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Medical News

Few Patients Hospitalized with Acute Kidney Injury Receive Recommended Follow-Up Care

• Most surveyed Canadian kidney specialists recommended follow-up kidney evaluations for the majority of patients hospitalized with acute kidney injury. • Real-world practice showed that only a minority of such patients in Alberta currently rece...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 17:00 ET

A Liquid Biopsy for Retinoblastoma

A recent study by a team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Keck Medicine of USC, provides proof of concept for a safe and effective way to derive genetic information from a retinoblastoma tumor.

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Keck Medicine of USC

JAMA - Oct 12, 2017

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

Immune Response to Ovarian Cancer May Predict Survival, Mayo-Led Study Finds

A group of international cancer researchers led by investigators from Mayo Clinic and University of New South Wales Sydney has found that the level of a type of white blood cell, called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, present in the tumors of patient...

– Mayo Clinic

JAMA Oncology

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

American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Third Annual SCOPYs: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence

Orlando, FL (October 13, 2017) – The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the 2017 SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG...

– American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017

Embargo expired on 13-Oct-2017 at 08:00 ET

UNMC study finds higher dose of vitamin D increases bone density in premature babies

Results of a University of Nebraska Medical Center study published in the Oct. 10 issue of PLOS ONE, found if the standard supplementation of 400 IUs of vitamin D is increased to 800 IUs daily there are reductions in the number of premature and prete...

– University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Johns Hopkins Scientists Develop Experimental “Nano-Chemo” Particle to Treat Bladder Cancer

Working with mice and rats, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to successfully deliver nano-sized, platinum-based chemotherapy drugs to treat a form of bladder cancer called nonmuscle-invasive that is found in the lining of the organ and ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Clinical Cancer Research; 10.1158/1078-0432

Johns Hopkins Scientists Help Show Links Between Genes, Body Tissues

A research team is assessing how a person’s genetic profile affects his body. The results could help show how individual genetic differences contribute to disease and guide treatments for heritable disorders such as Alzheimer’s, high cholesterol ...

– Johns Hopkins University

Nature, Oct-12-2017; Nature, Oct-12-2017; MH109905; HG008150; HG007436; HG009080; MH101814

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Half a Million Girls & Women in the United States at Risk

An October 19 panel discussion at Milken Institute School of Public Health will help raise awareness and support for prevention of FGM/C

– George Washington University

Whole Genome Sequencing Identifies New Genetic Signature for Autism

An analysis of the complete genomes of 2,064 people reveals that multiple genetic variations could contribute to autism. The work suggests that scanning whole genomes may one day be useful for clinical diagnostics.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)


Choosing Between Work and Breastfeeding in Haiti

New mothers in poor urban communities may feel the necessity to work and have a measure of food security rather than trying to find the time and ability for exclusive breastfeeding, a health issue that could be rectified with social support, research...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Maternal & Child Nutrition

3-D Packaging of DNA Regulates Cell Identity

A new study suggests that the ability of a stem cell to differentiate into cardiac muscle (and by extension other cell types) depends on what portions of the genome are available for activation, which is controlled by the location of DNA in a cell’...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell; RO1 HL131611, R01 HL071546, K08 HL119553

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New Protein Study Broadens Knowledge of Molecular Basis for Disease

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame are one step closer to unraveling the mystery of how intrinsically disordered proteins work, according to new research published in Science.

– University of Notre Dame


Public Health Study Reveals Shortcomings Among CMS Elementary Students

Public Health Sciences Professor Beth Racine and a team of scholars evaluated the outcomes of Achieve 225, a program designed to promote physical activity and nutrition in schools.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Autism & Innovation Center Established to Help People with ASD Find Meaningful Work

Creating a model pipeline that will assist adults on the autism spectrum find meaningful and gainful employment while enhancing local business innovation. That is the purpose of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Autism & Innovation (VCAI). The new...

– Vanderbilt University

Research Corporation for Science Advancement SEED award; National Science Foundation convergence award

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First Atomic Structure From UTSW’s Cryo-EM Facility

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers today published a 3-D atomic structure of the ion channel found in mammals that is implicated in a rare, inherited neurodegenerative disease in humans.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


'Liquid Armor' Toughens Spacesuits

The technology, shear thickening fluid, permeates fabrics and layers of material and actually gets stronger when it is struck with increasing force, making the material highly puncture and ballistic-resistant. The nanocomposite material, sometimes c...

