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Hospital floors are hotspot for bacteria, creating route of transfer to patients
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The floors of hospital rooms are quickly and frequently contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria within hours of patient admission, creating a route of transfer of potentially dangerous organisms to patients, according to a study published today as part of the proceedings from Decennial 2020: The Sixth International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections. Decennial 2020, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, was cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Hospital floors are hotspot for bacteria, creating route of transfer to patients
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

The floors of hospital rooms are quickly and frequently contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria within hours of patient admission, creating a route of transfer of potentially dangerous organisms to patients, according to a study published today as part of the proceedings from Decennial 2020: The Sixth International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections. Decennial 2020, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, was cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Smart tablecloth can find fruit and help with watering the plants
Dartmouth College

Researchers have designed a smart fabric that can detect non-metallic objects ranging from avocadoes to credit cards, according to a study from Dartmouth College and Microsoft Research.

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Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Timothy W. Mullett is the New Chair of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

CHICAGO (October 30, 2020): Today cardiothoracic surgeon Timothy W. Mullett, MD, FACS, Lexington, Ky., has begun a two-year term as chair of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Mullett has been serving as the Chair-elect of the CoC for the past year.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 3:05 PM EDT
New legislation introduced to protect patient access to surgical care
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Representatives Ami Bera, MD (CA-7) and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-8), along with six lead co-sponsors, introduced legislation today that will protect patients’ access to surgical care by stopping cuts to Medicare payments for surgical specialties.

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Newswise: Five Argonne researchers recognized as 2020 Distinguished Fellows
Released: 30-Oct-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Five Argonne researchers recognized as 2020 Distinguished Fellows
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne selects five new Distinguished Fellows, the laboratory’s highest scientific rank.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Colon cancer surgery performed by highly skilled surgeons improves long-term survival for patients
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

CHICAGO (October 30, 2020): Colon cancer patients achieve better five-year survival rates when the surgeons who treat them are rated as highly skilled, according to findings from what authors say is the first study to link a surgeon’s technical skills with improved long-term clinical outcomes. The study is published online in JAMA Oncology and virtually presented as part of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s Annual Research Paper Competition.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Researcher develops app to reach Black community with COVID-19 information
University of Cincinnati

A University of Cincinnati cardiologist is partnering with researchers in St. Louis and rural Georgia to develop a smartphone app that will deliver COVID-19 information and education that is targeted toward Black communities.

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Roswell Park Sees Suggestion of Benefit in First Clinical Trial to Combine Beta-Blocker and Checkpoint Inhibitor
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The same biochemical triggers that spur a “fight or flight” response when we encounter threats may help tumor cells to thrive. A team of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking at ways to disrupt that dynamic so that cancer treatments can be more effective. Their latest work, published today in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that a drug widely prescribed to control blood pressure may improve patients’ response to cancer immunotherapy.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 2:05 PM EDT
New Cecil B. Moore Scholars Program to cultivate leaders from North Philadelphia, provide support and scholarships
Temple University

“We have been vocal about systemic racism that has led to educational disparities and inferior educational opportunities for Black children,” said Valerie Harrison.

Newswise: New drone technology improves ability to forecast volcanic eruptions
29-Oct-2020 12:05 PM EDT
New drone technology improves ability to forecast volcanic eruptions
University of Bristol

Specially-adapted drones developed by an international team have been gathering data from never-before-explored volcanoes that will enable local communities to better forecast future eruptions. The cutting-edge research at Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea is also improving scientists’ understanding of how volcanoes contribute to the global carbon cycle, key to sustaining life on Earth.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 1:55 PM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 might attack red marrow and block new erythrocytes formation
Far Eastern Federal University

Specialists from the Department of Fundamental Medicine of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) with Russian and Japanese colleagues have probed into mechanisms of COVID-19 inside-the-body distribution linked to erythrocytes damaging. According to researchers, the virus might attack red marrow, thus being detrimental not only for erythrocytes in the bloodstream but also for the process of the formation of the new ones.

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Newswise: Holy Spirit Health System to transfer from Geisinger to Penn State Health on Sunday, Nov. 1
Released: 30-Oct-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Holy Spirit Health System to transfer from Geisinger to Penn State Health on Sunday, Nov. 1
Penn State Health

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, ownership of Holy Spirit Health System will transfer from Geisinger to Penn State Health. The transfer of ownership of the Camp Hill-based health system includes a 306-bed hospital and 28 outpatient locations across four counties.

Newswise: First long-term study conducted on relocated, young tortoises
Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:55 PM EDT
First long-term study conducted on relocated, young tortoises
University of Georgia

A rare study shows how one of Georgia’s barrier islands provides a safe haven for gopher tortoises and gives researchers at the University of Georgia evidence to prove species relocation is an effective conservation tool.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Government of Canada awards $2.5M to McMaster University to support the COVID-19 border study with McMaster HealthLabs
McMaster University

McMaster University has been awarded $2.5 million from the Government of Canada to support the McMaster HealthLabs (MHL) Canadian International COVID-19 Surveillance Border Study at Toronto Pearson International Airport, being run in partnership with Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

Newswise: Queen’s University Belfast Academics elected to the Academy of Social Sciences
Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Queen’s University Belfast Academics elected to the Academy of Social Sciences
Queen's University Belfast

Two academics from Queen’s University Belfast have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Alumni Power UVA Darden’s Expanded Real Estate Education Offerings
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

With a gift of $100,000, three alumni who have built successful careers in commercial real estate have started a fund to help University of Virginia Darden School of Business students with similar aspirations.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
5 Big Questions on Health Care and COVID-19
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The coronavirus pandemic has once again thrust the unusual state of American health care into the spotlight. With a presidential election that could have a dramatic impact on the state of health care for millions on 3 November, Professor Vivian Riefberg considers the state of the industry.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Cooperation vs. Competition: What Do You Want in Your Mutual Fund?
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Darden Professor Rich Evans’ study of mutual fund managers’ performance demonstrates that significantly different outcomes occur when employees get paid to compete against each other — versus when they are compensated for cooperating.

