Can Community Health Workers Make Hearing Health Care More Accessible for Older Adults?
Age-related hearing loss is common in the United States, with two-thirds of adults over age 70 experiencing a clinically significant hearing loss. However, that doesn ’t mean that hearing loss should be something we learn to live with. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 16, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Reflections on Commercial Crew and Cargo Missions
from Charles F. Bolden Jr., former NASA administrator (2009 –17). (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 16, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Returning Human Spaceflight to the United States
In my nearly 20 years at SpaceX, I have experienced hundreds of Falcon launches and test firings. As such, my level of anxiety prior to these events had been waning until, of course, Saturday, May 30, 2020. On that day, and for days leading up to it, my heart was in my throat. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 16, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Toilet Seat Could Transform Home Health Care for Seniors — One Vital Sign at a Time
Imagine if just by sitting on the toilet, you could collect actionable information about your health. Although health and fitness wearables can help do that job, people tend to lose interest after a few months. Fitbits are forgotten at home or put in a drawer when the battery dies. Even stepping on a scale or using a Bluetooth blood pressure monitor can be difficult tasks to remember, if they ’re not part of your routine. This can be especially true for seniors, who are generally less likely to use wearable gadgets. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 12, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

More Strategic Approach Needed for Coast Guard to Exploit Advancements in Unmanned Systems Technology
As unmanned systems (UxS) continue to develop and be used by military services and federal agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard should proceed more aggressively and deliberately in taking advantage of UxS advancements, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 12, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Planting the Seeds for Natural Habitat and Ecosystem Restoration
In the wake of this year ’s record-breaking wildfire and hurricane season, efforts are ramping up to rebuild communities and natural ecosystems in places devastated by fire and storms. Restoring natural ecosystems requires replacing the trees, grasses, flowers, herbs, shrubs, and other plants that have evolved and occur n aturally in a particular region. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 12, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Launch New COVID-19 Strategic Science Initiative
To help decision-makers navigate through this ongoing crisis and take actions toward a strong and sustained recovery, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have launched a new strategic science initiative to provide rapid, scenario-based analyses aimed at protecting critical societal functions, avoiding worst outcomes, and building upon potential opportunities. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies ’ Gulf Research Program Awards $5.27 Million to Enhance Understanding of Gulf Ecosystems and Their Interactions with Natural Processes and Human Activities
The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced grant awards totaling $5.27 million for six new projects. These projects, planned to span two to three years, aim to improve understanding of how natural processes and human activities interact to affect coastal ecosystems in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Advantages and Trade-offs of COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests, National Testing Strategies Examined in New Rapid Response to Government
A new rapid expert consultation from a standing committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines four topics related to the use and interpretation of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 9, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Can Manipulating the Gut Microbiome Slow Age-Related Inflammation?
There are the telltale signs of aging — a few more wrinkles, graying hair, and changes in posture. Other changes are less obvious. Aging-related changes also occur within the gut microbiome — a collection of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in your digestive tract. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 4, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Taking Flight -The Mars Helicopter Ingenuity and the Future of Mars Exploration
Creating an aircraft that will fly in the Martian atmosphere is an engineering tour de force. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 3, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Putting Games to Work in the Battle Against COVID-19
While video games often give us a way to explore other worlds, they can also help us learn more about our own — including how to navigate a pandemic. That was the premise underlying “Jamming the Curve,” a competition that enlisted over 400 independent video game developers around the world to develop concepts for games that reflect the real-world dynamics of COVID-19. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - November 2, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Reports & Events Monthly Calendar - November 2020
“Reports& Events ” is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 28, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

How an Implantable Dialysis Device May Extend Life for People with Kidney Failure
A few years ago, Nikhil Shah and Hiep Nguyen were touring the German Aerospace Center after giving a presentation about the future of surgery. One of the in-house researchers showed off a model of an implantable heart, and they thought — Why can’t we do that with a kidney? (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 28, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 - Q & A with Jonathan Samet
This summer, as COVID-19 continued its spread across the U.S., the National Academies brought together engineers, virologists, public health experts, and others for a meeting to dive into the rapidly evolving science of COVID-19 airborne transmission. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 26, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academy of Sciences Enlists Gaming Community to Boost Public Understanding of COVID-19
LabX, a creative engagement outreach program of the National Academy of Sciences, announced the winners of a competition to create games designed to help build public understanding of COVID-19. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 23, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Report Calls for More Comprehensive Data on LGBTQI+ Well-Being
More Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or other non-binary identities (LGBTQI+) than ever before, but significant gaps remain in data collection and understanding of their well-being, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 21, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

