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Newswise: Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales
Released: 6-Aug-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined toxins in tissue concentrations and pathology data from 83 stranded dolphins and whales from 2012 to 2018. They looked at 11 different animal species to test for 17 different substances. The study is the first to report on concentrations in blubber tissues of stranded cetaceans of atrazine, DEP, NPE and triclosan. It also is the first to report concentrations of toxicants in a white-beaked dolphin and in Gervais’ beaked whales.

Newswise: FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Released: 6-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Researchers Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards
Florida Atlantic University

Four FAU researchers have received the coveted NSF Early Career (CAREER) award for research to develop a low-cost, disposable point-of-care platform to detect current and emerging infectious diseases; for a cognitive screening tool for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using wearables and a smartphone; for mathematical tools and new ways of coding to enhance cybersecurity; and to better understand how marine animals tune, or dynamically adjust their movements using their skin and skeletons.

Newswise: Dolphin Calf Entangled in Fishing Line Only Lived Two Years Following Rescue
Released: 4-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Dolphin Calf Entangled in Fishing Line Only Lived Two Years Following Rescue
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers examined the outcome of an entangled bottlenose dolphin calf with monofilament fishing line wrapped tightly around its upper jaw. It was successfully disentangled and immediately released it back into its natural habitat. Surviving only two years, results showed long-term severe damage due to this entanglement including emaciation. There are about 1,000 bottlenose dolphins that live in the Indian River Lagoon, which also is a very popular location for recreational fishing.

Newswise: New Study on Development of Parkinson’s Disease is ‘On the Nose’
Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:30 AM EDT
New Study on Development of Parkinson’s Disease is ‘On the Nose’
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists suggest that the initial impact of environmental toxins inhaled through the nose may induce inflammation in the brain, triggering the production of Lewy bodies that can then be spread to other brain regions. However, the relationship linking olfactory dysfunction and Parkinson’s disease development remains unclear. New findings from a study add weight to this theory and identify a critical signaling molecule that may be key to the domino effect kicked off by nasal inflammation.

Newswise: Sea Level Rise Report: Impacts to Property and Regional Planning Solutions
Released: 28-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Sea Level Rise Report: Impacts to Property and Regional Planning Solutions
Florida Atlantic University

A new study reveals that urgent action is needed to protect billions of dollars in real estate investment across South Florida due to impacts of sea level rise over the next several decades. The report casts light on the issues and clarifies the alternatives available to South Florida, which embraces the four counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Together, these counties generate more than $337 billion in personal income annually with a combined real property value assessed at more than $833 billion.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Biotelemetry Provides Unique Glimpse into Whitespotted Eagle Rays’ Behavior
Florida Atlantic University

Using uniquely coded transmitters and acoustic telemetry, a study is the first to characterize the ecology and fine-scale habitat use of whitespotted rays in Florida while also identifying areas of potential interactions between this species and multiple environmental threats. Biotelemetry provided unique insights into this species’ occupancy, which is not apparent at the landscape-scale. Prolonged observations showed affinities for habitats of considerable recreational and commercial importance, like inlets, channels, and clam aquaculture lease sites close to shore.

Newswise: Back to School?
Released: 21-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Back to School?
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Terry Adirim provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 and return to school for school-age children. Adirim is a physician executive with senior leadership and executive experience in academic medicine and the federal government. Her expertise includes pandemic planning and response, health care quality improvement and patient safety, and health policy and management.

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Released: 16-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Novel Measurement and Forecasting Systems Make ‘Weathering the Storm’ More Precise
Florida Atlantic University

In the last several decades, more than half of the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the U.S. were due to inland flooding. Unfortunately, current forecasting capabilities are limited. Researchers are developing a warning system for more accurate and timely detection and forecasting of inland and coastal floods, under a variety of precipitation regimes. The technology will enable local and state governments to more effectively plan and respond to tropical storms.

Newswise: Study First to Show Tiger Sharks’ Travels and Desired Hangouts in the Gulf of Mexico
Released: 15-Jul-2020 5:50 PM EDT
Study First to Show Tiger Sharks’ Travels and Desired Hangouts in the Gulf of Mexico
Florida Atlantic University

Using sophisticated satellite telemetry, a study is the first to provide unique insights into how tiger sharks move and use habitats in the Gulf of Mexico across life-stages. Data provide an important baseline for comparison against, and/or predicting their vulnerability to future environmental change such as climate variability or oil spills.

