Brotman Baty Institute’s Helen Chu named ‘Washingtonian the Year’

SEATTLE (January 15, 2021) — A University of Washington physician and professor, whose team of researchers identified the first case of the coronavirus in the United States, has been named «Washingtonian of the Year.» Dr. Helen Chu of the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine (BBI) at the UW’s School of Medicine, was cited for…

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Target discovered that halts osteoarthritis-type knee cartilage degeneration

There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, but a group of scientists believe they’ve discovered a method through which a simple knee injection could potentially stop the disease’s effects. These researchers showed that they could target a specific protein pathway in mice, put it into overdrive and halt cartilage degeneration over time. Building on that…

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UW researchers develop tool to equitably distribute limited vaccines

MADISON, Wis. — The demand for COVID-19 vaccines continues to outpace supply, forcing public health officials to decide who should be first in line for a shot, even among those in the same pool of eligible vaccine recipients. To assist these efforts, researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and…

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Graduate student groups from 15 states awarded for science policy initiatives to engage

Research!America and the Rita Allen Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Civic Engagement Microgrant Initiative. Now in its third year, the microgrant program provides funding to graduate student and postdoc-led science policy groups from across the U.S. to develop and lead outreach activities in their local communities. The 2021 Civic Engagement…

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T cells linked to myelin implicated in MS-like disease in monkeys

Scientists have uncovered new clues implicating a type of herpes virus as the cause of a central nervous system disease in monkeys that’s similar to multiple sclerosis in people. The findings, published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, expand on previous work to understand the cause of the disease and potentially develop antiviral…

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USask study finds COVID isolation worsens student diets, inactivity, and alcohol intake

A University of Saskatchewan study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant worsening of already poor dietary habits, low activity levels, sedentary behaviour, and high alcohol consumption among university students. The findings of the study—the first to assess changes in students’ dietary intake, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour before and during the…

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New study connects religiosity in US South Asians to cardiovascular disease

BOSTON — The Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health (SSSH), a cutting-edge proteomics analysis, suggests that religious beliefs modulate protein expression associated with cardiovascular disease in South Asians in the United States. The research, published by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the University of California San…

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