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2012-06-26 10:32:06

'CATCH' and 'FETCH' scores help veterinarians and pet owners make critical decisions Quality of life has become accepted as an important predictor of survival among human patients with heart failure. Now veterinarians at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have developed two surveys that may prove to be similarly useful in evaluating the quality of life for dogs and cats with heart disease. Known as "FETCH" (Functional Evaluation of Cardiac Health) and "CATCH"...

Firefly Romance
2012-06-26 10:13:17

New insights into what goes on when the lights go off The twinkling of fireflies heralds summer romance for these magical insects. While courting on-the-wing, male fireflies attract females' attention with bioluminescent flashes. But new research from biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, reveals that, after the lights go out, female fireflies prefer substance over flash. They seem to...

2012-06-01 09:05:17

Research defuses belief that immigration threatens national identity Much of the fervor fueling the anti-immigration debate is shaped by the belief that immigrants–legal and otherwise–are somehow a threat to our national identity. Americans, some critics believe, venerate a set of ideals and attitudes that are distinctly American. But do immigrants honor these same values? They do, says Deborah Schildkraut, associate professor of political science at Tufts University, who...

2012-05-24 02:25:34

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Educational Music Co., Ltd. ("NEMC") is pleased to announce it has acquired substantially all of the assets of School Musical Suppliers, Inc., also known as City Music Center, one of New Jersey's largest band and orchestra musical instrument rental companies. Terms were not disclosed. "City Music Center has a long history of providing quality instruments and services to its customers, and we are excited to incorporate it within our...

2012-04-30 20:03:15

Biomedical engineers at Tufts University's School of Engineering have demonstrated the first all-polymeric bone scaffold material that is fully biodegradable and capable of providing significant mechanical support during repair. The new technology uses micron-sized silk fibers to reinforce a silk matrix, much as steel rebar reinforces concrete. It could improve the way bones and other tissues are repaired following accident or disease. The discovery is reported in the Proceedings of the...

2012-04-26 09:29:02

Study shows developing organisms can identify and fix abnormalities in head and face Developmental biologists at Tufts University have identified a "self-correcting" mechanism by which developing organisms recognize and repair head and facial abnormalities. This is the first time that such a mechanism has been reported for the face and the first time that this kind of flexible, corrective process has been rigorously analyzed through mathematical modeling. The research, reported in the...

2012-04-09 02:22:53

Study shows 4-H'ers more likely to contribute to their communities CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development from the Institute of Applied Research at Tufts University indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult...

2012-04-04 20:37:35

Improving or maintaining physical fitness appears to help obese and overweight children reach a healthy weight, reports a new study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Researchers analyzed four years of data from in-school fitness tests and body mass index (BMI) measurements of students in grades 1—7 in the city of Cambridge, Mass. In the study published online March 15 by the journal Obesity, Sacheck and colleagues examined the association...

2012-03-15 22:50:56

Implications for treatment of birth defects, wounds, cancer The genetic pathway that regulates the way cells align themselves relative to each other has been found to act as a "stop sign" that signals organisms when to halt cell growth, according to new research published by biologists at the Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology in Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences. The research sheds light on one of the primary challenges to developing new ways to induce...

2012-03-09 02:28:53

A team of researchers at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering have discovered that individual atoms can catalyze industrially important chemical reactions such as the hydrogenation of acetylene, offering potentially significant economic and environmental benefits. Hydrogenation — the addition of hydrogen atoms to an organic compound — is critical to the food, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Hydrogenation requires the presence of...