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Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Antibiotic Identified That Reduces Infection Risk in Young Leukemia Patients

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators report preventive antibiotic therapy, particularly with levofloxacin, reduced the odds of infections in at-risk pediatric leukemia patients early in cancer treatment

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Clinical Infectious Diseases, September 2017

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 01:05 ET

Study Adds to Evidence That Racial and Economic Factors Affect Surgical Pain Management

A “look back” analysis of more than 600 major colorectal surgeries using a “checklist” tool has added further evidence that racial and socioeconomic disparities may occur during many specific stages of surgical care, particularly in pain mana...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum; 5T32CA126607, GSSRIG-031, 1R01HS024547-0, CE-12-11-4489, 1K08HS024736-01

New Study Investigates Vaccine and Oral Medication to Stop Alzheimer’s Years Before It Begins

The Keck School of Medicine of USC launches a new study investigating a vaccine and oral medication to stop Alzheimer’s years before it begins

– Keck Medicine of USC



Vitamin D Levels in Blood May Help Predict Risk of MS

Examining vitamin D levels in the blood may help predict whether a person is at risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large new study published in the September 13, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the Am...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 16:00 ET

In a Decade of War, U.S. Military Surgeons Provided More Than 6,000 Humanitarian Surgical Procedures to Afghan Adults

In addition to caring for U.S. troops and coalition forces during conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. military surgeons also provided humanitarian surgical care to nearly 6,000 local national Afghan adult patients over the course of a decade, accordin...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

JAMA Surgery

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Surgeons Have Major Influence on Breast Cancer Treatment

A woman’s choice of surgeon plays a significant role in whether she’s likely to receive contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, an increasingly popular aggressive breast cancer surgery.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Surgery; CA163233

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Alcohol Products Reach Underage Youth Through Magazine Advertising

Alcohol use among underage youth – younger than 21 years of age – remains an important public-health issue, despite a decline in the past decade. The alcohol beverage industry denies that it promotes its products to underage youth. This study in...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

Systems Analysis Points to Links Between Toxoplasma Infection and Common Brain Diseases

Nearly one out of every three humans on earth has a lifelong infection with the brain-dwelling parasite Toxoplasma gondii. In the September 13 issue of Scientific Reports, researchers from multiple institutions describe efforts to learn how infection...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 05:00 ET

Alcohol Increases Risk of Road-Traffic Injury in Latin America and the Caribbean

Road-traffic injuries (RTIs), which are often fatal, are regrettable consequences of modern transportation. According to the World Health Organization, low- and middle-income countries have road-traffic fatality rates that are double those of high-in...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

UChicago Scientists Create Alternate Evolutionary Histories in a Test Tube

Scientists at the University of Chicago studied a massive set of genetic variants of an ancient protein, discovering a myriad of other ways that evolution could have turned out and revealing a central role for chance in evolutionary history.

– University of Chicago Medical Center


Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 13:00 ET

Double Agents: Vessels That Help Cancers Spread Can Also Boost Immune Therapies

Lymphatic vessels, often blamed for enabling cancer cells to spread from a primary location to many other sites, have a flip side. A team of researchers found that in patients being treated with checkpoint inhibitors, lymphangiogenesis boosts the imm...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

13 Sept., Science Translational Medicine

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 14:00 ET

Penn Study Shows Modified Blood Thinner Reduces the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice

A chemically modified version of the common blood thinner heparin may be the first promising method of preventing the harmful cascade of destruction to brain tissue that commonly follows traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to new research finding...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 07:30 ET

Research Highlights Therapeutic Effect of Dialysis on Nerve Structure and Function

Today, at the 2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting, Adeniyi Borire, MBBS, was honored with the 2017 Golseth Young Investigator Award for his abstract, Effects of Haemodialysis on Intraneural B...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting

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10 Research Studies Improving Neuromuscular Patient Care from the AANEM Annual Meeting

