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Medical News

Asthma Costs the U.S. Economy More than $80 Billion Per Year

Asthma costs the U.S. economy more than $80 billion annually in medical expenses, missed work and school days and deaths, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Embargo expired on 12-Jan-2018 at 00:15 ET

An Innovative PET Tracer Can Measure Damage From Multiple Sclerosis in Mouse Models

In the January 12, 2017 Scientific Reports, a research team describes early tests of a minimally-invasive way to assess myelin damage—the hallmark of multiple sclerosis—using positron emission tomography (PET). This approach could be used to foll...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 12-Jan-2018 at 04:00 ET

Researchers Map Druggable Genomic Targets in Evolving Malaria Parasite

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the country and around the world, have used whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell li...

– University of California San Diego Health


Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Nurse Staffing Levels Linked to Patient Satisfaction

Satisfaction with care in hospitals declines when patients believe there are not enough nurses on wards, according to a new study based on the NHS Inpatient Survey published in the BMJ Open.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

BMJ Open

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 18:30 ET

Discovery Suggests New Strategy for Attacking High- Profile but Elusive Target in Cancer

A discovery by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center presents drug developers with an entirely new tack in targeting one of the most-wanted molecular culprits in cancer.

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Gadzooks Fund; Cammarata Family Foundation Research Fund; US Department of Defense W81XWH-16-0106 to KDW; Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas; National Natural Science Foundation of China 31571363 and 31771469...

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Estrogen-Mimicking Compounds in Foods May Reduce Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Treatment

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that two estrogen-mimicking compounds found in many foods appear to potently reverse the effects of palbociclib/letrozole, a popular drug combination for treating breast cancer.

– Scripps Research Institute

Cell Chemical Biology, Jan. 2018; R01 GMH4368; PO1 A1043376-02S1

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Re-Programming Innate Immune Cells to Fight Tuberculosis

Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu.

– Universite de Montreal

Cell, January 11, 2018; Cell

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Experts Call for Action to Address Physician Burnout in Nephrology

Kidney specialists face increasing work demands, high rates of burnout, and declining interest in nephrology as a career. A group of articles publishing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) sheds ...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

Researcher from Queen’s University Publishes Groundbreaking Plan to End Bowel Cancer

A groundbreaking report, led by Professor Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at Queen’s University Belfast highlights a plan to end bowel cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in Europe. The report has been publishe...

– Queen's University Belfast


Do Less Harm: E-Cigarettes a Safer Option Than Smoking

A new article publishing in the forthcoming volume of the Annual Review of Public Health focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation, with alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes emerging as a promising avenue for people who want to qu...

– New York University

Annual Review of Public Health

New Polygenic Hazard Score Predicts When Men Develop Prostate Cancer

An international team, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has developed and validated a genetic tool for predicting age of onset of aggressive prostate cancer, a disease that kills more than 26,000 Americ...

– University of California San Diego Health


New Antifungal Provides Hope in Fight Against Superbugs

Microscopic yeast have been wreaking havoc in hospitals around the world—creeping into catheters, ventilator tubes, and IV lines—and causing deadly invasive infection. One culprit species, Candida auris, is resistant to many antifungals, meaning ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Patient Education Brochure Provides Low-Cost Solution to Avoid Diversion of Unused Opioids after Surgery

A new patient education brochure that describes safe disposal practices of unused pain pills can be a low-cost and effective way of getting patients to properly dispose of their leftover medications.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Researchers Demonstrate RAS Dimers Are Essential for Cancer

Researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center have shown that RAS molecules act in pairs, known as dimers, to cause cancer, findings that could help guide them to a treatment.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Pharmacist Group Survey Confirms Patient Care Affected by Shortage of Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions

The results of a survey released today by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) illustrate the considerable impact shortages of small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are having on daily operations and patient care in most hospitals a...

– ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

Researchers Discover Faster, More Effective Way to Harvest Blood Stem Cells for Bone Marrow Donation

A multi-institutional research team led by Indiana University School of Medicine scientists has developed a new way to harvest blood stem cells for bone marrow donation that is faster and more effective than the current standard of care.

– Indiana University

Cell, Dec-2017

La Mayoría De Los Pacientes Con Enfermedad Desconocida De La MéDula Espinal Reciben Diagnóstico Específico Más Adelante, Revela Estudio

Un estudio de los investigadores de Mayo Clinic descubrió que la mayoría de los pacientes en quienes se sospecha una inflamación de causa desconocida de la médula espinal reciben otro diagnóstico específico. El estudio se publicó en Neurology....

– Mayo Clinic


Pregnancy App is a Hit with Moms-To-Be and Their Midwives

Midwives at MedStar Washington Hospital Center can now remotely monitor their pregnant patients’ progress and health using the Babyscripts app. It’s the first mobile clinical tool that allows the midwives to elevate the prenatal care experience f...

