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Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
MEDIA ALERT: MSVirtual2020
Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS)

The MSVirtual2020 program will continue in an Encore Program that will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET. This Encore Program will feature the Late Breaker (9-10:30 a.m. ET) and COVID-19th (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET) sessions.

Newswise: Dr. Malene Hansen receives 2020 BIG Award
Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Dr. Malene Hansen receives 2020 BIG Award
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Malene Hansen, Ph.D., has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award. The BIG Award is sponsored by The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research in collaboration with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), and provides funding for research projects aimed at discoveries that address aging and health span. Hansen is a professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Childhood sexual abuse: mental and physical after-effects closely linked
Universite de Montreal

A new study has uncovered a correlation between psychological distress and genital and urinary health problems in female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Cities beat suburbs at inspiring cutting-edge innovations
Ohio State University

The disruptive inventions that make people go “Wow!” tend to come from research in the heart of cities and not in the suburbs, a new study suggests.

Newswise: Phil Tubesing awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory’s  2020 Global Security Medal
Released: 21-Sep-2020 7:45 PM EDT
Phil Tubesing awarded Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2020 Global Security Medal
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Philip K. “Phil” Tubesing is the 2020 awardee of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s prestigious Global Security Medal, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of active or recently retired employees who have made significant contributions to the Laboratory’s global security mission.

Newswise: UIC a top 10 best value, top 25 public university in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s national rankings
Released: 21-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
UIC a top 10 best value, top 25 public university in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education’s national rankings
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois Chicago continues to be one of the nation’s top best value universities, according to the 2021 edition of the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings, which were released last week.

Newswise: HSS Researchers Launch Study Using Novel MRI Techniques to Find a Biomarker for Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, A Nerve Disorder
Released: 21-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
HSS Researchers Launch Study Using Novel MRI Techniques to Find a Biomarker for Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, A Nerve Disorder
Hospital for Special Surgery

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) are using a novel MRI technique known as magnetic resonance neurography, or MRN, to study Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (PTS), a painful nerve disorder that can lead to severe weakness and paralysis.

Newswise: UIC historian earns inaugural national award for economic, social justice
Released: 21-Sep-2020 5:40 PM EDT
UIC historian earns inaugural national award for economic, social justice
University of Illinois at Chicago

Acclaimed University of Illinois Chicago historian Barbara Ransby has been named to the Freedom Scholars, a select group of progressive academics who are at the “forefront of movements for economic and social justice."

Newswise: $2M USDA grant funds value-added grains project
Released: 21-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
$2M USDA grant funds value-added grains project
Cornell University

A Cornell University scientist is leading a multi-institution team that’s helping turn diverse and ancient grains into staple foods throughout the Northeast and Midwest, thanks to a three-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Personal interactions are important drivers of STEM identity in girls
Florida State University

Researchers from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University found that nuanced interactions between teachers and campers at a coding camp for middle school girls as well as among the girls themselves impacted how girls viewed themselves as coders.

Newswise: Associate Professor Craig Pollack Named Inaugural Endowed Chair at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health
Released: 21-Sep-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Associate Professor Craig Pollack Named Inaugural Endowed Chair at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announce the appointment of Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, as inaugural chair of the Katey Ayres Endowed Professorship.Funded through a generous gift from JHSON Class of 1967 Alumna Katey Ayres—and matched by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund—the professorship will tackle the complex intersection of housing and social services and their impact on health.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Study reveals racial disparities in clinical trial recruitment
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In a new study published in Clinical Trials, researchers led by Stephen Juraschek, MD, PhD (Medicine, BIDMC) compared four electronic-based and four traditional recruitment methods for clinical trials to determine how different strategies may impact enrollment of groups traditionally under-represented in the medical literature.

Newswise: E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis
Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:55 PM EDT
E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis
Cornell University

Cornell University scientists have engineered a key plant enzyme and introduced it in Escherichia coli bacteria in order to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis, a holy grail for improving crop yields.

Newswise: New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine
Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:50 PM EDT
New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine
Morgridge Institute for Research

A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography - technologies that can illuminate life at the atomic scale.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Securing Our Future Now: DHS S&T Offers “Responding to Disasters During a Crisis” Webinar
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T is convening a diverse group of public-private partners to present, Clearing the Path: Responding to Disasters During a Crisis, a virtual discussion for National Preparedness Month.

