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Scientists restore tumor-fighting structure to mutated breast cancer proteins
(Virginia Tech) Scientists have revealed the architecture of the breast cancer susceptibility protein (BRCA1) for the first time. The finding may provide answers toward restoring the protein's cancer-fighting ability. Triple negative breast cancer is often linked to inherited mutations in the BRCA1 gene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 20, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Why did Ford build a 'fake driverless car' using a man dressed as a seat?
The researchers behind the illusion, which went viral last month, explain how the plan was actually to see how people react to self-driving vehiclesIn early August residents of Arlington, Virginia, spotted an unmarked silver Ford Transit van cruising around town without a human behind the wheel.Local news publicationARLnow caught the ghostly vehicle on camera and speculated that it was part of Virginia Tech ’s autonomous driving research. A couple of days later, NBC reporter Adam Tuss approached the vehicle on foot and peered inside, only to see hands poking out from the driver’s seat holding the steering wheel...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 15, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Olivia Solon in San Francisco Tags: Self-driving cars Technology Ford Automotive industry US news Business Psychology Source Type: news

Trump Should Eliminate Fake Science
(Natural News) “What Lies Upstream” is a documentary by Hyrax Films that includes interviews with Professor Marc Edwards at Virginia Tech and me about data fabrication by the EPA and CDC. A review by IndieWire highlights comments Director Cullen Hoback made in which he stressed “the alarming implications for the future of science and reason... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virginia Tech biochemists dip into the health benefits of olives and olive oil
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech research team discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps prevent type 2 diabetes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History
Join the National Library of Medicine, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, for this exciting opportunity! On January 29-30, 2018, NLM will host Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, bringing together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. Viral Networks will combine a face-to-face workshop with structured virtual-editing activities to produce and advance the innovative scholarship of the participant...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - September 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Data Science Education News from NLM/NIH Technology Source Type: news

NLM to Host Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History
On January 29-30, 2018, NLM will host Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, bringing together scholars from various fields of medical history whose innovative research shows promise through the use of methods, tools, and data from the digital humanities. The event will be supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and is a collaborative outcome of NLM's ongoing partnership with the NEH. (Source: NLM General Announcements)
Source: NLM General Announcements - September 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Federal snack program does not yield expected impacts, Virginia Tech researchers find
(Virginia Tech) The research team examined the US Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School regulation. The federal mandate was intended to replace unhealthy school snacks and beverages with more wholesome options, including fruits, vegetables, and packaged treats low in fat, sugar, and sodium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Camera-trap research paves the way for global monitoring networks
(Virginia Tech) In recent years, there have been numerous calls for coordinated global monitoring networks to understand and mitigate the effects of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss around the world. A new study led by Lindsey Rich, who recently completed her doctorate in wildlife conservation in Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment, demonstrates that camera traps are one of the most effective methods of collecting this type of data. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Child safety or parental duty: New study maps out core concepts in the vaccination debate
(Virginia Tech) 'A single phrase can conjure up completely different images in our minds, depending on how that concept is organized in our mental models,' said Samarth Swarup, a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Research finds common household chemicals lead to birth defects in mice
(Virginia Tech) A new study at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has found a connection between common household chemicals and birth defects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 16, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Who to vaccinate when flu season strikes
(PLOS) Immunizing children and the elderly, after the high-risk individuals, will have the greatest overall benefit when there are limited vaccine resources, saving both lives and money, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology by Nargesalsadat Dorratoltaj of the Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Regenerative medicine researcher's startup companies give hope to patients
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist takes commercial route to develop new treatments for wound healing and cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 24, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award a first for Virginia Tech Carilion
(Virginia Tech) A Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has been awarded a highly competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to devote a year to in-depth, mentored biomedical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Early career scientist receives recognition from Microscopy Society of America
(Virginia Tech) Rengasayee 'Sai' Veeraraghavan, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, became the sixth person in the world to receive the George Palade Award from the Microscopy Society of America. Veeraragahavan began using a new imaging technology called STochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM), which earned the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to study proteins in the narrow space between heart cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 24, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Americans Would Pay $17.2 Billion To Prevent Another Deepwater Horizon Disaster
As the world looks back on BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster seven years later, a study released this week highlights the costly ecological impacts of the largest maritime oil spill on record. Scientists found that Americans would be willing to pay an estimated $17.2 billion to prevent another catastrophe like the BP oil spill, which leaked more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned the study, which offers the first comprehensive appraisal of the disaster’s financial impact on affected natural resources, like bea...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Americans Would Pay $17.2 Billion To Prevent Another Deepwater Horizon Disaster
As the world looks back on BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster seven years later, a study released this week highlights the costly ecological impacts of the largest maritime oil spill on record. Scientists found that Americans would be willing to pay an estimated $17.2 billion to prevent another catastrophe like the BP oil spill, which leaked more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned the study, which offers the first comprehensive appraisal of the disaster’s financial impact on affected natural resources, like bea...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 22, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Facebook plays vital role in reducing government corruption, researchers find
(Virginia Tech) In new research, Sudipta Sarangi of the Virginia Tech Department of Economics, analyzed data from more than 150 countries, showing the more Facebook penetrates public usage, the higher the likelihood of government corruption meeting protest. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Flint water crisis likely the cause of deadly Legionnaires outbreak
Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards released to CNN the unpublished results of a study that show the Flint water crisis most likely caused the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires disease that killed at least 12 people since 2014. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We're One Step Closer To Brain Scans That Can Reveal Criminal Intent
What if lawyers could prove that a person knowingly committed a crime by looking at scans of his or her brain? It sounds like something from a science fiction story, but a new study suggests that we may be one step closer to this reality. In the study, researchers analyzed brain scans and were able to pinpoint patterns of brain activity that predicted whether people committed certain acts “knowingly,” meaning that they knew without a doubt that they were committing a crime; or merely “recklessly,” meaning that they were not certain that they were committing a crime. And although much more research i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

