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Researcher’s Microdissection Device Hits the Market to Fight Cancer

A new device designed to more effectively produce DNA samples for genetic testing from slide-mounted tissue samples is better equipped than most models on the market to help in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Its University of Utah inventors say the microdissection device is an effective and reasonably priced method for removing tissue samples from microscope slides. The samples are used for genetic testing, so precision is essential. The impact could be substantial because genetic testing is becoming more popular in the fight against cancer, and so the demand for efficient dissection tools is growing.

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Moran Eye Center gets National Support to Research Blindness Prevention

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded two grants to the John A. Moran Eye Center (JMEC) at the University of Utah to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases. Gregory Hageman, Ph.D. has been granted a $150,000 Senior Scientific Investigator Award, and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has been granted $100,000, to be directed by department Chairman Randall J Olson, M.D., CEO of the JMEC. To date, RPB has awarded grants totaling $4,765,300 to the University of Utah.

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U of U School of Medicine Joins Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to Combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

As part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, the University of Utah School of Medicine has partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) in a commitment to creating a new generation of doctors, medical schools, and research facilities that will make sure wounded U.S. combat forces receive the care worthy of their service.

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New U of U, U of Colorado Mountain Medicine Program Teaches Emergency Responders Critical Skills for Treating Wilderness Medical Problems

When someone’s seriously injured skiing, climbing, mountain biking, or hiking in the wilderness, emergency responders need specific skills and knowledge to properly treat the patient—and there’s no better place to teach that expertise than in the high-alpine wilderness of Utah and Colorado.

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Study Gives Insight into Most Common Causes, Risks Factors for Stillbirth

The Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network (SCRN) has reported that performing a systematic medical evaluation leads to a probable or possible cause of death in the majority of stillbirths. According to a study published in the Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the most common causes of stillbirth differ across racial and ethnic groups, with resulting implications for monitoring and prevention of this devastating pregnancy outcome.

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