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Potential Breakthrough for Dementia Treatment:IntraBio Announces Clinical Results for Lewy Body Dementia

Clinical Studies in Patients using IB1000s with Lewy Body Dementia and Fronto-Temporal Dementia Showed Marked Improvement in Quality of Life, Cognition, Mobility, Speech, and a Disease-Modifying Effect

– IntraBio

Embargo expired on 28-Nov-2018 at 07:00 ET

College of Dental Medicine Receives $585,000 Grant from Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

A new dental van will help Columbia University offer state-of-the-art care and reach previously inaccessible sites with children in need.

– Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2018 at 10:00 ET

Improved Fluorescence Methods for High-Throughput Protein Formulation Screening

A study demonstrates the feasibility of using a steady-state/lifetime fluorescence plate reader for direct optimization of challenging formulation conditions and highlights the importance of performing formulation optimization under commercially rele...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

WVU Cancer Institute studies new treatment for colorectal cancer using novel drug combination

Richard Goldberg, who directs the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, is searching for new ways to slow colorectal cancer’s progression. In a recent study, he and an international team of scientists investigated a new drug combination for tr...

– West Virginia University


At-Home HPV Tests Could Be Powerful Tool for Hard-to-Reach U.S. Women

A new study from The Ohio State University found that mailing at-home HPV tests to hard-to-reach women may be a viable approach, one that could be especially helpful in regions such as Appalachia, where access to women’s health care can be limited....

– Ohio State University

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Researchers Regrow Hair on Wounded Skin

By stirring crosstalk among skin cells that form the roots of hair, researchers report they have regrown hair strands on damaged skin. The findings better explain why hair does not normally grow on wounded skin, and may help in the search for better ...

– NYU Langone Health

Nature Communications

New Report Charts Dramatic Growth in the Global Clinical Trial Landscape for PD-1/L1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Latest Cancer Research Institute update on the landscape of anti-PD1/L1 checkpoint inhibitor clinical trials

– Cancer Research Institute

Tang J. et al. The clinical trial landscape for PD1/PDL1 immune checkpoint inhibitors. Nat Rev Drug Disc. 17, pp 854-855 (2018)

Patients with Rare Natural Ability to Suppress HIV Shed Light on Potential Functional Cure

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified two patients with HIV whose immune cells behave differently than others with the virus and actually appear to help control viral load even years after infection. Moreover, both patients carry large amounts...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight. ; P30AI094189, P30AI045008, UM1AI126620, AI052845-13, AI082020-05A1, AI045008-15, U19AI117950-01, 2R56AI080328-05A1, 1R01AI120024-

Discovery opens new opportunities to slow or reverse MS

Nerve cells stripped of their insulation can no longer carry vital information, leading to the numbness, weakness and vision problems often associated with multiple sclerosis. A new study shows an overlooked source may be able to replace that lost in...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Nov. 26, 2018

Case Western Reserve Researchers Restore Breathing and Partial Forelimb Function in Rats with Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries

A breakthrough study published in Nature Communications has demonstrated, in animal models of chronic injury, that long-term, devastating effects of spinal cord trauma on breathing and limb function may be reversible. The new study describes a treatm...

– Case Western Reserve University

Nature Communications; The Brumagin- Nelson Fund; Hong Kong Spinal Cord Injury Fund; Kaneko Family Fund; Unite 2 Fight Paralysis; STR117 ; 221988; WFL-US-027/14 ...

Touch Can Produce Detailed, Lasting Memories

Exploring objects through touch can generate detailed, durable memories for those objects, even when we don't intend to memorize the object's details, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychol...

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science

Discovery of the First Common Genetic Risk Factors for ADHD

A global team of researchers has found the first common genetic risk factors associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a complex condition affecting around 1 in 20 children.

– Cardiff University

Nature Genetics

Advanced cancer patients can live longer with palliative care, Tulane study says

Researchers sampled more than 2,000 patients with advanced cancers to examine the impact of outpatient palliative care on patients’ survival and quality of life.

