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Released: 19-Oct-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Patients Who Had More Severe Covid-19 May Be the Best Donors for Convalescent Plasma Therapy
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sex, age, and severity of disease may be useful in identifying COVID-19 survivors who are likely to have high levels of antibodies that can protect against the disease.

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Newswise: Scientists Find Medieval Plague Outbreaks Picked Up Speed Over 300 Years
Released: 19-Oct-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Scientists Find Medieval Plague Outbreaks Picked Up Speed Over 300 Years
McMaster University

McMaster University researchers who analyzed thousands of documents covering a 300-year span of plague outbreaks in London, England, have estimated that the disease spread four times faster in the 17th century than it had in the 14th century.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Experts haven’t changed their estimates for COVID-19 immunity duration, despite Trump's claim
Newswise

We rate this claim as mostly false. Infectious disease experts did not shift from saying immunity was lifelong to saying it lasted only a few months for partisan reasons. Experts haven’t changed their estimates for immunity duration, which remains unknown. Most agree that it is not a "life-time".

Newswise: UCI-led study reveals significant restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy
Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:45 PM EDT
UCI-led study reveals significant restoration of retinal and visual function following gene therapy
University of California, Irvine

A breakthrough study, led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal disease.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Material found in house paint may spur technology revolution
Sandia National Laboratories

The development of a new method to make non-volatile computer memory may have unlocked a problem that has been holding back machine learning and has the potential to revolutionize technologies like voice recognition, image processing and autonomous driving.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Mystery over decline in sea turtle sightings
University of Exeter

The number of sea turtles spotted along the coasts of the UK and Ireland has declined in recent years, researchers say.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Trump misleads on the Bidens involvement in the Burisma investigation at weekend rally
Newswise

This quote is referencing the claim alleging that Biden (then Vice President) pressed to have a prosecutor fired while the prosecutor was investigating Burisma. We rate this claim as False. Trump's statement is projecting misinformation by omiting facts, and omiting the series of events that followed the Ukranian money laundering investigation.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:20 PM EDT
68% of deaths from firearms are from self-harm, majority in older men in rural regions
Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

A new study of gun injuries and deaths in Ontario found that 68% of firearm-related deaths were from self-harm, and they most often occurred in older men living in rural regions, pointing to the need for targeted prevention efforts.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Tapping secrets of Aussie spider's unique silk
University of Melbourne

An international collaboration has provided the first insights into a new type of silk produced by the very unusual Australian basket-web spider, which uses it to build a lobster pot web that protects its eggs and trap prey.

Newswise: UAB establishes uterus transplant program
Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:05 PM EDT
UAB establishes uterus transplant program
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB’s uterus transplant program is the first in the Southeast and fourth in the United States.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Exercise and nutrition regimen benefits physical, cognitive health
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Researchers studied the effects of a 12-week exercise regimen on 148 active-duty Air Force airmen, half of whom also received a twice-daily nutrient beverage that included protein; the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA; lutein; phospholipids; vitamin D; B vitamins and other micronutrients; along with a muscle-promoting compound known as HMB. Both groups improved in physical and cognitive function, with added gains among those who regularly consumed the nutritional beverage, the team reports.

19-Oct-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Newborn brains lack maturity to process emotions as adults do
Ohio State University

Humans aren’t born with mature brain circuitry that attaches emotions to the things they see or hear in their environment, a new study shows.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:50 PM EDT
CBD helps reduce lung damage from COVID by increasing levels of protective peptide
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

One way CBD appears to reduce the "cytokine storm" that damages the lungs and kills many patients with COVID-19 is by enabling an increase in levels of a natural peptide called apelin, which is known to reduce inflammation and whose levels are dramatically reduced in the face of this storm.

