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Newswise:Video Embedded sharp-jump-in-stillbirths-during-covid-lockdown
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Released: 12-Aug-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Sharp jump in stillbirths during COVID lockdown
University of South Australia

A four-fold increase in stillbirths in a large UK maternity hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic might also be replicated in Australia and elsewhere due to guidelines which have discouraged face-to-face antenatal visits in recent months.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 7:15 PM EDT
How anxiety--and hope--can drive new product adoption
American Marketing Association (AMA)

Researchers from University of New South Wales, University of Southern California, and Imperial College London published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that analyzes how varying levels of hope and anxiety about outcomes from new products affect consequential adoption intentions and actual product adoption.

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Released: 12-Aug-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Research suggests bias against natural hair limits job opportunities for black women
Duke University

New research suggests Black women with natural hairstyles, such as curly afros, braids or twists, are often perceived as less professional than Black women with straightened hair, particularly in industries where norms dictate a more conservative appearance.

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Newswise: Preliminary study of 300+ COVID-19 patients suggests convalescent plasma therapy effective
Released: 12-Aug-2020 6:30 PM EDT
Preliminary study of 300+ COVID-19 patients suggests convalescent plasma therapy effective
Houston Methodist

A preliminary analysis of an ongoing study of more than 300 COVID-19 patients treated with convalescent plasma therapy at Houston Methodist suggests the treatment is safe and effective. The results, published in The American Journal of Pathology, represent one of the first peer-reviewed publications in the country assessing efficacy of convalescent plasma and offer valuable scientific evidence that transfusing critically ill COVID-19 patients with high antibody plasma early in their illness reduced the mortality rate.

Newswise: When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you
11-Aug-2020 11:00 PM EDT
When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you
University of South Australia

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile – how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or is there a scientific backing to the claim? Groundbreaking research from the University of South Australia confirms that the act of smiling can trick your mind into being more positive, simply by moving your facial muscles.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Maternal obesity increases risk of potentially deadly hypertensive disorders early in pregnancy
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Pregnant obese women were more at risk of experiencing early and late-onset hypertensive disorders, and that risk progressively increased in women with higher body mass indexes (BMI), according to a study led by researchers at UTHealth.

Newswise: A historian's 40-year quest to retrace the extraordinary life of activist Mary Talbert
Released: 12-Aug-2020 5:05 PM EDT
A historian's 40-year quest to retrace the extraordinary life of activist Mary Talbert
University at Buffalo

A century separates the lives of these two women, but they share much in common: Both are educators and community activists. Both are deeply committed to the fight for social justice. Both are tireless in their work.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 5:00 PM EDT
Combination therapy significantly improves survival outcomes for patients with acute myeloid leukemia
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

A combination regimen of venetoclax and azacitidine was safe and improved overall survival (OS) over azacitidine alone in certain patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to the Phase III VIALE-A trial led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Newswise: Book examines influence of racism on voting rights
Released: 12-Aug-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Book examines influence of racism on voting rights
Iowa State University

There is greater awareness today of structural racism in the U.S., but Americans are still split on the impact it has on the voting rights of underrepresented groups, according to a new book that examines the history of hostility toward Latinos and how it influences attitudes about voting rights.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Research finds TSA may have missed thousands of firearms at checkpoints in 2014-2016
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reported that it found 4,432 firearms in carry-on baggage at airport security checkpoints in 2019, and more than 20,000 firearms since 2014.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
How airplanes counteract St. Elmo's Fire during thunderstorms
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

At the height of a thunderstorm, the tips of cell towers, telephone poles, and other tall, electrically conductive structures can spontaneously emit a flash of blue light.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Study predicts millions of unsellable homes could upend market
University of Arizona

Millions of American homes could become unsellable - or could be sold at significant losses to their senior-citizen owners - between now and 2040, according to new research from the University of Arizona.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:50 PM EDT
MTSU, Texas State professors posit pandemic offers 'largest criminological experiment in history'
Middle Tennessee State University

In a research paper published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice, Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration, posits that the novel coronavirus tragedy presents a unique opportunity for a “randomized control trial.” The paper is co-authored by Stickle and Marcus Felson of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Newswise: Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy
Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Penn State College of Medicine study explores the association of malaria, HIV with anemia during pregnancy
Penn State College of Medicine

Pregnant women from sub-Saharan Africa with malaria and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher prevalence of anemia than pregnant women without infections according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The findings may have implications for reducing the risk of death in pregnant women and preventing low birth weights and neurocognitive impairment in their children as a result of anemia.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Prostate Cancer Treatment Might Help Some Glioblastoma Patients
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Anti-androgen therapy showed positive results in cell lines and animal models against glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:30 PM EDT
New generation of drugs show early efficacy against drug-resistant TB
Harvard Medical School

• New drug regimen for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis shows early effectiveness in 85 percent of patients in a cohort including many with serious comorbidities. • The results suggest a global need for expanded access to two recently developed medicines, bedaquiline and delamanid. • Study cohort included many people who would have been excluded from trials because of comorbidities, severity of disease or extent of drug resistance. • Findings highlight the importance of innovative regimens to improve outcomes for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Newswise:Video Embedded clearing-confusion-on-asymptomatic-spread
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Released: 12-Aug-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Clearing confusion on asymptomatic spread
UW Medicine

Confusion abounds about the difference between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections when it comes to the pandemic coronavirus. Dr. John Lynch, medical director of infection prevention and control at Harborview, explains what it means.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Survey Results Detail Signs of Improving Conditions for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) discovered in a new survey that employment opportunities for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during the COVID-19 public health crisis is improving.

