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Existing anti-stroke drug also effective treatment for middle-ear infections

Existing anti-stroke drug also effective treatment for middle-ear infections

May 21, 2015

An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester.

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‘Summer slide’ slows when kids pick summer reading list

‘Summer slide’ slows when kids pick summer reading list

May 20, 2015

At the end of the school year, districts often send reading lists home with their students in the hopes of combating “summer slide,” the literacy loss experienced during the long break that hits low-income students particularly hard. But a Medical Center study shows these programs can be more effective with only a small tweak: Let the kids choose the books.

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Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

Imitation game: we unconsciously mimic the speech patterns of people who think like us

May 20, 2015

When we talk to a companion, psychologists tell us, we unconsciously mirror their posture, behavior, and speech patterns — monkey see, monkey do. New research from University of Rochester shows how certain social factors can modify this automatic behavior.

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Lower air pollution, higher birth weight

Lower air pollution, higher birth weight

May 5, 2015

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. “The results of this study demonstrate a clear association between changes in air pollutant concentrations and birth weight,” said associate professor David Q. Rich, an epidemiologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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2-D materials produce optically active quantum dots for first time

2-D materials produce optically active quantum dots for first time

May 5, 2015

While graphene has become increasingly used for optoelectronic applications, researchers at the University of Rochester claim that the work they have done with tungsten diselenide represents the first time that 2-D materials have produced optically active quantum dots.

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Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

May 4, 2015

Until now, optically active quantum dots have not been observed in materials consisting of a single layer of atom, also known as 2D materials. Rochester researchers have shown how the 2D material tungsten diselenide can be fashioned into an atomically thin semiconductor that serves as a platform for solid-state quantum dots.

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Chinese babies born during pollution-light Olympics heavier

Chinese babies born during pollution-light Olympics heavier

April 29, 2015

Women in the Chinese capital in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics — when officials strictly controlled air pollution — gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the city was smoggier, a study said Wednesday.

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Benefits of breathing: Beijing’s Olympic babies born heavier, study finds

Benefits of breathing: Beijing’s Olympic babies born heavier, study finds

April 29, 2015

A study released in a scientific journal on Tuesday finds that women who were pregnant during the 2008 Beijing Olympics – when aggressive measures by the Chinese government over a seven-week period significantly reduced air pollution – gave birth to heavier and presumably healthier babies.

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Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

Beijing Olympics study links pollution to lower birth weight

April 28, 2015

Exposure to high levels of pollution can have a significant impact on fetal growth and development. Late pregnancy is a particularly important period of fetal growth, and the study suggests pollution may interfere with this period of development.

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Money in politics: What do donations buy?

Money in politics: What do donations buy?

April 27, 2015

An unethical, quid pro quo relationship between legislators and their donors is hard to prove and, experts say, unlikely for the vast majority of lawmakers. But some say the money flowing into the war chests of politicians affects their psyche, not their floor votes.

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