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Medical News

Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Increased Lung Function Decline

Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American T...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 00:05 ET

Research Compares Mouse and Human Kidney Development

• Three new research articles compare human and mouse kidney development to identify shared and novel features. • The studies provide new detailed molecular data to guide future research. • The studies revealed deep conservation of certain pr...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Study of Smoking and Genetics Illuminates Complexities of Blood Pressure

Analyzing the genetics and smoking habits of more than half a million people has shed new light on the complexities of controlling blood pressure, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis

The American Journal of Human Genetics

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

New CRISPR-Cas9 Tool Edits Both RNA and DNA Precisely, U-M Team Reports

A tool that has already revolutionized disease research may soon get even better, thanks to an accidental discovery in the bacteria that cause many of the worst cases of meningitis.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Molecular Cell, 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.01.025

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

Study Finds Opportunity to Increase Opioid Dependence Treatment in Ontario Jails

The study included completion of an online survey by 27 physicians, who reported working in 15 of 26 provincial correctional facilities for adults in Ontario. This included 10 of the 13 facilities with a population of more than 200. The study iden...

– McMaster University


Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

CRISPR-based Technology Can Detect Viral DNA

Technology that’s been used to edit genomes can also spot snippets of DNA. Such detective work may enable rapid, reliable ways to identify infections and cancer.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Science, Feb 2018

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

Working in Harmony: New Insights Into How Packages of DNA Orchestrate Development

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah illuminates aspects of how an early embryo, the product of fertilization of a female egg cell by a male sperm cell, can give rise to all the many cell types of the adult animal.

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Cell, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

Report: 1,500 Lives Saved by Who-Led Trauma Response in Battle of Mosul

This involvement carries many challenges, including jeopardizing neutrality and risking “instrumentalization,” or becoming compromised, and the report’s authors recommend that this type of situation be avoided whenever possible.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Mosul Trauma Response: A Case Study

Why Do Healthy Children Die from the Flu? Study Offers New Insights

With this year’s severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Journal of Immunology, Feb-2018



– Mayo Clinic

Annals of Neurology

Alzheimer's Drug Repairs Brain Damage After Alcohol Binges In Rodents

A drug used to slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease could offer clues on how drugs might one day be able to reverse brain changes that affect learning and memory in teens and young adults who binge drink.

– Duke Health

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Reducing Peanut Allergy Risks in Children – The Nurse Practitioner Presents Update

New prevention and treatment approaches can reduce serious health risks due to peanut allergy in children, according to an article in the March issue of The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Nurse Practitioner

Affordable Care Act Lowered Uninsured Rate for Cancer Survivors

The percentage of cancer survivors without health insurance decreased substantially after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

Hearing Loss Is Common After Infant Heart Surgery

Children who have heart surgery as infants are at risk for hearing loss, coupled with associated risks for language, attention and cognitive problems, by age four. In a single-center group of 348 preschoolers who survived cardiac surgery, researchers...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Journal of Pediatrics, Jan. 2018; HL071834, NS072338, NS060653

San Antonio Researchers Investigating Mysterious Children's Illness

Texas Biomedical Research Institute and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio have joined forces to cure a mysterious condition called Kawasaki disease. The illness which affects young children is named after the Japanese doctor who first describe...

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Stroke Survivor Beats the Odds with Help from AR SAVES Network

But the statewide tele-stroke network and quick-responding emergency medical professionals in Bald Knob and Searcy all saved him precious time in stroke treatment and ensured that the saved time meant a saved life.

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Why Pediatricians' Role in Treating Depression in Adolescents is Critical

Depressed youth, compared to non-depressed youth, are at greater risk for suicide, substance abuse, early pregnancy, low educational attainment, recurrent depression, and poor long-term health.

– LifeBridge Health

Missouri S&T Explosives Researcher Studies Blast-Induced Brain Injuries


– Missouri University of Science and Technology

How to Talk to Children About Scary World Events

Physician gives tips on how to have difficult conversations about world tragedies (i.e., shootings).

Expert Available

– Loyola University Health System

How to Talk with Kids About Traumatic Events

An expert from Rutgers’ Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth discusses warning signs and how to address violence-related fears in children nationwide in the aftermath of the recent school shootings

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Unveils Its First Million Dollar Visionary Projects

As the world marks international Heart Month, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research today announces its first-ever $1 million innovation grants, awarded to world-first projects positioned to alleviate the massive burden of heart failure on patient...

– University Health Network (UHN)

Studying Arms Race between Bacteria, Viruses Brings CAREER Award

Researchers at The University of Alabama hope to better understand how bacteria and viruses battle each other and, in the process, devise new strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

– University of Alabama


Research with Zebrafish May Lead to Treatment for Blinding Disorders, Including Glaucoma

Jakub Famulski, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Kentucky, has received an R01 grant for over $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the early formation of the anterior segment of the eye, which includes th...

