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Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
COVID-19 clinical trials lack diversity
University of Georgia

Despite disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death among people of color, minority groups are significantly underrepresented in COVID-19 clinical trials.

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 1:45 PM EDT
Aging memories may not be ‘worse,’ just ‘different’
Washington University in St. Louis

“Older adults might be representing events in different ways, and transitions might be picked up differently than, say, a 20-year-old,” said Zachariah Reagh, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences. Reagh looked at fMRI images to study memory differences in different age groups.

Newswise: Henry Ford Health System Kicks Off David DiChiera Music Therapy Program with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Henry Ford Health System Kicks Off David DiChiera Music Therapy Program with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre
Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System, in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), has begun offering virtual musical performances to cancer patients via its music therapy program named for the founding general director of Michigan Opera Theatre, David DiChiera. Through the David DiChiera Music Therapy Program, patients of Henry Ford Cancer Institute will be able to enjoy both live and archived virtual performances from the DSO and MOT at no cost.

Newswise: MedStar Washington Hospital Center Earns Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:35 PM EDT
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Earns Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center again has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with its 2020 2020 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Awards.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Racial, socioeconomic disparities fuel increased infant mortality rates in California
UC Davis Health

While infant mortality rates (IMR) decreased overall from 2007 to 2015 in California, disparities in infant death rates have increased in some groups, including among obese mothers, those who smoke and African American women, according to a new study published in PLOS One.

Newswise: Crystal Tank, M.D., Internist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Released: 11-Aug-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Crystal Tank, M.D., Internist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Hackensack Meridian Health

Mountainside Medical Group announced today that Crystal Tank, M.D., has joined the practice, expanding their internal medicine group.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Recently, several physicians hosted a press conference in which one physician claimed that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin and the mineral zinc could cure COVID-19. The video footage of that press conference went viral on social media, and soon many social media platforms removed the videos for providing inaccurate, non-scientifically backed claims. But questions from the public may still remain.

Newswise: Will the COVID-19 pandemic give a permanent boost to telemedicine for epilepsy care?
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Will the COVID-19 pandemic give a permanent boost to telemedicine for epilepsy care?
International League Against Epilepsy

Telemedicine for epilepsy care is more popular than ever. It has many advantages—but can it sustain itself into the future?

Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Causes of Higher Risk of Stress Fractures in Female Runners
Thomas Jefferson University

A pair of new studies identify overlooked physiological factors and lack of knowledge around wellness as contributors to risk of stress fracture in women who run.

Newswise: Managing Children’s Back-to-School Anxiety
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Managing Children’s Back-to-School Anxiety
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers mental health expert discusses how to prepare children to return to school, signs of emotional distress and benefits of virtual learning

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Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:05 AM EDT
How to Prevent and Treat Common Summer Rashes
American Academy of Dermatology

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, many people may find themselves spending more time outdoors for a much-needed change of scenery. While gardening, hiking in the woods and swimming can provide relief amid continuous social distancing measures, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say the increased exposure to things like sunlight, insects and poisonous plants can cause some itchy and painful rashes. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps people can take to avoid unwanted rashes and other skin issues while still enjoying the outdoors.

Newswise: Immunotherapy-Resistant Cancers Eliminated in Mouse Study
10-Aug-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Immunotherapy-Resistant Cancers Eliminated in Mouse Study
Washington University in St. Louis

In a mouse study, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that an antibody that targets the protein TREM2 empowers tumor-destroying immune cells and improves the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy.

Newswise: Using Physics to Improve Root Canal Efficiency
10-Aug-2020 9:25 AM EDT
Using Physics to Improve Root Canal Efficiency
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, scientists report calculations with a model of a conical-shaped root canal inside a tooth. A crucial step in this common dental procedure is irrigation, or rinsing, of the root canal cavity with an antibacterial solution, and the researchers used computational fluid dynamics to determine the effect of temperature on the cleaning efficiency: Higher temperatures can, to a point, improve cleansing, but this benefit falls off if the temperature gets too high.

