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In Today’s Issue

  • Virtual Hearts Help Understand Real-world Patients
  • Use It or Lose It: Flexible Spending Account
  • Study Details Brain Damage Triggered by Ministrokes
  • Facility Will Bridge Research and Stem Cell Therapies
  • Customer Appreciation Day at the Bookstore
  • Registration Open for Exercise Competition

News and Announcements

Virtual Hearts Help Understand Real-world Patients
A computer model of the heart wall predicted risk of irregular heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death in patients, paving the way for the use of more complex cardiac models to calculate the consequences of genetic, lifestyle, and other changes to the heart. Authors of the study, led by Medical Center researchers, say this is the first report of cardiac modeling being used as an arrhythmic risk predictor for patients. Read more...

Use It or Lose It: Flexible Spending Account
The Benefits Office reminds you that if you elected a Flexible Spending Account for the 2012 plan year, contributions can only be used to reimburse expenses incurred through Dec. 31. Any FSA dollars you have not used for eligible expenses by that date will be forfeited. You will have until April 30, 2013, to file claims incurred by Dec. 31. Questions? Visit the Benefits website.

Study Details Brain Damage Triggered by Ministrokes
A Medical Center study appearing today in the Journal of Neuroscience details for the first time how “ministrokes” cause prolonged periods of brain damage and result in cognitive impairment. The strokes, which are often imperceptible, are common in older adults and are believed to contribute to dementia. Read more...

Facility Will Bridge Research and Stem Cell Therapies
The Medical Center has opened the doors on a new facility that will enable researchers to create, study, and ultimately use stem cells and their offspring in early phase experimental human therapies. The Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility—which will be used by academic and private-sector scientists from across the state—was created with $3.5 million in support from the Empire State Stem Cell Board. Read more...

Customer Appreciation Day at the Bookstore
The River Campus Bookstore’s annual customer appreciation day on Friday, Dec. 14, will feature promotions, free popcorn and punch, and more. Read more...

Registration Open for Exercise Competition
Area health systems will participate in a six-week exercise competition, starting Jan .7. Employee teams from the University, Excellus BCBS, Highland Hospital, Rochester General Health System, and Unity Health System will log the time they spend walking or exercising using the WalkingWorks online tool. The competition starts with a kickoff event at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Highland Hospital. For more information, contact Well-U or click here

Dec. 13, 2012
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Today’s Event Highlight
MAG Highlights Tour
6:30 p.m., Memorial Art Gallery.

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Rochester in the News
WROC-TV (Dec. 11)
Tracking the Flu through Tweets
Through TwitterHealth, postdoctoral fellow Adam Sadilek measures how people feel based on what they tweet. Since a lot of tweets come from cell phones, like a GPS, he can track the exact location where people are sick. “It really gives you this x-ray vision where you can walk down the street, this can run on your mobile device, and you see how many people you are about to encounter, which is something that is hard to guess otherwise,” Sadilek says. (Dec. 11)
The Healthiest States in the U.S.: Where Does Yours Rank?
About 28 percent of Americans are now considered obese, and many more are overweight. “Obesity is the biggest challenge facing the U.S. right now,” says Nancy Bennett, director of the Center for Community Health, who was not involved in the rankings. “Tobacco is still the number-one cause of death in the U.S., but with decreasing rates of smoking, the lack of physical activity and poor nutrition will quickly become the leading cause of death. We may even be at that point now.”

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