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Released: 28-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these robotic pets offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Robotic pets are usually given to people with ADRD, but data has shown that using them to decrease social isolation for older adults is highly successful.

Newswise: ‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers
Released: 27-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers
Florida Atlantic University

A three-pronged approach will help to predict COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers. At the center of it all – a ring, which tracks vitals such as heart rate and temperature and alerts the user that they might be getting sick without even realizing it. The study also will determine if participants go on to develop an acute COVID-19 infection and the prevalence rate in that population. Researchers hope to better identify patterns that could predict the emergence and recovery from novel infections to prevent and contain future pandemics.

Newswise: Tip of the Iceberg: Existing Racial Inequalities in Death from COVID-19 Will Soar
Released: 20-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Tip of the Iceberg: Existing Racial Inequalities in Death from COVID-19 Will Soar
Florida Atlantic University

Lifesaving innovations for COVID-19 will only markedly increase the already existing racial inequalities, if public health initiatives for equitable dissemination throughout all communities are not immediately developed. The introduction of drugs for HIV, respiratory distress syndrome, and hepatitis C resulted in racial inequalities. Moreover, before the introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in 1952, initially, black Americans experienced significantly lower rates of paralytic polio than white Americans. By 1959, after the widespread distribution of the vaccine, the reverse was true.

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Released: 13-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Can’t Touch This! Video Shows Blacktip Sharks Use Shallow Water to Flee Huge Predators
Florida Atlantic University

Aerial drone footage provides the first evidence of adult blacktip sharks using shallow waters as a refuge from a huge predator – the great hammerhead. Before this study, documentation of adult sharks swimming in shallower waters to avoid predation did not exist. Unmanned aerial vehicles enable scientists to unobtrusively observe behaviors in the wild, providing insight into seldom-seen predator-prey interactions. When it comes to sharks, this “hammerhead” time video proves you “can’t touch this.”

Newswise: Ultraviolet Light Exposes Contagion Spread from Improper PPE Use
Released: 6-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Ultraviolet Light Exposes Contagion Spread from Improper PPE Use
Florida Atlantic University

Despite PPE use, reports show that many health care workers contracted COVID-19. A novel training technique reinforces the importance of using proper procedures to put on and take off PPE when caring for patients during the pandemic. Researchers vividly demonstrate how aerosol-generating procedures can lead to exposure of the contagion with improper PPE use. The most common error made by the health care workers was contaminating the face or forearms during PPE removal.

Newswise: Facebook Study Reveals COVID-19 Compliance and Coping Behaviors of Floridians
Released: 5-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Facebook Study Reveals COVID-19 Compliance and Coping Behaviors of Floridians
Florida Atlantic University

The study provides empirical evidence for various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as important information about associated social, emotional and behavioral factors. Results could assist policy makers on effective decision-making. In addition, depending on the length and time of social isolation, it may become appropriate to explore the influence of COVID-19 on depression, anxiety and stress.

Newswise: Nation’s Newest Physicians Graduate Virtually in the Midst of COVID-19
Released: 1-May-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Nation’s Newest Physicians Graduate Virtually in the Midst of COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

The 63 members of the class of 2020 recited the Hippocratic Oath in unison, virtually, as they were conferred the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. More than half the class will start their residency program in a state that is currently considered a hotspot for COVID-19. Seven are headed to New York; others will be going to New Jersey, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. One of the most popular residencies among FAU’s class of 2020 is emergency medicine; eight of the 63 graduates (13 percent) will begin training in emergency medicine this July.

Newswise: Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Soared After Launch of Hepatitis C Drugs
Released: 30-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Soared After Launch of Hepatitis C Drugs
Florida Atlantic University

A study explored racial inequalities in death from liver cancer before and after the introduction of lifesaving drugs for hepatitis C. Results showed that from 1979 to 1998, racial inequalities in mortality from liver cancer in the U.S. were declining. But, from 1998 to 2016, of the 16,770 deaths from liver cancer among blacks, the excess relative to whites increased from 27.8 percent to 45.4 percent. Concurrently, racial inequalities in death decreased for major risk factors for liver cancer, such as alcohol and diabetes.

