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Newswise: Smidt Heart Institute Enhances Congenital Heart Program
Released: 11-Aug-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Smidt Heart Institute Enhances Congenital Heart Program
Cedars-Sinai

The Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is expanding its surgical care for children and adult congenital heart disease patients by embarking on a new initiative that includes the expertise of the world-renowned Keck Medicine of USC heart surgery team.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Classifying galaxies with artificial intelligence
National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)

Astronomers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) to ultra-wide field-of-view images of the distant Universe captured by the Subaru Telescope, and have achieved a very high accuracy for finding and classifying spiral galaxies in those images.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:50 PM EDT
Untapped potential for TikTok to convey COVID-19 guidance
De Gruyter

Research published in DeGruyter's International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health suggests TikTok is rich with untapped educational potential.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:50 PM EDT
Protein uses two antiviral strategies to ward off infections
eLife

To protect humans against infection, a protein called MARCH8 tags the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) for destruction while it merely holds HIV hostage, a new study in eLife shows.

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Study shows inbreeding reduces cooperation in banded mongooses
Swansea University

Inbreeding can reduce cooperation in banded mongooses according to a recent study by researchers.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Car passengers can reduce pollution risk by closing windows and changing route
University of Birmingham

Drivers and passengers can inhale significantly lower levels of air pollution by setting their vehicle's ventilation systems more effectively and taking a 'cleaner' route to their destination, a new study reveals.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Experimental COVID-19 vaccine prevents severe disease in mice
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from a replicating virus. This experimental vaccine has proven effective at preventing pneumonia in mice.

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Study Points to Health Disparities Among Former NFL Players
Harvard Medical School

At a glance: In a study of former NFL players, Black, Hawaiian, and athletes from other racial backgrounds report worse physical, mental health outcomes than white players The widest health gaps emerged between Black and white former NFL players Black former players reported worse health outcomes in all five health categories, compared with their white peers Presence of health disparities among former NLF players reflects the deep and pervasive nature of systemic inequities that persist even among elite athletes

Released: 11-Aug-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Medical Organizations Team Up to Help Parents and Caregivers Navigate Return to Sports and Recreation during COVID-19 Pandemic
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Medical Society For Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) have joined forces to address growing concerns and confusion amid youth sports and recreation participation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 4:10 PM EDT
DHS to Hold Virtual Industry Day Seeking Innovative Solutions for Coronavirus Response
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address current and future operational needs. S&T issued the Emerging Needs: Covid-19 Response & Future Mitigation topic call through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Bouncing, Sticking, Exploding Viruses: Understanding the Surface Chemistry of SARS-CoV-2
Michigan Technological University

Better understanding of the surface chemistry of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is needed to reduce transmission and accelerate vaccine design.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Cancer, COVID and the Kentucky Economy: How 'Sweet Annie' Could Make an Impact
University of Kentucky

Used as a medicinal herb for centuries, Artemisia annua contains powerful compounds that make it a popular treatment for malaria. But with lab research showing these compounds may help treat a variety of cancers and even COVID-19, this plant is more relevant than ever -- and UK is showing how we can take it from Kentucky fields to the research lab to our patients.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 3:05 PM EDT
High Blood Sugar May Worsen COVID-19 Outcomes
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Preliminary observations of COVID-19 patients with diabetes inspired an algorithm for glucose monitoring that’s suspected to help combat the virus’ serious complications.

Newswise: Mercy Medical Center Recognized as 5-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery for 3rd Consecutive Year
Released: 11-Aug-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Mercy Medical Center Recognized as 5-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery for 3rd Consecutive Year
Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, has announced that it is a 5-star recipient for both gynecologic procedures and for vaginal delivery for 3 years in a row (2018-2020) as recognized by Healthgrades.

Newswise: Jealous feelings can act as a tool to strengthen friendships
Released: 11-Aug-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Jealous feelings can act as a tool to strengthen friendships
Arizona State University (ASU)

Jealousy can be important for maintaining friendships, which are crucial to physical and emotional health. A study conducted by scientists at Arizona State University, Oklahoma State University, and Hamilton College found feelings of jealousy were sensitive to the value of the friendship and motivated behaviors aimed at keeping friends.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Thriving, Not Just Surviving
The Electrochemical Society

In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, Alex Peroff spoke to us from his home office. Whereas travel used to be the largest part of his job, now he focuses on developing content and meaningful communication. Alex joined Pine Research Instrumentation, Inc. as an Electroanalytical Scientist in 2016 after completing a PhD at Northwestern University.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 2:00 PM EDT
NAU professors examine the role racial disparities play in mortality rates of rural, urban residents
Northern Arizona University

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers collected nationally representative data from 3,131 U.S. counties between 1968-2016, and looked at historical trends in death rates between older black and white adults living in different communities.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
COVID-19 clinical trials lack diversity
University of Georgia

Despite disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death among people of color, minority groups are significantly underrepresented in COVID-19 clinical trials.

