March 16, 2007
Today's Forecast: Partly Sunny, High 31°
Tomorrow: Snow, High 28°
- Common Chemical Linked to Obesity in Men
- Mela Offers Taste of South-Asian Culture
- Workshop Examines Living Wills
- Clinic Offers Teens Tossing Tips
- Event Highlight: Eastman's Faculty Artist Series
- Rochester in the News: Carl D'Angio on Preemies and Vaccines, Research on Ultrathin Membranes
- In Higher Ed: Helicopter Parents
Phthalates Now Linked to Fat, Related Health Risks
Exposure to phthalates, a common chemical found in everything from plastics to soaps, already has been connected to reproductive problems and now, for the first time, is linked to abdominal obesity and insulin resistance in adult males, according to a Medical Center study. (See a related report by UPI.)
Mela Offers Taste of South-Asian Culture
The Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent presents its 20th annual show, Mela, on Saturday, April 7, showcasing the varied culture of the Indian subcontinent through student vocal, instrumental, and dance performances.
Workshop to Look at Living Wills, Other 'Advance Directives'
A free workshop exploring the topic of "advance directives"—living wills, health care proxies, and other types of instructions designed to be used in case serious injury or illness prevents a person from stating his or her wishes regarding health care clearly—is being offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the Medical Center.
University Sports Medicine Clinic Offers Teens Tossing Tips
As Spring springs into action in Rochester, so will the arms of thousands of area kids and teens preparing for the upcoming baseball and softball season. To help prevent injuries, encourage proper training, and improve throwing technique, three sports medicine experts will hold a free seminar, including Tony Leo, head athletic trainer for the Rochester Red Wings.
Eastman's Faculty Artist Series:
David Liptak, composer. Free with University ID. Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, 8 p.m.
For more events: www.rochester.edu/calendar
in the News
Scientific American (March 13)
"Measles, Chickenpox Vaccines Okay for Preemies"
"We do these studies because assuming what is right for full-term babies is right for very premature babies sometimes leads us to the wrong decisions," says lead author Carl D'Angio, associate professor of pediatrics, about new study results that indicate the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and the chickenpox vaccine are safe and effective for preemies.
Guardian Unlimited, United Kingdom (March 15)
"How the Tiniest Sieve in the World Could Improve Dialysis"
James McGrath, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and research associate Christopher Striemer discuss the potential applications of a new ultrathin silicon membrane that they and colleagues discovered.
Inside Higher Ed (March 15)
"Data on Helicopter Parents"
"Everyone talks about 'helicopter parents'—those who hover—and it turns out they realize that they are much more involved with their children's college lives than their parents were."
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