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2008-12-13 16:20:00

A detailed analysis of the measurements of five different satellites has revealed the existence of the warm plasma cloak, a new region of the magnetosphere, which is the invisible shield of magnetic fields and electronically charged particles that surround and protect Earth from the onslaught of the solar wind. The study was conducted by a team of scientists headed by Charles "Rick" Chappell, research professor of physics and director of the Dyer Observatory at Vanderbilt University and...

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2008-12-13 16:10:43

Even though forgetting is such a common occurrence, scientists have not reached a consensus as to how it happens. One theory is that information simply decays from our memory "” we forget things because too much time has passed. Another idea states is that forgetfulness occurs when we confuse an item with other items that we have previously encountered (also known as temporal confusability). Psychologists Nash Unsworth from the University of Georgia, Richard P. Heitz from Vanderbilt...

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2008-12-09 08:20:00

A half dose of flu vaccine may be just as valuable as the full dose for healthy adults under 50; researchers said the finding means supplies could be stretched in case of a shortage. The strategy could also be a backup plan during hard economic times since lower doses likely would mean cheaper shots, said Vanderbilt University vaccine expert Dr. Kathryn Edwards. But the technique is still experimental, and has not been approved by federal regulators. The government-funded study appeared in...

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2008-11-21 08:05:00

U.S. researchers said on Friday that babies born four months before the peak cold and flu season have a 30 percent higher risk of developing asthma. The study, printed in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggests that common infections like flu may trigger asthma in infants. Dr. Tina Hartert, director of the center for Asthma Research at Vanderbilt University, said all infants are exposed to this and it is potentially preventable. "It has been known for some...

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2008-11-16 14:30:00

The use of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is significantly associated with lower PSA levels, especially among men with prostate cancer, say researchers at Vanderbilt University. This large analysis known as the Nashville Men's Health Study included 1,277 participants referred to a urologist for a biopsy of their prostate. Approximately 46 percent of the men reported taking an NSAID, mostly aspirin (37 percent of all men). After adjusting for age, race, family...

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2008-10-16 13:15:04

Experts say nearly 60 percent of health care workers fail to get a flu shot despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all health care workers get vaccinated, from hospital volunteers to doctors. "It is a professional obligation on the part of health care workers to make sure that they are as protected against influenza as possible," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. But operating room...

2008-10-09 03:00:31

By Wasburn-Moses, Leah Despite the growing demand for professionals with doctoral degrees in special education, doctoral programs are not producing enough graduates to fulfill this need. Although large attrition rates exist in doctoral study across discipline, very little is known about the attrition or satisfaction of doctoral students in special education. This article reports the results of a nationwide satisfaction survey of 619 students from 78 doctoral programs. Findings indicate that...

2008-09-24 09:00:37

Embanet ULC, the online education partner for Vanderbilt University, is pleased to announce that a distance learning student from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing online degree program has received one of the university's highest academic honors, the Founder's Medal. The Founder's Medal has been awarded every year since 1877 to the leading scholars in each school. Cornelius Vanderbilt started the tradition in 1877 with a special endowment. Jane Zielinski-Carter, who earned her...

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2008-09-10 13:43:54

A large study found a link between blood sugar control and a decreased risk of heart attacks, death and other complications among diabetics. The study showed that even diabetics who only controlled their blood sugar for the first decade after being diagnosed were noticeably less likely to suffer from a heart attack or other complication. "What you don't want is for people to think that they had a period of good glucose control and then they allow their blood glucose to go high - that would be...

2008-09-05 09:00:09

Sprint plans to increase wireless connectivity at the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center by upgrading the university's existing communication system, including additional network coverage on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and the Nextel National Network covering eight buildings on the campus. In 2004, Sprint installed an in-building system throughout the medical center at the university, including four CDMA and two iDEN towers on campus, a Sprint retail location on-site, and an...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.