– Tulane University

Annals of Behavioral Science, Nov-2018

Keep it Complex: New Study Shows that Previous Research Oversimplified Schizophrenia Symptoms

Negative symptoms in schizophrenia can be so disabling that they interfere with a person’s ability to attend school, begin a fulfilling career, and even live independently. In a recent study published by JAMA Psychiatry, UNLV psychology profess...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

JAMA Psychiatry, September 2018

Study Predicts Novel Approach to Battling Influenza

Every year, three to five million people around the world suffer from severe illness caused by influenza, primarily during the months of November through March. Now a new study by researchers from several universities including UC San Diego, publishe...

– University of California San Diego

ACS Central Science Nov-2018; NIH DP2 OD007237; NIH P41 GM103426; NSCHE060073NF

How Changing Labs Revealed a Chemical Reaction Key to Cataract Formation

Researchers working to understand the biochemistry of cataract formation have made a surprising finding: A protein that was long believed to be inert actually has an important chemical function that protects the lens of the eye from cataract formatio...

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Tailored Disability-Specific Neuroprotective Treatment Development in MS Offers a Potential New Approach

Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present her hypothesis that molecular mechanisms underlying each disability may differ from each other based on regional differences in neurons, astrocytes and oligodendr...

– Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Scleroses (ACTRIMS)

Experiencing a corneal abrasion in the blink of an eye

Jessica Martindale’s perfect vision was quickly tested after her infant son inadvertently scratched her cornea. Thankfully, physicians at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital were there to help.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Breaking Through The Medical Fake News Bubble

To combat "fake news" that undermines health information, a pair of health scientists explain what to think about when trying to break through people's spheres of influence when it comes to research.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2018 a year of advancements for Mayo Clinic’s Nuclear Medicine Division

Mayo Clinic’s Nuclear Medicine Division on Mayo Clinic's Arizona, Florida and Minnesota campuses significantly increased services provided to clinical and research patients in 2018. The division debuted a new therapeutic-diagnostic, or “thera-nos...

– Mayo Clinic

Fatty Liver Disease

Millions of Americans have no idea that they have fatty liver disease. This growing problem will soon be the number one reason for liver transplantation, overtaking hepatitis C. Holiday overindulgence in alcohol and food could make the problem dramat...

– Houston Methodist

Identifying Bacteria to Improve Gut Health

An undergraduate researcher is identifying bacteria that can potentially help improve gut health by colonizing the gut mucosal layer and stimulating the immune system.

– South Dakota State University

Cold Weather Woes and Dry Eyes

It is easy to remember steps to prevent the body from getting cold, but what can be done to protect the eyes when cold weather hits?

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

$2M Grant Expands Social Media Intervention to Reduce Skin Cancer Burden

A $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute will support the expansion of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey research focused on sun protective behaviors among young melanoma survivors -- an intervention delivered through social media....

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


ASCB names inaugural Porter Prizes for Research Excellence

ASCB has named the winners of the inaugural Porter Prizes for Research Excellence. The $4,000 prize for outstanding postdoctoral research will go to Melanie White, a research fellow at Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology (IMCB) A*STAR, Singapore. A...

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)


Ahna Skop chosen as first recipient of society's Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity

Ahna R. Skop, professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison), has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the ASCB Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity. Skop will receive a cash award of $5,000 that she can use to advance...

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)


Lozano named winner of 2018 E.E. Just Award

The 2018 recipient of the E.E. Just Award is Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, professor and chair of the Department of Genetics, Division of Basic Science Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Lozano will present the E.E...

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)


Society recognizes career excellence among women in cell biology

The American Society for Cell Biology is pleased to announce the 2018 Women in Cell Biology career awards. Winners will be acknowledged during the ASCB|EMBO Meeting in San Diego in December.

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)


New Speakers Announced for Inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit, November 29 and 30 in Washington, D.C.

