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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 36 items )  

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Field Medical Station Details, Expanded COVID-19 Data Reporting, Domestic Violence Resources
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 10 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 9: The Baker-Polito Administration announced the details for a new field medical station at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), increased support for health care workforce and patients, expansion of COVID-19 reporting data, new guidance for workers seeking unemployment benefits and protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Earlier, the Admin  more

Baker-Polito Administration Issues Public Health Guidance to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 11 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 10: The Baker-Polito Administration issued further public health guidance, expanded resources for critical workers and increased Massachusetts National Guard activation to support its ongoing response to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A new Department of Public Health advisory, consistent with CDC guidance, recommends that all residents wear a mask or face covering in public whe  more

Bluetooth Signals From Your Smartphone Could Automate Contact Tracing While Preserving Privacy: MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 9 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - A system that enables smartphones to transmit 'chirps' to nearby devices could notify people if they have been near an infected person. * * * Imagine you've been diagnosed as Covid-19 positive. Health officials begin contact tracing to contain infections, asking you to identify people with whom you've been in close contact. The obvious people come to mind -- your family, your cow  more

Boston University School of Law: Automation Doesn't Mean Automatic Unemployment
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 10 -- Boston University School of Law issued the following news: * * * - New research from BU Law Lecturer James Bessen argues job-training and relocation programs can help offset declines in employment and income that accompany automation. * * * Boston University School of Law Lecturer James Bessen knows firsthand how technology can disrupt entire industries: In the 1980s, after he developed so-called "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" desktop publishing software al  more

Calif. A.G. Becerra, Mass. A.G. Healey Lead Multistate Amicus Brief Defending Affordable Care Act Birth Control Coverage Mandate in Supreme Court
SACRAMENTO, California, April 10 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting Pennsylvania in its case defending contraceptive coverage and counseling mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the brief filed in Donald Trump et al. v. Pennsylvania, t  more

Faster Protection With Less Material: Harvard Medical School
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 9 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news on April 8: * * * - How a new vaccine adjuvant might spare doses and shorten the race to COVID-19 immunity * * * Ulrich von Andrian is the Edward Mallinckrodt Professor of Immunopathology at Harvard Medical School and program leader of basic immunology at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. In this interview, von Andrian suggests that further research and development on a class of molecules called bi  more

Harvard Law School: 'Medical Debt is a Violation of Human Rights'
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: * * * - At a Petrie-Flom event on medical debt, health experts and journalists raise serious concerns about the affordability of testing and hospital care * * * Medical debt "totally traumatizes people" and "discourages people from going anywhere near the health care system," said Robert Yates, director of the Global Health Programme and executive director of the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House. P  more

Harvard School of Public Health: New Web Survey Aims to Understand Prevalence of COVID-19 Symptoms, Association With Testing, Social Distancing Behavior
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 9 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: A new survey from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will enable researchers to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms and to investigate their association with COVID-19 testing and social distancing behavior. Developed by David Bloom, David Canning, and Rashmi Dayalu from the Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University (PGDA), together   more

In Virtual Town Hall, MIT Leadership Updates Community on COVID-19 Responses
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 10 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Critical research continues, students and staff are receiving support, and contingency planning proceeds for eventual phased reopening. * * * As the MIT community adjusts to this unique period of separation and disruption, the Institute's top leaders held an online "town hall" on Tuesday to answer some of the most frequent questions being asked by students, faculty, and staff. R  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Files Legislation to Provide Health Care Workers Liability Protections During COVID-19 Response
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 9 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 8: Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation to provide health care workers and facilities protections from civil liability while they are on the front lines of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 response. The legislation would protect health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, and emergency medical technicians, as well as certain health care facilities from liability and suit w  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Text Alerts Now Available in Spanish
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 11 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced that its COVID-19 text message alert system "AlertsMA" is now available in Spanish. This expansion of the text-alert system means that the same text alerts that are distributed via the English-language system will now be available to Spanish-language users. Users can subscribe to the Spanish-language service by texting COVIDMAESP to 888-777. "Th  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Increased Resources for Health Care Providers, Expanded Support for Long-Term Care Facilities, COVID-19 Testing Initiatives
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 7: The Baker-Polito Administration announced a new financial package to support providers through the MassHealth program. The Administration also announced new resources to support older adults living in long-term care facilities and their families, including a Nursing Home Mobile Testing Program and a Nursing Home Family Resource Line. Earlier, the Administration and CVS announced   more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Testing Site Expansion, New Restrictions for Grocery Stores, Crisis Standards of Care Recommendations
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 9 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 8: The Baker-Polito Administration announced an expansion of COVID-19 testing sites for public safety personnel, new Crisis Standards of Care documentation for the Commonwealth's health care facilities, and new guidance to further promote social distancing at grocery stores. Testing Sites Expansion: The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that COVID-19 testing for Massachu  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Hospital Surge Capacity
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 11 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 10: The Baker-Polito Administration provided an update on the Commonwealth's hospital capacity and efforts to add more beds to the system to meet the expected surge in COVID-19 cases. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health will issue a Public Health Advisory that people should wear a mask or cover their faces in public when they cannot safely sociall  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration, CVS Announce Expansion of Rapid COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing in Massachusetts
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration and CVS announced the launch of a new rapid testing site in Lowell, which will enable on-the-spot COVID-19 testing and results at no cost. The new CVS site in Lowell will use the new Abbott ID NOW(TM) COVID-19 test. With the launch of this site, Massachusetts is the third state where CVS has launched rapid testing sites, joining Georgia and Rhode Island. CVS  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Reveals Sustained Benefits of 3D Mammograms for Breast Cancer Screening
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) displays thin sections of the breast from different angles, creating a semi-3D mammogram to help radiologists diagnose breast cancer. This technology was approved less than a decade ago, and it's unclear whether its effectiveness for breast cancer screening is sustained over time and after a woman's initial screening with DBT. Now a team of investigators at Mas  more

