Tue November 18, 2014

St. Jude "Voices" help AIDS patients feel less isolated

Teens and young adults ages 13 to 24 account for approximately one in four new HIV infections in the US.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Memphis has launched a program that gives a voice to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

St. Jude’s launched a Pediatric AIDS Clinic at the direction of founder Danny Thomas in 1987. The clinic now serves about 250 patients.

In the years since, clinic staff noted how often patients spoke about their isolation, the feeling that they were the only ones dealing with an AIDS diagnosis.

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Mon November 17, 2014

Well-known "Evolutionary Theologian" to make a mid-state appearance

Rev. Michael Dowd

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A well-known minister, author and Ted Talk alum, who refers to himself as an “Evolutionary Theologian” will make a mid-state appearance on Thursday.

The Reverend Michael Dowd is the founder of and the author of the best selling book Thank God for Evolution.

This Thursday evening the Middle Tennessee State University Science and Spirituality Group will host Michael Dowd for a presentation in Murfreesboro.

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Wed November 12, 2014

Tennessee's public universities see a sharp drop in federal research funding

Credit UTK

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The number of research dollars awarded to Tennessee’s public universities has fallen dramatically in recent years, thanks in large measure to a drop in federal funding.

University of Tennessee affiliated schools report a decline of about 9 percent in the last three years. The state’s other higher education system, the Tennessee Board of Regents, reports that its six universities saw research funding drop by more than 23 percent during the same period.

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Thu November 6, 2014

Mid-state Professor fuels trip on chicken fat, vegetable oil

MTSU professor Cliff Ricketts stands next to the 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck he will drive from Key West, Fla., to Seattle, Washington, Nov. 6-13.
Credit MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee State University professor is driving from Key West, Florida, to Seattle in a vehicle fueled by waste chicken fat and waste vegetable oil from school dining facilities.

Alternatives fuels researcher Cliff Ricketts will begin his journey today, stopping at MTSU along the way and arriving in Seattle next week. The School of Agribusiness and Agriscience faculty member will be driving a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck on the 3,550-mile trek.

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Thu October 30, 2014

Vanderbilt researcher cautions on new colon cancer home test


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new home test for colon cancer went on sale this week, but a Vanderbilt medical researcher is sounding a note of caution.

Laura Goff is an Assistant Professor of Medicine who specializes in cancers of the digestive tract. Dr. Goff notes that the new Cologuard home test developed by the Mayo Clinic does appear to accurately detect the presence of cancer.

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