UAlberta researchers find way to speed up nerve regrowth for trauma patients

(Edmonton, AB) A University of Alberta researcher has found a treatment that increases the speed of nerve regeneration by three to five times, leading to much better outcomes for trauma surgery patients. «We use the term ‘time is muscle,’» said Christine Webber, an associate professor in the U of A’s anatomy division and a member…

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New clues to a 500-year old mystery about the human heart

19 August 2020, Cambridge — Researchers have investigated the function of a complex mesh of muscle fibres that line the inner surface of the heart. The study, published in the journal Nature, sheds light on questions asked by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago, and shows how the shape of these muscles impacts heart performance…

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Observational study identifies drug that improves survival in sickest COVID-19 patients

August 18, 2020 — Edison, NJ — Researchers at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, have utilized its statewide observational database of more than 5,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients to show that a drug normally used in rheumatoid arthritis and cancer treatments, tocilizumab, improves hospital survival in critically-ill patients admitted to…

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Clinical and sociodemographic features of early COVID-19 patients

Clinical and sociodemographic features of early COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts: MGH study suggests vulnerable populations are hardest hit BOSTON — Data from the first COVID-19 patients treated at three large Massachusetts hospitals reveal important trends, including disproportionate representation of vulnerable populations, high rates of disease-related complications, and the need for post-discharge, post-acute care and monitoring.…

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Young gay men’s health care needs not being met

Young gay men who are uncomfortable discussing sexual issues with their primary care providers and experience health care discrimination are less likely to seek coordinated care, leading to missed opportunities for early diagnosis of chronic and mental health issues, according to Rutgers researchers. The study, published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services,…

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UCI develops low-cost, accurate COVID-19 antibody detection platform

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 19, 2020 — A robust, low-cost imaging platform utilizing lab-on-a-chip technology created by University of California, Irvine scientists may be available for rapid coronavirus diagnostic and antibody testing throughout the nation by the end of the year. The UCI system can go a long way toward the deployment of a vaccine for…

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New mechanism for stroke treatment shows successful proof-of-concept

Many people who suffer a stroke are permanently disabled. Stroke remains the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Paralysis of one side of the body, speech and language problems, vision problems and memory loss are some of the major consequences of stroke injury. Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States…

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Increasing graduation rates of students of color with more faculty of color

A new analysis published in Public Administration found that student graduation rates improve as more faculty employed by a college or university share sex and race/ethnic identities with students. The analysis focuses on the concept of intersectionality, which seeks to understand how aspects of a person’s social and political identities—such as gender, race, class, sexuality,…

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This cuttlefish is flamboyant on special occasions only!

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — The flashy Flamboyant Cuttlefish is among the most famous of the cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) — but it is widely misunderstood by its legions of fans. A new paper from the Roger Hanlon laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, sets the record straight. «This animal is well known…

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