African Medical Education Is Being Transformed by US Program, Journal Articles Report

Medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is being revitalized and expanded through a U.S.-funded effort that is dramatically increasing enrollment, broadening curricula, upgrading Internet access and providing cutting-edge skills labs and other technologies.

– NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC)|30-Jul-2014 6:00 PM EDT

As the Institute of Medicine Reports on Graduate Medical Education, Penn Expert Calls For Innovation in Training Future Physicians

Writing that “our nation’s lack of research in medical education contrasts starkly with the large and essential commitment to biomedical research funded by industry, philanthropic organizations, and the public,” David A. Asch, MD, professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and executive director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation, offers recommendations for the future of medical education. The piece, “Innovation in Medical Education,” coincides with the July 29 release by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of a report on the governance and financing of medical education.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |30-Jul-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Transplantation Shown to Be Highly Effective in Treating Immune Deficiency in Children

Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Richard J. O’Reilly, MD.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|30-Jul-2014 5:00 PM EDT

How Is Depression Related to Dementia?

A new study by neuropsychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center gives insight into the relationship between depression and dementia.

– Rush University Medical Center|30-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT

How Is Depression Related to Dementia?

A new study gives insight into the relationship between depression and dementia. The study is published in the July 30, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|30-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Biologists Describe Mechanism Promoting Multiple DNA Mutations

The finding that cancer development often involves multiple mutations arising in clusters and in regions where chromosomal rearrangement takes place may one day lead to new cancer therapies.

– University of Iowa |30-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Diverticulitis Patients Reveal Psychological and Physical Symptoms Long After Acute Attacks

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A UCLA team interviewed patients in great detail about the symptoms they experience weeks, months or even years after an acute diverticulitis attack. Their striking findings add to growing evidence that, for some patients, diverticulitis goes beyond isolated attacks and can lead to a chronic condition that mimics irritable bowel syndrome.The researchers used those insights to develop a questionnaire to help doctors better assess the long-term impact of diverticulitis, which ultimately could lead to better understanding and management of the disease.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|30-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

New Study Explores Physician Attitudes About Use of E-Cigarettes

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Physicians are increasingly discussing and recommending electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as cessation devices for their patients, but more research needs to be done on their efficacy and safety, according to a new survey of North Carolina physicians published in PLOS ONE.

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine|30-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT
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