Newswise: Bright Lights + Big City = Millions of Dollars in Savings
Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Bright Lights + Big City = Millions of Dollars in Savings
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The city of Chicago has replaced 210,000 street lights with state-of-the-art LEDs through its energy-efficient street lighting initiative. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory lent its technical expertise to the team - led by the Chicago Department of Transportation - to help identify the best lighting technology and field validation approaches to Chicago’s outdoor lighting modernization effort.

Newswise: Zeroing out their own zap
Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Zeroing out their own zap
Washington University in St. Louis

African fish called mormyrids communicate using pulses of electricity. New research from biologists at Washington University in St. Louis shows that a time-shifted signal in the brain helps the fish to ignore their own pulse. This skill has co-evolved with large and rapid changes in these signals across species.

Newswise: UIC to break ground on new clinical building Aug. 13
Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:20 PM EDT
UIC to break ground on new clinical building Aug. 13
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago will celebrate the construction of a new 200,000-square-foot clinical building on Aug. 13. The Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics building will provide expanded space for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, or UI Health, to serve patients needing GI, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, transplant and urology services.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Group is established to connect, inspire and empower UCI women in technology
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 12, 2020 — To connect, inspire and empower women working, researching and teaching in technology-related fields across campus, the University of California, Irvine has established a new diversity affinity group, Women in Technology at UCI. Through strategic partnerships, career development, educational events and networking activities, Women in Technology at UCI will strengthen the community of women in technology on campus.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Historic insect collection to modernize by going virtual
Cornell University

As director and head curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection, Corrie Moreau has numerous tasks on her to-do list, including one that could last her entire career: digitizing the collection’s 7 million specimens.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Young children would rather explore than get rewards
Ohio State University

Young children will pass up rewards they know they can collect to explore other options, a new study suggests.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Combating child weight gain during COVID-19
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The infamous “Quarantine 15,” a reference to packing on the pounds during the pandemic, is affecting even the youngest of Americans, according to UT Physicians pediatricians, who are seeing the evidence in front of them via telemedicine appointments.

Newswise: “Reelin” In A New Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis
Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:00 PM EDT
“Reelin” In A New Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Aug. 12, 2020 – In an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS), decreasing the amount of a protein made in the liver significantly protected against development of the disease’s characteristic symptoms and promoted recovery in symptomatic animals, UTSW scientists report.

Newswise: A Novel Strategy for Quickly Identifying Twitter Trolls
6-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT
A Novel Strategy for Quickly Identifying Twitter Trolls
PLOS

Two algorithms that account for distinctive use of repeated words and word pairs require as few as 50 tweets to accurately distinguish deceptive “troll” messages from those posted by public figures.

Newswise:Video Embedded mutations-may-have-saved-brown-howlers-from-yellow-fever-virus
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Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Mutations may have saved brown howlers from yellow fever virus
University of Utah

From 2007 to 2009, a yellow fever virus outbreak nearly decimated brown and black and gold howler monkey populations at El Parque El Piñalito in northeastern Argentina. A study found that in brown howlers, there were two mutations on immune genes that resulted in amino acid changes in the part of the protein that detects the disease.

Newswise:Video Embedded jhu-robotic-system-remotely-controls-ventilators-in-covid-19-patient-rooms
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Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:10 PM EDT
JHU Robotic System Remotely Controls Ventilators In COVID-19 Patient Rooms
Johns Hopkins University

A new robotic system allows medical staff to remotely operate ventilators and other bedside machines from outside intensive care rooms of patients suffering from infectious diseases.

Newswise: Sandia Science & Tech Park spurs economic growth
Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Sandia Science & Tech Park spurs economic growth
Sandia National Laboratories

A new, independent report has concluded that the Sandia Science & Technology Park contributed significantly to the local economy in 2018-19 by adding 310 jobs and generating increases in economic activity and tax revenue to the city and New Mexico.

Newswise: Short-Term Use of HIV-Prevention Medication Protects At-Risk Men on Vacation
Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Short-Term Use of HIV-Prevention Medication Protects At-Risk Men on Vacation
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Men at particular risk for HIV are very likely to consistently take prevention medication during vacations when their odds of contracting the virus are higher, according to a new study.

