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George Mason University neuroscientist’s research uses computer modeling to ‘map’ Parkinson’s disease

No organ can even compare to the complexity of the human brain. It may be the only thing in the universe that can comprehend itself, but scientists still know very little about the brain. Will neurologists and computer programmers be able to model neural networks in the near future, or is a computer program that mimics nerves still the stuff of science fiction? As it turns out, scientist ...More

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Liberty University immunologist says a passion for discovery guides his life’s work in research and education

The human body has an amazing ability to recover from and prevent infection. When viruses and bacteria attack, a variety of infection-fighting cells, or immune cells, defend the body. These cells also try to prevent future infections. How can immune cells do this? Biologists only know part of the answer. Scientists like Joseph W. Brewer, who recently spoke at a ...More

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Lack of expert healthcare may increase self-responsibility, says hospital leader Jim Krauss in Suter Science lecture

If you had no access to a clinic or hospital of any kind, would you live your life differently than you do now? Would you try to maintain a healthier lifestyle, or learn more about how to take care of your own health? Jim Krauss, president of Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center, wishes Americans would take more respons ...More

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Ways to address inherited genetic disorders explored in visit to Lancaster clinic serving “Plain” Anabaptist communities

The Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, is geographically nestled within the Old Order Amish and Mennonite populations of Lancaster, County. Similarly, EMU and the Heartland Clinic in Dayton, Virginia, are surrounded by Old Order and Conservative Mennonite populations. All parties have a common interest in the “Plain” communities’ needs for quality healthcare. ...More

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Jeffress Trust grant of $100,000 kickstarts hypertension research with new equipment and student assistants

If you are among the one in three Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, you know to stay away from salty foods. On the no-go list from your doctor: processed foods such as lunch meat, canned soups or vegetables, or ready-to-eat meals. Yet scientists don’t know why a salty diet causes problems with hypertension. ...More

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Mennonites in medicine: University of Virginia surgeon Laura Rosenberger ’03 highlights their unique attributes and contributions

Faith is not a common topic of discussion at the weekly University of Virginia Medical Center Surgery Grand Rounds. And yet faith is what Eastern Mennonite University alumna and current UVa chief resident in surgery Laura Horst Rosenberger ’03 chose to talk about in her Jan. 28 presentation titled “Mennonites in Medicine: Missionaries to Dean of Harvard.” The Grand Rounds lecture t ...More

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Psychiatrist’s contributions to nearly 40-year-long genetic study among Lancaster County Amish population aids in better diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder

A decades-long study of genetics and psychiatric illness – in which Abram Hostetter, MD, class of ’51, has played a prominent role – continues to yield new clues about the causes of bipolar disorder and guide the search for new treatments. In October 2014, a research team published findings that people with a rare form of genetic dwarfism, known as Ellis- ...More

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After Vietnam and Nigeria, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 chooses to serve rural and homebound patients for almost a half century

The image of an experienced country doctor making house calls with a big black bag full of basic medical equipment has not completely disappeared. Even in a culture of increasing skepticism for physicians and of increasing medical costs, rural health care providers seem to be retaining their respected positions in society. Linford Gehman ’59, a doctor serving a rural population in nort ...More

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Symposium highlights work of student researchers, including one funded by National Science Foundation

The world is running out of petroleum. A dwindling supply of petroleum is troubling not only to automobile, plastic, and energy users, but also to organic chemists who heavily depend on components distilled from petroleum to fuel their chemical reactions. Researchers, including Eastern Mennonite University junior Charles Good, are beginning to address this problem in a new field called ...More

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Early detection is key to treatment of inherited metabolic disorders, says pediatrician of Amish, Brethren and Mennonite communities

Sometimes, the only action a doctor need take to save a life is to change the patient’s diet. When treatment of a life-threatening genetic disorder is so simple, the key is to catch it, not cure it. Holmes Morton made his life’s work to study and treat genetic disorders primarily in Mennonite, Brethren and Amish communities. The physician and his wife Caroline founded the non-profit ...More