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Newswise: Commentary in Pediatrics: Children Don’t Transmit Covid-19, Schools Should Reopen in Fall
7-Jul-2020 3:00 PM EDT
Commentary in Pediatrics: Children Don’t Transmit Covid-19, Schools Should Reopen in Fall
University of Vermont

Based on one new and three recent studies, the authors of this commentary in Pediatrics conclude that children rarely transmit Covid-19, either among themselves or to adults. The authors recommend that schools reopen in the fall, since staying home can adversely affects children's development.

Newswise: When child care meets aged care, worlds align
Released: 9-Jul-2020 9:05 PM EDT
When child care meets aged care, worlds align
University of South Australia

While our oldest and youngest generations may seem worlds apart, a new ageing well initiative will bring them together in an innovative intergenerational education and development program that will connect children with older people in a structured way.

Newswise: Team Sports Risks Go Well Beyond Injury During the Pandemic
Released: 9-Jul-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Team Sports Risks Go Well Beyond Injury During the Pandemic
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Annabelle de St. Maurice, MD, MPH, co-chief infection prevention officer for UCLA Health, speaks on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guide for youth sports to resume.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:55 PM EDT
The US’ Withdrawal from the WHO Will Increase Death Rates and Threatens Global Security
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US and its financial support from the World Health Organization is grossly irresponsible at any time but particularly so during a pandemic.

Newswise: Study finds less impact from wildfire smoke on climate
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Study finds less impact from wildfire smoke on climate
Los Alamos National Laboratory

New research revealed that tiny, sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may have less impact on climate than widely hypothesized because reactions as the plume mixes with clean air reduce its absorbing power and climate-warming effect.

Newswise: Food safety investments open new markets, boost revenue for small farmers
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Food safety investments open new markets, boost revenue for small farmers
Cornell University

A new Cornell University study finds that when small-scale farmers are trained in food safety protocols and develop a farm food safety plan, new markets open up to them, leading to an overall gain in revenue.

Newswise: Does Blood Plasma from COVID-19 Survivors Help Patients Infected with Novel Coronavirus?
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Does Blood Plasma from COVID-19 Survivors Help Patients Infected with Novel Coronavirus?
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health have launched a clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma (CP) to prevent COVID-19 after a known exposure to the virus.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Study Shows that Improved Cochlear Implant Device Allows Safe MRI in Children without Discomfort
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A study from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that children with a MED-EL Synchrony cochlear implant device can undergo MRI safely, with no discomfort and reduced need for sedation or anesthesia. Findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Laryngoscope.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:40 PM EDT
WashU Expert: America gains nothing by leaving WHO
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to suspend U.S. funding to, and withdraw from, the World Health Organization is “counter to our interests in addressing our needs to save the lives and further the health of Americans, as well as an abandonment of America’s position as a global leader,” says the director of Washington University in St.

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Newswise: Meet baker’s yeast, the budding, single-celled fungus that fluffs your bread
Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Meet baker’s yeast, the budding, single-celled fungus that fluffs your bread
University at Buffalo

What IS baker's yeast? What does yeast do in nature? And why do scientists use it so much in the lab? University at Buffalo biologists chat about these questions.

Newswise: $18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego
Released: 9-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
$18M Boost to Materials Science Research at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation has awarded University of California San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Open letter opposing change to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program
American Chemical Society (ACS)

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has signed an open letter to the White House, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State opposing modifications to temporary exemptions for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

Released: 9-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
NFHS-AMSSM Guidance for Assessing Cardiac Issues in High School Student-Athletes with COVID-19 Infection
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

An expert medical task force appointed by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has issued guidance for assessing potential cardiac issues in high school student-athletes with COVID-19 infection.

Newswise: Argonne to explore how digital twins may transform nuclear energy with $8 million from ARPA-E’s GEMINA program
Released: 9-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Argonne to explore how digital twins may transform nuclear energy with $8 million from ARPA-E’s GEMINA program
Argonne National Laboratory

ARPA-E’s GEMINA funding will allow Argonne’s nuclear scientists to partner with industry and develop tools for the advanced reactors of tomorrow.

