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Medical News

Fred Hutch Studies Advance Methods to Avert Toxicity That Can Accompany Immunotherapy

Two new papers from researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center provide the most comprehensive data yet reported on side effects of the emerging cancer immunotherapy strategy known as CAR T-cell therapy.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Cancer Discovery, Oct. 12, 2017

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Study: Risk Factors on Rise Among People with Stroke

Despite prevention efforts, researchers have found a significant increase over a 10-year period in the percentage of people with stroke who have high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other risk factors for stroke. The study is published in the O...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 16:00 ET

Discovery of Peripheral Neuropathy Cause Suggests Potential Preventive Measures

In discovering how certain chemotherapy drugs cause the nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have found a potential approach to preventing this common and troublesome side effect of cancer treatment...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 13:00 ET

Esophageal Cancer “Cell of Origin” Identified

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have identified cells in the upper digestive tract that can give rise to Barrett’s esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Nature, October 11, 2017

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 13:00 ET

Mitochondrial DNA Could Predict Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, Heart Disease

Johns Hopkins researchers report that the level, or “copy number,” of mitochondrial DNA—genetic information stored not in a cell’s nucleus but in the body’s energy-creating mitochondria—is a novel and distinct biomarker that is able to pr...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

European Heart Journal; JAMA Cardiology; R01HL131573, P30AG021334, R01HL131573, R01HL111267, R01HL116747

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

Norovirus Evades Immune System by Hiding Out in Rare Gut Cells

A new mouse study found that, even in immunized animals, noroviruses can escape the immune system and still spread by hiding out in an extremely rare type of cell in the gut.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Immunity; NIDDK T32-DK007066, NIDDK P30DK050306, U01-AI-095608, U19 AI AI082630, P01 AI AI112521, K08-DK097301

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 12:00 ET

Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure Strikes Black Women Twice as Often as Those of Other Races

African American women were found to be twice as likely to be diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy as compared to women of Caucasian, Hispanic/Latina, Asian, and other ethnic backgrounds, according to a new study—the largest of its kind—publi...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Cardiology

Deciphering Biological Meaning from an Atlas of Gene Expression Across 42 Tissue Types

Finding new clues about the molecular origins of disease is the goal for a comprehensive atlas of variation in gene expression.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nature; Nature Genetics; R01MH101822

Crystallizing Discovery on a Key Target for Cancer Drugs

Yale Cancer Center scientists now have made a fundamental discovery about EGFR signaling, reported in the journal Cell, that may open the potential for new types of cancer drugs.

– Yale Cancer Center


Autism Prevalence and Socioeconomic Status: What’s the Connection?

Children living in neighborhoods where incomes are low and fewer adults have bachelor’s degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder compared to kids from more affluent neighborhoods.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

American Journal of Public Health; UR3/CCU523235, UR3/DD000078, UR3/DD000677; P30HD03352, U54 HD090256

TSRI Chemists Use Modified DNA Nucleotides to Create New Materials

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have demonstrate that they can repurpose DNA to create new substances with possible medical applications.

– Scripps Research Institute

Angewandte Chemie, Oct. 2017; N66001-14-2-4052

Temple University Project Creates Cardboard Adaptations for Kids with Disabilities

Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia, spearheaded by Temple’s Institute on Disabilities and funded by a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is helping to improve the lives of children with paralysis.

– Temple University

UTSW/THR Study Investigates Fitness of Obese Children

A study underway at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine is investigating the respiratory effects of obesity in children, including obese children who may be misdiagnosed with asthma.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®; Chest Journal

Mayo Debuts Doctoral Research Training in Regenerative Medicine

Seeking to spur development of innovative medical breakthroughs, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has started one of the nation’s first doctoral (Ph.D.) research training programs in regenerative sciences.

– Mayo Clinic

ACR Appropriateness Criteria Add Topics, Increase Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Scenarios

Radiologists can enhance the quality and effectiveness of care with the newest release of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®. The latest edition covers 178 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 890 clinical variants. Diagnostic ...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Engineering Staff Hold Back Hurricane Harvey to Save Ben Taub Hospital

With over 26 inches of rain and high winds in a 24-hour-span, engineering and facility management staff faced the biggest challenge of their career--keeping Hurricane Harvey at bay to protect the operations of Harris Health System's Ben Taub Hospital...

