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Monday, October 9, 2017

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Fruit Fly Muscles with a Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutation Don’t Relax Properly

Using fruit flies, Johns Hopkins researchers have figured out why a particular inherited human heart condition that is almost always due to genetic mutations causes the heart to enlarge, thicken and fail. They found that one such mutation interferes ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cell Reports

Sticking Instead of Stitching

In spite of medical advances, wound-related complications arising after operations can still be life-threatening. In order to avoid these complications in the future, a new nanoparticle-based tissue glue has been developed by researchers at Empa.

– Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Nanoscale, 2017,9, 8418-8426

UF Study: Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Abound in Deforested Lands

UF scientists synthesized and examined data from prior studies that had looked at how many pathogen-carrying mosquito species made their homes in forested lands vs. non-forested lands in 12 countries worldwide, including the United States.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Basic and Applied Ecology

Empowering Bystanders to Act as First Responders

Rutgers trauma physicians are training the public to stop blood loss – and save lives – during emergencies

– Rutgers University


A New Kind of Influenza Vaccine: One Shot Might Do the Trick

Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers at Cornell University are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to c...

– Cornell University



U.S. Olympians at the 2016 Rio Games Were Infected with West Nile Virus, not Zika

U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Vi...

– University of Utah Health


Embargo expired on 07-Oct-2017 at 17:00 ET

Body Temperature Regulation, Power of Potassium, Simplifying Information and More in the Obesity News Source

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– Newswise


Myopia, Eyelid Motions, Retina in a Dish, and More in the Vision News Source

The latest research and feature news on vision in the Vision News Source

– Newswise

Genetic Body/Brain Connection, DNA Damage Reversed, Whole Brain Map, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

The latest research and features in cell biology in the Cell Biology News Source

– Newswise

New Biomarker Predicts Metastatic Prostate Cancers

Many prostate cancers, which generally are diagnosed in older men, are "indolent," slow-growing tumors that aren't destined to be fatal. But some tumors are prone to becoming aggressive and spreading beyond the prostate, making them difficult to trea...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Clinical Cancer Research

Long-Term Cannabis Consumption Increases Violent Behaviour in Young People in Psychiatric Care

A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is assoc...

– Universite de Montreal

Frontiers in Psychiatry, Sept. 21 2017; Fonds de la recherche du Québec-Santé

Some Breast Cancer Patients Don’t Need Radiation. Why Are They Still Getting It?

Recent clinical trials have shown that 90 percent of early stage breast cancer patients over age 70 do not benefit from radiation after breast-conserving surgery. And yet, use of radiation in this context has dropped only minimally. A new University ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Annals of Surgical Oncology, doi:10.1245/s10434-017-6013-1; P01CA163233

includes video

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Launches Telemedicine Initiative to Serve Kentucky Schools

Through a school-based telemedicine program, nurses with the Allen County Health Department who practice in the county’s four schools in Scottsville, Kentucky, will work with nurse practitioners and pediatricians in Children’s Hospital’s Pediat...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

New Discovery about BRCA1

It's been 20 years since the BRCA1 gene was found to predispose women to breast cancer, and researchers at Yale have pinpointed what about the gene's mutation leads to cancer.

– Yale Cancer Center

Mystery of Breast Cancer Risk Gene Solved, 20 Years After Its Discovery

More than 20 years after scientists revealed that mutations in the BRCA1 gene predispose women to breast cancer, Yale scientists have pinpointed the molecular mechanism that allows those mutations to wreak their havoc.

– Yale Cancer Center

Want To Help A Loved One Coping With Cancer? Stay Positive

San Diego State University Professor Dr. Wayne Beach explains how positive, frequent communication by family members can truly help cancer patients.

Expert Available

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Breast Cancer Treatment Has Evolved. Here’s Where We Are.

Targeted therapies are now available for approximately 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Expert Available

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


Study Offers Insights on How to Decrease the Discard Rate of Donated Organs

• From 2008-2015, the number of kidneys donated after circulatory death that were obtained by the country’s 58 donor service areas varied substantially. • The outcomes associated with these organs were generally excellent. • The use of thes...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 17:00 ET

New Findings On Mechanisms For Body Temperature Regulation By Fat Tissue

New discoveries about the mechanism responsible for heat generation in the body related to fat tissue oppose classical views in the field and could lead to new ways to fight metabolic disorders associated with obesity, according to a study led by Geo...