Newswise: Why Does COVID-19 Impact Only Some Organs, Not Others?
7-Aug-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Why Does COVID-19 Impact Only Some Organs, Not Others?
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In severe cases of COVID-19, damage can spread beyond the lungs and into other organs, such as the heart, liver, kidney and parts of the neurological system. Beyond these specific sets of organs, however, the virus seems to lack impact. Ernesto Estrada aimed to uncover an explanation as to how it is possible for these damages to propagate selectively rather than affecting the entire body. He discusses his findings in the journal Chaos.

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6-Aug-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Multifocal contact lenses slow myopia progression in children
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Children wearing multifocal contact lenses had slower progression of their myopia, according to results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings support an option for controlling the condition, also called nearsightedness, which increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment later in life. Investigators of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study published the results August 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

6-Aug-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Young nearsighted kids benefit from bifocal contact lenses, study shows
Ohio State University

Bifocal contact lenses aren’t just for aging eyes anymore. In nearsighted kids as young as 7 years old, multifocal contact lenses with a heavy dose of added reading power can dramatically slow further progression of myopia, new research has found.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Researchers Combine Genetic Information with Electronic Medical Records to Pinpoint When Epilepsies Affect Children
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A team of researchers further bridged the gap between genomic information and clinical outcome data by systematically linking genetic information with electronic medical records, focusing on how genetic neurological disorders in children develop over time.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Understanding ‘Chemo Brain’ in Children: Researchers Secure $4.6 Million NIH Grant to Identify Those at Risk
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Chemotherapy usually cures children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but the treatment may hamper brain development and impact key cognitive functions including sensory processing, memory, and attention. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have received a five-year, $4.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to determine how chemotherapy exerts its damaging effects on the brain. Their long-term objective is to use this information to develop protective interventions that can prevent permanent harm.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 9:30 AM EDT
During Kids Eat Right Month™, Academy Encourages Healthful Snacking
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

With kids spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, snacking on empty calories could develop into unhealthful eating habits in the long run. August is Kids Eat Right Month™, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and their families.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 9:15 AM EDT
Brain-NET, a Deep Learning Methodology, Accurately Predicts Surgeon Certification Scores Based on Neuroimaging Data
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In a new article in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, researchers demonstrated how a deep learning framework they call “Brain-NET” can accurately predict a person’s level of expertise in terms of their surgical motor skills, based solely on neuroimaging data.

Released: 11-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
California Voters: ‘Release and Implement the Master Plan for Aging as Part of COVID-19 Response’
The SCAN Foundation

Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally shaken the nation’s social, demographic, political, economic, and health care landscapes with more than 4.8 million cases and 157,631 deaths nationally as of August 6.

Newswise: Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy
11-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers Create Mask Filtration Effectiveness Hierarchy
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Infection prevention experts at the UNC Medical Center set out to gather evidence on the fitted filtration efficiency of dozens of different types of masks and mask modifications, including masks sterilized for reuse, expired masks, novel masks sourced from domestic and overseas sources, and homemade masks.

Newswise: Researchers find clues to SARS-CoV-2 infection and explore why COVID-19 impacts patients differently
Released: 11-Aug-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Researchers find clues to SARS-CoV-2 infection and explore why COVID-19 impacts patients differently
McMaster University

Previously, scientists have determined that entry of SARS-CoV-2 into cells occurs through a receptor on the cell surface, known as ACE2. But the McMaster-Waterloo team has found that the ACE2 receptor is at very low levels in human lung tissue.

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Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation to Collaborate with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS to Host the 2020 IDea Incubator Pitch Competition
Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation

For a third consecutive year, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation will showcase the IDea Incubator Pitch Competition, aimed to support entrepreneurs and researchers working in the area of infectious diseases during IDWeek 2020, October 21-25.

Newswise: A wound dressing that kills bacteria
Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:55 AM EDT
A wound dressing that kills bacteria
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

In order to combat bacterial wound infections, Empa researchers have developed cellulose membranes equipped with antimicrobial peptides. Initial results show: The skin-friendly membranes made of plant-based materials kill bacteria very efficiently.

Newswise: Supplementary Measles Immunization Activities Provide More Equitable Results Than Routine Measles Immunization Programs
Released: 11-Aug-2020 6:35 AM EDT
Supplementary Measles Immunization Activities Provide More Equitable Results Than Routine Measles Immunization Programs
ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health announced new research showing that, across 20 low- and middle-income countries, supplementary measles immunization activities tended to provide more equitable vaccination delivery across socioeconomic groups than routine measles immunization programs.

