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Newswise: Arlington, Va., Named ‘Fittest City’ 
in 2020 American Fitness Index Ranking of Top 100
Released: 14-Jul-2020 7:00 AM EDT
Arlington, Va., Named ‘Fittest City’ in 2020 American Fitness Index Ranking of Top 100
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM and the Anthem Foundation release the 2020 American Fitness Index, ranking America’s 100 largest cities on health behaviors, chronic disease and community infrastructure indicators. Arlington, Va. earned the title of “America’s Fittest City.” Seattle, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; San Francisco, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Irvine, Calif.; Denver, Colo.; Boise, Idaho; and Boston, Mass., round out the top 10 fittest cities.

10-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
No evidence that predator control will save mountain caribou, study says
University of Alberta

Addressing potential threats from predators has not slowed the dramatic decline of mountain caribou in British Columbia and Alberta, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Alberta and two other western Canadian universities.

Newswise: Lung Screening Bus Brings High-Tech Health Care Directly to Patients
6-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Lung Screening Bus Brings High-Tech Health Care Directly to Patients
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

A mobile platform for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) can be developed with limited financial risk and take powerful screening tests directly to patients, including underserved rural areas where rates of new lung cancer cases tend to be higher.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Medicine and Education Lag in the Delivery of Services to Enhance Health of Sexually Active Adolescent Gay-Identified Men
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Young gay sexual minority men – especially Black and Latino youth – have their first sexual experiences at younger ages, emphasizing a need for comprehensive and inclusive sex education, according to Rutgers researchers.

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Newswise: Iowa State University joins the international APSIM Initiative
Released: 13-Jul-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Iowa State University joins the international APSIM Initiative
Iowa State University

The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is the first North American entity to join the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) Initiative. The computer modeling tools predict crop production in light of climate, genotype, soil and management factors.

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10-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
9 in 10 men want their doctors to ask about domestic violence
University of Wisconsin-Madison

A nationally representative survey of young men finds that 90 percent believe their doctors should ask whether they have perpetrated or experienced domestic violence — but only 13 percent have ever been asked. The large gap suggests that physicians have an opportunity to begin more conversations about domestic violence and potentially intervene, says Tova Walsh, a professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who led the study.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:15 PM EDT
Study shows humans are optimists for most of life
Michigan State University

Researchers from Michigan State University led the largest study of its kind to determine how optimistic people are in life and when, as well as how major life events affect how optimistic they are about the future.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

OADN & AACN Secure No-Cost Access to COVID-19 Screening Solution Until Vaccines Become Widely Available

Newswise: Athena Safa Sefat: Then and Now
Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Athena Safa Sefat: Then and Now
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Athena Safa Sefat is a Senior Research Scientist and a former Wigner Fellow in the Materials Science & Technology Division of the Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
FSMB Launches Virtual Education Program
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards is launching a virtual education program on topics of interest to the world of medical regulation. The series will feature six presentations from experts on topics such as physician sexual misconduct, consumer empowerment in health care, telemedicine developments as a result of COVID-19, physician stress and burnout, and implicit bias.

Newswise: Colleen Iversen on Belowground Ecology
Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Colleen Iversen on Belowground Ecology
Department of Energy, Office of Science

After working on a climate change experiment that showed plants adapt to additional carbon dioxide by putting extra carbon into their roots, Colleen Iverson has been on a mission to understand the role of roots in the environment, especially the tundra.

Newswise: Study suggests lymphoma drug acalabrutinib might offer a potential therapeutic approach for severe COVID-19 infection
Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Study suggests lymphoma drug acalabrutinib might offer a potential therapeutic approach for severe COVID-19 infection
Hackensack Meridian Health

The mechanisms of action of acalabrutinib led to the hypothesis it might be effective in reducing the massive inflammatory response seen severe forms of COVID19. Indeed, it did provide clinical benefit in a small group of patients by reducing their inflammatory parameters and improving their oxygenation.

