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Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:20 AM EDT
American College of Rheumatology Secures $7M Grant to Address Gaps in Lupus Care and Treatment
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) was recently awarded a $7M grant to reduce inequities in symptom recognition, care and disease management of systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). The grant, which will be led by the ACR’s Collaborative Initiatives (COIN) department, begins on Sept. 30.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Falling Medicare Reimbursement Rates for Orthopaedic Trauma
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

The amount Medicare reimburses for orthopaedic trauma surgery has fallen by nearly one-third over the past two decades, reports a study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Soft robots, origami combine for potential way to deliver medical treatments
Ohio State University

Researchers have found a way to send tiny, soft robots into humans, potentially opening the door for less invasive surgeries and ways to deliver treatments for conditions ranging from colon polyps to stomach cancer to aortic artery blockages.

Newswise: Study Finds Removing Cost from Calcium Score Testing Increased Utilization
Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Study Finds Removing Cost from Calcium Score Testing Increased Utilization
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

A study out of University Hospitals found that removing the cost barrier for coronary artery calcium screening resulted in an immediate increase in utilization of the test.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:50 AM EDT
ASTRO responds to CMS Radiation Oncology Model: Implementation delay and more reforms needed
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

In response to today’s announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish an advanced alternative payment model (APM) for radiation oncology practices starting January 1, 2021, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued the following statement from Theodore L. DeWeese, MD, FASTRO, Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors.

Newswise: Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, elected president-elect of Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:45 AM EDT
Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, elected president-elect of Congress of Neurological Surgeons
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Announcement of Nicholas C. Bambakidis, MD, Vice President and Director of the Neurological Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, recent election as President-Elect of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:25 AM EDT
CHOP Researchers Find MIS-C Associated with Myocardial Injury
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Using sensitive parameters to assess cardiac function, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have found that cardiac involvement in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) differs from Kawasaki disease (KD) and is associated with myocardial injury. The findings were published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Newswise: Study Reinforces Benefit Using Targeted Therapy for Early Stage NSCLC
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Study Reinforces Benefit Using Targeted Therapy for Early Stage NSCLC
Yale Cancer Center

According to updated findings led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center, treatment with the targeted therapy osimertinib following surgery continues to significantly improve disease-free survival (DFS) in patients with early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations.

Newswise: Enjoy the Physical Benefits of Biking
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Enjoy the Physical Benefits of Biking
Monday Campaigns

From September 21-27, The League of American Bicyclists is encouraging everyone to bike , “wherever that there may be….Any bike, anywhere, it all counts.”

Newswise: Early birds vs night owls: for diabetics, an early bedtime is best
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Early birds vs night owls: for diabetics, an early bedtime is best
University of South Australia

Early to bed, early to rise…while the old saying promises health, wealth and wisdom, new research confirms part of the adage holds true, as a world first study shows that people who go to bed early are more likely to be in better health and more physically active compared to night owls.

Newswise: State funds next steps of Penn State College of Medicine COVID-19 vaccine development
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
State funds next steps of Penn State College of Medicine COVID-19 vaccine development
Penn State College of Medicine

A Penn State College of Medicine research team will continue to work on developing a vaccine for COVID-19 using more than $400,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Newswise: United Nations PRME Event to Focus on
Sustainable Development Goals in 2020
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
United Nations PRME Event to Focus on Sustainable Development Goals in 2020
Monday Campaigns

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) virtual event has been scheduled for October 26-29, 2020. This four-day online event will bring together innovative leaders in corporate and social responsibility focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Academic, student, corporate, and NGO participants are invited for a solution-forward conversation on responsible management education toward sustainable economics, environment, social and cultural future. Keynote speakers and interactive sessions will provide diverse insight on the 17 goals adopted by the U.N. General Assembly for their 2030 Agenda in Sustainable Development.

Newswise: How to fight back this flu season
Released: 21-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How to fight back this flu season
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC expert gives advice on the public’s best shot for avoiding influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic

Newswise: Valentine Nzengung: Making the world a safer place
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Valentine Nzengung: Making the world a safer place
University of Georgia

Valentine Nzengung's inventions to neutralize explosives protect humans and the environment

Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
‘Front of Package’ Nutrition Labels Improved Nutrition Quality
North Carolina State University

A new study analyzing 16 years of data on tens of thousands of products finds that the adoption of nutrition data on “front of package” labels is associated with improved nutritional content of those foods and their competitors.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
NUS team develops smart suit wirelessly powered by a smartphone
National University of Singapore

A research team from the National University of Singapore has developed a smart suit that is wirelessly powered by a smartphone for easy and accurate real-time monitoring of data such as posture, body temperature and gait.

