Press highlights for the 2020 American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2020 — Journalists who register for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia will have access to more than 14,000 presentations on topics such as food, nutrition, medicine, health, nanotechnology, space science, energy and the environment. The meeting will be held March 22 to 26 in…

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Trial shows using two drugs not better than one when treating MRSA blood infections

Researchers attempting to improve the treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood infections have discovered the combination of two antibiotics was no better than one, and led to more adverse effects. MRSA bloodstream infections have a mortality rate between 20 and 25 per cent and cause around 1000 infections a year in Australia. In what…

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Research points to potential brain marker of stress and its effects on problem solving

Stress response is the body’s normal physiological reaction to a situation that it perceives as threatening. However, stress can also impact important aspects of thinking, including problem solving. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have discovered a potential indicator of how stress…

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Medical societies join ACR to oppose policy limiting access to in-office treatments

ATLANTA – In comments submitted to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, medical societies representing rheumatology, ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology and urology specialists joined the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to raise grave concerns about a recent insurance trend that requires providers to obtain physician-administered treatments through mail-order specialty pharmacies. Providers are concerned the mandate adds additional layers…

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Mass General Hospital researchers identify new ‘universal’ target for antiviral treatment

Mass General Hospital researchers identify new “universal” target for antiviral treatment BOSTON – As the coronavirus outbreak shows, viruses are a constant threat to humanity. Vaccines are regularly developed and deployed against specific viruses, but that process takes a lot of time, doesn’t help everyone who needs protection, and still leaves people exposed to new…

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DIY tools TalkBox and SenseBox help people with disabilities to communicate

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have developed do-it-yourself (DIY) assistive technology prototypes that are revolutionizing how people with disabilities can access tools that will help them interact with the world. Foad Hamidi, assistant professor of information systems, and his collaborators at York University in Canada and the Pamoja Community Based Organization…

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