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Medical News

NIR Light May Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Will Benefit Most from Chemotherapy

A new optical imaging system developed at Columbia University uses red and near-infrared light to identify breast cancer patients who will respond to chemotherapy. The imaging system may be able to predict response to chemotherapy as early as two wee...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Radiology Feb 12 2018

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

New Immunotherapy Combination Tolerable, Effective in Patients with Advanced Kidney Cancer

Combining an anti-angiogenesis agent, which blocks blood vessel formation, with an immunotherapy agent, was found to have promising anti-tumor activity and no unexpected side effects in an early-phase clinical trial in patients with advanced kidney c...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Lancet Oncology

Embargo expired on 10-Feb-2018 at 13:10 ET

Biomarker Predicts Success of Afib Treatment

Johns Hopkins researchers report successful use of heart imaging to predict the benefit or futility of catheter ablation, an increasingly popular way to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging; R56HL38429

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Engaging Family Members in Care of Hospitalized Loved Ones Enhances Healing, Reduces Readmission Rates, New Study Finds

Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading a voluntary program that allows family members of patients to participate in their care —a program that has reduced 30-day readmission rates, according to a new study published in the February issue of the m...

– Intermountain Medical Center

CHEST, Feb 2018

Modified Drug Shows Promise, Patterns in Vietnam, Phone-Delivered Therapy, and More in the AIDS and HIV News Source

The latest research, features, and experts on HIV and AIDS.

– Newswise

Increased Breast Cancer Risk Seen in Postmenopausal Women with High Body-Fat Levels Despite Normal BMI

The risk of invasive breast cancer is increased in postmenopausal women with a normal body mass index (BMI) but higher levels of body fat, meaning that a large portion of the population has an unrecognized risk of developing cancer.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes

Congress Passes Major Fix to CMS Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

A big win for people with diabetes as Congress passes language to strengthen key patient protections.

– American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

Microscopic Chariots Deliver Molecules Within Our Cells

Understanding how the dynein-dynactin complex is assembled and organized provides a critical foundation to explain the underlying causes of several dynein-related neurodegenerative diseases.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Feb. 2018; S10OD021634; DP2EB020402; R00NS089428

Clock Protein Controls Daily Cycle of Gene Expression by Regulating Chromosome Loops

It’s well known that the human body functions on a 24-hour, or circadian, schedule. The up-and-down daily cycles of a long-studied clock protein called Rev-erb coordinates the ebb and flow of gene expression by tightening and loosening loops in chr...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

R01 DK45586, NIH R01 DK106027, NIH T32GM007170, T32 GM008216, F30 DK112507

Blood Test Plus Ultrasound Boosts Liver Cancer Detection by 40 Percent

Combining ultrasound imaging with a blood test for high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels improves detection of early-stage liver cancer by as much as 40 percent, researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center found.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Study Shows Liver Cells with Whole Genome Duplications Protect Against Cancer

Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern have discovered that cells in the liver with whole genome duplications, known as polyploid cells, can protect the liver against cancer.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Developmental Cell

New ECPR Protocol Helps Some Cardiac Arrest Patients Survive 'Certain Death'

More people are walking away from a type of cardiac arrest that is nearly always fatal, thanks to a new protocol being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. It’s called an ECPR alert.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Rapidly Measuring Beta-Glucan Content in Oats

It's the beta-glucan that gives oats its cholesterol-lowering power and now food scientists have a quick, accurate way of measuring it.

– South Dakota State University

A New Approach to Caring for Kids with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Eight years ago, Dr. Jeff Avansino, a surgeon at Seattle Children’s, and his wife, Dr. Amy Criniti, welcomed their third child – a boy named Luke.

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Loyola Medicine Burn Center Offers Safety Tips for Burn Awareness Week

In recognition of National Burn Awareness Week (February 4 – 10), Loyola Medicine and Anthony Baldea, MD, director of Loyola's Burn Center, are offering tips to prevent and care for burn injuries.