Newswise: Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device
Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Scientists propose method for eliminating damaging heat bursts in fusion device
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Researchers discover a technique for widening the windows of plasma current to enhance suppression of edge localized modes (ELMs) that can damage tokamak facilities.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Aging memories may not be ‘worse,’ just ‘different’
Washington University in St. Louis

“Older adults might be representing events in different ways, and transitions might be picked up differently than, say, a 20-year-old,” said Zachariah Reagh, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences. Reagh looked at fMRI images to study memory differences in different age groups.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Study: Machine learning can predict market behavior
Cornell University

Machine learning can assess the effectiveness of mathematical tools used to predict the movements of financial markets, according to new Cornell research based on the largest dataset ever used in this area.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:35 PM EDT
New book explores four major threats to US democracy
Cornell University

In their new book, “Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy,” Suzanne Mettler, professor of government at Cornell University, and Robert Lieberman, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, not only assert that history repeats itself – they also identify the underlying causes of democracy destabilization. American democracy has often been fragile, they argue, and today it faces an unprecedented crisis.

Newswise: Anthropology professor finds evidence of wine, caffeine in 500-year-old pottery
Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Anthropology professor finds evidence of wine, caffeine in 500-year-old pottery
Wichita State University

From suburbia to cities across the globe, caffeine and wine are often a source of collective comfort: the first for a morning pick-me-up, the latter to unwind. Now a Wichita State University professor has discovered evidence to suggest that even our ancient ancestors enjoyed these drinks.

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Newswise: Demographics data helps predict NY flood insurance claims
Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Demographics data helps predict NY flood insurance claims
Cornell University

In flood-prone areas of the Hudson River valley in New York state, census areas with more white and affluent home owners tend to file a higher percentage of flood insurance claims than lower-income, minority residents, according to a new study.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Adjusting to a Changed World
The Electrochemical Society

In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, Mark Orazem recounts how he made good use of a sabbatical year that didn’t turn out to be anything like he expected. Currently Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida (UF), he was officially on leave for the 2019-2020 academic year. He is returning to a very different environment than he left a year ago.

Newswise: Henry Ford Health System Kicks Off David DiChiera Music Therapy Program with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Henry Ford Health System Kicks Off David DiChiera Music Therapy Program with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre
Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System, in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), has begun offering virtual musical performances to cancer patients via its music therapy program named for the founding general director of Michigan Opera Theatre, David DiChiera. Through the David DiChiera Music Therapy Program, patients of Henry Ford Cancer Institute will be able to enjoy both live and archived virtual performances from the DSO and MOT at no cost.

Newswise: MedStar Washington Hospital Center Earns Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Earns Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center again has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with its 2020 2020 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Awards.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Give and Take during the Pandemic
The Electrochemical Society

The pandemic sent shockwaves through the academic community. Some institutions are weathering the storm better than others. At Lewis University (LU), Professor Jason Keleher and his students, Carolyn Graverson, Abigail “Abby” Linhart, and Katie Wortman-Otto, are optimistic. In our series, The ECS Community Adapts and Advances, they share their COVID-19 experiences and hopes for the future.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Molecular study could improve climate change modeling
Cornell University

For the first time, a team of chemists has unveiled the mechanics involved in the mysterious interplay between sunlight and molecules in the atmosphere known as “roaming reactions.” The research could lead to more accurate modeling of climate change and other atmospheric phenomena.

Newswise: ‘Insect apocalypse’ may not be happening in U.S.
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
‘Insect apocalypse’ may not be happening in U.S.
University of Georgia

Scientists have been warning about an “insect apocalypse” in recent years, noting sharp declines in specific areas — particularly in Europe. A new study shows these warnings may have been exaggerated and are not representative of what’s happening to insects on a larger scale.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California
UC Davis Health

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One.

Newswise: Crystal Tank, M.D., Internist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Crystal Tank, M.D., Internist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Hackensack Meridian Health

Mountainside Medical Group announced today that Crystal Tank, M.D., has joined the practice, expanding their internal medicine group.

Newswise: Storing energy in red bricks
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Storing energy in red bricks
Washington University in St. Louis

Imagine plugging in to your brick house. Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.Brick has been used in walls and buildings for thousands of years, but rarely has been found fit for any other use.

Newswise: Economists conclude opioid crisis responsible for millions of children living apart from parents
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Economists conclude opioid crisis responsible for millions of children living apart from parents
University of Notre Dame

Affiliates with Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities found that greater exposure to the opioid crisis increases the chance that a child’s mother or father is absent from the household and increases the likelihood that he or she lives in a household headed by a grandparent.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Misogyny expert: Male entitlement hurts women, girls
Cornell University

Boys and men unfairly benefit from a system of gendered norms and expectations that are enforced by misogyny, according to misogyny expert Kate Manne.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Recently, several physicians hosted a press conference in which one physician claimed that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin and the mineral zinc could cure COVID-19. The video footage of that press conference went viral on social media, and soon many social media platforms removed the videos for providing inaccurate, non-scientifically backed claims. But questions from the public may still remain.

Newswise: Will the COVID-19 pandemic give a permanent boost to telemedicine for epilepsy care?
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Will the COVID-19 pandemic give a permanent boost to telemedicine for epilepsy care?
International League Against Epilepsy

Telemedicine for epilepsy care is more popular than ever. It has many advantages—but can it sustain itself into the future?

Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Causes of Higher Risk of Stress Fractures in Female Runners
Thomas Jefferson University

A pair of new studies identify overlooked physiological factors and lack of knowledge around wellness as contributors to risk of stress fracture in women who run.

Newswise: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.

Newswise: Managing Children’s Back-to-School Anxiety
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Managing Children’s Back-to-School Anxiety
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers mental health expert discusses how to prepare children to return to school, signs of emotional distress and benefits of virtual learning


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