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Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:20 PM EDT
In HEPA we trust: making the indoors safer during COVID
Syracuse University

As schools prepare to reopen and more people are heading back to their offices and shared work spaces, Syracuse University Professor Jianshun "Jensen" Zhang offers a three-step plan to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and help prevent the spread of COVID indoors.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 news from Annals of Internal Medicine
American College of Physicians (ACP)

Below please find a summary and link(s) of new coronavirus-related content published today in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Report provides new framework for understanding climate risks, impacts to US agriculture
Colorado State University

Agricultural production is highly sensitive to weather and climate, which affect when farmers and land managers plant seeds or harvest crops. These conditions also factor into decision-making, when people decide to make capital investments or plant trees in an agroforestry system.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Social distancing varies by income in US
University of California, Davis

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

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28-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Influx of Electric Vehicles Accelerates Need for Grid Planning
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new PNNL report says the western U.S. bulk power system can reliably support projected growth of up to 24 million electric vehicles through 2028, but challenges will arise as EV adoption grows beyond that threshold. This study is the most comprehensive of its kind, integrating multiple variables not evaluated before, such as growth in commercial delivery fleets and long-haul trucks, as well as large-scale and long-term EV charging scenarios and strategies.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Britta Will, Ph.D., Wins Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Cancer Research
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Britta Will, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of cell biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has won a 2020 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. Dr. Will is one of seven New York City area-based scientists to receive the prestigious award, which provides $600,000 over three years for innovative basic science cancer research.

Newswise: Experts available to comment on 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Released: 29-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Experts available to comment on 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Indiana University

Indiana University experts are available to comment on the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season in light of Hurricane Hanna's recent landfall in Texas, the first Atlantic hurricane to make a July landfall in that state since Hurricane Dolly in 2008.

28-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Should You Really Be Behind the Wheel After Concussion?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Even after all of their symptoms are gone, people who have had a concussion take longer to regain complex reaction times, the kind you need in most real-life driving situations on the road, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Virtual Conference from July 31 to August 1, 2020.

24-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Are Your Gums Saying Something About Your Dementia Risk?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Gum disease, especially the kind that is irreversible and causes tooth loss, may be associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia 20 years later, according to a study published in the July 29, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Newswise: Nondestructive positron beams probe damage, support safety advances in radiation environments
Released: 29-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Nondestructive positron beams probe damage, support safety advances in radiation environments
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A multi-institution team has used positron beams to probe the nature of radiation effects, providing new insight into how damage is produced in iron films.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Stacey Crane of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth receives grant to improve symptom reporting for kids with cancer
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, will use a new grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to pilot test a web-based interface designed to make it easier for kids with cancer and their parents to report symptoms in real time with the ultimate goal of improving kids’ outcomes. Crane is an assistant professor in the Department of Research at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 29-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
S&T Releases Solicitation to Address Emerging Covid-19 Response Needs and Mitigation
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS S&T is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address current and future operational needs.

Newswise: “America’s Medical School” Dean Arthur L. Kellermann Announces Departure
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
“America’s Medical School” Dean Arthur L. Kellermann Announces Departure
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, the dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine -- “America’s Medical School” -- at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has announced he will leave for a new position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Massiah Foundation challenge gift to fund UCI chair in Zoroastrian studies
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 29, 2020 – The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000.

Newswise: First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:30 PM EDT
First results of an upgraded experiment highlight the value of lithium for the creation of fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Initial results of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment-Beta (LTX-β) at PPPL show that the enhancements significantly improve performance of the plasma that will fuel future fusion reactors.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Utah’s young population contributes to relatively low COVID-19 death rate
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute shows Utah’s relatively young population is contributing to a lower COVID-19 death rate than the nation as a whole.

Newswise: New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
New fabrication method brings single-crystal perovskite devices closer to viability
University of California San Diego

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego developed a new method to fabricate perovskites as single-crystal thin films, which are more efficient for use in solar cells and optical devices than the current state-of-the-art polycrystalline forms of the material.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19 has historical ties in United States
Iowa State University

Anti-Asian hate crimes during health crises are unfortunately not new, according to a new academic paper examining the history of this phenomenon. The research team, including an Iowa State University criminal justice researcher, looked at how anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic have furthered the historical “othering” of Asian Americans and reproduced inequalities.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:00 PM EDT
FSU biologist uses genome database to investigate cancer cells
Florida State University

Florida State University Professor of Biological Science David Gilbert is using the latest information about the human genome as a guide to better understand cancer. Gilbert and his FSU colleagues were part of a team that compared different cancer cell types to a database of normal human cells using a new method he developed that can identify the cell type from which cancers derive.

