AI shows promise for pancreatic cancer screening | Nonengineer created her big break in plastics industry | Homebound scientists and parents losing research hours
August 7, 2020
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Research fellow Ananya Malhotra and her colleagues have developed an artificial intelligence program to identify people at high risk for pancreatic cancer based on symptoms previously associated with pancreatic cancer as well as others that occurred frequently in pancreatic cancer patients' health records. The algorithm predicted pancreatic cancer up to 20 months before diagnosis in a pilot study involving people younger than 60, and it could be used to refine screening protocols.
Full Story: News Medical (8/3) 
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Nonengineer created her big break in plastics industry
Sorted plastic resin. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images)
Nineteen years ago, Tamsin Ettefagh and her company Envision disrupted the plastics industry as a resin recycler, and she says her "nontraditional mold-breaking achievement" was becoming successful in an industry without a college degree in engineering or polymers. Ettegagh now has launched Tamsinette, a consulting firm.
Full Story: Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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Scientists who have children and are working from home because of the novel coronavirus pandemic are losing research hours, especially those with children between the ages of 0-5, according to studies. Institutions are responding with flexible deadlines and shared teaching loads, but some of the changes may have a financial impact on scientists and the institutions.
Full Story: Science (tiered subscription model) (7/31) 
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Women's Health
Mammograms taken in a spa-like environment yielded better results than mammograms taken in standard rooms, according to a study in the Journal of Breast Imaging. Improved image quality in the multisensory room may be due to reduced patient stress and anxiety that resulted in better positioning, but more studies to verify the findings are still needed, researchers said.
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Pfizer hired journalist Meredith Vieira to host a program on its radio station created to educate women about metastatic breast cancer. The radio station is part of the company's "Find Your MBC Voice," which also includes television advertising.
Full Story: FiercePharma (8/3) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Cuts in science and research jobs and funding may negatively affect women, ethnic minorities and the economically disadvantaged, according to a letter published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by 19 researchers from around the world. "It's like we're going back 30 years," said Raisa Vieira, an ecologist at the Federal University of Goias in Goiania, Brazil.
Full Story: Nature (free content) (7/31) 
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The accomplishments of women have not derailed biases that women are inferior to men in some areas, including science, writes Gina Rippon, professor emeritus of Cognitive NeuroImaging at Aston University. A 2018 paper by two UK psychologists said that while some inequality in STEM jobs was driven by economics, some was driven by an idea that men were more likely to excel at science than women, Rippon writes.
Full Story: The Conversation (8/3) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Senamile Masango is inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams in science through her foundation and as a role model. Masango was the first South African woman to conduct an experiment through the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and is one of the top Black women scientists under age 35 in South Africa.
Full Story: The New Global Citizen (8/6) 
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