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Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Black Box warning Slows, But Doesn’t Stop, Codeine for Kids After Tonsil and Adenoid removal

Despite an FDA black box warning against prescribing children codeine following tonsil and adenoid removal, 1 in 20 children undergoing these surgeries continued to receive the opioid, a new study suggests.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


Embargo expired on 16-Nov-2017 at 00:05 ET

Discovery of a Promising Medication for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Canadian researchers discovered that pimozide, a drug used to treat schizophrenia, has the potential to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A clinical trial must confirm the efficacy and safety of the drug before it is offere...

– Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)

JCI Insight

Embargo expired on 16-Nov-2017 at 09:00 ET

Helping Cancer Patients Quit Tobacco for Good

A new treatment program that combines the power of technology with tried and true methods to help cancer patients overcome their addiction to tobacco is ready to enroll its first patients at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. As part of the pr...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Embargo expired on 16-Nov-2017 at 06:00 ET

Veni Vidi Vici: How Natural Killer Cells Conquer the Superbug Klebsiella

Multidrug resistance of microbes poses a serious global threat to human health. Such resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae significantly reduce therapeutic options for the treatment of Klebsiella-induced, potentially fatal pneumonia or sepsis. P...

– University of Vienna

PLOS Pathogens

Why Do Employees Cheat? Too Much Pressure

Workplace cheating is a real and troublesome phenomenon, and new research from the University of Georgia explains how it starts—and how employers can help prevent it.

– University of Georgia

Journal of Applied Psychology

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Seattle Children's Opens First CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Trial in the U.S. for Children and Young Adults With Leukemia that Targets CD22 and CD19 Proteins Simultaneously

Seattle Children’s has opened the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy trial in the U.S. for children and young adults with relapsed or refractory CD19- and CD22-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that will simultaneo...

– Seattle Children's Hospital


Virtual Reality Training May Be as Effective as Regular Therapy After Stroke

Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study published in the November 15, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Study Finds Asthma and Food Allergies Predictable at Age One

Using data from more than 2,300 children from across Canada participating in the CHILD Study, the researchers evaluated the presence of AD and allergic sensitization at age one. When the children were three years of age, the researchers performed a c...

– McMaster University

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

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

Stem Cells Fail to Alleviate Peripheral Artery Disease

A stem cell therapy did not improve walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease, although exercise did lead to significant improvements, according to a new study. This is the largest trial of this type of therapy in people with blockages...

– Northwestern University

Journal of the American Medical Association; R01-HL107510

Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 12:30 ET

Quality of Care for Older Texas Patients with Colon Cancer on the Rise, Still Room for Improvement

Research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center finds adherence to surgical treatment guidelines has improved significantly among older Texas patients with colon cancer since 2001, while adherence to chemotherapy guidelines has remain...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 10:00 ET

A Clean Slate: Engineering the Gut Microbiome with “Good” Bacteria May Help Treat Crohn’s Disease

Penn Medicine researchers have singled out a bacterial enzyme behind an imbalance in the gut microbiome linked to Crohn’s disease. The new study, published online this week in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that wiping out a significant p...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Science Translational Medicine; P30 DK050306; UH3 DK083981; T32 DK007066; K24 DK078228; R01 GM080279; R01 GM103591

Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

Cardiac Cell Therapy Safely Improves Heart Function, Upper Limb Strength in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients

After boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy received cardiac progenitor cell infusions, medical tests indicated that the patients’ hearts appeared improved, results from a new study show. Patients in the study also scored higher on ar...

– Cedars-Sinai

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Anaheim

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

Study Asks Neurosurgeons: How Old Is Too Old to Perform Brain Surgery?

People sometimes joke that easy tasks are “not brain surgery.” But what happens when it actually is brain surgery? How old is too old to be a neurosurgeon? In a new Mayo Clinic Proceedings study, most neurosurgeons disagreed with an absolute age ...