Additional speakers are being announced today for the inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit, which will be held November 29 and 30 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Peers choose MD Anderson’s Gershenwald, Hwu as new AAAS Fellows

Two leaders in the field of melanoma treatment – a surgeon and an oncologist – from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

The Myositis Association appoints new members to the Board of Directors

The Myositis Association (TMA), the leading international patient organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by myositis, is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors.

– Myositis Association

The Myositis Association appoints new members to its Medical Advisory Board

The Myositis Association (TMA), the leading international patient organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by myositis, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its distinguished Medical Advisory Board.

– Myositis Association

ASRA’s Chronic Pain Medicine Grant Will Evaluate Spinal Cord Stimulation in the Treatment of Cancer Pain

ASRA has awarded the 2018 Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant to Eellan Sivanesan, MD, for a project looking at the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced painful neuropathy (CIPN). Sivanesan is an a...

– American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

Could "silent seizures" worsen the course of Alzheimer's disease?

Though Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy have long been considered separate conditions, research is suggesting they could be related in certain ways. ILAE talks with Dr. Andrew Cole, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Epilepsy Service and ...

– International League Against Epilepsy

includes video

Science News

Seven UC San Diego Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Seven researchers at the University of California San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science....

– University of California San Diego

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Four Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim, Susannah Tringe, and Katherine Yelick – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 27-Nov-2018 at 11:00 ET

Soil tilling, mulching key to China’s potato crop

In the Loess Plateau region of northwestern China, potato is the main food crop. However, the area has a dry climate with uneven precipitation. Researchers are finding the best combination of tillage and mulching practices to increase yield.

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

Agronomy Journal, Sept. 27, 2018

Computer Hackers Could Be Thwarted by New “Deception Consistency” Method

Can you deceive a deceiver? That’s the question that computer scientists at Binghamton University, State University of New York have recently been exploring. Assistant Professor of Computer Science Guanhua Yan and PhD student Zhan Shu are lookin...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Proceedings of the 5th ACM Workshop on Moving Target Defense

Solving a 75-Year-Old Mystery Might Provide a New Source of Farm Fertilizer

The solution to a 75-year-old materials mystery might one day allow farmers in developing nations to produce their own fertilizer on demand, using sunlight and nitrogen from the air.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Journal of the American Chemical Society

Hidden History of Rome Revealed Under World's First Cathedral

Supported throughout by the British School at Rome the team - drawn from Newcastle University, UK, the universities of Florence and Amsterdam and the Vatican Museums - have been able to bring the splendour of successive transformations of the ancient...

– Newcastle University

Current World Archaeology.

Why the future of water purification may involve Chinese ink

A substance developed thousands of years ago could help accelerate solutions to the world's freshwater crisis.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Advanced Materials Interfaces; Sept-2018

Newly Discovered Wasp Turns Social Spiders Into Zombies

It sounds like the plot of the world's tiniest horror movie: deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a newly discovered species of wasp transforms a "social" spider into a zombie-like drone that abandons its colony to do the wasp's bidding.

– University of British Columbia

Ecological Entomology

Threatened Tropical Coral Reefs Form Complex, Ancient Associations with Bacteria, Researchers Say

In a study published Nov. 22 in Nature Communications, scientists at the University of Washington Bothell, Pennsylvania State University and Oregon State University report that coral bacteria are surprisingly diverse and that different sections of th...

– University of Washington

Nature Communications, Nov. 2018

Optimal Foraging: How Soil Microbes Adapt to Nutrient Constraints

How microbial communities adjust to nutrient-poor soils at the genomic and proteomic level gives scientists insights into land use.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 499 (2018). [DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0463-5]

Rapid-freezers for space research launching via SpaceX on Dec. 5

Upcoming SpaceX launch to include one of three new rapid-freeze devices for future International Space Station missions.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

includes video

Neutron Production at ORNL’s SNS Reaches Design Power Level

The Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has broken a new record by ending its first neutron production cycle at its design power level of 1.4 megawatts.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

With InSight on Mars, Scientists Feel Earthly Relief, Get to Work

After cruising for 205 days over 301 million miles, NASA’s InSight spacecraft – a mission designed to probe beneath the surface of Mars – landed flawlessly Nov. 26 at Elysium Planitia. Cornell University’s Don Banfield felt earthly relief.

