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November 28, 2012
Double duty: Immune system regulator found to protect brain from effects of stroke
A small molecule known to regulate white blood cells has a surprising second role in protecting brain cells from the deleterious effects of stroke, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

DFG funds new Collaborative Research Center at the Mainz University Medical Center
On Jan. 1, 2013, the German Research Foundation will establish a new Collaborative Research Center at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

NIST experiments challenge fundamental understanding of electromagnetism
A cornerstone of physics, quantum electrodynamics, may require some updates if the findings of recent experiments at NIST on highly charged ions are confirmed.

Cell phone addiction similar to compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to Baylor study
Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

Research discovery could revolutionize semiconductor manufacture
A completely new method of manufacturing the smallest structures in electronics could make their manufacture thousands of times quicker, allowing for cheaper semiconductors.

Skeletons in cave reveal Mediterranean secrets
Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little seafood.

Graphite experiment shines new light on giant planets, white dwarfs and laser-driven fusion
A team led by researchers from the University of Warwick and Oxford University is dealing with unexpected results of an experiment with strongly heated graphite.

Rhode Island Hospital: Adult entertainment workers likely to benefit from health care intervention
Most adult entertainment club workers -- exotic dancers and other female club employees such as bartenders, waitresses and hostesses -- don't have great medical benefits.

Surgical Theater, LLC sells first Surgical Rehearsal Platform to UH Case Medical Center
Surgical Theater, LLC, creator of the Selman Surgical Rehearsal Platform, has made the first sale of its groundbreaking technology to University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, one of the most respected research/teaching hospitals in America.

Virginia Tech scientists discover record-breaking black hole energy blast
Virginia Tech physics researchers have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, a finding that may answer questions about how the mass of a galaxy is linked to its central black hole mass and why there are so few large galaxies in the universe.

Attitudes towards security threats uncovered
New research has revealed a significant gap between what the government claims are the biggest security threats facing the UK and the fears of the population.

Biggest black hole blast discovered
Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, at least five times more powerful than any that have been observed to date.

Implantable silk optics multi-task in the body
Tufts University School of Engineering researchers have demonstrated silk-based implantable optics that offer significant improvement in tissue imaging while simultaneously enabling photo thermal therapy, administering drugs and monitoring drug delivery.

High altitude climbers at risk for brain bleeds
New magnetic resonance imaging research shows that mountain climbers who experience a certain type of high altitude sickness have traces of bleeding in the brain years after the initial incident, according to a new study.

Men with belly fat at risk for osteoporosis
Visceral, or deep belly, obesity is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a new study.

Pitt research sheds new light on virus associated with developmental delays and deafness
A new study published online in PLOS ONE reveals that primitive human stem cells are resistant to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), one of the leading prenatal causes of congenital intellectual disability, deafness and deformities worldwide.

Texas astronomers measure most massive, most unusual black hole using Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Astronomers have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory to measure what may be the most massive black hole yet -- 17 billion suns -- in galaxy NGC 1277.

Scientists develop new approach to support future climate projections
Scientists have developed a new approach for evaluating past climate sensitivity data to help improve comparison with estimates of long-term climate projections developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

College students more eager for marriage than their parents
A national study found that college students think 25 years old is the

WSU researchers use 3-D printer to make parts from moon rock
Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful - like a needed wrench or replacement part.

Infrared NASA imagery sees Tropical Storm Bopha grow a tail
Tropical Storm Bopha continues to intensify in the western North Pacific Ocean as it heads toward Yap State, triggering more warnings and watches.

Research criticizes young offenders' institution for gang-related violence
A youth offending facility in the East Midlands has been criticized in a new report for taking criminals from rival gangs in Leicester and Nottingham.

Mix masters: NIST scientists image the molecular structure of polymer blends
Using an enhanced form of 'chemical microscopy', NIST researchers have shown that they can peer into the structure of blended polymers, resolving details of the molecular arrangement at sub-micrometer levels.

Scientists identify depression and anxiety biomarker in youths
Scientists have discovered a cognitive biomarker -- a biological indicator of a disease -- for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety.

UN meeting this week to extend greenhouse gas treaty
Amid concern about the possible role of climate change in the development of Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather, negotiators from around the world will gather at a U.N. meeting this week and next to extend an expiring agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

USDA scientists and cooperators sequence the wheat genome in breakthrough for global food security
US Department of Agriculture scientists working as part of an international team have completed a

80 percent of parents interested in genetic risk assessment for siblings of children with autism
The vast majority (80 percent) of parents with at least one child with ASD would pursue genetic testing, if available, to identify risk in a younger sibling, citing earlier identification of at-risk children, evaluation and intervention, closer monitoring and lessened anxiety reported in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

New practices reduce surgical site infections after colorectal surgery
Surgical teams at Cedars-Sinai have reduced surgical site infections by more than 60 percent for patients who undergo colorectal procedures by introducing evidence-based protocols that are easy to follow and relatively low in cost.

