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Monday, October 2, 2017

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By Decoding How HPV Causes Cancer, Researchers Find a New Potential Treatment Strategy

A study that teases apart the biological mechanisms by which human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause cancer has found what researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center say is a new strategy that might provide targeted treatment for these cancers. ...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Oncotarget; NIH R33CA177466, NIH R21CA180524, NIH P30 CA051008, Center for Cell Reprogramming

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Doctors Define "Safe and Effective" Margins For "One and Done" Skin Removal Around Suspicious Moles

By carefully tracing a line of at least 2 millimeters outside of and around the edges of a mole that is suspected of being a cancer, doctors can remove all of its cells and avert the need for a second surgery.

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 03:00 ET

Post-Surgical Open Abdomen Technique Expands Beyond Trauma Into ICUs

Advances in trauma care, medical technology and management of severe illnesses have led to the relatively quick adoption of the open abdomen technique for patients with many life-threatening medical and surgical diagnoses.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, October 2017

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 06:00 ET

DNA Mutations Shed in Blood Predicts Response to Immunotherapy in Patients with Cancer

In a first-of-its-kind study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that a blood sample, or liquid biopsy, can reveal which patients will respond to checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapies.

– University of California San Diego Health

Clinical Cancer Research

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Physician Licensing Laws Keep Doctors From Seeking Care

Mayo Clinic research shows that licensing requirements in many states include questions about past mental health treatments or diagnoses, with the implication that they may limit a doctor's right to practice medicine. The findings appear today in May...

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Researchers Review Risks, Recommendations for Weight Gain Management in Midlife Women

A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are published in this month's edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET


Elderly Who Have Trouble Identifying Odors Face Risk of Dementia

A long-term study of nearly 3,000 older adults found that those who could not identify at least 4 out of 5 common odors were more than twice as likely as those with a normal sense of smell to develop dementia within five years. About 14% could name j...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Embargo expired on 29-Sep-2017 at 06:00 ET

Protein Power, Latino Youth Health, New Triage Tool, and More in the Public Health News Source

The latest research, experts and features in Public Health in the Public Health News Source

– Newswise

Promising Drug Combination Silences the Rage of Graft-Versus-Host Disease

To pass the nearly 180 days she was a patient in Seattle Children’s Cancer Unit with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), London Bowater took orders from her doctors, nurses and other patients and families for friendship bracelets that she would braid...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Science Translational Medicine

Study Shows MRIs Are Safe for Patients with Wide Variety of Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be safe for patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices, even for chest imaging, according to a new study by researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

– Intermountain Medical Center

Journal of Clinical Electrophysiology, Sept 2017

New Med-Tech Zinc Sensor Developed

A new zinc sensor has been developed by researchers, which will allow for a deeper understanding of the dynamic roles that metal ions play in regulating health and disease in the living body.

– University of Adelaide

ACS Omega

Black Children Less Likely to See Doctor for Eczema Despite Being More Severely Affected

A new study shows white children in America are more likely to see a doctor for treatment of eczema than black children, despite the fact that the disease is likely more severe among minorities.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

K23-AR068433; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Getting to the Heart of Mapping Arrhythmia-Related Excitations

Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent form of cardiac arrhythmia, affecting up to 6 million people in the U.S. alone. Common treatments for severe forms of the erratic beating phenomenon are controversial, and guided by detection methods that are...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


New Mouse Model Replicates an Underlying Cause of Intellectual Disability

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have developed the first mice that lack the Upf3b gene, providing a new model for studying its underlying role in intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.

– University of California San Diego Health

Molecular Psychiatry

Researchers Identify Protein That Could Reduce Death, Improve Symptoms In Influenza and Other Infectious Diseases

A new study by researchers has identified an innovative strategy for treating influenza, and perhaps other infectious diseases as well. Scientists showed that a small protein called retrocyclin-101 (RC-101) could potentially improve the symptoms and ...

– University of Maryland School of Medicine

Journal of Leukocyte Biology

GW-led Consortium & FDA Release New Specifications to Advance Genomic Data Analysis

The George Washington University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have published a BioCompute Object Specification Document for research and clinical trial use, which details a new framework for communication of High-throughput Sequencing co...

