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1 hr ago | PhysOrg Weblog

Moffitt researchers help lead efforts to find new genetic links to prostate cancer

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center, including Center Director Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jong Park, Ph.D. and Hui-Yi Lin, Ph.D., have discovered 23 new regions of the genome that influence the risk for developing prostate cancer, according to a study published Sept. 14 in Nature Genetics .

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4 hrs ago | Business Journal

Pitt professor named McArthur Fellow for 2014

A University of Pittsburgh professor has been named a McArthur Fellow, a prestigious award also known as the "Genius Grant." Terrance Hayes , 42, is a poet and professor of writing at Pitt since 2013 who worked at Carnegie Mellon University from 2001 to 2013.

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Related Topix: Carnegie Mellon University

6 hrs ago | Scientific American

U.S. Commits Troops and $750M to Ebola Fight

The world must act quickly to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is "spiraling out of control," President Barack Obama said on September 16. To that end, the United States will send 3,000 troops and spend up to $750 million to fight the epidemic, which has so far infected nearly 5,000 people and killed more than 2,400, according to the World Health Organization . Experts say that a massive increase will be necessary to contain the virus.

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Related Topix: Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

8 hrs ago | Stars and Stripes

Embattled VFW mulls image among declining numbers

Since its founding in 1914, the Veterans of Foreign Wars has worked to establish the Veterans Administration, forge the GI Bill after World War II, develop the national veterans cemetery system and update the GI Bill in 2008. "There is a stigma.

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Related Topix: US Military, US Marine Corps

11 hrs ago | Philly.com

Penn researcher Danielle Bassett wins a 'genius grant'

The University of Pennsylvania brain researcher is just 32, one year into her first faculty position. So when the MacArthur Foundation people called her last week, Bassett figured they were planning to award one of their coveted $625,000 grants to an older colleague, and wanted to ask her opinion.

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Related Topix: University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, PA

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Post-gazette.com

Author Michael Chabon's 1984 Pittsburgh punk rock performance released by Mind Cure

Back in the early days of punk in Pittsburgh, before ProTools and home studios, tons of bands came and went without a trace - nothing captured on tape.

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Related Topix: Pittsburgh, PA, Music, Entertainment

O-R Online

A momentous decision on whether a kingdom will remain united

But enough about the hotly contested “Backyard Brawl” that pits the football teams of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh every November.

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Related Topix: West Virginia University, Europe, United Kingdom, World News, Essex County, England, Greater London County, England, Elizabeth Ii, George Bush, Opinion

Bradford Today

Pitt-Bradford to host Internet research workshop October 1st

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host an Internet research workshop to explain how to find credible information on the web from 6:30 to 8p.m. on Oct. 1 in room 200 of the Seneca Building, 2 Main St., Bradford. During the hands-on session, participants will be presented with strategies to help them locate credible Internet sites and be able to distinguish credible sites from others on the web.

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Related Topix: Bradford, PA

New Jersey Herald

New Castle's Jameson Hospital hopes to join UPMC

Jameson Health System in western Pennsylvania is the latest to seek an affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Officials with UPMC and Jameson - based in New Castle - say they've signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into UPMC's hospital network.

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Related Topix: Pennsylvania

ABC 27

Treasury loan props up Pennsylvania operating fund

A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children. A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children.

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Related Topix: Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania, Drugs

Business Journal

Pitt debuting new internship program

The University of Pittsburgh is launching a new internship program Tuesday, aimed at connecting its 18,000 undergraduate students with opportunities at thousands of local companies. The initiative was jointly announced by Kathy Humphrey , Pitt vice provost and dean of students, and Bob Stein , interim director of Pitt's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

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Christian Science Monitor

College move-in day: What would Henry David Thoreau say?

Stephanie Seibert, a management major from Pittsburgh, unpacks in her dorm room during freshman move-in day at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Johnstown, Pa. On the fourth-floor landing of the stairwell that led to my daughter Eve's sixth-floor dorm room, I stopped, caught my breath, and thought of Henry David Thoreau's famous pronouncement on the complications of consumerism: "Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

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Related Topix: Johnstown, PA, Louisiana State University, Education

Medical News Today

Accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer steps closer with genetic study

Researchers behind a new genetic study led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, suggest their findings will lead to a more accurate test for aggressive prostate cancer and new ways to treat it. Writing about their work in the American Journal of Pathology , the team explains how they found prostate cancer patients with certain genetic mutations have a 91% chance of their cancer coming back.

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Related Topix: Prostate Cancer, Health, Genetics, Medicine, Lung Cancer

PR-inside.com

Just Published: "Lentigen Corporation - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and Alliances Profile"

The company develops and commercializes lentiviral vector technology for a range of therapeutic, vaccine, and bioproduction applications. The company's therapeutics include stem cell therapies, vaccines, protein therapeutics and T cell therapies.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Health, Stem Cell Research, Science / Technology, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Case Western Reserve University, Loyola University Chicago

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Science Daily

New halogenation enzyme found: Discovery to impact pharmaceutical and agricultural industries

One of the Holy Grails in chemical science has been to find the late-stage, site-specific incorporation of a halogen atom into a complex natural product by replacing an sp3 C-H bond -- one of the most inert chemical bonds known in an organic compound -- with a C-X bond, X=halogen. The picture shows the overlay of the microscopic image of Hapaloshiphon welwitschii UTEX B1830, the producer strain of 12-epi-hapalindole E and 12-epi-fischerindole G, of which the chlorine substituents were installed by the WelO5 protein - the newly discovered halogenation enzyme.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Chemistry

Post-gazette.com

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

Researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a simple new test that can detect symptoms of a concussion current tests often miss. The new test concerns the vestibular ocular system, which is responsible for integrating vision, balance and movement.

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Post-gazette.com

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

No method currently exists to gauge the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, putting the patient and his doctors into a quandary about the proper treatment strategy. Should they be aggressive or just watchfully wait? Now a study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer, raising hope of better treatment strategies and new targets for treatments.

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Scientific Blogging

WelO5: New Halogenation Enzyme Discovered

Molecules containing carbon-halogen bonds are produced naturally across all kingdoms of life and constitute a large family of natural products with a broad range of biological activities. The presence of halogen substituents in many bioactive compounds has a profound influence on their molecular properties and a goal of chemical science has been to find the late-stage, site-specific incorporation of a halogen atom into a complex natural product by replacing an spA3 C-H bond with a C-X bond .

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EurekAlert!

Project to turn world on to DC power

Henry L. Hillman Foundation grant could help launch the beginning of an electric revolution; Researchers' plans include building microgrids, DC-powered businesses in Homewood In the late 1880s, Pittsburgh native son George Westinghouse won the campaign to base the United States' electric power grid on alternating current . Thomas Edison, a proponent of direct current , tried to paint AC as dangerous, but as things stood at the time, an AC grid was cheaper and more efficient, could carry electricity over longer distances, and was easier to build-so it prevailed.

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Bradford Today

Professional improv troupe to kick of Pitt-Bradford's Shakespeare 450 celebration

The acclaimed comedy group The Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sept. 19 to kick off the university's Spectrum Arts Series and its year-long celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth.

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Related Topix: Theater, Arts

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