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Newswise: The curve is fattening, not flattening. What can we do? An interview with Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., co-creator of the
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
The curve is fattening, not flattening. What can we do? An interview with Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., co-creator of the "flatten the curve" concept
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Like a replay of the 1918 flu, history seems to be repeating itself with the coronavirus. After “flattening the curve” of cases in late spring and again in late summer, cases of COVID-19 have surged in October. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., for one, is deeply dismayed – but not surprised. He offers insights into what's needed to avoid a horrific winter.

Newswise: Daniel Wubah: university president … and a king
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Daniel Wubah: university president … and a king
University of Georgia

This story is part of a series, called Georgia Groundbreakers, that celebrates innovative and visionary faculty, students, alumni and leaders throughout the history of the University of Georgia – and their profound, enduring impact on our state, our nation and the world.

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Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO: Dark Matter Day Q&A with LUX-ZEPLIN Spokesperson Kevin Lesko
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kevin Lesko, a spokesperson for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment and senior physicist at Berkeley Lab, shares his insights about the mysteries of dark matter, what we know about it, and what we hope to learn about it from LZ, in this Q&A interview at Sanford Lab.

Newswise: Estimating Risk of Airborne COVID-19 with Mask Usage, Social Distancing
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Estimating Risk of Airborne COVID-19 with Mask Usage, Social Distancing
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, researchers used a model to understand airborne transmission that is designed to be accessible to a wide range of people, including nonscientists. Employing concepts of fluid dynamics and factors in airborne transmission, they propose the Contagion Airborne Transmission inequality model. While not all factors may be known, it can still be used to assess relative risks. The researchers determined protection from transmission increases with physical distancing in an approximately linear proportion.

Newswise: Could insect manure help grow crops? Warwick and Durham researchers to investigate
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Could insect manure help grow crops? Warwick and Durham researchers to investigate
University of Warwick

The waste from larvae production could be used as a crop fertiliser should commercial insect farms get off the ground in the UK.

Newswise: Real-time opioid overdose tracking system shows rise in the time of COVID-19
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Real-time opioid overdose tracking system shows rise in the time of COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

An epidemic that was already raging before COVID-19 arrived has flared up in recent months, according to a real-time tracking system in Michigan. It shows a 15 percent rise in suspected opioid overdose deaths since March, compared with the same time last year, and a 29% rise in first responders’ use of the rescue drug naloxone.

Newswise: Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
University of Notre Dame

To get expert opinions on the fate of the nearly 245-year-old democracy, a group of students from Notre Dame conducted a survey and a path selection game with 150 members of political science professional associations who specialize in elections.

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Newswise: Divide and conquer: a new formula to minimise ‘mathemaphobia’
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Divide and conquer: a new formula to minimise ‘mathemaphobia’
University of South Australia

Maths – it’s the subject some kids love to hate, yet despite its lack of popularity, mathematics is critical for a STEM-capable workforce and vital for Australia’s current and future productivity. Now, new research shows that boosting student confidence is pivotal to greater engagement with the subject.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Adding advanced PET scans to radiation treatment plans for prostate cancer increases failure-free survival rates
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Adding the advanced PET radiotracer fluciclovine to conventional imaging to help guide radiation treatments for recurrent prostate cancer can improve disease-free survival rates, a new study finds. Findings from the randomized phase II/III EMPIRE-1 trial (NCT01666808) will be presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

Newswise: Technology students show their Ingenuity online
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Technology students show their Ingenuity online
University of Adelaide

An underground search and rescue robot, a lunar habitat, and an automated system for topping up wine barrels are among the more than 250 innovative future technology projects being showcased in this year’s Ingenuity 2020 expo at the University of Adelaide, online from Tuesday 27 October.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Penn Study Supports Use of Radiation Before CAR Therapy for Multiple Myeloma
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Administering radiation therapy to multiple myeloma patients waiting for CAR T cells to be manufactured was found to be safe and undisruptive to CAR T therapy.

Newswise: New Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology
Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 85th Annual Scientific Meeting
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
New Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology Presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 85th Annual Scientific Meeting
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

More than 7,000 gastroenterologists and other health care professionals so far will convene virtually for the premier clinical gastroenterology event—the American College of Gastroenterology’s 85th Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course (Virtual ACG 2020)—to review the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases, and clinical practice management.

