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Medical News

Breaking Up (Protein Complexes) Is Hard to Do, but New UW Study Shows How

A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers identified the structural basis for how tightly bound protein complexes are broken apart to become inactivated.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature Communications; R01 GM096060-01

Embargo expired on 22-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET

Patients Have an Important Voice in Shaping Kidney Disease Research and Treatment

In an effort to provide patients the opportunity to share practical health consumer perspectives, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) is including Patient Voice editorials that will accompany certain journal articles. I...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 17:00 ET

Medicaid Expansion Leads to Increase in Early-Stage Cancer Diagnoses

The Affordable Care Act led to an increase in the number of cancer diagnoses -- particularly those at early stages -- in states where Medicaid was expanded, according to research from Indiana University.

– Indiana University

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Embargoed AJPH Research on Hepatitis C and Opioids, Medicaid Expansion and Cancer Diagnoses, ACA and Breastfeeding, Osteoarthritis Increases

In this month’s release, find new embargoed research that links increased hepatitis C numbers to the opioid epidemic, shows Medicaid expansion increasing cancer diagnoses, the ACA expanding breastfeeding and the prevalence of osteoarthritis growing...

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Molecular Mapping Made Easy

Every day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules — from food, cosmetics, sweat, the microbes that call your skin home. Now researchers can create interactive 3D maps that show where each molecule lingers on ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Protocols

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Inebriation at Sporting Events Is a Problem

In many western countries, public concern about violence and other problems at sporting events has increased. Alcohol is often involved. Research shows that approximately 40 percent of the spectators drink alcohol while attending U.S. baseball and f...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

Folic Acid Late in Pregnancy May Increase Childhood Allergy Risk

Research from the University of Adelaide suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in children affected by growth restriction during pregnancy.

– University of Adelaide

American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

Couples 'Money-Talk' Curriculum, Online Interest in Sex Rises at Christmas, Male Virgins Can Still Get HPV, and More in the Sex and Relationships News Source

The latest research and features on sex in the Sex and Relationships News Source

– Newswise

Environmental Stressors, CRISPR Treatment for Hearing Loss, Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

The latest research and features in cell biology in the Cell Biology News Source

– Newswise

A Fluorescence-Based High-Throughput Assay for the Identification of Anticancer Reagents Targeting Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate Aldolase

An original research report by Eun Jeong Cho et al. (University of Texas at Austin) in the January 2018 Issue of SLAS Discovery presents a newly designed biochemical assay that is rapid, sensitive, inexpensive, and high-throughput screening (HTS)-fri...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

SLAS Discovery

Taking Folic Acid in Late Pregnancy May Increase Childhood Allergy Risk

A new study suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in offspring affected by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

Making Waves

Researchers reveal in detail how fertilization triggers destruction of a small number of proteins, which releases the “brakes” on an egg’s cell cycle. Simultaneously, vast quantities of proteins are rapidly secreted from the egg to help prevent...

– Harvard Medical School

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; HD091846, HD073104, GM103785, GM39565

Selective Suppression of Inflammation Could Deplete HIV and Control HIV Activation

A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could “purge” the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research.

– Case Western Reserve University

PLOS Pathogens; 1R01MH100999 ; 5P30AI050409 ; 5P01AI076174 ; 5U19AI096109 ; 109222-58-RGRL

Roswell Park Research Identifies Cells That May Be Responsible for Prostate Cancer Recurrence

A team from Roswell Park Cancer Institute has discovered a unique population of normal stem cells that may enable prostate cancer relapse. These findings may point the way toward strategies for treating or preventing prostate cancer recurrence.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Stem Cell Reports; R01CA155693; P30CA016056

Clinical Trial for Stroke Innovates Patient Care and Research at UK

The combination of a new clinical trial and tissue bank is innovating stroke care and research at the University of Kentucky. Led by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists, the studies aim to develop new treatments using existing thera...

– University of Kentucky


4 Ways to Troubleshoot Weight Loss, According to a Physician

The question is a logical one. New fad diets and exercise plans make big promises, but progress is never as easy as the hype suggests.

Expert Available

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

New Cancer Treatment Technology Coming to Utah

A new cancer treatment technology is one step closer to Salt Lake City. Today Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) announced a plan to add a proton therapy center to its Cancer Hospital. Huntsman Cancer Foundation, HCI a...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Lab Tests Online Redesigns Website to Improve Patient Access to Crucial Information About Clinical Tests

Lab Tests Online, AACC’s award-winning public resource on laboratory testing, is pleased to announce that it has launched a dynamic redesign of to better help patients, caregivers, and medical professionals understand the many la...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Rush Hospitals Receive Five Stars for Quality of Care

Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center each have received five stars, the highest possible rating, for hospital quality from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS, as the centers are known, published the l...

– Rush University Medical Center

Sara and Chris Connor Donate $6.5 Million to University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network

Announcement of $6.5 million gift from Cleveland philanthropists Sara and Chris Connor for integrative health network at University Hospitals in Northeast Ohio. The will enable UH to recruit a core team of physician leaders to treat patients, ed...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Investigators to Lead Multi-Center Study Into How Memories Are Formed

Cedars-Sinai investigators will lead a multi-center study into how the brain’s circuitry forms and recalls memories — research made possible by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

– Cedars-Sinai

ATS Foundation Announces Unrestricted Research Grants to Improve Respiratory Health Worldwide

The American Thoracic Society Foundation has announced that 16 researchers have been awarded unrestricted research grants totaling more than $1 million to advance pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine around the world. These one-year, $40,000 g...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Science News

Hunting for Immune Cells’ Cancer Targets

A method developed by HHMI investigators sifts through hundreds of millions of potential targets to find a precise cancer beacon. The results may lead to better immunotherapies, which harness the immune system to attack tumors.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Cell, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

Meet the Tiny Machines in Cells that Massacre Viruses

When viruses infect the body’s cells, those cells face a difficult problem. How can they destroy viruses without harming themselves? Scientists at University of Utah Health have found an answer by visualizing a tiny cellular machine that chops the ...

