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Monday, September 18, 2017

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HIV-AIDS: Following Your Gut

Researchers find a way to reduce replication of the AIDS virus in the gastrointestinal tract.

– Universite de Montreal

JCI Insight, Aug. 16, 2017

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 08:00 ET

Poll: Parents Not Confident Schools Can Assist Child with Chronic Disease, Mental Health Issues

Most parents are sure schools would be able to provide basic first aid but are less confident about a school’s ability to respond to asthma attacks or a mental health problem.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 18-Sep-2017 at 00:00 ET

Genetically Altered Mice Bear Some Hallmarks of Human Bipolar Behavior

Johns Hopkins researchers report they have genetically engineered mice that display many of the behavioral hallmarks of human bipolar disorder, and that the abnormal behaviors the rodents show can be reversed using well-established drug treatments fo...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


NUS Scientists Combine Antimalarial Drug with Light Sensitive Molecules for Promising Treatment of Cancer

NUS scientists discovered that a combination of artemisinin, which is a potent anti-malarial drug, and aminolaevulinic acid, which is a photosensitiser, could kill colorectal cancer cells and suppress tumour growth more effectively than administering...

– National University of Singapore

ACS Central Science

Cells Programmed Like Computers to Fight Disease

Cells can be programmed like a computer to fight cancer, influenza, and other serious conditions – thanks to a breakthrough in synthetic biology by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Nucleic Acids Research

Plenary Sessions and Speakers Announced for ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress

ISPOR announced plenary sessions and speakers for its 20th Annual European Congress that will be held 4-8 November 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. The congress will center on the theme, “The Evolution of Value in Health Care.”

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR Annual European Congress

Change Never Ages

As the second-oldest state in the nation, West Virginia is in dire need for professionals who can work with its aging population. To meet this need, the School of Social Work at West Virginia University has launched a new undergraduate gerontology mi...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


5,000 Deaths Annually From Dieselgate in Europe

● Higher exposure to secondary particles and ozone can be traced back to excess NOx emissions from diesel cars, vans and light commercial vehicles. ● With the EU’s vehicle emission limits achieved on the road about 5,000 premature deaths coul...

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Embargo expired on 17-Sep-2017 at 23:00 ET

The Voice of the Patient in Latin America

ISPOR held its second plenary session, The Voice of the Patient, at its 6th Latin America Conference today focusing on how countries in the region can better incorporate the patient voice in the health care decision-making process.

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR Latin America Conference

Addressing the Daily Dilemmas of Dementia Care


– University of California, Irvine


Latin America Faces Opportunities and Challenges in the Goal to Achieve Universal Health Care Coverage

ISPOR held the first plenary session of its 6th Latin America Conference today exploring the challenges and opportunities inherent in the move many of the region’s countries are taking toward universal health care coverage.

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR Latin America Conference


People with Schizophrenia Left Out of Longevity Revolution

A team of researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System has analyzed eight published longitudinal studies of mortality in schizophrenia that met their strict research criteria an...

– University of California San Diego Health

Schizophrenia Research

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

Skin Patch Dissolves “Love Handles” in Mice

Researchers have developed a medicated skin patch that can turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat locally while raising the body’s metabolism. The patch could be used to burn off pockets of unwanted fat and treat metabolic diso...

– Columbia University Medical Center

ACS Nano, September 15, 2017

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET

includes video

Making Real-World Data Studies More Useful for Health Care Decision Making

ISPOR published of a special collection of papers from both ISPOR and ISPE as part of their Joint "Special Task Force on Real-World Evidence in Health Care Decision Making" in the September 2017 issue of Value in Health. These guidance documents prov...

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

Value in Health, Sep-2017

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 07:00 ET

Over 50 Experts from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Participate in AAP Annual Meeting

Over 50 experts from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will address colleagues at this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on current issues in vaccine education, autism, sports injuries, gastroenterology, emergenc...