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

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

News Tips from the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, California Nov. 11-15

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 12:10 ET

Editorial: Use Big Tobacco’s Nov 26 Corrective Statements to Reduce Smoking

The court-ordered publication of “corrective statements” by major U.S. tobacco companies later this month should serve as a reminder that tobacco addiction remains a major health problem in the country and that Big Tobacco has a long history of m...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Two Yoga Poses Proven to Reverse Scoliosis Curves

Significant, quick reduction in scoliosis curves with two yoga poses

– Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: October/December 2017 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 231–237

UTEP Team Advances in Developing Vaccine for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

A research team at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing an effective human vaccine for cutaneous leishmaniasis, a tropical disease found in Texas and Oklahoma, and affecting some U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan and...

– University of Texas at El Paso

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Parent-Supplied Photos Allow Pediatric Dermatology Diagnoses without an Office Visit in Most Instances

Using smartphone cameras, parents can reliably take high-quality photographs of their child’s skin condition to send to a dermatologist for diagnosis. This finding suggests that direct-to-patient dermatology can accurately provide pediatric dermato...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

JAMA Dermatology, online Nov. 15, 2017

Water Baths as Good as Bleach Baths for Treating Eczema

For patients suffering from eczema (atopic dermatitis), dermatologists will sometimes recommend bleach baths to decrease bacterial infection and reduce symptoms. But a new Northwestern Medicine study found no difference in the effectiveness of a blea...

– Northwestern University

Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; K12 HS023011

After Cooking, Biofortified Corn and Eggs Retain Vital Nutrient Needed to Prevent Blindness

Fortified and biofortified foods are at the forefront of efforts to combat vitamin A deficiency worldwide. But little is known about what influence processing may have on the retention of vitamin A precursors in these foods. Now in a study appearing ...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Omega

New Guidelines Issued for Diagnosis and Care of LAM, a Rare Lung Disease

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) have published additional clinical practice guidelines regarding four specific questions related to the diagnosis of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and management of pneum...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Wider Sampling of Tumor Tissues May Guide Drug Choice, Improve Outcomes

By focusing on genetic variations within a primary tumor, differences between the primary and a metastatic tumor, and additional diversity from tumor DNA in the blood stream, physicians can make better treatment choices for patients with gastric and ...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Cancer Discovery

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Linking heart attack damage with the spleen and kidney, an integrated approach to the study of heart failure

Ganesh Halade has published a functional and structural compendium of the simultaneous changes taking place in the heart, spleen and kidneys in mice during the period of acute heart failure immediately following a heart attack and during the longer p...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

AT006704 ; HL132989; POST31000008

Why These Amish Live Longer and Healthier: An Internal ‘Fountain of Youth’


– Northwestern University

Science Advances; HL51387

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Does this One Gene Fuel Obesity?

New research from the Research Triangle suggests that variants in a gene called ankyrin-B – carried by millions of Americans – could cause people to put on pounds through no fault of their own.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System


Birthing New Findings

A team led by Penn Medicine’s Mary Regina Boland, PhD, an assistant professor of Informatics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, looked at previously documented associations between specific diseases and being born at a certain time of...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association; T15 LM00707; TL1 TR000082; TL1 RR024158; R01 GM107145; T15 LM007442; TR000423; HI16C0992...

A Structural Clue to Attacking Malaria’s ‘Achilles Heel’

New research could boost the development of a more potent vaccine against the global killer.

– Scripps Research Institute

PNAS, Nov. 2017

Uninsured Heart Attack, Stroke Patients Face ‘Catastrophic’ Costs

Heart attack and stroke patients without medical insurance face “devastating” health care costs that can bankrupt them, research from UT Southwestern and other centers shows.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Rep. Jamie Raskin Joins Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Congressional Committee

Representative Jaime Raskin (D-MD) joins Fight Colorectal Cancer's Congressional Committee to advocate for CRC patients from the Hill. Raskin is a stage III survivor.

– Fight Colorectal Cancer

Cincinnati Children’s Launches Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine

Seven years ago Cincinnati Children’s scientists first used pluripotent stem cells to mimic natural human development and grow working human intestine in a lab. Today medical center doctors can bioengineer the gastrointestinal tissues of sick child...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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Search for Novel Biomarkers Indicating Early Cardiovascular Disease Risk Wins Funding to Design Larger Scale Study in People of Mexican Ancestry

Texas Biomedical Research Institute scientists have been granted funding from the National Institutes of Health to pursue a promising study on the ultimate causes of heart disease and metabolic disorders.