Newswise: Big Data Analytics Enables Scientists to Model COVID-19 Spread
Released: 14-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Big Data Analytics Enables Scientists to Model COVID-19 Spread
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers will use big data analytics techniques to develop computational models to predict the spread of COVID-19. They will utilize forward simulation from a given patient and the propagation of the infection into the community; and backward simulation tracing a number of verified infections to a possible patient “zero.” The project also will provide quick and automatic contact tracing and leverages the researchers’ prior experience in modeling Ebola spread.

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Released: 10-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Like Humans, Beluga Whales Form Social Networks Beyond Family Ties
Florida Atlantic University

A groundbreaking study is the first to analyze the relationship between group behaviors, group type, group dynamics, and kinship of beluga whales in 10 locations across the Arctic. Results show that not only do beluga whales regularly interact with close kin, including close maternal kin, they also frequently associate with more distantly related and unrelated individuals. Findings will improve the understanding of why some species are social, how individuals learn from group members and how animal cultures emerge.

Newswise: Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Floridians’ Behavior at Onset of the Pandemic
Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Traffic Data Show Drastic Changes in Floridians’ Behavior at Onset of the Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

A study using same-day traffic volumes for March 2019 and March 2020 across Florida examined the chronological relationship of key governmental requests for public isolation and travel limitations. Results show the drastic changes in human behavior during the onset of the pandemic. Traffic volumes by March 22, 2020, dropped by 47.5 percent compared to that same point in 2019. Moreover, traffic declined in March 2020 corresponding with the governor’s state of emergency declaration and school, restaurant, and bar closures.

Newswise: Research Shows Telehealth is an Important Tool
For Rural Hospitals in Treating COVID-19 Patients
Released: 1-Jul-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Research Shows Telehealth is an Important Tool For Rural Hospitals in Treating COVID-19 Patients
Florida Atlantic University

A study of 3,268 hospitals in the U.S. shows that rural hospitals are more likely than urban facilities to have access to telehealth, a once-underused service that now is playing a key role in treating coronavirus patients. The research can help U.S. hospitals understand the extent to which they are prepared for another wave of the pandemic.

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29-Jun-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Seeing is Believing: Effectiveness of Facemasks
Florida Atlantic University

Using flow visualization of emulated coughs and sneezes, researchers assessed the efficacy of facemasks in obstructing droplets. Loosely folded facemasks and bandana-style coverings provide minimal stopping-capability for the smallest aerosolized respiratory droplets. Well-fitted homemade masks with multiple layers of quilting fabric, and off-the-shelf cone style masks, proved to be the most effective in reducing droplet dispersal. Importantly, uncovered coughs were able to travel noticeably farther than the currently recommended 6-foot distancing guideline. Without a mask, droplets traveled more than 8 feet.

Newswise: FAU Poll Finds Climate Change Still is Important Topic
for Floridians in Era of Coronavirus
Released: 25-Jun-2020 7:00 PM EDT
FAU Poll Finds Climate Change Still is Important Topic for Floridians in Era of Coronavirus
Florida Atlantic University

The third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by FAU's Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative quarterly statewide survey shows that 89 percent of respondents believe climate change is happening, up from 86 percent in January and 88 percent in October 2019.

Newswise: FAU Resident Physicians Create a Critical Pipeline 
for South Florida’s Healthcare Workforce
Released: 25-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Resident Physicians Create a Critical Pipeline for South Florida’s Healthcare Workforce
Florida Atlantic University

With the Association of American Medical Colleges estimating a shortage of up to nearly 122,000 physicians in the U.S. by 2032, and demand for physicians growing faster than supply, FAU’s resident physicians are creating a critical pipeline for South Florida’s healthcare workforce.

