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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( 17 items )  

Harvard University: Human Immunomics Initiative Will Decode Immune System, Speed New Vaccines
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 15 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Human Vaccines Project announce the Human Immunomics Initiative, a joint project that aims to revolutionize the understanding of the human immune system and accelerate the creation of effective vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments. The Human Immunomics Initiative (HII) will bring together Harvard Chan School experts i  more

Harvard University: Study of Lipid Metabolism in Neurons May Offer Therapeutic Possibilities for Neurodegenerative Diseases
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 14 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: Disrupting the production of a class of lipids known as sphingolipids in neurons improved symptoms of neurodegeneration and increased survival in a mouse model, according to new research led by the joint laboratory of Robert Farese, Jr. and Tobias Walther at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The findings, published online Apri  more

Mass General Researchers Uncover Biomarkers That Could Lead to More Patients Getting Immunotherapy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 18 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: A breakthrough class of cancer treatments - immunotherapies - may become available to a wider range of patients thanks to new research from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Microsatellite-high (MSI-H) tumors, which have a high rate of mutations (hypermutant), are more responsive to immunotherapy. Patients with these types of tumors are more likely to be recommended such treatment. Thi  more

Mass. Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito Tour Field Medical Station at Joint Base Cape Cod, Announce Further COVID-19 Response Reporting Data
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 15 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 14: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Massachusetts National Guard Adjutant Major General Gary W. Keefe to tour the ongoing work to establish a new Field Medical Station at Joint Base Cape Cod in Buzzards Bay. The administration also announced expanded COVID-19 response efforts reporting data to include statewide hospital capacity and PPE distribution. Ca  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Distribution of PPE to All Emergency Responders in Massachusetts
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 18 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 17: The Baker-Polito Administration announced the distribution of approximately 200,000 respirator masks for all local law enforcement officers and firefighters to ensure they have the protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis. These FDA-approved respirator masks will be distributed to all local law enforcement officers, including sheriffs and college and university police, a  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Funding, Outlines Ongoing Steps to Support Long-Term Care Facilities
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 16 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 15: The Baker-Polito Administration outlined ongoing steps to support long-term care facilities, including $130 million in new funding, expanded testing, PPE distribution and more. Long-Term Care Facility Support: The COVID-19 Response Command Center is working to detect, prevent and manage the outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the state and is intensely focused on mitigating the s  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Combat Mosquito-Borne Diseases in the Commonwealth
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 17 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker filed legislation to help the Commonwealth more effectively combat diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, including arboviruses like Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV), by authorizing a coordinated, proactive, statewide approach to mosquito control activities. The legislation, An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth, would empower the S  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Launches Manufacturing Emergency Response Team to Support Supply Production
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 14 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced a new initiative and over $10 million in funding to support manufacturers' efforts to pivot production operations to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical devices, such as ventilators, sanitizers, and thermometers. To make this announcement, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito were joined by the Health and   more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Outlines Ongoing Steps to Address Homelessness During COVID-19, Announces New Childcare Actions
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 18 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration outlined its ongoing comprehensive strategy to address homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Administration also announced additional support for foster families and a new emergency order authorizing the creation of emergency childcare sites. Comprehensive Steps To Address Homelessness: The Baker-Polito Administration recognizes that the challenges  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: New Findings May Lead to Improved Care for Patients With Heart Valve Disease
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 18 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Results from a new study may improve tests that determine when patients with heart valve disease need surgery. The research, which was led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Aortic stenosis, which occurs when one of the heart's valves becomes stiff and unable to fully open, is a common heart valve problem   more

MIT: Deploying More Conversational Chatbots
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 18 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 16: The comedian Bill Burr has said he refuses to call into automated customer service lines for fear that, years later on his death bed, all he'll be able to think about are the moments he wasted dealing with chatbots. Indeed, the frustrating experience of trying to complete even the most straightforward task through an automated customer service line is enough to make anyone que  more

MIT: Nanosensor Can Alert a Smartphone When Plants are Stressed
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 16 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 15: MIT engineers have developed a way to closely track how plants respond to stresses such as injury, infection, and light damage, using sensors made of carbon nanotubes. These sensors can be embedded in plant leaves, where they report on hydrogen peroxide signaling waves. Plants use hydrogen peroxide to communicate within their leaves, sending out a distress signal that stimulat  more

N.Y. PSC Issues Letter on East Light Partners PBC
ALBANY, New York, April 17 -- The New York State Public Service Commission issued the text of the following letter: To: Mr. James B. Fordyce, East Light Partners PBC, 552 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 2, Cambridge, MA 02139 RE: 2020 Annual Compliance - East Light Partners PBC Dear Mr. Fordyce, Thank you for your recent submittal pursuant to Section 3F of the New York State DPS's Uniform Business Practices for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers (UBP-DERS). This letter is to inform you that t  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Colleagues Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Recognizing that their states have one integrated regional economy, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy and get people  more

Proteins May Halt the Severe Cytokine Storms Seen in Patients: MIT
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 17 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: One of the defining features of Covid-19 is the excessive immune response that can occur in severe cases. This burst of immune overreaction, also called a cytokine storm, damages the lungs and can be fatal. A team of MIT researchers has developed specialized proteins, similar in structure to antibodies, that they believe could soak up these excess cytokines. "The idea is that they can be  more

Religious Affiliation Protects People's Well-Being During Distressful Times: Baylor University
WACO, Texas, April 16 -- Baylor University issued the following news: Religious Americans were better able than less religious ones to weather the economic storm of the 2008 recession, at least in terms of well-being, according to a study that may have implications for the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars at Baylor University, Duke University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed data from the Gallup organization's U.S. Daily Poll between 2008 and 2017, wh  more

Should Pharmaceutical Companies Give Up Their Patent Protections to Find Vaccine for COVID-19: Northeastern University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 15 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is on, and as the disease continues to upend societies around the world, public health officials are calling upon pharmaceutical companies to share their intellectual property--a move that could speed up research and make any eventual treatment more widely (and easily) accessible, says Northeastern law professor Brook Baker. Sharing research and discoveries among various pharm  more