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Medical News

Guidelines Say No Special Precautions Needed for Flu Shots for People Allergic to Eggs

An updated practice parameter from the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters stresses that people with egg allergy should receive their yearly flu shot, and that no special precautions are required.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 00:00 ET

Obesity Can Add Five Weeks of Asthma Symptoms Per Year in Preschoolers

Asthma affects almost 1 in 10 children in the U.S. and is a leading cause of emergency room visits and hospitalizations in preschoolers. According to new research from Duke Health and collaborators, symptoms may be worse for children ages 2 to 5 who ...

– Duke Health

Journal of Clinical Immunology

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 07:00 ET

Improving sleep quality for breast cancer survivors

Nearly one in three breast cancer survivors suffers from poor sleep, which can lead to greater mortality.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

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– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Researchers Repurpose Immune-Activating Cytokine to Fight Breast Cancer

The most lethal form of breast cancer could have a new treatment option, according to new research out of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc...

– Case Western Reserve University

PNAS; CBTG T32CA198808 ; RSGCCG-122517 ; P30CA43703; R21CA198808

Nuevo estudio en deportistas estudiantiles, padres y entrenadores descubre que 1 de cada 3 sabe que la conmoción cerebral es una lesión del cerebro

La mayoría de los deportistas estudiantiles, así como sus padres y entrenadores son capaces de identificar los posibles efectos de una comnoción cerebral, pero solo una tercera parte de ellos sabe que se trata de una lesión en el cerebro.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

UCLA Researchers Create Skeletal Muscle From Stem Cells

UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step towards developin...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Nature Cell Biology; R01AR064327; W81XWH-13-1-0465; RB5-07230; DISC1-08823; DISC2-08824

For Stroke Patients, Rating Scales Predict Discharge Destination

Stroke survivors with higher scores on widely used outcome measures are more likely to be discharged home from the hospital, while those with lower scores are more likely to go to a rehabilitation or nursing care facility, reports a paper in the Janu...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy

Can Brain Lesions Contribute to Criminal Behavior?

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that lesions to brain areas in individuals exhibiting criminal behavior all fall within a particular brain network involved in moral decision-making.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; K23NS083741

Brain Lesions and Criminal Behavior Linked to Moral Decision-Making Network

When brain lesions occur within the brain network responsible for morality and value-based decision-making, they can predispose a person toward criminal behavior, according to new research by Ryan Darby, MD, assistant professor of Neurology at Vander...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Molecular Signature of “Trailblazer” Neural Crest Cells Gives Insight Into Development and Cancer

In a study published online in the journal eLife, the researchers identified a molecular signature of approximately 1300 genes differentially expressed in an aggressive subset of migrating neural crest cells termed as “trailblazers” in a vertebra...

– Stowers Institute for Medical Research


Plain Cigarette Packaging May Reduce Incorrect Impression of Product’s Safety

An online survey of 900 consumers of three of the United States’ most popular cigarette brands suggests that adopting standardized cigarette packing may reduce consumers’ misconceptions that some cigarettes are less harmful than others, reports a...

– University of California San Diego Health

BMJ Tobacco Control

Study Sheds Light on Rarity of Disease-Causing IGF Mutations

Peter Rotwein, M.D., was recently spotlighted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for a study he conducted on insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), a family of proteins that are crucial in early human growth and devel...

– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Journal of Biological Chemistry, April-2017

The Not So Sweet Side of Christmas

A new video by the University of Warwick highlights a bitter side to our sugar consumption at Christmas. The short film highlights how excessive consumption of sugar can affect our health – and how the sugar trade in the past and today has caused...

– University of Warwick

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Wolters Kluwer and the Education Section of the APTA Now Offer the Journal of Physical Therapy Education Online

Wolters Kluwer Heath, in partnership with the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), will begin publishing the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE) with online publication of the December 2017 issue. JOPTE is...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Removing the Global AIDS Coordinator from State Department Could Have “Profoundly Negative Impact,” Report Finds

Moving the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator, which oversees and manages PEPFAR, out of the U.S. State Department would likely provide little benefit and could have a profoundly negative impact on its ability to effectively lead the global fight agai...

– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Sick While Traveling? Here’s What to Do (and How to Prevent It)

It’s easy to get worn down this time of year. A Michigan Medicine expert offers tips to handle holiday travel with your health in mind.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Mayo Clinic Named Center of Excellence for Cavernous Malformation Treatment, Research

Mayo Clinic has been named a Center of Excellence by Angioma Alliance for treatment and research into cerebral cavernous angiomas.

