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Stem Cell, Infertility, amniotic sac, Cell Biology

Amniotic Sac in a Dish: Stem Cells Form Structures That Could Aid Understanding of Infertility & More

The first few weeks after sperm meets egg still hold many mysteries. Among them: what causes the process to fail, leading to many cases of infertility. But scientists haven’t had a good way to explore the biology behind this phenomenon. Now, a new achievement using human stem cells could give researchers a chance to see what they couldn’t before, while avoiding ethical issues associated with studying actual embryos.

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Clinical Research, Urology, Patient Experience

Urologists Seeking Patients for Groundbreaking Prostate Cancer Study

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A research study to remove cancerous cells in the prostate using Magnetic Resonance Imaging guided technology is entering its final phase at Beaumont.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy, Menopausal Symptoms, menopausal transition, Menopausal Symptomatic Relief, Menopausal Women, Menopause

New Center Addresses Unique Health Needs of Women Entering Menopause

Rush has launched an innovative program dedicated to the comprehensive care of women 40 years of age and older. The Rush Midlife Center provides women going through perimenopause with a specialized resource they can turn to for diagnosis, treatment and support. It is one of only five such comprehensive, multidisciplinary centers in the United States.

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Marriage of Microscopy Techniques Reveals 3D Structure of Critical Protein Complex

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Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research have solved the three-dimensional structure of a complex that is essential for the correct sorting of chromosomes into eggs and sperm during reproductive cell division or meiosis.

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Reproduction, Meiosis, Genetics

Pregnancy Loss and the Evolution of Sex Are Linked by Cellular Line Dance

In new research published this week (Aug. 1, 2017) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Levitis and his collaborators report that meiosis takes a heavy toll on the viability of offspring. And not just for humans. Creatures from geckos to garlic and cactuses to cockroaches pay a price to undergo sexual reproduction.

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preterm babies, women health, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBD,

Micro-Guests' Role in Pathologic Processes

We host more microbiota than our own cells. These micro-guests produce metabolites that are only beginning to be appreciated as important factors in pathologic processes, from chronic inflammatory diseases to preterm birth. In this morning’s President’s Invited Session, Gary Wu, MD, and Rebecca Simmons, MD, both from the University of Pennsylvania, will share the most recent findings and ongoing trials that are beginning to define the complex host-guest relationship in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and pre-term birth.

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Food Insecurity, chester county hospital, Pennsylania, Penn Medicine, community relations, Community Service, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Prenatal Care, Prenatal Health

Identifying Food Insecurity, Even in Pennsylvania's Wealthiest County

Chester County is the wealthiest county among all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The median household yearly income is more than $85,000. And yet, more than 25,000 county residents received over $3 million in SNAP (food stamp) benefits because they do not have enough money to consistently put food – let alone healthy food – on the table each night. Last year, Chester County Hospital sought to tackle the issue by providing a "food insecurity" questionnaire to patients in the hospital's Ob/Gyn clinic. As a result of the Food Insecurity study, the Chester County Food Bank now pre-packages emergency food kits for the Ob/Gyn Clinic to have instantly available for their patients who acknowledge that they worry when their families will eat next. The boxes are nutritious and geared toward prenatal women. There are discussions currently underway to expand the screening tool hospital-wide.

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American Society Of Anesthesiologists, American Urological Association, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid , perioperative surgical home

Perioperative Surgical Home Support by Urology Group, Acceptance by CMS as 2018 MIPS Improvement Activity, Validate Model of Care

The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care’s ability to significantly improve patient care, quality and reduce costs, is being further supported by the recent actions of two organizations: 1) the support of the model by the American Urological Association (AUA); and 2) the acceptance of the model by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Improvement Activity.

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Scientists Discover Biological Markers Which Could Lead to Better Treatments for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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Researchers have identified two new biological markers of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which affects children and young adults, leaving them with lifelong health complications including digestive problems and persistent lung infections. The findings, published in the journal ACS Central Science, shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of CF and could lead to improved prognosis and better therapies for a disease which is quite variable, affecting different children in different ways, say researchers.

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WashU Biomedical Engineer Combines Data, Algorithms to Understand HER2 Breast Cancer Gene

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In American women, breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death. Using data, algorithms and lab experimentation, a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is studying breast cancer at the most basic level – the cells – to look for clues about how the cancerous cells metastasize.







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