Expert Available

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 00:05 ET

Clues on a Successful Vaccine, Tick Saliva, Natural Immune Response, and More in the AIDS and HIV News Source

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

– Newswise

Long-Term Lack of Interest, Longer Life, Marrying Up, and More in the Sex and Relationships News Source

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

– Newswise

Deprescribing Gets Support From Canada's Seniors, Survey Shows

A majority of Canadians over 65 think "deprescribing" should be a national government priority .

– Universite de Montreal

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 15, 2017

Time to Dial Back on Diabetes Treatment in Some Older Patients? Study Finds 11% Are Over-Treated

Almost 11 percent of Medicare participants with diabetes had very low blood sugar levels that suggested they were being over-treated, a new study finds. But only 14 percent of these patients had a reduction in blood sugar medication refills in the ne...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of General Internal Medicine, DOI:10.1007/s11606-017-4167-y

Immune System Linked to Alcohol Drinking Behavior

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a new link between the brain's immune system and the desire to drink alcohol in the evening.

– University of Adelaide

Brain, Behavior and Immunity

Insult to Injury: U.S. Workers Without Paid Sick Leave Suffer from Mental Distress

What are the implications for the mental well-being of Americans without paid sick leave? Researchers from FAU and Cleveland State University are the first to explore the link between psychological distress and paid sick leave among U.S. workers ages...

– Florida Atlantic University

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Medical Students Not Trained to Prescribe Medical Marijuana

More than half of the states in the U.S. now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Nov. 2017

Sugary Secrets of a Cancer-Related Protein

The proteins in human cells are extensively decorated with different types of sugars, a phenomenon called glycosylation. These modifications greatly increase the diversity of protein structure and function, affecting how proteins fold, how they behav...

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry 10.1074/jbc.M117.800102

Rehabilitation Psychologists Provide Pathways to Quality of Life for the Injured, Ill

UAB’s team of rehab psychologists provides care and pathways to better the quality of life for patients who suffer from a multitude of traumatic injuries.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Stay Informed and Pay Attention to your Body to Prevent or Combat Gynecologic Cancers

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Many gynecologic cancers can be cured, but a delay in diagnosis can make cure more difficult. Experts at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey encourage women to "know their bodies."

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Ask Mayo Clinic Online Offers Symptom Assessment Through Epic’s Mychart

Mayo Clinic is offering its secure, web-based symptom assessment tool, Ask Mayo Clinic online, through Epic’s MyChart.

– Mayo Clinic

UF Researcher Offers Tips on Controlling Mosquitoes After Hurricane

Hurricane Irma left a lot of standing water in the yards and homes of Florida residents. So, a University of Florida researcher suggests steps for making sure your home doesn’t become a haven for mosquitoes. Some mosquito species can lay up to 200 ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Natural Molecule Appears to Shut Off Cancer Cells’ Energy Source

Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have not only untangled an unusual wiring system that cancer cells use for carbohydrate metabolism, but also identified a natural compound that appears to selectively shut down this system in laboratory studies.

– Duke Health

Cell Metabolism ; T32GM007273; R01CA193256; R00CA168997; R01CA174643; T32GM008500

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Impaired Sleep May Have Serious Health Consequences for Kidney Disease Patients

• In individuals with chronic kidney disease, high sleep fragmentation was associated with an elevated risk of developing kidney failure. • Higher sleep fragmentation and shorter sleep duration were each linked with steeper declines in kidney f...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN)

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

Chad Carr’s Tumor Offers Genetic Clues for DIPG Research

A year and half after losing his battle against brain cancer, Chad Carr’s legacy lives through research that will help other children facing the same cruel disease.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

npjPrecision Oncology

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 10:00 ET

How Does a Cell Maintain its Identity During Replication?

Prior to cell division, chromosomes are seemingly a jumbled mess. Researchers have long assumed that genes become “silent” during cell division, not being transcribed into proteins or regulatory molecules. This has left open the question of how g...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Science; T32GM00812, 2P20GM103629, GM36477

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

Breast Cancer Patients Who Freeze Their Eggs See No Delay for Chemotherapy

Women who receive a breast cancer diagnosis while they are still young enough to bear children can take time to freeze their eggs and embryos without fear of delaying their cancer treatment, according to research by UC San Francisco scientists who ha...

– UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Study Shows Low Awareness of Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment among U.S. Women

Did you know that routine mammograms can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of breast cancer? Most American women aren't aware of these risks of breast cancer screening, reports a study in the October issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

Electrical Stimulation Improves Paralyzed Patients’ Function

Nearly 282,000 people in the U.S. live with paralysis following a spinal cord injury (SCI). A review of more than 90 studies found that electrical stimulation may help restore function in those paralyzed after SCI. The article is published in Physiol...

– American Physiological Society (APS)


Online Calculator Quantifies Link Between Rising Breastfeeding Rates and Population Health

The calculator estimates the impact of differences in breastfeeding rates, providing policy makers and advocates with ways to approximate return on investment for measures that help enable breastfeeding.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Breastfeeding Medicine. September 2017, ahead of print

Antidepressants Associated with Significantly Elevated Risk of Death, Researchers Find

Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers.

– McMaster University

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

U.S. Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities: Fail

The United States earns failing grades when it comes to the number of people walking to work and school and the number of walkable communities, finds a new national report. Amy Eyler, associate professor at the Brown School, serves on the advisory pa...

– Washington University in St. Louis

National Walking and Walkable Communities Report Card

Ending DACA Could Have Dire Public Health Consequences

The pending termination of DACA may reverse these mental health benefits for the 800,000 DACA beneficiaries, and trigger a public health crisis, according to an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-authored by Atheendar. S. Venkataramani,...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New England Journal of Medicine

SIDS Research Confirms Changes in Babies' Brain Chemistry

University of Adelaide researchers have confirmed that abnormalities in a common brain chemical are linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

– University of Adelaide

Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology

Poor Sleep Hastens Progression of Kidney Disease

People with chronic kidney disease may be especially vulnerable to the deleterious effects of poor sleep, according to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Through Special Initiative, NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn Improves Healthcare Delivery and Outcomes

Working with primary care providers and community organizations, the hospital is midway through a five-year, federally funded demonstration project called Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment, or DSRIP. The initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Cen...

– NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Leukemia Patient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

Leukemia survivor Jeffrey Hoffman owes his life to a complete stranger who altruistically donated bone marrow cells for Mr. Hoffman's successful bone marrow transplant. "It was a very noble thing to do," Mr. Hoffman said. On September 10, 2017, Mr...

– Loyola University Health System

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

American Pain Society Supports Passage of Marijuana Effective Studies Act

A bipartisan group of senators led by Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has reintroduced the Marijuana Effective Studies Act of 2016 (MEDS Act), which will remove excessive regulatory barriers inhibiting researchers from obtaining marijuana plants to conduct s...

– American Pain Society

MedWire Announcements

Testing the Digital Delivery of Ways to Reduce MS-Related Fatigue Nets $4.9 Million Award

With geographic barriers limiting treatment options for many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) , a Case Western Reserve University researcher will use a new $4.9 million award to test online- and teleconference-based adaptations of methods that red...

– Case Western Reserve University

ASTRO Awards Early-Career Research Grants to Physician-Scientists

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is awarding $275,000 in research awards to four early-career scientists as part of the Society’s efforts to retain and foster the intellectual research talent currently entering the field of radia...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting

Paramount Health Care Signs Deal to Acquire Indiana-Based Dental Benefit Provider

Paramount has signed an agreement to acquire Indiana-based dental benefit provider Dental Health Options by Health Resources, Inc. (HRI).

– ProMedica

CHOP Autism Expert Honored with Prestigious Award During 2017 AAP Conference

Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, director of the Regional Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is this year’s recipient of the Arnold J. Capute Award, given by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The award was presented to her today...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Kathy Shaw, MD, from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Receives Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is proud to announce that Kathy Shaw, MD, MSCE, FAAP, a national leader in the fields of pediatric emergency medicine and quality and patient safety, has received the prestigious Jim Seidel Distinguished S...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

$11.6 Million NIH Grant Supports Temple Researchers’ Exploration of New Cell-Free Stem Cell-Based Possibilities in Heart Repair

The incidence of heart disease is on the rise, and new therapeutic strategies are needed.