– Georgia State University

Cell Metabolism

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 12:00 ET

Fight Against Top Killer, Clogged Arteries, Garners Acclaimed NIH Award

No disorder appears to kill more people than atherosclerosis, and hopeful experimental treatments with "good cholesterols" have failed. New research reapproaches them with carefully designed cholesterols in an organ-on-a-chip in highly reproducible e...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

DP2 HL142050

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET

'Khamisiyah Plume' Linked to Brain and Memory Effects in Gulf War Vets

Gulf War veterans with low-level exposure to chemical weapons show lasting adverse effects on brain structure and memory function, reports a study in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

– Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Scientists Develop “Body-on- a-Chip” System to Accelerate Testing of New Drugs

Being able to test new drugs in a 3-D model of the body has the potential to speed up drug discovery and also to reduce the use of testing in animals.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Scientific Reports (Nature)

Scientists Find New RNA Class in Kidneys Is Linked to Hypertension

Researchers from the University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Medicine and Life Sciences have discovered more than 12,000 different types of noncoding RNA (circRNAs) in the kidney tissue of rats. This type of genetic material, previously thought to hav...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological Genomics

Researchers Identify Genetic Drivers of Most Common Form of Lymphoma

An international research effort led by Duke Cancer Institute scientists has been working to better understand the genetic underpinnings of the most prevalent form of this cancer -- diffuse large B cell lymphoma – and how those genes might play a r...

– Duke Health


New Research on Sperm Stem Cells has Implications for Male Infertility and Cancer

New research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and collaborators at University of Utah Health (U of U Health) sheds light on the complex process that occurs in the development of human sperm stem cells.

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Cell Stem Cell; P30 CA042014

Identifying Ways to Minimize the Harm of Energy Drinks

Because many countries allow the sale of energy drinks to young people, identifying ways to minimize potential harm from energy drinks is critical. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior provided unique insights into...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Good-Guy Bacteria May Help Cancer Immunotherapies Do Their Job

Individuals with certain types of bacteria in their gut may be more likely to respond well to cancer immunotherapy, researchers at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center found in a study of patients with metastatic melanoma.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Neoplasia, Oct-2017

Discovery Advances Understanding of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The findings could help guide doctors to determine how best to treat patients with Crohn's disease.

– SUNY Upstate Medical University


Sensory Loss Can Be a Warning Sign of Poor Health Outcomes, Including Death

A long-term study spanning five years and including more than 3,000 nationally-representative older US adults has found that a natural decline of the five classical senses (vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch) can predict a number of poor health ...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

CRI Study Challenges Long-Standing Concept in Cancer Metabolism

Scientists at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have discovered that lactate provides a fuel for growing tumors, challenging a nearly century-old observation known as the Warburg effect.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cell, Oct-2017

Regenerative Medicine Restores Movement After Paralysis

Four of six people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries who were treated with a new cell therapy have recovered two or more motor levels on at least one side, new study results show.

– Rush University Medical Center

New Insights on the Addictions of Tumors

Stromal tissue may provide novel targets to disrupt tumor supply lines

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Cell Metabolism, Oct 2017

First Whole-Brain Map of Inhibitory Neurons Reveals Surprises

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine have collaborated on the first-ever quantitative whole-brain map of inhibitory interneurons in the mouse brain.

– Penn State College of Medicine


The Medical Minute: Scoliosis Screening Key to Timely Treatment

One out of every 25 children will develop scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. While some are babies or toddlers when diagnosed, most cases occur during the pre-teen years.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

includes video

Many Happy Returns

One-year-old Elias will never remember all the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who took care of him for the first five months of his life, but his parents, Gabriela and Rogelio Ramirez, will never forget them.

– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Care Could Improve for Dialysis Patients with Development of Bionanomatrix Gel with $2 Million Grant

A university spinoff has received a stage two grant to test a potential solution for malfunctioning vascular access.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Clearing the Air of Confusion About Mammography Guidelines

Published mammography guidelines differ on this and similar topics. With 1 in 8 U.S. women developing invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes, knowing when to have this potentially lifesaving screening is critical.

– Beaumont Health

Myopia: A Close Look at Efforts to Turn Back a Growing Problem

Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades. Otherwise known as nearsightedness, myopia occurs when the eye grows too long ...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

U10 EY023204, U10 EY023210, R01 EY003611, U10 EY023208

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Studying Drug's Potential to Prevent Alzheimer's

A researcher at the University of Kentucky is exploring whether low doses of Rapamycin, a drug commonly used as an immunosuppressant for organ transplant recipients, can restore brain function before the disease changes in the brain affect a person's...

– University of Kentucky

includes video

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Endocrine Society Concerned Federal Rule Will Limit Women’s Access to Contraception

The Endocrine Society expressed concerns Friday with the presidential administration’s new rules that would scale back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate.

