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A new blood test to diagnose concussions on the field

A new blood test to diagnose concussions on the field

January 9, 2014

A protein could signal the first signs of brain changes due to a concussion. With a finger-stick and a drop of blood, researchers from the University of Rochester say it may be possible to tell whether a player experienced a concussion.

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Web essay: A new way forward

Web essay: A new way forward

January 5, 2014

by Joel Seligman. “For more than 160 years, the University of Rochester and the city have been inextricably connected.”

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Want a good night’s sleep? Quit smoking: Cigarette smoke disrupts the body clock

Want a good night’s sleep? Quit smoking: Cigarette smoke disrupts the body clock

January 3, 2014

People try everything from sleeping pills to exercise to help them get a good night’s sleep. Now, research suggests the best tactic might be to give up smoking. Researchers found smoking can disrupt sleep leading to conditions such as depression and anxiety.

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Naked mole rat named “Vertebrate of the Year”

Naked mole rat named “Vertebrate of the Year”

December 31, 2013

The first study, published in June in the journal Nature by a team of researchers based at the University of Rochester in New York state, described a substance called hyaluronan that the rodents accumulate between their tissues in a molecularly heavier form than the hyaluronan found in humans and mice.

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The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

The Top Ten Brain Science And Psychology Studies Of 2013

December 30, 2013

1. How the Brain Takes Out Its Trash While We Sleep. In 2013, layers were peeled back from two interrelated mysteries: the function of sleep, and how the brain removes its waste byproducts.

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Researchers study compassionate speech to guide doctors

Researchers study compassionate speech to guide doctors

December 28, 2013

Dr. Ronald Epstein, a professor and director of the University of Rochester’s Center for Communication and Disparities Research in New York state, said the team listened to physicians talk to patients and broke down the dialogue and studied the context.

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2014: No big changes in store; it’s more of the same

2014: No big changes in store; it’s more of the same

December 27, 2013

Higher education will continue to be an important factor in the local economy, says Ronald Paprocki, chief financial officer and senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Rochester.

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UR rodent named Vertebrate of the Year

UR rodent named Vertebrate of the Year

December 25, 2013

A long-living type of rodent, not known for its good looks but an important participant in cancer research conducted by two University of Rochester scientists, was named Vertebrate of the Year.

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Naked mole rat, star of cancer research, honored by science journal

Naked mole rat, star of cancer research, honored by science journal

December 24, 2013

The naked mole rat isn’t going to win any beauty contests but has been named Vertebrate of the Year by a leading scientific magazine. Thanks largely to the work of two University of Rochester biologists, Science Magazine, one of the world’s leading journals on scientific research and news, has bestowed the honor on the naked mole rats

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Music and success

Music and success

December 21, 2013

DOES music make you smarter? Year after year, researchers report associations between children’s participation in music classes and better grades, higher SAT scores and elevated cognitive skills. It’s also well known that many successful adults played instruments as children. On the basis of such evidence, you might assume that music education helped cause such positive outcomes.

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