Newswise: Computational study of a famous fossil offers insight into the evolution of locomotion in “ruling reptiles”
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Computational study of a famous fossil offers insight into the evolution of locomotion in “ruling reptiles”
University of Bristol

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) used three-dimensional computer modelling to investigate the hindlimb of Euparkeria capensis–a small reptile that lived in the Triassic Period 245 million years ago–and inferred that it had a “mosaic” of functions in locomotion.

Newswise: Studies investigate marine heatwaves, shifting ocean currents
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Studies investigate marine heatwaves, shifting ocean currents
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Two new studies from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) investigate marine heatwaves and currents at the edge of the continental shelf, which impact regional ocean circulation and marine life.

Newswise: Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Hosting Virtual 
Oktoberfest Community Celebration on October 29
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Hosting Virtual Oktoberfest Community Celebration on October 29
Hackensack Meridian Health

To safeguard supporters, Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center Foundation has moved its annual October fundraising event to a virtual format to be held on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. In lieu of the planned, in-person Oktoberfest celebration, the foundation will host a program that donors can stream live to continue to raise necessary funds for Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center that will address the growing health needs of the community. Funds raised will support both the future Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center, as well as the medical center’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

Newswise: Thyroid Cancer: Small Gland, Big Impact
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Thyroid Cancer: Small Gland, Big Impact
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The thyroid is a key part of the endocrine system, a small gland at the base of your neck that produces a hormone that helps control your body's metabolism. One of the most common and treatable cancers in the United States is thyroid cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute expert discusses research and treatment for this disease.

Newswise: Study Affirms That Educational Intervention Before ‘First Sex’ Can Protect Sexual Health Of Black Males And Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies
Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Study Affirms That Educational Intervention Before ‘First Sex’ Can Protect Sexual Health Of Black Males And Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A new Johns Hopkins Medicine study adds to evidence that the earlier parents, educators and health care workers have age-appropriate and frank discussions about safe sex, the better will be their — and their partners’ — long-term sexual health and development. Specifically, the research concludes, these early interventions can lead to fewer unintended pregnancies.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
CAP adds SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing to its suite of quality assurance programs
College of American Pathologists (CAP)

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), in response to continued patient needs in the global COVID-19 pandemic, released a new proficiency testing (PT) program for the detection of antigens of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Newswise: How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants
Released: 21-Sep-2020 6:00 AM EDT
How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

How much carbon dioxide, a pivotal greenhouse gas behind global warming, is absorbed by plants on land? It’s a deceptively complicated question, so a Rutgers-led group of scientists recommends combining two cutting-edge tools to help answer the crucial climate change-related question.

Newswise: Virginia Tech scientists advance understanding of blood-brain barrier health
Released: 21-Sep-2020 6:00 AM EDT
Virginia Tech scientists advance understanding of blood-brain barrier health
Virginia Tech

in a study with potential impacts on a variety of neurological diseases, Virginia Tech researchers have provided the first experimental evidence from a living organism to show that an abundant, star-shaped brain cell known as an astrocyte is essential for blood-brain barrier health.

18-Sep-2020 5:20 PM EDT
October Issue SLAS Technology Features Cover Article, “Role of Digital Microfluidics in Enabling Access to Laboratory Automation and Making Biology Programmable”
SLAS

The October issue of SLAS Technology features the cover article, “Role of Digital Micro uidics in Enabling Access to Laboratory Automation and Making Biology Programmable” by Varun B. Kothamachu, Ph.D., Sabrina Zaini and Federico Muffatto (Digi.Bio).

18-Sep-2020 5:10 PM EDT
October Issue of SLAS Discovery Features Cover Article “A Critical and Concise Review of Mass Spectrometry Applied to Imaging in Drug Discovery”
SLAS

The October edition of SLAS Discovery features the cover article, “A Critical and Concise Review of Mass Spectrometry Applied to Imaging in Drug Discovery” by Richard J. A. Goodwin Ph.D. (AstraZeneca), Zoltan Takats Ph.D. (Imperial College London), and Josephine Bunch, Ph.D. (National Physical Laboratory).

Released: 21-Sep-2020 5:05 AM EDT
College Students with Disabilities at Greater Risk for Substance Abuse
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

College students with physical and cognitive disabilities use illicit drugs more, and have a higher prevalence of drug use disorder, than their non-disabled peers, according to a Rutgers study.