7-Aug-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Excess Weight Among Pregnant Women May Interfere With Child’s Developing Brain
NYU Langone Health

Obesity in expectant mothers may hinder the development of the babies’ brains as early as the second trimester, a new study finds.

7-Aug-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Study Pinpoints Five Most Likely Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress in Police Officers
NYU Langone Health

A combination of genetic and emotional differences may lead to post-traumatic stress (PTS) in police officers, a new study finds.

Newswise: St. Jude nurse leader Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, named to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
Released: 10-Aug-2020 6:45 PM EDT
St. Jude nurse leader Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, named to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude nurse leader Belinda N. Mandrell, PhD, RN, named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Newswise: Sameet Shah, D.O., Gastroenterologist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Released: 10-Aug-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Sameet Shah, D.O., Gastroenterologist, Joins Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Group
Hackensack Meridian Health

Mountainside Medical Group announced today that Sameet Shah, D.O., has joined the practice to serve the community’s growing need in the field of gastroenterology.

Newswise: New Machine Learning Tool Predicts Devastating Intestinal Disease in Premature Infants
Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:55 PM EDT
New Machine Learning Tool Predicts Devastating Intestinal Disease in Premature Infants
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a sensitive and specific early warning system for predicting necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants before the life-threatening intestinal disease occurs. The prototype predicts NEC accurately and early, using stool microbiome features combined with clinical and demographic information. “The lessons we’ve learned from our new technique could well translate to other genetic or proteomic datasets and inspire new machine learning algorithms for healthcare datasets.”

Newswise: Analysis of Ugandan cervical carcinomas, an aid for understudied sub-Saharan women
Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Analysis of Ugandan cervical carcinomas, an aid for understudied sub-Saharan women
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Cervical cancer kills over 300,000 women a year, and 19 of the 20 nations with the highest death rates are sub-Saharan countries. Now an international team has published the first comprehensive genomic study of cervical cancers in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on tumors from 212 Ugandans.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Researchers find new potential treatment for prion diseases
Oxford University Press

A new study in Nucleic Acids Research, published by Oxford University Press, suggests a possible effective treatment strategy for patients suffering from prion disease.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Brain activity during psychological stress may predict chest pain in people with heart disease
American Heart Association (AHA)

Stress-induced activity in the inferior frontal lobe of the brain may have a direct correlation with chest pain among people with coronary artery disease, according to new research released today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, an American Heart Association journal.

Newswise: Young adults' risks from first-time opioid prescriptions may not be as high as previously thought
Released: 10-Aug-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Young adults' risks from first-time opioid prescriptions may not be as high as previously thought
Indiana University

Young adults and adolescents who are prescribed opioids for the first time may be at a slightly greater risk of developing a substance-related problem later in life, according to a new study co-authored by Indiana University researchers. However, the risk may not be as high as previously thought.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 3:45 PM EDT
Vaccine to prevent tuberculosis may help limit spread of COVID-19, Missouri S&T researchers say
Missouri University of Science and Technology

A vaccine developed about a century ago to prevent tuberculosis may also help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, according to two Missouri S&T researchers who examined the spread of COVID-19 among countries that require the vaccine and those that do not.The Missouri S&T researchers analyzed COVID-19-related death and incidence rates among nations that require the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine.

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Released: 10-Aug-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Cancer care and screenings must remain a priority during COVID-19
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to safely providing patient care and cancer screenings throughout the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 2:45 PM EDT
What the rest of the world can learn from South Korea's COVID-19 response
University of Colorado Denver

CU Denver researcher investigates how South Korean policy enabled the country to flatten the curve without economic disaster

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Released: 10-Aug-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Schooling Is Critical for Cognitive Health Throughout Life
Association for Psychological Science

New research suggests that education provides little to no protection against the onset of cognitive declines later in life. It can, however, boost the cognitive skills people develop earlier in life, pushing back the point at which age-related dementia begins to impact a person’s ability to care for themselves.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Mouthwashes could reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Sars-Cov-2 viruses can be inactivated using certain commercially available mouthwashes.


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