– George Washington University

Concussions May Affect Women Differently Than Men

Rutgers researchers are at the forefront of examining concussions’ effect on female athletes and how psychological health impacts recovery time

– Rutgers University

Kids with Diabetes Can Still Enjoy Halloween

While children with type 1 and 2 diabetes may not be able to splurge on Halloween candy like most others, they don’t have to miss out entirely.

Expert Available

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


New Approaches to Difficult Drug Targets: The Phosphatase Story

Discovering new drugs has never been easy and some potential drug targets have historically been viewed as too challenging and thus off limits for prosecution. In a new SLAS Discovery review, authors John S. Lazo et al. of the University of Virginia ...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

SLAS Discovery, Oct-2017

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2017 at 20:00 ET

Why Are Many Dialysis Patients Readmitted to the Hospital Soon after Discharge?

• Among hemodialysis patients admitted to the hospital, nearly a quarter of admissions were followed by an unplanned readmission within 30 days. • Most readmissions were for a diagnosis different than the one for the initial hospitalization. ...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

End to Circus in Plastic Surgery Social Media Videos?

The first code of ethical behavior for sharing videos of plastic surgery on social media -- written by Northwestern Medicine authors -- will be published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal Sept. 28 and presented Oct. 6 at the American ...

– Northwestern University

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2017 at 17:00 ET

How Brain Develops Before Birth is Tightly Controlled by RNA Modification

A chemical tag added to RNA during embryonic development regulates how the early brain grows. When this development goes awry, problems happen and may cause psychiatric disorders in people.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell; R37NS047344, U19MH106434, P01NS097206, R01MH105128, R35NS097370, U19AI131130, R01NS051630, R01MH102690, RM1HG008935

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Promising Results for Two Genetic Weapons Against Malaria

Two new papers by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Malaria Research Institute report successes for highly promising strategies against malaria, a disease that still kills more than 400,000 people each year, mostl...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2017 at 14:00 ET

Children with Craniofacial Defects Face Most Difficult Social Pressures in Elementary School

Elementary school children with craniofacial anomalies show the highest levels of anxiety, depression and difficulties in peer interactions when compared to youths with craniofacial defects in middle and high schools. The findings suggest that keepin...

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

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Get Fewer Antioxidants? Lower Antioxidant Levels May Lessen Intestinal Damage from Colitis

A new study finds that lowering the levels of an antioxidant in the colon has an unexpectedly positive effect on gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation. The paper is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Li...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

New Triage Tool Helps Doctors Save Lives When Resources Are Most Limited

An international team of researchers has developed a simple way for healthcare providers to quickly identify and prioritize patients at the greatest risk of death.

– University of Virginia Health System

BMJ Global Health

Concussion: How the NFL came to shape the issue that plagued it

Players kneeling during the national anthem is the most recent NFL controversy, but certainly not the first nor the biggest.

– University of Michigan

m6A Enzymes Found to Be Central to the Development of AML

A team of researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Weill-Cornell Medical College have identified, for the first time, a new molecular pathway that is required for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) development. This work could prov...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nature Medicine

Understanding Connection Between HIV Transmission and Racial/ Ethnic and Geographical Differences Key to More Effective Interventions

The health effects of where people live, work, and interact are well documented, as are the value of neighborhood-level structural interventions designed to improve health. But place-based characteristics that contribute to disparities in HIV transmi...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Journal of Urban Health; R25MH087217

Rutgers Scientist Helps Uncover Key Mechanism in Immune Response

Scientists are closer to discovering what makes some individuals better able to clear viral infections than others can, thanks to a new study by researchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Child Health Institute of New Jersey and the ...

– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Immunity , Volume 47 , Issue 2 , 310 - 322.e7

The Oncogene FOXQ1 Promotes Some Tumor Types, Suppresses Another

In a new study published in Cell Reports, scientists report an unexpected finding — that the oncogene FOXQ1 suppresses the growth of melanoma cells.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Cell Reports; Cell Reports; P30CA16056; R01CA190533

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Brain Injury

Awareness of Cognitive Impairments from Breast Cancer Treatment


– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Mayo Clinic Responds to Puerto Rico, Mexico City in Wake of Disasters

In response to the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and the damage to Mexico City from the recent earthquake, Mayo Clinic has extended its support through a $250,000 donation to Americares.

