Wed June 11, 2014

A New Mosquito-Borne Virus in Tennessee?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials in Tennessee say they are investigating what could be a new mosquito-borne virus in the state.

The Tennessee Department of Health told media outlets on Tuesday that the state may have its first cases of the chikungunya (chik-un-GUHN-ya) virus, which is painful but not usually fatal.

Officials said those exhibiting symptoms recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the disease has reached an epidemic state. Symptoms, including a high fever, nausea and joint pain, can be severe.

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Fri May 2, 2014

Tenn. Researcher Says Violence Against Children in Decline

Dr.Sherry Hamby, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
Credit UOS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A study out this week by a Tennessee researcher suggests violence against children is on the decline.

Dr. Sherry Hamby teaches at the University of the South in Sewanee. She co-authored a multi-year study on children and violence published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Wed April 9, 2014

Tennessee Researchers Ask, "Is Suicide Contagious?"

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A study released this month by researchers at the University of Memphis suggests suicide can be contagious, especially among young people.

Sociologist Anna Mueller and colleague Seth Arbrutyn conducted the study. Their findings indicate suicide is what Mueller calls “socially contagious.” If a friend or family member commits suicide, people they know are likely to think about or attempt suicide.

Mueller says the tendency is especially pronounced in young people

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Mon March 10, 2014

Brentwood Student Tries for $100,000 Science Prize

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Brentwood High School student is competing this week for a $100,000 science prize in the nation’s capital.

Brentwood High senior Joyce Kang is the lone finalist from Tennessee and one of 40 students chosen to attend the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.

Kang presented her project to judges yesterday. She created a new, simple, low-cost process for storing energy that involves super-capacitors, carbon fiber, and nano tubes.

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Tue January 28, 2014

Vanderbilt Autism Research: Working Helps

Dr. Julie Lounds Taylor

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) --  A mid-state researcher recently concluded a ground breaking study concerning the growing number of individuals with autism.

Recent data suggests the number of children born with autism is on the rise, with one child in 88 affected. Autism is a brain function disorder that makes communication and social interaction difficult.

Vanderbilt Researcher Dr. Jule Lounds Taylor is co-author of a new, long-term study that looks at the relationship between autism and work.

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