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DNA-barcoded microbial spores can trace origin of objects, agricultural products
Harvard Medical School

Harvard scientists have developed DNA-barcoded microbial spores that can be safely introduced onto objects and surfaces at a point of origin, such as a field or manufacturing plant, and be identified months later, to help trace problems like the source of foodborne illness.

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Newswise: Assessing Data Integrity in Times of COVID
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Assessing Data Integrity in Times of COVID
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute expert discusses guarding data integrity for the first remdesivir double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial addressing treatment for COVID-19.

Newswise: MD Anderson and Rakuten Medical announce strategic alliance to advance Illuminox platform for cancer treatments
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:40 AM EDT
MD Anderson and Rakuten Medical announce strategic alliance to advance Illuminox platform for cancer treatments
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Rakuten Medical, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance collaboration agreement to advance the development of new cancer therapies based on Rakuten Medical’s proprietary IlluminoxTM technology platform.

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Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:35 AM EDT
Split Ends: New studies show how DNA crossovers can drive healthy, abnormal sperm, egg cell division
Harvard Medical School

Human genetic diversity wouldn't be possible without DNA crossovers in egg and sperm cells. Two Harvard Medical School studies provide new insights into how crossovers go right--and wrong, leading to infertility, miscarriages and birth defects.

Newswise: A recipe for eco-concrete
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:35 AM EDT
A recipe for eco-concrete
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Cement production has to drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Empa researchers are, therefore working on alternative cement recipes that cause significantly fewer emissions or can even bind the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:30 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: What to expect when seeking medical care now
Penn State Health

As outpatient centers, clinics and practices gradually resume seeing patients, they look a bit different in response to COVID-19. In addition to keeping patients and staff safe, these changes are also helping make health care more convenient and accessible.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:20 AM EDT
Nurse Practitioner Leaders Will Discuss COVID-19 and Current Trends in Clinical Practice at the NCNP Virtual Summit 2020
Wolters Kluwer Health

The National Conference for Nurse Practitioners (NCNP) Virtual Summit 2020 will be held online June 19 and 20, featuring educational sessions relevant to advanced clinical practice and offering nurse practitioners the necessary tools to improve the overall quality of patient care.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Coronavirus Linked to Stroke in Otherwise Healthy Young People
Thomas Jefferson University

Preliminary observations suggest a high incidence of COVID-19 in stroke patients, including younger patients who were otherwise healthy.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
AED Announces 2020 ICED Awards and Honorees
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is proud to announce its 2020 International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) awardees.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Education Won’t Be Normal After COVID: Newswise Live Event for June 4, 2PM EDT
Newswise

Will schools reopen in the fall? If schools remain closed, what will be the impact on students’ education, long-term? How has the pandemic already impacted students, from elementary through higher ed; how are schools at all levels adapting to teaching virtually, and how to safely return to teaching in person - June 4, 2020 from 2-3 PM EDT

Released: 4-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Rakuten Medical and MD Anderson Announce Strategic Alliance to Advance Illuminox Platform for Cancer Treatments
Rakuten Medical, Inc.

Rakuten Medical, Inc. (Rakuten Medical) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) today announced a strategic alliance collaboration agreement to advance the development of new cancer therapies based on Rakuten Medical's proprietary Illuminox™ technology platform.

3-Jun-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Scientists Discover that Nicotine Promotes Spread of Lung Cancer to the Brain
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Among people who have the most common type of lung cancer, up to 40% develop metastatic brain tumors, with an average survival time of less than six months.

2-Jun-2020 2:40 PM EDT
New Zealanders' attitudes changed after pandemic lockdown
American Psychological Association (APA)

In the first few weeks of the lockdown of New Zealand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents reported a slight increase in mental distress but higher levels of confidence in the government, science and the police, as well as greater.

Newswise: Continued nicotine use promotes brain tumors in lung cancer patients, Wake Forest study suggests
1-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Continued nicotine use promotes brain tumors in lung cancer patients, Wake Forest study suggests
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have discovered that nicotine promotes the spread of lung cancer cells into the brain, where they can form deadly metastatic tumors. The study, which will be published June 4 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), suggests that nicotine replacement therapies may not be suitable strategies for lung cancer patients attempting to quit smoking. In addition, the researchers show that the naturally occurring drug parthenolide blocks nicotine-induced brain metastasis in mice, suggesting a potential therapeutic option in humans.

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Newswise: Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Florida Atlantic University

Chronic stress is associated with the pathogenesis of psychological disorders such as depression. A study is the first to identify the role of a neuronal receptor that straddles the intersection between social stress, inflammation, and anxiety in rodent models of stress. Findings suggest the possibility of developing better medications to treat the consequences of chronic stress by limiting inflammatory signaling not just generally, which may not be beneficial in the long run, but to specific brain circuits.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Working from Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Working from home during the pandemic became an unexpected reality for millions of Americans, and while many want their careers permanently based where they live, hurdles to that goal remain, reports the first comprehensive study of the social and cultural impact of the coronavirus conducted by the USC Center for the Digital Future and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
The Academy for Eating Disorders Applauds Kentucky's New Eating Disorder Council
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

AED commends the Kentucky Senate and House and Governor Andy Beshear for passing a Bill that established the Kentucky Eating Disorders Council with the goal of raising awareness, providing education, and improving access to care for all Kentuckians with eating disorders.

