Biomarker blood test could reveal high risk heart patients in need of treatment

DALLAS — Nov. 11, 2019 — Without occasionally looking under the hood, it’s difficult to predict whether expensive car repairs lie ahead. In a similar way, preventive cardiologists are looking for ways to detect early stage heart disease in people who aren’t currently in treatment. Preventive cardiology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center believe that…

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Late talkers twice as likely to have severe, frequent temper tantrums

EVANSTON, Ill. — Toddler speech delays and temper tantrums have long been assumed to go hand in hand, but no large-scale research had successfully backed up that assumption with data.  Until now.  A new, 2,000-participant study from Northwestern University found that toddlers with fewer spoken words have more frequent and severe temper tantrums than their…

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The gut may be the ticket to reducing chemo’s side effects

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a new study, scientists observed several simultaneous reactions in mice given a common chemotherapy drug: Their gut bacteria and tissue changed, their blood and brains showed signs of inflammation, and their behaviors suggested they were fatigued and cognitively impaired. The research is the first to show these combined events in the…

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NJIT’s Brooke Flammang wins 2019 Young Investigator Award

Brooke Flammang, assistant professor of biological sciences at NJIT, has been named winner of the 2019 Steven Vogel Young Investigator Award by the scientific journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Flammang is the third-ever winner of the international award, started in 2017 in honor of biomechanics pioneer Steven Vogel. The honor is externally nominated by the journal…

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Infant home visiting program linked to less child abuse

DURHAM, N.C. — Family Connects, a program where nurses conduct home visits for newborns and their families, is linked to substantial reductions in child maltreatment investigations in children’s earliest years, according to new research from Duke University. Program participants had 44 percent lower rates of child maltreatment investigations during children’s first 24 months of life,…

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Wide-ranging gender disparities remain in pediatrics

Three commonly argued justifications for the persistent discrimination and gender bias that prevent women from rising to leadership positions in the field of pediatric medicine have been debunked by a Drexel University College of Medicine researcher and colleagues in a special article published in the November 2019 issue of the journal Pediatrics. The article goes…

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A Sculpture for Brooklyn’s New Golden Age?

Standing at the newly constructed intersection of Tillary and Adams Streets, near the exit from the Brooklyn Bridge, is a new, 22-foot bronze arm with the index finger pointing skyward. Commissioned by New York City’s Percent for Art program, the permanent sculpture was created by Hank Willis Thomas and is titled “Unity” (2019). Is this…

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Cynthia Schmitt, Tracie Palmer

Cynthia Anne Schmitt and Tracie Lynn Palmer were married in a self-uniting ceremony on Nov. 9 in the auditorium of the Bok Building, a former technical high school converted into retail and studio spaces, in Philadelphia. Heather Marg Bracken, a meditation teacher of the couple, led the ceremony incorporating Buddhist traditions. Ms. Schmitt (left), 42,…

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