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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...

2011-04-25 21:27:00

BOSTON, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center today reiterated its commitment to providing high quality care to patients following notification by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and its parent union National Nurses United of a walkout beginning May 6th. The Medical Center learned today that it will be one of five hospitals facing strikes by NNU affiliates in that same week, along with St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Children's Hospital Oakland (Calif.), Eastern...

2011-04-21 14:08:44

Eating more n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, commonly known as omega-3 fatty acids, may help carriers of a genetic variant on the perilipin 4 (PLIN4) gene locus lose weight more efficiently. Based on this observation, researchers at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University identified a microRNA (miRNA) which may elucidate the underlying biological mechanism. Led by Jose M. Ordovas, PhD, director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the...

2011-04-15 08:30:00

BOSTON, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the first study investigating the origins of a little-known condition called chronic ulcerative stomatitis (CUS), researchers at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine provide evidence that an autoimmune response contributes to the painful oral sores that characterize the disease. The study findings support the classification of CUS as a new autoimmune disease. Chronic ulcerative stomatitis is characterized by painful, recurring...

2011-04-14 23:12:00

Tufts MC Nurses Report Intimidating Voting Conditions; Balloting Not Secret BOSTON, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center today condemned a strike authorization vote by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and its parent union National Nurses United. The union is claiming "an overwhelming majority" of Tufts Medical Center nurses approved the authorization; however, the union's assertion is highly suspect given that they will not share the vote count and Tufts...

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...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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