OSU research program awarded $12.7 million grant for Superfund research

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University-led research program has been awarded a $12.7 million grant to serve the Pacific Northwest by studying harmful chemicals found at federally designated hazardous waste sites. The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program received the five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The program has now…

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Super-charging drug development for COVID-19

Researchers are ramping up production of a promising drug that has proven effective in obliterating SARS-CoV in cellular cultures. The team hopes that the drug might also be effective in the fight against SARS’s close genetic cousin, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Northwestern University and ShanghaiTech University, the team has produced the promising molecule,…

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Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate…

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NIH BRAIN Initiative tool helps researchers watch neural activity in 3D

Our ability to study networks within the nervous system has been limited by the tools available to observe large volumes of cells at once. An ultra-fast, 3D imaging technique called SCAPE microscopy, developed through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, allows a greater volume of tissue to…

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Australian study: Many home blood pressure monitors not validated for accuracy

DALLAS, April 13, 2020 — Most blood pressure devices sold for home monitoring in Australia — and possibly worldwide — may not have been validated for accuracy and could lead to misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. In this study, the researchers studied the…

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People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may benefit from newer therapies

DALLAS, April 13, 2020 — Type 2 diabetes (T2D) affects treatment options for patients who have both coronary artery disease (CAD) and T2D, according to a new American Heart Association Scientific Statement, published today in the Association’s flagship journal Circulation. The scientific statement provides an overview of the latest advances for treating people who have…

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Small Chloroquine Study Halted Over Risk of Fatal Heart Complications

A small study in Brazil was halted early for safety reasons after coronavirus patients taking a higher dose of chloroquine developed irregular heart rates that increased their risk of a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia. Chloroquine is closely related to the more widely used drug hydroxychloroquine. President Trump has enthusiastically promoted them as a potential treatment…

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Track Down the Mystery Person Who Just Texted You

The rise of texting has birthed a new kind of awkward social interaction: the text with no name attached. Do you ask who it is, risking the shame of a friend realizing you didn’t care to save their number? Or do you text back, pretending you know what’s up, hoping they’ll drop enough clues to…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Risks of Reopening Economy Weighed

Here’s what you need to know: ImageOil storage tanks in Tuapse, Russia. The coronavirus pandemic has slashed global demand for oil by about one-third.Credit…Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Oil-producing nations agree to cut production sharply. Saudi Arabia, Russia and other oil-producing nations completed an agreement on Sunday to slash oil worldwide oil production by nearly 10 million barrels…

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