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O'Keeffe Foundation donates $250,000 to fund Scripps Florida neuroscience training program
The Esther B. O'Keeffe Charitable Foundation has made a $250,000 donation to the Scripps Research Institute to fund neuroscience training and public outreach on the Florida campus. (2013-05-30)

Gene therapies for regenerative surgery are getting closer, says review in PRS
Experimental genetic techniques may one day provide plastic and reconstructive surgeons with an invaluable tool -- the ability to promote growth of the patient's own tissues for reconstructive surgery. A review of recent progress toward developing effective gene therapies for use in (2013-05-29)

ENDO 2013 news conference and webcast schedule
The latest research discoveries on diabetes, obesity, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, adolescent health and clinical trials will be highlighted in a series of press conferences at ENDO 2013: The 95th Annual Meeting & Expo of The Endocrine Society. (2013-05-29)

New research shows that potatoes provide one of the best nutritional values per penny
A new study, (2013-05-24)

Media registration open for ASTRO's 55th Annual Meeting
ASTRO's Annual Meeting is the premier scientific meeting in radiation oncology and is expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees including oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other health care professionals from around the world. The theme of the 2013 meeting is (2013-05-23)

West coast log and lumber exports decrease
Log and lumber exports from the West coast plummeted in the first quarter of 2013 according to a Forest Service research economist. Log exports dropped 33 percent: From 362 million board feet in the first quarter of 2012, to 242 million board feet in the first quarter of 2013. However, the total value of log exports increased more than 27 percent, from $232 million to $297 million. (2013-05-23)

Buckley receives American Psychiatric Association commendation
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist and Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has received the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation in recognition of his exemplary leadership and substantial contributions to psychiatry and US academic medicine. (2013-05-20)

AGA presents cutting-edge research and new learning opportunities at DDW® 2013
Clinicians, researchers and scientists from around the world will gather for Digestive Disease Week® 2013, the largest and most prestigious gastroenterology meeting, from May 18 to 21, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. DDW is jointly sponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. (2013-05-17)

DZNE and Charite work together: With joined forces against neurodegenerative diseases
The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Charité -- Universitätsmedizin Berlin are internationally leading institutions for research in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. (2013-05-16)

'Fish thermometer' reveals long-standing, global impact of climate change
Climate change has been impacting global fisheries for the past four decades by driving species towards cooler, deeper waters, according to University of British Columbia scientists. (2013-05-15)

NASA completes first part of Webb Telescope's 'eye surgery' operation
Much like the inside of an operating room, in the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, engineers worked meticulously to implant part of the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope. They scrubbed up and suited up to perform one of the most delicate performances of their lives. That part of the eyes, the MIRI, or Mid-Infrared Instrument, will glimpse the formation of galaxies and see deeper into the universe than ever before. (2013-05-15)

ASPS supports new legislation to ensure women are aware of all breast cancer treatment options
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons announced its strong support of the (2013-05-14)

Background noise in the operating room can impair surgical team communication
To assess the effects of ambient noise on communication in the operating room, investigators at the University of Kentucky Medical Center created a noise environment similar to that of an OR and tested 15 surgeons with one to 30 years of operating experience. (2013-05-10)

ER visits for urinary tract infections add almost $4 billion a year in unnecessary costs
Giving patients better access to primary health care could save nearly $4 billion a year in unnecessary emergency room visits for a single common complaint -- urinary tract infections -- according to a study by the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (2013-05-06)

Diagnosis, treatment of common outpatient disorder adds $238 million a year in ER costs
A relatively common urinary tract disorder that can usually be managed in an outpatient setting is adding an estimated $238 million a year to the cost of emergency room visits in the US, according to two new studies from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (2013-05-04)

Health Affairs examines worldwide pursuit of the 'Triple Aim' in April 2013 issue
In its April issue, Health Affairs examines how all high-income countries are struggling to achieve the so-called (2013-04-30)

1 step closer to a quantum computer
Professor Weimin Chen and his colleagues at Linköping University, in cooperation with German and American researchers, have succeeded in both initializing and reading nuclear spins, relevant to qubits for quantum computers, at room temperature. The results have just been published in the renowned journal Nature Communications. (2013-04-30)

Sharing examination questions threatens trust in medical profession
Unethical behavior among physicians-in-training threatens to erode public trust and confidence in the medical profession, say two academic physicians in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Reacting to CNN reports last year about the widespread use of (2013-04-29)

Resistant starch content of potatoes varies significantly by preparation and service method
Research recently presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology conference in Boston, Mass., shows that resistant starch content of potatoes is similar across potato varieties; but can be altered significantly by the cooking and serving methods. Resistant starch is starch that is resistant to enzymatic digestion and, thus, is not absorbed in the small intestine. (2013-04-25)

2013 Meeting of the Americas media advisory 2
About 1,500 scientists are expected to present their latest Earth and space science findings next month at the 2013 Meeting of the Americas in Cancún, Mexico, May 13-17. The pre-registration deadline for is this Friday, April 26 but onsite, complimentary press registration will be available. Check out the scientific program and the press Who's Coming list online. The meeting's Virtual Press Room and PIO Uploader are now live. Visa information is also available. (2013-04-25)