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Released: 30-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Nurses Provide PPE for Homeless, Low Income Individuals During Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

A team of FAU nurses is addressing the dire needs of a low income neighborhood in West Palm Beach by spearheading programs to provide lifesaving PPE such as face masks for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. People living in poverty as well as homeless individuals and those struggling with social determinants of health are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying from it.

Newswise: FAU Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission
Released: 29-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers are exploring the untapped potential of emerging smart cities to enable hyper-contextualized computational epidemiology to tackle COVID-19. The idea is to partner with the computational epidemiology community to integrate evidence-based models of COVID-19 transmission with hyper-local mobility data to provide place-specific forecasts of disease transmission. When these tools are integrated into city planning efforts, they will provide real-time insights into how mobility changes within the city affect the local population’s susceptibility to future outbreaks.

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Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Children Ages 5 to 18 Create Hundreds of 3D Printed PPE and Donate Them to Local Hospitals
Florida Atlantic University

Over the last month, FAU elementary and high schools students ages 5 to 18, along with two faculty members, have worked tirelessly to create 3D printed face shields, intubation chambers and ear savers for several local hospitals in Palm Beach County. So far, they have produced more than 650 face shields, more than 500 ear savers and 36 intubation chambers and expect to collect another 350 face shields by the end of the week.

Newswise: Being Fun is No Laughing Matter
Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Being Fun is No Laughing Matter
Florida Atlantic University

A longitudinal study examined whether children who are well-liked and children who are popular got that way by being fun to hang around with. Results clearly underscore the importance of being fun. Across a two-month period, primary school children perceived by classmates as someone who is fun to be around experienced an increase in the number of classmates who liked them and the number who rated them as popular. In the eyes of peers, “fun begets status and status begets fun.”

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Released: 21-Apr-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Stay 6 Feet Apart. Mechanically Simulated Cough Reveals That May Not be Enough
Florida Atlantic University

A preliminary, flow visualization experiment suggests that staying 6 feet apart may not be sufficient. It only took the particles from the simulated cough a couple of seconds to travel 3 feet; in about 12 seconds it reached 6 feet and in about 41 seconds it reached around 9 feet. For a heavy cough, the particles can even travel up to 12 feet. In addition, a face mask doesn’t stop the particles 100 percent, but it does slow down the cough jets.

Newswise: FAU Scientists Receive $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Novel Neuroinflammation Study
Released: 20-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Scientists Receive $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Novel Neuroinflammation Study
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers have received a $1.7 million NIH grant for a novel project that is the first to investigate how the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) influences neurotransmission through a direct action on neurons and how this action triggers behavioral changes. They will establish nIL-1R1 as a crucial link that could convert neuroinflammation to neural dysfunction, providing a new pathogenic mechanism for anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. Results from this work could suggest new targets for the treatment of psychopathology.

Newswise: Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Florida Atlantic University

Early reports suggest the case fatality rate for those over 80, which constitutes nearly half of nursing home residents, is more than 15 percent. In areas where there is a shortage of ICU beds and respirators, even the most carefully thought out ethical approaches to rationing these resources will place older patients at a lower priority. Nursing homes must be prepared to manage patients who have had or have COVID-19 infection.

Newswise: COVID-19 Concerns? FAU Medicine Now Offers Telehealth
Released: 15-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
COVID-19 Concerns? FAU Medicine Now Offers Telehealth
Florida Atlantic University

FAU Medicine, a primary care practice in Boca Raton is now offering “virtual visits” (telehealth) with its physicians. These virtual visits can be related to preventive care, check-ups, follow-ups or acute illnesses, including supporting patients who are concerned about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Newswise: Tips for Homebound Caregivers Coping with 
Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 9-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Tips for Homebound Caregivers Coping with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers from FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing provide several coping and care strategies for caregivers to help sustain their health as well as the health of those in their care during the quarantine associated with COVID-19.

