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Vanderbilt Sleep Expert Says Take a Walk in the Sun to Ease Time Change Woes

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish. Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center specialist Kelly Brown, M.D., says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway.

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Vanderbilt Experts Offer Advice for Trick-or-Treating with Food Allergies

Ghosts, skeletons, zombies and vampires will emerge this Halloween to strike fear into the hearts of trick-or-treaters, all in good fun. But for some children, one of Halloween’s most exciting traditions presents an issue that can strike true terror into the hearts of their parents—food allergies

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New Influenza Virus Affects Cattle, Pigs

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A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type D Influenza. Three years ago Ben Hause, then a doctoral student at South Dakota State University, identified and characterized the new virus. SDSU virologist Feng Li and immunologist Radhey Kaushik will develop genetic and biochemical tools to study the virus and then determine how it is transmitted and how it replicates at the molecular level through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Researchers Discover Possible Cause of Common Dementia, Opening Avenues for Treatment

Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre have potentially discovered a major cause of dementia. In this type of dementia, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals.

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MSU Expert Reveals Intimate Partner Violence Misconceptions, Solutions

Following reports of several National Football League stars allegedly hitting their partners, many U.S. media have focused even more closely on intimate partner violence during the October observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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NYC Marathon: Tips to Finish Injury-Free

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With the NYC Marathon less than a week away, now is the time for runners to start focusing on race-day safety.

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Sociologists Available to Discuss Election-Related Issues

With Election Day just around the corner, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss election-related issues, including public opinion, the politics of fear, voting blocs, and campaign finance.

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English Professor Speaks to Trends in YA Literature, Movies

Barbara Bontempo, professor of English and English education at SUNY Buffalo State, can speak to the many trends in YA literature and movies.

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When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better

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Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

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Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a definitive answer about culpability. In fact, forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. There are about 25 statisticians worldwide working in forensics science. Two of these happen to be in the mathematics and statistics department at South Dakota State University and have recently received a $780,300 grant to advance the science.

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