House Passes Bill To Help Vets With Mental Illness Buy Guns
WASHINGTON ― The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to allow thousands of veterans who are disabled or have mental health conditions to buy guns. Under a law signed by President George W. Bush in the wake of a mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration were required to add the names of people deemed “mentally defective” to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to block them from buying weapons. The VA defined such individuals as those who receive monetary benefits, and have a fiduciary because they lack “the mental ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mind-reading AI knows whether you are guilty or innocent
Scientists at Virginia Tech have created an AI brain scanning system which can predict whether volunteers knowingly carried drugs during a simulated border smuggling operation. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How red wine could slow down ageing
Resveratrol, which exists in the skin of red grapes and gives the fruit its colour, could stop brain cells from breaking down as we get older, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists claim. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Substance found in red wine 'helps fight ageing'
Conclusion Resveratrol has been of interest to anti-ageing scientists for many years and researchers have previously shown it may be linked to a slowing of the decline in thinking and movement, at least in rodents. This study suggests a possible way this might happen. But the results don't tell us anything about what happens in humans. They suggest this substance may be useful for further research in humans at some point. They certainly don't provide a reason to drink gallons of red wine, in the hope of seeing an anti-ageing effect. Drinking too much alcohol is a sure-fire way to speed up deterioration of thinking skills,...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Source Type: news

Virginia Tech team examines molecular-level problems of heart disease
(Virginia Tech) In a recent study, Virginia Tech researchers teamed up with cardiologists and heart therapy scientists from across the US and Europe and found that dysfunction at the molecular level is present in heart failure. Understanding this abnormality could lead to new approaches for treating the No. 1. killer among men and women worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UVA, Virginia Tech seek ways to assist drivers with autism
(University of Virginia Health System) The University of Virginia is teaming up with Virginia Tech to study novice drivers with autism to determine if they would benefit from specialized training to help them become better, safer drivers and feel more comfortable behind the wheel. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Researchers discover how breast cancer mutation in BRCA1 causes protein to self-destruct
(Virginia Tech) Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that breast cancer cells can trigger the self-destruction of the tumor-suppressing BRCA1 proteins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 28, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Why a District firm has teamed up with Virginia Tech to transform Roanoke
A D.C. investment firm has teamed up with Virginia Tech and a large health care provider to revitalize the city of Roanoke, a move it hopes will bring new life science and tech startups to southwest Virginia. Middleland Capital, which invests in early-stage companies on behalf of Columbia Capital co-founder David Mixer, will invest in and manage the $15 million VTC Innovation Fund. Virginia Tech and health care provider Carilion Clinic, the two largest employers in that region, also are partners. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 27, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andy Medici Source Type: news

