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Saturday, April 11, 2020

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Medical News

False-negative COVID-19 test results may lead to false sense of security

As COVID-19 testing becomes more widely available, it's vital that health care providers and public health officials understand its limits and the impact false results can have on efforts to curb the pandemic. A special article published in Mayo Cli...

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Embargo expired on 09-Apr-2020 at 14:30 ET

UPMC Leads Global Effort to Fast Track Testing of Hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 Therapies with ‘Learning While Doing’ Clinical Trial

Novel 'learning while doing' clinical trial approach called REMAP helps doctors find the optimal trade-off between quickly adopting new therapies during a pandemic, such as the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, and waiting until they are tested ...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Annals of the American Thoracic Society; FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1 (602525); APP1101719 ; 16/631; 158584; no numbers; no numbers

Identical Mice, Different Gut Bacteria, Different Levels of Cancer

Some types of gut bacteria are better than others at stimulating certain immune cells, specifically CD8+ T cells. And while these CD8+ T cells normally help protect the body against cancer, overstimulating them may promote inflammation and exhaust th...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Cell Reports

COVID-19: Genetic network analysis provides 'snapshot' of pandemic origins

Researchers from Cambridge, UK, and Germany have reconstructed the early "evolutionary paths" of COVID-19 in humans - as infection spread from Wuhan out to Europe and North America - using genetic network techniques.

– University of Cambridge

New coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) mapped out

Jean and Peter Medawar wrote in 1977 that a virus is "simply a piece of bad news wrapped up in proteins." The "bad news" in the SARS-CoV-2 case is the new coronavirus carries its mysterious genome in the form of a very long ribonucleic acid (RNA) mol...

– Institute for Basic Science


Study Demonstrates the Need for Immediate ICU Care for Severe COVID-19 Pneumonia, Describes Patient Characteristics

Researchers have identified the most common clinical characteristics of 109 patients with COVID-19 related pneumonia who died in Wuhan, China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study published online in the Annals of ...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Immunizing with plasma to combat COVID-19

Canada institutions are pooling their scientific expertise to develop an extraordinary immunization program using passive plasma to fight COVID-19.

– Universite de Montreal

CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Newswise Live Expert Panel for April 9, 2020: COVID-19 Updates, Emergency Preparedness, Healthcare Workers, Economic Actions by U.S. Government

As the COVID crisis continues to test the capacity of the healthcare system, what interventions are necessary to turn the tide of new infections, will the relief package have an impact, and how will a prolonged shutdown affect our economy?

– Newswise

Science News

Social media can forecast economic impact of disasters including COVID-19 pandemic

Social media should be used to chart the economic impact and recovery of businesses in countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research published in Nature Communications.

– University of Bristol

Nature Communications

Robot designed to simplify blood draws

Bioengineers have created a blood-drawing robot that performed as well or better than technicians. The device could increase blood draw success from difficult- to-find veins and allow healthcare workers more time to treat patients.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

TECHNOLOGY, Feb-2020; EB020036

Sulfur ‘Spices’ Alien Atmospheres

They say variety is the spice of life, and now new discoveries from Johns Hopkins researchers suggest that a certain elemental ‘variety’—sulfur—is indeed a ‘spice’ that can perhaps point to signs of life.

– Johns Hopkins University

Nature Astronomy, April-2020

The Milky Way’s Satellites Help Reveal Link Between Dark Matter Halos and Galaxy Formation

Just like we orbit the sun and the moon orbits us, the Milky Way has satellite galaxies with their own satellites. Drawing from data on those galactic neighbors, a new model suggests the Milky Way should have an additional 100 or so very faint satell...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Astrophysical Journal

Piercing the Dark Birthplaces of Massive Stars with Webb

Scientists will use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope study three mysterious, cold, dense clouds where high-mass stars form.

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Americans used less energy in 2019

In 2019, Americans used less energy than in 2018, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Large majority of state’s heroin users want to reduce use; syringe programs helping during COVID-19 crisis

A new survey of people who inject illicit drugs in the state of Washington yields positive and important findings for policy makers as the world struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, said authors of the survey by the University of Washington ...

– University of Washington

Syringe Exchange Health Survey

Embargo expired on 10-Apr-2020 at 08:00 ET

The way you define intelligence matters

The way students view their own intelligence – their mindset – is a strong determining factor for academic performance.

– University of Georgia

CBE-Life Sciences Education

Money Can’t Buy Love – or Friendship

While researchers have suggested that individuals who base their self-worth on their financial success often feel lonely in everyday life, a newly published study by the University at Buffalo and Harvard Business School has taken initial steps to bet...

– University at Buffalo

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Financial stress higher than normal during pandemic

Most people weren't prepared for a financial emergency before the pandemic hit. Financial success expert offers tips on how to alleviate financial stress now.

– Creighton University

How students and faculty can prepare to work online

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of students nationwide are now – or soon will be – taking classes online.

– Texas State University

Business News

Older Entrepreneurs as Successful as Their Younger Counterparts, Study Reveals

From Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg, the stories of prosperous, young innovators drive the American economic narrative. However, the truth is that older business entrepreneurs may be just as well suited to success. And older women are far more success...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Journal of Business Venturing

Leading Virtually Is Emotional

The science of collective intelligence is clear: a positive emotional state enables the highest levels of performance. How do we reach that in the midst of social distancing and the anxiety the COVID-19 pandemic breeds? Here: practical steps to creat...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business





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