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) honored 10 neuromuscular (NM) and electrodiagnostic (EDX) abstracts with its President’s Research Initiative Award at the 2017 AANEM Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 19:00 ET

Study Advances Efforts to Screen All Children for Type I Diabetes

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University and the University of Florida report the development of a novel antibody detection technology that holds promise for improving the accuracy of diagnostic tests for ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

R01HL127113-01A, 5R01GM065137; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Endometriosis Increases Risk of Complications During Pregnancy and Delivery

A new meta-analysis shows that pregnant women with endometriosis are at greater risk for a host of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, including preterm birth and cesarean section.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Fertility and Sterility

Test Strips for Cancer Detection Get Upgraded with Nanoparticle Bling

Detecting cancer could be as easy as a home pregnancy test. Platinum-coated gold nanoparticles developed by Michigan Technological University researchers could make cheap and simple test strip detection a reality.

– Michigan Technological University

Nano Letters, Aug-2017; NSF CHE-1651307

3-D Protein Structure Offers Insight into Rapid Communication by Brain Cells

New HHMI research reveals how three proteins help brain cells synchronize the release of chemical signals. A similar interaction may play a role in how cells secrete insulin and airway mucus, too.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)


Treating Acute Pain in Opioid-Dependent Patients – Review and Recommendations

As healthcare providers see more patients with opioid abuse and dependence, they face a difficult challenge: What's the best way to manage acute pain without contributing to the patient's opioid use disorder (OUD)? A review and recommendations for ac...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Trauma Nursing

In ER, Electronic Alert Helps Detect Severe Sepsis in Children

An electronic alert system helps clinicians quickly do a bedside assessment to identify children with severe sepsis in an emergency department. Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia report on their efforts to rapidly recognize this l...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Annals of Emergency Medicine, June 2, 2017; HL109009, HD082368, TR001878

Ramucirumab plus Docetaxel Improves Progression-free survival in Urothelial Cancer

Ramucirumab plus docetaxel improves progression-free survival in patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have progressed on platinum-based chemotherapy, according to late-breaking results from the phase III RANGE trial presented to...

– Yale Cancer Center

The Lancet

In-Utero Treatment Reverses Cleft Palate in Mice

Researchers at University of Utah Health clarified a molecular pathway responsible for the formation of cleft palate and identified a new treatment to reverse this defect in mouse pups in-utero.

– University of Utah Health

Development; National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research...

AAO-HNSF Presents New Clinical Consensus Statement: Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Board of Directors (AAO-HNSF) has approved a clinical consensus statement on balloon dilation of the sinuses to ensure patient safety and proper utilization.

– American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

Experts Issue Recommendations to Provide Gender-Affirmation Treatment for Transgender Individuals

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline on the treatment for gender-dysphoric/gender-incongruent people, commonly referred to as transgender, to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Nov-2017

Multigene Test May Help Identify Hereditary Kidney Cancers

A multigene panel test could be a useful diagnostic tool to help clinicians identify patients with a hereditary kidney cancer syndrome, according to the results of a study published in Cancer.

– Yale Cancer Center


Treatment Nonexistent for Some Glioblastoma Patients

Patients diagnosed at high-volume centers are up to 40 percent more likely to receive treatment for glioblastoma, according to a study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Journal of Neuro-Oncology

Regular Exercise, Stress Can Both Make a Big Difference in Lupus, Study Finds

Waking up in the morning with the joint pain, swelling and stiffness that accompanies lupus doesn’t exactly inspire a workout. But research in mice and a related pilot study in humans are showing how regular activity and stress reduction could lead...

– Ohio State University

Frontiers in Physiology

Study Provides New Insight Into Patients’ Healing Journeys

Researchers analyzed interviews with 23 patients and produced a model of the circuitous process of healing. The study found healing involved the acquisition of trusted relationships and resources, giving rise to characteristics like self-acceptance, ...

