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New AACI President to Focus on “The Academic Difference” at Top Cancer Centers

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George J. Weiner, MD, director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, will focus on "The Academic Difference" at leading cancer centers as he begins a two-year term as president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

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Case Western Reserve, Cuyahoga County, YMCA of Greater Cleveland Collaborate for $13 Million in Public Health Grants

The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is a key player in nearly $13.32 million in federal grants awarded to improve community health in Northeast Ohio. CDC renewed the PRCHN’s grant for $4.35 million over five years.

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Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Old Aortas

Sargent College of Boston University researchers look for the root cause of age-related aortic stiffness—an early sign cardiovascular disease—and uncover a potential therapeutic target for reducing or preventing its development. The article is published in AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

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MINER Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

In a field test in downtown Chicago, Sandia National Laboratories' mobile imager of neutrons for emergency responders (MINER) system identified the exact location of a sealed laboratory radiation source through shielding and at a distance. MINER detects fast neutrons that emanate from special nuclear material and can discriminate the device signature from background radiation and to measure the spectrum of neutrons emitted by it.

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Improved Mouse Model Will Accelerate Research on Potential Ebola Vaccines, Treatments

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Researchers develop first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience. This work will significantly improve basic research on Ebola treatments and vaccines.

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Green Spaces Don't Ensure Biodiversity in Urban Areas

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Green spaces in cities are great, but they don't ensure biodiversity, according to University of Iowa biologists. The team found insect abundance was lacking in two common urban trees, suggesting insect movement may be limited by barriers, such as roads and buildings. Results appear in the journal PLOS ONE.

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National Quality and Safety Study Ranks Rush University Medical Center Among Top Performing Academic Medical Centers in the Country

Rush University Medical Center has received the UHC’s (University HealthSystem Consortium) Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 104 academic medical centers in the UHC’s annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the 12 top ranking medical centers.

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Proton Therapy Shown to be Less Costly than Some Alternative Radiotherapy Techniques for Early Stage Breast Cancer

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In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation (WBI), according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.

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Captive Rhinos Exposed to Urban Rumbles

The soundtrack to a wild rhinoceros’s life is wind passing through the savannah grass, birds chirping and distant animals moving across the plains. But a rhinoceros in a zoo listens to children screaming, cars passing and the persistent hum of urban life. A group of researchers from Texas believes that this discrepancy in soundscape may be contributing to rhinos’ difficulties thriving and reproducing in captivity.

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