Newswise: Prevent Severe COVID Symptoms With Lifestyle Changes
Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Prevent Severe COVID Symptoms With Lifestyle Changes
Rush University Medical Center

Obesity is contributing to worse outcomes in people with COVID-19. Dr. Naomi Parrella, medical director of the Rush Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery, explains how managing your weight can lower your risk for severe COVID symptoms and help you prevent other chronic diseases.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Hospital for Special Surgery Earns “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” Designation from Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Hospital for Special Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has earned the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Every year, the foundation recognizes health care facilities for their dedication and commitment to LGBTQ inclusion.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Sorenson Impact Center Receives $600,000 Federal Grant to Support Diversity in Entrepreneurship
Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

The Sorenson Impact Center, a think tank housed at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the US Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Released: 21-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Researchers identify new type of superconductor
Cornell University

Until now, the history of superconducting materials has been a tale of two types: s-wave and d-wave. Now, Cornell researchers – led by Brad Ramshaw, the Dick & Dale Reis Johnson Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences – have discovered a possible third type: g-wave.

Newswise: Artificial Intelligence Detects Osteoarthritis Years Before it Develops
21-Sep-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Artificial Intelligence Detects Osteoarthritis Years Before it Develops
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Researchers have created a machine-learning algorithm that can pick up on subtle signs of osteoarthritis – too abstract to register in the eye of a trained radiologist – on an MRI scan taken years before symptom onset.

Newswise: Graziano Venanzoni elected new co-spokesperson of Muon g-2 collaboration
Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Graziano Venanzoni elected new co-spokesperson of Muon g-2 collaboration
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

A physicist at the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Venanzoni will help prepare the Muon g-2 collaboration for its highly anticipated first scientific publication and work with partners to ensure a long life for the experiment, where scientists are searching for new particles emerging from the quantum foam that surrounds all matter.

Newswise: Mission: Search and Destroy Prostate Cancer
Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Mission: Search and Destroy Prostate Cancer
University of California San Diego Health

Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health is using advanced imaging, genomics, personalized medicine and new therapies to treat patients like Brian McCloskey, who has stage IV prostate cancer.

Newswise: Cellular processes and social behaviors and… zombies?
Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Cellular processes and social behaviors and… zombies?
Arizona State University (ASU)

The Zombie Apocalypse Medicine Meeting will happen online October 15-18, 2020. The meeting spans the sciences, the arts and the scary while bringing scientists, artists and journalists together with the general public. This year’s meeting has been reanimated into a livestream broadcast on Channel Zed. Registrants will have access to programming on topics like how birth control, race relations, the pandemic, sex, literature and social media can all be thought of as zombification processes.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Male baboons with female friends live longer
Duke University

Close bonds with the opposite sex can have non-romantic benefits. And not just for people, but for our primate cousins, too.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Engineers link brains to computers using 3D printed implants
University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield engineers have developed 3D printed implants that can be used to link brains to computers

Released: 21-Sep-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Study Finds That Children’s Immune Response Protects Against COVID-19
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The first study comparing the immune responses of adults and children with COVID-19 has detected key differences that may contribute to understanding why children usually have milder disease than adults. The findings also have important implications for vaccines and drugs being developed to curb COVID-19. The study was published today in Science Translational Medicine and was conducted by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and Yale University.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Study shows vitamin E needed for proper nervous system development
Oregon State University

In research with key ramifications for women of childbearing age, findings by Oregon State University scientists show that embryos produced by vitamin E-deficient zebrafish have malformed brains and nervous systems.

Newswise: Regulatory T cells could lead to new immunotherapies aimed at treating multiple sclerosis
Released: 21-Sep-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Regulatory T cells could lead to new immunotherapies aimed at treating multiple sclerosis
University of California, Irvine

In a new University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers have discovered how regulatory T cells (Treg) are instrumental in limiting the damage caused to the spinal cord in diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Why there is no speed limit in the superfluid universe
Lancaster University

Physicists from Lancaster University have established why objects moving through superfluid helium-3 lack a speed limit in a continuation of earlier Lancaster research.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Archaeology uncovers infectious disease spread - 4000 years ago
University of Otago

New bioarchaeology research from a University of Otago PhD candidate has shown how infectious diseases may have spread 4000 years ago, while highlighting the dangers of letting such diseases run rife.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
New research highlights impact of COVID-19 on food security in Kenya and Uganda
CABI Publishing

CABI scientists have conducted new research highlighting the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Kenya and Uganda with more than two-thirds of those surveyed having experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic.