– Temple University


NCCN Guidelines to Include Categories of Preference

NCCN categories of preference will provide guidance on which recommendations within the NCCN Guidelines are optimal, while providing a range of recommendations to accommodate a variety of clinical circumstances.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Lawrence R. Robinson, MD, of the Robinson Index Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Today, at the 2017 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting, Dr. Lawrence R. Robinson was honored with the AANEM Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the fields of electrodiagnostic (EDX...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Global Food Expert Martin Bloem to Lead the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Martin W. Bloem, MD, PhD, a leading expert in global food and nutrition research and policy, has been named director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Healthcare Simulation Week Recognized in Congressional Record

The inauguralHealthcare Simulation Weekcurrently taking place September 11-15, was recognized today in the Congressional Record in remarks by Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland.

– Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Rush Pediatric Primary Care Clinic Opens in North Riverside Community

Rush University Medical Center has begun offering pediatric primary care services offsite for the first time, with the opening of Rush University Children’s Hospital North Riverside. The clinic, located at 7222 W. Cermak Road, brings personalized c...

– Rush University Medical Center

Mayo Clinic Ranks No. 1 with Quality Leadership Award

Mayo Clinic has received the Vizient 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, M.D. Quality Leadership award for its high-quality patient care.

– Mayo Clinic

The Government of Canada Invests Over $21M in Innovative Health Research

Today, the honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, was at the CHU de Québec – Laval University Research Centre, to highlight a total investment of over $21M in cutting-edge research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Boise State Biophysicist Awarded Grant to Study How the Genome Works

A biophysicist has been awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award to study and help explain the basic functions of the human genome.

– Boise State University

Endocrine Society Announces 2018 Laureate Award Winners

The Endocrine Society today announced it has selected 14 leaders in the endocrinology field as winners of its prestigious 2018 Laureate Awards.

– Endocrine Society

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center’s Tele-Ophthalmology Unit Pioneers Anti-Blindness Effort

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) recently unveiled a state-of-the-art mobile testing unit in a push to reduce blindness-causing eye diseases across the city.

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

University of California Cancer Consortium Takes on California’s $14 Billion Killer

The University of California’s five academic cancer centers, home to some of the world’s leading scientists and physicians, have formed a consortium to better address California’s most pressing cancer-related problems and opportunities, UC Pres...

– UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

American Society of Anesthesiologists Hosts ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017

ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), returns Oct. 21-25 to the city where modern anesthesia was born, Boston.

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)


The Government of Canada Invests in Lifesaving Opioids Research

7.5M grant will fund research into preventing opioid overdoses and treating opioid dependency.

– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Physician Honored for Policy Advocacy and Calls for All Physicians to Get Involved

Vincent J. Tranchitella, MD, Receives AANEM 2017 Advocacy Award

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

UF Researchers to Use $2.7 Million Grant to Help Stop Influenza

Researchers will use the NIH grant to study whether they can harness an unusual type of immune cell in pigs to treat and prevent influenza viruses in animals and humans.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

University of Rhode Island Research Examines Cause of Kidney Transplant Failures

Nisanne Ghonemi's research seeks to address a universal problem in kidney transplant surgery that can result in failure of the organ graft. Her research will explore the use of a class of drugs known as prostacyclins to reduce ischemia-reperfusion in...

– University of Rhode Island


A Rare Genetic Disorder Afflicting Children Brings Specialists Together at Montefiore

CHAM Clinic Offers Treatment and Research Opportunities

– Montefiore Health System

Roswell Park Joins ORIEN Personalized Medicine Consortium

Roswell Park Cancer has joined the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a unique research partnership among North America’s top cancer centers. Members of ORIEN contribute to a shared databank and collaborate on clinical research in orde...

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute





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