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2011-11-04 10:32:10

Unusual features of the human placenta may be the underlying cause of postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal deaths during childbirth, according to evolutionary research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Defined as the loss of more than a pint of blood during or just after vaginal delivery, postpartum hemorrhage accounts for nearly 35 percent, or 125,000, of the 358,000 worldwide annual maternal deaths during childbirth. Despite its prevalence, the causes of...

2011-10-10 09:11:11

Could controlling cell-membrane fat play a key role in turning off disease? Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago think so, and a biosensor they've created that measures membrane lipid levels may open up new pathways to disease treatment. Wonhwa Cho, distinguished professor of chemistry, and his coworkers engineered a way to modify proteins to fluoresce and act as sensors for lipid levels. Their findings are reported in Nature Chemistry, online on Oct. 9. "Lipid...

2011-06-17 17:00:00

Pressure Ulcers Account for $3.2 Billion Annually in Medical Error Costs CHICAGO, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair: WHAT: "Patient Safety, Pressure Ulcers and Beyond: the Wound Care Clinician as Safety and Quality Champion." WHO: Timothy McDonald, MD, JD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago; Chief Safety and Risk Officer for Health Affairs for...

2011-05-26 20:49:39

Unlocking the mechanisms that cause neurodegenerative prion diseases may require a genetic key, suggest new findings reported by University of Illinois at Chicago distinguished professor of biological sciences Susan Liebman. Prions can turn a normal protein into a misfolded form. One prion in mammals promotes progressive neurodegenerative disorders like "mad cow" disease that often prove fatal. But how this process happens remains an open question for scientists. Prions have been found to...

2011-04-20 04:00:00

CHICAGO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 24, 2011, Marvin Klein (BA '53) was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at its 26th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Mr. Klein was recognized for his entrepreneurial achievements as founder of the environmentally responsible manufacturer PortionPac Chemical Corporation. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago hosted the event at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. (Photo:...

2011-03-28 13:59:00

Major Scientific and Clinical Conference to Take Place August 2011 CHICAGO, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR) is a non-profit organization founded by faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Angiogenesis Foundation (Cambridge, MA) in 2010. Created to develop a formal, clinically-based, educational curriculum in wound healing for physicians, the goal of the ACWHTR is to bring the practice of...

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2011-03-25 06:10:00

Scientists have uncovered ancient stone tools and thousands of other artifacts dating back 15,500 years at an archaeological dig in Texas, suggesting that humans settled the continent 2,500 years earlier than previously believed. The site, located in the Buttermilk Creek complex near Austin, is now the oldest settlement ever found in North America, scientists reported Thursday. The findings could challenge conventional beliefs about who the first American inhabitants were, and when they...

2011-03-22 23:15:26

Victims of severe traumatic elder abuse are more likely to be female, suffer from a neurological or mental disorder, and to abuse drugs or alcohol, according to research published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Past studies have shown that alcohol abuse by the perpetrator plays a substantial role and is strongly associated with physical abuse," says Lee Friedman, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.