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Medical News

Arts and Humanities in Medical School Promote Empathy and Inoculate Against Burnout

Medical students who spend more time engaging in the arts may also be bolstering the qualities that improve their bedside manner with patients, according to new research from Tulane and Thomas Jefferson universities.

– Tulane University

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 09:00 ET

Scientists Discover How Gene Mutation Triggers Immune Disease

Scientists discovered how a gene mutation affects T cell function to promote immune disorders and then tested a treatment based on the discovery—successfully fixing donated immune cells from a 16-year-old boy with an abnormally low level of white b...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nature Communications, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 05:00 ET

Body Clock Disruptions Occur Years Before Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease have disturbances in their internal body clocks that affect the sleep/wake cycle and may increase risk of developing the disorder. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA Neurology, Jan. 29, 2018

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

WVU Research Examines a Different Culprit Behind Alzheimer's Disease

Amyloid plaques have long been believed to be an indicator of neurodegenerative disease. But according to Raymond Anderson, a graduate student in West Virginia University's School of Medicine, such buildup alone does not correlate with disease severi...

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 08:30 ET

Keith S. Naunheim Elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Cardiothoracic surgeon Keith S. Naunheim, MD, from the Saint Louis University (SLU) Medical Center, today was elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization’s 54th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 18:00 ET

A Phenotypic High-Throughput Screen to Identify Modulators that Improve Mutant Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) Activity

A phenotypic high-throughput screen to identify modulators that improve mutant cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) activity is described in the SLAS Discovery February 2018 front cover feature article by Giuliano and colleagues...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Journal of Biomolecular Screening; Journal of Laboratory Automation

Short-Course Radiation Treatment Is Safe and Effective for Skin Cancer

A recent Penn State College of Medicine physician’s study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Life Expectancy Gains Are Slowing in Both Rich and Poor Countries

Increases in human life expectancy have slowed dramatically across the world since 1950, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BMC Public Health

Study Suggests PD-1 Inhibitors Against Aggressive Pediatric Brain Cancer Subtype

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Pediatric Blood Cancers lays the scientific groundwork for the use of PD-1 inhibitors with an aggressive form of brain cancer, namely supratentorial pediatric ependymoma.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Researchers Reverse Symptoms in Neurologic Disease Model

It is a parent’s nightmare: a child is born apparently healthy, then stops meeting developmental milestones at one year old. Her verbal and motor skills vanish, and irregular breathing, seizures, and a host of other problems appear. The cause is Re...

– Case Western Reserve University

eNeuro; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grants ; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grants

Microbubbles Make Breast Cancer More Susceptible to Radiation Therapy

Bursting oxygen-filled microbubbles in breast cancer makes tumors three times more sensitive to radiation therapy in preliminary tests with animal models of the disease

– Thomas Jefferson University

International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics

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Silencing Is Golden: Scientists Image Molecules Vital for Gene Regulation

Lab scientists use cryo-electron microscopy to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of a regulatory complex. Their research could open up new possibilities for cancer therapies.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science; Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

NUS Researchers Develop Wireless Light Switch for Targeted Cancer Therapy

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has developed a way to wirelessly deliver light into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for photodynamic therapy (PDT). This technology could potentially enable PD...

– National University of Singapore

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 29 Jan-2018

Latest Issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team is Now Available

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team is now available online.

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Tickling the Brain with Electrical Stimulation Improves Memory, Study Shows

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Tickling the brain with low-intensity electrical stimulation in a specific area can improve verbal short-term memory. Mayo Clinic researchers report their findings in Brain.

– Mayo Clinic


Liver Cancer Screening Rates Must Improve

Patients with cirrhosis should be screened regularly for liver cancer, though few are – in part because busy physicians often don’t order the screening tests, said UT Southwestern oncologists.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Advances in Head and Neck Cancer Research Featured in Upcoming Symposium, News Briefing

Co-sponsors of the 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium announced four abstracts that will be highlighted in the meeting's official press program. Researchers will present the findings of these studies in an online news briefing for...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Multidisc Head and Neck Cancers Symposium, Feb-2018

Cervical Cancer Awareness

While cervical cancer can be deadly, it is preventable. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Dr. Eugenia Girda shares more about screening and the HPV vaccine.

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

MEDIA ADVISORY: Super Bowl Marks the Season’s End, But Concussion Concerns Continue

Engineers hope that soon athletes will have "digital twins" of their heads, baseline representations of skull, vasculature and brain that can help to predict where injuries might occur and diagnose them when they do.

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University

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Three Honored for Remarkable Dedication to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons honored three respected and extraordinary contributors with its 2018 Distinguished Service Award, presented at the Society’s 54th Annual Meeting.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Two Significant Financial Gifts Support Two Health Care Colleges at Nova Southeastern University

NSU's new M.D. College is reamed Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine; also renamed is Ronald and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

– Nova Southeastern University

Researchers Receive $6.5 Million NIH Grant to Use Big Data to Tackle Psoriasis

An experienced interdisciplinary team of psoriasis and computational researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) has received a $6.5M, 5-year grant from the ...

