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Newswise: Tufts University Team Wins a Grand Prize in NSF Idea Machine Competition

Tufts University Team Wins a Grand Prize in NSF Idea Machine Competition

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A Tufts University team is one of four grand prize winners in the National Science Foundation’s search for big ideas to inform its research agenda for the coming decade.

Channels: Artificial Intelligence, Education, Engineering, STEM Education,

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4-Feb-2020 10:45 AM EST
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Newswise: Brain Links to Embryonic Immunity, Guiding Response of The
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Brain Links to Embryonic Immunity, Guiding Response of The "Troops" That Battle Infection

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Researchers have discovered that the brains of developing embryos provide signals to a nascent immune system that help it ward off infections and significantly improve the embryo’s ability to survive a bacterial challenge. Viable brainless frog embryos can survive for some time, but exhibit chaotic and ineffective responses.

Channels: Immunology, Neuro, Regenerative Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), All Journal News, Grant Funded News, Staff Picks,

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30-Jan-2020 4:25 PM EST
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Newswise: Lights Out? Fireflies Face Extinction Threats of Habitat Loss, Light Pollution, Pesticides
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Lights Out? Fireflies Face Extinction Threats of Habitat Loss, Light Pollution, Pesticides

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Habitat loss, pesticide use and, artificial light are the three most serious threats endangering fireflies across the globe, raising the spectre of extinction for certain species whose features render them more vulnerable to specific threats. Impacts range from loss of biodiversity to ecotourism.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Nature, Wildlife, Staff Picks, All Journal News,

Released:
29-Jan-2020 4:20 PM EST
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On the menu: Study says dining out is a recipe for unhealthy eating for most Americans

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There may be some healthy choices on restaurant menus, but most of what Americans are eating while dining out is of poor nutritional quality, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts. Disparities based on race, ethnicity, income, education also worsened over the 14-year study period.

Channels: All Journal News, Health Food, Healthcare, Nutrition, Public Health, National Heart, Lung, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Embargoed Feed - hidden, Grant Funded News,

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23-Jan-2020 12:40 PM EST
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Newswise: Exclusive Polling: Iowa Youth Poised for Historic Caucus Turnout

Exclusive Polling: Iowa Youth Poised for Historic Caucus Turnout

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Young people are poised for a potentially historic turnout in the upcoming Iowa caucuses, and young Democrats prefer Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to an exclusive CIRCLE-Tisch College/Suffolk University Iowa youth poll released today by Tufts University.

Channels: Government/Law, U.S. Elections News, U.S. Politics, Local - Iowa, All Journal News, Staff Picks,

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24-Jan-2020 10:15 AM EST
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Shifting Clinic Culture to Address the Opioid Epidemic

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At a family medicine clinic in the Boston area, a team led by faculty from Tufts University School of Medicine conducted a five-year case study where they found medical facilities can help physicians to treat chronic pain in a way that will deter opioid misuse, while creating better processes to identify and treat patients who develop an opioid use disorder.

Channels: Addiction, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Family and Parenting, Healthcare, Pain, Substance Abuse, All Journal News,

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8-Jan-2020 4:20 PM EST
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Newswise: Researchers Suggest a Pathway to Reverse the Genetic Defect of Friedreich’s Ataxia
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Researchers Suggest a Pathway to Reverse the Genetic Defect of Friedreich’s Ataxia

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Scientists report that the genetic anomaly causing the neurodegenerative disease Friedreich’s ataxia – the multiple repetition of a three letter DNA sequence – could potentially be reversed by enhancing a natural process that contracts the repetitive sequences in living tissue.

Channels: Cell Biology, Genetics, Neuro, PNAS, All Journal News, Grant Funded News,

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4-Jan-2020 7:05 AM EST
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Newswise: New way to make biomedical devices from silk yields better products with tunable qualities
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New way to make biomedical devices from silk yields better products with tunable qualities

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Researchers have developed a more efficient fabrication method for silk that allows them mold the material like plastic into solid forms for a wide range of applications, including medical devices. The properties of the end products can be “tuned”, and modified with bioactive molecules, such as antibiotics and enzymes.

Channels: All Journal News, Biotech, Physics, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Nature (journal), Grant Funded News,

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10-Dec-2019 11:30 AM EST
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Newswise: Intended to help human, planetary health, EAT-Lancet diet too costly for 1.6 billion people
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    7-Nov-2019 6:30 PM EST

Intended to help human, planetary health, EAT-Lancet diet too costly for 1.6 billion people

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A new study estimates that the Eat-Lancet Commission reference diet -- meant to improve both human and planetary health -- would be unaffordable for at least 1.58 billion people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The study is published today in The Lancet Global Health.

Channels: All Journal News, Environmental Health, Food Science, Nutrition, Poverty, African News, Southeast Asia News, Staff Picks,

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6-Nov-2019 1:20 PM EST
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Newswise: Researchers engineer insulin-producing cells activated by light for diabetes

Researchers engineer insulin-producing cells activated by light for diabetes

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Researchers have transplanted engineered pancreatic beta cells into diabetic mice, then caused the cells to produce more than two to three times the typical level of insulin by exposing them to light. The light-switchable cells are designed to compensate for the lower insulin production or reduced insulin response found in diabetic individuals.

Channels: All Journal News, Diabetes, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Grant Funded News,

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1-Nov-2019 4:15 PM EDT
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