FAU Partners with USDA to Boost Domestic Production of Farm-raised Fish

The U.S. is the largest importer of seafood products in the world – importing 5.9 billion pounds of seafood in 2017 alone, resulting in about $14 billion of the U.S. trade deficit. More than 50 percent of seafood consumed comes from aquaculture. Yet, less than 1 percent is produced in the U.S. This year, FAU’s Harbor Branch has received $2.4 million from the USDA to help initiate a project that will boost the nation’s aquaculture industry.

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Samplla™, a family of specimen collection devices which are designed to provide ambient transportation for up to 21 days. Specimens applied to Samplla™ are immediately “dried and stabilized” within a local atmospheric condition using its Samplla Modified Atmosphere Packaging (sMAP), that provides an atmosphere separated from the ambient atmosphere and resistant to gas exchange – the result, stability. Samplla™ S device, the first product of this line of products was perfected to collect, transport and store bodily fluid specimens.

Free, Plow To Plate Meals Nourish Cancer Patient and Caregiver

Diane and Phil Hannah of New Milford, Connecticut faced a series of health problems — including Phil’s skin cancer diagnosis — that made it difficult for them to keep up with everyday tasks, like shopping for groceries and preparing meals.

The Eating Well program supported Diane and Phil during this challenging time by providing vouchers for free, nutritious meals from the New Milford Hospital café after each of Phil’s radiation therapy sessions.

The Eating Well program aims to improve the overall well-being of patients and caregivers, and is fully supported by generous donors.

Eating Well is a component of New Milford Hospital’s Plow to Plate program. Plow to Plate meals are freshly prepared with locally sourced, organic ingredients.

Study finds transport by mobile stroke units get patients quicker treatment than traditional ambulance

Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute. Researchers at UTHealth recently published new findings in Stroke that show patients transported to the hospital by mobile stroke unit instead of standard ambulance received a clot-busting procedure an average of 10 minutes faster, which could potentially save up to 270 million neurons per patient.

Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks

Whole genome sequencing technology may give epidemiologists and healthcare workers a powerful weapon in tracking and, possibly, controlling outbreaks of serious diseases, according to a team of researchers.

In a study, researchers found that both international and domestic sources of Shigella sonnei, which is the fourth most common cause of bacterial foodborne illnesses in the U.S., were from a related group of the bacteria, called Lineage II. Experts originally proposed that the international and domestic strains of Shigella were likely from different sources, according to the researchers.

Antineutrino Detection Could Help Remotely Monitor Nuclear Reactors

Technology to measure the flow of subatomic particles known as antineutrinos from nuclear reactors could allow continuous remote monitoring designed to detect fueling changes that might indicate the diversion of nuclear materials. The monitoring could be done from outside the reactor vessel, and the technology may be sensitive enough to detect substitution of a single fuel assembly.

Quest Diagnostics Now Participating in NCI-MATCH Precision Medicine Clinical Trial

As the leader in Advanced Diagnostics, including Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), Quest joins a select group of commercial and academic laboratories to meet the rigorous requirements for participation in this clinical trial.
Both the Quest Med Fusion 50SEQ cancer panel and IBM Watson Genomics from Quest Diagnostics service fulfill the trial’s criteria for accuracy and reliability in tumor profiling.

Rutgers Releases Comprehensive Report on How Cultural Factors Affect Chinese Americans’ Health

Rutgers researchers present an unprecedented exploration of cultural factors concerning Chinese Americans’ health in a special edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Seventeen research papers study elder abuse, cognitive function, psychological well-being, social relationships, and health behaviors among more than 3,000 Chinese Americans aged 60 and older.

Lab Enablement Leadership as Data Innovations Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Lab enablement solutions industry leader, Data Innovations, celebrates their 30th anniversary. Founded as the lab industry’s first Connectivity provider with its flagship solution, Data Innovations has continued to evolve as the clinical lab’s go-to technology platform for lab optimization, standardization, and workflow automation.

Robotic Cane Shown to Improve Stability in Walking

By adding electronics and computation technology to a simple cane that has been around since ancient times, Columbia Engineering researchers have transformed it into a 21st century robotic device that can provide light-touch assistance in walking to the aged and others with impaired mobility. The autonomous robot “walks” alongside a person to provide light-touch support, much as one might lightly touch a companion’s arm or sleeve to maintain balance while walking.