– University of Delaware

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Scientist Builds LEGO Ohio Stadium, Sells Seats to Benefit Heart Research

A passion for LEGO toys is now a fun way to raise money for heart research at The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Thriving at Home: One Year After a Marathon Surgery to Separate Them, Formerly Conjoined Twins Jadon and Anias McDonald “Achieve New Milestones Every Day”

October 14 marks one year since complete separation of Jadon and Anias McDonald at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore

– Montefiore Health System

UAB Hosts Blood Equality Medical Advisory Board to Discuss Changes in Current Blood Donation Policy Regarding Gay Men

Leaders in HIV research and treatment gather at UAB to address laws that prohibit gay men from donating blood.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Largest-Ever Study to Look at Maternal Nitrate Consumption and Birth Outcomes

A group of international researchers will conduct the largest-ever study of the effects of maternal consumption of nitrate-contaminated drinking water on birth outcomes among approximately one million babies born in Denmark.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Mental Health Initiative at University of Rhode Island About Keeping Each Other Well

rovides participants with mental health literacy on more common illnesses such as During a daylong training, the program provides participants with mental health literacy on anxiety, depression and substance abuse, while also educating them about bip...

– University of Rhode Island

Public Health Officials Leverage APL-Developed Disease-Surveillance System to Manage Opioid Epidemic

Public Health Officials Leverage APL-Developed Disease-Surveillance System to Manage Opioid Epidemic

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Hackensack Meridian Health Teaching Kitchen Celebrated Grand Re-Opening to Promote Nutrition and Healthy Eating

On Wednesday, September 27, Hackensack Meridian Health celebrated the grand re-opening of a teaching kitchen located within the Meridian Fitness & Wellness Center in Hazlet, N.J. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and cooking demonstration. As part of th...

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– Hackensack Meridian Health

Chiropractors Oppose “Race to the Bottom” Health Plans as Proposed by President

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) opposes action taken earlier today by the White House, which directs various federal agencies to develop regulations that could strip state laws that protect patients’ access to chiropractic and other vit...

– American Chiropractic Association

AANEM Welcomes New President Dr. Eric J. Sorenson

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is pleased to announce the selection of Eric J. Sorenson, MD, as President of the Board of Directors for 2017-2018.

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Stand Up To Cancer awards $5.5 million to VARI for cancer clinical trials to enhance immunotherapy

Van Andel Research Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team scientists have been awarded two grants totaling nearly $5.5 million to pursue clinical trials of epigenetic drugs to enhance tumor response to immunotherapy.

– Van Andel Research Institute

Elazer Edelman, MD, PhD to be Presented with the TCT 2017 Career Achievement Award

Internationally renowned cardiologist, Elazer Edelman, MD, PhD, will be presented with the TCT Career Achievement Award on Monday, October 30th during the 29th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in Denver, Colorado. TCT is the...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

TCT 2017 Master Clinical Operator Award to Be Presented to Alec Vahanian, MD

The Geoffrey O. Hartzler Master Clinical Operator Award will be presented to Alec Vahanian, MD, in a ceremony on October 31st at the 29th Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in Denver, Colorado. TCT is the annual scientific sym...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

MD Anderson Team Selected for National Push to Expand Immunotherapy

A major national effort to expand the reach of cancer immunotherapy to benefit more patients will draw upon the expertise of a team of researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Funded by $21.4 Million Grant, New NAU Research Center Will Address Health Disparities Across Southwest

Professors Julie Baldwin and Diane Stearns will lead the project, which focuses on increasing NAU's basic research capacity to address health disparities among the region's underserved populations.

– Northern Arizona University

The Office of Public Health Practice Is Now the Center for Public Health Workforce Development

The Rutgers School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, has changed its name to the Center for Public Health Workforce Development.

– Rutgers School of Public Health

Perioperative Surgical Home Endorsed by American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care’s ability to significantly improve patient care, quality and reduce costs, has been endorsed by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabil...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Centers for Wound Healing at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore Medical Center and Ocean Medical Center Garner Awards

The Centers for Wound Healing at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, N.J., Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. and Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J. are excited to receive a Center of Excellence award and to have been named Cent...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

University of Rhode Island Nursing Students to Provide Caregiver Respite

Students visit the home and provide whatever assistance caregivers need or simply sitting with a patient so the caregiver can break away for a short time.

