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Newswise: For women, class makeup may influence interest in STEM studies
Released: 28-Feb-2019 1:40 PM EST
For women, class makeup may influence interest in STEM studies
Wake Forest University

Improving achievement in the first course in engineering may lay the foundation for more women and minorities to pursue engineering as a major, according to new research by Wake Forest University economics professor Amanda Griffith.

Newswise:Video Embedded mobile-bedside-bioprinter-can-heal-wounds
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Released: 28-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST
Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) scientists have created such a mobile skin bioprinting system – the first of its kind – that allows bi-layered skin to be printed directly into a wound.

Newswise: Medical students go beyond curriculum to learn more about addiction
Released: 27-Feb-2019 8:00 PM EST
Medical students go beyond curriculum to learn more about addiction
Wake Forest Baptist Health

“Addiction is something we’re all going to encounter no matter what kind of medicine we end up practicing,” said Shane Stone, a fourth-year student at Wake Forest School of Medicine who led the effort to establish a student interest group in addiction medicine at the school.

Released: 22-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
The Childress Klein Center for Real Estate Presents Analysis of 'The State of Housing in Charlotte'
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The Charlotte region has a population that is growing faster than its housing stock. As a result, prices are rising for all housing faster than inflation. This increase in prices is affecting both owner-occupied and rental properties.

Newswise: Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk
Released: 22-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person’s age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. If a woman’s biologic age was older than her chronologic age, she had a 15 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Released: 21-Feb-2019 1:05 PM EST
RTI International Offers First Independent Overview of Technology-Related Bootcamps in Newly Published Study
RTI International

RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, published a study on Thursday that provides the first overview of the technology-related bootcamp industry from an independent, non-industry-affiliated group.

Released: 19-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Study says attacks on infrastructure in Gaza and West Bank exact human cost
Duke University

Israel's targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire impacts on human welfare and livelihoods in both locations, a new report by researchers at Duke University and the University of New Hampshire shows.

Newswise: Expert Available: Why do entrepreneurs fail? They choose the wrong idea.
Released: 14-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
Expert Available: Why do entrepreneurs fail? They choose the wrong idea.
Wake Forest University

The importance of having a sound business idea for a startup is essential, but identifying the ideas most likely to go from concept to venture is challenging. Statistics show that about 34% of startups fail within the first two years and 56% within the first four years. Most failures are due, in part, to the pursuit of ideas that are poorly selected and/or tested.

Newswise: New study shows more protein and fewer calories help older people lose weight safely
Released: 14-Feb-2019 11:10 AM EST
New study shows more protein and fewer calories help older people lose weight safely
Wake Forest University

A high-protein, low-calorie diet helps older adults with obesity lose more weight, maintain more muscle mass, improve bone quality and lose “bad” fat, according to results from a new randomized controlled trial led by Wake Forest University researcher Kristen Beavers.

Newswise: Women Scarce in the One Percent
Released: 13-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST
Women Scarce in the One Percent
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Men hold nearly all primary breadwinning positions in top income households, and the glass ceiling that has hindered women's advancement in the workplace is more extensive than previously thought, a new study by University of North Carolina at Charlotte researcher Jill Yavorsky and colleagues finds.

Released: 11-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Identify Novel Molecular Mechanism Involved in Alzheimer’s
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health have identified a novel mechanism and potential new therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Newswise: MRI Cardiac Stress Test Shows Promise at Identifying Fatal Heart Disease
6-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
MRI Cardiac Stress Test Shows Promise at Identifying Fatal Heart Disease
Duke Health

Results from a large, multi-center study suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance, or CMR, has potential as a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterizations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of coronary artery disease.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Can healthier habits help preserve mental skills?
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Researchers in Finland recently found that lifestyle choices can help older adults stay mentally sharp. Now scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine hope to find confirmatory evidence this is indeed the case by coordinating a large, national clinical trial sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association through a $28 million grant.

Released: 7-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST
UNC-Led Team Awarded $5.1M for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malawi
University of North Carolina Health Care System

The United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will fund two new programs to prevent cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, including a project led by UNC scientists and physicians in Malawi.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
Gap Between Corporate Earnings, Non-Financial Measures Affects Forecasting
North Carolina State University

Study: the more a company’s earnings diverge from its non-financial resources, the less likely it is to forecast its earnings. For companies that do forecast, the larger the disconnect between a company’s earnings and its non-financial measures, the more it overestimates its actual performance.

30-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
Blood Test for Specific Metabolites Could Reveal Blocked Arteries
Duke Health

A Duke Health pilot project suggests that in the near future, a blood test could show whether arteries carrying blood to the heart are narrow or blocked, a risk factor for heart disease.

Released: 1-Feb-2019 1:20 PM EST
Research Network Co-Chaired by Experts from RTI International, CDC and University of Illinois at Chicago Releases Collection of Articles on Non-Communicable Diseases
RTI International

The International NCD Economics Research Network, a network of economists co-chaired by the independent, nonprofit research institute RTI International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, has released a collection of articles on the economic reasons for prioritizing the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Newswise: Decision-Making Tool Fails to Ease Anxiety for Families of Life-Support Patients
23-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Decision-Making Tool Fails to Ease Anxiety for Families of Life-Support Patients
Duke Health

Computer-based guide aims to help families with life-and-death treatment decisions

24-Jan-2019 2:00 PM EST
Lowering Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Cognitive Impairment
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of early dementia, in a clinical trial led by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Newswise: State-of-the-Art Pitching Lab Designed to Help Reduce Baseball Injuries
Released: 25-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
State-of-the-Art Pitching Lab Designed to Help Reduce Baseball Injuries
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Thousands of young athletes seek medical treatment every year for elbow and shoulder injuries, with many occurring among baseball pitchers, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
Early Detection of Prediabetes Can Reduce Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease
Wake Forest Baptist Health

A diagnosis of prediabetes should be a warning for people to make lifestyle changes to prevent both full-blown diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
Racial Discrimination Increases Activism in Black Young Adults
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that experiencing racial discrimination makes black teens and young adults more likely to engage in social and political activism on issues that are important to black communities.

