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New Treatment for Low Back Pain: Minimally Invasive Procedure Receives FDA Clearance

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It’s the most common reason people go to their doctors – back pain. Eighty percent of adults will experience low back pain some time in their lives. In fact, chronic low back pain affects nearly one-third of the nation’s population. Now a minimally invasive, nerve ablating procedure, recently cleared by the FDA, might give some people with chronic low back pain a new treatment option.

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Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don’t need cumbersome power supplies.

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Before Animals, Evolution Waited Eons to Inhale; Discovery of a New Extinct Carnivorous Marsupial; Research Could Lead to More and Healthier Sorghum, and More in the Environment News Source

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Cataclysm at Meteor Crater: Crystal Sheds Light on Earth, Moon, Mars

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MADISON – In molten sandstone extracted by prospectors a century ago, an international team of scientists has discovered microscopic crystals telling of unimaginable pressures and temperatures when a 12-kilometer asteroid formed Meteor Crater in northern Arizona some 49,000 years ago.

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Raising Tobacco Sales Age to 21 Is Best Way to Prevent Lifelong Addiction

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Raising the national minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking, a new report suggests. The minimum age to buy tobacco products in most of the country is 18. In their analysis, Ohio State University public health experts detail how raising the minimum tobacco sales age would be effective in improving health and note the economic consequences to retailers would be minimal.

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Got Olympic Fever? UGA Experts Available to Discuss Doping, Legacy and More

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New Evidence: How Amino Acid Cysteine Combats Huntington’s Disease

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report they have identified a biochemical pathway linking oxidative stress and the amino acid cysteine in Huntington’s disease.

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Study: Businesses Can’t Afford to Ignore the Human Element of IT

Mood and personality play an important role in how companies should manage their IT systems, according to a new study co-authored by a researcher at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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Adhesives Research to Present on Hydrophilic Adhesive Technologies at AACC 2016

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Expert Herb Hand will be presenting on Adhesives Research's hydrophilic technologies on Tues, Aug. 2 and Wed, Aug. 3.

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T.A. Boot Camp Debuts for Ph.D. Students

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Some of Clarkson University’s entering Ph.D. candidates, facing the role of serving as teaching assistants, are entering a ground-breaking pilot training program, which could be a model for all of higher education.

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Cancer Research Institute to Honor Three Scientists for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Immunotherapy Research

Announcement of winners of the 2016 William B. Coley and Frederick W. Alt Awards, celebrating key scientific contributions to the fields of immunology, tumor immunology (also known as immuno-oncology), and cancer immunotherapy.

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Mobile Health and Wellness Clinic Debuts in Pune for Clinical Research and Community-Based Care

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The Maryland-based health care informatics company CTIS and its founders, Raj and Bharti Shah, have collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College to equip and dispatch a custom-designed mobile health care services van in the state of Maharashtra in India.

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Video: Earthquake-Resilient Pipeline Could Shake Up Future for Aging Infrastructure on West Coast

A top engineer from the city of Los Angeles visited Cornell University this month as researchers tested a new earthquake-resilient pipeline designed to better protect southern California’s water utility network from natural disasters. The test mimicked a fault rupture that can occur during an earthquake when global plates begin to slip past each other, causing the ground to shift and deform.

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Dirty to Drinkable

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A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, and it could be a global game-changer.

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Count Seals in Antarctica From the Comfort of Your Couch

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A new citizen science project uses satellite images to get first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals in Antarctica. Counting seals will help scientists better protect and conserve the pristine Ross Sea and wildlife in the area.

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Innovative USC Program Helps Develop Literacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children from Bilingual Homes

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USC program combines expertise of education experts, speech language pathologists and audiologists to improve bilingual literacy and writing skills among children who are hard of hearing.

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Scientists Identify Novel Genes Linked to Motor Neuron Disease

Published today in Nature Genetics, the study reveals three new risk genes for ALS and one of these - C21orf2 - increases an individual's risk of developing the dis-ease by 65 per cent. These results could aid the development of personalised treatments for people with ALS by using gene therapy - an approach which involves replacing faulty genes or adding new ones.

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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Discovers Unique Anatomical Characteristic in Barnacle Study

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NSU research scientist collaborated with colleague to study the male sexual organ of barnacles, which it turns out is a marine creature that has been studied dating all the way back to Charles Darwin.

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Childhood Illness Not Linked to Higher Adult Mortality

Childhood illness not linked to higher adult mortality