– The Institute for Integrative Health

BMJ Open, 13 September 2017

Unintentional Drug Use Continues Among Molly Users in EDM Party Scene

Use of MDMA or “Molly” is common in the electronic dance music scene, but research is showing that many Molly users are using other drugs unknowingly.

– New York University

International Journal of Drug Policy; K01DA038800; P30DA011041

Researchers Develop New Strategy to Target KRAS Mutant Cancer

In a new study, published this month in Cancer Discovery, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that approximately half of lung and pancreatic cancers that originate with a KRAS mutation become addicted to the gene ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Cancer Discovery

Implementing Internal Review Protocols at Academic Institutions Doubles Likelihood of External Grant Funding, According to Researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing

Researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing have created a three-pronged approach to doubling the amount of successfully funded external research grants at its institution.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Journal of Nursing Outlook, Jun-2017

Troubleshooters Drives the Extra Mile to Vaccinate the Community

Karen Rasmussen knows the roadways and highways of Harris County too well. As driver for Harris Health System’s mobile immunization unit, she’s traveled nearly 30,000 miles in the last seven years crisscrossing the nation’s third largest county...

– Harris Health System

Congenital Heart Disease Expert Implants First-of-Its-Kind Pulmonary Heart Valve Device In an FDA-Approved Clinical Trial

A Cedars-Sinai interventional cardiologist has performed the first minimally invasive procedure using a device that could spare patients with a common congenital heart defect from undergoing multiple open-heart surgeries. B-Roll Video Available

– Cedars-Sinai

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Preventing Strokes in Patients with AFib

Did you know that more than 3 million Americans are affected by atrial fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation, which is also referred to as AF or AFib, is the most common irregular or abnormal heart rhythm disorder. It decreases the heart’s pumping abil...

– Valley Health System

Fusion Guided Biopsy: Diagnosing Prostate Cancer with Pinpoint Accuracy

There is a new technology available that can help with both predicting prostate cancer aggressiveness and detecting prostate cancer. It’s called fusion guided biopsy and it greatly improves on the standard biopsy technique.

– Valley Health System

Arkansas Professor Researches Enhanced Cancer Therapy

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor is making strides toward developing an effective cancer treatment without the severe side effects of traditional therapies. Dr. Darin Jones, UA Little Rock associate professor of chemistry, envisions ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Limiting Surgeries for Small Kidney Tumors

Not all kidney cancers are killers, and many small tumors can be left alone or watched over time because there is a low risk they will become dangerous, according to Dr. Brian Shuch at the Yale School of Medicine.

– Yale Cancer Center

8th Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Showcases Non-Amyloid Research

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 200 academic and industry researchers came together to share updates on preclinical and clinical-stage Alzheimer's disease research at the 18th Annual Conference on Alzheimer's Drug Discovery. The two-day conference,...

– Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Combination Immunotherapy Improves Kidney Cancer Survival

A combination immunotherapy treatment showed better overall survival in patients with previously untreated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma than current therapy, according to results from a phase 3 clinical trial presented at a symposium f...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Coping with Mental Anxiety From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Communities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will spend years recovering from the destruction left in the storms’ wake.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Celebrating 30 Years of Electrodiagnostic Excellence With the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

The 2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting marks the 30th anniversary of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), the only U.S. exam certifying physicians in electrodiagnostic (E...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting

The Medical Minute: Being Prepared for All Types of Emergencies

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have left many outside their paths thinking about how they might prepare for a weather emergency.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Exposure to Head Impacts in Youth Football Practice Drills

Researchers examined differences in the number, location, and magnitude of head impacts sustained by young athletes during various youth football practice drills. Such information could lead to recommendations for football practices, including modifi...

– Journal of Neurosurgery

Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, September 12, 2017; KL2TR001421; R01NS094410

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 00:00 ET

Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup: Nearly All Americans Take at Least One Preventive Measure to Avoid Cancer

Cancer is a real concern for many Americans. According to the fourth edition of the Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup, 95 percent of respondents take at least one preventive measure to avoid cancer.