– MedStar Washington Hospital Center

A Call to Action to Decrease Maternal Mortality Rates

A campaign by Rutgers University and the Tara Hansen Foundation prompts New Jersey to designate January 23 of each year as Maternal Health Awareness Day

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

WVU Researcher Uses Photography to Analyze Food Access Among Rural Seniors

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to disrupt the current model for how seniors in rural Appalachia access healthy food.

– West Virginia University

Mayo Clinic Recibe Altas Calificaciones Por Su Calidad Hospitalaria

Los Centros para Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid en Estados Unidos otorgaron calificaciones con estrellas a 14 hospitales de Mayo Clinic en Arizona, Florida, Rochester y el Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic por su calidad general.

– Mayo Clinic

Mount Sinai Health System Opens New Specialty Practice at Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village

Leaders from the community and health system celebrate with ribbon cutting and open house.

– Mount Sinai Health System

UC San Diego Health and Eisenhower Health Affiliation Expands Cancer Services in Coachella Valley

UC San Diego Health and Eisenhower Health signed a five-year affiliation agreement to expand cancer services for residents of Coachella Valley. Starting in January 2018, as a member of the UC San Diego Health Cancer Network, patients of Eisenhower He...

– University of California San Diego Health

Science News

Surprise: A Virus-Like Protein is Important for Cognition and Memory

A protein involved in cognition and storing long-term memories looks and acts like a protein from viruses. The protein, called Arc, has properties similar to those that viruses use for infecting host cells, and originated from a chance evolutionary e...

– University of Utah Health

Cell, Jan-11-2018; NS076364; MH112766; GM77582; GM112972

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

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Breaking Bad Metals with Neutrons

By combining the latest developments in neutron scattering and theory, researchers are close to predicting phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism in strongly correlated electron systems. It is likely that the next advances in superconductivit...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Science, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

NASA Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

By combining the visible and infrared capabilities of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have created a new three-dimensional fly-through movie of the Orion nebu...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

American Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

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GBT Detection Unlocks Exploration of ‘Aromatic’ Interstellar Chemistry

Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope have made the first definitive interstellar detection of benzonitrile, an intriguing organic molecule that helps to chemically link simple carbon-based molecules and truly massive ones known as polycyclic ar...

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Science, Jan-2018; AAS Winter Meeting, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

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Hubble Probes the Archeology of Our Milky Way's Ancient Hub

A new analysis of about 10,000 normal Sun-like stars in the Milky Way's bulge reveals that our galaxy’s hub is a dynamic environment of variously aged stars zipping around at different speeds. This conclusion is based on nine years’ worth of arch...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

America Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 10:15 ET

NASA's Great Observatories Team Up to Find Magnified and Stretched Out Image of Distant Galaxy

An intensive survey deep into the universe by NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has yielded the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack: the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitatio...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

American Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 10:15 ET

Researchers Catch Supermassive Black Hole Burping — Twice

Astronomers have caught a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy snacking on gas and then "burping" — not once, but twice.

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Astrophysical Journal, Jan-2018; American Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 10:15 ET

Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula

In an unprecedented deep survey for small, faint objects in the Orion Nebula, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars. Looking in the vicinity of the su...

– Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

American Astronomical Society Meeting, Jan.-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 14:15 ET

Tagged Tiger Shark Proving Unstoppable

For more than a decade, researchers at NSU's Guy Harvey Research Institute have been tagging and tracking sharks in order to study their migratory patterns and more. One tiger shark - Andy - is now the longest-ever tracked tiger shark, providing year...

– Nova Southeastern University

Journal of Marine Science

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New Sandia Balloon-Borne Infrasound Sensor Array Detects Explosions

Danny Bowman, a Sandia National Laboratories geophysicist, launched a fleet of five solar-powered hot air balloons last year. They reached a height of 13 to 15 miles, twice as high as commercial jets, and detected the infrasound from a test explosion...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Geophysical Research Letters; Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover Possible Link between Crohn’s & Parkinson’s Disease in Jewish Population

Findings could lead to new treatments and early diagnosis

– Mount Sinai Health System

GM007205 and DK098927 (to K.Y.H.); DK62429, DK062422, DK092235, and DK106593 (to J.H.C.); DK062413, DK046763-19, AI067068; MH08; 08929882 and 0845677

Shedding Light on Life in the Arctic

Scientists know that light triggers zooplankton and other marine organisms to move up and down in the water column during normal day and night cycles. Now, an international team of researchers has found that zooplankton are also susceptible to artifi...

