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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Advocates in Fight against Kidney Diseases Receive ASN Medal at Kidney Week 2017

Two longtime advocates for the 40 million Americans affected by kidney diseases recently received national recognition from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) during Kidney Week 2017 for ongoing efforts in the fight to end this serious public ...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

ASN Kidney Week 2017

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

Colon Cancer Breakthrough Could Lead to Prevention – and the Foods That Can Help

Colon cancer, Crohn’s, and other diseases of the gut could be better treated – or even prevented – thanks to a new link between inflammation and a common cellular process, established by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Nature Communications

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

Study: Most U.S. Adults Say Today's Children Have Worse Health Prospects

Less than one-third of adults believe that kids are physically healthier today compared to kids in their own childhoods and fewer than 25 percent think children's mental health status is better.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal Academic Pediatrics

This Drug Could Block Harmful Impact of Teen Binge Drinking

Alcohol-fueled parties might be seen as a rite of passage for many high school students, but they have an unexpected impact: binge-drinking behavior as teenagers can lead to problems with alcohol and other drug dependence later on in life.

– University of Adelaide


Cancer Cells Destroyed with Dinosaur Extinction Metal

Cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the metal from the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to new research by an international collaboration between the University of Warwick and Sun Yat-Sen University in China...

– University of Warwick

Angewandte Chemie

New Research Center Brings More Clinical Trials to Rutgers

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Adult Clinical Research Center opens in a new space with the goal of doubling study volume in three years

– Rutgers University

New Meatless Monday Restaurant and Foodservice Implementation Guides for Free Download

The new Meatless Monday Restaurant and Foodservice Implementation Guides are ideal resources for right now as trends show that consumers are increasingly seeking plant-based dishes. The guides provide restaurant and foodservice operators guidance to ...

– Monday Campaigns

Nitric Oxide Production in Patients is Critical for Stem Cell Function

Nathan Bryan, PH.D., one of the nation’s leading experts on critically important role of nitric oxide in health and disease prevention, told attendees of the Pacific Regenerative Medicine 2017 Conference this morning that, “Stem cells are the fut...

– Strategic Communications, LLC


Preparing Nurses to Prevent Workplace Violence: What’s the Evidence?

Among the solutions to workplace violence in healthcare is teaching nurses how to prevent and respond to aggression, but evidence about the effectiveness of such educational interventions is limited, according to an article in the American Journal o...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

American Journal of Critical Care, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 06:00 ET

Inflammation in Middle Age May Be Tied to Brain Shrinkage Decades Later

People who have biomarkers tied to inflammation in their blood in their 40s and 50s may have more brain shrinkage decades later than people without the biomarkers, according to a study published in the November 1, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, t...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Gut Microbiome May Make Chemo Drug Toxic to Patients

Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers report that the composition of people’s gut bacteria may explain why some of them suffer life-threatening reactions after taking a key drug for treating metastatic colorectal cancer. The findings, des...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 06:00 ET

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To Make Surgery Safer & Less-Expensive for All, Take the Michigan Model National, U-M Team Says

Half the dollars spent on health care in America have something to do with a surgical procedure – including post-surgery care to fix problems that could have been prevented. A Michigan-based model for making surgery safer, and avoiding complication...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Surgery, DOI:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3784

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

Breast Cancer Researchers Track Changes in Normal-Looking Mammary Duct Cells Leading to Disease

Breast cancer researchers have mapped early genetic alterations in normal-looking cells at various distances from primary tumours to show how changes along the lining of mammary ducts can lead to disease.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Nature Communications, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 06:00 ET

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Researcher Examines Patient Awareness of Prescription Drug Risks

Prescription medications, including antidepressants and pain medications, can have various side effects and risks, and a West Virginia University researcher is examining whether patients understand the risks associated with driving.

– West Virginia University

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2017.78.805

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 00:15 ET

New Tissue-Engineered Blood Vessel Replacements One Step Closer to Human Trials

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a new lab-grown, first-of-its-kind nonsynthetic, decellularized graft that becomes repopulated with cells by the recipient’s own cells when implanted.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Science Translational Medicine

Embargo expired on 01-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

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Research Identifies Which Patients Benefit from Additional Testing to Find CSF Leaks

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified which patients benefit from costly diagnostic testing to identify cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks and those who can be treated with less invasive testing. CSF leaks lead to a condition called hypovolemia whi...