– Mayo Clinic

JHU Undergrads’ ‘Nasal Relief’ is Finalist in Collegiate Inventors Competition

A Johns Hopkins student team that wants to help people breathe easier has scored a coveted finalist spot in the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition. The students devised a simple, discreet device to open obstructed nostrils, a common problem that c...

– Johns Hopkins University

includes video

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Queen’s University Research Highlights Inequality for a Quarter of Cancer Patients

Advances in health care are providing cancer patients with longer lives and a better quality of life. However, a study published in the British Journal of Cancer by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and The Belfast Trust highlights that 25%...

– Queen's University Belfast

British Journal of Cancer

Briefing: Reducing Medical Costs and Improving Patient Outcomes Through Laboratory Testing

By enabling early disease detection and personalized treatment, laboratory tests can save lives as well as billions in medical costs each year. Join AACC and leading experts in laboratory medicine for a discussion of how clinical tests can be leverag...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

The ATS Applauds New Legislation Addressing Sleep Apnea Among Transportation Workers

The American Thoracic Society applauds the efforts of New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and New Jersey Senators Booker and Menendez for their legislation to improve transportation safety by addressing sleep apnea. We believe screening for sle...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

MedWire Announcements

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty to Become American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Five faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) will be inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing this October. Inductees will include Teresa Brockie, Valerie Cotter, Rita D'Aoust, Vinciya Pandian, and Susan Renda.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Provides $1.7 million grant to UNC School of Medicine to fund program streamlining Afib care & education for underserved populations

UNC School of Medicine cardiologist Anil Gehi, MD, will use a $1.7 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to further innovate a care model, launched in 2015, that reduced hospitalizations for patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) p...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Embargo expired on 29-Sep-2017 at 06:00 ET

UofL Receives $13.8 Million to Study Use of Promising New Adult Stem Cell to Treat Heart Failure

The University of Louisville has received one of its largest grants for medical research in the school’s 219-year history, a $13.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health to study a promising new type of adult cardiac stem cell that ha...

– University of Louisville


UK Researchers Seek to Identify Ways to Relieve Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment

Many cancer survivors experience devastating cognitive impairment following chemotherapy. Researchers at UK are trying to identify strategies to relieve these symptoms.

– University of Kentucky

Milken Institute School of Public Health Awarded $2.66 Million for Project to Identify How Community Settings and Families Promote Latino Youth’s Health and Wellbeing

Milken Institute SPH received $2.66 million from the NIH to study Latino youth in the hopes of informing interventions that strengthen families, schools and neighborhoods in ways that can help keep young people healthy and academically successful.

– George Washington University

National Eye Institute Awards Prize for ‘Retina in a Dish’ Competition

A proposal to create a living model of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, won $90,000 in the National Eye Institute (NEI) 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC). The NEI 3-D ROC is an initiative that seeks to design...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Grants From the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Support Nurse-Driven Research

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) announces the recipients of its annual research grants and invites clinicians and researchers to submit projects by Nov. 1, 2017, for the next application cycle, with total available funding of ...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Mercy’s Dr. Kevin Audlin First Physicianin Mid-Atlantic Region to Use New Low-Impact Laparoscopic Surgery to Treat GYN Conditions

Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., FACOG, Co-Director of The Endometriosis Center in the Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy Medical Center, is the first physician in the mid-Atlantic region to use the new groundbreaking low impact laparoscopic surgery to tr...

– Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Indonesian Prisoners with HIV Getting Aid From UIC Researchers

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a four-year federal grant to assist HIV-positive prisoners in Indonesia — a southeast Asian country where the number of new infections is increasing rapidly.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Garry Brydges Voted President-Elect of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Official announcement of the AANA President-elect that includes background information

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Mark Haffey Elected National Vice President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

South Dakota resident assumes the role of vice president of national anesthesia association.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Bob Gauvin Voted Treasurer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Massachusetts resident begins a one-year term as treasurer for national nurse anesthesia association.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

MedWire Higher Education Events

Austin Entrepreneurs Named McCombs School’s Newest Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

The McCombs School of Business at UT Austin has named Robert Franklin (Frank) Muller, Jr. and Matthew Thomas as entrepreneurs-in-residence.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)





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