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Medical News

Drug May Help Those with Dementia with Lewy Bodies

New help may be on the way for people with dementia with Lewy bodies, which is the second most common neurodegenerative type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. The disease can cause movement problems and issues such as hallucinations in additio...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 16:00 ET

Previously Unknown Ocean Virus Family May Also Populate the Human Gut

A newly discovered family of viruses appears to play a major role in killing marine bacteria and maintaining the ocean’s ecology. Preliminary evidence suggests that related bacterial viruses also occur in the human gut. The study, by researchers at...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

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Making Milestones Against Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Progress in treating lung cancer has been enormous in the past 20 years according to a new review by researchers at Yale Cancer Center.

– Yale Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Scientific Breakthrough Could Lead to Better Antipsychotic Drugs

Published in Nature, research from the UNC School of Medicine and UCSF revealed the first-ever crystal structure of the dopamine 2 receptor bound to an antipsychotic drug – a much-needed discovery in the quest to create effective drugs with fewer s...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Alzheimer's Drug Targeting Soluble Amyloid Falls Short in a Large Clinical Trial

A paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that solanezumab, a monoclonal antibody-based treatment for Alzheimer’s disease developed by Eli Lilly that targets amyloid plaques, did not significantly slow cognitive decline...

– Columbia University Medical Center

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

Understanding Emotional Responses to Traumatic Injury Key to Public Health Planning and Treatment Efforts

– Injuries are a major public health problem in the United States, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all deaths among Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years. Survivors of traumatic injuries often face significant physical and mental health ...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Injury; R01NR013503

Patients and Doctors Often Disagree in Evaluation of Surgical Scarring

When it comes to the physical scars surgery leaves behind, a new study shows patients and doctors often don’t assess their severity the same way. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found patients and ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Facial and Plastic Surgery

The Eye Is Not Immune to Immunity

Contrary to long-established dogma, the eye can host an active immune response that could both heal injury and contribute to loss of vision.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Scientific Reports

Targeting Bladder Cancer’s Achilles Heel: Stem Cells

Two different proteins work separately as well as synergistically to feed a small pool of stem cells that help bladder cancer resist chemotherapy, research led by a Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientist suggests. The finding, published online ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cancer Research

Individuals with HIV at Higher Risk for Heart Disease

A review of more than 80 studies reveals that changes in the immune cells of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection may increase their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

– American Physiological Society (APS)


Drug Discount Program Aimed at Improving Care for Low-Income Patients Generated Gains for Hospitals Without Clear Benefits for the Needy

A 25-year-old drug discount program aimed at boosting resources for hospitals treating low-income patients did not deliver on its promise to enhance care for the needy, according to research from Harvard Medical School and the NYU School of Medicine....

– Harvard Medical School

The New England Journal of Medicine

For National Nutrition Month: Store Food Correctly to Reduce Waste, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by storing food correctly to reduce waste and lower your grocery bill during National Nutrition Month® in March.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Houston Methodist Hospital Reaches Heart Transplant Milestone

Houston Methodist Hospital performed its 1000th heart transplant. The hospital's first was performed by Dr. Michael DeBakey in 1968 as part of the world's first multi-organ transplant. The patient is a 23-year old man who suffers from Becker's Muscul...

– Houston Methodist

The Medical Minute: Despite Warnings, Unsafe Infant Sleep Practices Persist

When the weather is cold and the nights are long, new parents can be tempted to put extra blankets in a crib or bring their infant into bed with them. But both practices can lead to death for children under a year old, who do not have the ability to ...

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Amid ADHD Spike, Doctors Urge Closer Look at Sleep Issues

Amid a steady rise in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD, debate is brewing whether the condition may be a sleep disorder.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Alexander Khalessi, MD, Named Chair of Neurosurgery Department at UC San Diego Health

After a national search, Alexander Khalessi, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UC San Diego Health and chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at University of California San Diego School of Medi...