Newswise: Archaeological site in peril: accelerated bone deterioration over the last 70 years at famous Mesolithic peat bog site Ageröd
23-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Archaeological site in peril: accelerated bone deterioration over the last 70 years at famous Mesolithic peat bog site Ageröd
PLOS

Alarming results from a 2019 survey of well-known archaeological site Ageröd reveal drastic bone and organic matter deterioration since the site’s initial excavations in the 1940s, suggesting action is needed to preserve findings from Ageröd and similar sites, according to a study published July 29, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Adam Boethius from Lund University, Sweden, and colleagues.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Sunscreen Tips for Parents
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

With so many sunscreens out there, how do you know which one is effective—and safe—for your child? Dr. Minnelly Lu, pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, shares the latest advice.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 and sports activity: How the heart could be affected and what athletes should do
LifeBridge Health

From inflammation to heart failure, the effects the new coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on your heart are alarming, particularly as it relates to vigorous-intensity exercise, training and sporting activities.

Newswise: Researchers Outline Need for Further Evaluation of Gene Expression Profiling in Melanoma Patients
Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Researchers Outline Need for Further Evaluation of Gene Expression Profiling in Melanoma Patients
Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

A consensus statement published today in JAMA Dermatology by a group of melanoma researchers evaluates the use of prognostic genetic expression profiling within clinical treatment of patients with melanoma. The group cautioned against routine use of currently-available genetic expression profiling tests for patients with cutaneous melanoma.

Newswise: Dr. Miller Receives Advocacy Award
Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Dr. Miller Receives Advocacy Award
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

The Advocacy Award recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to increase public awareness and/or advocate to government entities or insurance companies regarding the role of EDX medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders.

Newswise: Argonne and Sentient Science develop game-changing computer modeling program to improve discovery and design of new materials
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Argonne and Sentient Science develop game-changing computer modeling program to improve discovery and design of new materials
Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers collaborated to create a software program to accelerate discovery and design of new materials for applications allowing for a far more comprehensive understanding of materials from atomistic to mesoscopic scale than ever before.

Newswise: UIC Library announces the Richard M. Daley Oral History Project
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
UIC Library announces the Richard M. Daley Oral History Project
University of Illinois at Chicago

Consists of 45 interviews including discussions with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Newswise: Hybrid inverter integrates distributed energy resources, supports smart grid function
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Hybrid inverter integrates distributed energy resources, supports smart grid function
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed an intelligent power electronic inverter platform that can connect locally sited energy resources such as solar panels, energy storage and electric vehicles and smoothly interact with the utility power grid.

Newswise: UC San Diego Scientists Part of Special Package of Studies Describing Human Genome
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
UC San Diego Scientists Part of Special Package of Studies Describing Human Genome
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are among the contributors to a package of 10 studies in the journal Nature, describing the latest results from the ongoing Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project, a worldwide effort led by the NIH to understand how the human genome functions.

Newswise: Medical Minute: What to look for in a student athlete sidelined by injury
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Medical Minute: What to look for in a student athlete sidelined by injury
Penn State Health

Parents and coaches are well-versed in recognizing headaches as a sign of concussion in student athletes. However, the symptoms of mood and emotional disturbance are more difficult to identify and harder for teens and those around them to understand.

Newswise: Dr. Donofrio Receives Distinguished Physician Award
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Dr. Donofrio Receives Distinguished Physician Award
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

This year the Distinguished Physician Award winner is awarded to Peter Donofrio, MD, for his distinguished service as a clinician, educator and overall support of AANEM. Dr. Donofrio has focused on peripheral neuropathy and motor neuron disorders throughout his career and brought this expertise to involvement with the AANEM.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
New insights into wound healing
Washington University in St. Louis

Research from a multidisciplinary team led by Washington University may provide new insights into wound healing, scarring and how cancer spreads.

