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Plaque-busting nanoparticles could help fight tooth decay

Plaque-busting nanoparticles could help fight tooth decay

April 10, 2015

Nanotechnology might soon save you a trip to the dentist. Researchers have developed tiny sphere-shaped particles that ferry a payload of bacteria-slaying drugs to the surface of the teeth, where they fight plaque and tooth decay on the spot.

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Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

Carbon’s importance to ocean life’s survival 252 million years ago

April 7, 2015

A new study demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.

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<i>The Poitier Effect</i>: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

The Poitier Effect: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

April 6, 2015

Sir Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But as art and art history professor Sharon Willis argues in her new book, his image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.

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Study finds new genetic clues to pediatric seizure disorders

Study finds new genetic clues to pediatric seizure disorders

April 2, 2015

Researchers at the Medical Center have identified a new genetic mutation at the heart of a severe and potentially deadly seizure disorder found in infants and young children. The finding may help scientists unravel the complex biological mechanism behind these diseases.

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Nanoparticles provide novel way to apply drugs to dental plaque

Nanoparticles provide novel way to apply drugs to dental plaque

April 1, 2015

Therapeutic anti-bacterial agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

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Study shows worked-based wellness programs reduce weight

Study shows worked-based wellness programs reduce weight

March 31, 2015

A Medical Center study shows that workplace wellness programs can be effective in helping people lose weight by providing healthier food choices and increasing opportunities for physical activity, particularly if these efforts are designed with the input and active participation of employees.

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Meet the star of TED 2020: a glass app that coaches you as you talk

Meet the star of TED 2020: a glass app that coaches you as you talk

March 31, 2015

Developed by a team at the University of Rochester’s Human-Computer Interaction Group, the system is called Rhema, and it works by recording a speaker, analyzing the volume and rate of the recorded words, and immediately displaying recommendations for changes.

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Wearable technology can help with public speaking

Wearable technology can help with public speaking

March 30, 2015

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, students and faculty from the Human-Computer Interaction Group have developed an intelligent user interface for “smart glasses” that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, and have made the tool freely available for downloading.

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Could a diet help shield you from Alzheimer’s?

Could a diet help shield you from Alzheimer’s?

March 27, 2015

While the MIND diet stresses the importance of plant-based foods, green leafy vegetables and blueberries, it does not push much consumption of fruit, fish, dairy or potatoes. One expert said he was intrigued by the findings.

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Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

Blocking cellular quality control mechanism gives cancer chemotherapy a boost

March 26, 2015

A University team found a way to make chemotherapy more effective by exposing cancer cells to a molecule that inhibits NMD (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay) prior to treatment with doxorubicin, a drug used to treat leukemia, breast, bone, lung and other cancers.

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