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Article ID: 702419

S&T Provides Real-Time Technology Solutions in Response to Major Hurricanes

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

As Hurricane Florence approached the United States East Coast this September and Hurricane Michael approached Florida, emergency managers and responders looked to predictive, situational awareness and decision support tools to help them prepare for the impending landfall and to respond once the storm arrived.

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Article ID: 702385

Johns Hopkins Researchers Detail How Middlemen Suppliers Can Increase Hospital Bills and Drug Prices

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Hospitals should be cautious of group purchasing organizations, or entities that act as middlemen between health care providers and manufacturers, says Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Article ID: 702401

Scientists Uncover How Rare Gene Mutation Affects Brain Development and Memory

University of California, Irvine

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, have found that a rare gene mutation alters brain development in mice, impairing memory and disrupting the communication between nerve cells. They also show memory problems could be improved by transplanting a specific type of nerve cell into the brain. The findings were published today in Neuron.

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Article ID: 702275

Cancer Patients Can Now Use Skin Creams During Radiation Therapy

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Contrary to the advice most cancer patients receive when they go through radiation treatment, topical skin treatments, unless applied very heavily, do not increase the radiation dose to the skin and can be used in moderation before daily radiation treatments.

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Article ID: 702202

New Causative Gene Found in Severe Childhood Epilepsy

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A large international research team has discovered a new genetic cause for a severe, difficult-to-treat childhood epilepsy syndrome. Spontaneous mutations in one gene disrupt the flow of calcium in brain cells, resulting in epileptic overactivity.

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Article ID: 702416

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives $3M NIH Grant for Health Disparities Research

Case Western Reserve University

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a three-year, $3,194,947 grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate colorectal and breast cancer health disparities. The grant is one of only four Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) Planning Grant P20 awards given across the nation to address health disparities. It will provide the infrastructure for a new, comprehensive research program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to study cancer health disparities at both molecular and population levels.

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18-Oct-2018 10:35 AM EDT

Article ID: 702415

Prof. Karen Kasza Wins Packard Fellowship

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Mechanical Engineering Prof. Karen Kasza has won a Packard Fellowship for her research on developing new ways to engineer tissue and treat disease.

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18-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 702414

New Tool Uses Your Smartphone Camera to Track Your Alertness at Work

Cornell University

Our level of alertness rises and falls over the course of a workday, sometimes causing our energy to drop and our minds to wander just as we need to perform important tasks. To help understand these patterns and improve productivity, Cornell University researchers have developed a tool that tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photographs taken every time users unlock their smartphones.

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