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Science News and Current Event Archive (September, 2017)

Science news and current events from private research facilities, universities, government agencies and medical centers archive of articles from September, 2017.

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Week 35
Friday September 1, 2017 (39)
Saturday September 2, 2017 (5)
Sunday September 3, 2017 (8)

Week 36
Monday September 4, 2017 (45)
Tuesday September 5, 2017 (118)
Wednesday September 6, 2017 (118)
Thursday September 7, 2017 (119)
Friday September 8, 2017 (56)
Saturday September 9, 2017 (10)
Sunday September 10, 2017 (14)

Week 37
Monday September 11, 2017 (123)
Tuesday September 12, 2017 (120)
Wednesday September 13, 2017 (132)
Thursday September 14, 2017 (113)
Friday September 15, 2017 (76)
Saturday September 16, 2017 (2)
Sunday September 17, 2017 (2)

Week 38
Monday September 18, 2017 (129)
Tuesday September 19, 2017 (102)
Wednesday September 20, 2017 (133)
Thursday September 21, 2017 (104)
Friday September 22, 2017 (50)
Sunday September 24, 2017 (1)


Top Science News and Current Events from September 2017



Smartphone apps reduce depression
New Australian-led research has confirmed that smartphone apps are an effective treatment option for depression, paving the way for safe and accessible interventions for the millions of people around the world diagnosed with this condition. (2017-09-22)
NUS scientists combine antimalarial drug with light sensitive molecules for promising treatment of cancer
NUS scientists discovered that a combination of artemisinin, which is a potent anti-malarial drug, and aminolaevulinic acid, which is a photosensitizer, could kill colorectal cancer cells and suppress tumor growth more effectively than administering artemisinin alone. (2017-09-18)
Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs
A new bio-ink that may support a more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of human tissues and organs has been created by researchers at UBC's Okanagan campus. (2017-09-13)
Poor sleep hastens progression of kidney disease
People with chronic kidney disease may be especially vulnerable to the deleterious effects of poor sleep, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (2017-09-14)
A 'virtual heart' to simulate arrhythmia
A group of researchers from MIPT and Ghent University have proposed a mathematical model which is able to determine the factors responsible for the formation of different fibrosis patterns, which are believed to cause arrhythmia. (2017-09-06)
Immune cells halt fungal infection by triggering spore suicide
To protect the body from infection, immune cells in the lungs can exploit cell death programs in inhaled fungal pathogens, scientists have revealed, helping explain why most people aren't harmed by breathing in mold spores, and potentially offering new therapeutic strategies for people who do get infected. (2017-09-07)
Cholesterol-like molecules switch off the engine in cancer-targeting Natural Killer cells
The engine used by cancer-killing 'Natural Killer' cells is turned on by a protein called Srebp, which can be blocked by certain sterols like cholesterol. (2017-09-18)
Your stools reveal whether you can lose weight
Something as simple as a feces sample reveals whether you can lose weight by following dietary recommendations characterized by a high content of fruit, vegetables, fibers and whole grains. (2017-09-12)
Improving communication, education and parent satisfaction with NICU discharge
Parents whose children have lengthy stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) dream of one day taking their baby home. (2017-09-15)
Celebrity fossil reveals all for science
With the help of an artist, a geology professor at Lund University in Sweden has figuratively speaking breathed life into one of science's most well-known fossil species; Agnostus pisiformis. (2017-09-15)
Talking to older adults about health prognosis may be helpful
In a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined how older adults with disabilities later in life might react to learning their prognosis, and how they evaluated their own prognosis compared to 'official' estimates. (2017-09-15)
Altitude training for cancer-fighting cells
Oxygen starvation could toughen up immune T cells for cancer immunotherapy. (2017-09-18)
Test may miss diabetes in some African-Americans
More than 200 scientists teamed up to report that they have identified 60 genetic variants that influence HbA1c measurements, as well as the ability of this test to diagnose diabetes. (2017-09-12)
Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene
Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. (2017-09-18)
Study on climate change shows how cities can prioritize public health
Involving health experts in planning can have profound consequences. (2017-09-08)
Vaping doubles risk of smoking cigarettes for teens
Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. (2017-09-18)
Delaying child's tonsillectomy does not lower risk of developmental disorder
Children under age 5 who underwent minor surgery requiring anesthesia had a 26 percent increased risk of later diagnosis with a mental disorder. (2017-09-14)
A sweeter way to make green products
University of Delaware researchers have invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms. (2017-09-08)
Study finds girl soccer players 5 times more likely than boys to return to play same day
A new study found girls were significantly more likely than boys to return to play the same day following a soccer-related concussion, placing them at risk for more significant injury. (2017-09-15)
ACA marketplace plans offer fewer mental health providers compared to primary care
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 aimed to achieve parity in coverage between mental health care and other forms of health care. (2017-09-05)
Cigarette price differences and infant mortality in the European Union
Higher cigarette prices were associated with reduced infant mortality in the European Union, while increased price differences between premium and budget cigarettes were associated with higher infant mortality, according to a new article published by JAMA Pediatrics. (2017-09-18)
NASA gets a dramatic 3-D view of Typhoon Talim's large eye
NASA created a dramatic 3-D image of powerful Typhoon Talim using data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite. (2017-09-15)
Study identifies factors that limit work ability of young adult cancer survivors
Factors that limit the work ability of young adult cancer survivors are reported today at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. (2017-09-08)
Predicting atypical development in infants at high risk for autism?