Expert Available

– Cornell University

Geneticist Barbara Meyer Honored with 2018 E.B. Wilson Medal

ASCB’s highest scientific honor—the E.B. Wilson Medal—goes to Barbara Meyer for 2018. The award recognizes cell biologists who have made far-reaching contributions throughout their lifetime.

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

New Cohort of ASCB Fellows Announced for 2018

This year,12 members have been named Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field of cell biology and to the community of cell biologists through their service to ASCB.

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Ruth Lehmann to deliver 2018 Keith Porter Lecture

Ruth Lehmann, chair of the Department of Cell Biology and director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at New York University, has been chosen to present the Keith Porter Lecture on Sunday, December 9, at 3:15 pm at the 2018 ASCB|EMBO ...

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)


Allen Taylor of Tufts named AAAS Fellow for research on nutrition, aging, and eye disease

Allen Taylor, a senior scientist and director of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of S...

– Tufts University

Research on bats funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Kennesaw State microbiologist Chris Cornelison is among a collaborative team of researchers awarded a $365,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to combat white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease causing the rapid decline of tricolore...

– Kennesaw State University

Kurfess, Smith join ORNL to lead advanced manufacturing initiatives

Two leaders in US manufacturing innovation, Thomas Kurfess and Scott Smith, are joining the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support its pioneering research in advanced manufacturing.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Shea, Budd Named 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows

UI scientists will be honored at the February 2019 AAAS meeting

– University of Iowa

Argonne scientists recognized for decades of pioneering leadership in research

Argonne scientists Ali Erdemir and Jack Vaughey were named 2018 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

– Argonne National Laboratory

FAU and Max Planck Florida Institute Partner to Launch the Only Program of Its Kind in the World for High School Students

The Florida Atlantic University Max Planck Academy will serve as a pioneer model in STEM education and will be organized as a standalone extension of FAU High School – a nationally recognized, public “Blue Ribbon School.”

– Florida Atlantic University

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Women Sleep Better with Dogs

Research by Canisius College Animal Behaviorist Christy Hoffman, PhD, shows women sleep better with their canine companions

– Canisius College

Anthrozoos, November 2018

Natural Habitats Larger Than Greece Created to Offset Economic Developments

New data has found that natural habitats occupying an area larger than Greece have been created to offset economic developments. This data could eventually provide a basis to help improve our understanding of the benefits of protecting and preserving...

– University of Kent

Nature Sustainability

The ‘Clean Plate’ Mentality Drives US to Overeat--So Much That We Lie to Ourselves About How Unhealthy It Is. ‘to-Go’ Bags Can Help

We’re more likely to overeat when we only have a little bit of food left over, and we justify it by convincing ourselves it’s not as unhealthy as it is, according to new research by Vanderbilt's Kelly Haws.

– Vanderbilt University

Appetite, Vol. 133

U.S. Senator Booker, Rep. Norcross discuss issues with Rowan student military personnel

United States Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J., 1st District), discussed a range of issues with Rowan student veterans and active military personnel Tuesday during a meeting in the Marketplace dining hall.

– Rowan University

includes video

UCI to Lead National Study on Value of Liberal Arts Education

The University of California, Irvine has been named by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as the national pilot site for an interdisciplinary team of researchers led by the School of Education to study approaches that will increase our understanding of ...

– University of California, Irvine

UC Santa Cruz receives significant Hunter S. Thompson collection

An 800-volume collection of works by famed author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson has been donated to Special Collections & Archives at UC Santa Cruz.

– University of California, Santa Cruz


Cornell begins partnership with university in China

A partnership with a university in China is allowing Cornell College to make connections across the globe and take bigger steps into the international education scene.

– Cornell College





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