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Released: 26-Oct-2020 3:00 PM EDT
California State University Enrollment Reaches All-Time High
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

The California State University (CSU) enrolled its largest-ever student body for the fall 2020 term, CSU officials announced today. The 23 campuses of the university collectively enrolled 485,549 students, surpassing the previous enrollment high of 484,297 in fall 2017 and more than 3,600 students greater than fall 2019 (481,929).

23-Oct-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Who Does the Electoral College Favor?
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Trump’s 2016 victory in the Electoral College without leading in the popular vote has led to wide speculation of a repeat in 2020. Columbia University researchers have been wondering the same thing. They examined how Electoral College outcomes are conditioned by how states voted in previous elections. Their simulations suggest that in 2020 the Electoral College bias is likely to again favor the Republicans, but to a lesser degree than in 2016.

Newswise: Summer road trip finds small streams have big impacts on Great Lakes
23-Oct-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Summer road trip finds small streams have big impacts on Great Lakes
University of Wisconsin-Madison

While decades of monitoring and regulatory efforts have paid little attention to Lake Michigan's tiny tributaries, new research shows that they play an outsized role in feeding algae blooms and impacting coastal waters.

Newswise: Delaying Urgent Care Can Pose a Greater Risk Than COVID-19
Released: 26-Oct-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Delaying Urgent Care Can Pose a Greater Risk Than COVID-19
Cedars-Sinai

More than half a year into the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, healthcare providers have adapted by offering virtual visits and observing strict safety measures in clinics. But even with those innovations, many patients still don't feel comfortable visiting an urgent care office for necessary in-person treatment.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Rush University System for Health Launches New Website
Rush University Medical Center

With Rush’s reputation bolstered by honors such as all three Rush system hospitals receiving high ratings for quality and patient experience from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, achieving Magnet designation, and being awarded high rankings by U.S. News & World Report — including Rush University Medical Center’s inclusion in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll — plus national media attention for Rush’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers increasingly are seeking out Rush University System for Health websites to find health information and health care services.

Newswise: Safety and prevention are priority for Penn State Health as COVID-19 pandemic continues
Released: 26-Oct-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Safety and prevention are priority for Penn State Health as COVID-19 pandemic continues
Penn State Health

The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is rising sharply statewide – and the trend is reflected in central Pennsylvania and in Penn State Health’s hospitals and outpatient clinics. As the increase is not unexpected, care teams across Penn State Health remain prepared to provide care for all patients who need it – whether for COVID or any other health issue.

Newswise: Breast cancer screening by age 40 or younger for Black women advise Beaumont researchers
Released: 26-Oct-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Breast cancer screening by age 40 or younger for Black women advise Beaumont researchers
Beaumont Health

The physicians focused on how Black women dealt with getting screened and unique issues relevant to them. They revealed their findings recently in the Journal of Breast Imaging in “Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations: African American Women Are at a Disadvantage.”

Newswise: Penn Nursing’s Maria Torchia LoGrippo is a 2020 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow
Released: 26-Oct-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Penn Nursing’s Maria Torchia LoGrippo is a 2020 NLN Academy of Nursing Education Fellow
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

LoGrippo, PhD, RN, MSN, NE-BC, ANEF, the Kehler Family Assistant Dean of Curricular Affairs and Innovation and Practice Associate Professor in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family & Community Health, is one of fifteen distinguished nurse educators selected for the fourteenth class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious NLN Academy of Nursing Education. With previous classes, academy membership now totals 317.

Newswise: Ultrasounds Show Impact of COVID-19 on the Heart
22-Oct-2020 9:35 AM EDT
Ultrasounds Show Impact of COVID-19 on the Heart
Mount Sinai Health System

International study may guide therapeutic strategies in patients with and without underlying heart conditions

Released: 26-Oct-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Most Dentists Have Experienced Aggression from Patients
New York University

Roughly half of U.S. dentists experienced verbal or reputational aggression by patients in the past year, and nearly one in four endured physical aggression, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 1:10 PM EDT
New technology tracks role of macrophages in cancer spread
Morgridge Institute for Research

A Morgridge imaging study of macrophages — immune cells that are important to human health, but paradoxically can help some cancers grow and spread — is offering better ways to understand these cells and target them with immunotherapies.