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Let it Snow, But Don’t Let Your Allergies Be “Frightful”

The 50 million allergy and asthma sufferers in the US are sometimes surprised to learn that indoor allergies strike year-round. They can especially crop up when visiting friends and family around the holidays.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Vaping 'No Better' than Smoking when Surgery is Needed

Many proponents of vaping argue that it's a healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes; however, when it coming to surgery and interacting with anesthesia, neither is safe.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Don’t Let the Stress of Managing Diabetes Ruin Seasonal Fun

For people with diabetes, planning ahead for the holidays is important, but challenging. AADE recommends the following tips to ensure a healthy and happy holiday season.

– American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)


Study Finds People with Certain Blood Types Have Increased Risks of Heart Attack During Periods of High Air Pollution

Individuals who have A, B, or AB blood types have an elevated risk of having a heart attack during periods of significant air pollution, compared to those with the O blood type, according to a new study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Ins...

– Intermountain Medical Center

American Heart Association Scientific Session, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 15:00 ET

Quick! What's That Smell? Mammal Brains Identify Type of Scent Faster Than Once Thought

It takes less than one-tenth of a second — a fraction of the time previously thought — for the sense of smell to distinguish between one odor and another, new experiments in mice show.

– NYU Langone Health

Nature Communications; R01 DC013797; R01 DC014366

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 05:00 ET

Many Hospitalized Heart Patients Discharged Not Getting Protective Statin Medications Upon Release, Fewer Remaining on Medicine After One Year

While patients who are discharged from the hospital after treatment for heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, or peripheral artery disease, should be on statin medications to reduce their risk of reoccurrence, very few of them remain on the drugs l...

– Intermountain Medical Center

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 12:45 ET

Potential New Autism Drug Shows Promise in Mice

NitroSynapsin is intended to restore an electrical signaling imbalance in the brain found in virtually all forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Communications, Nov. 2017; P01 HD029587; R01 NS086890; R01 AG056259; DP1 DA041722; P30 NS076411; R43 AG052233; R43 AG055208; R21 AG048519...

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 05:00 ET

Aggressive Testing Provides No Benefit to Patients in ER with Chest Pain

Patients who go to the emergency room (ER) with chest pain often receive unnecessary tests to evaluate whether they are having a heart attack, a practice that provides no clinical benefit and adds hundreds of dollars in health-care costs, according t...

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 16:10 ET

Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Common Cause of Blindness

Results from two early clinical trials show that it may be possible to use human embryonic stem cells as treatment for the dry form of macular degeneration, according to presentations given today at AAO 2017, the 121st Annual Meeting of the American ...

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 11:30 ET

Although Their Introductions as Treatment Are Different, Two Top Medications for Opioid Addiction Are Equally Effective

a new study concludes that two of the top medications available for outpatient, office-based treatment, once initiated, are equally safe and effective in curtailing opioid use, relapse, treatment drop-out and overdose.

– NYU Langone Health

NIDA (multiple grants); The Lancet

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 18:30 ET

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Vitamin D Linked to Better Live Birth Rates in Women Undergoing Assisted Reproduction Treatment

Researchers are calling for a randomised clinical trial to investigate the potential role of vitamin D supplementation in improving live birth rates following assisted reproduction treatment (ART).

– University of Birmingham

Human Reproduction

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 19:05 ET

Head Games: Research Finds Injury From Contact Sport Has Harmful, Though Temporary Effect on Memory

McMaster University neuroscientists studying sports-related head injuries have found that it takes less than a full concussion to cause memory loss, possibly because even mild trauma can interrupt the production of new neurons in a region of the brai...

– McMaster University

Neuroscience 2017

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

A New Strategy for Prevention of Liver Cancer Development

Primary liver cancer is now the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and its incidences and mortality are increasing rapidly in the United Stated. In late stages of the malignancy, there are no effective treatments or drugs. Howeve...

– University of California San Diego Health

Cell Reports

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

This Is Why Testicular Cancer Is So Responsive to Chemo

Cornell researchers have taken a major step toward answering a key question in cancer research: Why is testicular cancer so responsive to chemotherapy, even after it metastasizes?

