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Student-designed toys help kids with motor disorders

April 14, 2009 0 comments

Ask a child if he would rather do physical therapy or play with a remote control car and the answer will be obvious. But now researchers at Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design have designed a way for him to do both, by creating toys specially developed for […]

The (nano)future of cancer treatment

March 16, 2009 0 comments

A tiny particle makes its way into the bloodstream and latches onto a newly dividing cancerous cell. The particle is specially designed to show up on a diagnostic scan, allowing doctors to easily locate the growing tumor.

Poli sci prof. investigates ‘warrior gene’ in study

January 26, 2009 0 comments

You’re driving on the highway and suddenly a car comes whipping out of the lane next to you, forcing you to slam on the brakes. Do you think, “Oh well, the driver must be in hurry”? Or do you flash him a strategic hand gesture and scream some choice phrases? You might be interested to learn that your reaction may be connected to your DNA.

Nano-lab hopes particles unlock health secrets

January 21, 2009 0 comments

In the near future, doctors may be able to use tiny particles to speed up bone growth, re-attach torn ligaments and even sense and transmit information about bacterial infections.

Predicting the unpredictable

December 1, 2008 0 comments

Modeling random motion may sound like an oxymoron. But Associate Professor of Physics Jay Tang is using the predictability of randomness to explain the movement of bacteria swimming in water. His work could have implications in public health or environmental studies.

Professor asks if religion correlates with depression

November 11, 2008 0 comments

Are religious people more or less likely to be depressed than nonreligious people? The answer, according to a new study, is both. Joanna Maselko, an assistant professor of public health at Temple University, and Professor of Community Health Stephen Buka ’78 published research in the journal Psychological Medicine online in October finding that aspects of religious participation correlate differently with depression.

‘Surprising’ endorsements affect election, study shows

October 28, 2008 0 comments

A study released this month by Brian Knight, associate professor of economics, and Chun-Fang Chiang AM’04 PhD’08, a former graduate student in the economics department, may be able to shed light on these questions with their study on how endorsements from different newspapers can affect voter decisions.

Nickel in cell phones causes rash in some

October 22, 2008 0 comments

Brown researchers published a study in January that found a connection between cell phones and facial rashes.