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2011-10-04 07:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Employee health and well-being took center stage last week as Tufts Health Plan hosted more than 60 employer clients for an interactive half-day Wellness Summit. The event provided an opportunity for clients to learn about worksite wellness strategies from their peers and workplace wellness experts who answered questions and gave practical advice. Keynote speaker Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly, a wellness expert and consultant for numerous...

Bacteria Used to Encrypt Messages
2011-09-28 05:20:48

Scientists have discovered a method whereby E. Coli bacteria are used to encrypt messages. The discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by researchers from Tufts University, allows simple messages to be encoded by genetically modified bacteria that produce different florescence proteins. These proteins react to different light frequencies allowing patterns to be developed. The scientists setup an alphabet and grid system using seven...

2011-09-27 14:23:53

Stereotypes and status symbols impact if a face is viewed as black or white An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Tufts University, Stanford University and the University of California, Irvine has found that the perception of race can be altered by cues to social status as simple as the clothes a person wears. Far from being a straightforward "read out" of facial features, say the researchers, racial categorization represents a complex and subtle process powerfully shaped by...

2011-09-23 14:05:00

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Identifying the cellular origins of breast cancer might lead to earlier diagnosis and more efficient management of the disease. New research led by Charlotte Kuperwasser of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) has determined that common forms of breast cancer originate from breast cells known as luminal epithelial cells while rarer forms of breast cancer, such as metaplastic carcinomas, originate from basal epithelial cell types. The...

2011-08-12 10:18:00

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Efforts to improve how computer programs manage memory without sacrificing security have earned Sam Guyer, an assistant professor of computer science in the Tufts University School of Engineering, an early career award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). With the $443,000, five-year NSF grant, Guyer will explore a new approach to improving virtual machines -- complex pieces of software that manage computing...

2011-08-10 20:47:16

Pilot study's results published in veterinary school white paper Second graders who read aloud to a canine over the summer seem to maintain their reading skills during the dog days of summer, according to a pilot study published today by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. In the study, published in a whitepaper on the school's website, second-grade students with a range of reading aptitudes and attitudes toward reading were paired with dogs"”or...

2011-07-28 06:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Losers are winners in the Tufts Health Plan Team Lean Challenge. Now in its fourth year, this annual weight loss challenge modeled after The Biggest Loser enjoyed record participation with 267 employees forming 68 teams of three or four. The Team Lean Challenge is a 12-week contest that inspires participants not only to lose weight, but to adopt healthy habits, build confidence, and motivate colleagues to succeed in their health and weight...

2011-07-22 10:29:00

Seasoned leader from region's most successful physicians' networks assumes presidency of nationally-renowned academic medical institution BOSTON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children announced today that Eric J. Beyer has been selected as its next President and Chief Executive Officer - assuming leadership of the hospital October 1 as outgoing President and CEO Ellen Zane retires. Beyer has been President and CEO of the Tufts...

2011-07-20 14:26:00

New study suggests lower calorie foods purchased in restaurants contain more calories than listed Disclosing the calories in restaurant foods to customers holds promise as a strategy to lower the nation's obesity rate. However, a new study of food items from national chain restaurants found that while stated calories on restaurant menus and websites were accurate on average, 19% of individual samples differed from laboratory measurements by more than 100 calories and lower calorie foods...

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2011-06-30 06:45:00

Researchers from MIT, the University of Waterloo and Tufts University have established the relationship between the number of squares in a Rubik's-cube-type puzzle and the maximum number of moves required to solve it. The team's evidence provides an efficient algorithm for solving a cube that is in its worst-case state. The researchers showed the maximum number of moves required to solve a Rubik's cube with N squares per row is proportional to N2/log N. "That that's the answer, and not N2,...