– Mayo Clinic

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 05:30 ET

Researchers Identify Potential Biomarkers of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Patients with any stage of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) carry signs of the disease in their blood that may be found through special laboratory tests, according to a new study led by AMD researchers based at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 10:00 ET

TSRI Study Reveals New Clues to How a Successful HIV Vaccine Could Work

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have made a discovery that could speed efforts to develop a successful HIV vaccine.

– Scripps Research Institute

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases UM1AI100663; Ragon Institute; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery...

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 12:05 ET

Engineering Research Center Will Help Expand Use of Therapies Based on Living Cells

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center (ERC) that will work closely with industry and clinical partners to develop transformative tools and tec...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

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Telemonitoring and Automated Messages Improve CPAP Adherence

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to use CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, when their use is telemonitored and they receive individualized, automated messages that reinforce therapy adherence, according to a rand...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology; Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Study Sets New Distance Record for Medical Drone Transport

Johns Hopkins researchers have set a new delivery distance record for medical drones, successfully transporting human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert. Throughout the three-hour flight, they report, the on-board payload system maintai...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Precision Therapy Proves Effective in Treatment-Resistant Subgroup of COPD Patients

Antibody treatment reduces rate of flare-ups in patients with a subgroup of treatment-resistant COPD.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

New England Journal of Medicine

Targeting Risk Factors May Prevent Dementia, According to Lancet Commission

Dementia can potentially be prevented by targeting specific risk factors like education in early life, hearing in midlife, and smoking later in life, according to newly published research by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention,...

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Lancet Commission

Doctors Can Now Predict the Severity of Your Disease by Measuring Molecules

The simple new technique could offer vastly superior predictions of disease severity in a huge range of conditions with a genetic component, including Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, schizophrenia and depress...

– University of Virginia Health System

Small; NS065183; NS089578; NS053570; NS091452; NS094980; NS092548

SLU Researcher Discovers How Hibernating Ribosomes Wake Up

Saint Louis University scientist Mee-Ngan F. Yap, Ph.D.,has uncovered the way a bacterial ribosome moves from an inactive to an active form, and how that "wake up call" is key to its survival.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS); R01GM121359

“Superbug” Bacteria Gang Up on US, Fueled by Antibiotic Use, Nursing Home Study Suggests

What’s worse than getting exposed to a kind of bacteria that modern antibiotics can’t kill? Getting exposed to more than one – because they may work together to cause an infection, new research suggests. It’s time to think about such bacteria...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

PNAS Early Edition, doi:10.1073/pnas.1710235114

Study Adds to Evidence That Racial and Economic Factors Affect Surgical Pain Management

A “look back” analysis of more than 600 major colorectal surgeries using a “checklist” tool has added further evidence that racial and socioeconomic disparities may occur during many specific stages of surgical care, particularly in pain mana...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2017;60(10):1092-1101

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Researchers Identify Critical Molecular Link Between Inflammation and Diabetes

A new study has uncovered how inflammation contributes to a key feature of diabetes, the body’s inability to metabolize glucose, a condition known as insulin resistance.

– University of Maryland School of Medicine

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Team Develops Fluorescent Sensors That May Pave Way for New Cancer Therapies

New research led by a team from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and published in the journal Nature Methods reports the development of the first tool for detecting changes in GTP levels in living cells.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Nature Methods; R21CA151128; R01CA197996; R01CA120244; R01CA193981; R01CA190533; F32CA189622; R01GM118933; R01GM118933

Multivitamins May Reduce Incidence of Neuropathy from Chemotherapy

A new study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute reports that women with breast cancer who took multivitamin supplements were less likely to develop chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Journal of the National Cancer Institute; R01CA116395, R01CA139426, CA189974, CA180888, CA180819, CA180863, CA180858, CA180828, CA180801, CA68183, CA04919, CA13612, CA

WVU-Led Report Shows Smoking Has Not Flamed Out in All Populations

The number one cause of preventable death is on the decline, but not for everyone. A new report led by a West Virginia University public health expert shows that despite a drop in cigarette smoking nationwide, minority groups are at higher risk for t...

