Yang and collaborators building spatiotemporal platform to support COVID-19 response

Yang & Collaborators Building Spatiotemporal Platform To Support COVID-19 Response Chaowei Yang, Professor, Director, NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center, Geography and Geoinformation Science, is building a spatiotemporal platform to support rapid response to COVID-19. This project is a collaboration with the Center for Geographical Analysis at Harvard University. Specifically, Yang and his collaborators are building and…

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Heat may kill more people in US than previously reported: BU and UBC study

Death records point to hundreds of U.S. deaths from heat each year, but even moderately hot weather may actually be killing thousands. This summer, COVID-19 may make it harder to stay cool. As temperatures rise this summer, a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the University of British Columbia School…

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Smartphone app uses voice recordings to detect fluid in the lungs

Sophia Antipolis — 19 June 2020: Voice analysis by a smartphone app identifies lung congestion in heart failure patients, allowing early intervention before their condition deteriorates. The small study is presented today on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 «Speech is personal and as such, very small changes (related…

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Researchers attempt new treatment approach for blood cancer

(Boston)—In an effort to improve the survival of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms, a type of leukemia, researchers inhibited a specific protein (alpha5beta1 integrin) to decrease the number of large bone marrow cells (megakaryocytes) in an experimental model. An increase in megakaryocyte numbers is thought to be the cause of many problems observed in this disease.…

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Seshaiyer studying COVID-19 spread in aircraft cabin setting

Seshaiyer Studying COVID-19 Spread In Aircraft Cabin Setting Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor, Mathematical Sciences, College of Science (COS), is serving as a Principal Investigator at Mason on a collaborative proposal with Maziar Raissi of the University of Colorado at Boulder in which they are developing a computational methodology that can predict…

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Higher rates of severe COVID-19 in BAME populations remain unexplained

Higher rates of severe COVID-19 infections in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations are not explained by socioeconomic or behavioral factors, cardiovascular disease risk, or by vitamin D status, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. The findings, published in the Journal of Public Health, suggest that the relationship between…

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American Airlines Bans Conservative Activist Who Refused to Wear a Mask

A conservative activist who is an ardent supporter of President Trump was barred by American Airlines on Thursday, one day after he was removed from a flight from La Guardia Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport after he refused to wear a mask. The passenger, Brandon Straka, recorded his exchange with an airline employee on Wednesday…

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How Reparations for Slavery Became a 2020 Campaign Issue

When Shaniyat Chowdhury, a Democratic candidate for Congress in New York, was asked about the most urgent concern facing his district, his options were not in short supply. He could have said housing or hunger. Healthcare was certainly on the table. But when prompted in a local news interview to name what he intends to…

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Ida, Maya, Rosa, Harriet: Juneteenth and the Power in Our Names

“SoJo,” the cat of Representative Ayanna Pressley, Democrat of Massachusetts, is a celebrity in her own right. SoJo is a minor Twitter influencer; her appearance there wins likes and replies that include snapshots of admirers’ cats. Her popularity reflects how social media tastes lean toward cute pet clips and also speaks to me as a…

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