MUSC researchers test brain stimulation in zero gravity

«It’s exciting. I love this stuff!» said Bashar Badran, Ph.D. «This is so fun.» Not many researchers get the chance to float, weightless, 32,000 feet above the Earth. Medical University of South Carolina scientists usually conduct research in labs — controlled settings where they can carefully repeat experiments to double-check results. But with an eye…

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$9.1 million NCI grant renewal will support cancer retrovirus research

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James) and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) have been awarded a five-year, $9.1 million grant Program Project Grant (PPG) renewal from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The…

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PATH receives grant to combat soil-transmitted helminth infections

SEATTLE—PATH announced today they received a grant from Japan’s Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund to develop a new oral treatment option for soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections. PATH’s Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Formulation team, part of the Medical Devices and Health Technologies global program, will lead the international collaboration, which includes the University of Massachusetts Medical…

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Are organ transplant recipients at greater risk of death from COVID-19?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new study, published in Transplantation, finds that risk of death from COVID-19 in organ transplant recipients may be based upon how the patient was treated. «Using data from the COVID-19 Rapid Response Registry, we examined COVID-19 positive adult solid organ transplant recipients and non-transplant patients that were matched to them…

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ISSCR launches Digital Meeting Series on Organoids

Skokie, IL — The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will host a four-part digital meeting series featuring a global line-up of speakers who will discuss their latest organoid research. Applying Organoids: The 3D Frontier, co-sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, will be moderated by Melissa Little, PhD, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia and Toshiro Sato,…

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Why do people respond differently to the same drug?

Scientists at Scripps Research have comprehensively mapped how a key class of proteins within cells regulates signals coming in from cell surface receptors. The study reveals, among other things, that people commonly have variants in these proteins that cause their cells to respond differently when the same cell receptor is stimulated—offering a plausible explanation for…

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ACC Quality Summit Virtual to be held Oct. 8-9

The American College of Cardiology will host ACC Quality Summit Virtual, Oct. 8-9, 2020. The conference features NCDR registry and hospital industry focused science and education aimed at improving health care quality, as well as in-depth information on accreditation and how patient data can drive process improvement initiatives. Over the two-day meeting, live sessions will…

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UB awarded grant to help pharmacies build community health worker programs

BUFFALO, N.Y. — University at Buffalo researchers have received a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation to help add community health workers to pharmacies to better connect patients to critical services and lower health care costs. Community health workers are public health workers that serve as liaisons between health care services and the public. Not…

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White House Blocked C.D.C. Order to Keep Cruise Ships Docked

The White House has blocked a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February, a step that would have displeased the politically powerful tourism industry in the crucial swing state of Florida. The current “no sail” policy, which was originally put in place in April and…

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Now at the Boarding Gate: Coronavirus Tests

American Airlines said on Tuesday that it will offer coronavirus tests to passengers, joining United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways in rolling out preflight testing. Tampa International Airport also said it will offer tests. The tests, which range from rapid tests at the airport that return results in minutes to tests that take a…

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