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Medical News

Stress, Reward & a Few Surprises Found in Poll of Those Who Take Care of Loved Ones with Dementia

They don’t get pay, recognition, or much of a break. They spend hours a day helping someone who may not even recognize them anymore. Now, a new poll gives a glimpse into the lives of the spouses, grown children and other family members and friends ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2017 at 07:00 ET

Large Declines Seen in Teen Substance Abuse, Delinquency

Survey data indicate that in recent years, teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Teens also are less likely to engage in beha...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Psychological Medicine, Oct. 25, 2017

Embargo expired on 25-Oct-2017 at 00:00 ET

A Lower Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit of .05 Could Save 1,790 Lives Per Year in the United States

In every U.S. state, it is illegal for adults to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or greater. In 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states lower the BAC limit for driving f...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET

Blood-Based Epigenetic Research May Hold Clues to Autism Biology, Study Suggests

Using data from blood and brain tissue, a team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that they could gain insights into mechanisms that might help explain autism by analyzing the interplay between genes and chemi...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

Exposure to Glyphosate, Chemical Found in Weed Killers, Increased Over 23 Years

Analyzing samples from a prospective study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that human exposure to glyphosate, a chemical widely found in weed killers, has increased approximately 500 percent since the introduc...

– University of California San Diego Health


Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

Proton Therapy May Be Better Option for Elderly Patients with Esophageal Cancer

A study led by Mayo Clinic researchers has found that proton beam therapy, in combination with chemotherapy, prior to surgery, may be a better option than a combination using traditional radiation therapy techniques with chemotherapy when treating el...

– Mayo Clinic

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2017 at 18:05 ET

New Study: ‘Double Decker’ Antibody Technology Fights Cancer

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have created a new class of antibody-drug conjugates for cancer therapy.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Communications

Proton Therapy Treatment for Prostate Cancer is Advantageous to IMRT According to New Study

Proton therapy treatment for prostate cancer is associated with higher survival rates and decreased risk of complications compared to intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) according to a new study by researchers at the Northwestern Medicine Ch...

– Northwestern Medicine

4th Annual Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group North America (PTCOG-NA) Conference

Fred Hutch Researchers Engineer Complex Immunotherapy That May Target Relapsing Leukemia

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington have developed a novel way to genetically engineer T cells that may be effective for treating and preventing leukemia relapse. The findings provide the basis for l...

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Blood, Oct 2017

includes video

Now We Know Why Babies Shouldn't Sleep Face Down

International research involving the University of Adelaide has uncovered a developmental abnormality in babies – especially in premature babies and in boys – that for the first time has been directly linked to cases of sudden infant death syndro...

– University of Adelaide


Illuminating Cell Organization with CRISPR-Based Gene Tagging

Allen Institute researchers create stem cell lines that label important genes for cell biologists

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Mol. Biol. Cell October 15, 2017 vol. 28 no. 21 2854-2874

There Is No Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy, New Study Shows

Any amount of alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause extreme lasting effects on a child, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Sept-2017

Diabetes Researchers Discover Potential New Insulin Sensitizers

Researchers may have found a way to treat insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, while avoiding side effects such as weight gain.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Cell, October 19, 2017

New Study Finds Hospital Emergency Departments Should Improve Practices for Treating Older Adults with Cancer

Original research in JNCCN advocates for hospital emergency departments to develop systems that will reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for older patients with cancer.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Reversing Retinal Degenerative Diseases: We’re One Step Closer

Research to Prevent Blindness-supported researchers in New York (at Columbia University and University of Rochester) made a critical discovery about the gene mutation that causes many retinal degenerative diseases, opening the door for a new line of ...

– Research to Prevent Blindness

eLife, Oct-2017

No Magic Wand Required: Scientists Propose Way to Turn Any Cell Into Any Other Kind of Cell

In fairy tales, all it takes to transform a frog into a prince or a mouse into a horse is the wave of a magic wand. But in the real world, transforming one living cell into another - for instance a skin cell into a nerve cell - isn’t so easy. Now,...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

PNAS Online First

Tarloxitinib Puts Tumor-Seeking Tail on Anti-EGFR Drug to Precisely Target Lung Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center study being presented October 28 at the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets: By pairing an anti-EGFR drug with a “tail” that only activates the drug when it is very near tumor cells, t...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets

A Quarter of Problematic Pot Users Have Anxiety Disorders, Many Since Childhood

About a quarter of adults whose marijuana use is problematic in early adulthood have anxiety disorders in childhood and late adolescence, according to new data from Duke Health researchers.

– Duke Health

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; R01DA036523, R01DA11301, P30DA23026; MH094605, MH63970, MH63671, MH48085; HD07376

includes video

Medicare Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration Increases Primary Care Workforce

The Report to Congress on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration has just been released documenting health care workforce gains addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care. The $200 million ...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

A Blueprint to Advance Colorectal Cancer Immunotherapies

The article "A Blueprint to Advance Colorectal Cancer Immunotherapies” was written by leaders in oncology and immunotherapy convened by Fight Colorectal Cancer and Cancer Research Institute with the intent of furthering and guiding colorectal cance...

– Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

Cancer Immunol Res, October 16 2017

Probing Environmental Forces and “Jumping Genes” to Unlock Key to ALS

Josh Dubnau, PhD, has received a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the impact of environmental stressors and oexternal factors that contribute to the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The resea...

– Stony Brook University

Rush University College of Nursing Collaborates With Medicare to Increase Availability of Primary Care Providers

Rush University Medical Center and the Rush University College of Nursing together are playing a major role in a successful federal pilot program that sought innovative ways to address the growing shortage of primary-care clinicians. Rush was one of ...

– Rush University Medical Center

Medicare/Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma Meets with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center CEO and Other Leaders

Release about administrator from Medicare and Medicaid Services visiting University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Montefiore-Einstein Physician Awarded $1 Million to Train the Next Generation of Bronx-Grown Medical Professionals

Juan Robles, M.D., attending physician at Montefiore Health System and assistant professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has earned a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

First Ever Clinical Trial Evaluating Keytruda in Combination with Focused Ultrasound for Metastatic Breast Cancer Begins at University of Virginia

For the first time, non-invasive focused ultrasound therapy is being used to ablate (or destroy) a portion of the primary tumor or metastatic tumors in conjunction with the cancer immunotherapy drug Keytruda.

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Annual Halloween Greeting Card Drive Kicks Off on

Supporters and friends in the community, across the country and around the world are invited to take part in the hospital’s annual Halloween greeting card drive. Individuals can go to from October 20-31 and create a special greet...

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Penn Radiology Researcher Awarded $3.9 Million to Help Develop First Three-Dimensional Digital Atlas of Brain Cells

James C. Gee, PhD, director of the Penn Image Computing and Science Laboratory in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received two grants totaling $3.9 million from the National Instit...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

U24 MH114827; R01 NS096720

Science News

Jumping Nanoparticles

Transitions occurring in nanoscale systems, such as a chemical reaction or the folding of a protein, are strongly affected by friction and thermal noise. Almost 80 years ago, the Dutch physicist Hendrik Kramers predicted that such transitions occur m...

– University of Vienna

Nature Nanotechnology

Switch From Wood to Gas for Cooking Is Not a Climate Problem

Switching from using fuelwood to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking would provide modest climate benefits, but the extent of these depend on whether the wood is renewably sourced, and if the short-lived emissions from burning wood are taken in...

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Environmental Research Letters

Research Team Led by NUS Scientists Breaks New Ground in Memory Technology

An international research team led by scientists from the National University of Singapore pioneered the development of a novel thin, organic film that supports a million more times read-write cycles and consumes 1,000 times less power than commercia...

– National University of Singapore

Nature Materials

Tumor Growth Blocked by Potato Virus-Chemo Combo

Researchers combined the immune response created by injection of potato virus nanoparticles with doxorubicin to halt melanoma progression in a mouse model. It is the first demonstration of an anti-tumor response using potato virus nanoparticle vaccin...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nano letters, July-2017; EB007509, CA148052, GM007250, TR000441

Tree Mortality and Droughts: A Global Perspective

Stress-induced embolisms that interrupt water transport are a universal component of tree mortality.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Ecology and Evolution 1, 1285-1291 (2017).[DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0248-x]

Study Shows Brain Structures Make Some People Resilient to Alzheimer’s Disease

The size, shape and number of dendritic spines in the brain may play a major role in whether someone gets Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research from UAB. Findings showed healthy dendritic spines conveyed a protective effect against Alzheim...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

annals of neurology, Oct. 2017

Raton Basin Earthquakes Linked to Oil and Gas Fluid Injections 

A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico recorded between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

Researchers Introduce New Method For Monitoring Indian Summer Monsoon

Researchers from Florida State University have created a tool for objectively defining the onset and demise of the Indian Summer Monsoon — a colossal weather system that affects billions of people annually.

– Florida State University

Climate Dynamics

Watching Catalysts Evolve in 3-D

Scientists reveal structural, chemical changes as nickel-cobalt particles donate electrons, vital for making better batteries, fuel cells.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Communications 7, 13335 (2016). [DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13335]

Neutrons Reveal Suppression of Magnetic Order in Pursuit of a Quantum Spin Liquid

Paige Kelley, a postdoctoral researcher with a joint appointment at the University of Tennessee and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is using neutrons to study specific crystal properties that could lead to the realization ...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Fate of Forage Fish on East Coast Lies With November Decision

A letter signed by 117 scientists makes the case for the importance of managing menhaden, the leading forage fish on the Northeast Atlantic Coast, with an ecosystem based approach. On November 13, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s M...