– Cornell University

Cell Reports

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

White Paper Provides Tools to Manage Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

A white paper designed to provide New York State healthcare providers and communities with the tools to manage and reduce opioid use disorder in pregnancy will be released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

– Stony Brook University

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

Nanowired Drugs Could Treat Patients with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s

University of Arkansas biomedical engineering doctoral student Asya Ozkizilcik has improved the nanowiring of drugs for an international team of researchers who are working on a new method for treating neurodegenerative diseases.

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Researchers Reverse Heart Failure in Marfan Mice

In experiments with mice that have a rodent form of Marfan syndrome, Johns Hopkins researchers report that even modestly increasing stress on the animals’ hearts — at levels well-tolerated in normal mice — can initiate heart failure. The findin...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

The findings; S10RR024550, S10OD016374

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Deadly Lung Cancers Are Driven by Multiple Genetic Changes

A new UC San Francisco–led study challenges the dogma in oncology that most cancers are caused by one dominant “driver” mutation that can be treated in isolation with a single targeted drug.

– UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nature Genetics

Clinicians Need a Clear Definition of Severe Asthma and Its Phenotypes to Target Precise Management with Biologics and Bronchial Thermoplasty

An article in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology guides medical professionals through the principles involved in using new treatments for severe asthma.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Post-Delivery Pain in New Moms During Opioid Crisis

Women who undergo vaginal delivery often do not require opioids to manage pain after hospital discharge, concludes a study published in Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). In addition...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)


Queen’s Researchers Make Killer Superbug Breakthrough

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast together with the University of Vienna have discovered that treatment for the antibiotic resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae could lie within our bodies’ natural defences.

– Queen's University Belfast

PLOS Pathogens

Psoriasis Severity Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

People with psoriasis are at a higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes than those without psoriasis, and the risk increases dramatically based on the severity of the disease. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsy...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; K24-AR064310

Neighborhood Safety Plays Role in Youth Physical Activity

An observational study conducted by a University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher shows evidence that physical environment and safety play a major role in how active children and adolescents can be.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Preventive Medicine Reports

Getting Enough Sleep May Help Skin Wounds Heal Faster

Getting more sleep may help wound healing, and a nutrition supplement may also help, according to a new study. The paper, published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for November.

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Journal of Applied Physiology

Ibuprofen May Block Damage From Fetal-Alcohol Exposure

An anti-inflammatory drug may have the potential to stall the damaging effects of alcohol on the fetal brain, a new study suggests. Ibuprofen reduced neuroinflammation and behavioral signs of alcohol exposure in a rat model of fetal alcohol spectrum ...

– Ohio State University

Behavioural Brain Research

Global Birth Season Study Links Environment with Disease Risk

A new study sheds light on connections between birth month and risk for certain diseases.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Researchers Identify Hormone for Treating Sepsis

Biomedical scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a hormone that may lead to improved survival rates for patients with sepsis. Using a mouse model, they have discovered that the human protein resistin could be used to t...

– University of California, Riverside

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 1R01AI091759-01A1; P01DK49210

Study: Process Used to Select Lung Transplant Patients May Need to Be Changed

New research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that the system for choosing transplant recipients in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may underestimate how long a person might survive without a lung transplant an...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine


Legal Implications of Neuroscience Research – Harvard Review of Psychiatry Presents Update

New research on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders has important implications for legal proceedings as well as mental health treatment, according to a special issue on "Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and the Law," presented in the Harvard Revie...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Could Surgery Reduce Frailty in Adults with Heart Failure?

Patients showed a reduction in measures of frailty after surgery for left-ventricular-assist-device (LVAD)

– Thomas Jefferson University

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Physician Specialty Characteristics Associated with Higher Patient Complexity

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study assesses physician specialty and radiologist characteristics associated with higher patient complexity in the Medicare population. The research is published online in Academic Radiology.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Academic Radiology

Medicaid Coverage for Methadone Improves Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are more likely to receive evidence-based treatment with an "opioid agonist"—usually methadone—in states where those medications are covered by Medicaid, reports a study in the December issue of Medic...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

Finding a Key to Unlock Blocked Differentiation in Microrna-Deficient Embryonic Stem Cells

In a study published in Stem Cell Reports, Rui Zhao and colleagues have partly solved a long-unanswered basic question about stem cells — why are pluripotent stem cells that have mutations to block the production of microRNAs unable to differentiat...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Stem Cell Reports; HL093212; AG043531; CA196631-01A1; NS095626

What to Do if You Get Scabies

Scabies is a common skin condition caused by the human itch mite. People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of their skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite – which is so small that you would need a microscope to s...