– American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

ASRA 16th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, Nov-2017

Research Identifies Factors Associated With Successful Radiofrequency Ablation of Lumbar Facet Joints

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified patient attributes associated with better outcomes from radiofrequency ablation of lumbar facet joints. Lumbar facet problems account for 25% of chronic low back pain.

– American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

ASRA 16th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, Nov-2017

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In Vitro Tissue Microarrays for Quick and Efficient Spheroid Characterization

A new SLAS Discovery article available for free ahead-of-print enables researchers to derive more clinically-relevant information from 3D cell culture models.

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

SLAS Discovery OnlineFirst

Topical Gel Made From Oral Blood Pressure Drugs Shown Effective in Healing Chronic Wounds in Test Animals

An international team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins has shown that a topical gel made from a class of common blood pressure pills that block inflammation pathways speeds the healing of chronic skin wounds in mice and pigs.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Investigative Dermatology; P30AG021334, R21AG043284, R01AG046441, K23AG035005, HL58205

Your Bones Affect Your Appetite—and Your Metabolism!

A Montreal Clinical Research Institute discovery sheds light on osteocalcin, a hormone produced by our bones that affects how we metabolize sugar and fat.

– Universite de Montreal

J Clin Invest. October 2017; Canada Research Chairs Program; Fondation J. A. DeSève; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Canadian Institutes Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada,...

Transgender Women Take Triple the Number of HIV Tests as Trans Men

A new University at Buffalo study has shown that HIV testing among transgender adults was higher in those who identified as female, were African-American or Hispanic, or had a history of incarceration.

– University at Buffalo

Transgender Health, Oct-2017

New Tools to Tackle the Opioid Crisis: Chemists Develop Method to Quickly Screen, Accurately Identify Fentanyl and a Broad Range of Other Drugs of Abuse

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new drug screening technique that could lead to the rapid and accurate identification of fentanyl, as well as a vast number of other drugs of abuse, which up until now have been difficult to detect ...

– McMaster University

Analytical Chemistry

Breast Cancer Patients Forego Post-Surgery Treatment Due to Mistrust, Study Suggests

Nearly one-third of women with breast cancer went against their doctor’s advice and chose not to begin or complete the recommended adjuvant anti-cancer therapy to kill residual tumor cells following surgery, according to a study led by a Johns Hopk...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

New Report Highlights Innovation in Alzheimer's Clinical Trials

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Releases Comprehensive Survey of Clinical-Stage Alzheimer's Drugs

– Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Closing in on a Cure: 2017 Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Report

Rutgers Study Links Frequent Salon Visits to Dermal and Fungal Symptoms in Clients

Little is known about the health risks hair and nail salons pose to clients – however, findings from a Rutgers School of Public Health study suggest that frequent salon patrons are more likely to experience fungal and dermal symptoms.

– Rutgers School of Public Health

Journal of Chemical Health and Safety

New Study: Innovative Heart Device Is Safe and Effective

A new study finds that the Harpoon Mitral Valve Repair System, an image-guided device based on technology developed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is safe and effective.

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC); Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT 2017)

Lose Fat, Preserve Muscle: Weight Training Beats Cardio for Older Adults

Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle ma...

– Wake Forest University


Research Finds Hot Flashes, Night Sweats Connected to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk in Middle-Aged Women

In a new study published today in Menopause, researchers have found that the hot flashes and night sweats faced by upward of 80 percent of middle-aged women may be linked to an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea.

– Mayo Clinic


Children Uniquely Vulnerable to Sleep Disruption From Screens, New Paper Suggests

A new paper in the November issue of Pediatrics spells out why children and teens are particularly sensitive to the sleep-disrupting impact of electronics

– University of Colorado Boulder


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AllazoHealth and Large Regional Payer Validate Use of Artificial Intelligence in Improving Medication Adherence with Randomized Controlled Study

AllazoHealth, the industry leader in optimizing adherence programs through predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, today announced positive results from a randomized controlled study co-published with one of the largest regional health plan...