– West Virginia University

Accelerating the Development of Next-Generation Cancer Therapies

The Gene Editing Institute of Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute signs agreement with ABS to modify cell lines to accelerate cancer therapies

– Christiana Care Health System

E-Mental Health Tool May Be Key for Astronauts to Cope with Anxiety, Depression in Space

A clinical trial of an innovative e-mental health tool led by a Stony Brook University psychiatry professor to help address stress, anxiety and/or depression will begin on September 18. The trial is designed to inform the delivery of mental health tr...

– Stony Brook University

Psychiatrist Explains How Psychiatric Disorders Progress -- and How They Can be Stopped

Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, is co-editor of a major new publication examining how psychiatric disorders progress over time, and how this progression can be stopped.

– Loyola University Health System

Neuroprogression in Psychiatric Disorders

Alabama Man Finally Meets the Woman From Germany— His One in 24 Million Match — Who Saved His Life with Her Bone Marrow Donation

Alina Franke registered to donate her bone marrow in Hamburg, Germany, in 2009. She wound up being the one person in 24 million around the world on the Be The Match registry to be the perfect match that Jimmy Roberson needed.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Telehealth and Online Platforms Should not be Overlooked as Key Tools in 2018 Expansion of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP)

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) filed public comments recently on a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide education on how to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes via the Medicare Dia...

– American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

CHOP and Penn Medicine Join New Research Network to Reduce Kidney Stone Risk

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have joined together as a single site within the Urinary Stone Disease Research Network (USDRN), which was launched by the National Ins...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Patient Finds Relief From Abnormal Menstrual Cycles with Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Alternative

After years of pain and excessive and prolonged menstrual cycle bleeding, one Alabama woman found relief at UAB after undergoing a less-invasive fibroid embolization procedure in lieu of a hysterectomy, a major surgery with a long recovery time.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

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10 Health Tips for Female College Students

For young women heading off to college, it can be a time filled with the excitement of living away from home. This new sense of independence should also include taking charge of one’s own health.

Expert Available

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


Study Shows So-Called ‘Healthy Obesity’ Is Harmful to Cardiovascular Heath

Clinicians are being warned not to ignore the increased cardiovascular health risks of those who are classed as either ‘healthy obese’ or deemed to be ‘normal weight’ but have metabolic abnormalities such as diabetes.

– University of Birmingham

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 14:00 ET

Researchers Find “Internal Clock” Within Live Human Cells, Opening Door to Future Discoveries

A team of scientists has revealed an internal clock within live human cells, a finding that creates new opportunities for understanding the building blocks of life and the onset of disease.

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 15:00 ET

‘Epigenetic’ Changes From Cigarette Smoke May be First Step in Lung Cancer Development

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have preliminary evidence in laboratory-grown, human airway cells that a condensed form of cigarette smoke triggers so-called “epigenetic” changes in the cells consistent with the earl...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cancer Cell

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Cell Surface Protein May Offer Big Target in Treating High-Risk Childhood Cancers

Oncology researchers studying high-risk children’s cancers have identified a protein that offers a likely target for immunotherapy--harnessing the immune system in medical treatments. In cell cultures and animal models, a potent drug attached to an...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Cancer Cell, online Sept. 11, 2017; CA009615, GM008638

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 12:05 ET

AJPH Supplement Study Shows Considerable Progress in Public Health Emergency Preparedness Since September 11, 2001

In this month's release, find new embargoed research from a special AJPH supplement on public health emergency preparedness.

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health AJPH

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 16:00 ET

A Newly Identified Mitochondrial Metastasis Suppressor Pathway Controls Metabolic Reprogramming of Tumor Cells

A novel mitochondrial variant of the protein Syntaphilin, or SNPH, which orchestrates the choice between cancer cell proliferation and metastasis in response to oxygen and nutrient shortage in the tumor microenvironment, has been identified by resear...

