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Released: 15-Jan-2021 9:45 AM EST
CHOP Researchers Find NTRK Fusions More Common than Expected in Pediatric Tumors
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In a large study of pediatric cancer patients, researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have analyzed the frequency, fusion partners, and clinical outcome of neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) fusions, which are clinical biomarkers that identify patients suitable for treatment with FDA-approved TRK inhibitors. The researchers found that NTRK fusions are more common in pediatric tumors and also involve a wider range of tumors than adult cancers, information that could help prioritize screening for NTRK fusions in pediatric cancer patients who might benefit from treatment with TRK inhibitors.

14-Jan-2021 5:00 PM EST
AACI Partners With Federal Vaccine Panel to Promote Cancer Patient Health
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

AACI was invited last summer to join the Vaccine Consultation Panel (VCP) alongside other leading health and science organizations in the U.S. Through the VCP, AACI has received periodic updates on the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and participated in efforts to educate the cancer center community and the general public on the importance of widespread vaccine uptake.

Newswise: Chula Turns Old Smartphones into 2,500 Microscopes for Schools
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
Chula Turns Old Smartphones into 2,500 Microscopes for Schools
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, will retrofit 500 old smartphones donated by Thai Samsung Electrics, Co., Ltd. with CU Smart Lens invented by Professor Sanong Akasit, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and turn them into microscopes. The microscopes will be donated to 500 marginal schools throughout the country as part of the “2,500 Microscopes from Old Cell Phones for Marginal Schools“ project, which supports equal opportunity in science education for all.

Newswise: Researchers Help Pioneer New Era in Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
Researchers Help Pioneer New Era in Prostate Cancer Active Surveillance
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are looking at ways to combine imaging and biomarkers to predict prostate cancer progression more accurately.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
The First Dose of the Pfizer Vaccine Gives About 50% COVID Protection, Not 91% Claimed by Those Who Want to Speed Up Immunization
Newswise

The NEJM paper actually states that the efficacy between the first and second doses was found to be 52 percent when given 21 days apart. After the second dose, the efficacy raises to 95 percent.

Newswise: Chula Launches Social Innovation Hub
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:50 AM EST
Chula Launches Social Innovation Hub
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University launched its new Center for Social Innovation of Chulalongkorn University (CU Social Innovation Hub or CU SiHub), bringing together professors and researchers to prepare for and support the country’s sustainable development.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:20 AM EST
Houston Methodist study finds males of all ages more affected by COVID-19 than females
Houston Methodist

A new Houston Methodist study found males are more likely to test positive for COVID-19, have complications and die from the virus than females, independent of age. The peer-reviewed observational study appears in PLOS ONE, a multidisciplinary journal published by the Public Library of Science.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:20 AM EST
NIH Revises Treatment Guidelines for Ivermectin for the Treatment of COVID-19
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC Alliance)

NIH Revises Treatment Guidelines for Ivermectin for the Treatment of COVID-19 Ivermectin is Now a Therapeutic Option for Doctors & Prescribers

Newswise: Glaucoma Research Foundation to Honor Leaders in Glaucoma Innovation at their 2021 Virtual Gala
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:10 AM EST
Glaucoma Research Foundation to Honor Leaders in Glaucoma Innovation at their 2021 Virtual Gala
Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Catalyst Award will be presented to Ramin Valian of Allergan, an AbbVie Company, in recognition of Allergan's ongoing leadership and commitment to the development of innovative treatments to advance glaucoma care.

14-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
An Unexpected, and Novel, Target for Prostate Cancer – Our Biological Clock
Thomas Jefferson University

Researchers find that CRY-1, a regulator of circadian rhythms, promotes tumor progression by altering DNA repair.

Newswise: Studying and Treating COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact
Released: 14-Jan-2021 6:05 PM EST
Studying and Treating COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact
Rush University Medical Center

The CDC is funding a Rush-led effort in which 8 academic medical centers will track the clinical, physical and mental functioning -- including neuro-cognition and fatigue – of nearly 5000 COVID patients for two years to better assess the long-term outcomes of the disease.

Newswise: Mercy Medical Center’s HIPEC Program Exceeds Standards, Positions Mercy as National Leader in Field
Released: 14-Jan-2021 5:20 PM EST
Mercy Medical Center’s HIPEC Program Exceeds Standards, Positions Mercy as National Leader in Field
Mercy Medical Center

Drs. Armando Sardi, Vadim Gushchin, and Kurtis Campbell, Surgical Oncology Department at Mercy Medical Center, are regarded for their training and skills in utilizing HIPEC to treat advanced stages of abdominal cancer (peritoneal surface malignancies). New findings by a prestigious organization of clinicians adds to this reputation, placing Mercy’s program among the nation’s best.

