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Released: 29-Jul-2021 5:25 PM EDT
Insurance Companies Are Pushing Biosimilar Drugs That May Damage Vision
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Insurance companies are pushing ophthalmologists to use new biosimilar drugs as alternatives to Avastin that have never been tested in the eye.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Nation’s Ophthalmologists Urge Congress to Protect Patients From Health Insurer Policy Disrupting Medically Necessary Care Across the Country
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and ASCRS

Today, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery sent a letter to members of Congress, asking for support in our ongoing effort to rein in excessive prior authorization requirements imposed by insurers.

22-Jul-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Study Compares Strategies to Eliminate Race-Based Adjustments in Estimates of Kidney Function
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• Removal of race adjustments to equations that estimate kidney function would increase the number of people categorized as having chronic kidney disease. • There are several modifications for removing race that vary in their expected impact on predicted kidney function values and associated clinical decisions. • Among race-free equations, the one based on blood measurements of cystatin C would likely result in the smallest changes.

Newswise: Georgia Tech Joins the U.S. National Science Foundation to Advance AI Research and Education
Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Georgia Tech Joins the U.S. National Science Foundation to Advance AI Research and Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

Today, Georgia Tech received two National Science Foundation (NSF) Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes awards, totaling $40 million. A third award for $20 million was granted to the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), with Georgia Tech serving as one of the leading academic institutions.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Which Voices Led Medical Misinformation in the Early Stages of COVID?
University of Cincinnati

In the early and thus far most devastating stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists were at a near loss on how to treat the deadly disease.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Half of U.S. Parents May Not Vaccinate Their Youngest Child Against COVID-19
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Even as the delta variant of Covid-19 sweeps the globe, leaving those who remain unvaccinated vulnerable, vaccination among adults and teenagers in the United States is stalling, giving rise to concerns over whether parents will vaccinate their young children once vaccines are approved for those under 12 years of age.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Tandon Researcher Joins Major Collaboration Aimed at Using AI Models to Improve Agriculture
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Chinmay Hegde, professor of computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is part of a multi-institutional collaboration to pursue foundational advances in artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the resiliency of the nation’s agricultural ecosystem.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Novel Method of Imaging Silicon Anode Degradation May Lead to Better Batteries
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A novel method of characterizing the structural and chemical evolution of silicon and a thin layer that governs battery stability may enable better, cheaper batteries.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Understanding Macro Level Influences on Strategic Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
City University London

A new study suggests that the effectiveness of countries' strategic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic may be adversely affected by the limitations of current tools used to measure the barriers and facilitators to courses of action.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Rainfall Becomes Increasingly Variable as Climate Warms
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Climate models predict that rainfall variability over wet regions globally will be greatly enhanced by global warming, causing wide swings between dry and wet conditions, according to a joint study by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Met Office, the UK's national meteorological service.

Newswise: COVID-19 update: coping with increased cases, breakthrough infections, national masking mandates and vaccine requirements
Released: 29-Jul-2021 4:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 update: coping with increased cases, breakthrough infections, national masking mandates and vaccine requirements
Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC experts speak out on the continued physical and emotional consequences of COVID-19

Newswise: Federal Government Commitment Necessary to Protect Voting Rights for Historically Marginalized People, Fraga Testifies
Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Federal Government Commitment Necessary to Protect Voting Rights for Historically Marginalized People, Fraga Testifies
University of Notre Dame

On July 27, Luis Fraga, the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership at the University of Notre Dame, testified via Zoom at the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on “The Need to Enhance the Voting Rights Act: Practice-Based Coverage.”

Newswise: UW to Lead New NSF Institute for Using Artificial Intelligence to Understand Dynamic Systems
Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:50 PM EDT
UW to Lead New NSF Institute for Using Artificial Intelligence to Understand Dynamic Systems
University of Washington

The University of Washington will lead a new artificial intelligence research institute that will focus on fundamental AI and machine learning theory, algorithms and applications for real-time learning and control of complex dynamic systems, which describe chaotic situations where conditions are constantly shifting and hard to predict.