Newswise: A bid for new businesses:  Industry Day on Tuesday, Oct. 27, highlights business opportunities at PPPL
Released: 26-Oct-2020 1:05 PM EDT
A bid for new businesses: Industry Day on Tuesday, Oct. 27, highlights business opportunities at PPPL
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL hosts Industry Day on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to highlight plans for a new research building and other capital projects.

Newswise: New Map of the Immune Landscape in Pancreatic Cancer Could Guide Future Personalized Immunotherapy Treatments
Released: 26-Oct-2020 1:05 PM EDT
New Map of the Immune Landscape in Pancreatic Cancer Could Guide Future Personalized Immunotherapy Treatments
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new analysis highlights the diversity of immune response in pancreatic cancer, and points toward the need for treatments tailored to individual patients.

Newswise: New Fellowship Recipient to Focus Research on Financial Stress in Young Adults with Diabetes
Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:50 PM EDT
New Fellowship Recipient to Focus Research on Financial Stress in Young Adults with Diabetes
Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)

The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Foundation and the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education are proud to award Julia Blanchette Ph.D., RN, CDCES, a fellowship in integrated diabetes management.

Newswise: Eccles School’s Executive MBA Program ranks Top 20 in the United States
Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Eccles School’s Executive MBA Program ranks Top 20 in the United States
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah's Executive MBA program was ranked Top 20 by the Financial Times.

Newswise: High Fat or ‘Ketogenic’ Diets Could Prevent, Reverse Heart Failure
Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:50 PM EDT
High Fat or ‘Ketogenic’ Diets Could Prevent, Reverse Heart Failure
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Research from Saint Louis University finds that high fat or “ketogenic” diets could completely prevent, or even reverse heart failure caused by a metabolic process.

Newswise: Can Scientists take the STING out of Common Respiratory Viruses?
Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Can Scientists take the STING out of Common Respiratory Viruses?
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

UNC-Chapel Hill scientists discovered that many rhinoviruses need a human protein called STING to make copies of its RNA, opening the door to a new strategy for controlling infection of these pesky and at times very dangerous pathogens.

Newswise: DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study Expands
Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:20 PM EDT
DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study Expands
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Key Points: - As North Texas braces for a second COVID wave and flu season, a major COVID-19 study by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources is expanding. - The study is expanding from its original invitation-only format to offer more members of Dallas and Tarrant County communities a chance to participate. - Testing in the study is still free and includes testing for active and past infections.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Scientists develop genetic ‘monitors’ that detect when genes are active
University of Warwick

New genetic sensors, developed by scientists at University of Warwick and Keele University, could function as a lab test device and even as a live monitoring system inside living cells

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Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks
Johns Hopkins University

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, Johns Hopkins University computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks, including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot, named Spot, was able to learn in days what typically takes a month.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
HSS Shares Successful Strategies to Support the Health of Older Adults with Online Programs
Hospital for Special Surgery

To address health concerns of inactivity and social isolation in older adults during the pandemic, the HSS Education Institute utilized various online approaches to deliver high quality musculoskeletal health education, exercise and support programs. Claudia Zurlini, senior coordinator, Public & Patient Education at HSS, presents best practices for a successful transition to online programming at the virtual American Public Health Association meeting.

26-Oct-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Group trial bolsters case for stereotactic radiation therapy for tumors that travel to the lungs
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

A new study, conducted across 13 medical centers in Australia and New Zealand, strengthens the case for radiation therapy as a treatment for cancer that has begun to spread throughout the body. Findings of the SAFRON II trial (NCT01965223) will be presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

26-Oct-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Treating spinal metastases with fewer and higher doses of radiation reduces pain more effectively
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

A new study shows using fewer and higher doses of high-precision radiation therapy is a more effective approach for treating painful spinal tumors than conventional radiation therapy. Findings from the Canadian phase II/III trial (NCT02512965) will be presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

26-Oct-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Radiosurgery reduces cognitive decline without compromising survival for patients with 4+ brain metastases
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Results of a new randomized phase III trial suggest that stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) should replace whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) as the standard of care for patients with four or more brain metastases. Results from the clinical trial (NCT01592968) will be presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

Newswise: First companies picked for Sandia’s new Mentor-Protégé Program
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:50 AM EDT
First companies picked for Sandia’s new Mentor-Protégé Program
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has selected three companies as its first protégés in a new partnership program designed to help small businesses develop and build solid foundations when competing for federal and industry opportunities.

