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Newswise: Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered – 
Here’s How to Count Them
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Forest Elephants are Now Critically Endangered – Here’s How to Count Them
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists compared methodologies to count African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis), which were recently acknowledged by IUCN as a separate, Critically Endangered species from African savannah elephants.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Genetic Ancestry Versus Race Can Provide Specific, Targeted Insights to Predict and Treat Many Diseases
Mount Sinai Health System

The complex patterns of genetic ancestry uncovered from genomic data in health care systems can provide valuable insights into both genetic and environmental factors underlying many common and rare diseases, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers.

Newswise: Latest COVID Wave Fills Beds, Hammers Michigan ER Workers
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Latest COVID Wave Fills Beds, Hammers Michigan ER Workers
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Michigan Medicine's adult and pediatric emergency rooms are experiencing a surge in positive COVID cases and hospitalizations. Younger patients are being admitted and Michigan is seeing a spread of the B.1.1.7 variant. Physicians are again asking the public for help to save lives and keep the ICUs from hitting capacity.

Newswise: Materials Research Society Fellow
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Materials Research Society Fellow
University of Delaware

David C. Martin, the Karl W. and Renate Böer Chaired Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for the design, synthesis, and characterization of conjugated polymers for interfacing electronic biomedical devices with living tissue; and for service to the MRS and broader materials community.”

Newswise: The Medical Minute: How sleep affects your overall health
Released: 15-Apr-2021 11:15 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: How sleep affects your overall health
Penn State Health

Most people know a good night’s sleep helps them feel refreshed and invigorated. But fewer realize how vital sleep is to their overall health and well-being.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Scientists Discover How the Body Fights Viruses That Try to Evade the Immune System Response
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Scientists have discovered a molecular pathway that counteracts the ability of some viruses to evade the immune response. The findings raise hope in generating better immune responses to viral infections, such as COVID-19, as well as to cancer.

Newswise: Blow flies may be the answer to monitoring the environment non-invasively
Released: 15-Apr-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Blow flies may be the answer to monitoring the environment non-invasively
Indiana University

A study led by researchers at IUPUI shows that tracking the diet of blow fly using isotope analysis is an effective way to monitor changes in the environment without disturbing local wildlife.

15-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Racial, Gender and Socioeconomic Factors Linked to Likelihood of Getting Proven Treatment for Diabetes
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found significant disparities in the use of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, a class of drugs proven to treat type 2 diabetes, with usage remaining low with Black, Asian, and lower-income groups despite an increase in overall usage for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Penn Medicine Awarded Nearly $7 Million for First Year of Contract to Study Influenza Viruses
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine has been selected as one of five sites across the country to serve as a Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR), with the goal of better understanding influenza viruses around the world along with learning about the viral strains that have the potential to cause pandemics. Penn Medicine has been awarded nearly $7 million in first-year funding.

Newswise: CHOP-led Research Study Identifies Key Target in Treatment-Resistant Hemophilia A
Released: 15-Apr-2021 10:00 AM EDT
CHOP-led Research Study Identifies Key Target in Treatment-Resistant Hemophilia A
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have identified a key target that may be responsible for treatment failure in about 30% of patients with hemophilia A. The target, known as B cell activating factor (BAFF), appears to promote antibodies against and inhibitors of the missing blood clotting factor that is given to these patients to control their bleeding episodes. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, raise the possibility of using anti-BAFF therapies, potentially in combination with immune tolerance therapies, to tame the immune response in some patients with severe hemophilia A.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 9:50 AM EDT
Growth in Home Health Care Failing to Keep Up With Surging Demand, Study Finds
University of Virginia Health System

Recent growth in the number of healthcare workers providing home care for Medicare patients is “small and inadequate” compared with the increasing demand in an aging America, a new study suggests.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 9:15 AM EDT
No increase in brain health problems in middle age for men who played football in high school
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Decades after their days on the gridiron, middle-aged men who played football in high school are not experiencing greater problems with concentration, memory, or depression compared to men who did not play football, reports a study in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 9:05 AM EDT
Visio-Vestibular Examination is a Critical Component of Diagnosing Concussion in Young Athletes, Feasible Across Multiple Care Settings
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Early and accurate diagnosis leads to optimal recovery from concussion. Over the past year across a series of studies, the Minds Matter Concussion Program research team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has systematically evaluated the use of the visio-vestibular examination (VVE) and its ability to enhance concussion diagnosis and management.