Newswise: Potential COVID-19 Drug Is Successful in Lab Study
Released: 14-Jan-2021 5:20 PM EST
Potential COVID-19 Drug Is Successful in Lab Study
Rush University Medical Center

A new potential therapy for COVID-19 developed by researchers at Rush University Medical Center has shown success in preventing the disease’s symptoms in mice.

Newswise: Accounting for the gaps in ancient food webs
12-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Accounting for the gaps in ancient food webs
Santa Fe Institute

Studying ancient food webs can help scientists reconstruct communities of species, many long extinct, and even use those insights to figure out how modern-day communities might change in the future. There’s just one problem: only some species left enough of a trace for scientists to find eons later, leaving large gaps in the fossil record — and researchers’ ability to piece together the food webs from the past. A new paper shines a light on those gaps and points the way to how to account for them.

Newswise: Acute itching in eczema patients linked to environmental allergens
Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:50 PM EST
Acute itching in eczema patients linked to environmental allergens
Washington University in St. Louis

New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that allergens in the environment often are to blame for episodes of acute itch in eczema patients, and that the itching often doesn’t respond to antihistamines because the itch signals are being carried to the brain along a previously unrecognized pathway that current drugs don’t target.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:50 PM EST
UNH Researchers Discover New Inhibitor Drug Combination for Rare Form of Cancer
University of New Hampshire

Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare form of lymphoma, does not have any known cure and only one FDA-approved treatment making it challenging to treat patients. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire took the novel approach of targeting specific cell proteins that control DNA information using inhibitors, or drugs, that were effective in reducing the growth of the cancer cells and when combined with a third drug were even more successful in killing the WM cancer cells which could lead to more treatment options.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:45 PM EST
Toadlet Peptide Transforms Into a Deadly Weapon Against Bacteria
American Technion Society

An international team of researchers has discovered remarkable molecular properties of an antimicrobial peptide from the skin of the Australian toadlet. The discovery could inspire the development of novel synthetic drugs to combat bacterial infections.

Newswise: Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance
Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:45 PM EST
Astronomers document the rise and fall of a rarely observed stellar dance
University of Washington

Astronomers have catalogued 126 years of changes to HS Hydrae, a rare evolving eclipsing binary. The two stars in HS Hydrae began to eclipse each other starting around a century ago, peaking in the 1960s. The degree of eclipsing then plummeted over the course of just a half century, and will cease around Feb. 2021.

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Released: 14-Jan-2021 4:30 PM EST
Researchers Rewind the Clock to Calculate Age and Site of Supernova Blast
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Hubble astronomers have retraced the expanding gaseous debris from a nearby exploded star to estimate the location and time of the stellar detonation. Their analysis reveals that the light from the supernova blast reached Earth about 1,700 years ago.

Newswise: University of Chicago undergrads discover bright lensed galaxy in the early universe, despite pandemic barriers
Released: 14-Jan-2021 3:35 PM EST
University of Chicago undergrads discover bright lensed galaxy in the early universe, despite pandemic barriers
University of Chicago

A class of undergraduate astrophysics students at the University of Chicago helped discover a galaxy that dates back to a time when the universe was only 1.2 billion years old, about one-tenth of its current age.

Newswise: S&T Joins Coalition Seeking to ‘Flush’ out COVID-19 in Wastewater
Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:40 PM EST
S&T Joins Coalition Seeking to ‘Flush’ out COVID-19 in Wastewater
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T is working with NIST and the University of Louisville to develop guidelines to standardize Wastewater-Based Epidemiology testing methods nationwide.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:30 PM EST
How do people solve global problems?
University of Georgia

What do the 3,000-year-old actions of an Egyptian pharaoh say about how we should tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century?

Newswise: A dozen not-to-be-missed 2020 stories from PPPL
Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:25 PM EST
A dozen not-to-be-missed 2020 stories from PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Article displays 12 research and development highlights published by PPPL in 2020.