Newswise: Building Materials from Spinning Particles
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Building Materials from Spinning Particles
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Researchers are working on new materials that actively self-assemble. In this research, scientists used a magnetic field to make metal particles spin at the liquid interface. This spinning activity created swarms of rod-like particles that then formed vortices that assembled into dynamic lattice structures that are reconfigurable and capable of self-healing.

Newswise: 2020 Dickson Prize in Medicine Awarded to Pioneer Researcher in Synthetic Biology
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:40 AM EDT
2020 Dickson Prize in Medicine Awarded to Pioneer Researcher in Synthetic Biology
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

James J. Collins, Ph.D., an innovator in synthetic biology whose ideas have contributed to novel diagnostics and treatments targeting infections and complex diseases, has been awarded the 2020 Dickson Prize in Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s highest honor.

Newswise: Researchers create robots that can transform their wheels into legs
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Researchers create robots that can transform their wheels into legs
Texas A&M University

A team of researchers is creating mobile robots for military applications that can determine, with or without human intervention, whether wheels or legs are more suitable to travel across terrains. The adaptable Wheel-and-Leg Transformable Robot can traverse over varying surfaces, including staircases, more efficiently.

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Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
The Life and Death of Stars: Viewing Nuclear Reactions to Understand the Universe Around Us
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists can now produce extremely precise snapshots of nuclear reactions using Time Projection Chambers to study the interactions of rare nuclei when they collide with gas. Researchers then study the resulting reactions and radioactive decay to better understand the strong nuclear force.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Gov. Ducey Ignores Nearly Two Thousand Letters from Physicians and the Public Demanding He Protect Patient Safety
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Gov. Doug Ducey has ignored more than 1700 letters from the medical community and the public strongly urging he protect Arizona patients by making his decision to “opt-out” of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ physician supervision requirement temporary.

Newswise: New Measurement Fits Another Piece in the Proton Radius Puzzle
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:10 AM EDT
New Measurement Fits Another Piece in the Proton Radius Puzzle
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The “proton radius puzzle” arose in 2010, when a then-new experimental method for measuring the size of the proton revealed a value 4 percent smaller than obtained from previous methods. Nuclear physicists may have now solved the proton radius puzzle using a novel electron scattering technique.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Developing New Coating Materials Could Protect Equipment in Space
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support from a NASA Early Career Faculty Award, Shankar Narayanan, an assistant professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, aims to develop new materials that can protect objects from extreme radiation and temperature variations in space — an important step toward enabling long-distance space exploration.

Newswise: Drivers beware – nearly half of Americans admit to drowsy driving
Released: 26-Oct-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Drivers beware – nearly half of Americans admit to drowsy driving
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

A survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) finds that 45% of Americans struggle to stay awake while driving a car, posing a risk to fellow drivers. To commemorate Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, the AASM provides tips to achieve healthy sleep before getting behind a wheel.

Newswise: Some rectal cancer patients can safely avoid an aggressive operation
Released: 26-Oct-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Some rectal cancer patients can safely avoid an aggressive operation
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

A nonsurgical treatment option for rectal cancer that preserves quality of life is safe for carefully selected patients, according to a new study comparing it with the standard operation. The study results appear online as an "article in press" on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of print publication and were presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

21-Oct-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Multiple Paths to Recovery Among Patients With Co-Occurring Alcohol Use and Mental Health Disorders
Research Society on Alcoholism

A study has revealed diverse routes to recovery among people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders admitted for psychiatric inpatient care, while highlighting that some patients need additional support. Problem drinkers who also have a psychiatric condition — such as major depressive disorder (MDD) — often struggle to sustain long-term recovery following treatment. Mutual health groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can provide an ongoing source of recovery support for alcohol misuse, and involvement with AA is also linked to improvement in depression. However, it was not known how depression and involvement influence drinking during and after inpatient psychiatric treatment, and how they predict recovery. The new study, reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, investigated long-term trajectories of alcohol use, depression, and AA involvement over time among patients with co-occurring diagnoses.