To Adhere to Public Health Guidelines and Mitigate COVID-19, Officials Should Use Their Discretion to Minimize Incarceration, Says New Report
Where needed to adhere to public health guidelines and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, authorities should use their discretion to minimize incarceration in prisons and jails — and facilitate testing, quarantine, social supports, and individualized reentry plans for those released, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 20, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Fishing for Answers - Genomes of Some Ocean Creatures May Reveal How We Could Live to Be 100
What Can Lobsters, Clams, and Rockfish Tell Us About Human Aging? Some species of rockfish only live to age 7. Others live over 200 years while maintaining the necessary functions to find food, mate, resist disease, and evade predators. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 19, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

This Medical Student Wants to Start an AmeriCorps for Elder Care
Many high school seniors are rethinking their plans after they graduate because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are hesitant to commit to colleges if it means e-learning instead of the traditional classroom and on-campus experience. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Co-Chairs Appointed to Lead New National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable
Maria T. Zuber, John C. Gannon, and Richard A. Meserve will serve as co-chairs of a newly launched National Science, Technology, and Security Roundtable convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

‘We Must Let Opportunity Meet Talent’
John Brooks Slaughter Delivers Special Lecture on Racial Justice and Equity at 56th NAE Annual Meeting (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Preparing for Future Pandemics - Using lessons from the current crisis to improve future responses
As many nations around the world have struggled with high rates of infections and deaths from COVID-19, Taiwan has kept the number of deaths from the disease to less than 10 — by drawing upon its previous experience with SARS, said chemical engineer Pam Cheng, speaking at last week’s annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 14, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Colleges and Universities Should Strengthen Sustainability Education Programs by Increasing Interdisciplinarity, Fostering Experiential Learning, and Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Colleges and universities should embrace sustainability education as a vital field that requires tailored educational experiences delivered through courses, majors, minors, and research and graduate degrees, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 13, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Study Will Assess How Climate Disasters, Other Events Affect Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico
This summer, the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine started work on a new study that will assess how climate disasters, oil spills, and long-term environmental changes such as sea level rise are affecting environmental restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The study will help fulfill one of GRP ’s top goals — monitoring progress and documenting how the Gulf is changing over time. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 8, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

In Sepsis, An ‘Excellent Diagnosis’ Means Keeping Patients at the Center
Each year, more than 1.7 million adults in the United States develop sepsis, and 270,000 people die as a result. It ’s a dangerous medical complication that occurs when an existing infection — such as pneumonia, a bladder infection, or a skin infection — triggers an extreme reaction throughout the body that can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 6, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Release Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine for Adoption by HHS, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Authorities
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released the final report of a consensus study recommending a four-phased equitable allocation framework that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) authorities should adopt in the development of national and local guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine allocation. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 2, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

TRB Announces 12 Awardees for the 2020-2021 Airport Cooperative Research Program Graduate Research Awards
The Transportation Research Board ’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) today announced winners of its annual Graduate Research Awards. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 1, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

How Disasters Can Spur Resiliency in the Gulf - A Conversation with Roy Wright
Communities in the Gulf of Mexico are especially familiar with the whims of nature and power of the sea. This year ’s hurricane season has already brought power outages, heavy rain, downed trees, and death and injury. Roy Wright talks about the compounding effects and lasting impacts of disasters on shaping resiliency in the Gulf. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 1, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

How Sports Logos on Masks and Better Signage Can Help Prevent COVID-19, According to Social Science
By now, we ’ve all heard the official COVID-19 prevention guidance - wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet away from other people. But hearing information, and turning it into an everyday habit, are two very different things. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - October 1, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

TRB Announces 25 Minority Student Fellows for 2021
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) today announced the 2021 class of Minority Student Fellows. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 30, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Action Collaborative Releases Repository of Initiatives Aimed at Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, a group of over 60 colleges, universities, and research institutions working to prevent sexual harassment, has released a repository of information on their efforts, along with an annual report on the Action Collaborative ’s activities. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 30, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Shaheen and Ford to Lead Transportation Research Board Executive Committee in 2021
Susan Shaheen and Nathaniel Ford have been appointed as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 2021 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee by Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the National Research Council. Their terms will begin in January 2021 during the virtual TRB Annual Meeting. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 29, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Reports & Events Monthly Calendar - September 2020
“Reports& Events ” is a monthly tip sheet for the news media that highlights selected meetings of interest and reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 26, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