– American Academy of Dermatology

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Twisting Molecule Wrings More Power from Solar Cells

Readily rotating molecules let electrons last, resulting in higher solar cell efficiency.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

PNAS 114, 7519-7524 (2017).

Team Approach Helps Patients Regain Control of Diabetes

Before diabetes takes or disables a life, Harris Health System wants to step in. Through an ambitious program that places patients with uncontrolled diabetes with a team of medical experts and support staff, the aim is to change the course of the dis...

– Harris Health System

Lung Cancer Awareness Saves Lives

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. It is a preventable disease as 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. An expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey notes awareness and a tobacc...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Five Health Indicators Are Enough to Predict Cardiovascular Risk in Healthy People, Mount Sinai Researchers Report

In a large population study that was the first of its kind, researchers found that a simple tool not requiring laboratory tests, the Fuster-BEWAT score, is as effective as the American Heart Association-recommended ICHS (Ideal Cardiovascular Health I...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

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

Are Delays in Colon Cancer Treatment Safe?

This Canadian study provides further evidence that even surgical treatment delays of several weeks do not adversely influence survival. Patients who require further consultations or investigations preoperatively may safely have their surgery moderate...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 10:00 ET

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Human Genetic Variation Influences Alcohol’s Sedating and Stimulating

Although estimates vary, scientists believe that 50 to 64 percent of the risk of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) is inherited. One way to identify this risk is through a person’s subjective response to alcohol. This study investigated the effects of t...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 10:00 ET

Extreme Swings in Blood Pressure Are Just as Deadly as Having Consistently High Blood Pressure

Extreme ups and downs in systolic blood pressure may be just as deadly as having consistently high blood pressure, according to a new study from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

– Intermountain Medical Center

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 15:45 ET

Allergy Amplifier Implicated in Asthma Also Intensifies Food Allergy

In 2012, LJI researcher Toshiaki Kawakami, M.D., Ph.D., reported that a small protein aptly named histamine-releasing factor (HRF) played a pro-inflammatory role in asthma. The current paper reports a novel biochemical mechanism governing HRF activit...

– La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nov-2017

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

Wouldn’t it be Great if Eyedrops Didn’t Spill Out of Your Eyes?

A new kind of eyedropper can deliver tiny droplets of medication, treating the eye more precisely than traditional eyedroppers, while reducing waste and avoiding dangerous side effects.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 16:15 ET

Annoyed by Floating Specks in Your Vision? You May Soon be Able to Zap Them Away

Millions of people who put up with seeing annoying specks drift through their field of vision may now have a safe, high-tech solution to their problem. A study of patients who had laser treatment to vaporize these flecks and spots known as floaters, ...

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 13:45 ET

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Gun-Related Eye Trauma in the United States

A review of patients who suffered firearms-related eye trauma shows significant disparities in race, location, and circumstance, according to research presented today at AAO 2017, the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 13:45 ET

Another Reason to Exercise: Protecting Your Sight

People who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity may be able to significantly lower their risk of glaucoma, according to research presented today at AAO 2017, the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Embargo expired on 13-Nov-2017 at 13:45 ET

Doctors and Patients Make More Decisions Together

In a shift away from the more patriarchal/matriarchal relationship between doctor and patient, patients report an increased partnership with their physicians in making medical decisions, reports a new study. Shared decision-making between patients an...

– Northwestern University

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

ACA Program to Reduce Hospital Readmissions Not All It's Cracked Up to Be

A federal program that has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions may not have been as successful as it appears, University of Michigan researchers report in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

– University of Michigan

Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine

Medicaid Expansion under ACA Linked to Higher Rate of Smoking Cessation

When low-income adults were newly covered by Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they were more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than their counterparts in states that did not offer Medicaid expansion. The findings support a policy-driven ...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Medical Care; DOI; Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program

Using a Mathematical Lens to Look at Disease as a Whole Body Problem

A novel computational method allows researchers to parse how multiple organs contribute to a disease over time, giving a more holistic view of disease and potentially revealing new avenues for intervention.