Most of the harmful mutations in people arose in the past 5,000 to 10,000 years
A study of the age of more than 1 million single-letter variations in the human DNA code reveals that most of these mutations are of recent origin, evolutionarily speaking.

AGA members tell lawmakers -- stop the cuts
On Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, members of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) from across the country will participate in the first-ever AGA Virtual Advocacy campaign.

Drug may offer new approach to treating insomnia
A new drug may bring help for people with insomnia, according to a study published in the Nov.

Voter polls portend conflict between Obama administration and Republican leaders over ACA
Newly released polls show most of those who voted for Obama in 2012 favor the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and want the federal government to make sure most Americans have health insurance.

Toward an European open biodiversity knowledge management system
A consortium consisting of major European biodiversity organizations, including natural history museums, botanic gardens, companies and biological societies, announce the launch of pro-iBiosphere.

Tiny algae shed light on photosynthesis as a dynamic property
Many of the world's most important photosynthetic eukaryotes such as plants got their light-harnessing organelles (chloroplasts) indirectly from other organisms through endosymbiosis.

Elk more concerned by human behavior than their natural predators
University of Alberta researchers discovered that elk are more frequently and more easily disturbed by human behavior such as ATV drivers than by their natural predators like bears and wolves.

Ponatinib acts against the most resistant types of chronic myeloid leukemia
A previously invincible mutation in chronic myeloid leukemia has been thwarted by an investigational drug in a phase I clinical trial reported in the current edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Big genomics data, big scientific impact: New challenges for further development of life science
BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, today announced its latest advances in the analysis, management and dissemination of

UF researcher tests powerful new tool to advance ecology, conservation
A new University of Florida study shows ecologists may have been missing crucial information from animal bones for more than 150 years.

U of Minn. receives $1.8 million grant for improving efficiencies in fuel and plastics production
The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $1.8 million grant over three years from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop revolutionary membrane technology that will enable energy-efficient separations in the chemical, petrochemical, water, fossil fuel, and renewable energy industries.

Family's economic situation influences brain function in children
Children of low socioeconomic status work harder to filter out irrelevant environmental information than those from a high-income background because of learned differences in what they pay attention to, according to new research published in the open access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Genetic variation recent, varies among populations
Nearly three-quarters of mutations in genes that code for proteins -- the workhorses of the cell -- occurred within the past 5,000 to 10,000 years, fairly recently in evolutionary terms, said a national consortium of genomic and genetic experts, including those at Baylor College of Medicine.

U of T Engineers awarded $2.2 million grant for toilet research
A University of Toronto engineering team has received a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue work on designing for a waterless, hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world.

Babies born to mothers from the Philippines significantly smaller than those of Canadian-born women
Babies born in Ontario to mothers from the Philippines have significantly lower birth weights than those whose mothers were born in Canada or elsewhere in East Asia and are twice as likely to be classified as small for their gestational age, a new study has found.

Chemists invent powerful toolkit, accelerating creation of potential new drugs
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have invented a set of chemical tools that is radically simplifying the creation of potential new drug compounds.

Complications challenge rheumatoid arthritis patients after joint replacement surgery
In the first systemic review of evidence assessing complications following total joint arthroplasty, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were found to have an increased risk for hip dislocation after hip replacement surgery compared to those with osteoarthritis.

Liverpool scientists decipher genetic code of wheat
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have deciphered the genetic code of wheat to help crop breeders increase yield and produce varieties that are better suited to a changing environment.

LSUHSC's Tilton awarded prestigious Hower Award
The Child Neurology Society presented Ann Henderson Tilton, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, with the 2012 Hower Award at the 41st Annual CNS Meeting in November.

Conservationists to create blueprint for saving Malaysia's elephants
Saving the Asian elephant in Malaysia will be the focus of an upcoming workshop at the Institute of Biological Diversity in Krau Wildlife Reserve, Malaysia (from Nov.

Dr. Deluca of Kessler Foundation receives medical excellence award for MS research
John DeLuca, PhD, Vice President for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, was named this year's recipient of the Medical Excellence Award by Musical Moments for MS.