– Wistar Institute

Journal of Clinical Investigation

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 16:00 ET

Savings Less Than Expected for Generic Oral Chemotherapy

Cost savings fell below expectations for generic versions of an orally administered cancer treatment in an analysis by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. The findings raise questions about the extent to w...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

JAMA Internal Medicine, Sept-2017

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Long Sitting Periods May Be Just as Harmful as Daily Total

A new study founds that sitting around for 12 or more hours per day, particularly if accumulated during 60- to 90-minute periods, increased the risk of death--even in those who exercised.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Annals of Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

Modulating T-Cell Metabolism Uncovers New Technology for Enhancing Immunotherapy

T lymphocytes found in tumors and implicated in killing tumor cells cope with the shortage of oxygen and nutrients in the tumor microenvironment by using fat as the main source of energy. Promoting a switch from glucose to fatty acid to generate ener...

– Wistar Institute

Cancer Cell

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Revolutionary Process Could Signal New Era for Gene Synthesis

A team of scientists led by the University of Southampton has demonstrated a groundbreaking new method of gene synthesis – a vital research tool with real-world applications in everything from growing transplantable organs to developing treatments ...

– University of Southampton

Nature Chemistry, Sept-2017

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 11:00 ET

Outside-In Reprogramming: Antibody Study Suggests A Better Way to Make Stem Cells

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a new approach to the “reprogramming” of ordinary adult cells into stem cells.

– Scripps Research Institute

Baxter Family Foundation ; Norris and Del Webb Foundation; DC012592; MH102698; RB3-02186

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 11:05 ET

Checking Your Neck, Colon Cancer Screening, New Microfluidic Device, and More in the Cancer News Source

Click here to go directly to the Cancer News Source

– Newswise

New Treatment Approaches to Emotional Problems after TBI

Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) commonly have emotional difficulties—a persistent problem with limited treatment options. New approaches to treatment for emotional deficits after TBI are presented in the September/October special issue o...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Campaigns to Reduce Elective Early-Term Births Effective, Study Finds

A new study from researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Central Florida shows that programs aimed at reducing early-term elective births have been successful, reducing the number of health complications in mothers and babie...

– University of Notre Dame

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

New Tool Helps Physicians Assess Usefulness of Clinical Guidelines for Patient Outcomes

A new tool has been developed to help clinicians identify trustworthy, relevant, and useful practice guidelines. The related study and a corresponding editorial is published today in Annals of Family Medicine.

– Tufts University

Annals of Family Medicine, Sept 2017, 10.1370/afm.2119; R03 HS22940-01A1

​Segregation’s Unexpected Link with Black Health in History

Racial housing segregation had some unexpected relationships with how long both blacks and whites lived historically in the United States, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University

Social Science & Medicine

Scientists Construct First Predictive Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sema4, and collaborating institutions today published results of an in-depth, multi-omics approach to characterizing the immune component of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Genetics

NYU Researchers Examine Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in a Hurricane-Induced Hospital Evacuation

Two reports published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship reveal important insights on emergency preparedness, recovery, and resilience from nurses working at NYU Langone Health’s main hospital during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

– New York University

Journal of Nursing Scholarship; New York University College of Dentistry Pilot Research Development Award

Cocaine Users’ Brains Unable to Extinguish Drug Associations

Mount Sinai researchers study if longtime cocaine users could benefit from a psychological technique that might help them quit

– Mount Sinai Health System

Addiction Biology

These Mutations Could Be Key to Understanding How Some Harmful Conditions Develop

A team of researchers led by a bioinformatician at the University of California San Diego has developed a method to help determine whether certain hard-to-study mutations in the human genome, called short tandem repeats or microsatellites, are likely...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Genetics

Does Health Insurance Status Affect Childhood Cancer Survival?

