iTHRIV announces health research pilot project recipients
(Virginia Tech) Multi-institutional teams of scientists, physicians, and engineers will study Parkinson's disease, celiac disease, pediatric heart transplant, pediatric telemedicine, and epilepsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$100,000 to fund collaborative cancer research
(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech, Children's National Hospital award $100,000 to fund collaborative cancer research pilot projects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Elusive link between seizures, cell signaling protein ID'd in zebrafish
(Virginia Tech) A team of Virginia Tech scientists led by Yuchin Albert Pan, an associate professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, have identified a new link between seizures and connexin 36 deficiency. The discovery, published Jan. 11 inFrontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, found that this interaction may make the brain more prone to having seizures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bats with white-nose syndrome prefer suboptimal habitats despite the consequences
(Virginia Tech) Bats are mistakenly preferring sites where fungal growth is high and therefore their survival is low. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 8, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researcher cracks the hidden strengthening mechanism in biological ceramics
(Virginia Tech) In addition to adding strength, this design allows the structure to use its crack patterns to minimize damage into the inner shell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 6, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

History professor earns grant to explore effects of interstate highway
(Virginia Tech) Currently, no mapping systems exist to pinpoint every community affected by the displacement and environmental destruction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Multiple mosquito blood meals accelerate malaria transmission
(PLOS) Multiple bouts of blood feeding by mosquitoes shorten the incubation period for malaria parasites and increase malaria transmission potential, according to a study published Dec. 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lauren Childs of Virginia Tech, Flaminia Catteruccia of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists uncover mechanisms that wire the brain's cerebral cortex
(Virginia Tech) A research team at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC has identified the type of brain cell that produces a protein that is crucial for the formation of inhibitory circuits in the brain. This insight could one day help scientists establish the basis for developing new drugs that mature or repair cellular networks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Kansas State, Virginia Tech Opt Out
The College Football News bowl projections, and the predictions for the College Football Playoff after Week 15 and before Championship... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

School of Education assistant professor revolutionizing the older adult wellness narrative
(Virginia Tech) The assistant professor of counselor education in the Virginia Tech School of Education earned a $100,000 grant from the Mather Institute to develop a wellness coaching program for older adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fulbright grant to study nations with a history of leadership by women
(Virginia Tech) To better understand the effects of women's political empowerment in each nation, Jalalzai will ask questions of current and former leaders through the method of elite interviews. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$2 million NIH grant to develop Zika virus vaccine
(Virginia Tech) " This grant focuses on a new strategy that we developed to produce safe and effective flavivirus vaccines. It aims to prevent the emergence of these viruses -- in this case Zika virus -- in humans, " said Jonathan Auguste (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Scientists say they can make antiperspirant from body fluidsĀ 
Scientists from Virginia Tech in the U.S. say it's possible and, while the idea may make you squirm, the work is said to have caught the eye of several manufacturers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech Condensed Game
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, coverage, kickoff time, odds, spread, pick
The Tigers will wrap the regular season on Saturday night in Blacksburg (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clemson players unavailable for Virginia Tech game
Clemson released an official list of unavailable players on Saturday approximately 120 minutes prior to Clemson's kickoff vs. Virginia... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NSF grant unites diverse Virginia Tech team to improve in-home physical therapy
(Virginia Tech) The project responds to growing demand for physical therapy as the U.S. population ages. Annually, 795,000 people suffer strokes in the United States. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scientists investigate solutions for building cell membrane defense against COVID-19
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Researchers from Virginia Tech and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using neutron scattering at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source to investigate how cell membranes and the COVID-19 virus impact each other and what therapeutic candidates could make cell membranes more resistant to viral entry. Such information could help experts design strategies for slowing down the progress of viral infection and reducing its harmful effects. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

$4 million grant to improve boxwood blight prevention
(Virginia Tech) The disease quickly obliterates boxwoods, the most common evergreen shrub in the United States, and staples of modern and historic gardens alike, while also causing lasting damage to the infected areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NSF grant to study oxygen delivery in insects
(Virginia Tech) Together, they will study the role of hydrodynamic slip -- an unusual behavior of fluids in special conditions -- in insects' respiratory systems, looking at oxygen delivery at the micro level. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

