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Medical News

Daily coffee consumption associated with improved survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

In a large group of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, consumption of a few cups of coffee a day was associated with longer survival and a lower risk of the cancer worsening, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other organization...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

JAMA Oncology, Sept 17-2020; U10CA180821; U10CA180882; U10CA180795; U10CA180838; U10CA180867; U24CA196171; UG1CA189858; P50CA127003; R01CA118553...

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Study shows first proof that a safer UV light effectively kills virus causing COVID-19

A study conducted by Hiroshima University researchers found that using Ultraviolet C light with a wavelength of 222 nanometers which is safer to use around humans effectively kills SARS-CoV-2 -- the first research in the world to prove its efficacy a...

– Hiroshima University

American Journal of Infection Control

Factors Inherent to Obesity Could Increase Vulnerability to COVID-19

DALLAS – Sept. 15, 2020 – Conditions related to obesity, including inflammation and leaky gut, leave the lungs of obese patients more susceptible to COVID-19 and may explain why they are more likely to die from the disease, UTSW scientists say in...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

eLife; R01-DK55758, R01-DK099110, RC2-DK118620, P01-DK088761, P01-AG051459

Lockdown Led to 70% Drop in NYC COVID Spread, Masks Also Effective

Reducing contact rates contributed to around a 70 percent reduction in the transmission of COVID-19 in New York City during the spring pandemic wave. Widespread use of face coverings contributed an additional 7 percent reduction. The study led by sci...

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

medRxiv; AI145883

Silent Spread: Surveillance study reveals a likely leading wave of a local COVID-19 outbreak

In July, after weeks of steady but relatively slow increases in COVID-19 infection rates in Santa Barbara County, the number of cases per day began a steep climb, setting records with alarming frequency.

– University of California, Santa Barbara


Michigan Medicine Team Separates Conjoined Twins at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Doctors have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The nearly 11-hour surgery, which is the first of its kind at Mott, involved a team of more than two dozen doctors, nurses and othe...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Science News

A 48,000 years old tooth that belonged to one of the last Neanderthals in Northern Italy

A milk-tooth found in the vicinity of "Riparo del Broion" on the Berici Hills in the Veneto region bears evidence of one of the last Neanderthals in Italy.

– Universita di Bologna

Journal of Human Evolution

Up to 15 inches of sea-level rise from ice sheets by 2100 predicted by international modeling collaboration

Los Alamos National Laboratory, working with three dozen other institutions from around the world, has helped to create the most accurate prediction of how melting ice in Antarctica and Greenland will contribute to global sea-level rise.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Cryosphere

Marine animals live where ocean is most ‘breathable,’ but ranges could shrink with climate change

Research shows that many marine animals already inhabit the maximum range of breathable ocean that their physiology allows. The findings are a warning about climate change: Since warmer waters harbor less oxygen, stretches of ocean that are breathabl...

– University of Washington


Tracking hammerhead sharks reveals conservation targets to protect a nearly endangered species

They are some of the most iconic and unique-looking creatures in our oceans. While some may think they look a bit “odd,” one thing researchers agree on is that little is known about hammerhead sharks. And thanks to a team of researchers, that's a...

– Nova Southeastern University

Frontiers in Marine Science

Hints of life on Venus

n international team of astronomers, led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University, today announced the discovery of a rare molecule - phosphine - in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially, or by microbes that thrive ...

– Royal Astronomical Society

Nature Astronomy

Hubble Captures Crisp New Portrait of Jupiter's Storms

More massive than all the other planets combined, Jupiter truly is the king of our solar system. The swirling clouds, arranged in colorful, banded structures, change from year to year. The rich colors are produced by trace compounds in Jupiter’s pr...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

The Long Road to Post-Pandemic Recovery

Following the 6-month economic lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Jersey is unlikely to experience a job resurgence anytime soon, according to the August 2020 Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) forecast.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

August 2020 Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON)

Real-time estimates show poverty rose after government benefits expired

Research from Notre Dame shows poverty rose a full percentage point from 9.4 percent in the period from April to June to 10.4 percent for July and August.

– University of Notre Dame

National Bureau of Economic Research

Business News

Personal choice regarding health risks will dictate demand for air travel at the holidays

With holiday travel season on the horizon, a just-released annual forecast from Dean Headley, co-author of the Airline Quality Rating, offers new insights into making travel plans in these extraordinary times.

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– Wichita State University





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