Privately insured children and those with Medicaid at the time of a cancer diagnosis experience largely similar survival trends, with slight evidence for an increased risk of cancer death in children who were uninsured at diagnosis, finds a new study...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Researchers Find That Body Clock, Gut Microbiota Work Together to Pack on the Pounds

UT Southwestern researchers have uncovered new clues about how gut bacteria and the body’s circadian clock work together to promote body fat accumulation.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Science, Sep-2017

New Drug Shown to Lower Risk of Fracture in Women with Osteoporosis

A new drug that boosts bone formation has been shown to reduce the risk of fracture in women with osteoporosis when compared to one of the most commonly used osteoporosis medications, according to findings from UAB reported online in NEJM.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

NEJM online, Sept. 11

UCLA opens first engineered blood stem cell clinical trial for cancers with the NY-ESO-1 tumor marker

Scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have initiated a phase 1 clinical trial to test a novel cancer treatment for certain kinds of cancers that have a specific tumor marker called NY-ES...

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

New Toe Implant Helps Patient Regain Mobility

Before the Cartiva implant was available, individuals who experienced severe toe pain from arthritis had no options for relieving the pain that would allow them to remain active.

– Beaumont Health

Using Improv to Boost Confidence, Improve Mental Health

A Rutgers public health student puts his acting skills into play to help people with mental illness and substance use disorders overcome anxiety and communicate more effectively

– Rutgers University

MedWire Announcements

DoD Grant to Advance Possible Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment From Lab to Patients in Record Time

A team of Houston Methodist researchers and clinicians received two grants totaling over $15.7 million from the Department of Defense (DoD) to accelerate a possible treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

– Houston Methodist

MD Anderson and Daiichi Sankyo Enter Research Collaboration to Accelerate Development of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Therapies

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited today announced a multi-year collaboration focused on accelerating the development of novel therapies for acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 08:00 ET

Henry Ford Health System Launches Artificial Intelligence Challenge

Pushing the limits for patients, Henry Ford Health System has launched an artificial intelligence challenge to Israeli technology startups. The winner will partner with Henry Ford to develop and pilot the technology to improve patient care.

– Henry Ford Health System

Bruce Weiner Named President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Bruce Weiner, DNP, MSNA, CRNA, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and resident of Tampa, Fla., takes office as the 2017-18 president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

$8 Million National Science Foundation Grant to Fund Development of a “Bionic Suit” to Help People with Paraplegia Walk

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is one of three institutions to share a highly competitive Cyber-Physical Systems Frontier grant to develop a brain-computer interface to restore walking and lower extremity sensation for people with paraplegia

– Keck Medicine of USC


The Association for Molecular Pathology Announces 2017 Award Recipients

September 5, 2017 – The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, non-profit organization serving molecular diagnostics professionals, today announced the recipients of this year’s Jeffrey A. Kant Leadership and AMP Meritorio...

– Association for Molecular Pathology

First Officer in Miracle on the Hudson Landing to Speak at Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine has announced that pilot Jeff Skiles will be the speaker at the fourth J. Richard Hickman Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Lectureship.

– Mayo Clinic

Gastroenterology Professor Appointed Director of Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center

Ben Z. Stanger, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Gastroenterology, has been appointed director of the Penn Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, which includes a multidisciplinary team of pancreatic cancer experts who care for patients and conduct res...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

UCI Heads $8 Million NSF-Funded Project to Develop Brain-Computer Interface

The National Science Foundation has awarded $8 million to a consortium led by the University of California, Irvine to develop a brain-computer interface that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with spinal cord injury. This initi...

– University of California, Irvine

Mount Sinai and City Health Works Partner on New Pilot Program: Medicaid Patients with Congestive Heart Failure Coached at Home on Self-Care

City Health Works and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL) are collaborating on a one-year pilot, launched in mid-July, to reduce hospital readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure.