Newswise: NASA product tracks global growing seasons
Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:25 PM EST
NASA product tracks global growing seasons
South Dakota State University

Scientists can track the growing season globally for free through the NASA land surface phenology project.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:20 PM EST
Exposure to violence takes a toll on the socioemotional well-being of Californians
UC Davis Health

A survey of Californians finds that exposure to violence has pervasive social and emotional impacts on people, especially when firearms are involved.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:15 PM EST
Girls Who Are Emotionally Neglected or Severely Sexually Abused When Young Report Riskier Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence
Mount Sinai Health System

Girls who are emotionally neglected or severely sexually abused early in their lives report riskier sexual behaviors during adolescence, Mount Sinai researchers report. The findings highlight the need—and suggest the potential for tailored approaches—to promote healthy sexual development in vulnerable populations.

12-Jan-2021 8:45 AM EST
Foraging humans, mammals and birds who live in the same place behave similarly
University of Bristol

Foraging humans find food, reproduce, share parenting, and even organise their social groups in similar ways as surrounding mammal and bird species, depending on where they live in the world, new research has found.

Newswise: Loyola Medicine Offers Men's Health Tips for the New Year
Released: 14-Jan-2021 1:55 PM EST
Loyola Medicine Offers Men's Health Tips for the New Year
Loyola Medicine

A new year brings a new opportunity to focus on health, and Loyola Medicine Men's Health Center Director Kevin McVary, MD is offering tips for a healthier 2021.

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Newswise: Borrowing from birds, experts reduce search times for novel high-entropy alloys to seconds
Released: 14-Jan-2021 1:10 PM EST
Borrowing from birds, experts reduce search times for novel high-entropy alloys to seconds
Ames Laboratory

Computational materials science experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory enhanced an algorithm that borrows its approach from the nesting habits of cuckoo birds, reducing the search time for new high-tech alloys from weeks to mere seconds.

Newswise: January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation
14-Jan-2021 7:00 AM EST
January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

January Snapshots: CO2 removal, water-splitting, battery mystery, thirdhand smoke remediation

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Capitol Riot Aftermath: Newswise Live Event for January 19th, 2PM ET
Newswise

The January 6 rally that turned into riot, and the fallout and aftermath of these unprecedented events, from impeachment to the inauguration. Experts from University of Washington and others will discuss these topics and take questions from media.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:40 PM EST
Perceptions of police using PPE during the pandemic
Simon Fraser University

A Simon Fraser University study on public perceptions of police officers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current pandemic finds that most PPE renders positive perceptions of police, while some equipment, including full-face respirator masks, may be viewed more negatively.

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Rare quadruple-helix DNA found in living human cells with glowing probes
Imperial College London

New probes allow scientists to see four-stranded DNA interacting with molecules inside living human cells, unravelling its role in cellular processes.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:25 PM EST
MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson's disease
University of British Columbia

A new study from UBC researchers suggests a strong correlation between following the MIND and Mediterranean diets and later onset of Parkinson's disease (PD). While researchers have long known of neuroprotective effects of the MIND diet for diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia, this study is the first to suggest a link between this diet and brain health for Parkinson's disease (PD).

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Scientists discover new 'spectacular' bat from West Africa
American Museum of Natural History

A group of scientists led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International have discovered a new species of a striking orange and black bat in a mountain range in West Africa.

Newswise: Reverse engineering 3D chromosome models for individual cells
Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:10 PM EST
Reverse engineering 3D chromosome models for individual cells
University of Illinois at Chicago

A new computational technique that uses heat map data to reverse engineer highly detailed models of chromosomes. Through this work, researchers have uncovered new information about the close spatial relationships that chromatin folding creates between genes that can be highly distant from one another along DNA strands.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
Population density and virus strains will affect how regions can resume normal life
University of Wisconsin-Madison

As a new, apparently more transmissible version of the virus that causes COVID-19 has appeared in several countries, new research finds that the transmissibility of viral strains and the population density of a region will play big roles in how vaccination campaigns can help towns and cities return to more normal activities. The findings suggest that directing vaccines toward densely populated counties would help to interrupt transmission of the disease.

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Scientists are a step closer to developing 'smart' stem cells - made from human fat
University of New South Wales

A new type of stem cell - that is, a cell with regenerative abilities - could be closer on the horizon, a new study led by UNSW Sydney shows.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
Fast food restaurant proximity likely doesn't affect children's weight
Oxford University Press

A new paper in Q Open finds that the availability of fast food restaurants on the route between children's houses and their schools does not affect children's weight.

Newswise: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Announces Sponsorship by United Therapeutics
Released: 14-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Announces Sponsorship by United Therapeutics
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) has announced United Therapeutics' sponsorship of the PFF Registry, a research resource that tracks clinical data, blood samples and patient-reported outcomes from individuals living with pulmonary fibrosis nationwide.


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