MIT's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Steps Up to the Challenge of Covid-19
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 3 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 2: Innovation and entrepreneurship aren't easy. New companies are forced to make due with minimal resources. Decisions must be made in the face of great uncertainty. Conditions change rapidly. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, MIT's I&E community has stepped up to the unforeseen challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Groups from many corners of the Institute are adapting to the myriad dis  more

MIT: Accelerating Data-Driven Discoveries
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 6 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 4: * * * - Life science companies use Paradigm4's unique database management system to uncover new insights into human health. * * * As technologies like single-cell genomic sequencing, enhanced biomedical imaging, and medical "internet of things" devices proliferate, key discoveries about human health are increasingly found within vast troves of complex life science and health d  more

MIT: First Sighting of Mysterious Majorana Fermion on a Common Metal
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 10 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Physicists' discovery could lead to a new family of robust qubits for quantum computing. * * * Physicists at MIT and elsewhere have observed evidence of Majorana fermions -- particles that are theorized to also be their own antiparticle -- on the surface of a common metal: gold. This is the first sighting of Majorana fermions on a platform that can potentially be scaled up. The   more

MIT: First Sighting of Mysterious Majorana Fermion on a Common Metal
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 11 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Physicists at MIT and elsewhere have observed evidence of Majorana fermions -- particles that are theorized to also be their own antiparticle -- on the surface of a common metal: gold. This is the first sighting of Majorana fermions on a platform that can potentially be scaled up. The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are a major step toward isolati  more

MIT: Neuroscientists Find Memory Cells That Help Us Interpret New Situations
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 7 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 6: Imagine you are meeting a friend for dinner at a new restaurant. You may try dishes you haven't had before, and your surroundings will be completely new to you. However, your brain knows that you have had similar experiences -- perusing a menu, ordering appetizers, and splurging on dessert are all things that you have probably done when dining out. MIT neuroscientists have now i  more

MIT: New 'Refrigerator' Super-Cools Molecules to Nanokelvin Temperatures
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 9 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 8: * * * - Technique may enable molecule-based quantum computing. * * * For years, scientists have looked for ways to cool molecules down to ultracold temperatures, at which point the molecules should slow to a crawl, allowing scientists to precisely control their quantum behavior. This could enable researchers to use molecules as complex bits for quantum computing, tuning indivi  more

MIT: New Sensors Could Offer Early Detection of Lung Tumors
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 3 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 1: People who are at high risk of developing lung cancer, such as heavy smokers, are routinely screened with computed tomography (CT), which can detect tumors in the lungs. However, this test has an extremely high rate of false positives, as it also picks up benign nodules in the lungs. Researchers at MIT have now developed a new approach to early diagnosis of   more

MIT: Origins of Earth's Magnetic Field Remain a Mystery
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 9 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 8: * * * - The existence of a magnetic field beyond 3.5 billion years ago is still up for debate. * * * Microscopic minerals excavated from an ancient outcrop of Jack Hills, in Western Australia, have been the subject of intense geological study, as they seem to bear traces of the Earth's magnetic field reaching as far back as 4.2 billion years ago. That's almost 1 billion years   more