Colorado School of Mines and Virginia Tech to create minerals industry consortium
(Colorado School of Mines) Colorado School of Mines is teaming with Virginia Tech to develop an integrated approach to locating, characterizing and visualizing mineral resources. The goal is to advance mining operations and boost exploration success rates while minimizing financial risk and environmental impact.The proposed Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models would provide exploration and mining companies worldwide with new 3-D subsurface geological models, informing decision-making and risk management at all stages of the mining life cycle. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Should Scientists Engage In Activism?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 7, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Should Scientists Engage In Activism?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Academic Health Department Learning Community Meeting - March 2017
March 7, 2017 1-2pm ET. Speaker will discuss the New River Academic Health Department, which is a partnership of the New River Health District and Virginia Tech's Department of Population Health Sciences. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Drug discovery researchers awarded grant to refine malaria drug
(Virginia Tech) A research team from the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery has received a $431,126 two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to make improved versions of a promising compound called MMV008138, or 8138 for short. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 2, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers help the body protect itself against inflammation and colon cancer
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech researchers found that modifying the shape of IRAK-M, a protein that controls inflammation, can significantly reduce the clinical progression of both diseases in pre-clinical animal models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Witnessing fear in others can physically change brain, scientists say
(Virginia Tech) Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered that observing fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. The finding in a rodent model may have bearing on people who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 4, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why Do People Get Colds in Cold Weather?
Why do people get colds in cold weather? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center, on Quora: It's common knowledge we are all more likely to get sick during winter. But what does science have to say about why? You're outside on an unexpectedly chilly day. You forgot to wear your hat and gloves and now you're shivering. Is it a given that you're going to catch a cold or come down with the flu? Maybe. Cold weather doesn't make ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists zero in on biological diversity in 'poor man's rainforest'
(Virginia Tech) Leftover DNA from dead organisms -- known as 'relic DNA' -- has historically thrown a wrench into estimates, causing scientists to overestimate microbial diversity by as much as 55 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 20, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Assembly and Maturation of Dengue and Zika Viruses
Virginia Tech University. 12/09/2016 This 58-minute presentation discusses the assembly, structure, and maturation of the dengue and Zika viruses. It reviews flaviviruses, the global spread of Zika, the birth defects caused by Zika, and Zika's genome and proteins. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

UVA, Virginia Tech Carilion partner to fund cross-university neuroscience research
(Virginia Tech) The University of Virginia-Virginia Tech Carilion Neuroscience Research Collaboration has announced more than a half-million dollars in grant funding will be awarded to nine research teams to tackle pressing problems in brain development and function in health and disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 12, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Protective molecule sidelined in models of ALS
(Virginia Tech) Scientists have identified a naturally occurring molecule that has the potential for preserving sites of communication between nerves and muscles in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- as well as a molecule that interferes with this helpful process. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Virginia Tech researchers explore gigantic volcanic eruptions that led to mass extinctions
(Virginia Tech) A paper confirms a major feature in the formation of large igneous provinces -- massive worldwide volcanic eruptions that created incredibly high volumes of lava and triggered environmental catastrophes and mass extinctions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 15, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Virginia Tech, CytImmune Sciences create therapy that curbs toxic chemotherapy effects
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech scientists have developed a new cancer drug that uses gold nanoparticles created by the biotech firm CytImmune Sciences to deliver paclitaxel -- a commonly used chemotherapy drug directly to a tumor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How do birds dive safely at high speeds? New research explains.
(Virginia Tech) Some species of seabirds plunge-dive at speeds greater than 50 miles per hour to surprise their prey. In the first study on the biomechanics of this diving behavior, researchers show how the birds pull of this feat safely. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 5, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Rap1, a potential new target to treat obesity
(Baylor College of Medicine) Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered a new mechanism in the mouse brain that regulates obesity. The study, which appears in Cell Reports today, shows that this new mechanism can potentially be targeted to treat obesity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Researchers name a new species of reptile from 212 million years ago
(Virginia Tech) An extinct reptile related to crocodiles that lived 212 million years ago in present day New Mexico has been named as a new species, Vivaron haydeni, in a paper published this week by Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 8, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists find new system in tomato's defense against bacterial speck disease
(Boyce Thompson Institute) Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Virginia Tech have discovered a new receptor used by tomatoes to detect the organism that causes bacterial speck disease. The receptor, called FLS3, is present in a small number of plant species, including tomato, potato and pepper, but could be used to make other crops more disease-resistant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Some youth football drills riskier than others
(Virginia Tech) Thirty-four young players on two Blacksburg, Virginia, youth football teams wore helmets lined with spring-mounted accelerometers. The data showed some practice drills carried much higher risks of head impacts than others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pittsburgh Homeowners Have To Pay Up If They Don't Want Lead-Poisoned Water
It’s been almost a month since a test revealed that the lead levels in Pittsburgh’s drinking water were high enough for the Environmental Protection Agency to take notice. The EPA’s so-called action level is 15 parts per billion, or ppb, and levels meeting or exceeding that were found in 17 percent of the 100 homes tested in the city. Even before that testing, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto had said Veolia ― a French company that manages energy, water, waste and other traditionally public services in partnership with municipalities around the world ― was at least partly to blame for ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 17, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Swapping one soda for water is 'game changer' for cutting risk of diabetes and cancer
According to experts at Virginia Tech University, every little calorie helps when it comes to your heart. And people who avoid diet drinks become more driven to eat fruits and vegetables. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Swap a soda for water to reduce weight gain
Swapping an 8-ounce sugary drink for water reduces calorie intake, obesity prevalence, and benefits overall health, say Virginia Tech researchers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Replacing just one sugary drink with water could significantly improve health
(Virginia Tech) Kiyah Duffey's findings, which were recently published in Nutrients, modeled the effect of replacing one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage with an 8-ounce serving of water, based on the daily dietary intake of US adults aged 19 and older, retrieved from the 2007-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news