– AllazoHealth

In the Lab and in the Clinic, Alisertib with TAK-228 Excels Against Solid Tumors, Including Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Two University of Colorado Cancer Center studies presented this weekend at AACR-NCI-EORTC Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Meeting show that using the drug alisertib along with the drug TAK-228 is more effective against triple-negative breas...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

For 1 in 10 Cancer Patients, Surgery Means Opioid Dependence

More than 10 percent of people who had never taken opioids prior to curative-intent surgery for cancer continued to take the drugs three to six months later. The risk is even greater for those who are treated with chemotherapy after surgery.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nov-2017; 5T32 CA009672-23

Researchers Link Western Diet to Vascular Damage and Prediabetes

Could short-term exposure to the average American diet increase one’s risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease? According to a recent study funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), researchers from New York Institute of Techno...

– New York Institute of Technology

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun's Ability To Disinfect Lakes

Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Scientific Reports

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Genetic Pathways to Individualized Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have uncovered genetic clues to why tumors resist a specific therapy used for treating advanced prostate cancer.

– Mayo Clinic

Annals of Oncology

Study: Autism Treatments May Restore Brain Connections

Scientists have identified a pair of treatments that may restore brain function to autism patients who lack a gene critical to maintaining connections between neurons, according to a study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwes...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Eating More Like Our Ancestors Would Improve Human Health

Malnutrition problems can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.“Earlier diets were highly diverse and...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nutrition Reviews

Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers, Which Serve One in 10 Residents, Essential to Hurricane Recovery

Secure, stable health center funding urgently needed to protect the public’s health, says new report

– George Washington University

Puerto Rico’s Community Health Centers: Struggling to Recover in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

Close Friends Linked to a Sharper Memory

Maintaining positive, warm and trusting friendships might be the key to a slower decline in memory and cognitive functioning, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

– Northwestern University

PLOS ONE; R01 AG045571; P30 AG13854; P30 AG13854

Synergy Stent with Shorter DAPT Is Superior to a Bare-Metal Stent in Elderly Patients

Elderly patients undergoing PCI often receive bare-metal stents (BMS) instead of drug-eluting stents (DES) to shorten the duration of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and reduce bleeding risk. However, results from the SENIOR trial found that compare...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

The Lancet; 29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium

Study Finds Six Months of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy May be Non-Inferior to Twelve Months in STEMI Patients Receiving Drug-Eluting Stents

The first trial to evaluate the safety of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for less than 12 months in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) found six months of DAPT was non-inferior to 12 months of DAPT among patients treated with second-generat...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium

Study Evaluates Safety of Three-Month Versus Standard Twelve-Month Dual Antiplatelet Therapy in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome Treated with a Drug-Eluting Stent

Results from the prospective, multicenter, randomized investigator-initiated REDUCE trial were reported today at the 29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium. Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium

Understanding the Link between Obesity and Cancer

TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek provides the latest research on obesity and cancer

– Obesity Society

Dermatologists Offer Unmatched Expertise on Skin Health

In addition to safely performing cosmetic procedures to improve the skin’s appearance and providing advice to help people care for their skin at home, board-certified dermatologists can diagnose more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail diseases and prov...

– American Academy of Dermatology

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Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Launches Y-90 Radioembolization Outpatient Tumor Treatment

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center is pleased to announce that it now offers Y-90 radioembolization, an innovative and minimally invasive method to treat liver tumors without surgery. It is used to treat patients with primary liver c...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Learning More About Pancreatic Cancer

In the fight against pancreatic cancer, a Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert says research is key

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Why Do Some Obese People Have 'Healthier' Fat Tissue Than Others?

One little understood paradox in the study of obesity is that overweight people who break down fat at a high rate are less healthy than peers who store their fat more effectively.

– University of Michigan

Caring for the Underserved: How UCLA Family Nurse Practitioners Are Making a Difference

Through the Caring for the Underserved program at the UCLA School of Nursing, family nurse practitioner students have been taking care of patients in community clinics throughout Southern California for nearly 20 years. This year the program was awar...