– University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Professor Named Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Ginette Ferszt was selected for her pioneering and significant contributions regarding the health needs and disparities facing incarcerated women and working to end the practice of shackling pregnant athletes during labor and delivery.

– University of Rhode Island

Team Physicians Announced for Detroit Pistons

Henry Ford Health System has announced that Vasilios (Bill) Moutzouros, M.D., and Ramsey Shehab, M.D., of its Department of Orthopedic Surgery will serve as team physicians for the Detroit Pistons.

– Henry Ford Health System

Lawmakers Participate in Bleeding Control Training Hosted by American College of Surgeons on Capitol Hill

Nearly 40 members of Congress received training today from surgeon members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in how to stop potentially life-threatening bleeding.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

“Lobos Love Pink” Game Honors Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of New Mexico Lobos and UNM Cancer Center are sponsoring the “Lobos Love Pink” Football game on Friday, October 20, 2017.

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Science News

Global Change Center researchers to forecast water quality with NSF support

The team—which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists and engineers— was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast—similar t...

– Virginia Tech

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET

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International Team Reconstructs Nanoscale Virus Features from Correlations of Scattered X-rays

Berkeley Lab researchers contributed key algorithms which helped scientists achieve a goal first proposed more than 40 years ago – using angular correlations of X-ray snapshots from non-crystalline molecules to determine the 3D structure of importa...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters

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Warming Seas Could Lead to 70 Percent Increase in Hurricane-Related Financial Loss

Financial losses could increase by more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used hurricane modeling and information in ...

– University of Vermont

Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Shape-Shifting Octopus Inspires 3-D Morphing Material

A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat surfaces into three-dimensional ones on demand. They have devised a method for precisely transforming stretchable 2-D objects into 3-D sh...

– Cornell University

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Advance Achieved in Dry Preservation of Mammalian Sperm Cells

In a paper forthcoming in the November issue of the journal Theriogenology, a team of researchers from UNC Charlotte and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), announced the first successful drying and rehydration of domestic cat sper...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Sandia Researchers Use Direct Numerical Simulations to Enhance Combustion Efficiency and Reduce Pollution in Diesel Engines

A “cool flame” may sound contradictory, but it’s an important element of diesel combustion — one that, once properly understood, could enable better engine designs with higher efficiency and fewer emissions.

– Sandia National Laboratories

roceedings of the Combustion Institute

Is It Gonna Blow? Measuring Volcanic Emissions From Space

Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

– Michigan Technological University

Science, Oct-2017; NASA JPL

Converting Carbon Dioxide to Carbon Monoxide Using Water, Electricity

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the deve...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Iowa State Astronomer Says Star Dust Helps Explain Mysterious Dimming Star

Iowa State's Massimo Marengo is part of a team of astronomers working to understand the mysterious dimming of Tabby's Star. The astronomers report that space dust orbiting the star -- not alien megastructures -- is the likely cause of the star's long...

– Iowa State University

The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 847, Number 2

Purple Power: Synthetic ‘Purple Membranes’ Transform Sunlight to Hydrogen Fuel

Argonne researchers have found a new way to produce solar fuels by developing “synthetic purple membranes.” These membranes involve an assembly of lipid nanodiscs, man-made proteins, and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can...

– Argonne National Laboratory

ACS Nano, Jul-2017

Study Shows Proteins May Prevent Dysfunction and Disease by Relaxing

A team of University of Chicago and Notre Dame researchers used simulations and X-rays to conclude that disordered proteins remain unfolded and expanded as they float loose in the cytoplasm of a cell. The answer affects how we envision the movement o...

– University of Chicago


Laser Cavities Take on New Shapes and Functionalities

Bending laser light around sharp turns and corners—without scattering—is now possible thanks to a new laser cavity developed by electrical engineers at UC San Diego. This is the first laser cavity that can fully confine and propagate light in any...

– University of California San Diego

Science, Oct-2017; N00014-17-1-2671; ECCS-1554021; EE0007341; ECCS-1405234; ECCS-1507146; CCF-1640227; N00014-13-1-0678; W911NF-16-1-0245; ECCS-1542148...

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NUS Researchers Develop 4-in-1 Smart Utilities Plant Custom-Made for Tropical Climate

A research team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore Faculty of Engineering has developed a 4-in-1 smart utilities plant that produces electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat in a more environmentall...