– Stony Brook University

Sandia’s International Peer Mentorship Program Improves Biorisk Management

Sandia National Laboratories' international peer mentoring program pairs experienced biosafety professionals from developed countries with their counterparts in the developing world.

– Sandia National Laboratories

UChicago Astrophysicists to Catch Particles From Deep Space on NASA Balloon Mission

A team led by Prof. Angela Olinto was awarded NASA funding to fly an ultra-long duration balloon mission with an innovative ultra-sensitive telescope to pick up cosmic rays and neutrinos coming from deep space.

– University of Chicago

Innovative Alzheimer's Disease Combination Therapy Trial Supported By New Joint Funding Initiative

The Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) are collaborating to jointly fund a new combination therapy clinical trial for Alzheimer's disease to be conducted by Amylyx Pharmaceuticals. The $1.85 million grant is the ...

– Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

NYU Physicist Paul Chaikin Wins American Physical Society’s Oliver E. Buckley Prize

NYU physicist Paul Chaikin has been awarded the 2018 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize of the American Physical Society for his work in founding a new branch of physics.  

– New York University

SLAC Accelerator Physicist Alexander Chao Wins American Physical Society’s Wilson Prize

Alexander Chao, a professor emeritus of particle physics and astrophysics at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been recognized with the 2018 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Ph...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Household with Mother(-in-Law) Means Fewer Kids

Women who live with their own mother or their mother in law in the same household have, on average, fewer children than women who only live with their spouse. Martin Fieder and colleagues, evolutionary anthropologists from the University of Vienna, r...

– University of Vienna

Royal Society Open Science

The Problem with Being Pretty

While good-looking people are generally believed to receive more favorable treatment in the hiring process, when it comes to applying for less desirable jobs, such as those with low pay or uninteresting work, attractiveness may be a liability, accord...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Wichita State University Education Professor Publishes 'Common Mistakes in Teaching Elementary Math'

Fuchang Liu, associate professor of math education in the Wichita State University College of Education, recently published a book, "Common Mistakes in Teaching Elementary Math," based on his years of experience working with elementary school teacher...

– Wichita State University

Separate But Unequal: NYU Metro Center Report Examines Segregation in NYC Schools

A new report by NYU Metro Center explores patterns of segregation in New York City public schools and finds a link between increased school diversity and modest academic benefits.

– New York University

Students Mentored at Stony Brook Take Big Steps in National Competition

Fifty-five high school students mentored by Stony Brook University research faculty qualified among the 491 semifinalists named in one of the nation’s top STEM research competitions, the Siemens Competition. Twelve of the 55 semifinalists mentored ...

– Stony Brook University

True or Fake? What Type of Content Are You Resharing on Social Media—and Do You Care if It's Accurate?

This study contributes to theory in Information Systems by addressing the issue of information quality in the context of information re-sharing on social media. This study has important practical implications for SNS users and providers alike. Ensur...

– University of Redlands

Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline, Oct-2017

What Makes Horror Movies Scary? “We do,” Says Baylor Film Expert

The best scary movies adapt to society’s current fears and turn current cultural, social and political preoccupations into elements of horror, says James Kendrick, a Baylor University film historian and an expert on the horror film genre.

Expert Available

– Baylor University

Is Trump Addicted to Twitter? A Baylor Social Media and Smartphone Addiction Expert Has the Answer

President Donald Trump has said that Twitter is his way of communicating his thoughts directly with the world, bypassing the more traditional means of using the news media, which he tends to distrust. The president’s daily use of social media begs ...

Expert Available

– Baylor University

Professor Charts Digital Plan to Fight Domestic Violence

New app myPlan a tool to help with making safety decisions, connecting to resources

Expert Available

– Arizona State University (ASU)

How to Help Transfer Students Complete Their Degrees

University of Utah professor available to discuss college transfer and provide recommendations on how institutions can help students obtain degrees.

Expert Available

– University of Utah

Northwestern Law, Kellogg to Partner on San Francisco Immersion Program

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management are collaborating to provide Northwestern Law students the opportunity to understand the legal and business environment of growth-stage start-up firms in the San Francisco Bay A...

– Northwestern University

UC San Diego Extension Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program receives $100,000 Donation

As a former clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) student, Melissa Dull knew the financial struggles of being enrolled in a full-time training program. Before her passing, Dull generously donated $100,000 to the UC San Diego Extension CLS Program.

– University of California San Diego

Business News

Green Industry Contributes More Than $20B to Florida Economy, Up 19 Percent From 2000

The environmental horticulture industry, or the “green industry,” includes landscaping, nurseries, greenhouses, wholesale and retail distributors and allied manufacturing.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

American University Center for Innovation Designated an “Oases of Excellence”

The American University Center for Innovation became the second entrepreneurship center to earn the "Oases of Excellence" honor by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s (ACTA) Oases of Excellence Network.

– American University





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