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Newswise: New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
University of California, Irvine

A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Telescopes unite in unprecedented observations of famous black hole
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

In April 2019, scientists released the first image of a black hole in galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). However, that remarkable achievement was just the beginning of the science story to be told.

Newswise: Using sound waves to make patterns that never repeat
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Using sound waves to make patterns that never repeat
University of Utah

Mathematicians and engineers at the University of Utah have teamed up to show how ultrasound waves can organize carbon particles in water into a sort of pattern that never repeats. The results, they say, could result in materials called “quasicrystals” with custom magnetic or electrical properties.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Auxin makes the spirals in gerbera inflorescences follow the Fibonacci sequence
University of Helsinki

When people are asked to draw the flower of a sunflower plant, almost everyone draws a large circle encircled by yellow petals.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Biodiversity Research Institute Announces New Consulting Division: BRI Environmental
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Biodiversity Research Institute announces the formation of its new environmental consulting services division—BRI Environmental offering a full suite of services for evaluating and permitting renewable energy development projects, infrastructure projects, marine installations, as well as residential and commercial development.

Newswise: Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Named 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award Recipient by the Rutgers School of Public Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Named 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award Recipient by the Rutgers School of Public Health
Rutgers School of Public Health

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, has been named the 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Awardee by the Rutgers School of Public Health. She will serve as the School’s speaker at their 38th graduation ceremony, which will virtually launch on May 14, 2021.

Newswise: Scientists identify potential drug candidates for deadly pediatric leukemia
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Scientists identify potential drug candidates for deadly pediatric leukemia
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that two existing drug candidates—JAK inhibitors and Mepron—hold potential as treatments for a deadly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) subtype that is more common in children. The foundational study, published in the journal Blood, is a first step toward finding effective treatments for the hard-to-treat blood cancer.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
A novel, quick, and easy system for genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2
Osaka University

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Houston Advanced Research Center Receives $600,000 Grant to Examine the Resilience of Power Systems to Climate Change
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Funds will support team of multidisciplinary researchers to develop a climate risk modeling framework to improve resilience of power systems.

Newswise: COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Los Angeles County Higher in Communities with Poor Air Quality
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Los Angeles County Higher in Communities with Poor Air Quality
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A research project led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has found that Los Angeles County neighborhoods with poor air quality had the highest death rates from the pandemic.

Newswise: A Heroic Reunion
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:50 AM EDT
A Heroic Reunion
Cedars-Sinai

At just 8 years old, Benjamin Gordon’s life was flipped upside down when his father, Greg, was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer.

Newswise: Improving access to treatment and reducing stigma in psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Improving access to treatment and reducing stigma in psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
International League Against Epilepsy

Addressing stigma—from health care professionals, from family members and friends, from the public, and even from patients themselves—is a crucial part of improving care and access to care for people with PNES.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
UChicago Medicine enrolling patients in LymphBridge™ clinical study for surgical treatment of breast cancer-related lymphedema
University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine is enrolling patients in LymphBridge™, a randomized clinical study to evaluate a novel surgical treatment for addressing breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Climate change is making Indian monsoon seasons more chaotic
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic.

Newswise: What should we call psychogenic non-epileptic seizures?
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
What should we call psychogenic non-epileptic seizures?
International League Against Epilepsy

Could changing the name of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures lead to improved physician-patient communication, increased understanding and less stigma?

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Bacteria May Be the Key To Understanding the Health of Aquatic Ecosystems
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a new project, a research team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will build biosensors using bacteria that can sense and communicate levels of nutrients in a body of water with enhanced levels of sensitivity, scalability, and versatility. The effort, supported by a nearly $375,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, is being led by Shayla Sawyer, an associate professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Study: More exposure to political TV ads heightens anxiety
Cornell University

Beyond attempting to move a large swath of the population to vote one way or another, the seemingly constant bombardment of negativity in the name of our democratic process is anxiety-inducing, researchers have found.