KRAS and BRAF mutation screening in metastatic colorectal cancer costly in relation to benefits
Researchers report that screening for KRAS and BRAF mutations can reduce the cost of anti-EGFR treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer but with a very small reduction in overall survival according to a new study published on Nov.

Researchers identify ways to exploit 'cloud browsers' for large-scale, anonymous computing
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a way to exploit cloud-based Web browsers, using them to perform large-scale computing tasks anonymously.

Mexican banking data reveal cities and villages that borrow more have a better quality of life
Mexican cities and villages where credit exceeds savings deposits offer a higher quality of life and a more educated citizenry, according to 12 years of financial data released by Mexico's National Banking and Securities Commission.

Many home couches contain potentially toxic flame retardants
Scientists are reporting an increasing use of flame retardants in the main gathering spot for adults, children and family pets in the home -- the couch.

Order of psychiatric diagnoses may influence how clinicians identify symptoms
The diagnostic system used by many mental health practitioners in the United States assumes that symptoms of two disorders that occur at the same time are additive and that the order in which the disorders are presented doesn't matter.

Fracking in Michigan: U-M researchers study potential impact on health, environment, economy
University of Michigan researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal effects of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking.

Scripps Florida scientists uncover a novel cooperative effort to stop cancer spread
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have uncovered a group of what have been considered relatively minor regulators in the body that band together to suppress the spread of cancer from its primary site.

Anthropological expertise facilitates multicultural women's health care
Collaboration between medical and anthropological expertise can solve complex clinical problems in today's multicultural women's healthcare, shows Pauline Binder, a medical anthropologist, who will present her thesis on 1 Dec. at the Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden.

AHA awards Loyola more than $60,000 for cardiac research
The American Heart Association has awarded Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine $60,666 for cardiac research in 2012, bringing the lifetime total the AHA has awarded to Loyola to more than $10 million.

Most patients in the dark about what radiologists do
The role of radiologists in healthcare has long been poorly understood among the general public, but new research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America shows that even patients who've had imaging exams in the past know little about the profession.

Outside a vacuum: Model predicts movement of charged particles in complex media
It's a problem that has stumped scientists for years. Now Northwestern University researchers have developed a model that can predict the movements of charged particles, even in heterogeneous environments like cells, blood, or colloids.

NREL researchers use imaging technologies to solve puzzle of plant architecture
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center combined different microscopic imaging methods to gain a greater understanding of the relationships between biomass cell wall structure and enzyme digestibility, a breakthrough that could lead to optimizing sugar yields and lowering the costs of making biofuels.

Major breakthrough in deciphering bread wheat's genetic code
Achievement expected to increase wheat yields sustainably in the face of climate change, help feed a growing population and speed up development of wheat varieties with enhanced nutritional value.

Testicular cancer risk tripled in boys whose testes fail to descend
Boys whose testes have not descended at birth -- a condition known as cryptorchidism -- are almost three times as likely to develop testicular cancer in later life, finds an analysis of the available evidence published online in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Johns Hopkins scientists pair blood test and gene sequencing to detect cancer
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have combined the ability to detect cancer DNA in the blood with genome sequencing technology in a test that could be used to screen for cancers, monitor cancer patients for recurrence and find residual cancer left after surgery.

New study shows how climate change could affect entire forest ecosystems
The fog comes in, and a drop of water forms on a pine needle, rolls down the needle, and falls to the forest floor.

Report finds Big Pharma is doing more for access to medicine in developing countries
The latest Access to Medicine Index, which ranks the top 20 pharmaceutical companies on their efforts to improve access to medicine in developing countries, finds that the industry is doing more than it was two years ago.

Risk of childhood obesity can be predicted at birth
A simple formula can predict at birth a baby's likelihood of becoming obese in childhood, according to a study published today in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

Changes in nerve cells may contribute to the development of mental illness
Reduced production of myelin, a type of protective nerve fiber that is lost in diseases like multiple sclerosis, may also play a role in the development of mental illness, according to researchers at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

NSAID use linked to reduced hepatocellular carcinoma risk and mortality due to chronic liver disease
Researchers found that aspirin use is associated with a decreased risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma and death from chronic liver disease, according to a study published Nov.

More omnivore dilemmas: Seasonal diet changes can cause reproductive stress in primates
When seasonal changes affect food availability, omnivores like blue monkeys adapt by changing their diets, but such nutritional changes may impact female reproduction, according to research published Nov.

The music of the silks
Researchers synthesize a new kind of silk fiber -- and find that music can help fine-tune the material's properties.