Newswise: Wayne State Researcher Secures $2.3 Million in NIH Funding for Metabolic Research
Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Wayne State Researcher Secures $2.3 Million in NIH Funding for Metabolic Research
Wayne State University Division of Research

A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has been awarded a $2.3 million grant by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, to support research in circadian RNA modification in metabolic disease.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Researchers Find Molecular Switch That Regulates Fat Burning in Mice
Beth Israel Lahey Health

In a new study, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers has demonstrated that a metabolic regulatory molecule called Them1 prevents fat burning in cells by blocking access to their fuel source, which may contribute to the development of a new type of obesity treatment.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:45 PM EDT
FSMB: Spreading COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation May Put Medical License at Risk
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released statement in response to a dramatic increase in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation by physicians and other health care professionals on social media platforms, online and in the media.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:40 PM EDT
New Grant to Help Advance Alzheimer's Disease Research
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A five-year, nearly $6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging will allow investigators with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics to use artificial intelligence (AI) to advance Alzheimer’s disease research.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Climate Change to Fuel Increase in Human-Wildlife Conflict
University of Washington

Climate change is further exacerbating human-wildlife conflicts by straining ecosystems and altering behaviors, both of which can deepen the contacts — and potential competition — between people and animals.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:15 PM EDT
More Carbon Emissions Will Kill More People; Here's How Many
Earth Institute at Columbia University

A just-published study coins a new metric: the "mortality cost of carbon.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Platform Teaches Nonexperts to Use Machine Learning
Cornell University

New award-winning research from the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science explores how to help nonexperts effectively, efficiently and ethically use machine-learning algorithms to better enable industries beyond the computing field to harness the power of AI.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:05 PM EDT
How a simple blood test can identify women at risk for preterm birth
Michigan State University

One in ten babies is born prematurely in the United States, but a blood test during a routine prenatal visit could reveal if a woman is at risk of a preterm delivery, according to a Michigan State University researcher. “Preterm births are common,” said Hanne Hoffmann, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “If we know the mother is at risk for a preterm birth, her doctor can monitor her more closely.”

Newswise: Drug Combination Gets Advanced Liver Cancer Patients to Surgery
Released: 29-Jul-2021 3:00 PM EDT
Drug Combination Gets Advanced Liver Cancer Patients to Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A combination of the kinase-inhibitor drug cabozantinib and the immunotherapy drug nivolumab can make curative surgery possible in some liver cancer patients who would normally not be considered surgery candidates.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Independence at Home Demonstration Program Improves Health and Reduces Costs for a Sixth Consecutive Year
American Academy of Home Care Medicine

Home-based primary care program measures cost savings, effectiveness of in-home visits for chronically ill patients

Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Launches Project to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Medical Education
Mount Sinai Health System

With generous support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced today a three-year project to replicate its model for dismantling systemic racism in medical education. The school has put forth a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking eight to ten partner medical schools in the United States and Canada who will participate in the Icahn Mount Sinai learning model, centered on a virtual learning platform.

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29-Jul-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Women Less Likely Than Men to Receive Opportune Care After Stroke, Study Finds
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Women are less likely than men to receive timely care for strokes caused by blockages in large vessels, known as emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO), according to researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: Fungus That Tastes Just Right
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Fungus That Tastes Just Right
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens created by leaf-cutter ants

Newswise: Understanding Silicon Failure Opens Up Research Path for Higher-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Understanding Silicon Failure Opens Up Research Path for Higher-Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries
Los Alamos National Laboratory

In silicon-wire lithium-ion batteries, electrolytes carve away the silicon, blocking electron pathways and greatly diminishing the charging capacity of these promising devices.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Study Shows Visual Evoked Potential Is a Promising Tool for Translational Research Into Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai have identified specific transient visual evoked potential waveform abnormalities in individuals with Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS), proving the method to be an effective, noninvasive technique to gather objective data from a range of individuals, including those who are profoundly affected.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Warning Over Start of Commercial-Scale Deep-Sea Mining
University of Exeter

Deep-sea mining in international waters could begin in two years – but researchers say this is unnecessary and could cause irreversible damage to marine ecosystems.

Newswise: Argonne’s Macal named Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation International
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Argonne’s Macal named Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation International
Argonne National Laboratory

Charles M. “Chick” Macal, a modeling and simulation expert at Argonne, garnered the distinguished title of Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation International for his 20 years in the field and his recent studies on COVID-19 spread.

Newswise: Kamome goes to the Olympics
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Kamome goes to the Olympics
Humboldt State University

NBC Sports will air a documentary about the boat Kamome, a small boat ripped from Japan in the March 2011 tsunami that beached in California’s northern Del Norte County two years later, as part of their Olympic Games coverage on Sunday, August 1st at 9 a.m. on NBC stations throughout the country.

