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Baseball, All Star, game, Major, League, Left Handers, Batting, Pitching, Washington, University, ST., Louis, Advantage

Baseball Diamonds: the Left-hander's Best Friend

The game of baseball was designed to make a lefty the "Natural," according to David A. Peters, Ph.D., the McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and uber baseball fan. Peters is a mechanical engineer who specializes in aircraft and helicopter engineering and has a different approach to viewing America's Favorite Pastime.


Breast Cancer, Cancer Treatment, Loss Of Concentration, Chemo Brain, Cognitive Changes, Cancer

Coping with "˜Chemo Brain'

Loss of concentration and difficulty remembering are signs of a phenomenon cancer patients call "chemo brain." Now researchers are looking at the cognitive changes that occur in the brain during chemotherapy to determine what causes chemo brain and how patients can compensate for these challenges.


Femtosecond Laser, Eye Surgery, Corneal Transplant, Femtosecond Laser Assisted Keratoplasty Study

Laser Could Change the Face of Corneal Transplant Surgery

A super-fast and high-tech laser developed for use in eye surgery at the U-M Kellogg Eye Center is changing the face of corneal eye transplant surgery. The femtosecond laser is being widely used to create more accurate cuts for corneal transplants, allowing patient to have better vision and a faster recovery.



Thyroid Cancer, VEGF, Sherman, Kuzrock, Ang706, Motesanib Diphosphate

Blood Vessel Inhibitor Shows Promise Against Metastatic Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer that has spread to distant sites has a poor prognosis, but an experimental drug that inhibits tumor blood vessel formation can slow disease progression in some patients, a research team led by investigators from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center reports in the July 3rd edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.


Multiple, Sclerosis, Immune, System

Best Treatment for MS May Depend on Disease Subtype

Relatively new drugs now help some patients, but not others, with the most common form of multiple sclerosis. That may be because patients with the same symptoms experience different types of inflammation, suggests a new study in animals from the University of Michigan. If the differences are found in people, future treatments may be tailored to specific subtypes of the disease.


Physiology, Exercise, Caffeine, John Hawley, Royal Melbourne Institute Of Technology University, APS

Post-exercise Caffeine Helps Muscles Refuel

Glycogen, the muscle's primary fuel source during exercise, is replenished more rapidly when athletes ingest both carbohydrate and caffeine following exhaustive exercise. Athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense, glycogen-depleting exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrate alone.


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Gesture, Spoken Languages, English, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Word Order, Grammar, Deaf Children, Sign Language

With Gestures, Rules of Grammar Remain the Same

The mind apparently has a consistent way of ordering an event that defies the order in which subjects, verbs, and objects typically appear in languages. Speakers of different languages describe events using the word orders prescribed by their language, but when the same speakers use their hands only, they all use exactly the same order when they gesture.


Disabilities, Tongue, Assistive, Technology, Wheelchair, Computer, Mouse, Power, Magnet, Disability, Injury, Spinal, cord, Rehabilitation, Electric, Neuromuscular, Sensor, Sip N Puff, Brain, Computer, Interface, Communication

Tongue Drive System Assists Persons with Disabilities

A new assistive technology allows individuals with disabilities to operate a computer, control a powered wheelchair and interact with their environments simply by moving their tongues. The Tongue Drive system, developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, could help individuals with severe disabilities lead more independent lives.


Fatigue, Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular

Hard Work While Fatigued Affects Blood Pressure

Working hard when fatigued may be admired by many Americans, but it is a virtue that could be harmful to one's health, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The research supports a theory which suggests that exhausted individuals' cardiovascular systems are forced to work harder when they attempt to complete tasks, such as those encountered on the job or at school.


Middle East, Science, Diplomacy

Washington Congressman Calls for Return to American "Science Diplomacy" in the Middle East

Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), in an interview with Conversations, is urging the United States to resume its role as, "A leader in science diplomacy" in the Middle East. Rep. Baird is the second member of the House of Representatives to promote science-based diplomacy, following Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), who appeared in a previous edition.

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