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When menstruation hurts: Learn more about endometriosis

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For many women, menstruation is just a nuisance or discomfort. But for one in ten women this process is accompanied by inflammation and pelvic pain so severe that it affects the normal rhythm of their lives. These women are suffering from endometriosis, a condition characterized by dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), dyspareunia (pain during intercourse), chronic, disabling pelvic pain, and often infertility.

 

Diabetes mellitus in Puerto Rico: opportunities to be discovered

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We’ve flirted with diabetes since the beginning of time, it has been part of our environment, and has become part of our family and our heritage. We live and die with it, it sits with us at the dinner table, at the beauty salon, on the bus, in the car, in the classroom, and in the office. And especially in those days, when we have no intention of walking or moving, that’s when it takes hold and doesn’t allow us to get out of our stupor.  We have accepted it as a natural companion in our daily lives, and often we realize that we have a guest when it suddenly steals the control out of our health and our lives. So diabetes, surname mellitus, is thus one of the oldest diseases of humanity.

Alzheimer's disease: We can reduce the risk

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Recently, Dr. Irving Vega, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, presented his talk "Research on Alzheimer's disease: from bench to society". On the occasion of the "Brain Awareness Week" celebration, we share the video of his talk and an article written by Dr. Vega.  This is the first of multiple posts that we will be sharing with you this week exploring different conditions related to the health of our brain.

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Math Professor from UPR receives prestigious international award

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The contributions of Luis F. Cáceres, Mathematics Professor from the Univeristy of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, to advance the Special Mathematics Olympics of Puerto Rico (OMPR) and Latin America have made him deserving of a prestigious international award from the World Federation of National Mathematics Competitions (WFNMC). 

This article was originally published by Diálogo Digital, plese refer to this website:

http://dialogoupr.com/matematico-de-upr-reconocido-a-nivel-mundial/ 

Promoting early detection of Colorectal Cancer

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For many people, reaching the age of 50 marks the beginning of an important stage in their lives. Many take the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, achievements, and wishes to fulfill. But we should also recognize that no matter how young and full of energy we feel, it is natural that with age certain changes occur that affect the normal functioning of our body. This is why, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), every person should have a screening test for colorectal cancer starting at the age of 50.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. In Puerto Rico, it is the second most common type of cancer. It is also recognized as the second leading cause of cancer death for women, as well as the third cause for men.

Silence as an accomplice: Feeding and eating disorders

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Traditionally, eating disorders have been considered  an issue for middle-upper class white females. However, we now know that these disorders do not discriminate by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age or gender.

What are feeding and eating disorders?

CITec from the University of Puerto Rico receives EBSCO prize

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The Center for Information and Technology (CITec) at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus wins EBSCO 2015 award for the creation of a digital tool that wil ease the search for information in the areas of Natural Sciences.

For the full article, please refer to the spanish version of this site.

Professor from UPR Río Piedras: First Hispanic Woman to become director at large for ACS

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"Women are able to hold many roles and to succeed in each one of them", affirmed Dr. Ingrid Montes, Chemistry Professor at UPR-RP. Dr. Montes became the first hispanic woman to be elected to the Board of General Directors of the American Chemical Society (ACS). 

For the full blog post, please refer to the Spanish version of this site. 

 

More than Science: Joan Laureano, an engineer “on-trend”

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Borinqueñas, if something is certain it is that science and engineering are everywhere, in everything we do and everything we create. More importantly, science and engineering can open many doors in our future since the skills learned by studying these disciplines can be an advantageous in the workplace independent of what your final career path might be. This is the case of Borinqueña Joan Laureano Correa. Joan, who is an electric engineer, is also a renowned accessories and jewelry designer.

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Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos: Promoting neuroscience in the laboratory and the community

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El Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos y su equipo de investigación
Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos and his research group

In the laboratory of Dr. Manuel Díaz-Ríos at the University of Puerto Rico’s Institute of Neurobiology, the students and personnel not only study how the motor nervous system functions and how it is affected with trauma or degenerative diseases, but they also learn the value of volunteer work and have the opportunity to teach kids and the community about science. Manolo (as he is known by his friends) firmly believes how important it is for scientists to contribute beyond the walls of the lab through education and mentoring. 

Astrobiology course for aficionados

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The class "Introduction to Astrobiology" will begin on Tuesday, June 13 at UMET Cupey. This course is hosted by the Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CEDES) of School of Environmental Affairs of the UMET and the Astronomy Society of Puerto Rico. 

 

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Marine Biologists on strike: fighting for education and the coast

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Rafael R. Díaz Torres

Legislative project 812 aspires to amend the definition of the terrestrial maritime zone in Puerto Rico beaches. Experts in the field of oceanography explained that the legislation would reduce the protected coastal areas as public property and facilitate the privatization of beach access.

For the full article, please refer to the Spanish version of this site.

 

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Strike disrupts research at Puerto Rico’s top university

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Jeffrey Mervis

Last week molecular biologist Juan Ramirez-Lugo put all his coral samples in the freezer, locked the door of his lab, and told his six undergraduate assistants to stay home the next day. The assistant professor of biology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in San Juan wasn’t happy about yet another disruption to his research on seasonal variations in how corals respond to thermal stress and his efforts to give undergraduates “authentic research experiences.” But he felt he had no choice.

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Telescopes will be used to observe the moon and planet Jupiter

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San Juan, PR, May 22, 2017 — The Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, Inc. (PRAS),  the mayor of Vega Baja, Hon. Marcos Cruz Molina and the local administration, invite the general public to a night of astronomy observation. The event will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 starting at 6:30 pm at the Antigua Pista del Campamento Tortuguero in Vega Baja, carr. PR-686 and PR-687.

For the full article, please refer to the Spanish version of this site. 

 

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