Newswise: American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Sixth Annual SCOPYs: 
Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Sixth Annual SCOPYs: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the 2020 SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention, and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG members in their community engagement, education and awareness efforts for colorectal cancer prevention.

Newswise: Dr. David A. Greenwald Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Dr. David A. Greenwald Elected President of the American College of Gastroenterology
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, a gastroenterologist and the Director of Clinical Gastroenterology and Endoscopy at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was elected by the membership as the 2020–2021 President of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), a national medical organization representing more than 15,000 clinical gastroenterologists and other specialists in digestive diseases.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Advanced Reimbursement Solutions, LLC., Holds Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona Accountable For Benefits, Advocates For Patient After Insurance Bills Patient $25K
Advanced Reimbursement Solutions

Advanced Reimbursement Solutions LLC (ARS), a Scottsdale-based medical billing and revenue cycle management enterprise, challenged Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBS of AZ) for its approval and subsequent denial of a double-mastectomy patient.

Newswise: Johns Hopkins Medicine Hosts Briefing on Women’s Health
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Johns Hopkins Medicine Hosts Briefing on Women’s Health
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Since its inception in 1995, the mission for A Woman’s Journey has remained the same: to empower women to make the right health care decisions for their families and themselves.

23-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Resilience-Driven Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Leads to Sharp Drops in Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations
Mount Sinai Health System

A personalized program to increase resilience in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can substantially reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits, Mount Sinai researchers report. The research is being unveiled on October 27th in a plenary presentation at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG 2020).

Released: 26-Oct-2020 7:00 AM EDT
New York City’s Coronavirus Outbreak Spread from More European Sources Than First Reported
NYU Langone Health

The COVID-19 pandemic started earlier than previously thought in New York City and Long Island by dozens of people infected mostly with strains from Europe. A new analysis also shows that most of the spread was within the community, as opposed to coming from people who had traveled.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 5:00 AM EDT
Emerging Treatment Helps Reverse Heart Failure in Some Patients
University of Utah Health

In a new multicenter study, researchers led by University of Utah Health physicians report that an emerging heart failure treatment could potentially reverse structural damage to the heart, allowing it to heal itself over time. Overall, 19 (40%) patients who were treated with a combination of LVAD support with heart failure medications had sufficient improvement that the LVAD could be removed.

Newswise: 1 in 12 parents say their teen has attended a demonstration about racism or police reform
21-Oct-2020 9:55 AM EDT
1 in 12 parents say their teen has attended a demonstration about racism or police reform
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A growing number of demonstrators taking to the streets to protest police brutality and racial injustice may include teenagers, a new national poll suggests.

21-Oct-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Kid Influencers Are Promoting Junk Food Brands on YouTube—Garnering More Than a Billion Views
New York University

Kids with wildly popular YouTube channels are frequently promoting unhealthy food and drinks in their videos, warn researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health and NYU Grossman School of Medicine in a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

21-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
The Effects of Social Determinants of Health on Kidney Transplant Candidates
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Social determinants of health are associated with patient-reported outcomes in adults who are eligible to undergo kidney transplantation evaluations. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Study Reveals Details Behind Transplant Disparities Experienced by Black Patients
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In an analysis of information on patients with kidney failure, Black patients are less likely than white patients to be placed on transplant waiting lists. • For patients on such lists, Blacks are less likely to receive transplants than whites. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

Newswise: Targeted inhibitor of mutated KRAS gene shows promise in early trial for lung, bowel, and other solid tumors
24-Oct-2020 4:30 AM EDT
Targeted inhibitor of mutated KRAS gene shows promise in early trial for lung, bowel, and other solid tumors
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

A novel agent that targets a mutated form of the KRAS gene – the most commonly altered oncogene in human cancers and one long considered “undruggable” – shrank tumors in most patients in a clinical trial with manageable side effects, researchers reported today at the 32nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Therapeutic, which is taking place online.

22-Oct-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Indian and Pakistani Women Diagnosed with More Aggressive Breast Cancer at Younger Age
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Indian and Pakistani women are diagnosed with breast cancer, including more aggressive forms of the disease, at a younger age, according to Rutgers researchers.

Newswise: CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Leads to Record Highs in Student Achievement
Released: 24-Oct-2020 6:05 PM EDT
CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Leads to Record Highs in Student Achievement
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Student achievement throughout the California State University (CSU) as measured by graduation rates has increased to an all-time high under Graduation Initiative 2025.