– National University of Singapore

New Technology Illuminates Microbial Dark Matter

Demonstrating the microfluidic-based, mini-metagenomics approach on samples from hot springs shows how scientists can delve into microbes that can’t be cultivated in a laboratory.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

eLife 2017, e26580 (2017). [DOI: 10.7554/eLife.26580]

Discovering the Genetic Timekeepers in Bioenergy Crops

A new class of plant-specific genes required for flowering control in temperate grasses is found.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

PNAS 114, 6623-6628(2017) [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700536114]

Strangpresse Exclusively Licenses ORNL Extruder Tech for High-Volume Additive Manufacturing

Ohio-based Strangpresse has exclusively licensed additive manufacturing-related extruder technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that can quickly print hundreds of pounds of polymer material.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Climate Change Champion and Pacific Island Leader launches Centre for Applied Conservation Science in Adelaide

(13 October 2017 — Adelaide) Former President of the Republic of Kiribati and Conservation International (CI) Distinguished Fellow Anote Tong will officially launch the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide today.

– University of Adelaide

Understanding Wildfire Spread

Check out how UNC Charlotte is studying wildfire spread in this video featuring researchers from the Lee College of Engineering.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Using Facebook Data as a Real-Time Census

A study by the University of Washington is believed to be the first to demonstrate how present-day migration statistics can be obtained by compiling the same data that advertisers use to target their audience on Facebook, and by combining that source...

– University of Washington

Population and Development Review

Multiracial Identity Development: Illuminating Influential Factor

The goals of this article are to illuminate the historical context and shifting trends surrounding multiracial individuals in America, and to share research findings on factors that influence racial identity development. Recommendations to support mu...

– Family Institute at Northwestern University

Researchers Find Dads Often Having Fun While Moms Work Around the House

Researchers from Ohio State and UNC Charlotte found that three months after the birth of their first child, on days when couples were not working, men were most often relaxing while women did housework or child care.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Sex Roles

WVU Energy Conference to Address State’s Economic Opportunities

West Virginia University will look at the state’s emerging energy economy through industry experts, public policy organizations, environmental groups and academic institutions at the sixth annual National Energy Conference Oct. 20.

– West Virginia University

“New Children of Israel”

In his new book available today, “New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization,” Nathan Devir, assistant professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Utah, explores the next defining moment for the Jewish peo...

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– University of Utah

Statement of American Psychological Association President in Response to President's Executive Order to Override State Health Insurance Protections, Affordable Care Act Rules

Following is the statement of Antonio E. Puente, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, in response to the president’s executive order to allow trade associations and other groups to offer their own health plans, threatening to d...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

University of Rhode Island Faculty to Receive Institute of Coaching’s Excellence Award

A University of Rhode Island psychology professor internationally renowned for his pioneering work in behavior change, along with his wife and research partner, will receive the Institute of Coaching’s Vision of Scientific Excellence in Coaching aw...

– University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island Professor Wins National Mentoring Award in Gerontology

Clark has also specialized in narrative gerontology, which focuses on a patient’s entire life — not just his or her health — and health care policy and ethics. As an educator first, however, teaching and mentoring are among his top priorities, ...

– University of Rhode Island

University of Redlands Alumnus Named California Teacher of the Year 2017

This week, Dr. Brian McDaniel '11 was named a California Teacher of the Year—one of only five to receive the designation this year—and will be nominated by the state for the National Teacher of the Year award.

– University of Redlands

Business News

Jefferson and Monell Center Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

Leadership at Jefferson and the Monell Center announced today the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to move forward with discussions of merging the two organizations.

– Monell Chemical Senses Center

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 16:00 ET

Giving Voice to Values: How to Counter Rationalizations Rationally

Mary Gentile, a Professor at UVA Darden, discusses commonly confronted rationalizations and potential responses for those who wish to act effectively and with integrity under pressure. This is the companion piece to Giving Voice to Values: An Overvie...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

DHS S&T Awards $750K to BlueRISC for Malware Prediction Research and Development

DHS S&T awarded Amherst, Massachusetts-based BlueRISC, Inc. a $750,000 SBIR Phase II contract for the development of a state-of-the-art solution that system and network defenders can use to forecast and uncover malware attacks.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Wichita State University Center for Real Estate releases 2018 Kansas Housing Markets Forecast Series

Kansas home prices should rise by 5.2 percent next year according to the 2018 Kansas Housing Forecast published by the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.

– Wichita State University





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