– Mount Sinai Health System

UH Launches Single Sign on Technology for Clinicians

University Hospitals clinicians are the first in Northeast Ohio to have access to the Community Health Record through CliniSync’s single sign on technology, making access to critical information from other health care facilities more efficient and ...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

NIH’s All of Us Journey Comes to Chicago

Chicago hospitals will host the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit to raise awareness about the All of Us Research Program.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Mercy Medical Center Featured in National Documentary "The Doctor Fix: A New Era of Modern Medicine"

“The Doctor Fix” explores America’s evolving healthcare system through interviews with patients, doctors, healthcare experts and stakeholders, including staff of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.

– Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Women’s Quality of Life Impacted More Than Men With Myasthenia Gravis

Today, at the 2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting, Dr. Ikjae Lee, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was honored as the Best Abstract Award Winner fo...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 19:00 ET

University of Michigan Researchers Awarded Nearly $3.5 Million to Fight Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

A new clinical trial will explore three interventions in improving one of the most disabling symptoms for people with multiple sclerosis: fatigue. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has approved a $3,476,448 funding award over four year...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Mount Sinai and ProHEALTH Dental Announce Innovative Clinical and Academic Affiliation

Poor oral health is an important indicator of overall health and has been linked to serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 08:00 ET

Announcing the TCT 2017 Late-Breaking Trials and First Report Investigations

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has announced the 12 late-breaking trials and 16 first report investigations that will be presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2017 scientific symposium. TCT, the world’s prem...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Boise State Researchers Earn Grants to Manufacture Sensors for Nuclear Reactors, Space

National grants will be used to purchase advanced manufacturing equipment needed to build sensors suitable for extreme environments.

– Boise State University

Clinical Trials and Cutting-Edge Radiation Oncology Research to Be Featured at ASTRO’s Annual Meeting in San Diego

The press program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will feature advances in cancer research, including reports from phase II and III clinical trials. Studies that examine innovative treatments, such a...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

ASTRO Annual Meeting, Sep-2017

Rogers Award Honors William Atkinson for Excellence in Administration

William Atkinson is the 2017 recipient of the Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Administration at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The annual award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in their wor...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 12-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Unyts Collaborate to Increase Brain Tissue Donation for Autism Research

Coordination Will Aid Research Efforts for a Better Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders

– Mount Sinai Health System

‘The Science of Consciousness’ Conference – April 2-7, 2018: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Tucson, Arizona

The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, bi...

– Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Department of Anesthesiology

Vanderbilt, Bayer Collaborate To Develop New Therapies Against Kidney Diseases

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Bayer have agreed on a five-year strategic research alliance to evaluate new drug candidates for the treatment of kidney diseases, with the goal of accelerating the translation of innovative approaches ...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Marylander Overcomes Injury to Train for Triathlon to Benefit Charitable Foundation

Dwight Griffith, 60, overcomes back injury, surgery at Mercy Medical Center, on his way to triathlon competition to raise awareness, funds for Griffith NEVER GIVE UP Foundation.

– Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Philanthropist Celebrated for Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Constance E. Lieber Receives 2017 Honorary Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health.

– Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Innovative Medical-Surgical Patient Floor

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its innovative Medical-Surgical patient floor, with an official ribbon cutting. More than 150 community members were in attendance, including Hackensack Meridian Health l...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Loyola Psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, Named Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has received the prestigious designation as distinguished fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM).

– Loyola University Health System

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation Appoints Dr. Juan F. Granada as President and Chief Executive Officer

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) today announced the appointment and promotion of Juan F. Granada, MD, as the foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Granada was also appointed to CRF’s Board of Directors. A renowned l...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

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Georgetown Hosts Global Health Security Expert Beth Cameron

Beth Cameron, senior director for the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Global Biological Policy and Programs, will discuss why U.S. leadership continues to be vital in advancing the Global Health Security Agenda’s mission to build a world safe from b...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

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CVS Pharmacy to Acquire Select ProMedica Outpatient Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica will work together to ensure patients experience a seamless transition of care.

– ProMedica





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