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Life Is Art for Loyola Kidney Transplant Patient

A kidney transplantation means much more than good health to Jason E. Jones. The 53 year-old Hyde Park artist and Loyola Medicine patient draws daily creative inspiration from his chronic health experience. "My new kidney changed not only my life but my life's work," said Mr. Jones, who has been an artist for two decades. "My whole health journey became part of my artistic process and my daily experiences with medication and dialysis were incorporated into my artwork."

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New Findings Challenge Current View on Origins of Parkinson's Disease

The neurodegeneration that occurs in Parkinson's disease is a result of stress on the endoplasmic reticulum in the cell rather than failure of the mitochondria as previously thought, according to a study in fruit flies. It was found that the death of neurons associated with the disease was prevented when chemicals that block the effects of endoplasmic reticulum stress were used.

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Collaborative Student Project at Wichita State Helps Local Children with Disabilities

A standard engineering project took on a deeper meaning when Wichita State engineering and physical therapy students watched 3-year-old Jocelyn McNeese drive around in a toy car they modified for her special needs.

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Novel Controller Allows Video Gamer Who Lacks Hands to Compete with His Feet

Engineering graduate students, one of whom lost his hands to meningitis, design and build a foot-activated video game controller.

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Learning About the Future From the Distant Past

Our universe came to life nearly 14 billion years ago in the Big Bang — a tremendously energetic fireball from which the cosmos has been expanding ever since. Today, space is filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies, including our solar system's own galactic home, the Milky Way. But how exactly did the infant universe develop into its current state, and what does it tell us about our future?

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“Digital Neurotherapeutic” in Development at the UC Davis MIND Institute

A UC Davis researcher has created a video game for children who experience cognitive impairments from genetic disorders with the hope that that it will improve their ability to mentally process information about space and time.

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Contagious Cancers Are Spreading Among Several Species of Shellfish, Study Finds

New research suggests that direct transmission of cancer among marine animals may be much more common than once thought.

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State Judges Are Not Representative of the People They Serve

State courts handle more than 90 percent of trials and judicial business issues that impact Americans the most—safety, health, finances and family. In the last decade alone roughly a billion cases have gone through the state judicial system. A first-of-its-kind database of more than 10,000 current state judges shows when it comes to race, gender and ethnicity, these courts are not representative of the people they serve.

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Vitiligo Has Given Me a Purpose

When the first sign of vitiligo appeared on her chin in 2013, then spread to the left side of her face, Kimberly Boyd had the same reaction as many patients. But it’s what happened next that may surprise you. Even inspire you.

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How a Woman with Amnesia Defies Conventional Wisdom About Memory

She no longer recognizes a Van Gogh, but can tell you how to prepare a watercolor palette. The sharp contrasts in an amnesia patient’s memory profile suggest conventional wisdom about how the brain stores knowledge is incorrect.

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Get a clue: Biochemist studies fruit fly to understand Parkinson's disease, muscle wasting

By studying the fruit fly, Kansas State University researchers have found a connection between a gene called clueless and genes that cause Parkinson's disease.

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Treatment of Humans and Pigs May Reduce Endemic Tapeworm Infection

The transmission of Taenia solium, a pork tapeworm species that infects humans and causes late-onset seizures and epilepsy, can be stopped on a population-wide level with mass treatments of both pigs and humans, researchers have shown.

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How to Get the Most from Millennial and Generation Z Employees

Millennials, those who were born in the 1980’s and 1990’s—have emerged as the largest age cohort in today’s U.S. workforce, bringing digital savvy and an ‘always-on’ mentality to most jobs. Yet, millennials and Generation Z, who were born in the late 1990’s and 2000’s, are also challenging traditional employers with their professional restlessness and increased need for feedback and mentoring.

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Nematode Containment Facility Has Ability to Inspect Soil and Plants Prior to Export

NMSU has made upgrades to its nematode containment facility, which provides producers with the certification of sites being free of nematodes. The facility is now able to successfully accommodate and inspect a large amount of plant samples at one time. Funding was also used for new equipment to improve the molecular characterization of nematodes.

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How Chameleons Capture Their Prey

Despite their nonchalant appearance, chameleons are formidable predators, capturing their prey by whipping out their tongues with incredible precision. They can even capture preys weighing up to 30% of their own weight. In collaboration with the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle de Paris, researchers from the Université de Mons (UMONS) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have studied this amazing sticky weapon.

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In What Is Believed to Be a U.S. First, UAB Physician Uses Telehealth to Replace Comprehensive Face-to-Face Visit for Home Dialysis Patient

Eric Wallace is piloting a telehealth program, which he says could open the door for Alabamians in rural communities to receive more subspecialized care without traveling long distances.

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Mayo Clinic Introduces Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

Mayo Clinic highlights the potential merits of using precision medicine in prescribing antidepressants. Details appear in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Eleven percent of Americans 12 years and older have been prescribed antidepressant medication, according to CDC data from 2005–2008.

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Mayo Clinic Study Shows Increase in Parkinson’s Disease Over 30 Years

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The incidence of Parkinson’s disease and parkinsonism increased significantly in 30 years from 1976 to 2005, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today in a study in JAMA Neurology. This trend was noted in particular for men age 70 and older. According to the researchers, this is the first study to suggest such an increasing trend.