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2010-09-08 14:07:57

Fostering community cooperation, building on skills and strengths, and getting strangers to work together -- these are fundamentals of community development. Now, a pilot study of six families living in a farm town in New Mexico suggests that small infusions of cash could fuel such cooperation and produce overlapping benefits. The study grew from the idea that poor migrant workers have assets as well as significant health-care needs, says Alfonso Morales, a New Mexico native and assistant...

2010-08-18 03:03:27

Most cancers are easier to treat if detected early, so cancer educators emphasize the benefits of screening and prompt treatment. But for immigrants and other "medically underserved communities," simply handing out a brochure on early detection "” even if it's been translated into the appropriate language "” may not work. "Medical interventions fail if the intervention does not match the community's level of readiness to address the issue," says Tracy Schroepfer, an assistant...

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2010-08-12 10:05:00

By studying young monkeys, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health believe they have found the areas of the brain that cause childhood anxiety. The study, which was published in the August 12 edition of Nature, could potentially help doctors develop new methods for detecting and treating kids at-risk for developing anxiety-related disorders, according to a press release published by the university on Wednesday. Young primates who had increased...

2010-08-10 13:30:10

Burning the candle at both ends for a week may take an even bigger toll than you thought. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that five nights of restricted sleep--four hours a night--affect the brain in a way similar to that seen after acute total sleep deprivation. The new study in rats, appearing in the current online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adds to the growing evidence scientists are accumulating about the negative effects...

2010-08-10 13:10:54

It comes as no surprise that many children suffer when a parent is behind bars. But as rates of incarceration grew over the past 30 years, researchers were slow to focus on the collateral damage to children. The best estimate says that at any one time, 1.7 million (about 2.3 percent) of all American children have a parent in prison, says Julie Poehlmann, a professor in the School of Human Ecology and investigator at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "By age 14, more...

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2010-07-28 10:13:23

Though still under construction, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory  at the South Pole is already delivering scientific results "” including an early finding about a phenomenon the telescope was not even designed to study. IceCube captures signals of notoriously elusive but scientifically fascinating subatomic particles called neutrinos. The telescope focuses on high-energy neutrinos that travel through the Earth, providing information about faraway cosmic events such as supernovas...

2010-07-02 19:39:46

With more than 100 billion neurons and billions of other specialized cells, the human brain is a marvel of nature. It is the organ that makes people unique. Now, writing in the journal Cell Stem Cell (July 1, 2010), a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified a single gene that seems to be a master regulator of human brain development, guiding undifferentiated stem cells down tightly defined pathways to becoming all of the many types of cells that make up the...

2010-06-26 04:08:39

What determines plant diversity in a forest? It's a question even Charles Darwin wanted to unravel. But most research into forest diversity demonstrates only patterns of species survival and abundance rather than the reason for them "“ until now. A team of researchers led by biologists at the University of Wisconsin"“Milwaukee (UWM) has shown that soil-borne pathogens are one important mechanism that can maintain species diversity and explain patterns of tree abundance in a...

2010-06-22 09:00:00

CHICAGO and MADISON, Wis., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- INK-O-DEM, the worldwide leader in integrated inkjet cartridge refilling and testing technology for retail and university environments, today announced it has installed its Cartridge Refilling System at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to meet an evolving demand for cost-effective, green, integrated printer cartridge refilling services. INK-O-DEM's Cartridge Refilling System is designed to provide students, alumni, faculty and campus...

2010-06-21 16:44:00

Workshop to be Held at University of Wisconsin - Madison WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the agenda and panelists for the June 25 workshop examining competition in the dairy industry. The joint public workshop will build on the knowledge and experience of industry stakeholders, including farmers, processors, cooperative leaders and academics. This is the third in a series of five...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.