Suicide mortality and COVID-19

What The Viewpoint Says: Reasons why U.S. suicide rates may rise in tandem with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are explained in this article that also describes opportunities to expand research and care. Authors: Mark A. Reger, Ph.D., of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, and  Seattle, Washington; and the University of Washington in…

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Working together to combat mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

What The Viewpoint Says: This article offers lessons from Hubei, China, on potential methods to focus on mental health during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Authors: Yu-Tao Xiang, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Macau in the Macao Special Administrative Region, China, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit our For The Media website…

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Belgian scientists identify ATP10B as novel risk gene for Parkinson’s disease

Screening DNA of Parkinson’s patients in the Christine Van Broeckhoven laboratory (VIB-UAntwerpen Center for Molecular Neurology) identified a new risk gene for Parkinson’s disease. Mutations in ATP10B resulted in loss of ATP10B protein. The function of the ATP10B gene was revealed by the Peter Vangheluwe lab (KU Leuven, Laboratory of Cellular Transport Systems). They identified…

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FDA approves COVID-19 innovations; Ohio State Medical Center to share nationwide

The Food and Drug Administration has approved solutions created by scientists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that both expand and accelerate COVID-19 testing across Ohio. Health systems worldwide have struggled because of the critical shortage of test kit components, including the swabs used to collect samples and the sterile solution needed to…

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Hair surface engineering to be advanced by nano vehicles

“Hair surface engineering: modification of fibrous materials of biological origin using functional ceramic nano containers”, a project headed by Rawil Fakhrullin, is supported by the Russian Science Foundation. Dr. Fakhrullin explains, “We will modify the surface of hair and other fibrous materials of natural origin by the directed formation of nano-structured layers based on functional…

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RIT/NTID wins prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of four international innovators selected to create cost-effective packages of high-quality accessible children’s books in languages children use and understand. The initiative, from All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and the Global Book Alliance’s Begin With Books, enables the prize winners…

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