Newswise: National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory Unites DOE Labs Against COVID-19
Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory Unites DOE Labs Against COVID-19
Department of Energy, Office of Science

To focus its efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, DOE is bringing the national laboratories together into the National Virtual Biotechnology Laboratory.

Newswise: Key Insights from Swedish Casino that Remained Open During COVID-19
Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Key Insights from Swedish Casino that Remained Open During COVID-19
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

As casinos in Las Vegas enter the second month of reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, UNLV gaming researchers say they can draw upon insights from industry collaborators in Sweden, a country that took a more open approach to the crisis compared to other governments.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
The Joint Commission Urges CMS to Extend Regulatory Flexibilities for CRNAs Beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission called on the agency to extend several waivers it enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the removal of physician supervision for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Released: 13-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Asymptomatic Transmission and Reinfection of COVID: Live Event for July 16, 2PM EDT
Newswise

Emerging data shows more risk of asymptomatic transmission and reinfection with COVID than previously thought. Experts will discuss these findings and what are the implications for managing the pandemic. Media are invited to attend and ask questions.

Newswise: Human Sperm Stem Cells Grown in Lab, an Early Step Toward Infertility Treatment
9-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Human Sperm Stem Cells Grown in Lab, an Early Step Toward Infertility Treatment
University of California San Diego Health

By inhibiting the molecule AKT, UC San Diego researchers favor the culture of human spermatogonial stem cells in the lab, a first step toward lab-produced sperm as a treatment for male infertility.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes First in New Jersey to Perform Revolutionary Minimally Invasive Robotic Lung Biopsy Procedure
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes First in New Jersey to Perform Revolutionary Minimally Invasive Robotic Lung Biopsy Procedure
Hackensack Meridian Health

More than 70% of lung nodules that need to be biopsied (analyzed to see if they are cancer) reside far out in the periphery of the lung, making them very difficult to biopsy using conventional bronchoscopy (a tube with a camera on its tip inserted through a patient's mouth into the lungs). The Ion system combines computed tomography (CT) data and robotic-assisted surgical technology to facilitate and expedite access to these nodules. The entire procedure is performed through bronchoscopy, without the need for any external surgical incisions.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Engineered llama antibodies neutralize COVID-19 virus
Rosalind Franklin Institute

Antibodies derived from llamas have been shown to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus in lab tests, UK researchers announced today.

Newswise: From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
From Nashville to New Hampshire, PPPL’s student interns do research, attend classes and socialize from their home computers
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's internship program this summer has gone virtual with 47 interns working on research projects from home.

Newswise: More than 3,000 neutrino scientists gather online for Neutrino 2020
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
More than 3,000 neutrino scientists gather online for Neutrino 2020
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

A dash of virtual reality helps replicate the serendipitous interactions of an in-person conference when participants are scattered across the globe.

Newswise: Barbara Harrison brings experience and human resource skills to new position of equity, diversity and inclusion business partner
Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Barbara Harrison brings experience and human resource skills to new position of equity, diversity and inclusion business partner
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has appointed Barbara Harrison, who has 19 years of experience in recruiting, to a new position spearheading PPPL's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Gut microbiota provide clues for treating diabetes
University of Gothenburg

The individual mix of microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract provides vital clues as to how any future incidence of type 2 diabetes can be predicted, prevented and treated.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Cigarette sales declining by 20 million a month after advent of standardized packaging
University of Bath

The introduction of standardised packaging for cigarettes in the UK, combined with stricter taxation measures on cheaper cigarettes, has led to a significant fall in sales for cigarettes, according to new analysis from researchers at the University of Bath.

