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2011-04-11 17:01:57

For years, researchers in genome stability have observed that several neurodegenerative diseases"”including Huntington's disease"”are associated with cell-killing proteins that are created during expansion of a CAG/CTG trinucleotide repeat. In research published in the March 17 online edition of the journal PLoS Genetics, Tufts University biologist Catherine Freudenreich, and then-graduate student Rangapriya Sundararajan show that cell death in yeast can also result from the...

2011-04-11 12:27:00

Tufts Medical Center Committed to Continuing High Quality Care Should Nurses Walk Out BOSTON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center today condemned a move by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United to call a strike vote, and called on the MNA/NNU to work to resolve its differences at the bargaining table without the threat of a strike. Prior to a negotiation session set for today, the MNA set a strike date at Tufts Medical Center for Thursday,...

2011-04-11 09:05:00

4-H'ers less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, use drugs CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to recent findings from Tufts University, 4-H youth are engaging in positive healthy living behaviors more often than youth that do not participate in 4-H. According to the study, 4-H'ers, regardless of their background, socio-economic status, race, and gender, thrive through the health/safety education and experiences they receive through 4-H programming. Youth...

2011-04-08 09:00:00

MEDFORD and SOMERVILLE, Mass., April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Tom Vandervelde has been awarded an early-career award from the National Science Foundation for promising research on the conversion of heat to electricity. Vandervelde, the John A. and Dorothy Adams Faculty Development Professor, will use the $400,000, five year award to continue his studies in thermophotovoltaics (TPVs) -- cells that convert thermal energy,...

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2011-04-05 09:40:30

Firefly partners work together to find work-family balance Every parent with young children knows that couples need to work together to accomplish the myriad tasks waiting both at work and at home. But it may come as a surprise that fireflies also juggle their commitments to find a comfortable work-family balance. According to new research led by biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, wingless "stay-at-home" female fireflies get less support from their mates than...

2011-03-29 14:43:00

Medical Center announces provisions to ensure uninterrupted patient care MNA continues to insist on $32 million staffing plan BOSTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center negotiators were disappointed that Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) officials moved farther from resolution at yesterday's bargaining session, backpedaling on progress previously made. Tufts Medical Center has been told that the MNA/NNU is planning a strike vote for the week of April 4th....

2011-03-23 16:46:00

Union shows little interest in reaching agreement at table, resorts to familiar playbook on display in dozens of other states BOSTON, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center today said that National Nurses United, the parent union of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, has made little effort to reach a contract agreement with the hospital, raising serious questions about the union's commitment to the issues important to Tufts Medical Center nurses. Tufts Medical...

2011-03-21 13:38:00

Union Tactics in Conflict with own Claims Regarding Importance of Patient Care and Safety BOSTON, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center today called on the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) to respect patients and their families by not threatening a strike and moving forward on their negotiations with Tufts Medical Center together. The MNA's continued pickets, strike threats and other nonproductive tactics, which are often used to enhance the union's business...

2011-03-16 14:35:11

Tufts researchers discover discrepancy in owners' perceptions, actual content The nutritional content of dog foods marketed for old dogs varies as widely as owner's perceptions about them, according to a study published this month by veterinary nutritionists at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Although it is commonly accepted that nutritional needs"”both for humans and pets"”change with aging, the Association of American Feed Control Officials...

2011-02-18 06:00:00

Zane and team credited with transforming the academic medical center Zane will serve as a Vice Chairman of institution's Board of Trustees BOSTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ellen Zane, president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children for more than seven transformative years, announced that she will retire from her current role in the fall. Zane will continue to consult with the hospital for a year after her retirement and will serve as a Vice...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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