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Newswise: NCCN Foundation Announces Awards for Rising Cancer Research Leaders
Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:35 AM EDT
NCCN Foundation Announces Awards for Rising Cancer Research Leaders
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

National Comprehensive Cancer Network announces recipients of 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards; projects from early-career investigators to advance research in cancer prevention, racial disparities in screening, immunotherapy, new insights in radiotherapy, and CAR T-cell therapy.

Newswise: FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat 
Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Researchers Receive Grants to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

Four researchers from FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science have received grants totaling $641,818 from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

Newswise: Abigail Smith has been named the West Virginia University’s 25th Truman Scholar
Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Abigail Smith has been named the West Virginia University’s 25th Truman Scholar
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Abigail Smith, a WVU student committed to improving the future of West Virginia through public policy, has been named the University’s 25th Truman Scholar, the nation’s top graduate fellowship award for aspiring public service leaders.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Epidemic of firearm injury spurs new wave of research
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Now that federal funding is flowing again for research on firearm injury prevention, some of the few already-funded researchers doing work in this area react and look ahead.

Released: 15-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Hot Topics, Keynote Presentations at ATS 2021 International Conference
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

What can you expect at the ATS 2021 International Conference, taking place May 14-19? We’ve gone ahead and identified some “hot topics” for your consideration.

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Released: 15-Apr-2021 7:30 AM EDT
Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research Publishes New Data on Impacts of Mask Wearing on Sports Performance
Baylor Scott and White Health

Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star in Frisco has published new findings from a study designed to determine the effects of wearing a cloth mask on sports performance. The data from this randomized controlled trial, conducted through Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and shows that participants who wore cloth masks during exercise experienced a reduction in performance as intensity levels increased.

Newswise: McMaster scientists discover trained immune cells are highly effective against cancer
Released: 14-Apr-2021 5:30 PM EDT
McMaster scientists discover trained immune cells are highly effective against cancer
McMaster University

McMaster University researchers Ali Ashkar and Sophie Poznanski have uncovered that changing the metabolism of natural killer (NK) immune cells allows these cells to overcome the hostile conditions found inside tumours and destroy advanced ovarian and lung cancer.

Newswise: Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly
14-Apr-2021 5:30 PM EDT
Experts’ Predictions for Future Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Berkeley Lab of the world’s foremost wind power experts. Experts anticipate cost reductions of 17%-35% by 2035 and 37%-49% by 2050, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements.

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Newswise: Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Radames and Ana Arocho were all smiles when they arrived on the white school bus, and their enthusiasm was contagious.

Newswise: UCLA Fielding School-Howard University Team Awarded $1.7 Million for Research on Racism and COVID-19 Crisis Communication
14-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
UCLA Fielding School-Howard University Team Awarded $1.7 Million for Research on Racism and COVID-19 Crisis Communication
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA Fielding School-Howard University team awarded $1.7 million for research on racism and COVID-19 crisis communication; CDC Foundation-funded project aims to address social stigma and reach those hit hardest by COVID-19.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Calculating “Run and Tumble” Behavior of Bacteria in Groundwater
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Bacteria in groundwater move in surprising ways. They can passively ride flowing groundwater and can actively move on their own in what scientists call “run and tumble” behavior. Scientists studied two kinds of microorganisms to improve the mathematical models that describe how bacterial run and tumble when transported by groundwater.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Studying Metabolic Regulation Through Cellular Properties
Department of Energy, Office of Science