– Thomas Jefferson University

PLOS Computational Biology

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Linked to Dysregulated Tryptophan Metabolism, Study Finds

Researchers have found a link between dysregulated tryptophan metabolism and abdominal aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening vascular disease, according to a new study led by Georgia State University.

– Georgia State University


Parental Medicaid Expansion Translates into Preventive Care for their Children

When low-income parents enroll in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state expansion program, their children have considerably better odds of receiving annual preventive care pediatrician visits. This “spillover effect" demonstrates tha...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Pediatrics; T32HP10025B0

Educate Don’t Amputate: Hospital Profits Versus Diabetes Prevention Study

Diabetes is the most singularly expensive disease. Nationally, it consumes $176 billion a year in health care dollars. In New York State diabetes costs $8.7 billion a year including $1.3 billion in annual Medicaid costs. This study provides insigh...

– Health People

New Player in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis Identified

Scientists have shown that a protein called membralin is critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that membralin regulates the cell’s machinery for producing beta-amyloid (o...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Nature Communications; Tanz Family Fund; Cure Alzheimer’s Fund; R01 HD074961; R21 AG048519; R01 AG021173; R01 AG038710; R01 AG044420; R01 NS046673...

O’Donnell Brain Institute Joins Global Effort to Map Human Cells

UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute will help in an international effort to map and characterize all the cells in the human body, an ambitious project aimed at gaining insight into how cellular changes can cause disease.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

New Website and Educational Program Dedicated to Reducing Drowsy Driving

Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management have developed to help raise awareness about the prevalence of drowsy driving and reduce crashes caused by it, an estimated 6,000 per year.

– Stony Brook University

MedWire Announcements

Deadline Extended for Nominations: The Endocrine Society’s Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism

Journalists have a few extra days to enter the 11th annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism. Entries will be accepted through Friday, December 1, 2017.

– Endocrine Society

ENDO 2018, March-2018

Seattle Children’s Launches $1 Billion Fundraising Campaign to Transform Children’s Health

Seattle Children’s today launched a $1 billion initiative, It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s, with a bold vision: to transform children’s health. It Starts With Yes is the largest campaign in Seattle Children’s 110-year ...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

UTHealth Celebrates Landmark Gift to Provide Unprecedented Resources to Its Nursing School

Jane and Robert Cizik have made a landmark gift of $25 million to the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), giving the school the resources and capacity to shape the future of nursing education and ...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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

Seattle Surgeon Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, Is American College of Surgeons President-Elect

Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS at the College’s Annual Business Meeting held during the 2017 Clinical Congress.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

MSK-IMPACT™ Is the First Tumor-Profiling Multiplex Panel Authorized by the FDA, Setting a New Pathway to Market for Future Oncopanels

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the authorization of MSK-IMPACT™ (which stands for integrated mutation profiling of actionable cancer targets), a high throughput, targeted-DNA-sequencing panel for somatic mutations. Create...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mount Sinai Researcher Appointed as Next Generation Leader for the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Denise Cai, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been selected as one of the Allen Institute for Brain Science’s 2017 Next Generation Leaders.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers Receive DOD Grant for Implantable Muscle Stimulator

A team of researchers led by Kath Bogie, DPhil (PhD), a biomedical engineer and associate professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and colleagues from Case Western Reserve and other i...

– Case Western Reserve University

Department of Defense

Renowned Surgeons Launch Acoustic Neuroma Program at UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health has expanded its treatment of rare brain tumors by launching a specialized program in the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuromas and complex skull base tumors. The new program will be led by Rick Friedman, MD, PhD, and Marc ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Endocrine Society, Peruvian Consulate Host Health Fair to Raise Diabetes Awareness

The Endocrine Society, George Washington University and the Consulate General of Peru are partnering to educate the local expatriate and immigrant communities about diabetes.

