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2012-07-24 11:14:33

Chronic exposure to dim light at night can lead to depressive symptoms in rodents -- but these negative effects can be reversed simply by returning to a standard light-dark cycle, a new study suggests. While hamsters exposed to light at night for four weeks showed evidence of depressive symptoms, those symptoms essentially disappeared after about two weeks if they returned to normal lighting conditions. Even changes in the brain that occurred after hamsters lived with chronic light at...

2012-07-20 02:21:39

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A football autographed by 21 living Heisman Trophy winners is on the auction block for a fundraiser sponsored by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council. Bids are currently being accepted until Friday, July 27 at 5 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit CMSDC to support its mission of expanding networking and contract opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises and to create mutually beneficial links...

2012-07-20 01:50:16

New research has shown that a protein does something that scientists once thought impossible: It unfolds itself and refolds into a completely new shape. This protein, called RfaH, activates genes that allow bacterial cells to launch a successful attack on their host, causing disease. The researchers determined that RfaH starts out in its alpha form, composed of two spiral shapes. Later, in its beta form, it resembles spokes on a wheel and is called a barrel. When RfaH refolds, it...

2012-07-19 12:06:27

When hospital patients need assistance breathing and are placed on a mechanical ventilator for days at a time, their lungs react to the pressure generated by the ventilator with an out-of-control immune response that can lead to excessive inflammation, new research suggests. While learning that lungs perceive the ventilation as an infection, researchers also discovered potential drug targets that might reduce the resulting inflammation - a tiny piece of RNA and two proteins that have roles...

2012-07-11 13:36:54

Researchers who are studying a new magnetic effect that converts heat to electricity have discovered how to amplify it a thousand times over - a first step in making the technology more practical. In the so-called spin Seebeck effect, the spin of electrons creates a current in magnetic materials, which is detected as a voltage in an adjacent metal. Ohio State University researchers have figured out how to create a similar effect in a non-magnetic semiconductor while producing more...

2012-06-26 02:28:52

CINCINNATI, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first landmark randomized clinical trial for a cardiac drug regimen in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is testing whether earlier treatment can stop or slow down heart damage that usually kills people with the disease. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110406/MM79025LOGO) The study is a collaboration of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio State University (OSU) and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati....

2012-06-12 06:30:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), a tuition-free online public charter school for students in Ohio, honored its 2012 graduates during a ceremony that took place at The Palace Theater in Columbus this past Saturday, June 9. The graduating class is one of the brightest in school history, and amassed a total of over $1.5 million in college scholarship money offered. The ceremony was planned by a committee of graduating seniors and...

2012-06-04 19:36:53

Skin cancer patients whose childhood included periods of neglect or maltreatment are at a much greater risk for their cancers to return when they face a major stressful event, based on a new study. The research suggests that such experiences during a person's youth can set a lower level of immune response for life, which in turn might make them more susceptible to the kind of cancers that are often successfully fought by the immune system, so-called immunogenic tumors. While the...

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2012-06-04 12:03:52

Many first-time parents - particularly mothers - actually increase the amount of time they spend on Facebook after the birth of their child according to a small exploratory study. The results shown 44% of mothers said after giving birth their facebook use increased. 27% said it decreased while 29% said their use stayed the same. For the fathers, 31% said their use increased, 19% said it decreased and 51% said it stayed the same. This study is the first to investigate new...

2012-06-04 02:28:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2000 Ohio graduates received diplomas from ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow), the nation's largest K-12 online charter school, in a ceremony Sunday, June 3 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Animal expert Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, addressed the largest graduating class of any school in the nation with over 2,000 students in ECOT's Class of 2012. "I've spoken to graduating...


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Nancy Currie
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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