Penn State Hass avocado research poster wins American Society For Nutrition Annual Awards
The scientific poster session, Interventions for the Treatment and Prevention of Nutrition-Related Diseases, included the poster that won first prize in two American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology contests -- the Student Interest Group Travel Award competition and the Aging and Chronic Disease Research Interest Section Graduate Student Poster competition. (2013-04-23)

NASA sees 3 coronal mass ejections
On April 20 and April 21, the sun erupted with 3 coronal mass ejections, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites. (2013-04-22)

Genome study suggests new strategies for understanding and treating pulmonary fibrosis
A new genome-wide association study of more than 6,000 people has identified seven new genetic regions associated with pulmonary fibrosis. Researchers at National Jewish Health, the University of Colorado and several other institutions found a number of genes associated with host defense, cell-cell adhesion and DNA repair, which provide clues to possible mechanisms underlying this currently untreatable disease. (2013-04-19)

Pierre Delmas Award presented in Rome to Professor Socrates Papapoulos
Professor Socrates Papapoulos, a long standing member of the IOF Board and leading researcher at the Leiden University Medical Center, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Pierre Delmas Award. The award was presented today at the European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis, currently being held in Rome, Italy. (2013-04-18)

TMT takes step towards construction after approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources
Friday marked another important step forward for the future of astronomical discovery and economic opportunity on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources announced that it has granted a permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope project to build and operate the next-generation observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea. (2013-04-13)

Alexander Levitzki of Hebrew University chosen for cancer research award
The American Association for Cancer Research has chosen professor Alexander Levitzki of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as the winner of its 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research. (2013-04-08)

Integrating cardiovascular imaging modalities revolutionises care offered patients
How the different advanced cardio vascular imaging technologies fit together in managing cardiac patients, will be one of the main themes explored at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT (ICNC 11). (2013-04-04)

'Sharps' injuries have major health and cost impact for surgeons
Injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments are a major occupational hazard for surgeons -- with high costs related to the risk of contracting serious infectious diseases, according to a special article in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2013-04-02)

Post-ER care for chest pain reduces risk of heart attack, death
Follow-up care after an emergency room visit for chest pain significantly reduced the risk of heart attack or death among high risk patients. Chest pain is the most common reason patients go to the ER. However, one in four chest pain patients didn't seek follow-up care within a month, as recommended. (2013-04-01)

Can meditation make you a more compassionate person?
Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study by Northeastern University's David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion. (2013-04-01)

Look out squirrels: Leopards are new backyard wildlife
A new study led by WCS-India scientist Vidya Athreaya finds that certain landscapes of western India completely devoid of wilderness and with high human populations are crawling with a different kind of backyard wildlife: leopards. (2013-03-28)

National Science Board announces recipient of 2013 Public Service Award
The National Science Board has announced that accomplished educator Jo Anne Vasquez is the recipient of its 2013 Public Service Award for an individual. (2013-03-27)

Physicist Neal Lane receives 2013 Vannevar Bush Award
The National Science Board announced today that physicist Neal Lane, a former Presidential Science Adviser and former National Science Foundation director, is the 2013 recipient of its Vannevar Bush Award. (2013-03-26)

Women make better decisions than men
Women's abilities to make fair decisions when competing interests are at stake make them better corporate leaders, researchers have found. The study from McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business in Ontario and A.T. Still University in Arizona showed that women are more likely to consider the rights of others and to take a cooperative approach to decision-making. This approach translates into better performance for their companies. (2013-03-25)

Studies for approval of new drugs have insufficient patients to evaluate safety
For medicines intended for chronic use, the number of patients studied before regulatory approval is insufficient to properly evaluate safety and long-term efficacy, requiring the need for new legislation, according to a study by European researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2013-03-19)

Practice makes perfect with Webb telescope mirror placement
NASA engineers and scientists have been making practice runs to ensure the placement of primary mirror segments on the James Webb Space Telescope go perfectly when the flight equipment is ready. NASA issued a video and photos showing the practice run in the giant clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (2013-03-19)

University of Minnesota Regents Professor named prestigious Cozzarelli Prize recipient
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS to receive the 2012 Cozzarelli Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences. Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., University of Minnesota Regents Professor of neuroscience, and four collaborators, were selected by PNAS in the Biological Sciences category. (2013-03-19)

Philip & Cheryl Milstein donate $20m for Medical and Graduate Education Building
Continuing their family's multigenerational connection to Columbia and support of its leadership in medicine, Philip (CC '71) and Cheryl Milstein (Barnard '82) have made a $20 million commitment to Columbia University Medical Center. The pledge, through their family foundation, is the latest gift from the Philip Milstein family and is intended to support the medical center's campus revitalization, specifically, the new Medical and Graduate Education Building. (2013-03-18)

Study: Catheter-based varicose vein treatments more cost-effective
Treating varicose veins with vein-stripping surgery is associated with higher costs than closing the veins with heat, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (2013-03-13)

Breaking the final barrier: Room-temperature electrically powered nanolasers
An Arizona State University engineering research team has made an advance in nano-scale laser technology that should enable the improvement of many electronic devices, producing a nanolaser that operates at room temperature without need of a refrigeration system, is powered by a simple battery instead of by another laser, and is able to emit light continuously. (2013-03-12)

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