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When the ‘new normal’ is not enough

When the ‘new normal’ is not enough

November 24, 2014

Neurorestoration is an infant field, with life-changing potential for people like Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk. Now he’s on a quest to make Rochester an early leader in an effort to bring new treatments to patients with spinal cord injuries.

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Molecular clouds show off potential, beauty of data visualization

Molecular clouds show off potential, beauty of data visualization

November 21, 2014

“Simulated molecular clouds are beautiful, intricate, and ever-changing — properties that make them ideal candidates for high-powered visualization,” wrote PhD student Erica Kaminski about her award-winning images.

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Baseball players often struck out by concussions

Baseball players often struck out by concussions

November 19, 2014

A new analysis of Major League Baseball statistics by Medical Center researchers shows that concussed players may be returning to the batting lineup before they’re fully recovered.

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New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

New tool allows researchers to target rare brain disease

November 17, 2014

Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare brain disease found in patients with compromised immune systems. Until now, it has been almost impossible to track the disease or test treatments. But a new model developed at the Medical Center allows researchers to study the disease in mouse brains that contain both animal neurons and human glia cells.

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Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

Sustainability, astrobiology combine to illuminate future of Earth’s technological civilization

November 6, 2014

How long can a technological civilization last? Will human-caused climate change or species extinctions threaten its collapse or can industrial development continue without restrictions? In a new paper, two astrophysicists argue that these questions may soon be resolvable scientifically.

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Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

Congenital herpes tied to lower developmental test scores in infants

November 4, 2014

A new Medical Center study showed that babies with congenital human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) scored several points lower than those without the infection. Scores for the infected babies were similar to those exposed to lead or cocaine in the womb.

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Researchers to develop detailed map of human lungs

Researchers to develop detailed map of human lungs

October 29, 2014

Physicians know what a healthy human lung looks like, but have never before created a comprehensive map that specifically measures lung development from birth through childhood. Now Medical Center researchers have launched five-year effort to develop such a map, and have received $6.1 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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Implantable diagnostic technology advances

Implantable diagnostic technology advances

October 21, 2014

The University has received a second patent for an implantable biosensor that can provide physicians with real time information on their patients’ health.

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‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

‘Red Effect’ sparks interest in female monkeys

October 17, 2014

Recent studies have showed that the color red tends to increase our attraction toward others, feelings of jealousy, and even reaction times. Now, new research shows that female monkeys also respond to the color red, suggesting that biology, rather than our culture, may play the fundamental role in our “red” reactions.

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Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

October 16, 2014

Medical Center researchers have shown that male brains – at least in microscopic roundworms – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate.

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