21-Oct-2020 11:25 AM EDT
New Model Predicts Which Patients with Kidney Disease May Develop Heartbeat Irregularities
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• A new model that incorporates a type of artificial intelligence can accurately predict which individuals with chronic kidney disease face a high risk of developing atrial fibrillation. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Glomerular Diseases Linked to Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Conditions
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Adults with glomerular diseases have a 2.5-times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than individuals in the general population. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Model Predicts Likelihood of Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Dialysis in Patients with COVID-19
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In a recent study, a new algorithm achieved good performance for predicting which hospitalized patients will develop acute kidney injury requiring dialysis. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

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Released: 24-Oct-2020 1:05 AM EDT
Research reveals how magazine censorship in the 50s and 60s laid the foundation for future LGBTQ rights law
California State University, Fullerton

Research from Jason Shepard, chair and professor of communications at Cal State Fullerton, highlights how First Amendment law was both a weapon and shield in the expansion of LGBTQ rights, and well before the Stonewall Riots.

Newswise: Studying Patterns of Relapse in Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma using a Response-Based Therapy Approach
23-Oct-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Studying Patterns of Relapse in Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma using a Response-Based Therapy Approach
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Recent research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert as part of a phase 3 study from the Children’s Oncology Group explores response-based consolidation with modern radiation therapy as safe and effective standard of care for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients. This work is being presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) this week.

22-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer May Help Reduce Risk of Heart Diseases
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Treating lung cancer patients with proton therapy may help reduce the risk of radiation-induced heart diseases.

21-Oct-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Why Do Minorities Have Higher Rates of Kidney Failure?
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• A new study indicates that Blacks and Hispanics have experienced higher rates of kidney failure compared with whites due to more rapid kidney function decline. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Acute Kidney Injury among African Americans with Sickle Cell Trait and Disease
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• New research examines the risk of acute kidney injury in people with sickle cell trait or disease, as well as the effect of acute kidney injury on kidney function decline in these individuals. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:15 AM EDT
“Patient Activation” May Improve Quality of Life in Individuals with Kidney Disease
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In individuals with chronic kidney disease who received online peer mentoring, improved patient activation correlated with improvements in various aspects of quality of life. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

21-Oct-2020 11:10 AM EDT
New Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Acute Kidney Injury
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• In a recent study, a new algorithm outperformed the standard method for predicting which hospitalized patients will develop acute kidney injury. • Results from the study will be presented online during ASN Kidney Week 2020 Reimagined October 19–October 25.

Released: 23-Oct-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Woman recovering from COVID-19 shares experience as monoclonal antibody clinical trial participant
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

When Christina Loville tested positive for the coronavirus, she was terrified. She decided to channel her fear into researching COVID-19 treatments, where she discovered a local clinical trial led by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 23-Oct-2020 4:30 PM EDT
"Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29, 3PM EDT
Newswise

"Third spike" in COVID-19 cases, plus the vaccine trials: Live Expert Panel for October 29, 3PM EDT

Released: 23-Oct-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Trump Led Biden in Twitter Volume and in Positive Mentions, Analysis Shows
New York University

President Donald Trump received more Twitter mentions, and a greater increase of positive mentions, relative to former Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night, shows a new analysis of online activity leading up to, during, and immediately after the second presidential debate.

Released: 23-Oct-2020 3:35 PM EDT
New Study Exposes Potential Expansion Barriers to Functional MRI for Medicare Patients
Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study found that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) steadily increased from 2007-2014 but has now been static due to potential expansion barriers. This diagnostic imaging method is critical in determining brain functions as well as for assessing the potential risks of surgery or other invasive treatments of the brain. This American Journal of Neuroradiology (AJNR) study is the first of its kind to assess the nationwide adoption of fMRI.

Newswise: Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory
Released: 23-Oct-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Exploring the source of stars and planets in a laboratory
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

New computer simulation aims to verify a widely held but unproven theory of the growth of celestial bodies.

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Released: 23-Oct-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Trump continued to falsely claim Biden supported getting rid of private insurance
Newswise

In the final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, moderator Kristen Welker asks the candidates to speak about their plans for healthcare in the United States. President Trump once again accused his oponent of wanting to eliminate private health insurance. Trump has made this claim repeatedly. This claim is false. It conflates Biden's plan with those of other Democrats pushing "Medicare for All."


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