– Mayo Clinic

New Clinical Trial Accepting Patients, Hopes to Ease Type 1 Diabetes Management

A first-of-its-kind advanced insulin delivery system could help type 1 diabetes patients manage their condition without continuously adjusting insulin doses on their own.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Virginia Mason Among First in Nation to Begin New Cancer Therapy

SEATTLE – (Dec. 18, 2017) –Virginia Mason has become the first health system in Washington state to begin a new therapy that targets neuroendocrine tumors, an uncommon cancer that affects the intestines, pancreas, lungs and other parts of the bod...

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

Small but Mighty: Courageous Kennedy Grows Stronger After Spending First Year of Life in the NICCU

Small but Mighty: Courageous Kennedy Grows Stronger After Spending First Year of Life in the NICCU

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Sharing Examples of Caring this Season

In honor of the season of giving, Penn Medicine debuts four new short videos of Penn Medicine CAREs-funded initiatives making a difference all year long.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Annual Mountain Cedar Allergy Season About to Hit

Allergy specialists like Dr. Shelly Harvey are again readying themselves for mountain cedar, the annual irritant that makes noses run and eyes itch – potentially transforming the merriest of holiday well-wishers into miserable Ebenezer Scrooges.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Novel Discovery by Singapore Research Team Could Improve Diagnosis and Early Screening of Kidney Stone Disease

An interdisciplinary research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently discovered a unique panel of urine biomarkers that could accurately diagnose nephrolithiasis, also commonly known as kidney stone.

– National University of Singapore

Fred Hutch Tip Sheet for December: New Research on Leukemia Therapies, End-of-Life-Care Racial Disparities, Experimental Drug for Pancreatic Cancer, More

Below is the December tip sheet from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Story ideas include new research on leukemia therapies, racial disparities in end-of-life care, an experimental drug for pancreatic cancer and more.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Virus That Conquered the World: 100 Years Later

Nearly a century after the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 ravaged communities worldwide, the threat of another pandemic looms large as the scientific and global health communities find ways to prepare for, and battle, future outbreaks.

Expert Available

– Keck Medicine of USC

ALS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center Achieves Recognized Treatment Center Designation from the ALS Association

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state that has earned designation for superior support and care of ALS patients and their families.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

National Academy of Inventors Chooses Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as 2017 Fellow

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs at Mount Sinai Health System, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

– Mount Sinai Health System

Eric Topol Named Executive Vice President at the Scripps Research Institute

"Eric is an esteemed colleague with a clear vision for integrating scientific discovery and translational medicine."

– Scripps Research Institute

Cochlear Implant Surgery Now Offered at Bayshore Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center is proud to announce that it has expanded services to include cochlear implant surgery to help individuals with moderate to profound hearing loss who are not receiving enough benefit from a hearing a...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Startup Tech Companies in Cedars-Sinai’s Third Accelerator Class Announce New Deals and Partnerships

Ten innovative health-tech companies that completed the fall 2017 session of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars have announced new contracts and partnerships to bring their leading-edge technologies to patient care.

– Cedars-Sinai

Science News

Researchers Steer the Flow of Electrical Current with Spinning Light

In new research, scientists at the University of Minnesota used a first-of-its-kind device to demonstrate a way to control the direction of electrical current generated by light, called photocurrent, without deploying an electric voltage.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Nature Communications, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 08:00 ET

Alien Object ‘Oumuama Was a Natural Body Visiting From Another Solar System – Queen’s University Scientists

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have led worldwide investigations into a mysterious object that passed close to Earth after arriving from deep interstellar space.

– Queen's University Belfast

Nature Astronomy

Embargo expired on 18-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

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Oldest Fossils Ever Found Show Life on Earth Began Before 3.5 Billion Years Ago

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have confirmed that microscopic fossils discovered in a nearly 3.5 billion-year-old piece of rock in Western Australia are the oldest fossils ever found and indeed the earliest direct evid...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

PNAS Dec. 18, 2017

Embargo expired on 18-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET

We Overstate Our Negative Feelings in Surveys, New Research Shows

We tend to overstate our negative feelings and symptoms in surveys, shows a new study by a team of psychology researchers. This bias wears off over time, but the results point to the possibility that measurements of health and well-being, which are v...

