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2009-05-11 07:20:07

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina have discovered in mice how a single disrupted gene can cause a form of severe mental retardation known as Angelman syndrome. In a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, they found that the gene, UBE3A, is needed so that neurons in the brain can form and adjust their connections to other neurons for storing sensory information. They also made a promising discovery: When the mice were deprived of...

2009-05-05 09:21:12

A new UNC study published online in the journal Genome Research describes a new, more effective and less costly method for testing drugs for potential toxicity and one that could also result in more people benefiting from existing drugs. Adverse reactions to drugs represent one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But there may be a way to predict who is most likely to suffer a toxic side effect to a drug before they have even taken it. A study published online in the journal...

2009-04-30 12:16:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In early April, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team earned its fifth national championship, proving again the success of the leadership principles known collectively as "The Carolina Way." Less than two months later, business leaders from across the United States will be in Chapel Hill to learn how to build their own championship teams. Dr. Gerald D. Bell, a recognized leadership expert and the founder of Bell...

2009-04-14 13:40:47

An international team of scientists from the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, the University of North Carolina and several institutions in China have explained how a gene alteration can lead to the development of a type of brain cancer, and they have identified a compound that could staunch the cancer's growth. The researchers, led by Kun-Liang Guan, PhD, professor of pharmacology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, have shown that when a mutated enzyme...

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2009-04-10 06:55:00

Persistent scientists using high-speed film have revealed one of the secrets of flight in birds and bees.  The researchers discovered that when birds, bats or insects make a turn, all they have to do is return to flapping their wings normally again and they straighten right out.  The findings surprised scientists who previously believed turning and stopping a more complex process. Tyson L. Hedrick of the University of North Carolina, the study's lead researcher, compared the...

2009-03-16 14:53:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Depot and Arsenal Executive Leadership Program (DAELP) is an executive development program for commanders and senior civilian leaders of the United States Military Depots and Arsenals. Established in 2003 by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), the program is organized and administered by the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) and delivered in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Logo:...

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2009-03-13 12:10:00

A new report shows that community health workers who act as asthma coaches are able to reduce the need for re-hospitalization for asthma episodes among children in low-income families, Reuters reported.Dr. Edwin B. Fisher of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues conducted a population-based study of 191 African American children between 2 and 8 years of age who were hospitalized for asthma and covered by Medicaid. The report, published in the March issue of the...

2009-02-24 07:19:00

ANCASTER, ON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) has banned a vital part of a well-known exhibition scheduled to appear on its campus next Monday for a week. The exhibition - The Century Project - has travelled around the continent annually for 18 years. The Project presents a chronological series of nude photographic portraits of diverse girls and women of many ages, shapes, sizes, and conditions, plus their personal statements about their bodies and...

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2009-02-01 08:20:00

A new study from the University of North Carolina suggests that nurses with occupational exposure to hospital cleaning products and medical instrument disinfectants have a greater risk of developing asthma. "I think it's time that hospitals start exploring substituting products containing chemicals known to be respiratory irritants/sensitizers with products that may pose less health risk, just like what they did with substituting powdered latex gloves with powder free/vinyl gloves," said Dr....

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2009-01-22 09:42:33

Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. The study, published recently as an online early view article in "Value in Health," the official journal of the International Society of...


Word of the Day
drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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