Newswise: Shape-shifting Ebola virus protein exploits human RNA to change shape
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Shape-shifting Ebola virus protein exploits human RNA to change shape
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

In a new Cell Reports study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology demonstrate how Ebola virus has found a different way to get things done. The virus encodes only eight proteins but requires dozens of functions in its lifecycle. The new study shows how one of Ebola virus’s key proteins, VP40, uses molecular triggers in the human cell to transform itself into different tools for different jobs.

Newswise: From Smoky Skies to a Green Horizon: Scientists Convert Fire-Risk Wood into Biofuel
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
From Smoky Skies to a Green Horizon: Scientists Convert Fire-Risk Wood into Biofuel
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Reliance on petroleum fuels and raging wildfires: Two separate, large-scale challenges that could be addressed by one scientific breakthrough. Researchers from two national laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste – material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally – into liquid biofuel.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Social wasps lose face recognition abilities in isolation
Cornell University

Just as humans are challenged from the social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds that a solitary lifestyle has profound effects on the brains of a social insect: paper wasps.

Newswise: GIS technology helps map out how America’s mafia networks were ‘connected’
Released: 14-Apr-2021 10:50 AM EDT
GIS technology helps map out how America’s mafia networks were ‘connected’
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

A team of researchers used geographic information systems — a collection of tools for geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and society — and data from a government database on mafia ties during the 1960s, to examine how these networks were built, maintained and grown. The researchers said that this spatial social networks study offers a unique look at the mafia’s loosely affiliated criminal groups. Often called families, these groups were connected — internally and externally — to maintain a balance between security and effectiveness, referred to as the efficiency-security tradeoff.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Grant accelerates McMaster University, SQI Diagnostics effort to move infection testing innovation from lab to market
McMaster University

A new grant is helping McMaster University engineers and a Toronto precision-medicine diagnostics company to get infection-testing technology to market while generating opportunities for students.

Newswise: Suppression of COVID-19 Waves Reflects Time-Dependent Social Activity, Not Herd Immunity
Released: 14-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Suppression of COVID-19 Waves Reflects Time-Dependent Social Activity, Not Herd Immunity
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists developed a new mathematical model for predicting how COVID-19 spreads, accounting for individuals’ varying biological susceptibility and levels of social activity, which naturally change over time.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Research to Prevent Blindness and The Glaucoma Foundation Offer Critical Funding for Early-Career Vision Scientists
Research to Prevent Blindness

Research to Prevent Blindness and The Glaucoma Foundation are pleased to announce a new round of grants, the Career Advancement Awards (CAAs), that support early-career researchers as they seek new knowledge related to eye diseases.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Biomarker Could Help Identify Difficult-to-Diagnose Kidney Cancer Subtype
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

High expression levels of the gene TRIM63 can serve as an accurate and sensitive biomarker of a subtype of kidney cancer known as microphthalmia-associated transcription factor family aberration-associated renal cell carcinomas — or MiTF renal cell carcinoma. It’s important to distinguish MiTF from other subtypes of kidney cancers — clear cell, papillary and chromophobe — because these tumors may not respond well to standard, front-line treatments and may respond better to other approaches.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Telling sunbathers what they don’t want to hear: Tanning is bad
Ohio State University

Most young women already know that tanning is dangerous and sunbathe anyway, so a campaign informing them of the risk should take into account their potential resistance to the message, according to a new study.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
MD Anderson and Boehringer Ingelheim expand collaboration to accelerate development of KRAS and TRAILR2 compounds in lung cancer
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson and Boehringer Ingelheim have expanded their joint Virtual Research and Development Center to accelerate the development of new targeted therapies against KRAS and TRAILR2 in lung cancer.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Endocrine Society Condemns Efforts to Block Access to Medical Care for Transgender Youth
Endocrine Society

Medical evidence, not politics, should inform treatment decisions

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases. • 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure. • Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color. • COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change

Newswise: It Takes a Community to Fight Climate Change
Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
It Takes a Community to Fight Climate Change
Monday Campaigns

How can a community and a group of volunteers encourage fellow citizens to shift to a climate-friendly diet?