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 18-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET

Gut Reaction: Repeated Food Poisoning Triggers Chronic Disease

Small bacterial infections that may go unnoticed and which the body easily clears without treatment, such as occurs during mild food poisoning, nevertheless can start a chain of events that leads to chronic inflammation and potentially life-threateni...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Embargo expired on 18-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

Conservation Study Uses Tiny Treadmills to Test Sea Turtle Hatchling Stamina

A newly hatched sea turtle should be able to crawl from its nest to the ocean in a couple of minutes if everything goes as nature planned. Speed is key and their survival depends heavily on their ability to swim. Disoriented hatchlings who eventuall...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Experimental Biology

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Putting Molten History on the Map

Focused x-ray beam revealed structural changes from laser heating, pinning down elusive melting point.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Communications 8, 14562 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14562]

Ringing Atomic Bell Probes Electrons

Measured strong coupling of vibrations and electrons could lead to controlled magnetism and electronic properties.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Science 357, 71 (2017). [DOI: 10.1126/science.aak9946]

The Shrinking Moose of Isle Royale

Climate change and predator-prey dynamics with wolves make for smaller moose. Ecologists compared skull measurements spanning four decades gathered at Isle Royale National Park and found a 16 percent decrease in moose skull size.

– Michigan Technological University

Global Change Biology, Dec-2017; National Park Service; USDA McIntyre-Stennis Grant

Zero Gravity Plant Growth Experiments Delivered to Space Station

The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station delivered hundreds of seeds to the spacefaring research lab Sunday, Dec. 17, to test how plants grow in the stressful environment of zero gravity. This is the fourth plants-in-space exper...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Star Mergers: A New Test of Gravity, Dark Energy Theories

Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and challenged a large class of cosmological theories.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Physical Review Letters, Dec. 18, 2017

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Making Larvae Count

The larvae of the fish that live in coral reefs look alike, making it difficult for marine biologists to study reef populations. Now, Weizmann's Prof. Rotem Sorek found a way to “barcode” 80% of fish species known to visit the reefs in a Red Sea ...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Nature Ecology & Evolution, Dec-2017

Designer Nanoparticles Destroy a Broad Array of Viruses

An international group of researchers have designed new anti-viral nanoparticles that bind to a range of viruses, including herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, respiratory syncytial virus and Dengue and Lentiviruses. Unlike other broad-spectr...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Nature Materials

Flower or Flesh? Genetics Explain Mosquito Preference

Researchers have found genetic explanations for why most mosquitoes in one species favor nectar over blood. This work could one day lead to strategies to prevent mosquito-borne illness.

– Ohio State University


Santa’s Workshop Could Be on Snowy Moon

Santa’s winter workshop might be in space, as University of Warwick researchers are exploring whether snowy moons over a billion kilometres away from Earth are potentially habitable. According to Dr David Brown, and colleagues at Warwick’s Centr...

– University of Warwick

Johns Hopkins Scientists Probe Mystery of Spider Web-Spinning

Scientists videotape spiders spinning webs in hopes of unlocking secrets of behavior: how is it shaped by genetics, how is it a response to surroundings?

– Johns Hopkins University

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DHS S&T Pilot Project Helps Secure First Responder Apps From Cyberattacks

A pilot project by DHS S&T resulted in the successful remediation of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in mobile applications (apps) used by the nation’s public-safety professionals, supporting the creation of an on-going mobile app-testing p...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Major Technology Developments Boost LCLS X-Ray Laser’s Discovery Power

Accelerator experts at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are developing ways to make the most powerful X-ray laser better than ever. They have created the world’s shortest X-ray pulses for capturing the motions of el...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

The Future of Today’s Electric Power Systems

Energy and sustainability are among the grand challenges facing humanity. Faculty research in electric power engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has led to groundbreaking discoveries and innovative contributions in all aspects of generati...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

APA Calls for Consideration of Best Scientific Evidence by CDC, HHS

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of news reports about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Health and Human Services employees being “banned” from using certain words, the American Psychological Association welcomed statements today by ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Penn State CNEU and Its NPDP Offering Free Live Stream Nanotechnology Workshops for Educators

To help fill the need for six million workers trained in nanotechnology and nanofabrication, Penn State's Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization and its Nanotechnology Professional Development Partnership are offering free live stream na...

– Penn State College of Engineering

UA Study to Take ‘Deep Dive’ into Risk Factors for Veterans, Suicides

University of Alabama researchers, America’s Warrior Partnership and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation have partnered on a four-year, $2.9 million study to explore risk factors that contribute to suicides, early mortality and self-harm among mili...

– University of Alabama

Supporting the Development of Offshore Wind Power Plants

Offshore wind is becoming a reality in the United States, especially in the northeast states. To support this development, the Center for Future Energy System (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a webinar titled “Turbine and Tra...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Business News

Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources Improving

Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among U.S. higher education teaching faculty continues to improve, but still remains less than a majority, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG).

– Babson College





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