– Harris Health System

Liquid Biopsy, Molecular Testing vs. Reimbursement: A Personal Story

Dr. Rogerio Lilenbaum, a board member of NCCN and Chief Medical Officer of Smilow Cancer Hospital at the Yale Cancer Center said that for nonsmall-cell lung cancer, both panel testing and liquid biopsies are appropriate.

– Yale Cancer Center

The Medical Minute: Arthritis Can Affect Children, Too

When most people think of arthritis, they picture the knobby knuckles, inflamed joints or aching back of an older person. But more than 300,000 children suffer from chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium™ is Now Complete, Providing Radiation Treatment Recommendations for All 41 Disease Sites

Completed compendium serves as the definitive source of radiation protocols for treatments used with nearly two-thirds of patients with cancer , and is available for free for a limited time.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Researchers Unveil the Most Advanced Driving Simulator in Canada and Unique in the World, Designed to Study the Effects of Human Conditions on Driving

In a national first, researchers from the iDAPT labs at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network have launched DriverLab, an underground, state-of-the-art research simulator, designed to study the impact of our health on driving per...

– University Health Network (UHN)

includes video

NYU Langone Launches Office to Enhance Hospitals’ Role in Improving Community Health

NYU Langone office, with funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will help advance hospital efforts to work with communities on population health.

– NYU Langone Health

Myron Schwartz, MD, Honored With 2017 New York Physician of the Year Award from The American Liver Foundation’s Greater New York Division

Myron Schwartz, MD, the Henry Kaufmann Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Director of Liver Surgery at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, has been named as the 2017 Physician of the Year by the America...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Lighthouse Guild to Host Alfred W. Bressler Vision Science Symposium and Pisart Award Lecture

Lighthouse Guild will host the 2017 Alfred W. Bressler Vision Science Symposium and Award Luncheon and The Pisart Award Lecture and Reception at The University Club of New York, October 20-21, 2017.

– Lighthouse Guild

Acupuncture Could Ease Women’s Vulvar Pain

Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat such ailments as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and headaches. Judith Schlaeger is working to discover whether it can help the up to 14 million American women who experience genital pain.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Wolters Kluwer Publishes 14th Edition of Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing

Wolters Kluwer Health announces the release of the 14th edition of Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, a landmark resource preferred by instructors and students for its readability, engaging case studies and learning tools, w...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Mount Sinai Opens New Multi-Specialty Practice in Queens with Ribbon Cutting and Health Fair

The Mount Sinai Health System is opening a new state-of-the-art medical practice to serve the Rego Park/Forest Hills community.

– Mount Sinai Health System

NSU’s New M.D. College Receives Preliminary Accreditation; First Class to Start in 2018

The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Allopathic Medicine has received preliminary accreditation - a major milestone that allows the new medical school to accept an inaugural class of 50 students into its innovative and coveted Doctor of ...

– Nova Southeastern University

"Meeting of the Minds" Tackle Stroke

Stony Brook Medicine's eighth annual Meeting of the Minds: Stroke Symposium will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Charles B. Wang Center from 8 am to 12:30 pm.

– Stony Brook University

Meeting of the Minds: Stroke Symposium

CicloMed Announces FDA Clearance of IND Application for Ciclopirox Prodrug in the Treatment of Bladder Cancer

CicloMed LLC announced that its development candidate for non-muscle-invasive and muscle-invasive bladder cancer, Ciclopirox Prodrug, was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin human clinical trials. With this clearance, CicloMed p...

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Why Global Health Diplomacy Matters: Ambassador Jimmy Kolker On Lessons Learned from Recent Outbreaks

Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative welcomes Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, former assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Science News

Study Reveals Need for Better Modeling of Weather Systems for Climate Prediction

A team of researchers discovered persistent dry and warm biases in the central U.S. that was caused by poor modeling of atmospheric convective systems Their findings call for better calculations with global climate models.

