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2012-02-22 12:13:24

UMass Medical School iHeal project uses emerging technologies to detect drug cravings and intervene Clinical researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) are combining an innovative constellation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, smartphone programming, biosensors and wireless connectivity to develop a device designed to detect physiological stressors associated with drug cravings and respond with user-tailored behavioral interventions that prevent...

2011-12-22 15:42:35

New research illustrates how the genome adapts to a transposon invasion Small, mobile sequences of DNA left over from viruses, called transposons or "jumping genes" because of their ability to move around the genome, pose a significant threat to the genetic integrity and stability of an organism. Considered genetic parasites, these transposable elements are believed to comprise as much as 50 percent of the human genome. Because of the damage transposons can do to an organism's DNA, an...

2011-12-15 17:33:38

Community-based Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project teaches healthy food choices An inexpensive, culturally sensitive diabetes prevention program created by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School reduced pre-diabetes indicators in a Latino population at risk for developing diabetes. Results of this three-year study, which were published online in the American Journal of Public Health, are significant because they replicate results of earlier studies that were...

2011-12-12 19:00:00

Project will link a smart phone, glucose meter, and scale to help people manage their diabetes. Worcester, Mass. (PRWEB) December 12, 2011 An interdisciplinary research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has received a $1.2 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease. The four-year project will be organized through WPIâs Healthcare...

Researchers Sequence Monarch Butterfly's Genome
2011-11-24 06:10:14

Scientists have reported for the first time ever the genomic sequence of the iconic Monarch Butterfly in the journal Cell. The Monarch butterfly is mostly famous for its migration of 2,000 miles from North America to central Mexico every fall. The new genome is the first for any butterfly, and is also the first complete genome of any long-distance migrant. "With this genome sequence in hand, we now have an overwhelming number of opportunities to understand the genetic and molecular...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'