Utilizing telemedicine in the ER can reduce wait times and patient length of stay

INFORMS Journal Information Systems Research New Study Key Takeaways: Increasing telemedicine availability in the emergency room (ER) significantly reduces the average patients’ hospital stay. Using telemedicine if there is a demand surge or supply shortage rapidly decreases ER hospital stays. Using telemedicine to reduce a patient’s length of stay is a result of the reduction…

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Yang receives funding for services in support of COVID-19 mitigation mapping events

Chaowei Yang, Professor, Director, NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center, Geography and Geoinformation Science, received $90,000 from the U.S. Department of State for a project in which researchers at Mason, Harvard, and Colorado State University will address the role of spatiotemporal geospatial data in understanding and mitigating impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The research will focus…

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Safe sex or risky romance? Young adults make the rational choice

Astudy published in the journal Psychological Science found that young adults—contrary to how they are sometimes portrayed in the media—tend to make highly rational decisions when it comes to selecting potential romantic partners. This is not to say that young adults make risk-free choices, but they appear to consider both the risks and benefits of…

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Drug repurposing

University of New Mexico researchers who combed through a «library» of previously approved drugs believe they have identified a medication with the potential to help speed a patient’s recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection. «The gist of it is we think we found a drug that is on par with remdesivir and is much cheaper,» said Tudor…

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Wu studying anti-SARS-CoV-2 activities of a traditional Chinese medicine

Yuntao Wu, Professor, Molecular and Microbiology, School of Systems Biology, is performing experiments to examine the antiviral activities of Respiratory Detox Shot (RDS). RDS is a mixture of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used in China for the management of lung function and SARS-CoV and CoV-2 infection. Recent studies have shown that RDS has…

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Octopus-inspired sucker transfers thin, delicate tissue grafts and biosensors

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Thin tissue grafts and flexible electronics have a host of applications for wound healing, regenerative medicine and biosensing. A new device inspired by an octopus’s sucker rapidly transfers delicate tissue or electronic sheets to the patient, overcoming a key barrier to clinical application, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at…

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Viral ‘molecular scissor’ is next COVID-19 drug target

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, USA — American and Polish scientists, reporting Oct. 16 in the journal Science Advances, laid out a novel rationale for COVID-19 drug design — blocking a molecular «scissor» that the virus uses for virus production and to disable human proteins crucial to the immune response. The researchers are from The University of…

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National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator awards $1 million grant to team

A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is part of a team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to use artificial intelligence to better understand the role of facial expressions in signed and spoken languages. As part of the project, researchers will develop an application to teach American Sign Language learners about associated…

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