– University of California San Diego Health

Society for Simulation in Healthcare Names Board Members

Joe Lopreiato, MD, MPH, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Washington, DC, Named President

– Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, Loyola Kidney Specialist and Researcher, Named President-elect of National Kidney Foundation

Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, a kidney specialist and nationally known kidney disease researcher at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine, has been named president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.

– Loyola University Health System

UNM Lobo Men’s and Women’s Basketball Celebrate ‘Lobos Love Pink’ Week

The University of New Mexico Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will hold their ‘Lobos Love Pink’ games during the same week to raise awareness for breast cancer and to honor all those who face it. The games also raise awareness for breast ca...

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Science News

A New 'Atmospheric Disequilibrium' Could Help Detect Life on Other Planets

A University of Washington study has found a simple approach to look for life that might be more promising than just looking for oxygen.

– University of Washington

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Scientists Develop New Technology Standard That Could Shape the Future of Electronics Design

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered a way of enhancing the capabilities of an emerging nanotechnology that could open the door to a new generation of electronics.

– University of Southampton

Scientific Reports, December 2017

Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 19:00 ET

The Largest Genome Ever: Decoding the Axolotl 

Scientists in Vienna, Dresden and Heidelberg have decoded the entire genetic information of the Mexican salamander axolotl, the largest genome ever to be sequenced. This will be a powerful tool to study the molecular basis of regeneration. The journa...

– IMP - Research Institute of Molecular Pathology


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Recycling and Reusing Worn Cathodes to Make New Lithium Ion Batteries

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient recycling process that restores used cathodes from spent lithium ion batteries and makes them work just as good as new. The process involves harvesting the deg...

– University of California San Diego

Green Chemistry, Jan-2018

Tracking Wastewater’s Path to Wells, Groundwater

We often “flush it and forget it” when it comes to waste from toilets and sinks. However, it’s important to be able to track this wastewater to ensure it doesn’t end up in unwanted places. Tracing where this water ends up is hard to measure: ...

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Journal of Environmental Quality, October 26 2017

New Tool Visualizes Employment Trends in Biomedical Science

Scientists looking for jobs after completing their training may soon have a new tool that helps them evaluate various career paths. The new tool uses a method that was developed by scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Nature Biotechnology; ZIAES103066

New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance

Scientists who are members of a new energy materials-related science center based at Berkeley Lab have solved a mystery that could lead to gains in efficiency for organic solar cells.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, Dec. 26, 2017

Advances in Lasers Get to the Long and Short of It

Chiral nematic liquid crystals are an emerging class of lasing devices that are poised to shape how lasers are used in the future. New work on how to select band-edge modes in these devices, which determine the lasing energy, may shine light on how l...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

Rise in Severity of Hottest Days Outpaces Global Average Temperature Increase

While our planet’s average annual temperature has increased at a steady pace in recent decades, there has been an alarming jump in the severity of the hottest days of the year during that same period, with the most lethal effects in the world’s l...

– University of California, Irvine

Earth's Future, Jan-2018

Researchers Use Wild Rice to Predict Health of Lakes and Streams

By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic levels of sulfide and increases other harmful elements.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

Tracing the Evolution of E. Coli

A team from the University of Delaware and University of California, San Diego recently uncovered new insights about how E. coli bacteria mutate in response to a life-threatening challenge.

– University of Delaware


Engineers Create New Architecture for Vaporizable Electronics

Engineers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have demonstrated a new method for remotely vaporizing electronics into thin air, giving devices the ability to vanish - along with their valuable data - if they were to get into the wrong han...

– Cornell University

Testing Expands for Promising Nonmedication ADHD Treatment

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2 million grant to Florida State University to test two nonmedication treatments for children with ADHD.

– Florida State University

#MemoriesInDNA Project Wants to Store Your Photos in DNA for the Benefit of Science – and Future Generations

Researchers from the Molecular Information Systems Lab at the University of Washington and Microsoft are looking to collect 10,000 original images from around the world to preserve them indefinitely in synthetic DNA manufactured by Twist Bioscience. ...

