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US News & World Report (November 15)

Muscular Dystrophy Treatment Shows Promise

But the research, though promising, is still in its infancy, the investigators and other experts stressed. "It's an important step forward that should be encouraging for people with the condition and their families and it shows that doctors and scientists are really now beginning to fix their attention on fixing this disease, rather than trying to understand what goes wrong," said study senior author Dr. Charles Thornton, a professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. (Also reported by WebMD, BBC News UK, Washington Post, Forbes, Independent Online South Africa, Brisbane Times Australia, The Times of India, The China Post Taiwan, Science Daily, Tehran Times Iran, India, Australia, Florida, and others)

New York Times (November 12)

The Value of a Friend in the Next Cubicle

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center studied data collected from more than 24,000 Canadian workers in 2002. They found that 5 percent of the workers suffered from serious bouts of depression. Notably, men who endured high job strain were two times more likely to succumb to depression than men with minimal job stress. Women who had little decision-making authority had twice the depression risk compared to women with more power. "It's more than just friendship," said Emma Robertson Blackmore, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester and the lead author on the study. "Your family and friends give you support, but because they're not in your work environment they don't have the level of understanding that your work colleagues do." Work friends, she noted, "get where you're coming from."

Rochester Business Journal (November 20)

UR laser lab likely to get millions

Laser Lab

The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is likely to get more than $350 million in federal funds over the next five years to keep the facility running. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Tuesday said it would renew its agreement to support the lab. “The Laboratory is a jewel of the University of Rochester,” said UR President Joel Seligman in a statement. “It is a vital component of our nation’s scientific capital and leadership, a key to strategic work on an independent energy future and a crucial part of the high-tech economy of Upstate New York.” (Also reported by Democrat and Chronicle)


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