An app may make digital contact tracing for COVID-19 more private and secure
(Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech are collaborating on a smartphone app that can help conduct contact tracing needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 without risking users' privacy or personal security. Their work is funded by a one-year, $120,000 RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In Memoriam
The editors of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health were saddened to learn that Dr. Christine Kaestle died on  July 16, 2020, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Kaestle was a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and was a longtime member of the journal's Editorial Advisory Committee. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Virginia Tech lab proves the concept of a natural approach to antiperspirants
(Virginia Tech) The Virginia Tech Nature-Inspired Fluids and Interfaces Lab, led by Associate Profesor Jonathan Boreyko, has just made a major breakthrough in the study of natural antiperspirants. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 16, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Privacy preferences, family tensions can deter use of contact tracing apps
(Virginia Tech) With a grant from the National Science Foundation, they launched their new investigation: to understand how individual and family privacy preferences can lead to household tensions and how they can affect adoption of contact tracing apps. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What does the fox say to a puma?
(Virginia Tech) The two predator species can successfully share a landscape and hunt for food over the same nighttime hours because they are, in essence, ordering from different menus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 13, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Because Of COVID-19
BOSTON (AP) – The Ivy League became the first Division I conference this year to cancel all winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball. The decision Thursday came 13 days before the scheduled start of the college basketball season. The league had decided this past summer, when it canceled fall sports, not to allow any of its sports to start play before early December. “Regrettably, the current trends regarding transmission of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent protocols that must be put in place are impeding our strong desire to return to intercollegiate athletics competition in a safe man...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: College Sports NCAA Coronavirus Ivy League Source Type: news

Researcher expands caregiving study during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Virginia Tech) The National Institute on Aging allows current grantees the opportunity to extend their project research, but they have to apply for each extension as a separate, competitive grant. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Virginia Tech loses to Liberty in wild fashion as timeout backfires (Video)
Virginia Tech nearly beat Liberty in improbable fashion. Instead, the Hokies lost in improbable fashion. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liberty Wins on Field Goal After Virginia Tech's Decision to Ice Kicker Backfires Spectacularly
With a 38-35 victory that ended in wild fashion, Hugh Freeze and the Flames are off to their best start in program history. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: No. 25 Liberty defeats Virginia Tech after Hokies' plan to ice Flames kicker backfires
The Hokies are going to be sick after their walk-off touchdown was called back because of a timeout (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctoral student receives NSERC award to study innovative brain cancer treatment
(Virginia Tech) Zerin Mahzabin Khan, a doctoral studen, was awarded for her work developing a minimally invasive treatment for glioblastoma. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 6, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Radio IQ's Mallory Noe-Payne receives Fulbright journalist grant
(Virginia Tech) The grant allows for Noe-Payne to travel to Germany for a 10-month residency to research and examine the history of that nation and the United States of America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NIH award to fuse immunology and neuroscience research
(Virginia Tech) Carrillo studies the molecules that brain cells use to shape connections and share chemical signals through synapses and how brain circuits are altered by infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researchers examine impact of digital information on COVID-19 decisions and behavior
(Virginia Tech) Misra and Wernstedt have received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the NSF to conduct a survey among 400 respondents in five metropolitan areas in the United States -- Washington, DC; New York; Chicago; Houston; and Atlanta -- that will track differences in risk perceptions, preferences, and self-reported behaviors within each area and compare them across locations. The study commenced in April, and data will be collected at multiple time points during the remainder of 2020 and through the middle of 2021. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$1 million grant to study the survival of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces in the food supply chain
(Virginia Tech) " The fate of the virus and how it can be transferred through the food supply chain has not been addressed yet, " said Reza Ovissipour, primary investigator. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Virginia Tech researchers still have much to learn from flying snakes
(Virginia Tech) Ross, Socha and their multi-institutional collaborators, including Purdue University, have been awarded a new $639,919 grant from the National Science Foundation to study flying snakes and the fluid mechanics of deforming articulated bodies, extensible to movement of flexible bodies in other contexts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 16, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists show jet lag conditions impair immune response in mice
(Virginia Tech) International researchers publishing in Science Advances reveal in a mouse study that chronic jet lag alters the microenvironment surrounding tumor cells, making it more favorable for tumor growth, and also hinders the body's natural immune defenses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 14, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Scientists find neurochemicals have unexpectedly profound roles in the human brain
(Virginia Tech) In first-of-their-kind observations in the human brain, an international team of researchers has revealed two well-known neurochemicals -- dopamine and serotonin -- are at work at sub-second speeds to shape how people perceive the world and take action based on their perception. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neck gaiters DO work, study finds
In their experiments using manikins, masks and spray bottles, the Virginia Tech team found that gaiters blocked fine and larger particles from escaping about equally well as cloth masks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Team taps into wastewater antibiotic-resistant gene monitoring
(Virginia Tech) With a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers will build a cyberinfrastructure system, known as CI-WARS, for monitoring wastewater treatment plants for possible antibiotic resistance outbreak over time. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 8, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Presidential Debate Was the Kind of COVID-19 Risk Experts Have Been Warning Us About
For months, experts have hammered home this message: The riskiest place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic is a poorly-ventilated indoor environment with lots of other people, particularly if those people are unmasked. If even one person in such circumstances is infected, an innocent gathering can quickly turn into a super-spreading event. In a worst-case scenario, Tuesday’s presidential debate could turn into just such a catastrophe, following news of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. “This incident here with the President is illustrative of what can happen,” says David Edwards, a bio...
Source: TIME: Health - October 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 UnitedWeRise20Disaster Source Type: news

