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Ecstasy Linked to Cell Survival
New UC research suggests that the widely abused club drug “ecstasy,” or MDMA, can increase the survival of dopamine cells in the brain during fetal development. Because of the role these cells play in the regulation of voluntary movement, the findings, the researchers say, may lead to better therapies for neurological diseases like Parkinson’s.

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Trauma Surgeon Trains Air Force Docs for Life on the Battlefield
Stephen Barnes, MD, lives a dual life that not everyone knows about. Most of the time, he’s a level 1 trauma surgeon at University Hospital and volunteer assistant professor at UC.
New Behavioral Center Breaks Ground in Mason
The ceremonial first spade of dirt was turned Oct. 27 for the Craig and Frances Lindner Center of HOPE (Helping Other People Excel).
High School Presentation Inspires Nurse for a Lifetime of Patient Care
A guest speaker who visited Wanda Wilson’s high school in Point Pleasant, W.Va., led her to a profession she’s loved for nearly 35 years, and one she shares her enthusiasm for around the country.
The Emergency Department: Is It Like What You See on TV?
Medical dramas like “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy” give viewers a glimpse into what emergency physicians and surgeons deal with in the hospital—but are they realistic?
Pharmacy College Strengthens Commitment to Research
In an effort to increase its commitment to research, strengthen education and align more closely with UC|21 goals, the College of Pharmacy has created the new academic position of assistant dean for graduate studies and research.
Thyroid Cancer Best Detected by Ultrasound
Ultrasound tests performed in a doctor’s office may be more sensitive in detecting recurrence of the two most common types of thyroid cancer than the standard whole body radioiodine scans and serum thyroglobulin tests, according to UC researchers
Doctor, Patient Tackle Purple People Bridge Climb
When Heather Arrasmith, 31, went into the hospital to have a pancreas transplant three months ago, she told her surgeon, Amit Tevar, MD, that when she recovered she would take him on the Purple People Bridge Climb as thanks for the great care she received.
Cancer Patients Find 'Hope' in Cincinnati
When Shirley Johnson, 70, was diagnosed with recurrent lowgrade fatty tumors between her lungs in 2005, her doctors in Atlanta said they couldn’t be surgically removed, and then offered her radiation therapy as a last-ditch treatment.
Psychiatry Department Receives $2.5 Million Gift
The Academic Health Center has received a $2.5 million gift from the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Foundation to support the department of psychiatry and establish the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. The chair will be awarded to the chairman of the psychiatry department.
Teaching Children About Pollution With Puppets
In October, UC teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and ImagineNation to educate nearly 500 children and their families about air pollution as part of the 5th Annual Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study (CCAAPS) Family Picnic.
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