– University of Washington

Leading Addiction Researcher and New Drug Discovery Scientist Joins FAU

Lawrence Toll's ground-breaking research on opioid-related systems, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, as well as his identification and characterization of endogenous neuropeptides, have opened new avenues of research and identified novel drug t...

– Florida Atlantic University

NUS and DSO Set Up Satellite Research Centre to Promote Space Technology Education, Research and Commercialisation

The Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore and the DSO National Laboratories jointly launched the Satellite Technology and Research Centre to develop cutting-edge capabilities in distributed satellite systems, with a focus on ...

– National University of Singapore

Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Project Advances to Pilot Phase

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Southern Research for an award of up to $5.9 million to advance production of high-performance, low-cost carbon fibers from biomass.

– Southern Research

Schatz Microgrid Project Wins International Energy Award

A groundbreaking renewable energy project led by Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center and developed for a federally-recognized tribe won the 2018 Project of the Year Award for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration.

– Humboldt State University

CSUMB to host White Sharks of California Research Panel January 30

SEASIDE, Ca., January 24, 2018 -- California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) will host a panel of industry-leading shark researchers to discuss their approaches to studying California’s iconic marine predator Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at CSU...

– California State University, Monterey Bay

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Texas A&M Reading Comprehension Research Shows Impressive Gains In Test Scores In Brownsville

When it comes to academic success, reading and comprehending text is vital. A program, administered by an expert in literacy at Texas A&M University and her research team, has proven that by showing an almost double-digit jump in test scores at an e...

– Texas A&M University

Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

The Rise of the Angry Shopper

A CSU Fullerton marketing professor says “retail rage” is real — and buyers are angrier than ever. An upside to this fury may be job opportunities in brand management.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services

Study Finds a Third of Households – Double Previous Estimates – Struggle to Get Enough Food

The struggle to get enough nutritious food could be far worse than previously understood, according to a new study examining the intersection between hunger and the types of foods found at nearby stores.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition

MEN MAKE THE MUSIC:USC Annenberg Study Reveals That Women's Voices Are Missing From Popular Charts

The report examines gender and race/ethnicity of artists and content creators across 600 popular songs on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts from 2012 to 2017.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Joining Forces to Stop Cycle of Violence in St. Louis

The Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis will launch the regional St. Louis Area Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (STL-HVIP), which will aim to promote positive alternatives to violence, thanks to a $1.6 milli...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Conservation Efforts Reveal New Details About Alamo Cannons

Texas A&M conservators have revealed new details about two cannons used during the Texas Revolution’s 1836 Battle of the Alamo. The Rio Grande Cannon and Spanish Cannon returned home to the Alamo in San Antonio on Monday after almost four months ...

– Texas A&M University

UC Receives $10 Million Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Advanced Humanities Research

The University of California has received a $10 million matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities research and education throughout the UC system.

– University of California, Irvine

Queen’s University Belfast Announces Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows

The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast has announced the appointment of Jo Baker, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and Peter Wilson, who performs as Duke Special, as the first Seamus Heaney Centre Fellows.

– Queen's University Belfast

UNLV, City of Las Vegas Receive $1.8M from HUD to Remove Lead from Older Homes

UNLV Healthy Homes team will also examine homes for health issues such as asthma triggers, energy and fire problems, trip and fall hazards, pests, and mold.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

ARN Course in Tampa to Focus on Biggest Healthcare Reform of the Century

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is hosting an educational course, the IMPACT Course: Evidence-Based Solutions to Improve Outcomes, in Tampa, February 16-17, at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore.

– Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

Business News

Wichita State Tops National Rankings for Research and Development Funding

Wichita State has once again been ranked the top university in the country for industry-funded aeronautical engineering research and development (R&D).

– Wichita State University

Cornell CIS Now Offering Two Diversity-Focused Summer Programs

Cornell Computing & Information Science (CIS) has announced a new summer program to help recruit and support under-represented minorities in PhD-level research careers.

– Cornell University





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