Invitation to 373 young economists — also for Online Science Days 2020

373 Young Economists from 60 countries can look forward to two top-class events: the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences in August 2021 and the Online Science Days 2020. Meeting on Economic Sciences postponed to August 2021 The invitations sent out today to the young economists apply to the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences…

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Substituting the next-best protein

When an actor is unable to perform in the theatre, an understudy—ideally one with some practice in the role—can take her place on stage. A study from Dr. Bernard Jasmin’s laboratory at the University of Ottawa and published today in Nature Communications shows that the same is true of proteins. Its results point the way…

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Maibach to receive funding to help consortium hone focus on health and climate equity

Edward W. Maibach, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication; Faculty, Communication, is set to receive $247,858 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health in sharpening its focus on health and climate equity. The Consortium was launched in 2016 by Mason and seven prominent medical societies. The…

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Could suicide risk be predicted from a patient’s records?

Suicide is now the second most common cause of death among American youth. Fatal suicides rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2016, and 2016 alone saw 1.3 million nonfatal suicide attempts. Now, a study led by Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrates that a predictive computer model can identify patients at risk for…

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With a heavy heart: How men and women develop heart disease differently

Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, Marta Cerruti, an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Materials Engineering, and her team analyzed damaged heart valves from patients who had undergone transplants. Their findings, recently published in Acta Biomaterialia, show considerable differences in the mineral deposits found in aortic valves of men…

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Traffic officer protein governs speed of sugar/fat conversion pathway

Scientists in Texas and Pennsylvania have identified a protein sensor that restricts how much sugar and fat our cells convert into energy during periods of starvation. It is possible, the scientists say, that the sensor could be fine-tuned to prompt more sugar and fat conversion in people with metabolic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and…

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Researchers develop breakthrough antibody test for COVID-19 virus

Several tests have been developed for detecting the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but these generally only allow detection of the virus during acute infection. Antibody, or serological, tests are urgently needed to determine the real rate of infection, to understand individuals’ antibody responses to the virus, and to identify people…

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Ventilators available with the flip of a switch

Responding to a looming global shortage of ventilators, a team from Oregon Health & Science University has come up a low-cost version that can be widely produced with 3D printing technology. Albert Chi, M.D., M.S.E., an OHSU trauma surgeon who previously pioneered 3D-printed prosthetics for children, is leading the effort. As COVID-19 spread inexorably across…

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Higher levels of NETs in blood associated with more severe COVID-19

New research finds a connection between destructive white blood cells and a more severe disease course in patients with COVID-19. «We found that patients with COVID-19 infection have higher blood levels of neutrophil extracellular traps, also called NETs, which are a product of an inflammatory type of neutrophil cell death called NETosis,» says first author…

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Groundbreaking development in rapid large-scale testing of COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY — OU Medicine, the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation collaborated to create a new test for COVID-19 using technology and reagents from Fluidigm Corporation, an innovative biotechnology tools provider. The test is intended for large-scale testing of patients across the OU Medicine healthcare system, with the capacity to…

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