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2009-12-16 13:12:26

New study shows families, not doctors, raise the issue of prayer What happens when the families of sick and dying hospitalized children ask their physicians to pray with them, or for them? How do pediatricians respond to such personal requests? While increasing numbers of physicians say that religion and spirituality help some patients and families cope with serious illness, a new study reports that it is almost always the families and patients who raise the issue of prayer, not the doctors...

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2009-12-10 13:57:44

Brandeis researchers reveal the hidden, transient life of a protein between active states Understanding the incredibly speedy atomic mechanisms at work when a protein transitions from one shape to another has been an elusive scientific goal for years, but an essential one for elucidating the full panoply of protein function. How do proteins transition, or interconvert, between distinct shapes without unfolding in the process? Until now, this question has been a hypothetical one, approached by...

2009-12-02 18:28:53

A novel scleral lens developed in Boston proves clinically beneficial in patients who have failed conventional therapies Joseph Balboni loves sports. An avid tennis player and golfer, as well as baseball fan, the 46-year-old insurance agent became increasingly frustrated over time as his eyesight dimmed due to keratoconus, a degenerative eye disorder. Unable to return the tennis ball or see the pitch at Red Sox games, he faced the prospect of a corneal transplant to restore his vision and eye...

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2009-12-02 15:48:41

For the first time, experimental evidence shows that hidden protein structures are essential for catalysis An important Brandeis study appearing in the December 3 issue of Nature raises the curtain on the hidden lives of proteins at the atomic level. The study reports that for the first time, researchers used x-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to directly visualize protein structures essential for catalysis at the rare high-energy state. The study also...

2009-11-18 14:54:00

Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Law and the 21st Century WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will present a panel discussion entitled "Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the Law and the 21st Century." This event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, which is fully accessible. (Logo:...

2009-11-05 12:36:27

New study reports that pediatric physicians are more likely to accept the salve of religion when medicine has failed the patient Do pediatric oncologists feel that religion is a bridge or a barrier to their work? Or do they feel it can be either, depending on whether their patients are recovering or deteriorating? A novel Brandeis University study examines these questions in the current issue of Social Problems. Through in-depth interviews with 30 pediatricians and pediatric oncologists at...

2009-10-19 13:54:08

A new Brandeis study reveals that academic medical centers, the nation's classrooms for doctors and researchers, don't always practice the values they preach As the national conversation about healthcare reform engages millions of Americans, a new Brandeis study sheds light on the values of medical faculty who train the nation's physicians and lead in health care and research in the U.S. The study, published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, shows that faculty values...

2009-05-07 14:16:01

New research from Brandeis nets the true economic costs of global mosquito-borne illness Researchers at Brandeis, in collaboration with several other institutions worldwide, have pinpointed for the first time the multi-country economic costs of dengue fever, the endemic and epidemic mosquito-borne illness that is a rapidly growing public health problem in tropical and sub-tropical countries. The study, published in the May issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene,...

2009-02-11 17:15:45

Friends of Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum vowed to keep the museum stocked and open after the university said it would close because of financial woes. Nearly 300 people -- including students, professors, members of the community and Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy -- attended a town meeting Tuesday to discuss how to save the collection from being sold and keep the museum open, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Last week Brandeis University Jehuda Reinharz apologized for the abrupt...

2009-02-01 14:43:49

The Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Mass., will soon close as Brandeis University trustees have decided to sell the site's art collection, a Rose official says. Rose director Michael Rush said the museum is currently facing the possible loss of its estimated 6,000 modern and contemporary works, which would result in the site's closure, The Boston Globe said Sunday. We need people with loud voices who care about art, Rush said Saturday. The Rose museum is part of Brandeis University, which is...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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