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2013-04-23 12:31:43

Boston IVF - collaborating with Brandeis University - selected by HHS to participate in public awareness campaign BOSTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston IVF, a leading medical practice providing specialized infertility treatment since 1986, has received a two-year federal grant, totaling $1 million, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve patient understanding of and interest in donating frozen embryos resulting from in vitro...

2013-04-04 12:08:58

Position on economic ladder and race impact recovery A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts, "Making Hard Choices: Navigating the Economic Shock of Unemployment," examines how American families cope with unexpected financial setbacks and how those periods of economic uncertainty draw down financial resources. The report studies families across race and income levels, revealing different experiences resulting from unemployment and the difficult choices many of them face. Building...

2013-02-27 14:07:43

Same gain in income produces far greater wealth for white households than black families New research shows the dramatic gap in household wealth that now exists along racial lines in the United States cannot solely be attributed to personal ambition and behavioral choices, but rather reflects policies and institutional practices that create different opportunities for whites and African-Americans. So powerful are these government policies and institutional practices that for typical...

2012-09-06 12:53:58

For years policymakers have attempted to replace Medicare´s fee-for-service payment system with approaches that pay one price for an aggregation of services. The intent has been to reward providers for offering needed care in the most appropriate and cost-effective manner. But many of these programs have known pitfalls, says Stuart Altman, an economist and the Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. On...

2012-08-02 06:24:34

NORFOLK, Va. and BOSTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently selected ValueOptions(®) and its subsidiary, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), for a CMS Health Care Innovation Award. The award includes a $2.67 million grant to fund a new program which will use recovery peer navigators and incentives that will help to improve substance abuse treatment outcomes and reduce costs for the Commonwealth. MBHP will partner with...

2012-05-03 09:19:14

Researchers calculate surveillance and prevention of mosquito-borne disease known as 'break-bone' fever could save $5 for every $1 invested As public health experts warn that the spread of dengue fever could prove more costly globally and cause more sickness than even malaria, a new report published today in the May issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene finds each year dengue is inflicting a US$ 37.8 million burden on Puerto Rico and that every $1 invested in...

2012-02-22 11:30:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven by its commitment to "invest in the people with the values, ability and passion to change the world," the Mandel Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation (WPBLF). With this significant and notable gift, the West Palm Beach Library will be renamed in perpetuity as the "Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach." In addition, representatives of the Mandel Foundation will serve...

Addressing Pain And Disease On The Fly
2011-12-07 09:29:43

How fruit flies can teach us about curing chronic pain and halting mosquito-borne diseases Studies of a protein that fruit flies use to sense heat and chemicals may someday provide solutions to human pain and the control of disease-spreading mosquitoes. In the current issue of the journal Nature, biologist Paul Garrity of the National Center for Behavioral Genomics at Brandeis University and his team, spearheaded by KyeongJin Kang and Vince Panzano in the Garrity lab, report how fruit...

2011-06-18 01:45:14

Guest edited by Brandeis professor Donald Shepard, it contains 7 original studies co-authored by Brandeis researchers The ten studies in this special issue document the substantial and growing burden of dengue in the Americas, Africa and Asia, and the burden of a chikungunya outbreak in India. Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figuedo's paper on dengue in Brazil confirms the country's worsening trend; from 1999-2009, where cases rose at 6.2% per year and dengue deaths at 12.0% per year. Carmen Perez and...

2011-04-27 11:42:43

Laboratory reports success in blocking the lethal effects of ALS Brandeis researchers have made a significant advance in the effort to understand amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by successfully reversing the toxicity of the mutated protein in the familial type of the disease. Currently there is no cure or prevention for the disease, which affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Most frequently referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, after its most famous victim, ALS typically...