Newswise: NCCN Announces Projects to Study Oral Decitabine and Cedazuridine in Collaboration with Taiho Oncology
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:35 AM EDT
NCCN Announces Projects to Study Oral Decitabine and Cedazuridine in Collaboration with Taiho Oncology
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) today announced that three projects have been selected to study oral decitabine (35 mg) and cedazuridine (100 mg).

Newswise: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Awarded $1.3M for Cancer Metabolism and Growth Research Program
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Awarded $1.3M for Cancer Metabolism and Growth Research Program
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute has received a $1.3 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to support the Cancer Metabolism and Growth and Tumor Host Interactions Training Program which will provide postdoctoral candidates the highest quality training and research experience.

Newswise: Eberly College students lead gender inclusivity, anti-racism training at WVU
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Eberly College students lead gender inclusivity, anti-racism training at WVU
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

A gender inclusivity and anti-racism training—for students and by students—is building a stronger sense of belonging and community at WVU.

Newswise: So You Got Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What?
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
So You Got Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A slightly lighthearted guide to post-vaccination life, including how to help others who haven't gotten vaccinated yet.

Newswise: Does More Pollen Mean Worse Allergy Symptoms? Probably
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Does More Pollen Mean Worse Allergy Symptoms? Probably
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Climate change has made pollen season longer and worse throughout North America - bad news for those who suffer with nasal allergies.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Mayo Clinic Launches New Technology Platform Ventures to Revolutionize Diagnostic Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic announced a new technology platform initiative to deliver the next generation of clinical decision support tools, diagnostic insights and care recommendations to help clinicians make faster and more accurate diagnoses and provide truly continuous care to patients. The Remote Diagnostics and Management Platform (RDMP) connects data with innovative new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and augments human decision-making within existing clinical workflows. RDMP enables "event-driven medicine," providing insights in the right context, at the right time.

Newswise: Cardiac Surgeons Lead Critical COVID-19 Research
Released: 14-Apr-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Cardiac Surgeons Lead Critical COVID-19 Research
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

After dramatically changing its scope of work and mobilizing resources in record time, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) became a major contributor to life-changing COVID-19 research.

Newswise: Multi-wavelength Observations Reveal Impact of Black Hole on M87 Galaxy
Released: 14-Apr-2021 5:00 AM EDT
Multi-wavelength Observations Reveal Impact of Black Hole on M87 Galaxy
National Radio Astronomy Observatory

A multiwavelength campaign of observations gave astronomers a "big picture" view of the region near the galaxy M87's supermassive black hole and also the distant regions it affects.

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Newswise: New method measures super-fast, free electron laser pulses
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:05 AM EDT
New method measures super-fast, free electron laser pulses
Los Alamos National Laboratory

New research shows how to measure the super-short bursts of high-frequency light emitted from free electron lasers (FELs).

Newswise:Video Embedded pathways-clear-for-decarbonising-heavy-industry
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Released: 13-Apr-2021 10:05 PM EDT
Pathways clear for decarbonising heavy industry
University of Adelaide

The production of green steel will be a critical step to enable the world’s heavy industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and Australia is well placed to be an important player in this space.

Newswise: NUS researchers create SmartFarm device to harvest air moisture for autonomous, self-sustaining urban farming
Released: 13-Apr-2021 9:05 PM EDT
NUS researchers create SmartFarm device to harvest air moisture for autonomous, self-sustaining urban farming
National University of Singapore

Researchers from the NUS Department of Materials Science and Engineering have created a solar-powered, fully automated device called ‘SmartFarm’ that is equipped with a moisture-attracting material to absorb air moisture at night when the relative humidity is higher, and releases water when exposed to sunlight in the day for irrigation.

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Released: 13-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Is it a cold sore or cancer? Yearly visits to the dentist can prevent more than just gum disease
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

You might know that yearly dental exams are recommended to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know these routine visits can help identify more serious health concerns like oral cancer?


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