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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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Released: 13-Jul-2020 2:10 PM EDT
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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Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
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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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.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Study finds weight loss surgery cost disparity
University of Georgia

A new study from the University of Georgia finds that users of public insurance are paying more for bariatric weight loss surgery compared to private insurance patients.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Fundamental Exploration Into Future Clean Energy Technologies Receives DOE Support
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $65 million in grants to support research that will advance safe, reliable, and clean nuclear energy. Among those projects are two led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which received a combined total of $1.2 million.

Newswise: Africana Studies Professors Discuss State of Race Relations in U.S.
Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Africana Studies Professors Discuss State of Race Relations in U.S.
SUNY Buffalo State

Five Buffalo State College faculty members weighed in on the current race relations climate following ongoing protests.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:25 AM EDT
How a Minecraft Mod is Helping Build Smarter AI
University of Texas at Dallas

Polycraft World, a modification of the video game Minecraft, was developed by University of Texas at Dallas researchers to teach chemistry and engineering. Now the game that allows players to build virtual worlds is serving as the foundation for federal research to develop smarter artificial intelligence (AI) technology. UT Dallas researchers received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to use Polycraft World to simulate dynamic and unexpected events that can be used to train AI systems — computer systems that emulate human cognition — to adapt to the unpredictable. The simulated scenarios could include changing weather or unfamiliar terrain. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have added the threat of an infectious disease outbreak.

Newswise: Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
University of Virginia Health System

Only 1.9% of uninfected household contacts who took a single dose of baloxavir marboxil came down with the flu.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
UTHealth joins study of blood pressure medication’s effect on improving COVID-19 outcomes
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An interventional therapy aimed at improving survival chances and reducing the need for critical care treatment due to COVID-19 is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The clinical trial is underway at Memorial Hermann and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Newswise: Tiny Bubbles Make a Quantum Leap
10-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Tiny Bubbles Make a Quantum Leap
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Researchers at Columbia Engineering and Montana State University have found that placing sufficient strain in a 2D material creates localized states that can yield single-photon emitters. Using sophisticated optical microscopy techniques developed at Columbia over the past 3 years, the team was able to directly image these states for the first time, revealing that even at room temperature they are highly tunable and act as quantum dots, tightly confined pieces of semiconductors that emit light.

Newswise:Video Embedded severely-damaged-human-lungs-can-now-be-successfully-recovered
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10-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Severely Damaged Human Lungs Can Now Be Successfully Recovered
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

A multidisciplinary team from Columbia Engineering and Vanderbilt University has now demonstrated that severely injured donor lungs that have been declined for transplant can be recovered outside the body by a system that uses cross-circulation of whole blood between the donor lung and an animal host. For the first time, a severely injured human lung that failed to recover using the standard clinical EVLP was successfully recovered during 24 hours on the team’s cross-circulation platform.

9-Jul-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Mind the gap: Even the richest Americans lag the English on health, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study shows that middle-aged people living in the U.S. today have worse health than their English counterparts – and that the difference in health between rich and poor is much larger on the American side of the Atlantic.

Newswise: Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage
9-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Merging solar cell and liquid battery produces efficient, long-lasting solar storage
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chemists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and their collaborators have created a highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery, a way to generate, store and redeliver renewable electricity from the sun in one device.

9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Breast Cancer Deadlier in Heart Attack Survivors
NYU Langone Health

Breast Cancer patients are 60 percent more likely to die of cancer after surviving a heart attack, a new study finds.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Cost Prevents One in Five U.S. Women from Using Their Preferred Contraception, Says Nationwide Study
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Recent Supreme Court Ruling Will Increase Birth Control Costs for Many Women, Make it Less Likely They Will Use the Birth Control They Want

Released: 13-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Dream on
Washington University in St. Louis

Daydreaming and wandering thoughts can be a significant asset for employees in the workplace, depending upon certain attributes of the wanderer — specifically, if they are engaged in their profession or organization.

Newswise: Scientists Successfully Demonstrate a New Experiment in the Search for Theorized ‘Neutrinoless’ Process
Released: 13-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Scientists Successfully Demonstrate a New Experiment in the Search for Theorized ‘Neutrinoless’ Process
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nuclear physicists affiliated with Berkeley Lab played a leading role in analyzing data for a demonstration experiment in France that has achieved record precision for a specialized detector material.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ACR Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Announces New Executive Director Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD
American College of Radiology (ACR)

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, as the new executive director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (HPI). Dr. Rula will oversee HPI’s entire extensive research portfolio in the areas of utilization, health policy, access and quality, and alternative healthcare models.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Family Caregiving May Not Harm Health of Caregivers After All
Johns Hopkins Medicine

For decades, family caregiving has been thought to create a type of chronic stress that may lead to significant health risks or even death, alarming potential caregivers and presenting a guilt-ridden obstacle for those needing help.


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