9-Jul-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Antilupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat Condition in Newborns
NYU Langone Health

A drug used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) significantly reduces the incidence of a rare and sometimes fatal heart condition in newborn babies, a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers shows.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Social media inspired models show winter warming hits fish stocks
University of Queensland

Mathematical modelling inspired by social media is identifying the significant impacts of warming seas on the world's fisheries.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Well-off countries need trade to cut environmental woes
Michigan State University

International trade wins and losses don't just show up in the stock market, but also on a nation's environmental sustainability scores, a new study in Nature Sustainability shows.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Bat research critical to preventing next pandemic
Washington State University

The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has a likely connection to bats, and the next viral outbreak probably will too, unless scientists can quickly learn more about the thousands of viruses carried by one of the most diverse mammals on the planet.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:25 PM EDT
1 in 3 young adults may face severe COVID-19
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

As the number of young adults infected with the coronavirus surges throughout the nation, a new study by researchers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals indicates that youth may not shield people from serious disease.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Mental Health Units in Correctional Facilities: Scarce Data but Promising Outcomes
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Specialized mental health units (MHUs) may be critical to managing the high rates of serious mental illness in incarcerated populations. But research data on unit characteristics, services provided, and outcomes achieved by MHUs in correctional facilities are scarce, according to a report in the July/August issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: UTEP Awarded $1.3M to Research How Neural Circuits Regulate Specific Cognitive Functions
Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:15 PM EDT
UTEP Awarded $1.3M to Research How Neural Circuits Regulate Specific Cognitive Functions
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso was awarded $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to shed light on how the combined function of neural circuits impacts specific behaviors in humans. The study will seek to identify and characterize glycinergic neurons in the basal ganglia, a brain area that participates in initiation of voluntary movements and cognitive functions such as emotion, vision and some forms of memory.

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Newswise: University of Miami Health System Launches Skin of Color Division
Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
University of Miami Health System Launches Skin of Color Division
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The Dr. Philip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Health System launches newly named Skin of Color Division led by a three-physician team – all women of color. Only a handful of dermatology programs across the country have so many physicians specializing in skin of color care.

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Parasite infestations revealed by tiny chicken backpacks
University of California, Riverside

Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed "Fitbits for chickens."

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Listeria protein provides a CRISPR ‘kill switch’
Cornell University

A single protein derived from a common strain of bacteria found in the soil will offer scientists a more precise way to edit RNA.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Study links attraction to 'tyrannical' leaders to dysfunctional family dynamics
San Francisco State University

Ever wonder how some leaders in business or politics who appear selfish, manipulative and domineering still manage to amass a following?

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Fermilab achieves 14.5-tesla field for accelerator magnet, setting new world record
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Fermilab scientists have broken their own world record for an accelerator magnet. In June, their demonstrator steering dipole magnet achieved a 14.5-tesla field, surpassing the field strength of their 14.1-tesla magnet, which set a record in 2019. This magnet test shows that scientists and engineers can meet the demanding requirements for the future particle collider under discussion in the particle physics community.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Scientists discover key element of strong antibody response to COVID-19
Scripps Research Institute

A team led by scientists at Scripps Research has discovered a common molecular feature found in many of the human antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Newswise: McMaster and Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc. collaborate to move pathogen-detecting food wrap from lab to market
Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
McMaster and Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc. collaborate to move pathogen-detecting food wrap from lab to market
McMaster University

Toyota Tsusho Canada, Inc. (“TTCI”) will team up with McMaster engineers and biochemists to move a promising new food-safety technology from the lab to the marketplace.

Newswise: Pickled capers activate proteins important for human brain and heart health
Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Pickled capers activate proteins important for human brain and heart health
University of California, Irvine

A compound commonly found in pickled capers has been shown to activate proteins required for normal human brain and heart activity, and may even lead to future therapies for the treatment of epilepsy and abnormal heart rhythms.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Announces Interim Chief Executive Officer
Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Announces Interim Chief Executive Officer
Hackensack Meridian Health

An interim chief executive officer (CEO) has been named for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center while a search is underway to replace John Fromhold, who recently announced his retirement. Tim O’Brien, Mountainside chief operating officer (COO), will serve as interim CEO beginning July 9.


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