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The Lonely Shopper

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A University of Iowa researcher finds that lonely people tend to buy more stuff because their loneliness wears them out, making it harder for them to resist their urge to acquire new things. They also tend to bond with the things they buy, forming meaningful relationships with them.

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Kicking the Habit, Online

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Online social networks designed to help smokers kick the tobacco habit are effective, especially if users are active participants, according to a new study from the University of Iowa and the Truth Initiative, a nonprofit anti-tobacco organization.

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Worms Learn to Smell Danger

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University of Iowa researchers report that a roundworm can learn to put on alert a defense system important for protecting cells from damage. The finding could lead to a new approach for treating neurodegenerative diseases in humans caused by damaged cells.

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Physicists Win Grant for Potential Mission to Study Earth's and Sun's Magnetic Fields

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A team led by University of Iowa physicist Craig Kletzing has won $1.25 million from NASA to conceptualize a potential mission that would study the mysterious, powerful interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and Earth.

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Prostaglandin E1 Inhibits Leukemia Stem Cells

Two drugs, already approved for safe use in people, may be able to improve therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a blood cancer that affects myeloid cells, according to results from a University of Iowa study in mice.

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Biologists Identify Gene Involved in Kidney-Related Birth Defects

A team led by University of Iowa researchers has identified a gene linked to rare kidney-related birth defects. When working properly, a gene called GREB1L activates a cascade of signals that ultimately tells other genes what they need to do to create a kidney. Results published in the journal Genetics.

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Hospitalization Costs From Gun Injuries Exceeds $622 Million a Year

Hospitalization costs associated with gun injuries in the U.S. exceeded $622 million a year, much of it paid for by taxpayers through Medicare and Medicaid, according to a new study by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

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UIowa Researcher Studies How to Better Move Relief Supplies to Disaster Sites Like Houston.

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Space, Space And Planetary Science, Universe, Physics & Astronomy, Astronomy, Big Bang, Black Holes, Cosmology, Astrophysics

Researchers Propose How the Universe Became Filled with Light

University of Iowa researchers have a new explanation for how the universe changed from darkness to light. They propose that black holes within galaxies produce winds strong enough to fling out matter that punctures holes in galaxies, allowing light to escape.

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Oregano, Thyme May Hold the Cure for Wasting Syndrome Disease

Fresh thyme and oregano offer a savory touch to a tasty dish, but a University of Iowa researcher recently discovered natural compounds in the herbs that may offer a treatment for cachexia or “wasting syndrome” as it is more commonly known.







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