– UCLA School of Nursing

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Early Screening for Lung Cancer?

With November Lung Cancer Awareness Month, experts from Yale Cancer Center talk about lung cancer screening and why it is can save lives.

– Yale Cancer Center

Sepsis: The Unknown Medical Emergency

Little-known sepsis is a medical emergency, a life-threatening condition caused by an overwhelming response by the body to infection. It's a leading cause of in-hospital death, and one of the most expensive conditions for U.S. hospitals. Forty per...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Medical Minute: Helping Hunters Stay Heart Healthy

Hunters with risk factors for heart disease might worry more about having a heart attack while enjoying their sport than being hit by a stray bullet.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

World’s Largest Meeting of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Kicks Off in New Orleans

Next week, thousands of eye physicians and surgeons will attend AAO 2017, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 121st annual meeting.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips - October 2017 Headlines

Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips - October 2017 Headlines

– Mayo Clinic

Don't Trip Past the Finish Line: Avoid Injuries in Your Next Race

It’s that time of year when weekend warriors are training for their next big race—whether that be a 5k, half marathon or full marathon. Many runners feel invincible, thinking they’ll be free from injuries or power through the pain, but in real...

Expert Available

– American Chiropractic Association

Changes and Uncertainty in ACA Likely to Impact Enrollment

Today is the first day health insurance exchanges begin enrollment through the Affordable Care Act's Wake Forest University health economics expert Christina Marsh Dalton says the shorter enrollment time, the reduction in advertising ...

Expert Available

– Wake Forest University


Monitoring Crohn's Disease Using Inflammation Biomarkers and Symptoms Led to Better Patient Outcomes Than Using Symptoms Alone

An efficacy and safety study of two treatment models for patients with Crohn’s disease has found that monitoring both inflammation biomarkers and symptoms led to superior outcomes compared to clinical management of symptoms alone.

– Mount Sinai Health System

The Lancet ; NIH NCT01235689

Embargo expired on 31-Oct-2017 at 20:00 ET

Research Suggests New Way to Treat Inflammatory Gut Disease and Prevent Rejection of Bone Marrow Transplants

A new study explains how a widely used drug is effective against inflammatory bowel disease and rejection of bone marrow transplants, while suggesting another way to address both health issues.

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of Experimental Medicine

Embargo expired on 31-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

How a $10 Microchip Turns 2-D Ultrasound Machines to 3-D Imaging Devices

Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3-D imaging abilities of their $250,000 counterparts — for the cost of a $10 microchip. Doctors and engineers from Duke and Stanf...

– Duke Health

American College of Emergency Physicians

Embargo expired on 31-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

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Understanding the Health Risks Caused by Weight Bias Stigma

ObesityWeek provides the latest insights and research into weight bias stigma

– Obesity Society


Embargo expired on 31-Oct-2017 at 00:00 ET

Report Reveals Prominence of Double Vision

Study by Kellogg Eye Center reveals double vision associated with 850,000 outpatient and emergency department visits annually but life-threatening diagnoses are rare.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Ophthalmology

How an Interest in Bipolar Disorder Drugs Led to a Better Understanding of Leukemia

A research project that began 20 years ago with an interest in how lithium treats mood disorders has yielded insights into the progression of blood cancers such as leukemia. The research, which centers on a protein called GSK-3, will be published in ...

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nov-2017

Uncomfortable Sight from an Ancient Reflex of the Eye

The eyes are for seeing, but they have other important biological functions, including automatic visual reflexes that go on without awareness. The reflexive system of the human eye also produces a conscious, visual experience, according to a new stud...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; R01 EY024681; P30 EY001583; NS045839; W81XWH-15-1-0447

Prenatal Exposure to BPA at ‘Safe’ Levels Can Affect Gene Expression in Developing Rat Brain

Prenatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) at levels below those currently considered safe for humans affects gene expression related to sexual differentiation and neurodevelopment in the developing rat brain.

– North Carolina State University


Why Do Some Head Knocks Cause More Damage Than Others?

