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  • NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

    NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections

    National Institutes of Health says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections | site |


    NIH preclinical study suggests FDA-approved tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 24, 2020)

    In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline was effective at preventing brain infections and reducing neurological problems associated with the virus in mice. In addition, they found that drugs originally designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation may also help fight infections. ...
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  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer

    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: November 17, 2020)

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications, such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.

    NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 kelvin (minus 272.15 C or minus 457.87 F), down to 50
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  • Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria

    Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria | site |


    (Information included in a National Institutes of Health [NIH] news release media advisory: November 23, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for progeria, a rare and fatal pediatric disease, characterized by dramatic, rapid aging beginning in childhood. The treatment was made possible thanks in part to work at the National Institutes of Health over nearly two decades to identify and understand the function of the mutant gene and the protein it encodes (called progerin), with the goal of identifying new therapeutic drugs for the disorder. Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, is a rare, multisystemic disease that causes premature aging and premature death in children. Progeria is caused by a genetic mutation in the LMNA (“lamin A”) gene, which helps maintain the normal
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  • U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark

    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt designated Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing the significant role the ballpark has played in the city of Chicago and the history of professional sports.

    National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.








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  • FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
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  • Envision Color - - - Activity Patterns in the Brain are Specific to the Color You See

    Envision color: Activity Patterns in the Brain are Specific to the Color You See | site |


    NIH research findings reveal new aspects of visual processing.


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information: Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have decoded brain maps of human color perception. The findings, published today in Current Biology, open a window into how color processing is organized in the brain, and how the brain recognizes and groups colors in the environment. The study may have implications for the development of machine-brain interfaces for visual prosthetics. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health. “This is one of the first studies to determine what color a person is seeing based on direct measurements of brain activity,” said Bevil Conway, Ph.D., chief of NEI’s Unit on Sensation, Cognition and Action, who led the study. “The approach lets us get at...
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  • National Institutes of Health says Cardiac Arrest Treatment that uses Life Support Machine boosts Survival

    National Institutes of Health says Cardiac Arrest Treatment that uses Life Support Machine boosts Survival | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    Using a life support machine to replicate the functions of the heart and lungs significantly improved the survival of people who suffered from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a new study published today in The Lancet . The treatment program involving the life support machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) proved so much more effective than the standard treatment for this usually fatal condition that the trial was stopped early after enrolling just 30 of the expected 165 patients. The study, known as the Advanced Reperfusion Strategies for Refractory Cardiac Arrest (ARREST) trial, was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. It found th
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  • Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

    Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report | site |


    (November 12, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today the 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report which found no significant increases in the Veteran suicide rate from 2017-2018, average suicide deaths per day or total count of Veteran suicides — however, there were positive trends related to VA health care and suicide prevention efforts overall.

    The report includes analyses of Veteran suicide from 2005-2018 and findings from ongoing monitoring of VA health system suicide-related indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “The suicide data presented in this new report is an integral part of VA’s Public Health Model for Suicide Prevention, which combines evidence-based clinical interventions
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Kick-off of Sixth Annual National Apprenticeship Week| site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020. NAW 2020 includes a series of events held nationwide as thousands of participants celebrate the dynamic and evolving work of apprentices. This year’s events will focus on both traditional Registered Apprenticeship Programs and newly created Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. NAW 2020 will focus on themes and industries in which apprenticeships are making a significant difference for American workers, including information technology, healthcare, financial services, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. “Apprentices have a crucial role to play in our ongoing economic recovery, and National Apprenticeship Week is
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  • Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day

    Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands Starting Veterans Day | site |


    (November 10, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of the Trump Administration and in support of America’s military members and families, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3387 at the Iowa Gold Star Museum in October, announcing that Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) this year and every day onward. “The Trump Administration is committed to honoring American patriots – the men and women who have served in our armed forces,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “With the utmost respect and gratitu
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  • NOAA says Large, deep Antarctic Ozone Hole to persist into November

    NOAA says Large, deep Antarctic Ozone Hole to persist into November

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Large, deep Antarctic Ozone Hole to persist into November | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published the following information:

    Persistent cold temperatures and strong circumpolar winds supported the formation of a large and deep Antarctic ozone hole that will persist into November, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.






