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University of Montana Research Unveils New Player in Lichen Symbiosis

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Dating back nearly 150 years, a classic example of symbiosis has been the lichen: a mutually helpful relationship between an alga and a fungus.

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US Suicide Rate for People with Epilepsy Exceeds Levels in General Population

esearchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population overall and estimated that the annual suicide mortality rate among those with epilepsy was 22 percent higher than in the general population. Results are online in the journal Epilepsy and Behavior.

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Lichen: Apparently Happy Couple Really a Threesome

Since the discovery of their true nature 140 years ago, lichens have been the poster children for symbiosis. In the textbook definition of a lichen, the filaments of a single fungus provide protection for photosynthetic algae or cyanobacteria, which in turn provide food for the fungus.

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Genes Find Their Partners Without Matchmakers

A new study provides more evidence that identical sections of DNA can match up with each other without the help of other molecules.

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Students Try to Overcome the 'Yuck' Factor in Bug-Eating 101

Food security is an issue of major concern along with climate change, as water supplies become scarce and the world’s population continues to grow.Combined, these factors are expected to stress the world’s agricultural capacity. But one solution may be right underfoot, so to speak.

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Babies, Toddlers Face Elevated Health Risks Related to Heat Wave

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With a heat dome roasting much of the United States this week, parents of babies and young children are facing unique weather-related challenges. Dr. Dennis Woo, a pediatrician at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, offers 10 tips to protect young children from the heat.

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What to Know About Zika Virus Transmission

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With mosquito season upon us, here are some facts about how the Zika virus is transmitted so you can take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and stay healthy during your summer travels.

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Personalized Medicine Meets Thyroid Cancer: Drug Targeting BRAF Mutation Helps Patients

Researchers from Penn Medicine and other institutions found that treating metastatic thyroid cancer patients harboring a BRAF mutation with the targeted therapy vemurafenib —originally approved for melanoma patients with the mutation—showed promising anti-tumor activity in a third of patients. The results were published in this week’s Lancet Oncology.

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UW-Madison Spinoff Keeps an Eye on Weather as It Returns to Madison

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MADISON — Understory, a company spawned by two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students in 2012, designs and deploys flocks of miniature weather stations that create an unprecedented level of detail on measures such as wind, hail and rain.

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Extensive Flooding From Hurricane Season, Sea-Level Rise, and Climate Change Expert

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Study Finds E-Cigarette Nicotine Labels Not Always Accurate

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A study by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, found that 51 percent of labels on e-cigarette liquid nicotine containers from 16 North Dakota stores don’t accurately reflect the levels of nicotine found in the products. In one instance, actual nicotine levels were 172 percent higher than labeled. The majority of e-cigarette liquid containers also did not provide child-resistant packaging.

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Bill Rosenberg, PhD, poli sci prof. is available to discuss DNC on a large scale: expert on presidential elections, presidency & campaigns

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New UW-Madison Center Offers Ultra-Speed Protein Analysis

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Three University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have won a prestigious, five-year grant to establish the National Center for Quantitative Biology of Complex Systems, which will develop next-generation protein measurement technologies and offer them to biologists nationwide.

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Study: Car Sharing Stalls Under Tax Burdens, Competition

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Researchers at DePaul University found that car rental taxes originally aimed at tourists and business travelers are hurting the car-sharing sector.

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Newly Discovered Material Property May Lead to High Temp Superconductivity

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.

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The appeal of Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump's "straight talk" style and social political movements expert

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Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Responds to Office of Inspector General’s Report: Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses President Cheryl Lehman, PhD RN CNS-BS RN-BC CRRN, offers the following in response to the Office of Inspector General’s recent report, “Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries.”

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UAB Hospital First in Alabama to Offer First-of-Its-Kind Dissolving Heart Stent

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UAB Medicine is the first in Alabama to advance cardiology services by offering a first-of-its-kind heart stent that gradually dissolves in the body.

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Similarities Unite Three Distinct Gene Mutations of Treacher Collins Syndrome

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Scientists at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have reported a detailed description of how function-impairing mutations in polr1c and polr1d genes cause Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS), a rare congenital craniofacial development disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 50,000 live births.

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Mice Survive Brain Cancer Tumors Lacking Key Surface Proteins

A new scientific study has characterized a checkpoint protein that allows certain brain tumor cells to avoid the immune system.