Newswise: PNNL, UW Broaden Capacity to Test for COVID-19
Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:00 AM EDT
PNNL, UW Broaden Capacity to Test for COVID-19
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Researchers from PNNL and UW analyzed kits that could be used as a critical part of a laboratory test used to detect COVID-19 in a sample from an infected person. As a result, two additional kits have been listed as options that labs can consider using, boosting the supply of chemicals and supplies linked to a critical step in the testing process.

Newswise: KRAS inhibitor sotorasib appears safe, achieves durable clinical benefit in early trial
18-Sep-2020 8:25 PM EDT
KRAS inhibitor sotorasib appears safe, achieves durable clinical benefit in early trial
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

For patients with advanced solid cancers and KRAS G12C mutations, the targeted therapy sotorasib, a KRAS G12C inhibitor, resulted in manageable toxicities and durable clinical benefits, particularly in lung and colorectal cancer, in Phase I study

19-Sep-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Immunotherapy Combination Improves Outcomes in Advanced Kidney Cancer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

An immunotherapy agent combined with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor drug significantly improved progression-free survival and reduced the risk of death compared to a single agent treatment in advanced kidney cancer patients, according to first results of a phase 3 clinical trial. The pivotal study could lead to a new treatment option for patients with metastatic kidney cancer.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Claim linking Joe Biden to Social Security taxes is misleading
Newswise

Posts widely shared on social media suggest that Joe Biden is responsible for taxes on Social Security in 1983. Those posts mislead on the details.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress
University of Konstanz

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation.

Newswise: How to Keep Children Safe from COVID-19 this Fall
Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:15 PM EDT
How to Keep Children Safe from COVID-19 this Fall
Rush University Medical Center

With the new school year started and autumn approaching, Colleen Nash, MD, MPH, Rush University Medical Center, pediatric infectious disease specialist, answers questions parents may have about keeping children safe from COVID, social distancing in the classroom and celebrating Halloween.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Claims circulating on social media stating that the common cold or flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 are misleading
Newswise

The claims rely on the faulty assumption that there is no method to distinguish COVID-19 from the common cold and the flu.

Newswise: Global first in mixed-reality education during COVID-19 pandemic
Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Global first in mixed-reality education during COVID-19 pandemic
Case Western Reserve University

The developers of Case Western Reserve University’s signature HoloAnatomy mixed-reality software for the Microsoft HoloLens knew they were likely achieving a global first this Spring when they quickly pivoted to the first-ever, all-remote anatomy course when the COVID-19 pandemic kept 185 first-year medical students from coming to campus. Now, they have data reporting that an overwhelming majority of those students across the U.S. and Canada not only preferred the remote course, but believe they can effectively learn anatomy via the mixed-reality application.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
After developing CRISPR test, UConn researchers validate clinical feasibility for COVID-19 testing
University of Connecticut

In March, researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering-- a shared department in the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Engineering--began to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases, including HIV virus, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Blowin' in the wind
University of Utah

University of Utah chemical engineers have conducted an air flow study of the venue that the Utah Symphony performs in to determine the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the emissions of wind instrument players.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Key Partners Mark Launch of Electron-Ion Collider Project
Brookhaven National Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary for Science Paul Dabbar, leaders from DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (Brookhaven Lab) and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), and elected officials from New York State and Virginia today commemorated the start of the Electron-Ion Collider project.

Newswise: Heavy rainfall drives a third of nitrogen runoff, according to new study
Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Heavy rainfall drives a third of nitrogen runoff, according to new study
Iowa State University

Extreme rain events that occur on nine days a year drive around a third of all nitrogen yields on farmland in the Mississippi River basin, according to a new study. The research could inform how and when farmers apply nitrogen fertilizer to their fields and has environmental implications for the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Study links rising stress, depression in U.S. to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020 – Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic – such as unemployment – and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms across the U.S., according to a groundbreaking University of California, Irvine study. The report appears in Science Advances, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Newswise: Faculty Receives Grant to Develop Method That Will Integrate Biomedical Gene Expression Data
Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Faculty Receives Grant to Develop Method That Will Integrate Biomedical Gene Expression Data
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Wei (Vivian) Li, has received a Busch Biomedical Grant to develop a statistical method and software package that will integrate single-cell level gene expression data from multiple patients, studies, and technological platforms to understand disease-associated cell types and RNA contents, helping researchers develop personalized treatments.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Michigan Medicine Team Separates Conjoined Twins at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Doctors have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The nearly 11-hour surgery, which is the first of its kind at Mott, involved a team of more than two dozen doctors, nurses and other specialists who spent months preparing for the complex procedure.


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