Newswise: Barabino Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Barabino Elected to National Academy of Medicine
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Olin College President Gilda A. Barabino has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the academy announced on Monday, October 19 at its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Newswise: Pinning down the ampere with a supersensitive particle detector
Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Pinning down the ampere with a supersensitive particle detector
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

A precise calibration for measurements of electric current has long eluded scientists. Last year, the ampere was redefined based on the charge of a single electron. The next generation of charge-coupled devices, known as skipper CCDs, could provide the sensitivity needed to calibrate the new definition.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Fear of COVID-19 raises risk of depression among Soweto's deprived communities
Cambridge University Press

A STUDY into the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the mental health of people in Soweto has found a significant link between symptoms of depression and how likely people felt they were to be infected.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Coronavirus Test Results Are Faster but Still Too Slow For Contract Tracing, National Survey Says
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The average test times for coronavirus results have fallen from four days in April to 2.7 days in September, but results are still too slow for effective contact tracing, according to a new nationwide survey led by researchers from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Northeastern, Harvard and Northwestern universities.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Researchers investigate impact of COVID-19 on BAME businesses
Staffordshire University

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) businesses have had to incur considerable costs to protect their businesses through lockdown, according to academics at Staffordshire University.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Criteria to predict cytokine storm in COVID-19 patients identified by Temple Researchers
Temple University Health System

Like a cold front that moves in, setting the stage for severe weather, coronavirus infection triggers showers of infection-fighting immune molecules - showers that sometimes escalate into a chaotic immune response known as a cytokine storm.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:05 PM EDT
For toddlers with autism, more intervention hours are not necessarily better
UC Davis Health

Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities, a study led by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found.

Newswise: Cancer Metabolism Researcher Ralph Deberardinis Elected to The National Academy of Medicine
Released: 19-Oct-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Cancer Metabolism Researcher Ralph Deberardinis Elected to The National Academy of Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Oct. 19, 2020 – Ralph DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI), has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:55 PM EDT
COVID-19 pandemic has dramatic impact on osteoporosis management, finds new global study
International Osteoporosis Foundation

A new study published prior to World Osteoporosis Day finds that the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected management of non-communicable diseases, is markedly impacting the management of osteoporosis as judged by access to online FRAX fracture risk assessments.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:45 PM EDT
NUS study finds that severe air pollution leads to higher food delivery consumption and plastic waste
National University of Singapore

When the air outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch, which in turn increases plastic waste from food packaging, according to a study by researchers from the National University of Singapore.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Dr. Halamka elected to National Academy of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

John Halamka, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Platform, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). This election, one of the highest honors in medicine, recognizes exemplary professional achievement and service commitment. Dr. Halamka is one of 100 people elected to the academy this year.

Newswise: Two Pitt Faculty Members Inducted into National Academy of Medicine for Work on Aging and Neuro-Rehab
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Two Pitt Faculty Members Inducted into National Academy of Medicine for Work on Aging and Neuro-Rehab
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Two physician scientists at the University of Pittsburgh have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine: Dr. Toren Finkel, director of the Pitt Aging Institute, and Dr. Amy Wagner, professor of physical medicine and neuroscience at Pitt.

Newswise: University Hospitals Becomes First Hospital in U.S. to Use New Blood Retrieval Device
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
University Hospitals Becomes First Hospital in U.S. to Use New Blood Retrieval Device
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

This month, University Hospitals (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute became the first hospital in the U.S. to use the new blood retrieval device ProCell®.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Additively manufactured components by ORNL headed for TVA nuclear reactor
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL has 3D printed a channel bracket to go into reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant this spring, to demonstrate the viability of pre-qualified additively manufactured reactor components.

Newswise: Four From Johns Hopkins Medicine Elected to The National Academy of Medicine
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Four From Johns Hopkins Medicine Elected to The National Academy of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Four members of Johns Hopkins Medicine have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The announcement of 100 new members was made today in conjunction with the academy’s annual meeting, held virtually this year.

Newswise: UTEP and Community Partners Awarded $1.5M NSF Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Citizens through Technology
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:25 PM EDT
UTEP and Community Partners Awarded $1.5M NSF Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Citizens through Technology
University of Texas at El Paso

A team of interdisciplinary researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso in collaboration with the City of El Paso and El Paso Community College recently was awarded nearly $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop and sustain the social connectedness of seniors to improve their quality of life through technology, community engagement and social sciences.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Creating Critical News Consumers
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

​​In times of political and societal turmoil, misinformation abounds. From deepfakes to viral conspiracy theories, how do we trust the media we consume is truthful? Education may be the best defense in creating critical information consumers in today's “fake news" world.