Newswise: Global wildlife surveillance could provide early warning for next pandemic
8-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Global wildlife surveillance could provide early warning for next pandemic
Washington University in St. Louis

In a perspective article published July 9 in Science, a team of wildlife biologists, infectious disease experts, and others propose a decentralized, global wildlife biosurveillance system to identify – before the next pandemic emerges – animal viruses that have the potential to cause human disease.

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Newswise: A New Look at Deep-Sea Microbes
Released: 9-Jul-2020 1:45 PM EDT
A New Look at Deep-Sea Microbes
University of Delaware

Microbes found deeper in the ocean are believed to have slow population turnover rates and low amounts of available energy. But microbial communities found deeper in seafloor sediments and around hydrocarbon seepage sites have now been found to have more energy available and a higher population turnover. Deeper sediments in the seepages are most likely heavily impacted by the material coming up from the bottom, which means that the seep could be supporting a larger amount of biomass than previously thought.

Newswise: Researchers to streamline process for measuring aviation emissions
Released: 9-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Researchers to streamline process for measuring aviation emissions
Missouri University of Science and Technology

The process that airlines must use to calibrate their jet fuel emissions measuring systems is costly and time-consuming. But researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology won an $847,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to find a faster and less expensive way to calibrate the devices. To reduce the impact of civil aviation on local air quality and human health, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has established and continually improved emissions standards for turbojet and turbofan engine emissions since 1981.

Newswise: American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to host virtual Annual Meeting, October 25-28
Released: 9-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to host virtual Annual Meeting, October 25-28
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO) 62nd Annual Meeting, will be held October 25-28 via an interactive virtual platform. The meeting, Global Oncology: Radiation Therapy in a Changing World, will feature reports from the latest clinical trials; panels on global oncology, health disparities and the novel coronavirus; and an immersive attendee experience in a virtual convention center. Media resources are available at www.astro.org/astro2020press.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Statement by AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine on ICE Guidance on International Students and University Online-Only Instruction
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA urges the administration to reverse the ICE guidance and allow international students with valid visas to remain in the United States as their universities strive to find the best path forward to providing a high-quality education while ensuring public health safety.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Structural analysis of COVID-19 spike protein provides insight into its evolution
Francis Crick Institute

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have characterised the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein as well as its most similar relative in a bat coronavirus.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Psychologists pinpoint psychological factors of refugee integration
University of Münster

Due to border closures in the wake of the corona crisis, the arrival of refugees in Europe has temporarily dipped.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Parents' smartphone use does not harm parent/child relationships
Edith Cowan University

Contrary to popular views, parental smartphone use is rarely associated with poor parenting, and more often than not, tends to be associated with warm and attached parenting.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Climate change: Heavy rain after drought may cause fish kills
University of Southern Denmark

Fish kills are a recurring phenomenon in lakes suffering from oxygen depletion. Often the kills are triggered by factors like an algae bloom, but now a new study reports on a new, climate-related cause of fish kills.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Face Masks Can be Devastating for People with Hearing loss, NYU professors say in British Medical Journal
New York University

Experts examine the serious implications of needed coronavirus prevention measures on health care practitioners and their patients with hearing loss.

Newswise: Detection of electrical signaling between tomato plants raises interesting questions
Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Detection of electrical signaling between tomato plants raises interesting questions
University of Alabama Huntsville

The soil beneath our feet is alive with electrical signals being sent from one plant to another, according to research in which a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering participated.

Newswise: Jersey Shore University Medical Center Achieves 
Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM
Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, announced it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the academic medical center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
How vaping companies are using Instagram to market to young people
Aalto University

E-cigarettes are highly addictive nicotine products with unclear health impacts, particularly on young people. Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 9-Jul-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every Tuesday throughout the duration of the outbreak.

