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The Tasmanian Tiger Had a Brain Structure Suited to a Predatory Life Style

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Brain scans suggest the action-planning part of the cortex was large in these extinct predators.

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Arthur C. Evans Jr. Named CEO of American Psychological Association

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Psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, has been named chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, the APA Board of Directors announced today. Evans assumes the post effective March 20.

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Mississippi River, Nitrogen, Dead Zone, Pollutants, Microbes, Wetlands, floodplain

Mighty River, Mighty Filter

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Researchers are reviving one of the Mississippi River's main filters: the floodplain. The result is a unique environment that removes nitrogen, a contributor to the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone.

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Six From DOE JGI on 2016 Highly Cited Researchers List

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Six of the DOE Joint Genome Institute’s researchers are among the most highly cited in the world.

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Clostridium Difficile, fecal transplant, Colonoscopy, human microbiome, oral capsule, Rebiotix, Gastroenterolgy

Mayo Clinic Enrolls First Patient in Phase 1 Study of Orally Delivered Capsule to Treat Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection

Mayo Clinic announced today that it has enrolled the first patient in a phase one study of a unfrozen oral capsule formulated to treat Clostridium difficile infection.

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Biology, Brain, Hippocampus, Neuron, Dendrite, Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders

Study Identifies Molecular Signal for Maintaining Adult Neuron

Research in mice points to better understanding of how the structure of nerve cells in the adult hippocampus may deteriorate, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders.

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LLNL Researchers Win Presidential Early Career Awards

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Two Lawrence Livermore National Lab researchers were among the recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), announced in Washington D.C. on Jan. 9.

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Medical Devices, pediatric medical devices, PPDC, Orthotics, blood delivery system, Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

Three Companies Will Receive Seed Funds to Develop Medical Devices for Children

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The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced seed grants of $50,000 each to three companies developing medical devices for children. The child-sized devices are a powered orthotic arm brace that amplifies weak nerve signals, a hand-operated rapid blood delivery system for emergency situations and a device that gradually corrects deformed ears in babies.

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‘Collateral’ Lethality May Offer New Therapeutic Approach for Cancers of the Pancreas, Stomach and Colon

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Cancer cells often delete genes that normally suppress tumor formation. These deletions also may extend to neighboring genes, an event known as “collateral lethality,” which may create new options for development of therapies for several cancers.

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Virginia Tech Expert Says Ignoring Intelligence Information Sets Historical Precedent, Risks Politicization

An expert in public policy says President-elect Donald Trump has taken the presidency’s sometimes contentious relationship with the intelligence community to new levels. But his willingness to ignore intelligence information and substitute his own judgments for those of the professionals follows a long line of presidents who have done the same.

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Physician Assisted Suicide, Ethics, Euthanasia, Critical Care Medicine, SCCM

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the ICU - Experts Debate Ethical Issues

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS/E) is a topic of intense debate in society, not least among critical care medicine specialists, who treat many patients at or near the end of life. Core ethical issues involved in PAS/E will be discussed and debated in a unique panel discussion at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress, to be held January 21 to 25, 2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. These issues are also discussed in Critical Care Medicine, SCCM’s official journal, published by Wolters Kluwer. The session will be broadcast live at www.sccm.org/live. Follow #SCCMLive.

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Northwestern to Lead Trial for Rare Cancer Patients

CHICAGO --- A novel national trial for people with no established alternative to treat their rare cancers is being co-led by Northwestern Medicine investigators, who helped conceive of and develop the project.The clinical trial called DART will offer eligible cancer patients a combination of two immunotherapy drugs that help reactivate the patients’ own immune system to fight cancer.

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Vitamin B-12, and a Knockoff Version, Create Complex Market for Marine Vitamins

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Vitamin B-12 exists in two different, incompatible forms in the oceans. An organism thought to supply the essential vitamin B-12 in the marine environment is actually churning out a knockoff version.

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Support for Chicago Biomedical Consortium Renewed

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The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust has renewed its funding commitment to the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), an innovative research and education collaboration of Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago that has helped establish the Chicago area as a leader in biomedical sciences.

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UT Southwestern Researchers Identify Novel Mechanism That Protects Pancreas From Digestive Enzymes

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which the stress hormone FGF21 keeps digestive enzymes from damaging the pancreas.

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Study Finds New Target for Controlling Cell Division

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Modern genome sequencing methods used to measure the efficiency of synthesis of individual protein during cell division has found that the enzymes that make lipids and membranes were synthesized at much greater efficiency when a cell is ready to split.

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Plate Techtonics, Mid Ocean Ridges, East Pacific Rise

Heat From Earth’s Core Could Be Underlying Force in Plate Tectonics

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For decades, scientists have theorized that the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates is driven largely by negative buoyancy created as they cool. New research, however, shows plate dynamics are driven significantly by the additional force of heat drawn from the Earth’s core. The new findings also challenge the theory that underwater mountain ranges known as mid-ocean ridges are passive boundaries between moving plates. The findings show the East Pacific Rise, the Earth’s dominant mid-ocean ridge, is dynamic as heat is transferred.

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Study Finds Current Corporate Sustainability Reporting Misses the Mark

A new study finds that corporate sustainability reporting often focuses on issues that are unimportant to stakeholders, and offers specific suggestions to improve the content of future corporate sustainability reporting efforts.

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$5M Foundation Gift to Help Support US-China Energy Center at Berkeley Lab

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In 2015, Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Tsinghua University in Beijing formed the Berkeley Tsinghua Joint Research Center on Energy and Climate Change to develop scientifically based clean energy solutions and the next generation of leaders to champion those solutions. Now, that effort has received welcome support from Jim and Marilyn Simons in the amount of a $5 million donation.

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Health System, Postpartum Depression, Gestational Diabetes, risk factors for depression, Pregnacy, Maternal Health, gestational diabetes research, Depression, Depression and Diabetes, depression and women

Gestational Diabetes Increases Risk for Postpartum Depression

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Karolinska Institutet have found that gestational diabetes raises the risk of postpartum depression in first-time mothers.







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