Veteran sailors know that rogue waves can rise suddenly in mid-ocean to capsize even the largest vessels. Now it appears that a similar phenomenon called shear shock wave occurs in the concussed brain. It may help explain why some head knocks cause s...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Physical Review Applied

Mini-Strokes Can Be "Ominous Prelude" to CatastrophicStrokes, Loyola Medicine Neurologists Report

Mini-strokes called transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) can be an "ominous prelude" to catastrophic strokes, Loyola Medicine neurologists report in the journal F1000 Research.

– Loyola University Health System

F1000 Research

Radon on the Radar

Researchers have known for decades that exposure to radon may cause lung cancer, and that North Dakota and Iowa have some of the highest radon rates in the country. Could radon potentially cause other cancers? Researchers from the geography depart...

– University of North Dakota

Future Oncology

Sickle Cell Conference to Focus on Causes and Pathways to a Cure

Leading experts in the field of sickle cell disease (SCD) research will convene in Washington, D.C., for the Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease conference (November 6–8). The conference, organized by the Americ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease conference

Thirty-Day Results of ABSORB IV Demonstrate that Improvements in Bioresorbable Stent Technology and Technique are Still Needed

Thirty-day results from ABSORB IV, the largest randomized everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) trial to date, found BVS to be noninferior to a cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stent (CoCr-EES) for target lesion failure (TLF).

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium

No-Shave November Will Continue Supporting Fight Colorectal Cancer

No-Shave November is a movement encouraging men and women to discontinue shaving and donate the savings instead during the month of November. No-Shave November, a nonprofit, is splitting the funds raised in 2017 between three charities, one being Fig...

– Fight Colorectal Cancer

New Treatment Shows Promise for Patients with Rare Dermatologic Disease

A new treatment for a rare and often incurable condition called dermatomyositis (DM) reduced the severity of the disease in patients whose DM was resistant to other therapies. As part of a randomized, double-blind study conducted at the Perelman Scho...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting; R21AR066286

Get FRUVED Campaign Makes Healthy Lifestyle Choices Easier

College students are creating a campus environment that encourages healthy lifestyles and promotes healthful activities through social media and marketing, thanks to Get FRUVED.

– South Dakota State University

TAVR Found to be Cost-effective Compared with SAVR in Intermediate Risk Patients with Aortic Stenosis

Analysis of the PARTNER 2A trial and the SAPIEN-3 Intermediate Risk registry found transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to be highly cost-effective compared with surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in intermediate surgical risk patients...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

29th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium

Helping Clinicians Curb the Opioid Crisis

Clinicians are on the front line of detecting opioid addiction – but need to be better trained on treatment solutions

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

Dietitian Explains How Much Halloween Candy Is Too Much for Kids

Dana Hunnes, senior dietitian at UCLA Health, answers questions about how parents can let kids enjoy their Halloween candy without going overboard.

Expert Available

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


Smart Artificial Beta Cells Could Lead to New Diabetes Treatment

UNC and NC State researchers have developed artificial beta cells that automatically release insulin into the bloodstream when glucose levels rise. This work was done in lab experiments but could lead to a much more patient-friendly treatment than in...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Nature Chemical Biology

Embargo expired on 30-Oct-2017 at 12:00 ET

Drinking During Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Taboo, Tolerated, and Treasured

The etiology (i.e., underlying causes) of a behavior, such as alcohol drinking, can change during adolescence and young adulthood. Prior alcohol research has shown that, in general: shared/common environment influences are strongest in early adolesce...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 30-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET

Early Age of Drinking Leads to Neurocognitive and Neuropsychological Damage

Although drinking by U.S. adolescents has decreased during the last decade, more than 20 percent of U.S. high-school students continue to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years. This can have adverse effects on their neurodevelopment. For example, ...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 30-Oct-2017 at 10:00 ET

Early Childhood Adversities Linked to Health Problems in Tweens, Teens

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a pathway in the brain that seems to connect exposure to adverse experiences during early childhood with depression and problems with physical health in teens and pr...

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA Pediatrics, Oct. 30, 2017

Embargo expired on 30-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

Umbilical Cord Blood Improves Motor Skills in Some Children With Cerebral Palsy

An infusion of cells from a child’s own umbilical cord blood appears to improve brain connectivity and motor function in children with spastic cerebral palsy, according to a randomized clinical trial published this week by Stem Cells Translational ...

