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2010-04-16 08:53:21

Findings shed light on brain malformation that kills infants A University of Utah researcher helped discover how a "wimpy" protein motor works with two other proteins to gain the strength necessary to move nerve cells and components inside them. The findings shed light on brain development and provide clues to a rare brain disorder that often kills babies within months of birth. "It's like the 'Transformers' films: You start with this puny little car and it becomes a big robot capable of...

2010-04-07 12:53:49

Adherence to treatment lags if mom and dad don't monitor Teenagers and "tweenagers" with type 1 diabetes have more trouble sticking to their treatment plan "“ thus raising their risk of blindness, kidney failure and heart disease "“ if their parents become increasingly lax about monitoring the child's treatment, or if the mother-child relationship is poor. That's the conclusion of a new study by University of Utah psychologists that will be presented in Seattle Friday, April 9...

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2010-03-29 07:30:00

Yet 1 in 40 are 'supertaskers' who can do both A new study from University of Utah psychologists found a small group of people with an extraordinary ability to multitask: Unlike 97.5 percent of those studied, they can safely drive while chatting on a cell phone. These individuals "“ described by the researchers as "supertaskers" "“ constitute only 2.5 percent of the population. They are so named for their ability to successfully do two things at once: in this case, talk on a cell...

2010-03-25 16:15:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced the appointment of Dr. Patrick Harker as a new independent director to its Board of Directors effective March 24, 2010. Dr. Harker, age 51, has been President of the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware since 2007. From February 2000 through June 2007, Dr. Harker was Dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served as a Professor of Electrical and Systems...

2010-03-23 08:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- World Heart Corporation (WorldHeart) (Nasdaq: WHRT), a developer of mechanical circulatory systems, announced today that the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah has successfully implanted its first Levacor(TM) Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). The University of Utah has extensive experience in the VAD field and is the second implanting site nationwide in the Levacor VAD Bridge-To-Transplant (BTT) Study. This is the fourth...

2010-03-18 10:16:18

Treating virulent influenza, sepsis, and other potentially deadly infections long has focused on looking for ways to kill viruses and bacteria. But new research from the University of Utah and Utah State University shows that modulating the body's own overeager inflammatory response to infection may help save more lives. In a study published March 17 in Science Translational Medicine, researchers led by U of U cardiologist Dean Y. Li, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and director...

2010-03-17 19:05:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced the successful completion of the turnaround and inspection of its PO/MTBE facility in Port Neches, TX. This scheduled maintenance started in January 2010 and lasted approximately two months. The financial impact on the first quarter was in line with previous guidance of $30 - $35 million including unabsorbed fixed costs. On March 15, 2010 a separate unit in Port Neches, TX which...

2010-03-11 10:05:37

Landmark study is first to look at genome of all family members Researchers at the University of Utah and other institutions have sequenced for the first time the entire genome of a family, enabling them to accurately estimate the average rate at which parents pass genetic mutations to their offspring and also identify precise locations where parental chromosomes exchange information that creates new combinations of genetic traits in their children. Led by scientists at the Seattle-based...

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2010-03-08 08:34:19

For precise tasks by surgeons, machinists, artists University of Utah engineers developed a computer-controlled, motorized hand and arm support that will let doctors, artists and others precisely control scalpels, brushes and tools over a wider area than otherwise possible, and with less fatigue. "We've invented a new device "“ the Active Handrest "“ that's useful for aiding people in performing precision tasks with their hands such as surgery, painting, electronics repair or...

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2010-02-22 08:07:04

National Weather Service adopts U of Utah powder prediction method University of Utah scientists developed an easier way for meteorologists to predict snowfall amounts and density "“ fluffy powder or wet cement. The method has been adopted by the National Weather Service for use throughout Utah "“ and could be adjusted for use anywhere. Based on a study of 457 winter storms during eight years at 9,644 feet in the Wasatch Range at Utah's Alta Ski Area, the researchers determined...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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