Newswise: FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida
Released: 8-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida
Florida Atlantic University

A disposable face shield developed by FAU only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Unlike 3D printed solutions, this process is simple and quick. FAU re-tooled their facilities to leverage the opportunity to make face shields much faster than are currently being manufactured. They plan to share the blueprint for this PPE broadly with other academic institutions as well as industry.

Newswise: Scientists Develop New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Released: 7-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Scientists Develop New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists have developed a new minimally invasive technique that greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios. This is the first time that differences in sex-specific protein expression patterns have been identified in blood samples of hatchlings with temperature-dependent sex determination. The technique is a crucial step in assessing the impact of climate change on imperiled turtle species and will enable more accurate estimates of hatchling sex ratios at a population level and on a global scale.

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Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Researchers Team up with U.S. Coast Guard to Release and Track Three Baby Sea Turtles
Florida Atlantic University

Beach closures and other COVID-19 pandemic restrictions required scientists to get creative. They teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure that three baby green sea turtles made it home. The turtles were outfitted with small solar powered satellite transmitters. Data will provide information to help scientists preserve sea turtles’ habitats and give them a hint about the effects of warmer temperatures on their offshore behavior.

Newswise: What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Florida Atlantic University

When discussions occur face-to-face, people know where their conversational partner is looking and vice versa. With “virtual” communication due to COVID-19 and the expansive use of mobile and video devices, now more than ever, it’s important to understand how these technologies impact communication. Where do people focus their attention? The eyes, mouth, the whole face? And how do they encode conversation? A first-of-its-kind study set out to determine whether being observed affects people’s behavior during online communication.

Newswise: Another Unintended Consequence of COVID-19: Cyberbullying Could Increase
Released: 26-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Another Unintended Consequence of COVID-19: Cyberbullying Could Increase
Florida Atlantic University

School districts nationwide are now providing K-12 education online. Stuck at home all day, students will be using apps even more than they already do, which could cause an increase in cyberbullying among youth. Many cyberbullying targets will hesitate to get help from their parents and will suffer silently because they can’t readily stop by the guidance counselor’s office or chat with a teacher after class. A cyberbullying expert provides important tips and advice for teachers and parents.

Newswise: Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby’s Brain Development and Function
Released: 25-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby’s Brain Development and Function
Florida Atlantic University

As the world prioritizes social distancing due to COVID-19, new research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, which has important implications for post-partum depression. The study provides evidence that the physiology of mothers and their full-term infants is influenced by Kangaroo care: it increases oxytocin levels in mothers, and during infancy, can favorably influence both neurodevelopmental trajectories and infant neurobiological functioning.

Newswise: Public Health Leadership Paramount to Emerging Coronavirus Pandemic
Released: 19-Mar-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Public Health Leadership Paramount to Emerging Coronavirus Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

In the 1960s, public health officials led the U.S. and worldwide efforts that resulted in smallpox becoming the first human disease ever eradicated from the face of the earth. FAU researchers and collaborators discuss the urgent need for public health leadership in the wake of the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

Newswise: FAU Programs Make U.S. News & World Report 
Lists for 2021 ‘Best Graduate Programs’
Released: 17-Mar-2020 1:05 PM EDT
FAU Programs Make U.S. News & World Report Lists for 2021 ‘Best Graduate Programs’
Florida Atlantic University

More than one dozen Florida Atlantic University graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2021.

Newswise: FAU Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians Train for Coronavirus Contagion
Released: 6-Mar-2020 4:30 PM EST
FAU Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians Train for Coronavirus Contagion
Florida Atlantic University

With seven reported cases in Florida to-date, FAU emergency medicine resident physicians prepared for the threat of a coronavirus contagion using a simulated or “mock” disaster scenario at FORTS Medical. The simulation involved a cruise ship dock-setting scenario and mock passengers were transported by bus. The passengers stormed into the large warehouse to challenge the resident physicians to react and respond quickly to triage the patients. About 100 people participated in the half-day simulation including local nurses, paramedics, and student and community actors.