Newswise: Researchers Design COVID-19 Knowledge Base and Risk Assessment Tool Powered by Artificial Intelligence
Released: 24-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Researchers Design COVID-19 Knowledge Base and Risk Assessment Tool Powered by Artificial Intelligence
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers are creating a knowledge base that includes information for modeling outbreak and mutation of COVID-19, which will serve as a benchmark for better understanding the spread of the virus. They also are developing a multi-source deep neural network-based predictive tool to combine demographics, policies, regional infections, and individual information for risk evaluation using graph/network to represent entities and their relationships. The entities are fully compatible to the Unified Medical Language System standard for convenient knowledge sharing.

Newswise: Vets Walking Pets: Strolls with Shelter Dogs May Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Military Veterans
Released: 23-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Vets Walking Pets: Strolls with Shelter Dogs May Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Military Veterans
Florida Atlantic University

About 6 to 8 million dogs end up in shelters in the U.S. each year. Researchers worked with two no-kill shelters on a study examining the effects of walking with a shelter dog on psychological and physiological stress indicators in military veterans. Results confirm the importance of the human-animal bond and provide evidence that walking with a shelter dog may affect psychological and physiological stress indicators in veterans – with particular potential benefits for those with an increase in PTSD symptom severity.

Newswise: FAU Medicine Ushers in New Research Phase to Prevent Dementia
Released: 17-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Medicine Ushers in New Research Phase to Prevent Dementia
Florida Atlantic University

FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation have joined forces again to usher in a new phase of research to prevent dementia. The extension of a three-year, $3 million grant from the foundation will launch the new FAU Center for Brain Health. The grant supports precision medicine approaches to prevent dementia, which will be further strengthened by leveraging multiple patient-centered platforms through state-of-the-art transdisciplinary approaches.

Newswise: World’s Most Complete Health Analysis of Nesting Sea Turtles Conducted in Florida
Released: 16-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
World’s Most Complete Health Analysis of Nesting Sea Turtles Conducted in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

The most comprehensive health assessment for a green turtle rookery in the world to date is providing critical insights into various aspects of physiology, biology, and herpesvirus epidemiology of this nesting population. Findings are hopeful for this population of green sea turtles in southeastern Florida, offer important data on the profile of health for future comparative investigations, and suggest that viruses are endemically stable in this nesting population.

Newswise: FAU Now Offers COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Risk-Reduction Public Health Certificate
Released: 15-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Now Offers COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Risk-Reduction Public Health Certificate
Florida Atlantic University

In response to the high demand for one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S., FAU has launched a new, online public health certificate course on COVID-19, contact tracing and risk-reduction. The five-week, 15-hour course does not require a college degree and is scheduled from June 29 to Aug. 7. The program is open to the general public for adults age 18 and older with a high school diploma or equivalent and a variety of work experiences and educational backgrounds.

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Released: 11-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Could These ‘Salt-loving’ Edible Sea Vegetables be the New Kale?
Florida Atlantic University

Skip the salt! Three species of sea vegetables could just be the new kale with the added benefit of a salty flavor. The 10-week study was designed to determine the optimal growing conditions for these sea vegetables that could soon be a great addition to salads, soups, pasta, rice and other dishes in the continental U.S. These nutritious plants for human consumption do not require fresh water and instead are grown in salt water.

Newswise: Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Released: 4-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Immune from Chronic Stress? Limit Inflammatory Signaling to Specific Brain Circuits
Florida Atlantic University

Chronic stress is associated with the pathogenesis of psychological disorders such as depression. A study is the first to identify the role of a neuronal receptor that straddles the intersection between social stress, inflammation, and anxiety in rodent models of stress. Findings suggest the possibility of developing better medications to treat the consequences of chronic stress by limiting inflammatory signaling not just generally, which may not be beneficial in the long run, but to specific brain circuits.

Newswise: First Do No Harm – Researchers Urge Halt in Prescribing Hydroxycholoroquine for COVID-19
Released: 3-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
First Do No Harm – Researchers Urge Halt in Prescribing Hydroxycholoroquine for COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers urge a moratorium on prescribing chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, with or without azithromycin, to treat or prevent COVID-19, and caution that the reassuring safety profile of hydroxychloroquine may be more apparent than real. Safety data derive from decades of prescriptions by clinicians, primarily for their patients with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which are of greater prevalence in younger and middle age women, who are at very low risk of fatal heart outcomes due to hydroxychloroquine.

