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2009-10-01 16:26:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A Duke University pioneer in personalized medicine at today's Ohio State University Medical Center Personalized Health Care National Conference said physicians must lead the way in changing the national health care model from disease-based to preventive care. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/personalized-medicine-expert-dont-fix-it-predict-it-63156772.html Dr. Ralph...

2009-09-25 04:35:29

Insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes and a condition often associated with obesity, is paradoxically also an apparent contributor to muscle wasting and severe fat loss that accompanies some cancers, according to new research. And in an animal study, a diabetes drug that promotes insulin sensitivity slowed the progression of muscle wasting and fat loss, the main consequences of a syndrome called cachexia, in mice with colon cancer tumors. Though it remains unknown whether that...

2009-09-14 15:28:09

A study comparing images of the knees in people who did and didn't have previous injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament suggests that people who tore their ACLs are more likely to have a smaller ligament than do similarly sized people who have never injured a knee. Researchers calculated the total volume of the ligaments based on magnetic resonance images of human knees. The ACLs among those with previous injuries were, on average, about 10 percent smaller than were ACLs among those...

2009-09-09 07:57:19

Hairstylists may have a unique opportunity to help steer their elderly clients to needed health services, according to a small, exploratory study. More than 80 percent of 40 Columbus-area stylists surveyed said that older clients often or always shared their problems during appointments. "Hair stylists are in a great position to notice when their older clients are starting to suffer from depression, dementia, or self-neglect," said Keith Anderson, co-author of the study and assistant...

2009-09-04 10:38:42

Campers and travelers should burn wood where they buy it to reduce the risk of transporting damaging pests to new areas, scientists in Ohio recommend. Ohio State University's Burn It Where You Buy It program is aimed at reducing the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other invasive pests that hitch a ride in firewood, the university said in a release. The ash borer, a beetle from Asia, spread to North America in wood packaging materials in the 1990s and since has killed at least 70 million...

2009-09-04 10:31:51

An Ohio State University program is teaching tomato farmers in Uganda how to cut their pesticide use in half while improving production, officials said. Farmers in the Integrated Pest Management program get 2.5 times more money for their produce using traditional farming practices taught in the program, Ugandan farmer Matthew Ssekabembe said. The four-year program, also in use in Kenya and Tanzania, was funded by $800,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development. Farmers in the...

2009-09-02 10:12:47

Scientists here are the first to demonstrate that the link between diesel fume exposure and cancer lies in the ability of diesel exhaust to induce the growth of new blood vessels that serve as a food supply for solid tumors. The researchers found that in both healthy and diseased animals, more new blood vessels sprouted in mice exposed to diesel exhaust than did in mice exposed to clean, filtered air. This suggests that previous illness isn't required to make humans susceptible to the...

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2009-08-31 12:05:00

 As scientists attempt to learn more about how galaxies evolve, an open question has been whether collisions with our dwarf galactic neighbors will one day tear apart the disk of the Milky Way.That grisly fate is unlikely, a new study now suggests.While astronomers know that such collisions have probably occurred in the past, the new computer simulations show that instead of destroying a galaxy, these collisions "puff up" a galactic disk, particularly around the edges, and produce...

2009-08-19 08:16:00

Engineers at Ohio State University have found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol, which might someday replace gasoline in automobiles.The process improves on the conventional method for brewing butanol in a bacterial fermentation tank.Normally, bacteria could only produce a certain amount of butanol -- perhaps 15 grams of the chemical for every liter of water in the tank -- before the tank would become too toxic for the bacteria to survive, explained Shang-Tian Yang,...

2009-08-11 07:40:43

When it comes to raising their children, today's parents are much more likely to show affection and to read to their children than their own parents were, according to researchers at Ohio State University who conducted a study of parenting practices across two generations. The study found that mothers tend to follow the same practices their own mothers did, while fathers were less likely to use their own mothers as parenting role models. The researchers looked at how often parents in the...


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2012-08-17 14:31:26

Nancy Currie is an engineer, United States Army officer, and a NASA astronaut. She was born Nancy Jane Sherlock on December 29, 1958 in Wilmington, Delaware. She moved to Troy, Ohio as a child and graduated from Troy High School in 1977. She then went on to attend Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science in 1980. From there she continued her education by earning a Master of Science degree in Safety Engineering from the University of Southern...

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