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August 2012

New Scientist (August 15)

Waste disposal network discovered in the brain

brain artery in a mouseJeffrey Iliff at the University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, and his colleagues, were intrigued by the fact that there are no obvious lymphatic vessels in the brain. Among other things, the lymphatic system removes waste interstitial fluids from body tissue. “It seemed strange that such an important and active organ wouldn’t have a specialised waste-removal system,” says Iliff.  (Also Reported in: Scientific American, National Geographic, UPI, Salon, Yahoo! News, Wired News, Science News, HealthDay, 13WHAM-TV,, Science Daily and others)

NPR (August 20)

Obama ‘deeply concerned’ over Afghan insider attacks; a key element of war strategy is risk

Jacqueline L. Hazelton, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Rochester, who has extensively studied counterinsurgency strategy, sees the attacks stemming from a combination of Afghan resistance and resentment. “As disturbing as the attacks are as a Taliban tactic, the broader popular anger revealed – among those the mission is supposed to be most closely allied with and most directly useful to – is even more dangerous for the longer term and reveals a greater rot within,” Prof. Hazelton said in an e-mail exchange.  (Also Reported in: Washington Post, CBS News, News-Sentinel, Globe and Mail, Austin American-Statesman, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Deseret News, Newsday, Detroit News, ABC News, Fayetteville Observer, 10WHEC-TV, and others)

iVillage (August 29)

ER Study Sows Drop in Deaths After Trauma Injury

The findings, which appear in the August issue of the Archives of Surgery, don’t directly prove that better medical care boosted survival rates in these patients. Nor does the study indicate exactly what the hospitals might be doing better. Still, the result “suggests that the quality of trauma care is improving substantially over time,” said study author Dr. Laurent Glance, vice chair for research in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in New York. “It is likely that many incremental changes in medical care involving care of these critically ill patients in the intensive care unit and in the operating room are responsible for these improved outcomes.”  (Also Reported in: HealthDay,, U.S. News & World Report, Newsday)