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Category: Healthy Lives

05.10.2021

Iowa State Biomedical Scientist Exploring the ‘key’ to new COVID-19 vaccine development

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus most likely will necessitate the development of more vaccine options in the years ahead, and a biomedical scientist at Iowa State University believes the “key” to that development lies in the way the virus binds to human cells. Michael Cho, a professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State, is studying how…

04.13.2021

Newly Published Paper Suggests Narratives can Help Science Counter Misinformation on Vaccines

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Narratives are a powerful tool that can help explain complex issues, but they can also serve as sources of misinformation, which presents a challenge as public health agencies work to educate people about COVID-19 vaccine. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, author Michael Dahlstrom, a professor and director of…

04.07.2021

Pandemic-related anxiety associated with women drinking more

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

The jokes and memes about “wine moms” belie a larger, concerning issue: Women are drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new study by Susan Stewart, professor of sociology at Iowa State University, nearly two-thirds of female participants reported drinking more since the beginning of the pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking…

03.24.2021

Engineers developing COVID-19 tests for mass production, mass distribution

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Supported by more than $900,000 in federal grants, Iowa State University engineers are using their expertise in graphene-based biosensors to develop better, cheaper, quicker, more accessible testing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The studies are part of two federal programs looking for better ways to test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infections, and, potentially,…

03.22.2021

OVPR Announces 2021 PIRS Seed Grant Recipients

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has awarded $100,000 in 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program (PIRS) funding to support two projects focused on addressing novel treatments for human health conditions. Established in 2017, the PIRS program is administered annually by the OVPR, and supported with funds from…

02.19.2021

2021 Bailey Award to Fund Mitochondrial DNA Research

Iowa State Researcher Targeting Underlying Cause of Human Health Disorders

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State University’s 2021 Bailey Research Career Development award has been granted to a university researcher hoping to better understand and harness the power of cellular mitochondria to address a host of human health conditions. The Bailey award — administered by the Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) — is…

02.16.2021

Grant to help fill gaps in how livestock manure management affects antibiotic resistance

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

What does manure have in common with antibiotic resistance? For starters, they both stink, though in different ways. But there might be even more to the relationship than that. Researchers at Iowa State University recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how…