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Brain Size of Human Ancestors Evolved Gradually Over 3 Million Years

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Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that average brain size increased gradually and consistently over the past three million years.

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larotrectinib, MD Anderson Cancer Center

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HHS Region VI Summit at UT Southwestern Targets Strategies to Combat Opioid Crisis

Officials from five states including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas gathered at UT Southwestern Medical Center today for a regional summit with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the nation’s $78 billion opioid crisis.

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Uc San Diego, Scripps Institution Of Oceanography, Calit2, Qualcomm Institute, WIFIRE, Wildfires, Cenic, Hpwren, High Performance Wireless and Research Education Network

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires

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Two University of California San Diego projects, along with a complementary University of Nevada, Reno project, have been selected as recipients of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications in recognition of work advancing IT and telecommunications technologies to help minimize potential damage caused by wildfires.

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CRISPR, genome editing, Food & Beverage, Food & Sustainability, Nutrition, agtech, Innovation

Benson Hill Biosystems Receives Patent for Novel CRISPR Technology

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Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company, has been granted a patent for its portfolio of genome editing nucleases. Benson Hill empowers companies across the agri-food value chain with a fully enabling genome editing system to tap natural genetic diversity as a source of differentiation in product development.

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Resolvin D-1 Limits Kidney Damage After Heart Attacks

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Lingering inflammation after heart attack can lead heart failure. It can also claim another victim — the kidneys. New research shows that a bioactive compound called resolvin D-1, injected as a therapeutic dose, is able to limit this collateral damage in the kidneys, as tested in an animal model.

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Health Insurance, Value Based Care, Medicare advantage, Medicare, high-deductible health plans

Medicare Patients Nationwide Will Get a Chance to Try Value-Based Insurance Idea

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A health insurance concept born from University of Michigan research may soon reach millions of people covered by Medicare across the United States, and allow them to keep more dollars in their wallets while getting treated for chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression and heart failure.

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