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How household plastics could ruin your sex life

How household plastics could ruin your sex life

October 21, 2014

Research into the effects of phthalates on women’s libido has yielded some strange headlines. The latest study, led by Dr Emily Barrett at the University of Rochester in New York State, was presented this week to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Honolulu.

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Memory of 9/11 widow, UR field hockey star lives on

Memory of 9/11 widow, UR field hockey star lives on

October 20, 2014

After being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2002, Nancy Melvin-Taylor compiled a “to-do” list. “It wasn’t easy for her,” says her former coach, Jane Possee. “She wasn’t well enough to come in 2002 (when she was first selected), but she came back the next year. She made it.”

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Rubber ducks can kill your sex drive, research finds

Rubber ducks can kill your sex drive, research finds

October 20, 2014

Women with the highest concentrations of “phthalates” in their bodies – chemicals used to make plastics bendy – were far more likely to suffer low libido, researchers found. “Phthalates are chemicals in plastics and basically they make plastic soft,” said Dr Emily Barrett, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in New York.

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Males may search for sex instead of food because their brains are programmed that way

Males may search for sex instead of food because their brains are programmed that way

October 20, 2014

There are some pretty basic building blocks to the survival of a species: that whole eating thing, and sex. Animals logically focus on both activities. But males prioritize the search for a mate over the hunt for grub, something that may be attributed to how their brains are programmed, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

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Broken hearts on the mend

Broken hearts on the mend

October 17, 2014

After they got their new hearts, 68-year-old Esther FitzRandolph and 68-year-old Danny Pszczolkowski both suffered from complications and depression. But a few months ago, both these patients started improving — dramatically. Cardiologist Dr. Leway Chen and the rest of the staff here were pleasantly confounded.

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New book chronicles transformation of UR

New book chronicles transformation of UR

October 17, 2014

The University of Rochester has grown from a small undergraduate institution in the 19th century to one of the region’s largest eceonomic drivers. That growth is being chronicled in a book published by the university.

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College Town marks new era for neighborhood

College Town marks new era for neighborhood

October 17, 2014

More than a decade ago, Wegmans closed its smallest and oldest store in the city, leaving a void and an expansive parking lot on Mt. Hope Avenue. There were other signs of decline. More people began traveling through rather than to the neighborhood. Now everything has changed.

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Male brains wired to ignore food in favour of sex, study shows

Male brains wired to ignore food in favour of sex, study shows

October 16, 2014

Male brains are wired to make them ignore food and look for a mate instead, according to new research. The study by the University of Rochester Medical Centre points to how subtle changes in the brain’s circuitry dictate differences in behaviour between males and females.

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One step closer to the elusive invisibility cloak (video)

One step closer to the elusive invisibility cloak (video)

October 13, 2014

We’re still a long way from donning real invisibility cloaks, but by working out a better way to bend light, scientists from the University of Rochester can make movable objects invisible to the viewer — multi-directionally, and in three dimensions.

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Rochester fares well in college ranking

Rochester fares well in college ranking

October 13, 2014

Take lots of college students “about 90,000″ and give them plenty of places to go for arts and recreation. The Rochester region did well enough in these categories that it was ranked sixth-best among the 30 mid-size metro areas for college students by the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonprofit based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. That’s five notches higher than the year before.

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