– Duke Health

Stem Cells Translational Medicine

Rousing Masses to Fight Cancer with Open Source Machine Learning

Sharing is caring in the fight against cancer with this open source software project to predict cancer drug effectiveness. Georgia Tech researchers have kicked it off with a program they tested to be about 85% effective in making predictions in indiv...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

PLOS One; Rising Tide Foundation

Competitive Divers Face High Risk of Back, Shoulder and Other Injuries

Competitive divers face a high risk of injuring their shoulders, back, elbows, wrists and other body parts, according to a paper by a Loyola Medicine sports medicine physician. "Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether trau...

– Loyola University Health System

Current Sports Medicine Reports

How Flu Shot Manufacturing Forces Influenza to Mutate

Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective.

– Scripps Research Institute

PLOS Pathogens, Oct. 2017; R56 AI117675; R56 AI127371; R01 AI114730; R01 AI113047; R01 AI108686

Sherlock Deploys UC’s first HIPAA-compliant Hadoop Based Data Management System

The Health Cyberinfrastructure Division at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, in partnership with University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Risk Services, has deployed a secure, HIPAA-co...

– University of California San Diego

Scientists Discover Surprising Immune Cell Activity That May Be Limiting Immunotherapy

Researchers have uncovered a surprising process within a key immune cell that may help explain the limitations of immunotherapy as a cancer treatment.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nature Immunology; CA156685; CA171306; CA190176; CA193136; CA211016; 5P30CA46592; CA217540; CA123088; CA099985

Less but More Frequent Exercise Best to Reduce Weight? Study Provides a Clue

Low magnitude, high frequency mechanical stimulation (LMMS) reduces adipose (fat) tissue and thus may be a method of reducing weight and health risks such as diabetes. A new study in the journal Obesity takes this concept to another level.

– Stony Brook University


High Burden, High Cost and Low Awareness of Kidney Disease in the United States

The United States Renal Data System 2017 report highlights current trends in kidney disease in the nation

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New Biomarkers Can Detect Concussions, Even Mild Ones, Through Simple Blood Test

Proteins from brain cells called astrocytes can be detected in blood immediately after head injury

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

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism

Should Patients with Cardiogenic Shock Receive Culprit Lesion Only PCI or Multivessel PCI?

Results from the prospective, randomized, multicenter CULPRIT-SHOCK trial found that an initial strategy of culprit lesion only percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) reduces the composite of 30-day mortality and/or severe renal failure in patients...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

The New England Journal of Medicine

Patients with Left Main Disease Treated with PCI or CABG Experience Significant and Similar Quality of Life Improvement after Three Years

New study results from the EXCEL trial comparing the quality of life (QoL) of patients with left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD) receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) versus coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) found signific...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Journal of the American College of Cardiology; New England Journal of Medicine

Double Kissing Crush Two-Stent Technique in Left Main Bifurcation Lesions Demonstrates Lower Rates of Target Lesion Failure

A large-scale randomized trial examining the double kissing (DK) crush two-stent technique compared with provisional stenting (PS) in the treatment of true distal bifurcation lesions of the left main artery, found that the DK crush technique was asso...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Room-Cleaning Robots Use UV Radiation to Zap Microorganisms

Germ-killing robots are being enlisted to further safeguard Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) patients from health care-associated infections.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

9/11 WTC Responders Show Increased Physical Disability Due to PTSD

A new study of more than 1,100 WTC responders cared for at the Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program indicates a significant increase in physical disability among the responders.

– Stony Brook University

Using an Electronic Device to Detect Cavities Early

Imagine if dentists could find clear signs of tooth decay long before dental lesions turn into cavities and without using X-rays. A new device cleared for commercialization this month by the FDA is a potential tool for dentists to do just that

– Stony Brook University

More Than a Cold, Doctors Warn of a Common Respiratory Illness in Children

Because its symptoms are similar to those of other viruses – coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, irritability and loss of appetite – RSV is considered the most common illness that many parents have never heard of. While in many healthy babies,...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

Research Team Creates Virtual Reality Surgical Simulator

Senior Nicholas Bieno is teaming up with Professor of Engineering Brian Johns to create a virtual reality surgical simulator for a procedure that repairs hip fractures.

