Books Are a Great Fit for Quarantine. The Book Business, Not So Much.

During a normal week, Jordan Pavlin, the editorial director at Knopf, seldom ate at her desk. Depending on the day, she might be meeting with literary agents over lunch, catching up with an author over an after-work drink, or having a quick bite before a cocktail party for a newly released title. She still doesn’t…

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Arizona ‘Overwhelmed’ With Demand for Tests as U.S. System Shows Strain

ImageLining up for tests at a site hosted by a migrant justice organization in Phoenix on Saturday.Credit…Matt York/Associated Press People seeking drive-up coronavirus tests in Phoenix faced a three-mile-long car line last weekend. On Friday, Arizona’s largest laboratory received twice as many samples as it could process. The phone line for testing appointments at a…

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A Virus Walks Into a Bar …

Everything you love about your neighborhood bar — the ambience, the crowds, the music, the free-flowing alcohol — makes it the ideal place to catch Covid-19. Around the country, bars are becoming a common source of coronavirus outbreaks. In Louisiana, at least 100 people tested positive for the virus after visiting bars in the Tigerland…

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Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions. They’re being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. The batteryless sensors are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome monitoring during…

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New transatlantic lab decodes the brain with AI

Jülich/Montreal, June 25 2020 — The new German-Canadian lab HIBALL aims to create a microscopic 3D map of functional neuroanatomy at the cellular level with the help of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence. The lab will be officially kicked off this Friday with a virtual satellite event at the annual Organisation of Human Brain Mapping…

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First successful delivery of mitochondria to liver cells in animals

University of Connecticut researcher Dr. George Wu recently published a paper in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology outlining his successful experiment delivering mitochondria to liver cells. This groundbreaking experiment marks the first time researchers have ever successfully introduced mitochondria into specific cells in living animals. Mitochondria generate energy from the conversion of fatty acids…

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Novel radiotracer advantageous for imaging of neuroendocrine tumor patients

Reston, VA—For neuroendocrine cancer patients with liver metastases, a new radiopharmaceutical, 68Ga-DOTA-JR11, has shown excellent imaging performance in tumor detection, staging and restaging, providing important information to guide treatment. In a head-to-head comparison of two somatostatin receptor (SSTR) imaging agents, 68Ga-DOTA-JR11 PET/CT performed better than 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT in detecting liver metastases, with a better tumor-to-background…

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Racial disparities in surgery rates for esophageal cancer

PHILADELPHIA — Black patients with esophageal cancer are at a higher risk of death compared to white patients. Although many reasons have been suggested for this, few have given physician actionable information. A new study from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) — Jefferson Health points to a different reason — Black patients were less…

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