– Loyola University Health System

American College of Rheumatology Praises Congressional Leaders for Passing Spending Bill that Includes Part B Fix, Therapy Caps Repeal

The American College of Rheumatology praises Congressional leaders for passing today’s sweeping spending agreement, which includes a technical provision reversing a CMS policy that would have linked physicians’ quality payment adjustments to Medi...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Taking Public Health to City Streets

A new Rutgers School of Public Health program focuses on urban issues to curb epidemics and evoke policy change

– Rutgers University

Cure Violence Rises to No. 10 Spot on List of Top Global NGOs

Cure Violence is ranked 10th in NGO Advisor’s 2018 report of the Top 500 NGOs in the world, one of the definitive international rankings of non-governmental organizations. Cure Violence has been among the top 20 NGOs for five consecutive years and ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Science Educator is Co-Recipient of GSA Award for Excellence in Education

— Jamie Shuda, EdD, a prominent K-12 educator and researcher at Penn Medicine, has been named co-recipient of the 2018 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) for “extraordinary contributions to genetics e...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Wall Street Journal Reporter John Carreyrou to Speak About His Work Investigating Startups in the Medical Testing Space at 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

AACC is pleased to announce that Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou will speak about his investigations into the laboratory medicine industry at the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Science News

Sibling Bullying Makes Psychotic Disorders Three Times More Likely

People who were bullied by siblings during childhood are up to three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia in early adulthood, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Psychological Medicine

Body Power Supply, Diesel Combustion Modeling, Particle Physics on Supercomputers, and More in the DOE Science News Source

Click here to go directly to the DOE Science News Source

– Newswise

Your Gadget’s Next Power Supply? Your Body

Searching for a power outlet may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, devices will receive electricity from a small metallic tab that, when attached to the body, is capable of generating electricity from bending a finger and other simple movemen...

– University at Buffalo

Nano Energy

Researchers Compare Pollution Levels Before And After Hurricane Harvey

Although understanding the wide-ranging effects of disasters is vital for an effective public health response, a lack of baseline data has made it difficult to attribute post-disaster changes in environmental conditions to the impacts of disasters.

– Texas A&M University

PLOS One; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health ; Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence ; Institute for Sustainable Communities at Texas A&M University...

Tips for Community Gardens

With garden season fast approaching, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has updated their Community Gardens website. There, gardeners can find out how to design and build community gardens.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Anthropologist Barbara Welker Lends Expertise to Law Enforcement

For nearly 20 years at Geneseo, associate professor of anthropology Barbara Welker has kept her phone nearby; she has to be ready to spring into action.

– State University of New York at Geneseo

Regional Competition Tests Knowledge and Inspires the Next Generation to Reach Towards Their Future

Thirteen middle school teams faced off at Oswego East High School for the 28th annual Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl in January.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Harker School Wins Second Consecutive SLAC Regional DOE Science Bowl

Twenty-four teams from 16 Bay Area high schools faced off Feb. 3 in the SLAC Regional DOE Science Bowl, a series of fast-paced question-and-answer matches that test knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space sciences, energy and math. ...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Using Technology to Detect Hidden Threats

A research group at the University of Delaware has received a $1 million grant to develop technology that helps soldiers detect explosive devices from a distance. The augmented reality system will use traditional cameras, thermal infrared sensing and...

– University of Delaware

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

​Evidence That Medical Marijuana Outlets Sell to Other Users

A study of four medical marijuana outlets in California suggests that many of their customers don’t fit the profile expected for businesses focused on sick patients.

– Ohio State University

Substance Use & Misuse

Researchers Use Wearables, Mobile Devices to Study Workplace Performance

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are conducting an extensive $7.9 million, 21-month study focused on working professionals in cognitively demanding positions, such as engineers, programmers and managers in high-stress occupations.

– University of Notre Dame

Ivy League Graduate, Writer and Activist with Dyslexia Visits CSUCI to Reframe the Concept of Learning Disabilities

Author, activist and Brown University honors graduate Jonathan Mooney didn’t learn to read until he was 12.

– California State University, Channel Islands

From Olympic Skater to SLU Scholar: Professor Pauline Lee Recalls Her Days on Ice

Once an Olympic figure skater, Pauline Lee, Ph.D., is now an associate professor of Chinese religions and cultures at Saint Louis University.

– Saint Louis University

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Graduate Student Recognized as Southern Plain’s Transportation Center Student of the Year by Council of University Transportation Centers

Nur Hossain, a graduate research assistant from the University of Oklahoma, was named the 2018 Southern Plain’s Transportation Center Outstanding Student of the Year – one of the most prestigious awards given by the SPTC under the National Univer...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering





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