ARPA-e awards $130 million for transformation energy technology projects
Sixty six cutting-edge research projects have been selected by the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to receive a total of $130 million in funding.

Studies from 2012 Quality Care Symposium highlight findings in improving quality of cancer care
Five additional studies to be presented at the 2012 Quality Care Symposium provide insight on how oncology practices can improve the quality of care they provide.

Experts recommend closer scrutiny of radiation exposure from CT scans
Amid increasing fear of overexposure to radiation from CT scans, a panel of experts has recommended more research on the health effects of medical imaging and ways to reduce unnecessary CT tests, as well as industry standardization of CT machines.

UC Davis researchers aid effort to sequence the complex wheat genome
Intent on developing wheat varieties with higher yields and enhanced nutritional content to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding global population, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have teamed up with scientists at nine other institutions in an attempt to sequence the wheat genome.

Printing soil science
The advantages of 3-D printing are now being put to the test in soil science laboratories.

Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many US couches
More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University-led study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may pose risks to human health.

Rules devised for building ideal protein molecules from scratch
By following certain rules, scientists can prepare architectural plans for building ideal protein molecules not found in the real world.

HIV treatment reduces risk of malaria recurrence in children, NIH funded study shows
A combination of anti-HIV drugs has been found to also reduce the risk of recurrent malaria by nearly half among HIV-positive children, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health.

URI, IAA archaeologists discover shipwrecks, ancient harbor on coast of Israel
A team of archaeologists have discovered the remains of a fleet of early-19th century ships and ancient harbor structures from the Hellenistic period at the city of Akko, one of the major ancient ports of the eastern Mediterranean.

Study IDs kerosene lamps as big source of black carbon
Kerosene lamps, the primary source of light for more than a billion people in developing nations, churns out black carbon at levels previously overlooked in greenhouse gas estimates, according to a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois.

Bread wheat's large and complex genome is revealed
An international team of scientists, including CSHL Professor W. Richard McCombie's group and others from the USA, UK, and Germany, has completed the first comprehensive analysis of the bread wheat genome.

Tight times may influence how we perceive others
From the playground to the office, a key aspect of our social lives involves figuring out who

Increasing poverty in older age will lead to adverse health outcomes
Experts warn that many people will be poorer than expected in older age, with resulting health implications.

In Cedars-Sinai study, common drug reverses common effect of Becker muscular dystrophy
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers have found in an initial clinical trial that a drug typically prescribed for erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension restores blood flow to oxygen-starved muscles in patients with a type of muscular dystrophy that affects males, typically starting in childhood or adolescence.

Math detects contamination in water distribution networks
A paper published earlier this month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics considers the identification of contaminants in a water distribution network as an optimal control problem within a networked system.

Morality-based judgments are quicker, more extreme than practical evaluations
Judgments made after a moral evaluation are quicker and more extreme than the same judgment based on practical considerations, but morality-based evaluations can be more easily shifted and made with other considerations in mind, according to research published Nov.

Treating cocaine dependence: A promising new pharmacotherapy
Medication development efforts for cocaine dependence have yet to result in an FDA approved treatment.

New studies show moral judgments quicker, more extreme than practical ones -- but also flexible
Judgments we make with a moral underpinning are made more quickly and are more extreme than those same judgments based on practical considerations, a new set of studies finds.

USDA study shows trends in public and private agricultural R&D
Analysis published by the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS) in the most recent issue of the journal Science examine the relationship between public and private investments in research and development (R&D) and their importance in agricultural input industries.

Analysis of conflicting fish oil studies finds that omega-3 fatty acids still matter
A new analysis helps to sort through conflicting findings from literally hundreds of studies on use of omega-3 fatty acids for heart disease.

Joslin researchers increase understanding of genetic risk factor for type 1 diabetes
Researchers led by Stephan Kissler, Ph.D., have demonstrated how a genetic variant associated with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases influences susceptibility to autoimmunity.

Women 16-49 at risk of multiple pollutants
In a new analysis of thousands of US women of childbearing age, Brown University researchers found that most exceeded the median blood level for two or more of three environmental pollutants that could harm brain development of fetuses and babies: lead, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Moral evaluations of harm are instant and emotional, brain study shows
People are able to detect, within a split second, if a hurtful action they are witnessing is intentional or accidental, new research on the brain at the University of Chicago shows.