– University of Kentucky

TSRI Scientists Receive $15 Million to Study Viral Outbreak Survivors

The researchers will spend the next five years collecting data from Ebola and Lassa survivors to learn how they fought off the virus.

– Scripps Research Institute


Science News

Birds and Beans: Study Shows Which Type of Coffee Plantations Are Best for Bird Diversity

Which is better for bird diversity: Arabica or Robusta beans?

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 05:00 ET

Four NYU Faculty Win Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships

Four New York University faculty have been awarded fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

– New York University

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Hubble Sees Neptune's Mysterious Shrinking Storm

Three billion miles away on the farthest known major planet in our solar system, an ominous, dark storm is shrinking out of existence as seen in pictures of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Immense dark storms on Neptune were first discov...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astronomical Journal, Feb-2018

includes video

New Recyclable Resin Makes Wind Turbines Much More Sustainable

New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable.

– Vanderbilt University

includes video

Biotech Violins

Do violins made of wood that had been treated with fungi sound the same as a fine, antique instrument? Acoustics experts at Empa are currently studying the body and soul of instruments made of “mycowood”. Precision structure-borne sound measureme...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Names 2018 Technical Division Awardees

The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has announced the names of the individuals who will be honored with division-level awards at the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018). These awards recognize outstanding contributions and excel...

– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2018)

Facebook Tech Talk: Securing Surface Transportation

Please join us for a Facebook Live Tech Talk on February 22 at 1 p.m. EST to learn more about what S&T is doing to secure surface transportation.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Michigan State University Team to Empower Latino Farmers

Armed with a $600,000 grant, Michigan State University researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit – and cultivate a new workforce.

– Michigan State University

New Funding Supports Cassava Development in Africa

Cassava is vital to the food security of millions of Africans who eat some form of the root crop daily. Although cassava breeders are making progress, they face significant challenges in developing disease-resistant varieties that also increase yield...

– Cornell University

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Romantic Relationships Buffer Gay and Lesbian Youth From Psychological Distress

Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered against the negative effects of bullying and victimization when they were in a relationship than when they were not, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study co...

– Northwestern University

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Study Shows Options to Decrease Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes for Adolescent Drivers

Driving assessments and experience in diverse driving situations could lead to fewer crashes among young drivers.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Adolescent Health, Feb-2018

Remember Me

How do you explain to a child that Grandpa or Grandma has Alzheimer’s disease?

– UCLA School of Nursing

The World’s Greatest Grandpa — A Children’s Guide to Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease.

Policy Suggestions to Boost STEM Education

Wichita State University President John Bardo provided testimony to the committee on Science Space and Technology about what WSU is doing to improve STEM education and to more closely tie the university's educational approach to the needs of area emp...

– Wichita State University

Insights on Innovation in Energy, Humanitarian Aid Highlight UVA Darden’s Net Impact Week

The energy sector appears ripe for the sort of disruption that has upended scores of traditional industries, although entrenched interests and incumbents are clinging to traditional sources and models.This insight came during a clean energy panel dis...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Award-Winning Journalist to Discuss '#MeToo Moment'

E.J. Graff, award-winning journalist, commentator and author focused on gender, sexuality and social justice, will give a lecture at Northwestern’s Evanston campus on the rise of the #MeToo movement.Graff’s talk will take place 4 p.m. Monday, Feb...

– Northwestern University

U.S. Government Failure to Prevent Gun-Related Violence May Violate International Human Rights

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law students will conduct in-depth research examining U.S. government responses to gun violence and whether they violate America’s obligations under international human rights law.The research project is...

– Washington University in St. Louis

UVA Darden School Partners with Tom Tom Founders Festival to Spark Innovation in Small Cities

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced its partnership with the Tom Tom Founders Festival is continuing into its seventh year. The festival — a celebration of innovators, visionaries and artists — will take place in ...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Lawrence Venuti Wins Global Humanities Translation Prize

EVANSTON - Northwestern University Press and the University’s Global Humanities Initiative have selected Lawrence Venuti as the winner of the second annual $5,000 Global Humanities Translation Prize for a translation-in-progress of a global literar...

– Northwestern University

Business News

Twin Peeks

A new Olin Business School study suggests maybe there is no one best negotiator; maybe the person you should send into a negotiation depends on whom you’re up against.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Applied Psychology, Forthcoming

Hackensack Meridian Health Foundations Achieve ‘High Performer’ Recognition by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce several of the network’s foundations have been honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) for their exemplary performance in fundraising. Meridian Health Foundation (which encompas...

– Hackensack Meridian Health





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