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Released: 2-Jun-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Good Night? Satellite Data Uncovers Dolphins on the Move at Nighttime
Florida Atlantic University

More than 1,000 bottlenose dolphins live in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon year-round. Although extensively studied, what they do at nighttime is still a mystery. Using satellite telemetry, scientists provide the first documentation that these dolphins have a larger range that encompasses more habitats than previously thought. They regularly leave the brackish waters of the estuarine system and, not only travel into the ocean, but swim substantial distances – up to 20 kilometers – up freshwater rivers, creeks, and canals.

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Released: 28-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these robotic pets offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Robotic pets are usually given to people with ADRD, but data has shown that using them to decrease social isolation for older adults is highly successful.

Newswise: ‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers
Released: 27-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
‘With This Ring,’ Scientists Hope to Predict COVID-19 in Healthcare Workers
Florida Atlantic University

A three-pronged approach will help to predict COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers. At the center of it all – a ring, which tracks vitals such as heart rate and temperature and alerts the user that they might be getting sick without even realizing it. The study also will determine if participants go on to develop an acute COVID-19 infection and the prevalence rate in that population. Researchers hope to better identify patterns that could predict the emergence and recovery from novel infections to prevent and contain future pandemics.

Newswise: Tip of the Iceberg: Existing Racial Inequalities in Death from COVID-19 Will Soar
Released: 20-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Tip of the Iceberg: Existing Racial Inequalities in Death from COVID-19 Will Soar
Florida Atlantic University

Lifesaving innovations for COVID-19 will only markedly increase the already existing racial inequalities, if public health initiatives for equitable dissemination throughout all communities are not immediately developed. The introduction of drugs for HIV, respiratory distress syndrome, and hepatitis C resulted in racial inequalities. Moreover, before the introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in 1952, initially, black Americans experienced significantly lower rates of paralytic polio than white Americans. By 1959, after the widespread distribution of the vaccine, the reverse was true.

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Released: 13-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Can’t Touch This! Video Shows Blacktip Sharks Use Shallow Water to Flee Huge Predators
Florida Atlantic University

Aerial drone footage provides the first evidence of adult blacktip sharks using shallow waters as a refuge from a huge predator – the great hammerhead. Before this study, documentation of adult sharks swimming in shallower waters to avoid predation did not exist. Unmanned aerial vehicles enable scientists to unobtrusively observe behaviors in the wild, providing insight into seldom-seen predator-prey interactions. When it comes to sharks, this “hammerhead” time video proves you “can’t touch this.”

Newswise: Ultraviolet Light Exposes Contagion Spread from Improper PPE Use
Released: 6-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Ultraviolet Light Exposes Contagion Spread from Improper PPE Use
Florida Atlantic University

Despite PPE use, reports show that many health care workers contracted COVID-19. A novel training technique reinforces the importance of using proper procedures to put on and take off PPE when caring for patients during the pandemic. Researchers vividly demonstrate how aerosol-generating procedures can lead to exposure of the contagion with improper PPE use. The most common error made by the health care workers was contaminating the face or forearms during PPE removal.

Newswise: Facebook Study Reveals COVID-19 Compliance and Coping Behaviors of Floridians
Released: 5-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Facebook Study Reveals COVID-19 Compliance and Coping Behaviors of Floridians
Florida Atlantic University

The study provides empirical evidence for various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as important information about associated social, emotional and behavioral factors. Results could assist policy makers on effective decision-making. In addition, depending on the length and time of social isolation, it may become appropriate to explore the influence of COVID-19 on depression, anxiety and stress.

Newswise: Nation’s Newest Physicians Graduate Virtually in the Midst of COVID-19
Released: 1-May-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Nation’s Newest Physicians Graduate Virtually in the Midst of COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

The 63 members of the class of 2020 recited the Hippocratic Oath in unison, virtually, as they were conferred the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. More than half the class will start their residency program in a state that is currently considered a hotspot for COVID-19. Seven are headed to New York; others will be going to New Jersey, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. One of the most popular residencies among FAU’s class of 2020 is emergency medicine; eight of the 63 graduates (13 percent) will begin training in emergency medicine this July.