– University of Utah Health

Science; GM121706

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

includes video

Alaskan Microgrids Offer Energy Resilience and Independence

The electrical grid in the contiguous United States is a behemoth of interconnected systems; if one section fails, millions could be without power. Remote villages in Alaska provide an example of how safeguards could build resilience into a larger el...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Fish Use Deafness Gene to Sense Water Motion

Fish sense water motion the same way humans sense sound, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Researchers discovered a gene also found in humans helps zebrafish convert water motion into electrical impu...

– Case Western Reserve University

Nature Communications; DC009437 ; DC015016 ; S10RR017980; S10OD016164

Ames Laboratory-Led Research Team Maps Magnetic Fields of Bacterial Cells and Nano-Objects for the First Time

A research team led by a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using elec...

– Ames Laboratory

Journal of the Royal Society Interface

UCI Scientists Identify Hidden Genetic Variation That Helps Drive Evolution

Identifying complex mutations in the structure of an organism’s genome has been difficult. But in a new study published online in Nature Genetics, a research team led by J.J. Emerson, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology at the Aya...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Genetics

Neutrons Track Quantum Entanglement in Copper Elpasolite Mineral

A research team including Georgia Institute of Technology professor Martin Mourigal used neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to study copper elpasolite, a mineral that can be driven to an exotic magnetic state when subjected to very l...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Physics

Feathering the Plasma Nest: Tiny Structures Help Prevent Short Circuits in Plasma Devices

Article describes method of preventing plasma from causing short circuits in machines such as spacecraft thrusters.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

A Catalytic Balancing Act

Scientists have recently used a new and counterintuitive approach to create a better catalyst that supports one of the reactions involved in splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. By first creating an alloy of two of the densest naturally occurrin...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Nature Communications, Nov-2017

Texas Tech Researchers Develop Method to Assess Damage from Natural Disasters

The team from the Debris Impact Facility can measure debris volume using drones, then develop an information-based model to determine the cost of cleanup.

– Texas Tech University

While Earthlings Take a Break, the Mars Rover Keeps Working

There’s no holiday on Mars. While many of us earthlings will spend the final days of 2017 taking a break from work and relaxing on couches or ski slopes, the ChemCam instrument aboard NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will keep busy—all on its own. ...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

West African Dolphin Now Listed As One of Africa’s Rarest Mammals

NEW YORK (December 21, 2017) — A group of scientists now considers a little-known dolphin that only lives along the Atlantic coasts of Western Africa to be among the continent’s most endangered mammals, a list that includes widely recognized spec...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Xylella: A Conscience, Not a Science Problem

The Sbarro Health Research Organization congratulates the Italian researchers who were able to prove a direct causal link between the infection by Xylella fastidiosa and the death of olive trees in southern Italy.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

National Wind Institute Awarded $1.46-Million Research Contract

Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute (NWI) has been awarded a four-year research contract from Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a catastrophe risk modeling company, worth $1.46 million.

– Texas Tech University

MTSU Research to Increase Tennessee Farm Profit with USDA’s $148K ‘Green Gold’ Ginseng Grant

Middle Tennessee State University researchers will use the grant to experiment with ginseng. The effort is expected to improve farmers’ income across the state and conserve wild ginseng, which is considered an endangered species, in Tennessee.

– Middle Tennessee State University

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Healthy Racial Identity Important for Adolescent African-American Girls

The education impact can be traced to adolescence: African-American girls with strong racial identity are more likely to be academically curious and persistent in school, according to a recent study from Washington University in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Child Development

Promoting Self-Esteem Among African-American Girls Through Racial, Cultural Connections

African-American girls who participated in an after-school cultural enrichment program showed greater school engagement, and reported higher confidence, at its conclusion.

– University of Washington

Psychology in the Schools

Buffalo State Ranks Second Among Public Universities for Military Friendly Designation

Buffalo State ranked second within the Top 10 list for large public colleges and universities in Victory Media’s 2018 Military Friendly Schools.

– SUNY Buffalo State

Resolving to Have a Happier, Healthier 2018? Reshape Your Body Attitudes

Psychology Professor Pamela Keel describes research that offers an entirely different perspective on the annual tradition of New Year's resolutions.

Expert Available

– Florida State University

MTSU’s New Africana Studies Major First of Its Kind in Middle Tennessee Area

The new Africana Studies major at MTSU is the first of its kind in the region and the only one in Tennessee that provides the option of either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree.

– Middle Tennessee State University

Four Northwestern Faculty Members Win Humanities Grants

Four Northwestern University faculty members have been honored with National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

– Northwestern University

Business News

Cornell Tech Has Heightened Entire University’s Reputation, Dean Says

Cornell Tech, which moved into and dedicated its new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City just three months ago, is not only continuing to grow into its new space, but also has heightened excitement and interest in Cornell University and its c...

Expert Available

– Cornell University





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