Newswise: UCLA: Global Study Finds Critical Gaps in Workplace Protections
7-Jul-2020 3:50 PM EDT
UCLA: Global Study Finds Critical Gaps in Workplace Protections
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A sweeping study of 193 countries by the UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center reveals critical gaps in legal protections against discrimination on the job. Nearly one in four countries continue to have no legal protection from discrimination at work based on race and ethnicity, according to the study, just published in the journal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Researcher reconstructs skull of two million year-old giant dormouse
University of York

A PhD student has produced the first digital reconstruction of the skull of a gigantic dormouse, which roamed the island of Sicily around two million years ago.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Gene yields insights into the causes of neurodegeneration
Cornell University

Cornell researchers including Fenghua Hu, associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and member of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, are taking a closer look at the factors that cause Alzheimer’s, FTLD and similar diseases. Hu’s latest study, “A role of the frontotemporal lobar degeneration risk factor TMEM106B in myelination,” was published June 23 in the journal Brain.

Newswise: Is COVID-19 widening the gender gap in academic medicine?
Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Is COVID-19 widening the gender gap in academic medicine?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds that fewer women were first authors on COVID-19-related research papers published in the first half of this year. The findings suggest a worsening gender gap in academic medicine, where women were already underrepresented among authors of medical research.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Desert island discs: Music listened to in younger years defines us forever, research finds
SAGE Publications UK

Researchers at the University of Westminster and City University of London analysing the music record choices of guests on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme has found that the music we listen to between the age of 10 and 30 define us for the rest of our lives.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
How Can Education Researchers Support Education and Public Health Institutions During Covid-19?
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

As education researchers’ ongoing work is interrupted by school closures, what can they do to support education and public health institutions dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic? An article published today in Educational Researcher aims to answer that question, providing recommendations based on conversations with public health officials, state and local policymakers, educational leaders, directors of national education organizations, and researchers across disciplines.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Sodium found to regulate the biological clock of mice
McGill University

A new study from McGill University shows that increases in the concentrations of blood sodium can have an influence on the biological clock of mice, opening new research avenues for potentially treating the negative effects associated with long distance travel or shift work.

Newswise: Argonne soil carbon research reduces uncertainty in predicting climate change impacts
Released: 9-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Argonne soil carbon research reduces uncertainty in predicting climate change impacts
Argonne National Laboratory

DOE and USDA researchers use new global models to study how environmental controllers affect soil organic carbon, changes in which can alter atmospheric carbon concentrations and affect climate. Predictions could benefit industry mitigation plans.

8-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Rise In Broken Heart Syndrome During COVID-19 Pandemic
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic researchers have found a significant increase in patients experiencing stress cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WashU Expert: WHO withdrawal may not be legal
Washington University in St. Louis

President Donald Trump announced July 7 that the United States has officially begun to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump may or may not have the authority to do so, says an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis.“It’s not clear that the president can unilaterally withdraw the United States from membership in the WHO,” said Rachel Sachs, associate professor of law and a renowned expert on health policy and drug law.

Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Study: More than Half of U.S. Students Experience Summer Learning Losses Five Years in a Row
American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Following U.S. students across five summers between grades 1 and 6, a little more than half (52 percent) experienced learning losses in all five summers, according to a large national study published today. Students in this group lost an average of 39 percent of their total school year gains during each summer.

Newswise: NSU Researcher Part of Team Addressing Potential Risks to Marine Life from Deep-Sea Mining
Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:25 AM EDT
NSU Researcher Part of Team Addressing Potential Risks to Marine Life from Deep-Sea Mining
Nova Southeastern University

As the planet’s land-based natural resources become exhausted, the need for new sources is bringing the search to the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. And that has researchers across the globe very concerned.

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Released: 9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
AIP to Fund Programs Combating Racial Injustice, Inequities in Physics, Physical Sciences
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The American Institute of Physics has established a $200,000 fund to support efforts by its 10 member societies and an AIP affiliated society, the National Society of Black Physicists, for actions that are a direct response to racial injustice. The AIP 2020-2021 Diversity Action Fund will have a special focus on society actions for Black students in the physical sciences, as well as programs focused on minority communities.

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