MIT: Reducing Delays in Wireless Networks
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 10 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Congestion control system could help streaming video, mobile games, and other applications run more smoothly. * * * MIT researchers have designed a congestion-control scheme for wireless networks that could help reduce lag times and increase quality in video streaming, video chat, mobile gaming, and other web services. To keep web services running smoothly, congestion-control s  more

MIT: Researchers Achieve Remote Control of Hormone Release
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 11 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 10: Abnormal levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are linked to a variety of mental health disorders, including depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). MIT researchers have now devised a way to remotely control the release of these hormones from the adrenal gland, using magnetic nanoparticles. This approach could help scientists to learn more abou  more

Northeastern University: 'We'll Never Forget Spending So Much Time Together'
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: As millions of people around the world isolate themselves to protect their families from COVID-19, myriad legitimate challenges await inside their homes. For some parents, one of those challenges might be caring for their children, especially siblings who don't always get along. "As we spend such uninterrupted time with one another, where our options are pretty limited, things can get frustrating, they could   more

Northeastern University: Delivery Workers Step Up to Challenge Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 10 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Along with the sacrifices that healthcare workers are making now to help stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan Ellis urges us to not forget about letter carriers and package handlers who remain on the job during a worldwide health crisis to deliver an essential service. "From Amazon to FedEx to UPS to post office workers, it's important that we acknowledge all these folks who we often take for granted,  more

Northeastern University: Here's Why COVID-19 Panic Makes You Want to Stock Up on Toilet Paper
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 8 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In these uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be something particularly calming about a full kitchen cupboard. Alexander DePaoli, associate professor of marketing, says it's not an uncommon sensation. "The question of, 'How do I deal with this uncertain environment--keeping myself and my family safe?' These are really hard questions," he says. "But, 'Do I have enough toilet paper?' is real  more

Northeastern University: It's Hard to Anchor Wind Turbines to Ocean Floor. He's Building One That Floats.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 7 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If you're a wind turbine, there's one place where you'd want to be. Far from the shore, out in the open ocean, and particularly in the North Atlantic, where the wind's energy could potentially power an entire country the size of the United States. But harvesting wind energy in the ocean has posed an engineering feat that requires specialized equipment to manufacture and install heavy towers and propeller-like   more

Northeastern University: To Fight COVID-19 Outbreak, First We Have to Track It
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 10 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If we want to slow the spread of COVID-19, we need to stay apart from each other. But we also need to know where the disease is. Health professionals around the world have stressed the importance of fast, accurate, and abundant testing in the fight against the virus. "The reason we're so focused on testing for this is so that we can identify patients that have [COVID-19] and who they could have spread it to,"  more

Northeastern University: Water Is 'Fundamental Human Right'
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 7 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Affordable access to water is an issue that affects every household in the U.S. and is made even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Martha Davis, a professor of law at Northeastern who has been promoted to University Distinguished Professor. In the U.S., water authorities often shut off water when customers fall behind in their payments. But without access to water, families may be forced to go t  more

Old Drug, New Treatment?: Harvard Medical School
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 9 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - Trial to assess anticlotting medication to treat COVID-19-related respiratory failure * * * While the majority of people with COVID-19 won't require hospitalization, those who do are likely to seek medical help as a result of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe lung injury common in patients with critical illnesses. At present, there is no effective treatment for ARDS other than suppo  more

Researchers Release First Detailed Survey on Effects of Pandemic on Correctional Facilities: Harvard Law School
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 10 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: A collaboration between Harvard University researchers and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has yielded the first detailed survey on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on correctional facilities in the United States. The ongoing survey has so far collected data from more than 320 facilities housing approximately 10 percent of the country's inmates across 47 states. While not necessarily   more

Study Projects Areas Most Vulnerable to Patient Surge: Columbia University
NEW YORK, April 9 -- Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health issued the following news: Data from a national analysis led by scientists at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health suggest that, even in parts of the country that are not yet experiencing many cases of COVID-19, aggressive social distancing and medical care preparations are needed to prevent illness and death. A team led by Columbia researchers, with researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts In  more

Study Shows That Integrated Clinical, Behavioral Program Can Help Reduce Excess Weight Gain by Pregnant Mothers
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 11 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: A systems-wide program that integrates clinical and public health services during pregnancy to address behavioral and social risk factors can reduce the prevalence of excess gestational weight gain among women who were overweight at the start of their pregnancy, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. A new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology describes how a progr  more