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Test accurately IDs people whose gonorrhea can be cured with simple oral antibiotic

A test designed by UCLA researchers can pinpoint which people with gonorrhea will respond successfully to the inexpensive oral antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which had previously been sidelined over concerns the bacterium that causes the infection was bec...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Clinical Infectious Diseases

Embargo expired on 07-Aug-2020 at 01:05 ET

Non-Invasive Nerve Stimulation Boosts Learning of Foreign Language Sounds

New research by neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh and UC San Francisco (UCSF) revealed that a simple, earbud-like device developed at UCSF that imperceptibly stimulates a key nerve leading to the brain could significantly improve the we...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

npj The Science of Learning; N66001-17-2-4008

Embargo expired on 06-Aug-2020 at 05:00 ET

Blood Test May Point to Patients at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Deterioration, Death

George Washington University researchers found five biomarkers associated with higher odds of clinical deterioration and death in COVID-19 patients. Published in Future Medicine, these findings will help physicians better predict outcomes for COVID-1...

– George Washington University

Future Medicine

Why Is Stroke So Deadly for People of African Descent?

An international team of scientists has completed the largest analysis of stroke-risk genes ever undertaken in people of African descent.

– University of Virginia Health System


Effective testing and contact tracing is essential for schools to safely open during COVID-19 pandemic, two studies show

Effective contact tracing and epidemic control measures are essential for safe opening of schools during COVID-19 pandemic, according to two studies published simultaneously in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.

– Lancet

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

Lockdown study reports surge in health anxieties

New research into people's coping strategies faced with COVID-19 highlights the mental health toll for those shielding

– University of Bath

American Psychological Association

Vanderbilt Health Launches Out-of-Pocket Cost Estimator

The Vanderbilt Health website now features an out-of-pocket cost estimator for many hospital and professional services offered by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Anyone with an internet connection can use the new online tool to generate immedia...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

UCLA launches major mental health study to discover insights about depression

UCLA has launched a major new study, sponsored by and in collaboration with Apple, designed to help revolutionize detection and treatment of depression.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Science News

Hubble Uses Earth as a Proxy for Identifying Oxygen on Potentially Habitable Planets Around Other Stars

Astronomers used Hubble during a total lunar eclipse to detect ozone in our planet’s atmosphere by looking at Earthlight reflected off the Moon in ultraviolet wavelengths. This method serves as a proxy for how astronomers will observe Earth-like ex...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astronomical Journal, Aug-2020

Monkeying around: Study finds older primates father far fewer babies

Infertility is a worldwide clinical problem for human health that affects 8 to 12 percent of couples. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has implications for understanding some age-related aspects of male reproductive health in prima...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Scientific Reports

Compressive shearing forces may jumpstart life on rocky moons and planets

Massive compressive shearing forces generated by the tidal pull of Jupiter-like planets on their rocky ice-covered moons may form a natural reactor that drives simple amino acids to polymerize into larger compounds. These extreme mechanical forces st...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Chemical Science

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Whiteness of AI erases people of colour from our ‘imagined futures’, researchers argue

The overwhelming ‘Whiteness’ of artificial intelligence – from stock images and cinematic robots to the dialects of virtual assistants – removes people of colour from the way humanity thinks about its technology-enhanced future, according to ...

– University of Cambridge

The Whiteness of AI Dihal and Cave Journal: Philosophy and Technology DOI: 10.1007/s13347-020-00415-6; Philosophy and Technology

Embargo expired on 05-Aug-2020 at 20:00 ET

Digital buccaneers boost box office bang

Pirated movies circulated online after their theatrical release saw about 3% higher box office receipts because of the increase in word-of-mouth advertising.

– University of Georgia

Management Science





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