Newswise: Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Soared After Launch of Hepatitis C Drugs
Released: 30-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Racial Inequalities in Liver Cancer Deaths Soared After Launch of Hepatitis C Drugs
Florida Atlantic University

A study explored racial inequalities in death from liver cancer before and after the introduction of lifesaving drugs for hepatitis C. Results showed that from 1979 to 1998, racial inequalities in mortality from liver cancer in the U.S. were declining. But, from 1998 to 2016, of the 16,770 deaths from liver cancer among blacks, the excess relative to whites increased from 27.8 percent to 45.4 percent. Concurrently, racial inequalities in death decreased for major risk factors for liver cancer, such as alcohol and diabetes.

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Released: 30-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Nurses Provide PPE for Homeless, Low Income Individuals During Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

A team of FAU nurses is addressing the dire needs of a low income neighborhood in West Palm Beach by spearheading programs to provide lifesaving PPE such as face masks for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. People living in poverty as well as homeless individuals and those struggling with social determinants of health are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and dying from it.

Newswise: FAU Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission
Released: 29-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Smart City Project Paves the Way for Forecasting COVID-19 Infection Transmission
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers are exploring the untapped potential of emerging smart cities to enable hyper-contextualized computational epidemiology to tackle COVID-19. The idea is to partner with the computational epidemiology community to integrate evidence-based models of COVID-19 transmission with hyper-local mobility data to provide place-specific forecasts of disease transmission. When these tools are integrated into city planning efforts, they will provide real-time insights into how mobility changes within the city affect the local population’s susceptibility to future outbreaks.

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Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Children Ages 5 to 18 Create Hundreds of 3D Printed PPE and Donate Them to Local Hospitals
Florida Atlantic University

Over the last month, FAU elementary and high schools students ages 5 to 18, along with two faculty members, have worked tirelessly to create 3D printed face shields, intubation chambers and ear savers for several local hospitals in Palm Beach County. So far, they have produced more than 650 face shields, more than 500 ear savers and 36 intubation chambers and expect to collect another 350 face shields by the end of the week.

Newswise: Being Fun is No Laughing Matter
Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Being Fun is No Laughing Matter
Florida Atlantic University

A longitudinal study examined whether children who are well-liked and children who are popular got that way by being fun to hang around with. Results clearly underscore the importance of being fun. Across a two-month period, primary school children perceived by classmates as someone who is fun to be around experienced an increase in the number of classmates who liked them and the number who rated them as popular. In the eyes of peers, “fun begets status and status begets fun.”

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Released: 21-Apr-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Stay 6 Feet Apart. Mechanically Simulated Cough Reveals That May Not be Enough
Florida Atlantic University

A preliminary, flow visualization experiment suggests that staying 6 feet apart may not be sufficient. It only took the particles from the simulated cough a couple of seconds to travel 3 feet; in about 12 seconds it reached 6 feet and in about 41 seconds it reached around 9 feet. For a heavy cough, the particles can even travel up to 12 feet. In addition, a face mask doesn’t stop the particles 100 percent, but it does slow down the cough jets.

Newswise: FAU Scientists Receive $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Novel Neuroinflammation Study
Released: 20-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Scientists Receive $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Novel Neuroinflammation Study
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers have received a $1.7 million NIH grant for a novel project that is the first to investigate how the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) influences neurotransmission through a direct action on neurons and how this action triggers behavioral changes. They will establish nIL-1R1 as a crucial link that could convert neuroinflammation to neural dysfunction, providing a new pathogenic mechanism for anxiety, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. Results from this work could suggest new targets for the treatment of psychopathology.

Newswise: Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Florida Atlantic University

Early reports suggest the case fatality rate for those over 80, which constitutes nearly half of nursing home residents, is more than 15 percent. In areas where there is a shortage of ICU beds and respirators, even the most carefully thought out ethical approaches to rationing these resources will place older patients at a lower priority. Nursing homes must be prepared to manage patients who have had or have COVID-19 infection.

