(University of Strathclyde) The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with our new international collaboration partner, Federación Española de Empresas de Tecnología Sanitaria (Fenin).
(Max Planck Institute for Human Development) Measures to contain the Corona pandemic are the subject of politically charged debate and tend to polarize segments of the population. Those who support the measures motivate their acquaintances to follow the rules, while those who oppose them call for resistance in social media. But how exactly do politicization and social mobilization affect the infection figures? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have examined this question using the USA as an example.
(JAMA Network) What The Study Did: Researchers compared the likelihood of delayed childbearing among physicians and nonphysicians.
(University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center) University of New Mexico Researchers Create Open Source Computational Tool to Rapidly Screen Molecules For COVID-Fighting Properties.
(Bar-Ilan University) A feedback methodology can test individuals with a high probability of being infected and identify them before symptoms appear. This probability acts as an input to selecting additional individuals for testing. By reducing the lapse in time between contact with an infected person and a COVID-19 test, it has been demonstrated that, when combined with contact tracing, this method may reduce the rate of isolation and mortality by up to 50% compared to existing measures.
(Rockefeller University) Scientists have launched an ambitious effort to produce high-quality reference genomes for all vertebrate species, from mammals to birds and reptiles. The result could be discoveries with implications for animal conservation as well as human health and disease.
(American Phytopathological Society) A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides, Second Edition, is a current, comprehensive, and hands-on resource focused specifically on the fungicides used for disease control on turfgrass. Author Richard Latin developed this user-friendly guide based on his belief that if turf managers understand how and why fungicides work (and sometimes fail), they will use these products more effectively and efficiently and communicate disease control issues with greater confidence.
(University of South Australia) University of South Australia researchers have drawn inspiration from a 300-million-year-old superior flying machine - the dragonfly - to show why future flapping wing drones will probably resemble the insect in shape, wings and gearing.
(Lancaster University) A Lancaster University professor has introduced a new concept for rapidly analysing for the presence of a virus from colds to coronaviruses. However, although the concept can identify that someone has a type of coronavirus for example, it would not be able to determine the type of coronavirus, or variants. Additional tests would still be required to find out the specific virus someone was infected with.
(The MIT Press) An introduction to the technology of contact tracing and its usefulness for public health, considering questions of efficacy, equity, and privacy.
(Shinshu University) Strawberry geranium (Saxifraga stolonifera) has been used in Japan as a herbal medicine to treat wounds and swelling, and continues to be an ingredient in food and cosmetics. Pharmacological studies have shown that extracts of strawberry geranium have antioxidant and antitumor activities. However, the anti-inflammatory effect of strawberry geranium on the skin had not been well characterized.
(University of British Columbia) A novel system of chilled panels that can replace air conditioning can also help reduce the risk of indoor disease transmission, suggests new analysis from the University of British Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.
(University of Colorado at Boulder) Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have created a platform that can develop effective and highly specific peptide nucleic acid therapies for use against any bacteria within just one week. The work is detailed in Nature Communications Biology and could change the way we respond to pandemics and how we approach increasing cases of antibiotic resistance globally.
(Kazan Federal University) While studying strontium titanate with electron paramagnetic resonance, a team from KFU's Center for Quantum Technology has found that the shape of a specimen of strontium titanate influences its internal symmetry. The research was co-conducted by the Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology (Russia) and the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
(Oblique Therapeutics) Oblique Therapeutics AB, a Sweden-based biotech company, in collaboration with Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), Gothenburg University (Sweden) and several local biotechs published promising research results in the highly-acclaimed scientific journal Science Advances (AAAS) entitled: Rational Antibody design for Undruggable Targets using Kinetically Controlled Biomolecular probes.
(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) Researchers at NYU Tandon and Politecnico di Torino in Italy developed a network model to study the effects of mask wearing and social distancing on the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19. The model shows viral outbreaks can be prevented if at least 60% of a population complies with both measures.
(University of British Columbia Okanagan campus) Slow down. Baby on board.So says UBC Okanagan researcher and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hadi Mohammadi. His new research, conducted in collaboration with Sharif University of Technology, determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger for pregnant women and their fetuses.
(Ohio State University) A study done in rooms where COVID-19 patients were isolated shows that the virus's RNA - part of the genetic material inside a virus - can persist up to a month in dust. The study did not evaluate whether dust can transmit the virus to humans. It could, however, offer another option for monitoring COVID-19 outbreaks in specific buildings, including nursing homes, offices or schools.
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Community newspapers often serve as the public's main source of accurate, local news. They also can be an important way to share the impact of major national events, such as a global pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading throughout the United States, journalism scholars at the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas found that community newspapers across the country began to reevaluate the way they had been doing business for decades.
(Cranfield University) Cranfield University research using data from smart meters has found that household water consumption changed significantly after the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, shifting from predominantly higher usage early in the morning to multiple peaks and continued demand throughout the day.