Record-setting X-ray jet discovered
A jet of X-rays from a supermassive black hole 12.4 billion light years from Earth has been detected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Scientists sniff out the substances behind the aroma in the 'king of fruits'
The latest effort to decipher the unique aroma signature of the durian -- revered as the

New study: Many flame retardants in house dust -- unsafe levels
In Silent Spring Institute's new peer-reviewed study of the largest number of flame retardants ever tested in homes, we found that most houses had levels of at least one flame retardant that exceeded a federal health guideline.

Young adults more likely to smoke cannabis than drink before driving, 2011 CAMH Monitor survey shows
Most adults are drinking responsibly, and fewer are smoking or using illicit substances -- but several areas of concern were found in the 2011 CAMH Monitor survey of Ontario substance use trends, released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Grant creates science demilitarized zone at SDSU
The National Science Foundation has awarded funding of nearly $500,000 for the construction of a network designed to support data-intensive research in engineering and sciences at San Diego State University.

Combined RB and PTEN loss identifies DCIS primed for invasive breast cancer
The combined loss of two tumor suppressor genes, retinoblastoma and phosphatase and tensin homolog was shown to be strongly associated with progression of DCIS to invasive breast cancer, according to a study published Nov.

Mainz University Medical Center agrees partnership with Yale University
The University Medical Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany and the renowned School of Medicine at Yale University, USA have agreed upon a future collaboration.

Algae held captive and genes stolen in crime of evolution
Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature.

NASA's Cassini sees abrupt turn in Titan's atmosphere
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft tie a shift in seasonal sunlight to a wholesale reversal, at unexpected altitudes, in the circulation of the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

University of Cincinnati leads first trial on steroid and CNI withdrawal post-transplant
The University of Cincinnati will lead a $5.2 million national trial studying removal of both corticosteroids and common immunosuppression treatments from the post-transplant drug regimen for kidney transplant patients.

CT depicts racial differences in coronary artery disease
While obesity is considered a cardiovascular risk factor, a new study shows that African-American patients with coronary artery disease have much less fat around their hearts compared to Caucasian patients.

Autumn sets in rapidly on Saturn's giant moon
As leaves fall and winter approaches in Earth's Northern Hemisphere, a change of seasons is also rapidly becoming noticeable in the southern hemisphere of Saturn's giant moon, Titan.

COUP-TFII sparks prostate cancer progression
Which cancers are essentially indolent and present no risk and which are life threatening?

US, Brazil publish compliance requirement guides for selected industries
New publications from NIST and its counterpart in Brazil can help manufacturers in several industries successfully navigate the landscape of state and national product regulations and voluntary industry standards.

Hagfish slime as a model for tomorrow's natural fabrics
Nylon, Kevlar and other synthetic fabrics: Step aside. If new scientific research pans out, people may be sporting shirts, blouses and other garments made from fibers modeled after those in the icky, super-strong slime from a creature called the hagfish.

NREL updates solar radiation database
The US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the US National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the US and its territories.

Researchers report first success of targeted therapy in most common non-small cell lung cancer
A new study by an international team of investigators led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists is the first to demonstrate that chemotherapy and a new, targeted therapy work better in combination than chemotherapy alone in treating patients with the most common genetic subtype of lung cancer.

Geosphere builds momentum with 17 newly published studies and a new series
Geosphere articles posted online Nov. 16, 2012, cover a variety of topics, such as the geophysics of the Hogri fault zone, 5 km offshore of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant; using web-based GIS technologies and readily available global remote sensing datasets for investigations of arid land; the structure and evolution of the US Sierra Nevada; the ANDRILL McMurdo Ice Shelf and Southern McMurdo Sound Drilling Projects; and climate-tectonic interactions in the southern Alaskan orogen.

Health-care providers can play critical role in reducing and preventing intimate partner violence
In a perspective article to appear in the Nov. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health report that health-care providers can play a critical role in helping to reduce and prevent intimate partner violence by screening and referring patients to appropriate resources.

ACP and NACHC collaborate to help federally-qualified heath centers improve care
The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) announced today a national effort to help federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) improve care by offering ACP's Medical Home Builder 2.0 at a discounted rate.

Springer to publish book series with the Portuguese Centro Internacional de Matematica
Springer and the Centro Internacional de Matematica of Portugal will work together to publish a new book series CIM Series in Mathematical Sciences.

Brain cell transplants in early 2013
As part of the European study TRANSEURO, five patients with Parkinson's disease will undergo brain cell transplants at Skåne University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, in early 2013.

NIST releases annual report on federal technology transfer
With new treatments for disease, test suites that safeguard computers, and even expertise to rescue miners trapped thousands of feet underground, federal laboratories have a wealth of technologies and know-how that can give US companies a competitive edge and improve quality of life.
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