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Are My Muscular Dystrophy Drugs Working?

People with muscular dystrophy could one day assess the effectiveness of their medication with the help of a smartphone-linked device, a new study in mice suggests. The study used a new method to process ultrasound imaging information that could lead to hand-held instruments that provide fast, convenient medical information.

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Lally School of Management Set to Host Startup Business Model Day Program

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For many aspiring entrepreneurs, transforming an idea into an actual product is a difficult hurdle to surmount. To help area college students move their business ideas from printed page to the global marketplace, the Lally School of Management, the business school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will host a Startup Business Model Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Heffner Alumni House on the Rensselaer campus.

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Wayne State’s Michigan Area Health Education Center Receives $1.1 Million Grant From U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to Enhance Statewide Network of Regional Centers

The Michigan Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a Wayne State University program that seeks to increase access to quality primary care providers in underserved communities, today announced that it has been awarded a one-year, $1.16 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Michigan AHEC will use the funds to continue developing its infrastructure — which includes maintaining its four existing regional centers and launching a fifth — and to promote and provide health care career preparation initiatives, clinical experiences and continuing education programs across Michigan.

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New Board Members Elected to American Thyroid Association

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Robert C. Smallridge, M.D., will become the new ATA president, as Hossein Gharib, M.D., completes his term as president. Antonio Bianco, M.D., Ph.D., will become the new president-elect, and Victor J. Bernet, M.D. accepts the position of secretary/COO-elect. Joining the Board are three new directors: Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., Christine Spitzweg, M.D., and M. Regina Castro, M.D.

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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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Tests Will Track Improved Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills in People with Fragile X, Down Syndromes, and Other Intellectual Disabilities

Leading researchers, funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are collaborating to develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation.

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