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The MURDOCK Study aims to enroll 50,000 area residents for a long-term health study. (MURDOCK Study/N.C. Research Campus)

By JENNIFER MONTAGUE
DavidsonNews.net

KANNAPOLIS – So you think scientists and doctors are the only ones who make the exciting advances in medicine and disease treatments? Not so—you can play an important role, too, as subjects of the studies and trials that are a major component of medical research.

At the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, researchers are conducting one of the largest general population health studies in recent memory. The MURDOCK Study Community Registry, is a joint venture with David H. Murdock, who provided the name and the funding, and the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. MURDOCK is an abbreviation for Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis. Its goal is to create a bank of medical information and tissue samples from 50,000 participants in this region. Researchers can then use this information to gain a better understanding of many different kinds of diseases. Read the full story

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Scientists created airborne virus – but should results be published?


Scientists are debating the newsworthiness of a recent discovery that has the potential not to help, but to hurt. Researchers last July in the Netherlands created an airborne version of a dangerous flu virus- in essence “tweaking it genetically to make it more contagious,” according to the New York Times. Now, U.S. government advisers are urging that scientists keep the research private – so it can’t be used by terrorists or other bad guys.

LINK: Dec. 27, 2011, New York Times, “Science debate persists on deadly flu made airborne.”

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The bigger your smile, the longer your life?


Tilly smiling

(David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net photo)

SOURCE: Psychological Science

Can a big smile help you live longer? A new study published in the journal Psychological Science says people who smile in photographs live longer than those who don’t. Smiles can be a barometer of emotions, according to Wayne State University researchers, and can help predict longevity.

The researchers examined a database of baseball players and found that people who smile in photographs live longer than those who don’t.

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Will that glass of wine help keep the pounds off?



A new study has found that women who drink moderately at mid-life may gain less weight than those who stay away from alcohol. The study was published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Read the full story

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