– Stony Brook University

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 05:00 ET

Injecting Electrons Jolts 2-D Structure Into New Atomic Pattern

The same electrostatic charge that can make hair stand on end and attach balloons to clothing could be an efficient way to drive atomically thin electronic memory devices of the future, according to a new Berkeley Lab study. Scientists have found a w...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature, Oct. 11, 2017

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 13:00 ET

Ceramic Pump Moves Molten Metal at a Record 1,400 Degrees Celsius

A ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 degrees Celsius (1,673 Kelvin) can transfer high temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature; DE-AR0000339

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 13:00 ET

Citing Lancet Study, Lighthouse Guild Calls for Stronger Effort to Deal with Global Increase in Blindness and Vision Impairment

Lighthouse Guild is calling for a stronger effort to reverse the worldwide increase in blindness and vision impairment in response to a new study that analyzed the leading causes of blindness in 98 countries. The call-to-action comes on World Sight D...

– Lighthouse Guild

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 07:00 ET

Winners of 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Include Pioneering Molecular Biologist, Physical Chemist and Mathematician; Six Additional Researchers Named Finalists

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. Established in 2007, the Awards are given annually by the Blavatnik ...

– Blavatnik Family Foundation/New York Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 08:30 ET

Low-Cost Battery From Waste Graphite

Lithium ion batteries are flammable and the price of the raw material is rising. Are there alternatives? Yes: Empa and ETH Zürich researchers have discovered promising approaches as to how we might produce batteries out waste graphite and scrap meta...

– Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

S. Wang, K.V. Kravchyk, F. Krumeich, and M.V. Kovalenko, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017

Key Odorants in World’s Most Expensive Beef Could Help Explain Its Allure

Renowned for its soft texture and characteristic flavor, Wagyu beef — often referred to as Kobe beef in the U.S. — has become one of the world’s most sought-after meats. Now in a study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

The Making of Medieval Bling

Gold has long been valued for its luxurious glitter and hue, and threads of the gleaming metal have graced clothing and tapestries for centuries. Determining how artisans accomplished these adornments in the distant past can help scientists restore, ...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Analytical Chemistry

Year-to-Year Volatility of Penguin Population Requires New Approaches to Track Marine Health

A study using data on Adélie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adélie penguin populations can be attributed to measureable factors such as changes in sea ice.

– Stony Brook University

Nature Communications

Tracking the Viral Parasites of Giant Viruses over Time

Viruses exist amidst all bacteria, usually in a 10-fold excess and include virophages which live in giant viruses and use their machinery to replicate and spread. In Nature Communications, a team including DOE JGI researchers reports effectively doub...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications

New Software Speeds Origami Structure Designs

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new computer-aided approach that streamlines the design process for origami-based structures, making it easier for engineers and scientists to conceptualize new ideas graphically while s...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Proceedings of the Royal Society A; CMMI-1538830

Bio-Methane Transforms From Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Most manure just sits around. Anaerobic digesters take those piles and place them in large covered tanks and convert waste into an energy source. Chemical engineers from Michigan Tech examined the carbon footprint of anaerobic digestion.

– Michigan Technological University

Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, Sept-2017

Tiny Green Algae Reveal Large Genomic Variation

First complete picture of genetic variations in a natural algal population could help explain how environmental changes affect global carbon cycles.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Science Advances 3(7), e1700239 (2017). [DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700239]

On the Road to Fire-Free, Lithium-Ion Batteries Made with Asphalt

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in everything from cell phones to hoverboards, but these power sources have recently made headlines for the fires they have inadvertently caused. To address these safety hazards, scientists report in ACS Nano that t...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Nano

S&T-Funded Training Programs Build the Transboundary Animal Disease Workforce

DHS S&T partnered with two universities to develop training programs for individuals who will develop the next generation of TAD identification, prevention, and mitigation capabilities.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

U.S. Air Force Funds Innovative Technology to Improve Groundwater Clean Up at Clarkson University

Two Clarkson University Professors have developed a novel and efficient method of cleaning contaminated water by using an electric discharge plasma.

