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The Elvis of our dreams

The Elvis of our dreams

January 7, 2015

It’s a funny thing how fame works sometimes. You’d think the best way for a pop artist to promote his or her music would be to do so in person. But it can happen sometimes that the best thing — from a strictly business point of view — is for the artist to be gone. This is precisely what has happened in the posthumous careers of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

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More evidence against keeping electronics in kids’ bedrooms

More evidence against keeping electronics in kids’ bedrooms

January 6, 2015

Parents concerned about their children not getting enough sleep may want to remove televisions and other small electronics from the kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study. It’s already known that televisions in children’s bedrooms are linked to worse sleep, said Dr. Heidi Connolly, head of sleep medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Golisano Children’s Hospital in New York.

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URMC researchers win $3.8 million grant

URMC researchers win $3.8 million grant

January 5, 2015

University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have won a $3.8 million grant to study a possible link between treatments that keep AIDS in check and heart disease. Employing a method known as reverse translation, the URMC team will use ultrasound scanning technology developed by Marvin Doyley, UR associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, to track changes in human subjects carotid arteries.

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Connections: Science Roundtable January 2015

Connections: Science Roundtable January 2015

January 5, 2015

During this science roundtable we talk about climate change, global warming, and how nitrous oxide plays a role in the planet’s warming with University of Rochester Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vas Petrenko.

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UR professor provides historical lens for the present

UR professor provides historical lens for the present

January 4, 2015

University of Rochester history professor Thomas P. Slaughter is a firm believer that history is a good way to start understanding today’s problems. Some of his six books have looked at flash points in history – be it the American Revolution, a rebellion against a tax on liquor during the early days of the Republic, or armed resistance to an effort to put the shackles back on escaped slaves.

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How brick-and-mortar stores can survive the Internet shopping craze

How brick-and-mortar stores can survive the Internet shopping craze

January 2, 2015

Department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers registered another lackluster holiday shopping season, while online sales have remained upbeat since Cyber Monday. As more consumers spend a larger share of their dollars online, does this signal the days of shopping at department stores and shopping malls are numbered?

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December 31, 2014

It appears that science isn’t so silly after all. What is perhaps silly is the short-sightedness that puts immediate frugality before long-term gain. Criticism of ‘wasteful’ science fails to see the big picture. And what is really silly is the storm of viral hysteria surrounding stories such as these. Some people read the headline: “Scientists waste money on monkey gambling” and find the accusation of wastefulness a little too easy to accept.

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Researchers find protein that could control weight loss and lead to radical new treatments for obesity

Researchers find protein that could control weight loss and lead to radical new treatments for obesity

December 29, 2014

Researchers have uncovered a protein they say controls how the body produces fat cells. ‘We believe that weight gain is not necessarily just a result of eating more and exercising less,’ said lead author Richard Phipps of the University of Rochester. ‘Our focus is on the intricate network involved in fat cell development.’

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A provocative new way to think about dementia

A provocative new way to think about dementia

December 29, 2014

Just about everything you think you know about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is wrong. And because the conventional wisdom is so off-track, so are the ways we—both family members and professionals—respond to those with dementia. That’s Dr. G. Allen Power’s provocative message.

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Transgender military veterans at greater risk of suicide

Transgender military veterans at greater risk of suicide

December 28, 2014

Based on data gathered from the VA National Patient Care Database from 2000-2009, researchers determined that while the suicide death rate among veterans with transgender-related diagnoses was higher than for veterans in general, it was similar to the suicide death rate for veterans with serious mental illness such as depression or schizophrenia.

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