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Sports injury, performance focus of UR project

Sports injury, performance focus of UR project

June 2, 2015

As Austin Carr jumped, touched his toes, did knee bends and push ups, his silhouetted image on the laptop screen glowed in shades of purple and white. A computer program designed by doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center created an anatomical profile and captured 3D snapshots, every thousandth of a second, measuring each joint motion as Carr moved.

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Why stress can be good for you — no, really

Why stress can be good for you — no, really

June 2, 2015

You used to warn people stress increased the risk for heart disease, depression and made people sick. Why should we now embrace stress? …A researcher from the University of Rochester led a stress study in which half the participants had social anxiety disorder. Researchers found that within the first group, embracing anxiety was equally beneficial to those with the disorder and those without.

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Medical marijuana applicant gets boost from URMC

Medical marijuana applicant gets boost from URMC

June 1, 2015

A Seneca County company vying for one of five state licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana has gotten a boost for its application from the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Supervisor of the Town of Gates.

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U.S. drug shortages frustrate doctors, patients

U.S. drug shortages frustrate doctors, patients

May 31, 2015

Some of the thousands of patients who depend on BCG have resorted to tracking online message boards, calling hospitals and traveling hundreds of miles to find supplies. “There are patients who aren’t getting optimal therapy right now,” says Dr. Edward M. Messing, a urologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y.

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Biomedical labs are hub of research, pose concerns at UR

Biomedical labs are hub of research, pose concerns at UR

May 29, 2015

Dressing for work is not always a simple task for University of Rochester research scientist Marty Pavelka. When he uses UR’s high-containment lab—equipped with a special ventilation system in a secure location at the medical center — Pavelka is covered from head to foot in protective garb.

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Best colleges and college towns for good food

Best colleges and college towns for good food

May 28, 2015

Fortunately, on-campus college food is getting better and better. You won’t believe what some colleges now offer. The following is my aggregated list of the top 25 colleges known for offering unusually good food in their different food services, dining rooms, cafeterias, coffee houses, etc.

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What Apple has learned from ResearchKit so far

What Apple has learned from ResearchKit so far

May 27, 2015

Apple operations chief Jeff Williams says that ResearchKit — the suite of medical research tools for the iPhone that Apple launched in March — has already helped researchers make a lot of interesting discoveries.

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New Golisano Children’s Hospital to open soon

New Golisano Children’s Hospital to open soon

May 27, 2015

The largest capital project in the University of Rochester’s history will soon be open to the community. The new Golisano Children’s Hospital was dedicated Wednesday with media taking a first look at the eight-story, $145 million hospital with 245,000 square feet of new space.

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We mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with

We mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with

May 26, 2015

When people talk, they tend to inadvertently take on each other’s speech patterns, adopting similar pronunciation, rates of speech, posture, and more. The degree to which we fall in with someone else’s speech patterns may have to do with how much we agree with them, and how willing we are to compromise.

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Our school-reform quest

Our school-reform quest

May 26, 2015

In a unique partnership with the Rochester school district, the UR is about to take charge of East High School, which prevents the school from being closed due to its poor academic record. And I’m encouraged by comments that Steve Uebbing, the University of Rochester professor leading the East reform efforts.

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