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Smell Receptors in the Body Could Help Sniff Out Disease

A review of more than 200 studies reveals that olfactory receptors—proteins that bind to odors that aid the sense of smell—perform a wide range of mostly unknown functions outside the nose. The function of extra-nasal olfactory receptors has the...
11-Jul-2018 4:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Stem Cell Transplant Drug May Protect against Smoke-related COPD Symptoms

A drug used in stem cell therapy to treat certain cancers may also protect against cigarette smoke-induced lung injury. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, was chosen as...
5-Jul-2018 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Obesity + Aging Linked to Alzheimer’s Markers in the Brain

A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond...
28-Jun-2018 2:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Bringing Study Abroad to Commuters: A Case Study at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester

Studying abroad can impart a number of valuable, lifelong skills in students, including improved foreign language skills, appreciation for other cultures and, importantly, access to unique learning opportunities only available in certain countries...
20-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

‘Exam Roulette’ Could Quell Essay-induced Anxiety

For many students, essay tests are a source of dread and anxiety. But for professors, these tests provide an excellent way to assess a student’s depth of knowledge and critical-thinking skills. At the American Physiological Society’s (APS’s)...
20-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Online Professional Development Boosts Teachers’ Confidence, Knowledge

Multiple factors go into making an effective professional development (PD) program for K–12 teachers. Focusing on content, active learning, collaboration and coaching support and using models of effective teaching can broaden the knowledge of...
20-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Mix of In-Person and Online Learning May Boost Student Performance, Reduce Anxiety

Before online learning existed, the traditional lecture format was the only option for college courses. Students who skipped class risked missing out on valuable information presented in-person. Researchers from the University of Iowa found that...
19-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Forgetting May Help Improve Memory and Learning

Forgetting names, skills or information learned in class is often thought of as purely negative. However unintuitive it may seem, research suggests that forgetting plays a positive role in learning: It can actually increase long-term retention,...
19-Jun-2018 3:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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