Newswise: Searching the ancient depths of a reptilian genome yields insight into all vertebrates
Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Searching the ancient depths of a reptilian genome yields insight into all vertebrates
Iowa State University

An Iowa State University scientists contributed to a global effort to assemble the genome of the tuatara, a rare reptile species native to New Zealand. The tuatara genome sheds light on the genomic structure of a huge range of species, including humans.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian Announces New Chief Executive Officer
Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Announces New Chief Executive Officer
Hackensack Meridian Health

A new chief executive officer (CEO) was named today for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center. Tim O’Brien, formerly the hospital’s chief operating officer (COO), will transition from his role as interim CEO to lead the hospital. O’Brien replaces John Fromhold who recently retired.

Newswise: Sciatica – A Common “Pain in the Nerve” for All Ages
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Sciatica – A Common “Pain in the Nerve” for All Ages
Hackensack Meridian Health

COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines have created many lifestyle changes, including new home workout routines and do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Doctors warn, however, that increased activity for those not used to certain exertion levels can lead to strains and pains, including one of the most common nerve conditions, sciatica (sy-at’-ick-uh).

Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Evolutionary theory of economic decisions
Stanford University

Making decisions in the face of uncertainty has never been easy.

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Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
SDSU professor finds after-hours cannabis use has no impact on workplace performance
San Diego State University

Although it has become increasingly accepted for medical and recreational use, cannabis is still considered among one of the most widely used illegal substances in the United States and in many European countries.

Newswise: Darolyn Milburn Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Darolyn Milburn Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Washington Post recently selected Darolyn Milburn, MSN, CRNA, as a 2020 Star NurseTM. Milburn, a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Research captures how human sperm swim in 3D
University of Bristol

This press release was updated and reissued on 12 August following concerns about some of the mathematical conclusions*.

Newswise: Quantum Materials Quest Could Benefit From Graphene That Buckles
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Quantum Materials Quest Could Benefit From Graphene That Buckles
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Graphene, an extremely thin two-dimensional layer of the graphite used in pencils, buckles when cooled while attached to a flat surface, resulting in beautiful pucker patterns that could benefit the search for novel quantum materials and superconductors, according to Rutgers-led research in the journal Nature. Quantum materials host strongly interacting electrons with special properties, such as entangled trajectories, that could provide building blocks for super-fast quantum computers. They also can become superconductors that could slash energy consumption by making power transmission and electronic devices more efficient.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Partnership With Vicarious Visions To Boost Gaming Education and Events at Rensselaer
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new agreement will formalize a long-standing relationship between two pivotal players in the Capital Region gaming industry: the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Vicarious Visions, the prominent game development company.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Grant boosts psychosocial care resources during COVID-19 pandemic
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology has received a $50,000 grant from Los Angeles-based PHASE ONE Foundation to support psychosocial care for people with cancer, their families and frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Some physicians are ordering thyroid tests for unsupported reasons
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Some physicians are ordering thyroid tests for unsupported reasons
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Up to one-third of physicians reported sending patients for a thyroid ultrasound for reasons not supported by clinical care guidelines, a new study led by University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers finds. Routine use of ultrasounds to detect cancerous thyroid nodules have led to a significant increase in thyroid cancer cases in recent years, although many are low-risk and unlikely to cause serious harm.

Newswise: Cornell Dean tours dairy farm with Rep. Brindisi, touts ag research
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Cornell Dean tours dairy farm with Rep. Brindisi, touts ag research
Cornell University

U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi met Aug. 10 with farmers and agricultural thought leaders – including Kathryn Boor, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University – for a farm tour and roundtable discussion about the importance of agricultural research.

Newswise: Dr. Rubin Receives Jun Kimura Outstanding Educator Award
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Dr. Rubin Receives Jun Kimura Outstanding Educator Award
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Devon Rubin, MD, is the second winner of the new AANEM Jun Kimura Outstanding Educator Award. This award honors AANEM members for their significant contributions related to NM and EDX education.

Newswise: When can kids return to sports after COVID-19? Doctors weigh in
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
When can kids return to sports after COVID-19? Doctors weigh in
University of Virginia Health System

Pediatric cardiologists are offering important advice on if and when it is safe for children and teens to return to playing sports after recovering from COVID-19.

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Yoga Shown to Improve Anxiety, Study Shows
NYU Langone Health

A new study led by researchers at NYU Langone Health found that yoga improves symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Newswise: Quieting the Storm
10-Aug-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Quieting the Storm
Harvard Medical School

A team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School has successfully used acupuncture to tame cytokine storm in mice with systemic inflammation.

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Released: 12-Aug-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Pharmacist-Led Clinic Improves Diabetes Outcomes, Lowers Costs
University of California San Diego Health

Pharmacist Candis Morello, PharmD, of Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego, discusses her Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) “tune up” clinic for complex type 2 diabetes patients – and why this team-based approach is better for patients and more cost effective for health systems and payers.


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