NAS and NAM Presidents Alarmed By Political Interference in Science Amid Pandemic
As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 24, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

In Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic, Disease Surveillance, Testing, and Contact Tracing Likely Here to Stay
Disease surveillance, testing, and contact tracing are among the best public health tools available to protect ourselves and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, said panelists during a recent COVID-19 Conversations webinar, hosted by the National Academy of Medicine and American Public Health Association. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 23, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Engineering a Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President John Anderson sat down to talk about some of the engineering challenges posed by the pandemic and how engineers — and the NAE in particular — are working to meet them. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 18, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Anthony Fauci Receives Lienhard Award From National Academy of Medicine for Decades of Work Improving Public Health and Leadership in Shaping COVID-19 Pandemic Response
For his role as a leader of federal research and policy on infectious diseases and, in particular, for his deft, scientifically grounded leadership in shaping an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Academy of Medicine today announced Anthony S. Fauci is the recipient of the 2020 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

An Update on Our Response to COVID-19 - A Message from the Presidents of the NAS, NAE, and NAM
In a matter of months, the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global health, economic, and societal crisis of staggering proportions. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Stephen Hinshaw Receives National Academy of Medicine ’s Sarnat Award for Contributions to Understanding and Treating Mental Health Conditions in Childhood and Adolescence and Stigma Prevention Efforts
The National Academy of Medicine today announced Stephen P. Hinshaw is the recipient of the 2020 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, for basic and applied research on individuals with externalizing disorders, and for efforts to reduce mental illness stigma through youth-based programs and the promotion of humanization. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 15, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

New Approaches Are Needed to Determine Whether Respiratory Health Problems Are Associated With Military Deployment to the Persian Gulf Region
Limitations in existing health studies have resulted in insufficient evidence to determine whether U.S. troops ’ exposure to burn pit emissions and other airborne hazards in Southwest Asia are linked to adverse respiratory health outcomes, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Experts Work to Better Understand Impact of More Frequent, Intense Wildfires
As wildfires tear across the Western U.S., officials are confronting the challenge of evacuating and sheltering people in the middle of a pandemic. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 11, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Improving Health Outcomes for Sickle Cell Disease Care Requires Comprehensive Team-Based Care, New Payment Models, and Addressing Institutional Racism in Health
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a blueprint and eight overarching strategies for improving health care for the approximately 100,000 people in the United States living with sickle cell disease (SCD). (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Academies Study Will Examine COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities and Strategies for Decarceration
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine started work on a new study last month that will provide advice to policymakers, corrections officials, and public health officials on best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities through large-scale release and decarceration efforts. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

International Transportation Research Relationship Formed Between TRB and PANAMSTR in Latin America
The U.S.-based Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has formed a cooperative understanding with the Colombia-based Sociedad Panamericana de Investigaci ón en Transporte y Logística (Pan-American Society of Transportation Research, PANAMSTR). (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Critical to Scientific Discovery and Innovation, Biological Collections Need Strategy, Action Center, and Increased Investment
The sustainability of the nation ’s biological collections is under threat, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 10, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Federal Agencies Should Adopt Uniform Framework for Quantifying Disaster-Related Deaths, Illness, Says New Report
To more accurately quantify disaster-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies supporting disaster response should adopt a uniform national framework of data collection approaches and methods for distinguishing direct from indirect disaster deaths, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 9, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academy of Medicine Names Three NAM Fellows for 2020
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected three outstanding health professionals for the class of 2020 NAM Fellowships. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 9, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Heritable Genome Editing Not Yet Ready to Be Tried Safely and Effectively in Humans - Initial Clinical Uses, If Permitted, Should Be Limited to Serious Single-Gene Diseases
Human embryos whose genomes have been edited should not be used to create a pregnancy until it is established that precise genomic changes can be made reliably without introducing undesired changes — a criterion that has not yet been met by any genome editing technology, says a new report by an international commission of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.K.’s Royal Society. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 3, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

National Academies Release Draft Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine, Seek Public Comment
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released for public comment a discussion draft of a preliminary framework to assist policymakers in planning for equitable allocation of a vaccine against COVID-19. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - September 1, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news