– University of Delaware

More Accurately Identifying Forests, Grasses, Crops

A new program uses Landsat satellite data to automatically differentiate land cover into 16 categories in 30-meter resolution— and does so more accurately than other land cover products.

– South Dakota State University

Remote Sensing of Environment, 2017

UCLA Scientists Make Cells That Enable the Sense of Touch

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have, for the first time, coaxed human stem cells to become sensory interneurons — the cells that give us our sense of touch. The new protocol co...

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

Stem Cell Reports

All in the Family: Focused Genomic Comparisons

In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, the DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Joint BioEnergy Institute report the first outcome from the large-scale sequencing of 300...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Kennesaw State Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Study Collision-Prone Roadways

Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) are nearing completion on a two-year study to develop an image-based system for monitoring and assessing the safety of intersections that could potentially prevent fatal cr...

– Kennesaw State University

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DOE Announces First Awardees for New HPC4Materials for Severe Environments Program

The Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) today announced the funding of $450,000 for the first two private-public partnerships under a brand-new initiative aimed at discovering, designing and scaling up production of novel materials ...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

DOE Announces Funding for New HPC4Manufacturing Industry Projects

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) today announced the funding of $1.87 million for seven new industry projects under an ongoing initiative designed to utilize DOE’s high-performance computing (HPC) resources and exper...

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Argonne Welcomes Department of Energy Secretary Perry

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Argonne National Laboratory yesterday, getting a first-hand view of the multifaceted and interdisciplinary research program laboratory of the Department.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Two Argonne Scientists Recognized for a Decade of Breakthroughs

Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have been named to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited List of 2017, ranking in the top 1 percent of their peers by citations and subject area. Materials Scientis...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Chad Mirkin to Receive Prestigious Remsen Memorial Lecture Award

Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin will receive the prestigious Remsen Memorial Lecture Award for his outstanding discoveries in chemistry.

– Northwestern University

Partnership Brings Alabama, Pakistan Researchers Together

professor at The University of Alabama is part of an international team performing geological research in northeast Pakistan aiming to understand where possible oil and gas deposits reside beneath the surface.

– University of Alabama

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

New Study: Distance Education Up, Overall Enrollments Down

A new report, Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States, by the Babson Survey Research Group, reveals distance student enrollments have increased for the fourteenth straight year in 2016.

– Babson College

Hot Spot Policing Focused on Guns Is Most Effective Strategy For Reducing Gun Violence in Baltimore, Study Finds

A Baltimore program that assigns detectives to work in neighborhoods at high risk for gun violence was more effective at reducing gun violence in Baltimore than other initiatives, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Pu...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Can Writing Your ‘To-Do’s’ Help You to Doze? Baylor Study Suggests Jotting Down Pending Tasks Can Speed the Trip to Dreamland

Writing a “to-do” list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed...

– Baylor University

Journal of Experimental Psychology

Are Millennials Gender Rebels or Returning to Tradition?

A forthcoming book from a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist provides insight into the minds of today's young adults to uncover the strategies they use to negotiate the unsettled gender norms and expectations facing their generation.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Where the Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure

How Does Mothers’ Cocaine Use During Pregnancy Affect Boys and Girls Differently?

Teens whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy are more likely to have aggression and attention problems—known predictors of later drug use and sexual risk-taking. With a new three-year, $840,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (...

– Case Western Reserve University

Can the President Really Do That? Two UW Law Professors Give Answers in New Book

Two University of Washington law professors have written a book on the familiar and lesser-known checks on presidential power.

Expert Available

– University of Washington

Kellogg Global Hub achieves LEED Platinum status

The Kellogg School of Management’s Global Hub has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

– Northwestern University

Power and Oppression of Women Explored in Wirtz Center’s First Production of 2018

EVANSTON - Called “a play about witches, with no witches in it” by playwright Caryl Churchill, “Vinegar Tom” follows the lives of seven characters, four of whom will be executed, in 17th century England. Northwestern University’s Wirtz Cent...

– Northwestern University

Hackensack University Medical Center Announces a Training and Certification Partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce a training and certification partnership between its Hospitality Services Division and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

– Hackensack Meridian Health

U.S. News Ranks CSUF's Online Graduate Programs Among Nation's Best

Cal State Fullerton’s fully online master's degree programs in business, engineering and education are ranked among the best in the country

– California State University, Fullerton

12,000 Chrysanthemums, 100 Students & a 1,500-Pound Koala: Cal Poly Rose Parade Float Wins Innovation Award

Learn how students from two CSU campuses worked together to create an award-winning 70th entry in the Rose Parade Tournament of Roses

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

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Business News

Study Says Community Involvement May Entice Consumers to Shop in-Store

Local retailers should find ways to get involved in the community to help boost business, according to a UAB study.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham





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