Newswise: Francine Conway Brings Experience, Expertise to Role of Rutgers-New Brunswick Provost
Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Francine Conway Brings Experience, Expertise to Role of Rutgers-New Brunswick Provost
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Francine Conway, a child psychologist and the first Black dean of Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s Graduate School of Applied Psychology who helped expand student enrollment and double federal grant revenue, has been named provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs.

Newswise: Wistar Creates a New Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against Powassan Virus
Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Wistar Creates a New Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against Powassan Virus
Wistar Institute

Wistar scientists have designed and tested the first-of-its-kind synthetic DNA vaccine against Powassan virus (POWV), targeting portions of the virus envelope protein.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:50 AM EDT
When Political Becomes Personal: Sensitive Racial and Cultural World Issues
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

During rising tensions between the U.S. and China, what happens when one professional makes a comment on Chinese innovation that offends his colleague? Professor Ming-Jer Chen offers a discussion of context and complex cross-cultural problems, an understanding of which can aid in appropriate action when no clear-cut answer may exist.

Newswise: Children With Asymptomatic Brain Bleeds As Newborns Show Normal Brain Development At Age 2
Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Children With Asymptomatic Brain Bleeds As Newborns Show Normal Brain Development At Age 2
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

A study by UNC School of Medicine researchers finds that neurodevelopmental scores and gray matter volumes at age two years did not differ between children who had MRI-confirmed asymptomatic subdural hemorrhages when they were neonates, compared to children with no history of subdural hemorrhage.

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Newswise: Infection by Confection: COVID-19 and the Risk of Trick-or-Treating
Released: 30-Oct-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Infection by Confection: COVID-19 and the Risk of Trick-or-Treating
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers determined that COVID-19 transmission risk via Halloween candies is low, even when they are handled by infected people, but handwashing and disinfecting collected sweets reduces risk even further.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Cornell First Amendment Clinic and ACLU challenge Vermont public records law
Cornell University

Represented by Cornell Law School’s First Amendment Clinic and the ACLU, the Vermont Journalism Trust filed a public records lawsuit today to obtain additional records related to the still unresolved EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program scandal.

Newswise: New York Giants Rookies Virtually Visit Patients at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to Celebrate Halloween
Released: 30-Oct-2020 10:15 AM EDT
New York Giants Rookies Virtually Visit Patients at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to Celebrate Halloween
Hackensack Meridian Health

Continuing their annual Halloween tradition, New York Giants rookies visit patients at Hackensack Meridian Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital virtually.

Newswise: Weighing In on ‘Light’ Dark Matter: Q&A With Sinéad Griffin
Released: 30-Oct-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Weighing In on ‘Light’ Dark Matter: Q&A With Sinéad Griffin
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In this Q&A, Sinéad Griffin, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry, shares her thoughts on her search for light dark matter, the ultimate materials design challenge, and Berkeley Lab’s collaborative “team science” culture.

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Released: 30-Oct-2020 9:40 AM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE: "Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29
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"Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29, 3PM EDT

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Scientific Webinars on the Gut-Brain Connection Spotlight Spike in Research
International Life Sciences Institute North America

ILSI North America, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the American Society for Nutrition collaborated on a webinar series capturing the exponential growth of research on the brain, the gastrointestinal tract, and the gut microbiome—a connection characterized as the ‘gut-brain axis.’ This series highlights some of the latest research on the gut-brain axis affecting the work of nutritionists, researchers and other food and nutrition professionals.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Chemistry Professor Honored with National Teacher-Scholar Award
Creighton University

An associate professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University, has been selected as a 2020 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.

Newswise: 80th birthday celebration to honour Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee
Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
80th birthday celebration to honour Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee
University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide will proudly honour the life and work of distinguished author J.M. Coetzee in a ceremony to celebrate his 80th birthday.

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fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes
Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Waste not, want not: recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes
University of South Australia

In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to irrigation, knowing which method works best is vital for sustainable crop development.

Newswise: NEJM: Clinical Trial Indicates Monoclonal Antibody Lowered Hospitalizations and Emergency Visits
Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:25 AM EDT
NEJM: Clinical Trial Indicates Monoclonal Antibody Lowered Hospitalizations and Emergency Visits
Cedars-Sinai

COVID-19 (coronavirus) patients who were administered a novel antibody had fewer symptoms and were less likely to require hospitalization or emergency medical care than those who did not receive the antibody, according to a new study published in the The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available
Newswise

Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion on unique aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

Released: 30-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Newswise Live Event for Nov 2nd, 2PM EDT: the 2020 Presidential Elections
Newswise

Experts from institutions including George Washington University and Cornell University will participate in an expert panel covering a wide variety of topics on the U.S. Elections, with questions prepared by Newswise editors and submissions from media attendees.

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UnitedHealth Group Awards $4M to UC San Diego to Expand State's Mental Health Workforce
University of California San Diego

With the support of a $4 million grant, UC San Diego School of Medicine has launched a program to expand and diversify the pipeline of child and adolescent psychiatrists in California.


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