– Clarkson University

Tulane Lab Looks to Create 'Dream Reaction'

Tulane University’s Shantz Lab has received a two-year grant of $110,000 from the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund to find a solution to one of the chemical industry's most demanding transformations, the direct conversion...

– Tulane University

Racial microaggressions in STEM and solar system shake-ups from the University of Utah at DPS 17

University of Utah scientists gather with their peers in Provo, Utah, next week at the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences annual meeting, Oct. 15-20. Below are summaries of presentations at the meeting, along with the ti...

– University of Utah

UC San Diego Cybersecurity Expert Stefan Savage Receives Prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

.Stefan Savage, a renowned cybersecurity expert and professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation. Perhaps better known as the MacArthur “genius” award, the pres...

– University of California San Diego

Exploring the Exotic World of Quarks and Gluons at the Dawn of the Exascale

As nuclear physicists delve ever deeper into the heart of matter, they require the tools to reveal the next layer of nature’s secrets. Nowhere is that more true than in computational nuclear physics. A new research effort led by theorists at DOE’...

– Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Johns Hopkins Study Probes Psilocybin, Meditation, and Personality Traits

Psilocybin-occasioned experience, in conjunction with meditation and other daily spiritual practices, can yield significant and enduring increases in personal traits such as altruism, gratitude, forgiveness, and interpersonal closeness, as well as de...

– Council on Spiritual Practices

Journal of Psychopharmacology, 12-Oct-2017

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Reducing Racial Bias in Children

An international team of researchers suggests that one way to reduce racial bias in young children is by teaching them to distinguish among faces of a different race and to identify them as individuals.

– University of California San Diego

Child Development

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET

$1 Million Grant Awarded to Test Surveillance Technology to Prevent Elder Abuse

Dr. XinQi Dong and Rush University Medical Center were awarded a $1 million grant from ACL/AoA’s Elder Justice Innovation initiative to use different forms of surveillance technology to prevent elder abuse in community settings.

– Chinese Health, Aging, and Policy Program (CHAP)

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET

Identifying Hopes of Children in Flint, Michigan

By examining children’s narratives on hope in Flint, Michigan, the counseling and human development researchers seek to enhance school- and community-based programs for children in low-income communities.

– South Dakota State University

The Qualitative Report, Sept-2017

Dena Edwards Named DOE Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year

Dena Edwards, a security professional in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate for Mission Assurance, Security and Emergency Response, was named Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year by the Department of Energy. ...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Babson College Names William B. Gartner as Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship

Babson College, ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship, has announced the appointment of William B. Gartner as its first Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship—generously endowed by the Bertarelli Foundation through a s...

– Babson College

Tradition Runs Deep

The Mountaineer tradition runs deep for the Gaziano family of Charleston, W.Va. Dominic Gaziano, Rosalie Gaziano and their five sons all graduated from West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, totaling 28 years of enrollme...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

“Financing the Future: The Law and Politics of Student Debt in American Higher Education”

After home mortgages, student loans are now the second largest consumer finance market in the country. Student debt is reshaping the way the American middle class approaches higher education, work, purchasing a home, and even retirement.

– University of Utah

Celebration Taps UIC’s 70 Years of Theatre and Music Magic

The School of Theatre and Music is celebrating 70 years with a Platinum Jubilee

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Business News

DHS S&T Awards $750K To Manassas, Va.-based Tech Firm For Mobile Application Development Security Research

DHS S&T announced a $749,928 SBIR award to Manassas, Virginia-based Progeny Systems Corporation for developing a secure, mobile application development environment and deployment process.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

FAU National Index Shows Hispanics Souring on Direction of U.S. Economy as Approval for Trump Drops to 31 Percent

Hispanics in the U.S. are souring on the direction of the economy and showing growing dissatisfaction with U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiativ...

– Florida Atlantic University


iKey Announces New Distribution Of Two Medical-Grade Keyboards

iKey, Ltd announces new distribution on for two of its medical-grade, infection-control keyboards. The keyboards are designed to be used in patient rooms, dialysis centers and medical/scientific research labs where infection control is par...

– iKey, Ltd.





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