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New Open Access Journal Itch Launched by Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, in partnership with the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI), is pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, Itch. The journal publishes original scientific papers that contribute to our understanding of the basic mechanisms and clinical aspects of itch (pruritus).

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American Pain Society Awarded Research Grant from Mayday Fund

The American Pain Society, www.americanpainsopciety.org, announced today it will be awarded a two-year research grant of $100,000 from the Mayday Fund to support the organization’s Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant Program. The money will fund two $25,000 grants in 2016 and 2017 for basic science research.

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Autism Care Improved, Diagnosis Time Shortened by New MU Program

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Wait lists for a specialist to confirm an autism diagnosis can be agonizing and last months. As the prevalence of autism and autism spectrum disorders increase, so does the demand for a health care system that is fully equipped to respond to the complex needs associated with autism. Now, Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Autism, a new program from the University of Missouri, is training primary care providers in best-practice care for autism spectrum disorders. Initial results of the pilot program found significant improvements in primary care provider confidence in screening and management of autism and in utilization of specific tools and resources.

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Southeastern Finance Team Named Winner in National Community Bank Case Study Competition

A group of four Southeastern finance students took first place in the national Community Bank Case Study Competition based on their analysis and evaluation of Louisiana-based First Guaranty Bank.

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RNA Simulations Boost Understanding of Retroviral Diseases

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New molecular dynamics research into how RNA folds into hairpin-shaped structures called tetraloops could provide important insights into new treatments for retroviral diseases.

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Penn Study Shows Female Smokers More Likely to Kick the Habit by ‘Timing’ Their Quit Date with Their Menstrual Cycle

Women who want to quit smoking may have better success by carefully timing their quit date with optimal days within their menstrual cycle, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results, published online this month in Biology of Sex Differences, were also presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), held at Penn.

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Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Launches Maryland’s First Hospital-Based BioIncubator

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Sinai Hospital has opened the first hospital-based bioincubator in a Maryland hospital. Start-up companies in the biotechnology and life sciences have space in a state-of-the-art center at Sinai for research and access to medical experts.

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ACR Appropriateness Criteria Release Expands With New, Updated Topics

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The American College of Radiology (ACR) released 8 new and 15 updated Appropriateness Criteria, which define national guidelines for the most appropriate medical imaging exam or radiation therapy.

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Mapping Neural Networks to Strengthen Circadian Rhythms

While the evidence behind this age-related weakening of the circadian rhythm has been established in medical literature, the mechanisms behind it, and the connectivity structure of the neurons, have remained elusive. To better understand these neuronal and hormonal mechanisms and help develop potential treatments, researchers have conducted experimental analyses of the SCN’s connections, with the goal of determining its degree of heterogeneity. They discuss their work in this week’s CHAOS.

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Studying Life on the Rocks

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Researchers have developed an apparatus to meet the growing need for measuring ice as it changes in response to external forces, a process ice scientists call “deformational behaviors.’’ These forces occur on Earth in glacial ice as it flows due to gravity, and in space as icy satellite bodies respond to tidal forces from their parent bodies. Their report on their device -- called a cryogenic deformation apparatus -- appears in Review of Scientific Instruments.

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U.S. May Be Greatly Undercounting Pediatric Concussions

Researchers suggest that the number of child and youth concussions may be vastly underestimated in the U.S. A single-center study in a large pediatric network found that four out of five children diagnosed with concussion were seen at primary care practices, not in an emergency department (ED). However, most national counts of pediatric concussion rely solely on ED visits or school athletics data.

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Calculating the Mechanics of a Rough Sphere

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A transatlantic team of researchers explain the creation of a simulation model that can help scientists mathematically correct for any errors related to a sphere's roughness this week in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing.

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Immunotherapy Developed at Roswell Park Being Tested as Treatment for Multiple Myeloma

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An early-stage clinical trial at Roswell Park will assess whether the SurVaxM cancer vaccine is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with multiple myeloma, in combination with lenalidomide

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International Journal of Surgery Oncology Selects Wolters Kluwer as Its New Publisher

Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, is pleased to announce that it was selected by the IJS Publishing Group to publish its open access journal, the International Journal of Surgery Oncology (IJS Oncology).

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A reporter's PressPass is required to access this story until the embargo expires on 1-Jun-2016 5:00 AM EDT

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A reporter's PressPass is required to access this story until the embargo expires on 2-Jun-2016 8:00 AM EDT

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Experts Available to Discuss 2016 Hurricane Season

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Looking to Beat the Heat and Save Money?

A new study published by researchers from Concordia University in Montreal confirms that, contrary to the belief that cool roofs won’t work in colder climates, they actually provide net energy — and monetary — savings.

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New Class of Protein Could Treat Cancer and Other Diseases, Study Finds

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A protein designed by researchers at Georgia State University can effectively target a cell surface receptor linked to a number of diseases, showing potential as a therapeutic treatment for an array of illnesses, including cancer, according to the research team.

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Through a Glass, Warmly: Argonne Nanomaterials Can Help Make Windows More Efficient

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A team of researchers at Argonne National Laboratory is using nanomaterials to get closer to one of the holy grails of building efficiency technologies: single pane windows with efficiency as good or better than multi-pane low emissions (Low-E) windows. The team recently received a $3.1 million award from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a technology that could help achieve that goal.