Newswise: A first-of-its-kind catalyst mimics natural processes to break down plastic and produce valuable new products
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:10 PM EDT
A first-of-its-kind catalyst mimics natural processes to break down plastic and produce valuable new products
Ames Laboratory

A team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a first-of-its-kind catalyst that is able to process polyolefin plastics, types of polymers widely used in things like plastic grocery bags, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, toys, and food containers.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Launches ‘Support Our Schools’ to Meet COVID-19 Challenges
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Launches ‘Support Our Schools’ to Meet COVID-19 Challenges
Hackensack Meridian Health

The new COVID SOS (Support Our Schools) initiative aims to provide expertise about opening, and opening safely, to select school districts in underserved communities who had previously partnered with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s innovative Human Dimension program.

Newswise: UCLA physician-scientist elected to National Academy of Medicine
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
UCLA physician-scientist elected to National Academy of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Dr. Antoni Ribas, a world-renowned physician–scientist and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has been named to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Media’s Reporting on Gun Violence Does Not Reflect Reality, Study Finds
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

When looking at media reports in three cities, half of victims were covered in the news, but a disproportionate amount of attention was given to less common circumstances and victims

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Magnetic Field and Hydrogels Could Be Used to Grow New Cartilage
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Instead of using synthetic materials, Penn Medicine study shows magnets could be used to arrange cells to grow new tissues

Released: 19-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Mount Sinai Doctors Elected to National Academy of Medicine for Contributions to Emergency Medicine and Translational Genetics
Mount Sinai Health System

Brendan G. Carr, MD, MA, MS, and Judy H. Cho, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Released: 19-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
AACN-funded Research Influences Nursing Practice
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses invites clinicians and nurse scientists to submit research projects by Oct. 30, 2020, for the next application cycle, with total available funding of $160,000. The most recent recipients and their projects exemplify AACN's commitment to nurse-driven research and evidence-based practice.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 11:10 AM EDT
New lab test clarifies the potential protective effects of COVID-19 antibodies
Ohio State University

Scientists have developed a new lab testing procedure for the detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 that gives results more quickly than existing assays and specifically identifies so-called “neutralizing” antibodies.

19-Oct-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Rutgers Finds New Way to Personalize Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers researchers have discovered human gene markers that work together to cause metastatic prostate cancer – cancer that spreads beyond the prostate.

Newswise: New model of human brain 'conversations' could inform research on brain disease, cognition
14-Oct-2020 5:10 PM EDT
New model of human brain 'conversations' could inform research on brain disease, cognition
Indiana University

A team of Indiana University neuroscientists has built a new model of human brain networks that sheds light on how the brain functions.

Newswise: Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses
Released: 19-Oct-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Mouthwashes, oral rinses may inactivate human coronaviruses
Penn State College of Medicine

Certain oral antiseptics and mouthwashes may have the ability to inactivate human coronaviruses, according to a Penn State College of Medicine research study.

Released: 19-Oct-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Public health experts at DSHS and UTHealth collaborate on nation’s largest COVID-19 serological testing assessment
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

To help public health professionals and scientists better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Texas and the immune response it causes in individuals, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to launch the Texas Coronavirus Antibody Response Survey (Texas CARES). Texas CARES will determine the proportion of people throughout Texas who have COVID-19 antibodies, indicating a past infection and presumably some degree of immune protection.

Newswise: Preclinical testing of inhaled monoclonal antibody for COVID-19 shows therapeutic efficacy
Released: 19-Oct-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Preclinical testing of inhaled monoclonal antibody for COVID-19 shows therapeutic efficacy
University of Alabama at Birmingham

An inhaled monoclonal antibody treatment against the SARS-CoV-2 virus may lead to self-administered therapy for COVID-19, according to preclinical tests. It was discovered at UAB and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and it has been licensed for development to Aridis Pharmaceuticals.


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