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Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes. The complete findings were released today in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

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Study Examines FDA Influence on Design of Pivotal Drug Studies

An examination of the potential interaction between pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss future studies finds that one-quarter of recent new drug approvals occurred without any meeting, and when such meetings occurred, pharmaceutical companies did not comply with one-quarter of the recommendations made by the FDA regarding study design or primary outcome, according to a study in the November 26 issue of JAMA.

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Full-Day Preschool Linked With Increased School Readiness Compared with Part-Day

Children who attended a full-day preschool program had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills (language, math, socio-emotional development, and physical health), increased attendance, and reduced chronic absences compared to children who attended part-day preschool, according to a study in the November 26 issue of JAMA.

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U-M Expert Notes That in Ferguson Case, Perceptions Differ Between Whites and Blacks

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Getting to Know W. Brent Lindquist

W. Brent Lindquist was appointed Texas Tech University's new College of Arts and Sciences dean and is committed to helping the university reach tier-one status.

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Giammar Seeking New Solutions for Underground Carbon Storage

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Dan Giammar, PhD, is going deep into the earth to find a potential solution to store carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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Sickle Cell Disease Patient/Researcher Named to Ebony Magazine Power 100 List

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Bioethics scholar Carlton Haywood Jr., PhD, MA, has been recognized by Ebony Magazine on its Power 100 list for his unique work on sickle cell disease, from which he suffers himself.

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Harvard Legal Fellow/UofL Law Professor Available to Discuss What's Next in the Michael Brown Shooting Case

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S&T, UK Mark 10th Anniversary of Partnership, Develop Future Joint Opportunities

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Last week, Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers and United Kingdom (U.K.) Home Office Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Bernard Silverman together marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. – U.K. Science and Technology (S&T) Bilateral Agreement.

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FDA Ruling Provides Consumers with Calorie Labeling Information to Make Informed Food Choices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules issued Nov. 25, 2014 that require calorie information to be listed on menus in chain restaurants. The Obesity Society commends efforts to provide more information to consumers so they are better able to make informed decisions regarding their food choices and their health.

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