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U.Va.’s New $2.4M Computing Cluster to Enhance, Facilitate Big Data Research

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Its name is Rivanna, and it’s the University of Virginia’s new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, a high-performance machine – really a combination of linked high-power computers (hence, “cluster”) – designed to greatly enhance and establish computationally intensive and data-intensive research at the University.

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Newborn Screening Uncovers Hidden Genetic Disorders

How can a seemingly healthy child have a genetic disorder? Divya Vats, MD, medical director of the Newborn Screening Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and is a staff physician at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles-Santa Monica Outpatient Care Center explains how newborn screening works and why it can prevent lifelong disability—and even save a child’s life.

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Aberrant PI3K/AKT/mTOR Pathway Found in Vestibular Schwanommas May Be a Therapeutic Target

Researchers investigating gene expression in normal vestibular nerves and vestibular schwannomas (VSs) found 2 important findings: 1) there is negligible difference between VSs that sporadically occur and those commonly associated with neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a genetic disorder; and 2) the overexpressed PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway in these tumors may be an excellent therapeutic target.

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Actions on Climate Change Bring Better Health, Study Says

The number of extremely hot days in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. cities is projected to triple by mid-century, according to a new study. In presenting their synthesis, the study authors seek to encourage efforts that benefit both the health of the planet and the health of people.

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Environment Plays Bigger Role Than Genetics in the Food Allergic Disease Eosinophilic Esophagitis

CINCINNATI - Researchers have found that environment has a much stronger role than genetics in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a severe, often painful food allergy that renders children unable to eat a wide variety of foods.

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Researchers Testing Artificial Liver as Potential Therapy for Patients with Alcohol-Related Organ Failure

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Cedars-Sinai physicians and scientists are testing a novel, human cell based, bioartificial liver support system for patients with acute liver failure, often a fatal diagnosis.

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MTSU Jones College of Business Enters Exclusive Partnership with Dale Carnegie Training

The MTSU Jones College of Business has entered an exclusive partnership with Dale Carnegie Training to embed for-credit "soft skills" training into the curriculum for all business majors.

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Think the System for Paying U.S. Doctors Is Rigged to Favor Surgeons? New Study May Surprise You

A new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment between physicians who perform operations and those who don’t. Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently “rigged” to favor surgeons.

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Old Drug May Be Key to New Antibiotics

An anticonvulsant drug called lamotrigine is the first chemical inhibitor of the assembly of ribosomes in bacteria.

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Snail Shells Show High-Rise Plateau Is Much Lower Than It Used to Be

Geologists have long debated when and how the Tibetan Plateau reached a 14,000-foot-plus elevation, but new research shows it once was probably thousands of feet higher.

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