Latest News Releases 14 January
Repeated exposure to major disasters does not make people mentally stronger, a recent study from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health found: individuals who have been repeatedly exposed to major disasters show a reduction in mental health scores.
- Natural Hazards
- National Academies of Sciences
• Researchers have identified a set of receptors shared across human, mosquito, and other animal cells for the eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) and two related viruses, a crucial first step for developing preventive and curative treatments. • In experiments with cells and mouse models with a related virus, the scientists were able to prevent infection and disease progression using decoy molecules to hamper viral entry into cells. • In a 2019 outbreak of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE, or triple E) in New England, 30 percent of infected people died and half of those who survived had long-term neurologic damage. • Done between major outbreaks, this type of research into highly pathogenic viruses with pandemic potential can help improve preparedness for future outbreaks.
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Abdelaziz has received funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two projects. One project is related to the use of biopolymers to improve soils in collaboration with the Army Corps’ Environmental Laboratory (EL). The other project focuses on using biopolymers to strengthen military earthen structures and soils.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
A timely new study investigated the incidence of false-positive results in a large sample of rapid antigen tests used to serially screen asymptomatic workers throughout Canada. The study showed the overall rate of false-positive results among the total rapid antigen test screens for SARS-CoV-2 was very low.
- Health Canada, Loblaw Companies Limited, Air Canada, CPP Investments, Genpact, Magna, MDA, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Partnership, Nutrien, Rogers Communications, Scotiabank, Shoppers Drug Mart, Suncor Energy Incorporated
Munson, associate professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and Bellas, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University, were recently awarded $250,000 by the Lipedema Foundation to research causes and treatments for lipedema, an often painful disease characterized by a build-up of fat tissue in the limbs. The two are co-principal investigators for the grant.
- Lipedema Foundation
A new study led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers, using data from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, provides insight into how solar wind is generated and accelerated, bringing scientists one step closer to being able to predict “space weather.”
- The Astrophysical Journal Letters
- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Findings reveal increased use of telemedicine among some historically underrepresented patient groups and may inform future efforts to improve telemedicine access.
- Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Researchers at Duke University have developed an artificial intelligence platform to analyze potentially cancerous lesions in mammography scans to determine if a patient should receive an invasive biopsy. But unlike its many predecessors, the algorithm is interpretable, meaning it shows physicians exactly how it came to its conclusions.
- Nature Machine Intelligence
- NIH/National Cancer Institute
An international team of researchers found that the brightly colored jumping spider Saitis barbipes could not see its own vivid reds.
- The Science of Nature
Bioenergy expert and director of the Energy and Bioproducts Institute at Aston University, Professor Patricia Thornley, has been appointed to the science advisory council of the Department for Transport (DfT).
Louis C. Gerstenfeld, PhD, professor of orthopaedic surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has been selected as the as the 2022 recipient of the inaugural Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) International Section of Fracture Repair (ISFR) Lifetime Achievement Award.