Newswise: U.S. Workers Need Paid Sick Leave to Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus
Released: 4-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EST
U.S. Workers Need Paid Sick Leave to Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus
Florida Atlantic University

One-third of Americans do not have access to paid sick leave. Only the U.S. and Japan do not mandate a national sick leave benefit. Currently, seven states in the U.S. mandate that employers provide paid sick leave benefits. Given the latest information from the U.S. CDC regarding the potential impact that the coronavirus could have on the nation, researchers urge that it is critical to consider the role paid sick leave has in stopping the spread of a contagious virus.

Newswise: FAU Poll Shows Florida Democrats, Republicans 
and Independents Concerned About Impact of Climate Change on Future Generations
Released: 27-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST
FAU Poll Shows Florida Democrats, Republicans and Independents Concerned About Impact of Climate Change on Future Generations
Florida Atlantic University

Floridians from all major political parties believe climate change is real and are concerned about its impact on future generations in the state, according to the second Florida Climate Resilience Survey.

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Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Monogamous Female Sea Turtles? Yes, Thanks to Sperm Storage
Florida Atlantic University

Female sea turtles mate multiply to ensure fertilization. A study of nesting loggerhead female sea turtles in southwestern Florida used genotyping to uncover how many fathers were represented in their nests. Surprisingly, scientists found that 75 percent of the female sea turtles had mated singly. No male was represented in more than one female’s clutches. Findings provide insights into the relative numbers of males present in the breeding population, which are hard to get because males never come ashore.

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20-Feb-2020 2:00 PM EST
Could This Plaque Identifying Toothpaste Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke?
Florida Atlantic University

For decades, researchers have suggested a link between oral health and inflammatory diseases affecting the entire body – in particular, heart attacks and strokes. Results of a randomized pilot trial of Plaque HD®, the first toothpaste that identifies plaque so that it can be removed with directed brushing, showed that it produced a statistically significant reduction in C-reactive protein, a sensitive marker for future risks of heart attacks and strokes, among those with elevations at baseline.

Newswise: FAU Research Explores How Regulatory Ambiguity Has Discouraged Entrepreneurial Activity in Bitcoin Market
Released: 20-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
FAU Research Explores How Regulatory Ambiguity Has Discouraged Entrepreneurial Activity in Bitcoin Market
Florida Atlantic University

More than a decade after the launch of Bitcoin, regulatory ambiguity surrounding the peer-to-peer virtual currency continues to discourage entrepreneurial activity by increasing risk and the costs of compliance.

Newswise: Neighborhood Features and One’s Genetic Makeup Interact to Affect Cognitive Function
Released: 19-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Neighborhood Features and One’s Genetic Makeup Interact to Affect Cognitive Function
Florida Atlantic University

Few studies have examined how the neighborhood’s physical environment relates to cognition in older adults. Researchers categorized 4,716 individuals by apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype – a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to determine if there are cognitive benefits of living in neighborhoods with greater access to social, walking and retail destinations. Results showed that the positive influence of neighborhood environments on cognition are strongest among those who are at the lowest risk for AD, specifically APOE ε2 carriers.

Newswise: Researchers Challenge New Guidelines on Aspirin in Primary Prevention
Released: 17-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Researchers Challenge New Guidelines on Aspirin in Primary Prevention
Florida Atlantic University

New guidelines recommend aspirin use in primary prevention for people ages 40 to 70 years old who are at higher risk of a first cardiovascular event, but not for those over 70. Yet, people over 70 are at higher risks of cardiovascular events than those under 70. As a result, health care providers are understandably confused about whether or not to prescribe aspirin for primary prevention of heart attacks or strokes, and if so, to whom.

Newswise: Many Teens are Victims of Digital Dating Abuse; Boys Get the Brunt of It
Released: 12-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Many Teens are Victims of Digital Dating Abuse; Boys Get the Brunt of It
Florida Atlantic University

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, but there is nothing romantic about new research illuminating how teen dating abuse is manifesting online. A study of U.S. middle and high school students showed that 28.1 percent had been the victim of at least one form of digital dating abuse. More than one-third had been the victim of traditional dating abuse (offline). Boys in heterosexual relationships experienced all forms of digital dating abuse more than girls and were even more likely to experience physical aggression.