– Endocrine Society

MedWire Announcements

IU Awarded $7.6 Million Grant to Establish Groundbreaking Study of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Indiana University has been awarded a one-year, $7.6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to establish a network of sites to study early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

– Indiana University


Markey's Blackburn Earns NIH New Innovator Award for Cancer Research

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Researcher Jessica Blackburn has earned a prestigious National Institutes of Health's New Innovator Award, a grant totaling $1.5 million over five years to fund pediatric cancer research.

– University of Kentucky


UTHealth Receives $3.3 Million Grant to Reduce Re-Arrest Rates Among Homeless Adults

Researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) hope to put a dent in the cycle of re-arrest and release among homeless adults with research on a smartphone app funded by a $3.3 million grant from the National Ins...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Two Firms Awarded Seed Grants to Develop Medical Devices for Children

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced its latest round of seed grants to companies developing medical devices for children. The devices are a speech generating system that allows hospitalized children who cannot sp...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

UTHealth Awarded $3.1 Million NIH Grant to Study How Gut Bacteria Relates to Diabetes

A team of researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how gut bacteria play a role in the development of ...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Receives Generous Donation from Celgene to Advance Multiple Myeloma Research at John Theurer Cancer Center

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation has received a substantial donation from Celgene Corporation to advance multiple myeloma research and transformational medicine that improve patient outcomes at Hackensack Meridian Health - John The...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Translational researchers at UAB received a $6.5 million grant to further investigate gout and associated diseases

Four multidisciplinary studies will focus on genetics and associated mechanisms of hyperuricemia gout, an inflammatory arthritis.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Richard Price of UVA Receives Inaugural Andrew J. Lockhart Prize

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation announced that Richard Price, PhD, professor of biomedical engineering, radiology and radiation oncology at the University of Virginia, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the $75,000 Andrew J. Lockhart M...

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Receives Grant to Administer Area Health Education Center Programs

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine has been awarded the first of a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to administer three Area Health Education Center programs. When completed, funding for the award wil...

– Rowan University

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation to Host Second Annual Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Celebration

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation will host the second annual Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Community Celebration on Friday, October 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and invites all members of the community to register t...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Cancer Immunologist Andrea Schietinger of Sloan Kettering Institute Honored with Prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Cancer immunologist Andrea Schietinger, PhD, of the Sloan Kettering Institute (SKI) at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) has been honored with the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

NIH Grant Number: DP2-CA-225212

SNEB Announces Winners of the Inaugural Korean Society of Community Nutrition and Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior International Awards

SNEB announces the 2017 award recipients.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Harvard Medical School Scientists Receive NIH Director's Awards

Four Harvard Medical School scientists are among 86 recipients nationwide honored by the National Institutes of Health High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.

– Harvard Medical School

GW Researcher Receives More Than $2.3 Million to Study Cocaine’s Influence on HIV

Following studies showing that cocaine influences the transcription and replication of HIV, Mudit Tyagi, PhD, at GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will lead a team researching the underlying mechanisms of that influence.

– George Washington University


NIH Awards Wayne State $2M to Analyze 20 Years of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Data

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Wayne State University $2,063,188 for a new study that will analyze longitudinal data spanning 20 years collected from five U.S. cohorts, includin...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Institutes of Health, AA025905

College of American Pathologists (CAP) Recognizes Doctors for Dedicated Service

Northfield, Ill.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists, will honor five physicians for their service to the CAP organization that helps ensure safety and accuracy within the m...

– College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Receives Prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Clinical Excellence For The Third Time

For the third consecutive time, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has bestowed Magnet® recognition for clinical excellence to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

NIH Selects Wistar Scientist Kavitha Sarma, Ph.D., for New Innovator Award

The Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical research in the fields of cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, announces Kavitha Sarma, Ph.D., assistant professor in Wistar’s Gene Expression and Regulation Program, has been award...

– Wistar Institute

Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Partner on Visiting Specialty Consultant Program

The Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates (MOHAP) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding a pediatric specialty consultation program to provide clinical and e...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

First Randomized Trial to Determine Most Effective, Least Toxic Treatment for Babies with SCID

Investigators plan to determine the lowest dose of chemotherapy needed for babies with severe combined immunodeficiency undergoing bone marrow transplant. The goal is to restore the immune system safely and effectively with less toxicity than the hig...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Nurse to be Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Long-time Seattle Cancer Care Alliance oncology nurse will be inducted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing on October 7.

– Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

MedWire Higher Education Events

Third Annual Motorcycle Ride to Raise Money and Awareness for Breast Cancer

The Turquoise Trail Harley Owners’ Group and Thunderbird Harley Davidson will welcome more than 100 riders for the third annual “Pink Your Ride — Motorcyclists Increasing Awareness (MIA)” motorcycle ride. The ride raises awareness for breast ...

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 09-Oct-2017 at 05:00 ET





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