During cellular metabolism, enzymes break down and build fats, proteins, energy carriers, and genetic information. These processes happen through a complex network of reactions. Until now, studies to identify specific reactions that regulate the overall flow through a network were too complex to do regularly. Now scientists have developed new methods that combine cutting-edge techniques to predict which enzymes control common biochemical pathways.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Compound Communicates More than Expected in Microbes
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Microbes use chemical signals to exchange information with their plant hosts. These signals initiate symbiotic associations. Scientists believe some of these chemical signals are unique and are specialized for specific purposes or audiences. One example is the compounds called lipo-chitooligosaccharides (LCOs). Researchers previously believed that LCOs are for specific fungi, but new research shows that these compounds are ubiquitous.

Newswise: Little swirling mysteries: New research uncovers dynamics of ultrasmall, ultrafast groups of atoms
Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Little swirling mysteries: New research uncovers dynamics of ultrasmall, ultrafast groups of atoms
Argonne National Laboratory

Exploring and manipulating the behavior of polar vortices in material may lead to new technology for faster data transfer and storage. Researchers used the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne and the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC to learn more.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Hunting for Sterile Neutrinos with Quantum Sensors
Department of Energy, Office of Science

An international team has performed one of the world’s most sensitive laboratory searches for a hypothetical subatomic particle called the “sterile neutrino.” The novel experiment uses radioactive beryllium-7 atoms created at the TRIUMF facility in Canada. The research team then implants these atoms into sensitive superconductors cooled to near absolute-zero.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Most young people eager for COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As older teens and young adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination across the country, and younger teens await their turn, new survey data suggest a strong readiness that has grown since fall. But just as with older generations, a shrinking but still sizable minority of people age 14 to 24 say they’re not willing to get vaccinated, or that their decision will depend on safety.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
ASA Announces Strategic Change to its Meetings Services Model with SmithBucklin Partnership
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced a strategic change to its meetings services model by partnering with SmithBucklin, a firm with decades of innovation and excellence in designing and producing association events. ASA will partner with SmithBucklin to deliver its ANESTHESIOLOGY® and Practice Management™ meetings.

Newswise: Treatment not always needed to prevent vision loss in patients with elevated eye pressure
14-Apr-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Treatment not always needed to prevent vision loss in patients with elevated eye pressure
Washington University in St. Louis

The national Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study was designed to determine whether lowering elevated eye pressure in patients might prevent vision loss from glaucoma. Researchers recently completed follow-up studies on patients 20 years after the start of the original study and found that not all patients with elevated eye pressure need pressure-lowering treatment to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:50 PM EDT
How marriage is impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis among African American women
Washington University in St. Louis

Most African American women described successfully navigating the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis with their partners, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Newswise: Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
University of California San Diego Health

The UC San Diego Autism Center for Excellence has received a $1.5 million gift from Kristin Farmer, founder and chief executive officer of ACES, a company that provides services to children with autism and their families, to support the work of Karen Pierce, co-director of the Autism Center.

Newswise: Spanish Professor Applies Bilingual Skills to Immigration Court
Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Spanish Professor Applies Bilingual Skills to Immigration Court
SUNY Buffalo State College

Even though Graziela Rondón-Pari, Buffalo State College assistant professor of Spanish, has been in this country legally for decades, she said, she can empathize with the individuals going through the court system. This is why she continues to spend her summers as a court interpreter in Buffalo, New York City, and Baltimore, Maryland. Now, she is passing along these skills to Buffalo State Spanish majors interested in becoming court interpreters.

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Scientists put the stopwatch on cannabis intoxication
University of Sydney

A comprehensive analysis of 80 scientific studies has identified a 'window of impairment' of between three and 10 hours caused by moderate to high doses of the intoxicating component of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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Partial shade from solar panels increase abundance of flowers in late summer
Oregon State University

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that shade provided by solar panels increased the abundance of flowers under the panels and delayed the timing of their bloom, both findings that could aid the agricultural community.


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