Newswise: The Nose Knows: Study Establishes Airborne Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms’ Toxins
Released: 11-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
The Nose Knows: Study Establishes Airborne Exposure to Harmful Algal Blooms’ Toxins
Florida Atlantic University

There are no limits specific to airborne concentrations of microcystins (blue-green algae) or inhalation guidelines. Little is known about recreational and occupational exposure to these toxins. New research provides evidence of aerosol exposure to microcystins in coastal residents. Researchers detected microcystin in the nasal passages of 95 percent of the participants; some who reported no direct contact with impacted water. Results also showed higher concentrations among occupationally exposed individuals and demonstrated a relationship between nasal and water microcystin concentrations.

Newswise: Oh My Aching Back: Do Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong Help?
Released: 6-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Oh My Aching Back: Do Yoga, Tai Chi or Qigong Help?
Florida Atlantic University

About 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point. Patients are often advised to manage their back pain with exercise and mind-body interventions. But, do they really help? Researchers compared and contrasted yoga, tai chi and qigong, and found them to be effective for treatment of low back pain, reporting positive outcomes such as reduction in pain or psychological distress such as depression and anxiety, reduction in pain-related disability, and improved functional ability.

Newswise: Research Finds Publicly Funded Pregnancy-related Programs Can Improve Maternal Mortality Rates
Released: 5-Feb-2020 9:30 AM EST
Research Finds Publicly Funded Pregnancy-related Programs Can Improve Maternal Mortality Rates
Florida Atlantic University

The rigorous study using longitudinal data from Florida counties for 2001-2014 finds strong evidence that targeted pregnancy-related public health programs are effective at reducing maternal mortality rates, specifically among black mothers.

Newswise: Choosing Common Pain Relievers: It’s Complicated
Released: 5-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Choosing Common Pain Relievers: It’s Complicated
Florida Atlantic University

About 29 million Americans use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain. Every year in the U.S., NSAID use is attributed to approximately 100,000 hospitalizations and 17,000 deaths. All of these drugs have benefits and risks, but deciding which one to use is complicated for health care providers and their patients. To assist in clinical decision-making, researchers address cardiovascular risks and beyond, which include gastrointestinal and kidney side effects of pain relievers.

Newswise: Researchers Take Body Armor to the Next Level with High Energy Fibers
Released: 3-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Researchers Take Body Armor to the Next Level with High Energy Fibers
Florida Atlantic University

Body armor for U.S. soldiers are heavy, cumbersome, and way above the desired aerial density, which limits their mobility and physical performance. FAU scientists expect to improve performance of military helmets and body armor using hybridized nanocomposite fibers. Like something out of the movie “Iron Man,” this new fiber will to lead to fast dissipation, greater energy absorption and ballistic performance. Bullet-proof armor performance is heavily dependent on the base material properties, which have changed little in recent years.

Newswise: FAU Receives Carnegie Foundation 2020 Community Engagement Classification
Released: 31-Jan-2020 11:00 AM EST
FAU Receives Carnegie Foundation 2020 Community Engagement Classification
Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University is one of the 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for 2020, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

Newswise: Study Reveals New Way to Treat Stroke Using an Already FDA-Approved Drug
Released: 29-Jan-2020 8:30 AM EST
Study Reveals New Way to Treat Stroke Using an Already FDA-Approved Drug
Florida Atlantic University

Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) is currently used to treat neutropenia due to chemotherapy and has been successfully used for patients who require bone marrow transplants. The study is the first to report on the neuroprotective effect of GCSF in vivo and showed that it improved neurological deficits that occur in the first few days following cerebral ischemia. GCSF improved long-term behavioral outcomes while also stimulating a neural progenitor recovery response in a mouse model.

Newswise: Study Examines Genetic Testing in Diverse Young Breast Cancer Patients over a Decade
Released: 28-Jan-2020 8:30 AM EST
Study Examines Genetic Testing in Diverse Young Breast Cancer Patients over a Decade
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined racial and ethnic differences in genetic testing frequency and results among diverse breast cancer patients diagnosed at age 50 or younger from January 2007 to December 2017. They found that among 1,503 diverse young breast cancer patients, less than half (46.2 percent) completed hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing. However, the percentage of women who completed genetic testing increased over time from 15.3 percent in 2007 to a peak of 72.8 percent in 2015.