    A NOAA ozonesonde - - an instrument used to help scientists monitor the Antarctic ozone hole - - ascends over the South Pole in this time-lapse photo taken October 21, 2020. Ideal weather conditions helped create a large, persistent ozone hole that will last into November 2020.
    (Courtesy of Yuya Makino/IceCube)
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  • National Institutes of Health Question and Answer conference on COVID-19 Vaccine Research

    National Institutes of Health Question and Answer conference on COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    An Update on COVID-19 Vaccines featuring Drs. Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci


    (October 29, 2020) - - On October 29, 2020 National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials discussed COVID-19 Vaccine Research. The video conference is available at https://youtu.be/rDT1WrzHWH8 or press HERE



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  • IRS reminder to Non-filers - - - Nov. 10 is National EIP Registration Day

    IRS reminder to Non-filers - - - Nov. 10 is National EIP Registration Day

    IRS reminder to Non-filers: Nov. 10 is ‘National EIP Registration Day;’ Community Partners can help People sign up for Economic Impact Payment | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today urged anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return and has not yet received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to take advantage of “National EIP Registration Day,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10. National EIP Registration Day is part of the agency’s further concerted push with partners across the country to make sure every eligible American has registered before the Nov. 21 deadline to receive their Economic Impact Payment this year. National EIP Registration Day will take place just a few days ahead of the Nov. 21 deadline for registering online to receive an Economic Impact Payment. This special event will feature support from IRS partner groups...
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  • NIST researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons

    National Institute of Standards and Technology researches Room Temperature Conversion of CO2 to CO: A New Way to Synthesize Hydrocarbons | site |


    NIST says new method could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere and slash costs of chemical manufacturing.


    (November 2, 2020) - - On November 2, 2020 the National Institute of Standards and Technology published the following information: Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have demonstrated a room-temperature method that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide levels in fossil-fuel power plant exhaust, one of the main sources of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Although the researchers demonstrated this method in a small-scale, highly controlled environment with dimensions of just nanometers (billionths of a meter), they have already come up with concepts for scaling up the method and making it practical for real-w...
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  • NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19

    NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19 | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    A National Institutes of Health clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has formally concluded that the drug provides no clinical benefit to hospitalized patients. Though found not to cause harm, early findings in June when the trial was stopped indicated that the drug was not improving outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Final data and analyses of
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    NIH says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections
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    National Institutes of Health says Commonly used Antibiotic shows Promise for Combating Zika Infections | site |


    NIH preclinical study suggests FDA-approved tetracycline-based antibiotics may slow infection and reduce neurological problems.


    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: November 24, 2020)

    In 2015, hundreds of children were born with brain deformities resulting from a global outbreak of Zika virus infections. Recently, National Institutes of Health researchers used a variety of advanced drug screening techniques to test out more than 10,000 compounds in search of a cure. To their surprise, they found that the widely used antibiotic methacycline was effective at preventing brain infections and reducing neurological problems associated with the virus in mice. In addition, they found that drugs originally designed to combat Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation may also help fight infections. ...
    11-24-2020, 08:57 PM
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer
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    National Institute of Standards and Technology Sensor Experts Invent Supercool Mini-Thermometer | site |



    (Information contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] press release: November 17, 2020)

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications, such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.

    NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 kelvin (minus 272.15 C or minus 457.87 F), down to 50
    ...
    11-24-2020, 07:27 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria
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    Decades of National Institutes of Health Research help lead to first FDA-approved Treatment for Progeria | site |


    (Information included in a National Institutes of Health [NIH] news release media advisory: November 23, 2020)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment for progeria, a rare and fatal pediatric disease, characterized by dramatic, rapid aging beginning in childhood. The treatment was made possible thanks in part to work at the National Institutes of Health over nearly two decades to identify and understand the function of the mutant gene and the protein it encodes (called progerin), with the goal of identifying new therapeutic drugs for the disorder. Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, is a rare, multisystemic disease that causes premature aging and premature death in children. Progeria is caused by a genetic mutation in the LMNA (“lamin A”) gene, which helps maintain the normal
    ...
    11-24-2020, 04:11 AM
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    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark
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    U.S. Department of the Interior says Wrigley Field Designated as a National Historic Landmark | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Interior press release: November 19, 2020)

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt designated Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing the significant role the ballpark has played in the city of Chicago and the history of professional sports.

    National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.








    “The historical...
    11-21-2020, 03:40 AM
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    FEMA Releases National Risk Index - - - New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Releases National Risk Index: New Online Data Shows Natural Hazards Risks for Communities | site |


    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    Washington - - FEMA announced the Phase 1 rollout of the National Risk Index, a new online resource that helps illustrate communities most at risk from natural hazards. This online mapping application analyzes risk factors from 18 natural hazards. Additionally, to provide a holistic view of community risk, the application includes expected annual losses, social vulnerability and community resilience layers. This release makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners. The interactive mapping tool can help communities, especially those with limited flood mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data
    ...
    11-17-2020, 04:44 AM

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