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Study exposes physician self-referrals

When physicians order certain medical tests or procedures to be done for a patient, they have the option to self-refer patients back to their own office. These self-referrals are widely viewed as financially motivated and self-serving, yet loopholes in the law allow their continuation. A recent paper ...


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Some inhibitory neurons always active, study suggests

Even during rest, the brain is always actively balancing its cycles of activation and deactivation, a new study by University researchers suggests. A team of neuroscientists explored how multiple inhibitory cells remain active to offset excitatory cells, even when the brain is in a calm and sedated ...


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Study explores culture, physical activity

While people cite numerous reasons for their lack of exercise, cultural beliefs may need to be added to the list. Whether a certain physical activity is associated more with a certain race could affect how often various ethnic groups engage in the activity, according to new work done by University researchers. Black ...


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U. aims to grow faculty research

A post-tenure sabbatical policy, changes to the academic calendar and streamlined research reporting procedures are among possible new endeavors intended to increase support for faculty research, said Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin P’12. The projects would come out of President Christina Paxson’s ...


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Yoga may offer physical benefits, studies find

When yoga instructors tell you to take a “healing breath,” they aren’t just using a metaphor. Recent studies show that practicing yoga may actually have a significant effect on a person’s physiological well-being. Researchers have studied the effects of yoga on fitness for years. “(Yoga) ...


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Prof receives $1.6 million grant to study smoking

A new experiment conducted by Jennifer Tidey, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, will examine the effects of different nicotine levels in the cigarettes of depressed smokers. Tidey’s research is part of a new federally funded project to research methods of lessening tobacco use. ...


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U. looks to expand sponsored research

Under the direction of new Chief Information Officer Ravi Pendse, the University may see increased emphasis on corporate funding in research. The University plans to expand all research at Brown, which includes research funded by corporations, said Vice President for Research David Savitz. Pendse, ...


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Study could help develop new oral medicines

A sustained-release insulin pill — which would release insulin over a longer period of time as opposed to in spurts — is one step closer to fruition, thanks to research from the University’s department of molecular pharmacology, physiology and biotechnology.  The research revealed the gut is ...


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Wireless option developed for brain-powered device

University neuroengineers have created a new device that may allow people with paralysis to use their thoughts to control robotic limbs wirelessly. The implantable cerebral mechanism can wirelessly transmit brain signals to a receiver, which can then be interpreted by a computer. The device was described ...


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Science faculty dominate admin search committee

The search committee for a new vice president for research has launched the selection process and expects to fill the position within the month, said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15. Five out of the seven faculty members on the committee, which Schlissel formed, work in math and the life and physical ...






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