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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,...

2011-05-26 06:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan recently received two Web Health Awards, which honor the nation's best electronic health programs and web-based tools for consumers. KeepingYouHealthy.com was awarded Gold recognition in the Social Network category and Merit recognition in the Microsite category. KeepingYouHealthy.com is a website offering Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents an array of resources for healthy living. In addition to highlighting local...

2011-05-26 06:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan was recently honored for excellence in advertising in two national competitions, winning a total of three awards. Last fall, Tufts Health Plan launched a new advertising campaign featuring common health and wellness experiences focused on common and relatable experiences. The four spots contained messaging about exercise, healthy eating, sunscreen application and proper disposal of prescription medication. The ads position...

2011-05-06 02:57:00

BOSTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center announced this morning it has reached a tentative 18-month contract extension agreement with the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, averting a 5-day strike the union had planned beginning at 6 a.m. today. "For the past six months Tufts Medical Center has negotiated in good faith with the MNA/NNU, and we are pleased that we have been able to reach a tentative agreement and avoid a strike," said Ellen Zane,...

2011-05-05 06:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan recently received the prestigious honor of being recognized for its Worksite Wellness initiatives by the Boston Business Journal. As a finalist in the Boston Business Journal's listing of "HEALTHIEST EMPLOYERS®," the non profit company was recognized as an organization that is deeply committed to improving the health of its employees and its workplace. Tufts Health Plan was selected as one of five in its...

2011-04-27 13:58:56

Tufts researchers could have answer to problem known as 'looping' Colonoscopy is regarded as the most thorough way to screen for colon cancer but the potentially life-saving procedure can also be painful. Scientists and engineers are continually researching new methods of screening to reduce patient discomfort while also ensuring the accuracy of the exam. Researchers at Tufts University's School of Engineering led by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Caroline G.L. Cao, Ph.D., have...

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2011-04-27 10:16:57

Researchers have been examining the diverse behaviors of caterpillars to find solutions for the new generation of search and rescue soft robots. Despite their extreme flexibility and adaptability, current soft-bodied robots are often limited by their slow speed, leading the researchers to turn to terrestrial soft-bodied animals for inspiration. Some caterpillars have the extraordinary ability to rapidly curl themselves into a wheel and propel themselves away from predators. This highly...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.