Newswise: Alien frog invasion wreaks havoc on natural habitat
Released: 4-Jun-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Alien frog invasion wreaks havoc on natural habitat
University of South Australia

Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog – could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new study by the University of South Australia.

Newswise: Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:55 AM EDT
Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Stanford have joined forces to aim a gene-targeting, antiviral agent called PAC-MAN against COVID-19.

Newswise: New Visa Restrictions will Make the U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:50 AM EDT
New Visa Restrictions will Make the U.S. Economic Downturn Worse
University of California San Diego

The Trump administration is expected to set limits on a popular program that allows international students to work in the U.S. after graduation while remaining on their student visas. The restrictions are designed to help American graduates seeking jobs; however, the move is likely to further hurt the economy, according to new University of California San Diego research on immigrant rights.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:45 AM EDT
COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study
Atlantic Health System

The COVID Research Program is rapidly enrolling patients from New Jersey, which has one of the world’s highest concentrations of COVID-19 patients. Atlantic Health System offers a study sponsored by TScan Therapeutics, Inc., a leading T cell therapeutics company in Waltham, Massachusetts, focused on identifying the precise way the human immune system recognizes and responds to infections like COVID-19 or other diseases, like cancers. TScan has developed a novel technology that enables them to identify the natural targets of T cells.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:35 AM EDT
Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Statement from University Hospitals in Cleveland supporting Cleveland City Council resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:35 AM EDT
Nation’s Ophthalmologists Condemn Use of Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

This week, tear gas and rubber bullets blinded at least two Americans and caused serious eye injuries in many others. Life-altering eye injuries are a common result of urban warfare and rioting, worldwide. The American Academy of Ophthalmology condemns this growing problem.

Newswise: Rigs to Reefs
Released: 4-Jun-2020 5:30 AM EDT
Rigs to Reefs
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Oil platforms along the coast of California are being taken offline. Research conducted by CSU faculty and students brings to light the value of these artificial reefs.

Newswise: Study Shows Vision and Balance Issues are Common in Elementary School-age Children with a Concussion
2-Jun-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Study Shows Vision and Balance Issues are Common in Elementary School-age Children with a Concussion
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In a new study, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have performed the most comprehensive characterization of elementary school-age concussions to date, revealing an opportunity to improve outcomes for this age group through more consistent visio-vestibular assessments at the initial health care visit.

Newswise: App Determines COVID-19 Disease Severity Using Artificial Intelligence, Biomarkers
3-Jun-2020 4:10 AM EDT
App Determines COVID-19 Disease Severity Using Artificial Intelligence, Biomarkers
New York University

A new mobile app can help clinicians determine which patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are likely to have severe cases. Created by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, the app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess risk factors and key biomarkers from blood tests, producing a COVID-19 “severity score.”

Newswise: VENUS construction on track for ORNL’s newest neutron imaging instrument
Released: 3-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
VENUS construction on track for ORNL’s newest neutron imaging instrument
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers and engineers at the Spallation Neutron Source are making progress on the construction of VENUS, the facility’s newest neutron scattering instrument for studying materials in exciting new ways that are currently not possible for open research programs in the US.

Newswise: IUPUI, Grand Park release results of study on return to youth sports amid COVID-19 pandemic
Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
IUPUI, Grand Park release results of study on return to youth sports amid COVID-19 pandemic
Indiana University

The results of a new scientific survey of more than 10,000 people across 45 states provides insight into Americans' perceptions and expectations around a return to youth sports amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are the Threads that Strengthen the Fabric of the Medical Library Association
Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association (MLA) reaffirms its commitment to social justice and to working to end racial inequity and systemic racism.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:45 PM EDT
UCI to host historic virtual graduation ceremonies on June 13
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2020 – More than 7,400 students and their families will participate in the University of California, Irvine’s first remote commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 13. UCI will grant degrees to 9,907 undergraduates this academic year. And in a testament to the school’s dedication to access and affordability, 47 percent of those bachelor’s degrees will go to first-generation college students.

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Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Robots armed with UV light fight grape mildew
Cornell University

Robots fitted with ultraviolet light lamps that roam vineyards at night are proving effective at killing powdery mildew, a devastating pathogen for many crops, including grapes.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Study: COVID-19 lockdowns worsen childhood obesity
University at Buffalo

Lockdowns implemented across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively impacted diet, sleep and physical activity among children with obesity, according to University at Buffalo research.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Scanning the Brain to Predict Behavior, a Daunting ‘Task’ for MRI
Association for Psychological Science

To study the brain “in action,” researchers use a specialized form of brain imaging known as task-based functional MRI (task-fMRI), which shows how the brain responds to stimuli. While this technique can reveal much about the general workings of the average human brain, new research indicates that task-fMRI lacks the reliability to predict individual behavior or how a person might respond to mental-health therapies.

3-Jun-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Does Using Marijuana Affect a Person’s Risk of Stroke?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

The jury’s still out on whether the use of marijuana may increase the risk of stroke. While several larger studies have found an increased risk, other studies have found no such increased risk. Adding to the debate is a new study that looked at recent marijuana use and risk of ischemic stroke published in the June 3, 2020, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice.


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