– Cornell College

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

The Obesity Society Position Statement: Breastfeeding and Obesity

The Obesity Society Position Statement: Breastfeeding and Obesity Authors: Emily Oken, MD, David A. Fields, PhD, FTOS, Cheryl A. Loveday, PhD and Leanne M. Redman, PhD, FTOS

– Obesity Society

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ATS Objects to the EPA’s Move to Silence the Input of Scientists

Today the EPA announced a new policy regarding who can serve on the agency’s scientific advisory boards. In earlier comments, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had questioned the “independence, and the veracity and the transparency of those recommen...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

65 Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge CDC To IncludeEating Disorders within National Surveillance Systems

Last week, 65 bipartisan Members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent letters to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) urging the re-inclusion and inclusion of eating disorders surveillance questions within the CDC national surv...

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and UW Medicine Collaborate on Multi-Center U.S. Kidney Research Project

Goal is personalized therapies for tens of millions of people with two most common diseases

– Mount Sinai Health System

Wistar Expands Collaboration & Signs Exclusive License Agreement with Man’s Best Friend Therapeutics to Develop Novel Veterinary Vaccine Technology

The collaboration will further advance a canine melanoma vaccine and other vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases in animals

– Wistar Institute

IDoR 2017: Emergency Radiologists on the Front Lines of Patient Care

On Nov. 8, about 150 medical societies worldwide will mark the International Day of Radiology (IDoR) and celebrate the countless lives saved by emergency radiologists.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

USC Norris Cancer Hospital receives 2017 Press Ganey NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

The nurses of USC Norris Cancer Hospital have been recognized for their exceptional care with a 2017 Press Ganey NDNQI Award For Outstanding Nursing Quality at an academic medical center.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Caroline Apovian Named President of The Obesity Society

Caroline Apovian Named President of The Obesity Society

– Obesity Society

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Focused Ultrasound Foundation Receives Transformative $10 Million Gift to Accelerate Development and Adoption of Game-changing Therapeutic Technology

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has received a pledge of $10 million in unrestricted funds from an anonymous donor to be matched 1:1 by 2022. This pledge comes at a pivotal time for the Foundation and the focused ultrasound field.

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

ACR Chair Tells House Subcommittee to Fund Modern Low-Dose Medical Radiation Research

James A. Brink, MD, FACR, told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy today that medical imaging and radiation oncology save lives.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Awards Samuel Volchenboum a $50,000 Research Grant

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research announced the University of Chicago Medicine will receive a $50,000 Rally for Research Grant to support Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, and a data commons project for pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Receives 'A' Grade for Patient Safety

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital has received an 'A' in The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grade.

– Loyola University Health System

NYIT Dean Appointed to Board of National Black Nurses Association

Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean, New York Institute of Technology School of Health Professions, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Black Nurses Association.

– New York Institute of Technology

UTSW Surgical Specialty Nurse Honored as Nurse of the Year

UT Southwestern Medical Center Surgical Specialty Nurse Dawn Brown has been named Nurse of the Year for her innovative solutions and effective management of patients.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

UCLA Co-Sponsoring Conference on Impact of HIV/AIDS on Black Women

UCLA is co-sponsoring a major conference spotlighting the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women at the local, state and national levels. “A Paradigm Shift: The Impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women and Families”, runs Nov. 2-3 at the Morehouse...

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

Keck Hospital of USC Earns an “A” Grade for Patient Safety

Keck Hospital of USC earns an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rankings.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Virginia Mason Earns Highest Mark for Safety in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Program

Virginia Mason is the only medical center in Washington state –and one of the few in the nation – to have consistently received an A for safety in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade since the program began in 2012.

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Media Alert: American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week Press Briefing

Briefing will feature presentations of High-Impact Clinical Trials. Dr. Pascale Lane and Dr. Kelly Hyndman will moderate and provide context and expert commentary on the science presented.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week Press Briefing

Anti-Doping Study Supported by IOC Investigates Incentives to Stop Doping

An Australian research team involving the University of Adelaide and La Trobe University has been awarded funding from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help combat one of sport’s biggest challenges: doping.