– Endocrine Society

Preserving Antibiotic Effectiveness: It’s a Question of Life or Death

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19

– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Einstein Researchers Receive $6 Million Grant to Untangle the Genetic Protections Against Alzheimer’s Disease

The number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease continues to rise, but the number of treatments for the condition has not kept pace. Now, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, have received a $6.3 million grant...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Focused Ultrasound Foundation Launches Veterinary Program

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation has launched a veterinary program to study focused ultrasound therapies for the treatment of animals. The initiative enables veterinary researchers to test state-of-the-art therapies in their patients, while collecti...

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Ravi Durvasula, MD, Named Chair of Loyola's Department of Medicine

Ravi Durvasula, MD, has been named chair of the department of medicine of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

– Loyola University Health System

16 Cancer Care Facilities Receive Outstanding Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its mid-year 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 16 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Harris Health RNs Listed Among Top 20 in Houston by Texas Nurses Association

Two Harris Health System nurses are among the 20 Outstanding Nurses for 2017, an award given by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9. The pair joins honorees nominated by peers and coworkers as exemplary registered nurses from greater Houston.

– Harris Health System

Hospital Throws Turkey Day Party for Survivors, Kids with Cancer

The Children’s Hospital University of Illinois will host a pre-holiday Thanksgiving meal and celebration for pediatric cancer patients and their families Nov. 18.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Epic Sharing within UC Health

In an unprecedented move, UC San Diego Health and UCI Health have formed a strategic partnership to increase operational efficiencies and decrease patient care costs by sharing a single electronic medical records (EMR) platform.

– University of California San Diego Health

Hong Named THR Clinical Scholar

Dr. Arthur Hong, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been selected as recipient of the Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar Award for his research into how to improve the cost, qual...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tulane Receives $1.7 Million Grant From Department of Defense for Blood Vessel Research

Tulane University’s Stryder Meadows, a cell and molecular biology professor, received a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Defense to study how arteriovenous malformations (AVM), which are defects in arteries, veins and capillaries, form Her...

– Tulane University

SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Brahim Chaqour Receives $2 Million for Research Into Treatment of Vision-threatening Diseases

Brahim Chaqour, PhD, professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has received two awards to support research into treatment of currently incurable vision-threatening diseases. The new awards, totaling $2,008,973, are...

– SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Shining a Light on the Nervous System to Thwart Disease

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, and University of Pittsburgh have received a four-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop enhanced infrared light technology ...

– Case Western Reserve University


Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association Partner to Accelerate Drug Discovery

The American Heart Association (AHA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have formed a strategic business partnership to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost and access.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

AACN Updates Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has published a new edition of “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice” to reflect the specialty’s evolving role and an ever-changing critical care landscape.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Riverview Medical Center Welcomes Kevin T. Gioia, M.D., Female Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgeon

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J. is pleased to welcome Kevin T. Gioia, M.D. to the medical staff. Dr. Gioia is a urologist, with a special focus on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

INCITE Grants of 5.95 Billion Hours Awarded to 55 Computational Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 55 projects with high potential for accelerating discovery through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. The projects will share 5.95 bil...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Cuban Delegation, UIC Work Toward Better Women’s Health in Englewood

Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, four physicians from Cuba are working to improve maternal health and birth outcomes in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Mayo Clinic Announces 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Stephen Challachombe, Ph.D., Donald Greydanus, M.D., Robert Nirschl, M.D., Thomas Spelsberg, Ph.D. and Robert Waller, M.D., recently were named honorees at the 2017 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony. The award acknowledges and shows app...

– Mayo Clinic

Wolters Kluwer’s Lippincott Journals Recognized for Excellence in Editorial and Digital Media

Wolters Kluwer Health announced today that its Lippincott medical and nursing journal portfolio won five awards and earned Honorable Mention nominations in eight categories at the 2017 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards. The awards represent one of the indu...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation Names Industry Veteran Flagg Flanagan to Board of Directors

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Flagg Flanagan as public director to the NREF Board of Directors for a two-year term.

– American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

CHLA is Awarded More than $1 Million from St. Baldrick’s Foundation to Fund Cancer Research

Three physician-researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have been awarded more than $1 million in grants from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to support research efforts spanning both neuroblastoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia – two of...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute





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