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Improved Survival for Patients with Brain Metastases Who Are ≤50 Years Old and Receive Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Alone, Without Whole Brain Radiation Therapy (WBRT)

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Cancer patients with limited brain metastases (one to four tumors) who are ≤50 years old should receive stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) without whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT), according to a study available online, open-access, and published in the March 15, 2015 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

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Babson Named One of the Area's Healthiest Employers by Boston Business Journal

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The Boston Business Journal named Babson College a finalist in its 5th annual Healthiest Employers program alongside an impressive group of Boston-area organizations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan.

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URI Researchers Invent Lab-on-Paper for Rapid, Inexpensive Medical Diagnostics

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A team of URI engineers has created a new paper-based platform for conducting a wide range of complex medical diagnostics. The key development was the invention of fluid actuated valves embedded in the paper that allow for sequential manipulation of sample fluids and multiple reagents in a controlled manner to perform complex multi-step immune-detection tests without human intervention.

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Psychology Has Important Role in Changing Cancer Landscape

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Psychology has played, and will continue to play, a critical role in cancer prevention, treatment and control, according to the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association.

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Rutgers Corporate Engagement Team Creates New Business Portal

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Rutgers is launching a new Business Portal, a website designed to serve the region’s corporate community. It offers users easy access to four key areas—research, technology licensing, professional development and recruiting—and provides two internal search functions and clear pathways to units at Rutgers such as corporate engagement and translational sciences.

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Sall4 Is Required for DNA Repair in Stem Cells

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A protein that helps embryonic stem cells retain their identity also promotes DNA repair. The findings raise the possibility that the protein, Sall4, performs a similar role in cancer cells, helping them survive chemotherapy.

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Desmoplakin’s Tail Gets the Message

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Cells control the adhesion protein desmoplakin by modifying the tail end of the protein, and this process goes awry in some patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, according to a new study.

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One Step Closer to Defeating Alzheimer's Disease

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Researchers show that toning down the activity of the receptor TREM2 may help put a stop to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.

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Promising New Strategy to Halt Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis

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Researchers have identified a novel treatment that could halt pancreatic cancer and prolong patient survival.