Newswise: Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth
15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth
North Carolina State University

The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga.

Released: 16-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Create ‘Shortcut’ to Terpene Biosynthesis in E. coli
North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. coli into a factory that can produce terpenes for use in everything from cancer drugs to biofuels.

Released: 7-Jan-2019 10:05 AM EST
First-in-human trial of senolytic drugs encouraging
Wake Forest Baptist Health

UT Health San Antonio researchers, collaborating with the Mayo Clinic and the Wake Forest School of Medicine, are the first to publish results on the treatment of a deadly age-related disease in human patients with drugs called senolytics. The findings were posted Jan. 4 by the journal EBioMedicine, which is published by The Lancet.

Newswise: Canine volunteers contribute to patients’ care and comfort
Released: 2-Jan-2019 5:00 PM EST
Canine volunteers contribute to patients’ care and comfort
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Therapy dogs provide comfort and affection to people in a variety of settings, from hospitals and nursing homes to airports and disaster sites. They are not service animals or emotional support animals, which serve one specific person. Therapy dogs interact with lots of different – and usually unfamiliar – people.

20-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
Researchers Suggest Ways to Reduce Head Impacts in Youth Football
Wake Forest Baptist Health

The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players.

Newswise: Nuclear Medicine? It’s Probably Not at All What You Think It Is
Released: 20-Dec-2018 7:00 AM EST
Nuclear Medicine? It’s Probably Not at All What You Think It Is
Wake Forest Baptist Health

The often-misunderstood specialty employs low doses of radioactive materials and advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases.

Newswise: Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics
Released: 19-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics
North Carolina State University

An international team of researchers has developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics. Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic devices.

17-Dec-2018 10:20 AM EST
Exposure to Cannabis Alters the Genetic Profile of Sperm
Duke Health

New research from Duke Health suggests men in their child-bearing years should consider how THC could impact their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they’ve been using the drug. Much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants and even obesity can alter sperm, the Duke research shows THC also affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users’ sperm.

Newswise: NIH scientists find that breast cancer protection from pregnancy starts decades later
Released: 14-Dec-2018 9:20 AM EST
NIH scientists find that breast cancer protection from pregnancy starts decades later
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

In general, women who have had children have a lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who have never given birth. However, new research has found that moms don’t experience this breast cancer protection until many years later and may face elevated risk for more than 20 years.

Released: 13-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Study Shows Massage Helps Ease Arthritis Pain, Improve Mobility
Duke Health

Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health.

Released: 11-Dec-2018 11:05 AM EST
Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Anti-diabetes Drugs
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Why do orally-administered drugs for diabetes work for some people but not others? According to researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, bacteria that make up the gut microbiome may be the culprit.

6-Dec-2018 9:40 AM EST
Roadmap Reveals Shortcut to Recreate Key HIV Antibody for Vaccines
Duke Health

A team led by Duke Human Vaccine Institute researchers, publishing online Dec. 11 in the journal Immunity, reported that they have filled in a portion of the roadmap toward effective neutralization of HIV, identifying the steps that a critical HIV antibody takes to develop and maintain its ability to neutralize the virus.

Newswise: Study finds higher risk of breast cancer for women after giving birth
7-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
Study finds higher risk of breast cancer for women after giving birth
University of North Carolina Health Care System

A collaborative group of researchers co-led by a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center scientist found that, in women 55 years and younger, breast cancer risk peaked about five years after they gave birth, with risk for mothers 80 percent higher compared with women who did not give birth.

Newswise: Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage
3-Dec-2018 1:00 PM EST
Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage
North Carolina State University

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur reveals that these animals were most likely warm-blooded, had insulating blubber and used their coloration as camouflage from predators.

3-Dec-2018 4:35 PM EST
Scientists Identify ‘Youth Factor’ in Blood Cells That Speeds Fracture Repair
Duke Health

Duke Health researchers have previously shown that introducing bone marrow stem cells to a bone injury can expedite healing, but the exact process was unclear. Now, the same Duke-led team believes it has pinpointed the “youth factor” inside bone marrow stem cells -- it’s the macrophage, a type of white blood cell, and the proteins it secretes that can have a rejuvenating effect on tissue. Nature Communications will publish the findings online on Dec. 5.

30-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Expanded Cord Blood Shows Potential for Use in Adult Bone Marrow Transplants
Duke Health

Umbilical cord blood stem cells that are cultured and expanded outside the body before being used for bone marrow transplant in adult blood cancer patients appear safe and restore blood count recovery faster than standard cord blood. The findings, led by a Duke Cancer Institute researcher, advance efforts to improve cord blood use among adults who have been diagnosed with blood cancers.

Newswise: Early results show promise for using genetically engineered immune cells to fight relapsed blood cancer
Released: 3-Dec-2018 3:05 PM EST
Early results show promise for using genetically engineered immune cells to fight relapsed blood cancer
University of North Carolina Health Care System

At the 60th Annual American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, UNC Lineberger researchers revealed preliminary results from a clinical study of an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma expressing the CD30 protein marker.

Released: 29-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST
UNC Charlotte Alum Keeps 49ers Basketball Team in Peak Condition
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University is transitioning its undergraduate athletic training program to a Master of Science in Athletic Training program in the spring, providing students like Adam Jordan with advanced educational opportunities.

Released: 26-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Drug Use, Religion Explain ‘Reverse Gender Gap’ on Marijuana
North Carolina State University

Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more likely to have used marijuana.


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