– University of Adelaide

Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety From The Leapfrog Group

Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to announce that Hackensack University Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center received an “A’’ grade for their commitment to keeping patients safe ...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Rush Honored for Providing Highest-Quality Lung Cancer Care in North America

Rush University Medical Center’s lung cancer care team is one of two programs that provide the highest-quality lung cancer care in North America, according to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), which chose Rush as o...

– Rush University Medical Center

UChicago Medicine Earns 12th Consecutive ‘A’ in Patient Safety

The University of Chicago Medicine earned its 12th consecutive “A” in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a prominent hospital-watchdog organization.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Historic Partnership Grant Advances Immunotherapy Research of Mary Markiewicz, Ph.D., at the University of Kansas Cancer Center

.Mary Markiewicz, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics and Immunology and a researcher with KU Cancer Center, will receive a grant, made possible by a unique partn...

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Mayo Clinic to Offer CAR T-Cell Therapy for Relapsed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Mayo Clinic announced today that its Rochester campus is one of 16 cancer centers nationally selected to provide chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy (CAR T-cell therapy) for adults with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma who have not responded to, or h...

– Mayo Clinic

Study to Examine the Impact of Stress on the Health of Sexual Minority Adolescents

Investigators will study a large national sample of youth who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual to discover how different stress triggers, over time, can set the stage for poor health outcomes such as depression, self-harm, and substance use . ...

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles


Five hospitals in University Hospitals System Receive “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group released its news hospital safety grades, and five hospitals with the University Hospitals system in Northeast Ohio earned the grade of "A."{

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Named as ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctors’

A number of chief physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, are being honored as a ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctor’ by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

UTHealth, Adult Protective Services Join Forces to Improve Lives of Texas Elderly

The Texas Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN) has been expanded from children’s services to include adults through a formal agreement between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and McGovern Medical School at The Uni...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Italian-American Researchers Present Mediterranean Diet, Health, and Longevity at Annual Medical Conference

Sbarro Health Research Organization President Antonio Giordano introduces program at National Italian American Foundation 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend In Washington D.C.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

American Electric Power Foundation and AEP Ohio Donate $2.25 Million to Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the American Electric Power Foundation and AEP Ohio announced today that the Columbus-based utility will donate $2.25 million to the hospital’s “Be The Reason” fundraising campaign.

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

UNC-Chapel Hill Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Receives Nearly $4 Million to Study Health Disparities and Recurrent Preterm Birth

UNC-Chapel Hill maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Tracy Manuck receives nearly $4 million to study health disparities and recurrent preterm birth.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Six World-Class Research Teams to Investigate Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance in High Fatality Cancers

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Azrieli Foundation and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) are pleased to announce the recipients of the Joint Canada-Israel Health Research ...

– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Urgent Matters Names Winner of the 2017 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award

Urgent Matters, Philips Blue Jay Consulting, and Schumacher Clinical Partners are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award, a competition to foster innovation in emergency departments nationwide.

– George Washington University

Loyola Health Psychologist Sarah Kinsinger NamedCo-chair of International Expert Group on GI Disorders

Loyola Medicine health psychologist Sarah Kinsinger, PhD, ABPP, has co-founded the new Psychogastroenterology Section of the Rome Foundation, the first international organization dedicated to the research and practice of psychosocial gastroenterology...

– Loyola University Health System

Fed Agency Awards $1.9M for UTEP Health Research

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded a four-year, $1.9 million Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant to Candyce Berger

– University of Texas at El Paso

UTHealth Receives $2.5 Million for HIV Education and Treatment for Persons with Substance Use Disorders

A $2.5 million federal grant will allow a multidisciplinary team at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston to provide prevention and treatment information about HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases to underserved individuals with subst...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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Great Pumpkin Arrives at Brenner Children's Hospital

An Atlantic Giant pumpkin weighing in at 943 pounds was delivered this morning to patients, their family members, faculty and staff at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C. This is the 18th ...

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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