New research from the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) identifies a potential biomarker that predicts atypical development in 1- to 2-month-old infants at high versus low familial risk for developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (2017-09-12)
Parents not confident schools can assist child with chronic disease, mental health
Most parents are sure schools would be able to provide basic first aid but are less confident about a school's ability to respond to more complex health situations, such as an asthma attack or mental health problem. (2017-09-18)
When electrons ride a wave
Conventional electron accelerators are an indispensable tool in modern research. (2017-09-08)
NASA sees Hurricane Jose off the US east coast
Hurricane Jose producing dangerous surf and rip currents along the east Coast of the United States. (2017-09-18)
Scientific study review presents health promoting potential of mangoes
Research continually unveils new insights about mangoes and their role in the diet for health. (2017-09-06)
What mediates the beneficial effects of exercise on breast cancer outcomes?
The ability of serum obtained from women with breast cancer immediately after finishing two hours of moderate to intense exercise to prevent the growth and survival of breast cancer cells lines in vitro and in mice was attributable, at least in part, to epinephrine activation of the Hippo signaling pathway. (2017-09-08)
Satellite sees Atlantic Tropical Depression 14 forms off Africa's west coast
NOAA's GOES East satellite captured a visible image of the latest tropical cyclone to form in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. (2017-09-15)
Welfare of zoo animals set to improve
The wellbeing of zoological animals is set to improve following the successful trial of a new welfare assessment grid, a new study in the journal Veterinary Record reports. (2017-09-18)
Improving mannequin design and training sessions could boost residents' success in clinic
As mannequins go, preemie Hal is on the top of his game. (2017-09-15)
RNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance
The discovery of a RNA that can increase drought and salt tolerance in thale cress could illuminate a new research approach and hold implications for other plants, including food crops. (2017-09-18)
Endobronchial valve treatment appears to improve lung function in patients with severe emphysema
People with severe emphysema may breathe better after a minimally invasive procedure that places valves in the airways leading to diseased portions of their lungs, according to a randomized, controlled trial published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2017-09-08)
Asthma symptoms can be improved by diet and exercise in non-obese patients
Non-obese people with asthma could reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life through diet and exercise, according to research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017. (2017-09-12)
People of color exposed to more pollution from cars, trucks, power plants over 10 years
A new nationwide study finds that the US made little progress from 2000 to 2010 in reducing relative disparities between people of color and whites in exposure to harmful air pollution emitted by cars, trucks and other combustion sources. (2017-09-14)
South Asians with family history of heart disease at greater risk
New research by UT Southwestern cardiologists shows that people of South Asian descent with a family history of coronary heart disease are significantly more likely to have high levels of calcium buildup in their arteries - an indicator of higher risk for heart attacks. (2017-09-08)
Financial stress is associated with migraine, if you have specific circadian gene variants
People with a specific variation in the CLOCK gene have more migraines under financial stress. (2017-09-02)
Machine learning enabled mobile microscope for monitoring air quality
Accurate on-site air-quality monitoring can be performed using lens-free microscopy on a chip coupled with machine learning. (2017-09-08)
Half-a-billion-year-old fossils shed light animal evolution on earth
Scientists have discovered traces of life more than half-a-billion years old that could change the way we think about how all animals evolved on Earth. (2017-09-11)
Study advances efforts to screen all children for Type 1 diabetes
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University and the University of Florida report the development of a novel antibody detection technology that holds promise for improving the accuracy of diagnostic tests for type 1 diabetes in young children and making populationwide screening practical. (2017-09-13)
New research suggests bird songs isolate species
Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new research. (2017-09-13)
Chronic pain common in people living with HIV
All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. (2017-09-14)
Cuts to mental health services putting young people at risk, say experts
Funding cuts and austerity measures are damaging young people's access to mental health services, with potentially long-term consequences for their mental wellbeing, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. (2017-09-15)
Lion conservation requires effective international cooperation
In response to the alarming population declines of one of the most charismatic representatives of the megafauna, the lion, a team of international wildlife lawyers and lion experts joined efforts to assess the current and potential future role of international treaties regarding the carnivore's conservation. (2017-09-13)
New study shows people with schizophrenia are dying younger
People with schizophrenia have a mortality rate that is three times greater each year than those without schizophrenia, and die on average, eight years earlier than people without schizophrenia according to a new Ontario study by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). (2017-09-18)
Regions with stricter firearm laws experience fewer pediatric gun-related injuries
Regions of the United States with stronger firearm legislation had lower rates of Emergency Department visits for pediatric firearm-related injuries, according to a study led by Children's National Health System researchers. (2017-09-15)
NASA examines Hurricane Lidia's eye on the Baja
Hurricane Lidia's eye was visible in NASA satellite imagery as it approached Baja California, Mexico's southernmost tip. (2017-09-01)
New software can detect when people text and drive
Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities. (2017-09-08)
Satellites show Hurricane Katia crawling to the Mexico coast
Two days of satellite imagery from NASA's Terra and NOAA's GOES East satellites showed that Hurricane Katia was starting to crawl to the coast of southeastern Mexico. (2017-09-08)

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