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Study Shows Promising Safety Results for Anti-Aging Drug

A recent study published in the November issue of the journal Aging showed minimal metabolic side effects after continuous, long-term treatment with encapsulated rapamycin in a marmoset (monkey) model. Research results lead to efficacy study.

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Toddler Avoids Transplant, Mended Heart Is Second Chance at Life

Just two years old at the time, Zoey Jones was told she would need a heart and lung transplant for her failing organs, a complication due to the single ventricle heart defect she was born with. She was referred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where they began to prepare for a transplant, when a second look in the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) led doctors to believe her heart and lungs were strong enough to avoid transplant altogether.

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Johns Hopkins Is First and Only Center in the United States Approved for HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Organ Transplants

Johns Hopkins recently received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the U.S. to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The institution will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant.

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University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell Asks President Obama to Commute 55-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence of Weldon Angelos

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In letter to White House, Cassell, a former federal judge, cites “unjust” 55-year mandatory minimum sentence he was forced to hand down in 2004 to Angelos, then a 24-year-old music producer.

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First-of-Its-Kind Perioperative Surgical Home Initiative Demonstrates Measurable Impact on Quality and Costs

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading health care improvement company, have announced the results of the first iteration of the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) learning collaborative.

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The Joint Commission Introduces Accreditation for Eating Disorder Treatment Programs based on Recommendations made by The Academy for Eating Disorders

The Joint Commission (TJC) has agreed to add several new requirements to its accreditation review of behavioral health care organizations providing treatment for individuals with eating disorders and their families.

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Device Hits Pancreatic Tumors Hard with Toxic Four-Drug Cocktail, Sparing the Body

Implantable device delivers first-line treatment for pancreatic cancer directly to tumors, bypassing bloodstream and limiting widespread side effects.

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NCCN Awarded $2 Million in Research Funding from Infinity Pharmaceuticals to Study Duvelisib in Hematologic Malignancies

The NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) was awarded a $2-million grant from Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to facilitate studies of duvelisib in the treatment of hematologic malignancies.

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‘A Word's Worth More Than a Thousand Pictures’ According to New FAU Study on Young Children

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Children play an important role in ensuring that they are cared for by adults by using physical and cognitive cues. But what’s more important in how they influence adults and elicit their nurturing spirit? Is it their physical features or what they say?

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Special Program for Pulmonary Hypertension Receives National Recognition

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Orlando Health Heart Institute’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program earned accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

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UF/IFAS Plant Scientists Try to Breed a Little Cupid Magic

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Roses are red; violets are blue, and University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are developing better breeds of Valentine’s Day plants just for you.

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Simulation Center AV & Design: B-Line Medical Now Offers Turnkey Audiovisual Services

B-Line Medical®, an industry leader in video-driven healthcare education and outcome improvement, is excited introduce new turnkey audiovisual services.

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New Iowa State Research Holds Promise for Diabetics with Vitamin D Deficiency

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A simple change in diet could boost vitamin D levels for millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Iowa State University published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Health Expert Offers Advice on Intelligent Flirting, Provides Dating Tips for College Students

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Clinical Trial Offers New Drug Combo to Fight Lung Cancer

The 1,000 people in New Mexico fighting lung cancer may soon be able to breathe easier. The first of more than 10 new lung cancer clinical trials has just opened under the direction of Yanis Boumber, MD. The phase 3 clinical trial, called “Neptune,” opened January 28. It compares a combination of two immune drugs with standard chemotherapy.

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to Debut New TV Ads

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Following the success of its recent brand relaunch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) will kick off its 2016 advertising campaign with a television commercial debuting during the Seattle area broadcast of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, on CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. Three additional TV ads will air in the weeks after, and all will run through June. The campaign is designed to convey the strength of SCCA’s three alliance partners—Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine—and how “Better Together” translates into better outcomes for patients in the treatment of cancer.

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Body Temperature Triggers Newly-Developed Polymer to Change Shape

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Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten at the University of Rochester created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications.

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Rat Study Shows that Renal Denervation Helps to Bring Drug-Resistant Hypertension under Control

Most clinical studies have shown that renal denervation—a procedure that disrupts the nerves in the kidneys and prevents them from relaying signals—can treat drug-resistant hypertension, although a number have shown the procedure to be ineffective. A new study in American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology supports that renal denervation can treat hypertension and suggests that failures may be due to incomplete procedure. This research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.

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Researchers Resolve Longstanding Issue of Components Needed to Regenerate Muscle

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Findings clear path to devise new treatments for muscular injuries and dystrophies