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2009-11-10 18:25:18

Living with pain is stressful, but a surprisingly short investment of time in mental training can help you cope. A new study examining the perception of pain and the effects of various mental training techniques has found that relatively short and simple mindfulness meditation training can have a significant positive effect on pain management. Though pain research during the past decade has shown that extensive meditation training can have a positive effect in reducing a person's awareness...

2009-11-04 09:27:32

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco have developed and experimentally tested a technique to predict new target diseases for existing drugs. The researchers developed a computational method that compares how similar the structures of all known drugs are to the naturally occurring binding partners -- known as ligands -- of disease targets within the cell. In a study published this week in Nature, the...

2009-10-27 10:44:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since its launch in 2001, North Carolina's college access web portal CFNC.org has continually grown its user base while at the same time streamlining the college application process for students and counselors. CFNC.org serves as North Carolina's one stop shop to "plan, apply, and pay for college," utilizing proven technologies and partnerships with the state's educational systems to reduce administrative burdens and costs, and most...

2009-10-27 07:30:00

GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unveiling plans for a 100,000(+)-square-foot research facility located at the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will host the official groundbreaking of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on Monday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. The Gateway campus is located at 2901 East Lee Street....

2009-10-17 09:36:26

For decades, scientists have thought the faulty neural wiring that predisposes individuals to behavioral disorders like autism and psychiatric diseases like schizophrenia must occur during development. Even so, no one has ever shown that a risk gene for the disease actually disrupts brain development. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have found that the 22q11 gene deletion "“ a mutation that confers the highest known genetic risk for...

2009-10-14 16:30:00

Delays contribute to unnecessary ER visits and additional imaging services CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Getting patients to the operating room more quickly could cut by half the amount paid for hospital treatment of painful gallstones, researchers reported today at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. According to a study of 383 patients who underwent surgical treatment for gallstones at the University of North Carolina in 2008, the average...

2009-09-28 13:19:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students at any of the twenty-five Wake County Public High Schools now have the ability to request their official high school transcript be securely sent electronically to any of the 110 North Carolina public, private, and community colleges and universities through the College Foundation of North Carolina's college access web portal, CFNC.org. In May 2009, eight pilot schools were added to the CFNC Transcript System and over 1,100...

2009-09-16 09:00:07

In the study, published in the September/October 2009 issue of journal Academic Pediatrics, a sample of 163 parents of children seen at pediatric clinics at UNC and Vanderbilt University were tested to assess their understanding of BMI, their health literacy and their math abilities. A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it's color-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use. "We think that better...

2009-09-15 07:23:04

The findings, published in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Developmental Cell, could give important insights into the formation of the vasculature needed to feed new tumors. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences have identified a new biological process that spurs the growth of new blood vessels. Vascular networks form and expand by "sprouting," similar to the way trees grow new branches. The process allows...

2009-09-06 07:58:12

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have now discovered that establishing the neural wiring necessary to function normally depends on the ability of neurons to make finger-like projections of their membrane called filopodia.  In laying down the neural circuitry of the developing brain, billions of neurons must first migrate to their correct destinations and then form complex synaptic connections with their new neighbors. When the process goes...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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