museum at Wellesley College Leads a Wave of Interest in Contemporary Iranian Art with Groundbreaking Exhibition of Iranian Master Parviz Tanavoli

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The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents Parviz Tanavoli, the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the influential Iranian artist’s work to be mounted by a U.S. museum. On view February 10-June 7, the exhibition will survey the breadth and richness of the artist’s career from the 196os to the present day, marking the 50th Anniversary of Tanavoli’s famed ‘Heech’ project.

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Throwing Money at Data Breach May Make It Worse

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Information systems researchers at the U of A studied the effect of two compensation strategies used by Target after a large-scale data breach and found that customers reacted favorably to a 10-percent discount on purchases.

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Research to Prevent Blindness Awards to University of Louisville Reach Almost $4 Million

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UofL Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has won $3,959,800 over 50 years to support a variety of research in eye diseases and conditions.

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Fast-Food Consumption Linked to Lower Test Score Gains in 8th Graders

The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a new nationwide study suggests.

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