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A Good Night’s Sleep Really Does ‘Clear the Mind’

Why do we sleep? It is a question that has long puzzled scientists and philosophers alike. While the ancient Greeks saw sleep as a doorway to the divine, scientists and biologists see it as an invitation to be devoured by nocturnal predators. A new study – appearing today in the journal Science – may provide the answer: when we sleep our brain ‘takes out the trash.’

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Telomeres Might Predict Lung Cancer Recurrence

Telomeres are sections of DNA that tell an interesting story about lifespan. Shorter telomeres usually suggest a shorter life -- but new research by a Wilmot lung cancer expert shows that longer telomeres might be a promising biomarker for a recurrence of early stage lung cancer.

10/22/2014 | 0 comments

Food 0, Sex 1

In a study that will probably elicit a collective “duh” from the average college student, researchers have discovered that male brains – at least in nematodes – are wired to ignore food so that they can instead focus on searching for a mate.

10/16/2014 | 0 comments

Sepsis on the Rise: Researchers Receive $4 Million to Search for New Treatments

Sepsis cases are rising with our aging population, yet there are no specific treatments to stop the syndrome. Scientists from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences received $4 million from the National Institutes of Health to address this urgent need. 

10/9/2014 | 0 comments

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