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05/29/2020 12:00 AM
How well do Germans understand weather risks?
(Max Planck Institute for Human Development) Germans have difficulty gauging the negative impact of weather conditions such as ground frost, heat, or UV radiation. This is one of the key results of a representative survey conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, published in Weather, Climate, and Society. The study's authors advocate new impact forecasts that predict not only what the weather will be, but also what it will do.

05/29/2020 12:00 AM
Watcher' tracks coronavirus in Cincinnati and beyond
(University of Cincinnati) As cases of COVID-19 soar two University of Cincinnati students develop an interactive dashboard that shows cases and deaths related to the novel coronavirus throughout the nation.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
CMSC annual meeting virtual exhibits, mini poster session and product theaters scheduled for June 1-14
(Consortium of MS Centers) The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) announces a state-of-the-art virtual experience for healthcare professionals to learn about the latest products, innovations and services from industry supporters and partners to optimize MS care. Scheduled for June 1-14, 2020, the CMSC Virtual Exhibits experience will also include Product Theaters and a Mini Poster Session of the latest MS research and discoveries.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
Survey identifies learning opportunities related to health impacts of climate change
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) An international survey of Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) membership found that the majority of members -- health professions schools and programs, including medical, nursing, and public health -- offer learning opportunities related to the health impacts of climate change, yet many also encountered challenges in instituting or developing curricula. The results of the survey provide a baseline assessment of the state of climate-health education internationally among health professions institutions.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
WPI-led research team shrinks breast cancer tumors in mice with targeted therapy
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) A team of researchers led by Worcester Polytechnic Institute Provost Wole Soboyejo attached anti-cancer agents to the hormone LHRH to create drugs that targeted triple-negative breast cancer, which typically does not respond to conventional targeted cancer therapies. The researchers reported that the treatments reduced the size of tumors in mice with no signs of toxic side effects.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
Not sure if you've already had coronavirus? This test can (maybe) tell you (video)
(American Chemical Society) Many people are wondering if that bad cold they had back in February or March was actually the new coronavirus. In principle, an antibody test could tell you that, but most of the tests out there right now aren't very good. We chatted with David Kroll to learn how these tests work, where they go wrong and why a test that's 96% accurate is actually pretty bad: https://youtu.be/jqudyDnnvJo.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
Student-school mismatch
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) Capable school graduates sometimes choose low-ranking universities which do not match their abilities. According to the findings of HSE University researchers, up to one-quarter of school graduates in Moscow enrol in low-quality universities despite scoring highly on their USE (Unified State Exam, the final school exam and a standard university admission mechanism in Russia). This academic mismatch limits their life opportunities and often stems from unequal starting conditions in the family and at school.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
TCT 2020 is now a virtual event: TCT Connect
(Cardiovascular Research Foundation) The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has announced that Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2020 will now take place as a virtual event called TCT Connect. The event will take place online October 14-18, 2020 and feature live case-based transmissions from around the globe, late-breaking clinical trials and science, virtual training, and countless opportunities to learn and engage with the brightest minds in interventional cardiovascular medicine.

05/28/2020 12:00 AM
Previously claimed memory boosting font 'Sans Forgetica' does not actually boost memory
(University of Warwick) It was previously claimed that the font Sans Forgetica could enhance people's memory for information, however researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of Waikato, New Zealand, have found after carrying out numerous experiments that the font does not enhance memory.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
RIT researchers receive grant to study microplastic pollution in Lake Ontario
(Rochester Institute of Technology) A team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will explore how tiny particles of plastic pollution are impacting Lake Ontario thanks to new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Sea Grant College Program. The multidisciplinary group led by Associate Professor Christy Tyler will examine how microplastics are transported and transformed in the lake, where they ultimately end up and what effects they have on the ecosystem.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
No laughing matter
(Linguistic Society of America) A new study involving a scientific analysis of the prevalence of 'LOL' in students' text messages demonstrates important potential applications for classroom learning. The study, 'Linguistics in General Education: Expanding Linguistics Course Offerings through Core Competency Alignment,' will be published in the June 2020 issue of the scholarly journal Language. An advance version of the article may be found at https://www.linguisticsociety.org/sites/default/files/LSA962101_0.pdf.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
Using artificial intelligence to detect COVID-19 in X-rays
(Cranfield University) Students at Cranfield University have designed computer models that can identify COVID-19 in X-rays.The models use computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse chest X-ray imagery. It can classify information which would not normally be recognised with the naked eye and assist with the diagnosis of COVID-19.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
A special elemental magic
(Kyoto University) Kyoto University physicists develop a 'nuclear periodic table'. While the traditional table is based on the behavior of electrons in an atom, this new table is based on the protons in the nucleus. Protons have different stable magic numbers, and the table highlights alternative ways to illustrate the laws of nature.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
1ST COVID autopsy series by LSUHealthNO pathologists reveals new cardiopulmonary findings
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) LSU Health New Orleans pathologists performed the first series of autopsies on African Americans who died from COVID-19 in New Orleans, and their findings provide new and critical information to guide patient management. The findings are published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

