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Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue and cortical-surface area by their due dates than premature babies who consumed significantly less breast milk.

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Rare Cancer Brings Two Young Women Together as Lifelong Friends

Two young Alabama women formed a bond over a rare germ cell cancer affecting only 1,000 women across the United States.

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Expert: When It Comes to Spring Allergies, Oak Pollen More Potent Than Pine

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A Party Divided, GOP Convention Could Be One for the Record Books

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Loyola Liver/Kidney Transplant Patient Celebrates 1st Anniversary

A Loyola University Medical Center patient underwent a successful liver/kidney transplant to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease).

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Loyola Doctor Restores Healthy Smile to Cleft Palate Patient

Nasoalveolar molding, a special surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate, employs a retainer-like orthodontic apparatus that helps facilitate healing of the nose, lip and gum.

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Vanderbilt and UCLA Debut Spotcheck Website to Evaluate Political Ads

In an election season that will shatter the record for money spent on a presidential campaign, political scientists at Vanderbilt and UCLA have created SpotCheck, a new approach for assessing political ads using internet-based surveys. “We now can present evidence as opposed to speculation about the impact of a political spot,” says John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt, who is partnering with Professor of Political Science Lynn Vavreck at UCLA on this new approach.

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Goose Camp: Tracking Troubled Birds

A UD research team is studying the Atlantic brant goose in Canada’s Hudson Bay region. The bird's population has been on a moderate decline, and the team is looking to seen if limitations during the summer breeding season have accelerated that trend.

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Artificial Placenta Holds Promise for Extremely Premature Infants

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working to improve survival rates in the tiniest, most premature babies in a groundbreaking way: through an artificial placenta that mimics the womb.

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You’ll Never Dance Alone with This Artificial Intelligence Project

Project allows people to get move with a computer-controlled dancer, which “watches” the person and improvises its own moves based on prior experiences. When the human responds, the computerized figure reacts again, creating an impromptu dance couple based on artificial intelligence.

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Exercise to Keep MS Patients Active, Therapy May Help, Too

Resistance, stability and flexibility training can improve balance and other functional movements for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—and behavior therapy may further improve their quality of life. That’s the premise of a study that builds on previous work suggesting that resistance and flexibility training improved balance and symmetry, which is of particular concern for those experiencing leg weakness.

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That's Amore, Water Drone Identifies Grouper Mating Calls During Spawning Season

Just as the sun begins to set, hundreds to thousands of groupers gather at their favorite hangouts to spawn - and luckily they're pretty vocal about, providing vital data on their reproductive behaviors as well as their favorite mating spots.

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UF CALS Doctoral Student Named UF Teaching Assistant of the Year

Imagine your instructor using rap to get her point across. That might pique your interest and make you listen more attentively, especially if you’re a university student. Rapping is one of many approaches Berthrude Albert uses to get her students to listen.

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Experts Call for Increased Action on Protecting Those with Food Allergies

Professor Elliott founder Queen’s University Belfast's Institute for Global Food Security, is co-author of a paper published in The Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Analyst, outlining a strategy to close the gaps in current processes for detecting and measuring allergens – substances in foods that can trigger an allergic reaction. The publication comes during the UK’s Allergy Awareness Week

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Nearby Massive Star Explosion 30 Million Years Ago Equaled Detonation of 100 Million Suns

Analysis of exploding star's light curve and color spectrum reveal spectacular demise of one of the closest supernova to Earth in recent years; its parent star was so big it's radius was 200 times larger than our sun.

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Former Paralyzed Teen Returns to Loyola for Health, Hope and Heroes 5K

Hayden Schaumburg suffered paralysis during a high school football game. After a 10-hour surgery and 47 days at Loyola University Medical Center, he was breathing on his own and able to continue rehabilitation. He returns to Loyola to help raise money for the pediatrics program this June.

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New Mayo Clinic Book Guides Women Through Menopause with Clinically Proven, Practical Advice

As preteens, girls often take health classes to teach them about their changing bodies during puberty. For moms-to-be, classes deal with pregnancy and newborn care.

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Despite Efforts, Childhood Obesity Remains on the Rise

The alarming increase in U.S. childhood obesity rates that began nearly 30 years ago continues unabated, with the biggest increases in severe obesity, according to a study led by a Duke Clinical Research Institute scientist.

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Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium Highlights Student Research Projects

From coral to alfalfa, and from the blue-throated macaw to spiders, the NMSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium will have much to offer. Undergraduate honors students will display their research projects on large poster exhibits and will read from their written reports at the 21st annual URCAS is Friday, April 29.