Newswise: New weapon to help fight wheat scab
Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
New weapon to help fight wheat scab
South Dakota State University

A near-infrared seed sorter that can quickly identify and remove seeds damaged by Fusarium head blight will help wheat breeders improve scab resistance.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Sparking girls’ interest in computing through ‘social wearables’
University of California, Santa Cruz

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1.2 million grant to a team led by Katherine Isbister, professor of computational media at UC Santa Cruz, to develop a summer camp for middle school girls focused on computational technology in a social context involving live action role-playing games.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Ready to Join the Fight Against COVID-19
Brookhaven National Laboratory

UPTON, NY—On July 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory opened a new cryo-electron microscopy center, the Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure (LBMS), with an initial focus on COVID-19-related research. This state-of-the-art research center for life sciences imaging offers researchers access to advanced cryo-electron microscopes (cryo-EM)—funded by NY State—for studying complex proteins, as well as the architecture of cells and tissues.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Engineers find thinner tissues in replacement heart valves create problematic flutter
Iowa State University

Iowa State and University of Texas engineers have developed computational models of replacement heart valves to examine the performance of biological tissues built into the valves. They found thinner tissues create problematic flutter.

Newswise: UAH collaboration with HudsonAlpha
expands knowledge of how our cells work
28-Jul-2020 4:10 PM EDT
UAH collaboration with HudsonAlpha expands knowledge of how our cells work
University of Alabama Huntsville

In an effort to better understand how our cells work, scientists have studied the function of 208 proteins responsible for orchestrating the regulation genes in the human genome. A paper appearing in the journal "Nature" describes the collaborative effort.

Newswise: Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Appointed Director of Research
in Department of Family and Social Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore
Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., Appointed Director of Research in Department of Family and Social Medicine at Einstein and Montefiore
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Earle Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed director of the division of research in the department of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. In this role, Dr. Chambers will help determine the priorities and focus of the department’s research agenda and manage the resources available for the research faculty. He is currently an associate professor of family and social medicine and of epidemiology & population health, and a member of the leadership team for the New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translation Research at Einstein.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Robert Ainsworth awarded $2.5 million to improve particle beams for high-intensity experiments
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Fermilab scientist Robert Ainsworth has won a $2.5 million Department of Energy Early Career Research Award to study different ways of ensuring stability in high-intensity proton beams. By studying how certain types of beam instabilities emerge and evolve under different conditions, his team can help sharpen scientists' methods for correcting them or avoiding them to begin with.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Researchers Optimistic After Dose-Determining Trial of Compound Against Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A multi-institution phase 1b/2a clinical trial found good tolerability and encouraging efficacy data for a pan-BET bromodomain inhibitor in combination with enzalutamide.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Reviews find children not major source of COVID-19, but family stress is high
McMaster University

The review found among children who were infected, transmission was traced back to community and home settings or adults, rather than amongst children within daycares or schools even in jurisdictions where schools remained open or have since reopened.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
AIP Welcomes Nominations for 2020 Tate Medal for International Leadership
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The American Institute of Physics is accepting nominations for the 2020 John Torrence Tate Medal for International Leadership in Physics. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2020. The Tate medal was established in 1959 and is awarded every two years to non-U.S. citizens for their leadership, research contributions and service to the international physics community. The award consists of a certificate of recognition, a bronze medal and a $10,000 prize.

Newswise: Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Improved Function of Heart's Arteries
Released: 29-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Improved Function of Heart's Arteries
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a pilot study of people living with HIV or high levels of cholesterol, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers found that a six-week course of a cholesterol-lowering medication improved the function of the coronary arteries that provide oxygen to the heart.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ORNL-produced plutonium-238 to help power Perseverance on Mars
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mars 2020 will be the first NASA mission that uses ORNL-produced plutonium-238, the first U.S.-produced Pu-238 in three decades. ORNL's Pu-238 will help power Perseverance across the Red Planet's surface.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Negotiating with Your Kids
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The co-author of Negotiating at Home: Essential Steps for Reaching Agreement with Your Kid shares tips for managing tough conversations with children while at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Johns Hopkins APL Ranked No. 3 on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators List
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory secured the No. 3 spot on Fast Company’s 2020 Best Workplaces for Innovators list — marking the second consecutive year that APL appeared among businesses and organizations around the globe honored for demonstrating a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels.

28-Jul-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Perioperative Surgical Home Programs Can Improve Patient Outcomes, Decrease Hospital Stays, Review Finds
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

New research shows hospitals that use of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care may be more likely to achieve good clinical outcomes and lower costs of care for their surgical patients, than hospitals without a PSH program.

27-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
COVID-19 may cause deadly blood clots
Endocrine Society

COVID-19 may increase the risk of blot cots in women who are pregnant or taking estrogen with birth control or hormone replacement therapy, according to a new manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrinology.


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