Storing CO2 underground may be a safe solution to mitigate climate change

A study led by the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB), both belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has shown that injecting billions of tonnes of atmospheric CO2 (carbon dioxide) underground has a low risk of leakage back to the surface.

Seawater split to produce green hydrogen

Researchers have successfully split seawater without pre-treatment to produce green hydrogen. The international team was led by the University of Adelaide’s Professor Shizhang Qiao and Associate Professor Yao Zheng from the School of Chemical Engineering. “We have split natural seawater into oxygen and hydrogen with nearly 100 per cent efficiency, to produce green hydrogen by electrolysis, using a non-precious and cheap catalyst in a commercial electrolyser,” said Professor Qiao.

New live bacterial product for stubborn superbug improves quality of life

Kevin Garey, professor of pharmacy practice and translational research at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy is reporting the first well-controlled study to demonstrate that a microbiome therapeutic, SER-109, is associated with significant quality of life improvement in patients with the debilitating recurrent infection and disease caused by Clostridium difficile (or C. diff).

University of Oregon Picks Prominent Harvard Psychologist to Lead The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

The University of Oregon is proud to announce Katie McLaughlin, a professor and influential clinical psychologist, has been selected to lead the Portland-based Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health.

State-of-the-Art Healthcare Destination Provides Comprehensive Suite of Services

Ochsner Health leaders joined with Jefferson Parish officials today to celebrate the opening of Ochsner Medical Complex – Clearview (4430 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006). The new patient-centered healthcare destination features state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive suite of services, amenities and wellness offerings.

Danforth Center Principal Investigator Bing Yang named American Association for the Advancement of Science 2022 Fellow

Bing Yang, PhD, member and principal investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and professor of plant science, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri – Columbia, has been elected as a 2022 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his distinguished contributions to plant gene editing and understanding plant disease.

Scientists Probe the Source of Stochastic Occurrence of Super-Knock in Engines Running on Hydrogen/Methane Fuels

Blends of hydrogen and methane are a promising alternative vehicle fuel that could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. To make these fuels viable, researchers need to understand how they burn, especially in small, turbocharged internal combustion engines. In this study, researchers examined the impact of non-thermal chemical kinetics on “super-knock,” a combustion mechanism that can cause severe engine damage.

Greater adversity in childhood linked to premature aging in midlife and beyond

The study analyzed data from 1,445 participants aged 45 to 85 years from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. The participants provided blood samples for DNA methylation analysis and completed a self-report questionnaire on ACEs. These experiences include childhood exposure to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, as well as exposure to parental intimate partner violence or poor parental mental health. The data was analyzed to determine if there was an association between early childhood adversity and accelerated biological aging.

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in Nation to Receive Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care

Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, is proud to announce it’s academic flagship hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Perinatal Care (ACPC) by demonstrating exceptional standards and outcomes in the care of infants and mothers. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

URI professor: Media literacy is an important tool in training police officers

KINGSTON, R.I. – Jan. 31, 2023 – The horrific death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis, Tennessee, police officers has again spurred calls for reform in police training. One tool in that training should be media literacy, says Renee Hobbs, professor of communication studies in the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media and an internationally-recognized authority on media literacy education.

‘U.S. News’ Again Names Salisbury University Online Programs Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News & World Report again has ranked two of Salisbury University’s online graduate programs among the nation’s best. For the sixth year, the publication rated SU’s online M.B.A. Program one of the top in the U.S. SU’s online M.S. in Nursing Program also was ranked among the country’s best.

Β-blocker use associated with lower rates of violence

Reductions in violence are seen in individuals using Beta adrenergic-blocking agents (β-blockers) compared with periods that they are not taking the medication, in a study published January 31st in the open access journal PLOS Medicine. If the findings are confirmed by other studies, β-blockers could be considered as a way to manage aggression and hostility in individuals with psychiatric conditions.

SLU Research Finds Cancer Immunotherapy Does Not Interfere With COVID-19 Immunity

Research findings published in Frontiers in Immunology show that cancer immunotherapy does not interfere with COVID-19 immunity in previously vaccinated patients. These findings support recommending vaccination for patients with cancer, including those receiving systemic therapies, say Saint Louis University scientists.

Proximity to electric vehicle charging stations positively impacts home values

A new study finds that proximity to electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs) can raise property values depending on where homes are situated. The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Maryland College Park, Princeton University and Cardiff University, was recently published in Nature Sustainability.

January Research Highlights

A roundup of the latest medical discoveries and faculty news at Cedars-Sinai.

Two Tufts Faculty Elected to World’s Largest Scientific Society

Two Tufts faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific society. They join 504 other scientists, engineers, and innovators from 24 scientific disciplines who are being recognized for their scientific achievements. This year’s fellows from Tufts are Mitch McVey, professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Pamela Yelick, AG89, professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics in the Department of Orthodontics in the School of Dental Medicine.

Wayne State University scientist named AAAS Fellow

Miriam Greenberg, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, has been named an AAAS Fellow for her distinguished contributions to the field of lipid function, particularly for elucidating the role of cardiolipin in Barth syndrome (BTHS) and for identifying molecular mechanisms of control of inositol homeostasis.

ARVO Foundation Announces 2022 Point of View Award Winner

Rockville, Md.—The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) congratulates Tasneem Khatib DM, FRCOphth—recipient of the 2022 Point of View Award.

Established by the Point of View Foundation (Fundació Punt de Vista), the award provides a $20,000 cash prize in recognition of an outstanding scholarly article related to efforts to restore vision through regenerative ophthalmology, biotechnology, whole eye transplantation or other approaches.

UT Southwestern researchers identify risk factors for unsuccessful bunion surgery

A study by UT Southwestern researchers has identified three factors that increase the risk that bunion surgery will fail to fix this painful foot condition. The findings, published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, provide information that surgeons can use to counsel patients considering this elective procedure.