Newswise: Depth of Perception
26-Jul-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Depth of Perception
Washington University in St. Louis

Minuscule tunnels through the cell membrane help cells to perceive and respond to mechanical forces, such as pressure or touch. Using tip-growing cells in moss and pollen tubes of flowering plants, a new study is among the first to directly investigate what one type of these mechanosensitive ion channels -- PIEZO channels -- is doing in plant cells, and how.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 1:50 PM EDT
FSU Researchers Find La Niña Increases Carbon Export From Amazon River
Florida State University

When La Niña brings unusually warm waters and abnormal air pressure to the Pacific Ocean, the resulting weather patterns create an increase in the carbon export from the Amazon River, new research from Florida State University has found.

Newswise: Mount Sinai’s J Mocco, MD, to Lead the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Released: 29-Jul-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Mount Sinai’s J Mocco, MD, to Lead the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
Mount Sinai Health System

J Mocco, MD, MS, Senior Vice Chair, Director of the Cerebrovascular Center, and Co-Director of the Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship Program in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai, has been named president-elect of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS), a scientific and educational association dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurointerventional surgery, effective July 29, 2021.

Newswise: Keep Watch: Invasive, Destructive Spotted Lanternfly Spreads in NY
Released: 29-Jul-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Keep Watch: Invasive, Destructive Spotted Lanternfly Spreads in NY
Cornell University

The spotted lanternfly – an invasive, destructive pest with a wide range of hosts including grapes, apples, hops, maple and walnut – has spread to a growing number of counties in New York state.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Support for Adults with Autism
Flinders University

Autistic adults may have different behaviours or perspectives in the workplace or in social situations which may lead them into compromised situations.

Newswise: Rensselaer Expert in Ecological Applications of Computer Vision Joins NSF-Funded Artificial Research Institute
Released: 29-Jul-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Rensselaer Expert in Ecological Applications of Computer Vision Joins NSF-Funded Artificial Research Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

An expert in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to problems in animal ecology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will join a team of researchers in a new $20 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Artificial Intelligence Research Institute announced on Thursday.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Becomes First in New Jersey to Implant Responsive Neurostimulation Device in a Pediatric Patient with Epilepsy
Hackensack Meridian Health

Based on seizure and treatment history, the patient was a candidate for implantation of the NeuroPace RNS® System. The system is designed to treat focal seizures, which start in one or two specific parts of the brain.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Sports Psychiatrist Available to Discuss Performance Stress During Olympic Competition
University of Maryland School of Medicine

David McDuff, MD, Director of the Sports Psychiatry Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is available for media interviews today to discuss the stress Olympic athletes are under during the most important competitions of their lives.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:45 PM EDT
New Research Infuses Equity Principles Into the Algorithm Development Process
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

In the U.S., the place where one is born, one’s social and economic background, the neighborhoods in which one spends one’s formative years, and where one grows old are factors that account for a quarter to 60% of deaths in any given year

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:40 PM EDT
NSF makes $20 Million investment in Optimization-focused AI Research Institute led by UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of $220 million to establish 11 artificial intelligence (AI) institutes, each receiving $20 million over five years. One of these, The Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale (TILOS), will be led by the University of California San Diego.

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Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:40 PM EDT
AACN Rounds with Leadership - Accelerating Momentum for Change
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as critical to nursing education and fundamental to developing a nursing workforce able to provide high quality, culturally appropriate, and congruent health care.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:40 PM EDT
A Game-Changer for Mental Health: Sports Icons Open Up
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Recent news about major sports stars withdrawing from competition to focus on mental health has driven the importance of detecting and treating athletes' mental health concerns into the spotlight and may decrease stigma against seeking help.

Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:35 PM EDT
NYU Langone Health Named Coordinating Center for American Heart Association Health Equity Research Network to Prevent Hypertension in Black Communities
NYU Langone Health

As part of a $20 million award from the America Heart Association, NYU Grossman School of Medicine has been named as the coordinating center for a new collaboration between eight universities to prevent hypertension and reduce racial inequities in cardiovascular disease outcomes in Black communities.

Newswise: $20 Million Federal Grant Launches AI Institute for Better Crops, Agricultural Production
Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:10 PM EDT
$20 Million Federal Grant Launches AI Institute for Better Crops, Agricultural Production
Iowa State University

Researchers behind a new artificial intelligence institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. NSF and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture are supporting the idea with a five-year, $20 million grant to establish an AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture.

Newswise: Case Western Reserve Data Scientists Among National Artificial Intelligence Initiative
Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Case Western Reserve Data Scientists Among National Artificial Intelligence Initiative
Case Western Reserve University

Vipin Chaudhary, chair of computer and data sciences at Case Western Reserve, is co-primary investigator on the new grant announced today by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He will collaborate with Ohio State computer science and engineering professor Dhabaleshwar Panda, the primary investigator on the project, which will focus on building AI systems for agricultural and wildlife management systems.


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