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Article ID: 717803

Researchers Discover Cause of Asthmatic Lung Spasms

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers at Rutgers and other institutions have discovered how muscle contraction (bronchospasm) in the airway, which cause breathing difficulty in people with asthma, occur by creating a microdevice that mimics the behavior of the human airways. The study, published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, could lead to new treatment strategies for respiratory diseases, said co-author Reynold Panettieri, director of the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science.

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22-Aug-2019 2:05 AM EDT
Newswise: Swallowable Device to Detect Pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

Article ID: 717821

Swallowable Device to Detect Pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

Case Western Reserve University

Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center developed the test for early detection of Barrett’s esophagus that offers promise for preventing deaths from esophageal adenocarcinoma. The test involves a novel swallowable balloon device that samples the esophagus and a DNA assay that detects Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancers. In a major step to bringing this technology forward to patients, the balloon device has just received 510K clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clinical use. The now FDA-cleared device is being manufactured by Lucid Diagnostics and marketed under the tradename EsoCheck.

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21-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Newswise: The challenge: Make and purify a medical isotope that must be used the same day

Article ID: 717829

The challenge: Make and purify a medical isotope that must be used the same day

University of Alabama at Birmingham

A DOE grant will help solve a production roadblock for the medically useful radioactive isotopes scandium 43 and scandium 47. If available, they could visualize and destroy solid tumors. But with a half-life of 4 hours, scandium 43 must be made, purified and then used in a PET scan in a single day.

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21-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: GW Researchers Develop First of Its Kind Mapping Model to Track How Hate Spreads and Adapts Online

Article ID: 717805

GW Researchers Develop First of Its Kind Mapping Model to Track How Hate Spreads and Adapts Online

George Washington University

Researchers at the George Washington University developed a mapping model, the first of its kind, to track how online hate clusters thrive globally. They believe it could help social media platforms and law enforcement in the battle against hate online.

Released:
21-Aug-2019 1:00 PM EDT

Law and Public Policy

Newswise: Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure
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    21-Aug-2019 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 717654

Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure

University of California San Diego

UC San Diego researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries.

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19-Aug-2019 1:30 PM EDT
Newswise: Why initial UTIs increase susceptibility to further infection

Article ID: 717800

Why initial UTIs increase susceptibility to further infection

Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that an initial urinary tract infection (UTI) triggers changes to immune and other cells in the bladder that can prime the bladder to overreact to bacteria, worsening subsequent UTIs.

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21-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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    21-Aug-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 717638

Texas Cities Increasingly Susceptible to Large Measles Outbreaks

Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The growing number of children arriving at Texas schools unvaccinated makes the state increasingly vulnerable to measles outbreaks. A 5% further decrease in vaccination rates that have been on a downward trend since 2003 would increase the size of a potential measles outbreak by up to 4,000%.

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19-Aug-2019 12:00 PM EDT
Newswise: Visits + Phones = Better Outcomes For Teens, Young Women With Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Article ID: 717767

Visits + Phones = Better Outcomes For Teens, Young Women With Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Johns Hopkins Medicine

A patient-centered, community-engaged program featuring home visits by nurses and mobile phone links to caregivers works better than traditional adult-focused and patient self-managed care systems for treating and managing pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, among historically underserved teens and young women, a Johns Hopkins Medicine study shows.

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21-Aug-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Engineers make transistors and electronic devices entirely from thread

Article ID: 717763

Engineers make transistors and electronic devices entirely from thread

Tufts University

A team of Tufts University engineers has developed a transistor made from linen thread, enabling them to create electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on the skin, or even (theoretically) implanted surgically for diagnostic monitoring.

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21-Aug-2019 8:50 AM EDT

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