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New MU Metagenomics Center to Make Important Research Process Cheaper, Faster

University of Missouri officials celebrate the opening of the MU Metagenomics Center, located at Discovery Ridge Research Park. The new center will serve as a comprehensive resource for microbiological research performed at Mizzou, other universities and private entities around the country.

CALENDAR ITEM: MU to host interactive expo on dinosaurs and cavemen

By: Megan Liz Smith

MU Research Reactor supplying radioisotope for new FDA approved cancer therapy

More than 15 years ago, scientists at the University of Missouri’s Research Reactor (MURR®) identified promising properties of the radioisotope lutetium-177 (Lu-177), which can be used to treat cancer. It was recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a Lu-177 based drug, Lutathera® (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate), to treat certain types of tumors that can occur in the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. MURR is the sole U.S. supplier of Lu-177 for use in Lutathera®, which was developed by Advanced Accelerator Applications, S.A., a Novartis company.

Lessons from Joplin: personal growth often coexists with post-traumatic stress following natural disasters, MU researchers find

The 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, was one of the most destructive in U.S. history—killing 161 people, injuring 1,150 and destroying approximately one-third of the city’s homes. Individuals who experience such disasters can exhibit a range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress. Now, researchers from the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri have found that survivors of natural disasters have the potential to experience positive changes or growth in addition to the stress they experience. Researchers say this finding can help those working in communities after a disaster.

MU program to improve nursing home care reduces hospitalizations by nearly 50 percent, saving major dollars for Medicare

Researchers from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing are continuing to see success in their work to improve quality of care in nursing homes. In 2016, a federal report found that the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes (MOQI) reduced potentially avoidable hospitalizations by 48 percent and reduced hospitalizations from all causes by 33 percent. This reduced total Medicare expenses by $1,376 per person, saving 33 percent of the costs of all-cause hospitalizations and 40 percent of potentially avoidable hospitalizations.

Contemporary indigenous activism reveals the role of ‘place’ in environmental sustainability and justice, MU scholar finds

“Place-based identity” is the idea that people form a sense of place and establish connections to a geographical area. Often, place-based struggles arise when that sense of home is threatened by development or undermined by non-local actors. In a new book that focuses on place-based activism led by indigenous people in the United States, Canada and New Zealand, Soren Larsen suggests that today’s place-based battles are transforming the way native and non-native people are understanding and relating to place itself.

Online consumers want emotional reviews—just not too emotional

Online reviews play an increasingly important role in consumer behavior as more Americans opt to purchase items online. Previously, studies examining the influence of reviews focused on the length of the reviews and whether they were positive or negative. New research from the University of Missouri is among the first to examine how expressions of emotion impact the helpfulness of a review. Among the findings, researchers observed that although some emotion was important to be persuasive, reviews perceived as being overly emotional often were ignored.

Specialized communication narratives help couples deal with miscarriage, MU study finds

Anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies end in loss, according to the American Pregnancy Association, making miscarriage a socially significant health issue. Often, women experience profound grief, guilt and depression straining a committed relationship. A recent University of Missouri study examined how men also have to cope with their partner’s miscarriage and how married couples can use “communicated perspective-taking” to cope. The findings could help couples cope with miscarriage while also informing practitioners who treat anxiety and stress.

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