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Methane is discovered seeping from seafloor off East Coast, scientists say

Methane is discovered seeping from seafloor off East Coast, scientists say

August 24, 2014

Dr. Kessler, the author of an article reviewing the findings in the same journal, said that because the Atlantic margin was unaffected by tectonic activity or other factors, it should prove to be a convenient location to conduct long-term studies of links between climate change and methane releases.

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Campuses struggle with sex assault cases

Campuses struggle with sex assault cases

August 24, 2014

UR has already issued an update of its sexual misconduct policy, saying it is moving toward an “affirmative consent” model, which requires explicit consent from both individuals engaged in sexual activity. The college also tries to hammer home the importance of consent with a skit, “Red Light, Green Light,” which will be performed as part of this week’s orientation for first-year students.

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Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

Alternate mechanism of species formation picks up support, thanks to a South American ant

August 22, 2014

Pictured at left is the queen ant of the parasitic species Mycocepurus castrator. This ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development.

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Certain antipsychotic meds tied to kidney problems in elderly

Certain antipsychotic meds tied to kidney problems in elderly

August 19, 2014

Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat symptoms of dementia, a new study finds. “The side effect profile with antipsychotics is particularly concerning, so there is ample evidence to worry about their use in older adults unless they’re absolutely necessary,” said Dr. Anton Porsteinsson, director of Alzheimer’s disease care, research and education.

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URMC gets $4 million for cardiology research

URMC gets $4 million for cardiology research

August 19, 2014

A University of Rochester Medical Center cardiology research team has won a $4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study a genetic disorder that causes heart arrhythmias and can lead to sudden death, URMC officials said Tuesday. Led by Arthur Moss M.D., the cardiology team plans a five-year study of Long QT Syndrome, type 3.

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URMC gets $2 million for Alzheimer’s professorship

URMC gets $2 million for Alzheimer’s professorship

August 18, 2014

A family with a long history of philanthropy toward the University of Rochester Medical Center has given $2 million for a professorship with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, according to the hospital system. The gift comes from the Robert Fine Trust and is the third professorship in the family’s name.

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‘Perfect Storm': Parkinson’s Disease may worsen depression

‘Perfect Storm': Parkinson’s Disease may worsen depression

August 15, 2014

The good news is that Parkinson’s-related depression responds well to currently available antidepressants that pump up the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine circulating in the brain, said Dr. Irene Richard, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a science adviser to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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