Newswise: Estimating Risk of Airborne COVID-19 with Mask Usage, Social Distancing
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Estimating Risk of Airborne COVID-19 with Mask Usage, Social Distancing
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, researchers used a model to understand airborne transmission that is designed to be accessible to a wide range of people, including nonscientists. Employing concepts of fluid dynamics and factors in airborne transmission, they propose the Contagion Airborne Transmission inequality model. While not all factors may be known, it can still be used to assess relative risks. The researchers determined protection from transmission increases with physical distancing in an approximately linear proportion.

Newswise: The curve is fattening, not flattening. What can we do? An interview with Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., co-creator of the
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
The curve is fattening, not flattening. What can we do? An interview with Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., co-creator of the "flatten the curve" concept
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Like a replay of the 1918 flu, history seems to be repeating itself with the coronavirus. After “flattening the curve” of cases in late spring and again in late summer, cases of COVID-19 have surged in October. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., for one, is deeply dismayed – but not surprised. He offers insights into what's needed to avoid a horrific winter.

Newswise: Daniel Wubah: university president … and a king
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Daniel Wubah: university president … and a king
University of Georgia

This story is part of a series, called Georgia Groundbreakers, that celebrates innovative and visionary faculty, students, alumni and leaders throughout the history of the University of Georgia – and their profound, enduring impact on our state, our nation and the world.

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Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO: Dark Matter Day Q&A with LUX-ZEPLIN Spokesperson Kevin Lesko
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kevin Lesko, a spokesperson for the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment and senior physicist at Berkeley Lab, shares his insights about the mysteries of dark matter, what we know about it, and what we hope to learn about it from LZ, in this Q&A interview at Sanford Lab.

Newswise: Could insect manure help grow crops? Warwick and Durham researchers to investigate
Released: 26-Oct-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Could insect manure help grow crops? Warwick and Durham researchers to investigate
University of Warwick

The waste from larvae production could be used as a crop fertiliser should commercial insect farms get off the ground in the UK.

Newswise: Real-time opioid overdose tracking system shows rise in the time of COVID-19
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Real-time opioid overdose tracking system shows rise in the time of COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

An epidemic that was already raging before COVID-19 arrived has flared up in recent months, according to a real-time tracking system in Michigan. It shows a 15 percent rise in suspected opioid overdose deaths since March, compared with the same time last year, and a 29% rise in first responders’ use of the rescue drug naloxone.

Newswise: Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Experts say most damaging scenario to US democracy is Trump rejecting election results, potential Supreme Court ruling against him
University of Notre Dame

To get expert opinions on the fate of the nearly 245-year-old democracy, a group of students from Notre Dame conducted a survey and a path selection game with 150 members of political science professional associations who specialize in elections.

Newswise: Divide and conquer: a new formula to minimise ‘mathemaphobia’
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Divide and conquer: a new formula to minimise ‘mathemaphobia’
University of South Australia

Maths – it’s the subject some kids love to hate, yet despite its lack of popularity, mathematics is critical for a STEM-capable workforce and vital for Australia’s current and future productivity. Now, new research shows that boosting student confidence is pivotal to greater engagement with the subject.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Adding advanced PET scans to radiation treatment plans for prostate cancer increases failure-free survival rates
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Adding the advanced PET radiotracer fluciclovine to conventional imaging to help guide radiation treatments for recurrent prostate cancer can improve disease-free survival rates, a new study finds. Findings from the randomized phase II/III EMPIRE-1 trial (NCT01666808) will be presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting.

Newswise: Technology students show their Ingenuity online
Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Technology students show their Ingenuity online
University of Adelaide

An underground search and rescue robot, a lunar habitat, and an automated system for topping up wine barrels are among the more than 250 innovative future technology projects being showcased in this year’s Ingenuity 2020 expo at the University of Adelaide, online from Tuesday 27 October.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Penn Study Supports Use of Radiation Before CAR Therapy for Multiple Myeloma
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Administering radiation therapy to multiple myeloma patients waiting for CAR T cells to be manufactured was found to be safe and undisruptive to CAR T therapy.


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