Newswise: Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive
Released: 22-Jan-2020 11:30 AM EST
Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive
Florida Atlantic University

Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles’ eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern U.S. from 2009 to 2017, and found that 75 percent did not survive following admission into a rehabilitation facility, irrespective of whether or not tumor regrowth occurred after surgery.

Newswise: Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States
Released: 16-Jan-2020 4:30 PM EST
Research Reveals Internet Crime Becoming More Sophisticated and Persistent in Florida and Other Large States
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers identify the top states as having the largest victim monetary losses and number of victims, and their report shows online crime trends in the last four years before 2019 (2015 to 2018) for the six top states with the highest internet crime activity.

Newswise: New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine
Released: 16-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
New Method Detects Toxin Exposure from Harmful Algal Blooms in Human Urine
Florida Atlantic University

A newly developed method can detect even low-dose human exposure to microcystins and nodularin in human urine. During harmful algal blooms (HABs), species of cyanobacteria release toxic peptides, including microcystins and nodularin into waterways, impacting wildlife and humans living in these marine environments. These findings are the first to report microcystin concentrations directly from exposed residents impacted by cyanobacteria in Florida, and is a critical step in developing and interpreting clinical diagnostic tests for HABs exposure worldwide.

Newswise: It’s 2020: Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting
Released: 15-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
It’s 2020: Time to Teach Teens ‘Safe’ Sexting
Florida Atlantic University

Telling youth not to “sext” doesn’t seem to be reducing the prevalence of them sharing nude photos or videos. A national sample of about 5,000 youth ages 12 to 17 showed 14 percent had sent and 23 percent had received sexually explicit images. Researchers say it’s time to teach teens ‘safe’ sexting and provide important tips to avoid significant and long-term consequences, such as humiliation, extortion, victimization, school sanction, reputational damage, and even criminal charges.

Newswise: FAU’s Online Graduate Nursing Program Soars to No. 7  in 2020 ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Rankings
Released: 14-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
FAU’s Online Graduate Nursing Program Soars to No. 7 in 2020 ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Rankings
Florida Atlantic University

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s online master’s degree soared to No. 7 from the No. 23 spot in 2019, and is the top-ranked program for private and public institutions in Florida. FAU’s College of Business, College of Education and overall online bachelor’s programs also made the list this year.

Newswise: Calculated Surprise Leads to Groundbreaking Discovery in Cognitive Control Research
Released: 13-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Calculated Surprise Leads to Groundbreaking Discovery in Cognitive Control Research
Florida Atlantic University

To better understand how motivational control processes help maximize performance when faced with task challenges, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and provide fascinating insights into the role of the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) as a component network of brain regions that support motivated behavior. They have unified conflicting findings by discovering that the single mechanism of surprise best accounts for activity in dACC during a task requiring motivated control.

Newswise:Video Embedded unique-immersive-simulator-tests-trust-between-humans-and-self-driving-cars
VIDEO
Released: 9-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Unique Immersive Simulator Tests ‘Trust’ Between Humans and Self-driving Cars
Florida Atlantic University

The issue of trust is a primary challenge for industry professionals trying to popularize the use of fully autonomous systems. FAU researchers have developed a unique immersive simulator that provides a convincingly lifelike virtual reality simulation to test trust between humans and self-driving cars.

Newswise: Innovative Partnership Will Help 6,000 Students Have a Smoother College Commute
Released: 18-Dec-2019 10:30 AM EST
Innovative Partnership Will Help 6,000 Students Have a Smoother College Commute
Florida Atlantic University

Transportation costs and limited transit accessibility restrict students’ capabilities to access college campuses, which can hinder their progress and the likelihood of successfully graduating. Florida Atlantic University is leading a first-time transportation collaboration to improve southeast Florida’s transit ecosystem for college students and ultimately student success and retention.


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