– Case Western Reserve University


# 1 in NIH Funding

With $9.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) takes the lead for research funding for the 2017 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Mount Sinai Health System Expands Innovative Care in Florida

New Palm Beach multispecialty practice broadens commitment and access for patients; hospital and community leaders celebrate with ribbon cutting and open house

– Mount Sinai Health System

Huntsman Cancer Institute Selected as a NCI Center for Patient-Derived Model Development

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been awarded a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help continue its research in breast cancer researchers will use this new funding to serve as a Breast Cancer Pa...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

U54 CA224076

Northeast Ohio's University Hospitals names Ted Keegan as new Chief Marketing Officer

Announcement of new chief marketing officer for the University Hospitals system in Northeast Ohio.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Science News

Language Is Learned in Brain Circuits That Predate Humans

It has often been claimed that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to this purpose. Now, new evidence strongly suggests that language is in fact learned in brain systems that are also used for many other purpo...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 15:00 ET

Berkeley Lab Researchers Contribute to Making Blockchains Even More Robust

In the last few years, researchers at Berkeley Lab, UC Davis and University of Stavanger in Norway have developed a new protocol, called BChain, which makes private blockchain even more robust. The researchers are also working with colleagues at Berk...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems

Diamonds Show Promise for Spintronic Devices

Recently, researchers have been exploring the potential for a new technology, called spintronics, that relies on detecting and controlling a particle's spin. This technology could lead to new types of more efficient and powerful devices. In a paper p...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

University of Minnesota Study Shows Wetlands Provide Landscape-Scale Reduction in Nitrate Pollution

A study by University of Minnesota researchers provides new insights to demonstrate that multiple wetlands or ‘wetland complexes’ within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate in rivers and streams. These wetlands can be ...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Nature Geoscience

Plotting the Path of Plant Pathogens

In a sneak attack, some pathogenic microbes manipulate plant hormones to gain access to their hosts undetected. Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis have exposed one such interloper by characterizing the unique biochemical pathway it uses...

– Washington University in St. Louis

PLOS Pathogens; IOS-1030250; IOS-1645908 ; MCB-115771; MCB-1614539

Roadmap to Guide Progress Toward Replacing Animal Use in Toxicity Testing

Sixteen federal agencies partnered to develop a strategic roadmap that offers a new framework for the safety testing of drugs and chemicals, which aims to provide more human relevant toxicology data while reducing the use of animals. The roadmap was ...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Florida Ag Policy Conference to Help Growers Deal with the Ever-Changing Global Economy

Whether it’s trade agreements, labor, water supply or how to manage post-Irma, growers are trying to make the best decisions for their business, said Spiro Stefanou, chair of the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, which organizes the c...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Third Annual Florida Agricultural Policy Conference, Feb 21

Two UAH Graduate Students Take First Place in Prestigious Embedded Security Challenge

Thiago Alves and Rishabh Das, two UAH cybersecurity Ph.D. students, placed first in the North American Embedded Security Challenge at the 14th annual Cyber Security Awareness Week in New York City this past November.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Industrial Control System Security Workshop on - ICSS ’16, 10 –14; Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Industrial Control System Security Workshop on - ICSS ’16, 10 –14...

University of Arkansas Researchers Create Digital Map, Cultural History of Carlsbad Cavern

Researchers using LiDAR digital imaging are creating a 3D map, and cultural history, of New Mexico's Carlsbad Cavern.

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Three Critically Endangered Red-headed Vulture Nests Discovered In Cambodia’s Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary

Three nests of the Critically Endangered Red-headed vulture were found in January in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary by conservationists from the Ministry of Environment (MoE), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local communities. The population of thi...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Two PPPL physicists, David Johnson and Charles Skinner, named ITER Scientist Fellows

Physicists David Johnson and Charles Skinner named ITER Scientist Fellows.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Networking, Data Experts Design a Better Portal for Scientific Discovery

A team of networking experts from the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), with the Globus team from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, have designed a new approach that makes data sharing faster, more rel...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Why Do We Trust, or Not Trust, Strangers? The Answer is Pavlovian

Our trust in strangers is dependent on their resemblance to others we’ve previously known, finds a new study by a team of psychology researchers.

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 15:00 ET

Ethics Quandary? Women in PR More Likely to Seek Allies Before Giving Execs Advice

Women in public relations are more likely than men to seek allies and form coalitions before they give ethics counsel to senior leaders, while men are more likely to rely on presenting research, according to a Baylor University study.

– Baylor University

What Happens to Language as Populations Grow? It Simplifies, Say Researchers

Languages have an intriguing paradox. Languages with lots of speakers, such as English and Mandarin, have large vocabularies with relatively simple grammar. Yet the opposite is also true: Languages with fewer speakers have fewer words but complex gra...

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, Jan. 2018

“at the CSU I Have the Support I Need to Overcome the Challenges I Face.”

Lucero Alvarez Vieyra first learned about Sonoma State University as a high schooler through its Upward Bound program. Now, with the help of faculty and staff, she’s on track to graduate and create a better life for her daughter.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Good Deeds May Be an Antidote to Daily Diet of Distressing Headlines

Stressed out by today's extreme news cycle? UCLA expert offers tips for coping.

Expert Available

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

Business News

Why Do Investors Seek Out Stock Swindles?

The chance to get rich quick by investing in a penny stock, even if it is widely suspected that the stock price is being manipulated, is too tempting for some investors to resist. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business f...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

National Bureau of Economic Research





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