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2010-07-26 11:45:44

The spread of cancer cells in the tongue may be reduced if a gene that regulates cancer cell migration can be controlled, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Oral cancer is an under-treated and poorly understood disease, says Xiaofeng "Charles" Zhou, assistant professor in the UIC Center for Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases and lead researcher of the study. More than 90 percent of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas that normally start on the gums,...

2010-07-20 14:04:25

Patients often receive inappropriate care when their doctors fail to take into account their individual circumstances, according to a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the VA Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care. The study of physician performance is the largest ever to be conducted using actors presenting as patients in doctors' offices. It appears in the July 20 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine and was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs....

2010-07-12 15:26:00

CHICAGO, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago State University (CSU) Athletics Director Sudie Davis announces the hiring of Chicago native Tracy Dildy as the new head coach of the University's men's basketball team. Dildy becomes the 12th head coach in the program's 35-year history and brings a wealth of experience at the NCAA Division I level as a top recruiter and respected assistant coach. "This is a bittersweet moment in my life to leave my Alma Mater, the University of Illinois at...

2010-06-16 17:55:00

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Hematology (ASH) announces the selection of 14 participants for its 2010 Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP), which encourages minority medical students to purse an interest in hematology research. Award recipients will each receive the support of a research mentor and a career-development mentor, travel stipends to attend the ASH annual meeting, and a subscription to the scientific journal Blood, the official...

2010-06-15 15:03:29

Free clinics across the U.S. provide care to about 1.8 million mostly uninsured patients annually and the majority of clinics receive no government support, according to the first comprehensive survey of all known free clinics since the 1960s. The study, conducted by University of Illinois at Chicago researcher Julie Darnell, appears in the June 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The survey found 1,007 free clinics operating in the U.S., in every state but Alaska. Collectively, they...

2010-06-11 13:18:53

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered that an unexpected cellular response plays an important role in breaking down and inhibiting the formation of excess scar tissue in wound healing. Their study was published online this week in Nature Cell Biology. When an organism suffers severe injury, specialized cells are "recruited" to the wound site that rapidly produce extracellular matrix proteins such as collagen to provide structural support to the tissue,...

2010-05-20 10:27:43

Chicago and Montreal researchers studying the lowly lamprey eel have identified an overlooked nervous system pathway running parallel to known brainstem locomotor command circuitry in vertebrates such as birds, fishes and mammals. The finding is reported in Nature Neuroscience, online May 16, and highlighted in the magazine's "news and views" section. Simon Alford, University of Illinois at Chicago professor of biological sciences and the article's corresponding author, said the role of a...

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2010-03-31 06:46:20

What University of Illinois at Chicago biologist Thomas Park and colleagues are learning from studying how these very strange animals adapt to the challenges of their environment It was the scientist equivalent of love at first sight. "They had huge teeth, they ran backwards as much as forwards, and they chatted among themselves constantly," Thomas Park said of the first time he saw a mole-rat during a post-doctoral year in Munich. After starting his own lab in Chicago, he took his students...

2010-03-30 08:22:44

Expression of inflammatory-related genes in breast tissue of women who have previously given birth may explain the aggressiveness and frequency of pregnancy-associated breast cancer, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Pregnancy at a relatively young age reduces the risk of breast cancer over the long term, but epidemiological studies have found that women are at an increased risk for breast cancer during pregnancy and for up to 10 years after giving birth,...

2010-02-04 13:39:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research today announced more than $2.8 million in awards for 13 new projects to speed the discovery of biomarkers of PD. The development of biomarkers is of critical importance to increasing the speed and efficiency of PD therapeutic development, allowing scientists and clinicians to more accurately identify appropriate subjects for clinical studies, measure disease progression and monitor treatment...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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