05/27/2020 12:00 AM
Diversity of applicants to surgical residency, fellowship programs
(JAMA Network) Researchers looked at trends in diversity by sex and race/ethnicity among applicants to US surgical residency and fellowship programs from 2008-2018 to see if diversity was increasing.

05/26/2020 12:00 AM
SAGE publishing's 10-year impact awards go to the authors of three social science papers
(SAGE) SAGE Publishing is recognizing three social science papers for their long-term academic influence. In their inaugural year, the 10-Year Impact Awards are given to the authors of articles published in any SAGE journal that received the most citations over the span of a decade.

05/26/2020 12:00 AM
Up to 60% of students in some schools vaped in past month
(University of Michigan) Vaping is most heavily concentrated in US schools with a higher proportion of white students, schools in the South and West, and schools where more students smoke cigarettes, a new University of Michigan study shows.

05/26/2020 12:00 AM
Can e-learning help stem the threat of invasive alien species such as Japanese Knotweed?
(Cranfield University) E-learning could be a crucial tool in the biosecurity fight against invasive alien species such as Japanese Knotweed, Zebra Mussels and Signal Crayfish according to a new study published in the academic journal 'Biological Invasions'.

05/26/2020 12:00 AM
Former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy receives award
(Vilcek Foundation) The Vilcek Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation announce Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, as the recipient of the 2020 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare.

05/26/2020 12:00 AM
Women almost twice as likely to choose primary care as men
(American Osteopathic Association) Analysis of osteopathic medical school survey data reveals women are 1.75 times more likely to choose primary care than men, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Researchers sought to understand factors that increase the likelihood of specializing in primary care.

05/25/2020 12:00 AM
Heart failure patients with limited health literacy may have higher risk of death
(American College of Cardiology) Patients with heart failure who experience low health literacy are at an increased risk of hospitalization and mortality. This finding has significant clinical and public health implications and suggests that assessing and intervening upon an individual's understanding of their own health could improve heart failure outcomes, according to research published in JACC: Heart Failure.

05/22/2020 12:00 AM
Picture a Scientist brings the struggles of women in science to screen
(SciComm Services) With major funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the film Picture a Scientist is breaking new ground by virtually launching in theaters across North America on June 12th. The independent documentary follows a groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Picture a Scientist will show through June 26 in select theaters nationwide, which are each providing exclusive links to the full film online.

05/22/2020 12:00 AM
Novel biomarkers predict benefit with immunotherapy in metastatic breast cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Two novel biomarkers have been found to correlate with improved outcomes with immunotherapy in metastatic breast cancer and may help to identify the patients most likely to benefit from this treatment, according to exploratory studies reported at the ESMO Breast Cancer Virtual Meeting 2020.

05/21/2020 12:00 AM
Researchers collaboratively test mask effectiveness to fight spread of COVID-19
(Texas Tech University) Faculty members at Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are examining both intermediate materials and finished masks from a multidisciplinary approach.

05/21/2020 12:00 AM
Surging numbers of first-generation learners being left behind in global education
(University of Cambridge) 'First-generation learners' -- a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education - are also significantly more likely to leave school without basic literacy or numeracy skills, a study suggests.

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