Researchers team up to solve America's hard cider identity crisis
(Virginia Tech) Funded by a $500,000 award from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Jacob Lahne, assistant professor of food science at Virginia Tech, and Clinton Neill, assistant professor of population medicine and diagnostic sciences at Cornell, are embarking upon a four-year, multistate research project that aims to create a common descriptive sensory language to help American cider producers communicate their products to consumers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Veterinary college receives $3.5 million NIH grant to develop Lyme disease vaccine
(Virginia Tech) Renowned tick immunobiologist Utpal Pal wants to adapt the rabies vaccination platform to produce antibodies that can protect against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease. The intention is to apply this work to other tick-borne diseases in the future. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Researcher receives grant to study the structure and function of enzymes, antibiotic implication
(Virginia Tech) After recently receiving a $528,000 grant from the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sobrado and researchers from the University of Missouri are gearing up to uncover the inner workings of flavoenzymes, an up-and-coming enzyme family that has already shown some promise for the improvement of human health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 2, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists advance understanding of blood-brain barrier health
(Virginia Tech) in a study with potential impacts on a variety of neurological diseases, Virginia Tech researchers have provided the first experimental evidence from a living organism to show that an abundant, star-shaped brain cell known as an astrocyte is essential for blood-brain barrier health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Multi-university effort to study the Earth's hidden critical zone- NSF grant
(Virginia Tech) Holbrook and collaborators at eight other universities in the US and Canada will conduct field work and modeling at seven sites that span the continental US from Maryland to Southern California. The team hopes to better understand the connections between the deep critical zone and ecosystem resilience, watershed hydrology, and erosion. The project includes an ambitious program of drilling deep holes, geochemical sampling, geophysical surveying, hydrology, and numerical modeling. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 15, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers find cuttlebone's microstructure sits at a 'sweet spot'
(Virginia Tech) Ling Li has a lesson in one of his mechanical engineering courses on how brittle materials like calcium carbonate behave under stress. In it, he takes a piece of chalk composed of the compound and snaps it in half to show his students the edge of one of the broken pieces. The break is blunt and straight. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How chemical diversity in plants facilitates plant-animal interactions
(Virginia Tech) As we continue to lose global biodiversity, we are also losing chemical diversity and the chance for discovery, " said Lauren Maynard, a Ph.D. candidate in the   Department of Biological Sciences   within the   College of Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 10, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cholesterol's effects on cellular membranes
(Virginia Tech) The findings have far-reaching implications in the general understanding of disease, the design of drug delivery methods, and many other biological applications that require specific assumptions about the role of cholesterol in cell membranes.     (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Misfiring brain cells may cause swallowing woes in children with developmental disorders
(Virginia Tech) Misfiring brain cells that control key parts of the mouth and tongue may be creating swallowing difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, according to neuroscientists with Virginia Tech and George Washington University. Problems ingesting, chewing, or swallowing food occur in up to 80 percent of children with developmental disorders and can lead to food aspiration, choking, or life-threatening respiratory infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news