Newswise: COVID-19 Concerns? FAU Medicine Now Offers Telehealth
Released: 15-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
COVID-19 Concerns? FAU Medicine Now Offers Telehealth
Florida Atlantic University

FAU Medicine, a primary care practice in Boca Raton is now offering “virtual visits” (telehealth) with its physicians. These virtual visits can be related to preventive care, check-ups, follow-ups or acute illnesses, including supporting patients who are concerned about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Newswise: Tips for Homebound Caregivers Coping with 
Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 9-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Tips for Homebound Caregivers Coping with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers from FAU's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing provide several coping and care strategies for caregivers to help sustain their health as well as the health of those in their care during the quarantine associated with COVID-19.

Newswise: FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida
Released: 8-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida
Florida Atlantic University

A disposable face shield developed by FAU only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Unlike 3D printed solutions, this process is simple and quick. FAU re-tooled their facilities to leverage the opportunity to make face shields much faster than are currently being manufactured. They plan to share the blueprint for this PPE broadly with other academic institutions as well as industry.

Newswise: Scientists Develop New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Released: 7-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Scientists Develop New Way to Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Florida Atlantic University

Scientists have developed a new minimally invasive technique that greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios. This is the first time that differences in sex-specific protein expression patterns have been identified in blood samples of hatchlings with temperature-dependent sex determination. The technique is a crucial step in assessing the impact of climate change on imperiled turtle species and will enable more accurate estimates of hatchling sex ratios at a population level and on a global scale.

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Released: 1-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Researchers Team up with U.S. Coast Guard to Release and Track Three Baby Sea Turtles
Florida Atlantic University

Beach closures and other COVID-19 pandemic restrictions required scientists to get creative. They teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to make sure that three baby green sea turtles made it home. The turtles were outfitted with small solar powered satellite transmitters. Data will provide information to help scientists preserve sea turtles’ habitats and give them a hint about the effects of warmer temperatures on their offshore behavior.

Newswise: What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Released: 30-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
What are You Looking At? ‘Virtual’ Communication in the Age of Social Distancing
Florida Atlantic University

When discussions occur face-to-face, people know where their conversational partner is looking and vice versa. With “virtual” communication due to COVID-19 and the expansive use of mobile and video devices, now more than ever, it’s important to understand how these technologies impact communication. Where do people focus their attention? The eyes, mouth, the whole face? And how do they encode conversation? A first-of-its-kind study set out to determine whether being observed affects people’s behavior during online communication.

Newswise: Another Unintended Consequence of COVID-19: Cyberbullying Could Increase
Released: 26-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Another Unintended Consequence of COVID-19: Cyberbullying Could Increase
Florida Atlantic University

School districts nationwide are now providing K-12 education online. Stuck at home all day, students will be using apps even more than they already do, which could cause an increase in cyberbullying among youth. Many cyberbullying targets will hesitate to get help from their parents and will suffer silently because they can’t readily stop by the guidance counselor’s office or chat with a teacher after class. A cyberbullying expert provides important tips and advice for teachers and parents.

Newswise: Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby’s Brain Development and Function
Released: 25-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Mother/Infant Skin-to-Skin Touch Boosts Baby’s Brain Development and Function
Florida Atlantic University

As the world prioritizes social distancing due to COVID-19, new research shows that extended use of Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin, chest-to-chest method of caring for a baby, can positively benefit full-term infants and their mothers, which has important implications for post-partum depression. The study provides evidence that the physiology of mothers and their full-term infants is influenced by Kangaroo care: it increases oxytocin levels in mothers, and during infancy, can favorably influence both neurodevelopmental trajectories and infant neurobiological functioning.

Newswise: Public Health Leadership Paramount to Emerging Coronavirus Pandemic
Released: 19-Mar-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Public Health Leadership Paramount to Emerging Coronavirus Pandemic
Florida Atlantic University

In the 1960s, public health officials led the U.S. and worldwide efforts that resulted in smallpox becoming the first human disease ever eradicated from the face of the earth. FAU researchers and collaborators discuss the urgent need for public health leadership in the wake of the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

Newswise: FAU Programs Make U.S. News & World Report 
Lists for 2021 ‘Best Graduate Programs’
Released: 17-Mar-2020 1:05 PM EDT
FAU Programs Make U.S. News & World Report Lists for 2021 ‘Best Graduate Programs’
Florida Atlantic University

More than one dozen Florida Atlantic University graduate programs are included in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Programs” for 2021.


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