Newswise: Astrophysics students lead upgrades to Green Bank Telescope
Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Astrophysics students lead upgrades to Green Bank Telescope
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

A team of WVU astrophysics students helped create a new radio camera for the Green Bank Telescope, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Claims that "Antifa" or far-left activists have been arrested for setting fires in Oregon, a state hit by devastating wildfires, are false
Newswise

Widely shared posts on social media claim members of Antifa, the unstructured far-left movement, have been arrested for setting wildfires in Oregon. This misinformation was even spread by the popular Spotify podcaster Joe Rogan (who has since apologized). These claims are false. law enforcement officers from areas where the arrests were allegedly made have denied they took place, and said calls about the claims are hampering operations.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Register Now: Virtual ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

We’re only a few weeks away from the largest annual anesthesiology educational event in the world -- ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 -- the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), where thousands of experts in the specialty of anesthesiology will come together virtually for the first time ever.

Newswise: New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles
Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Funding climate action policies: Consumers weigh-in
Washington University in St. Louis

There is a growing demand for countries to take aggressive action to combat climate change, but less consensus on how to fund it. In a new study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers asked more than 10,000 people from the U.S., U.K., Germany and France to weigh in.

Newswise: International Linked Clinical Trials strategic funding for Parkinson’s now worth US$6.75 million
Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:00 PM EDT
International Linked Clinical Trials strategic funding for Parkinson’s now worth US$6.75 million
Van Andel Institute

LONDON (Sept. 21, 2020) — The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) and Van Andel Institute (VAI) are delighted to welcome a third strategic funding partner, The John Black Charitable Foundation (JBCF), to the International Linked Clinical Trials (iLCT) program. Together, these three partners have pledged a total of US$6.75 million to Parkinson’s research over three years.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:00 PM EDT
How to Improve the Surgery Backlog During COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new paper suggests three solutions to addressing the backlog of non-urgent surgeries delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Social Media Post comparing Tuberculosis with COVID-19 is misleading
Newswise

Although the numbers stated by the viral post are accurate (as confirmed by the World Health Organization), the context of the message is misleading, since it attempts to downplay the need for coronavirus safety precautions like mask wearing. COVID-19 is far more prevalent in the United States than TB.

Newswise: Improving bison health, production
Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Improving bison health, production
South Dakota State University

The Center of Excellence for Bison Studies seeks to improve bison herd health and production and the economic viability of both private and tribal bison producers.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Homicides near schools affect students' educational outcomes
University of Surrey

Homicides near schools negatively impact on the educational attainment of children, a new study in the Journal of Labor Economics reports.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:30 AM EDT
University of Minnesota, Van Andel Institute earn $6M to study aging’s role in Parkinson’s
Van Andel Institute

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 21, 2020) — A collaborative team between the University of Minnesota Medical School and Van Andel Institute (VAI) will soon begin a $6.2 million study that seeks to define the molecular linkages between aging and Parkinson’s disease — an approach for new treatment targets not yet explored by many researchers. The group recently earned a three-year grant from the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s initiative, an international collaborative research effort partnering with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to implement its funding.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Advancing the accurate tracking of energy poverty
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A novel measurement framework that better aligns with the services people lack rather than capturing the mere absence of physical connections to a source of electricity can help track energy poverty.

Newswise: Rutgers Launches COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study in Essex County
Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Rutgers Launches COVID-19 Seroprevalence Study in Essex County
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the North Jersey Community Research Initiative, have launched a study to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antibodies among Essex County residents using seroprevalence testing.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:10 AM EDT
A computer predicts your thoughts, creating images based on them
University of Helsinki

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a technique in which a computer models visual perception by monitoring human brain signals.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Harrisburg University Esports Team gets the Hollywood treatment
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

A documentary airing on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play focuses on Harrisburg University championships in esports.

Newswise: Argonne National Laboratory and AT&T extend climate resiliency project nationwide
Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Argonne National Laboratory and AT&T extend climate resiliency project nationwide
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne and AT&T have been working together to project risks from changing climate on America’s Southeastern region. Today they’ve announced that they’re extending their analysis to cover the entire contiguous U.S.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Energy tech development for US, NM aim of Sandia and PNM partnership
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, PNM, have teamed up to bring energy resiliency, security and stability to the state and country. “The partnership with PNM will address energy challenges not just in New Mexico but across the United States,” Sandia Labs Director James Peery said.


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