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20-Nov-2017


Poll: 2 Out of 3 Parents Struggle Finding Childcare That Meets Their Health, Safety Standards

The search for the best preschool or childcare option is often a challenging experience – and many parents aren’t sure if the one they pick is safe and healthy for their child.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2017 at 00:00 ET


Some Cancer Therapies May Provide a New Way to Treat High Blood Pressure

Drugs designed to halt cancer growth may offer a new way to control high blood pressure (hypertension), say Georgetown University Medical Center investigators. The finding could offer a real advance in hypertension treatment because although a number...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Hypertension

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2017 at 05:00 ET


Pairing Cancer Genomics with Cognitive Computing Highlights Potential Therapeutic Options

UNC researchers use cognitive computing to scour large volumes of data from scientific studies and databases to find potentially relevant clinical trials or therapeutic options for cancer patients based on the genetics of their tumors.

– University of North Carolina Health Care

The Oncologist

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2017 at 09:00 ET


What’s in Your Wheat? Johns Hopkins Scientists Piece Together Genome of Most Common Bread Wheat

Johns Hopkins scientists report they have successfully used two separate gene technologies to assemble the most complete genome sequence to date of Triticum aestivum, the most common cultivated species of wheat used to make bread.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

GigaScience; Nature; IOS-1238231, IOS-1444893, R01HG006677


New Approach to Studying Chromosomes’ Centers May Reveal Link to Down Syndrome and More

A PCR-based approach to a frontier of the human genome -- the centromere -- could speed discovery in chromosome-based diseases and birth defects.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Genome Research, Early online publication


Male Infertility Is Emasculating, First Qualitative Survey of Men’s Experiences of Fertility Problems Finds

What men would like to see now is a shift from infertility being seen as a ‘women’s issue’ within society and vastly improved support for men, in particular online.

– Leeds Beckett University

includes video


Celeb Chefs to Judge “Go with Grains” Recipe Contest for High School Chefs in Underserved Communities

High school students from underserved communities aspiring to become future celebrity chefs will face a challenge from the nationwide 2018 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest. The challenge: create an innovat...

– Monday Campaigns


Expert from the Largest Pediatric Craniofacial Program in the U.S. Raises Awareness of Young Patients with Facial Differences and Syndromes Like Treacher Collins

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the largest craniofacial program for children in the country and is directed by Mark Urata, MD, DDS, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at CHLA. He comments on Treacher Collins Syndrome and other facial dif...

Expert Available

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

18-Nov-2017


Preemies Activism, Craniofacial Conditions, New Therapy Lessons, and More in the Children's Health News Source

Click here for the latest research and features on Children's Health.

– Newswise

17-Nov-2017


Novel Therapeutic Target Discovered for Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+) Breast Cancer

Mount Sinai researchers identify new protein in a common subtype of breast cancer which can potentially offer more effective therapies for the future

– Mount Sinai Health System

NPJ Breast Cancer

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


How a Poorly Explored Immune Cell May Impact Cancer Immunity and Immunotherapy

The immune cells that are trained to fight off the body’s invaders can become defective. It’s what allows cancer to develop. So most research has targeted these co-called effector T-cells. But a new study takes a step back and considers: What if ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Science Immunology; CA217510; CA123088; CA099985; CA156685; CA171306; CA190176; CA193136; 5P30CA46592

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


The One Gene, Menu Labeling, Holiday Food Stress, and More in the Obesity News Source

Click here to go directly to Newswise's Obesity News Source

– Newswise


Anti-Malaria Drug Shows Promise as Zika Virus Treatment

California researchers have discovered that a medication used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus. The drug, called chloroquine, has a long history of safe use during pregnancy, and is relatively inexpensive. The researc...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine

Scientific Reports; U19MH107367

includes video


New Study Out of WSU Further Supports Use of Progesterone to Fight Preterm Birth

A new study published today – World Prematurity Day – in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology provides additional support for treatment with vaginal progesterone to reduce the risk of preterm birth, neonatal complications and infant de...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Nov., 2017


New Game Highlights the Challenges of Reporting Sexual Harassment

“Hurl the Harasser” provides interactive metaphor for the challenges, triumphs victims of sexual harassment encounter.

– American University


Like a Baby: The Vicious Cycle of Childhood Obesity and Snoring

Poor nutrition and lack of exercise lead to the increasing prevalence of obesity which, in turn, is the major predictor of diabetes and future risk of cardiovascular disease in western societies. Excess weight is also closely associated with obstruct...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Metabolism; K24 HD069408; P30 DK092924; P30 DK040561; 2K24DK081913; R01 HD034568; UG3OD023286; 1U54CA155626


Small Changes to Organ Procurement System Could Lead to More Life-Saving Transplants

Slight changes to the system for allocating deceased-donor kidneys could result in higher rates of organ procurement and lead to more kidney transplants across the country, according to new research co-authored by an Indiana University Kelley School ...

– Indiana University


Deletion of a Stem Cell Factor Promotes TBI Recovery in Mice

esearchers found that conditional deletion of Sox2 – the gene encoding the SOX2 stem cell transcription factor – and the associated dampening of astrocyte reactivity appear to promote functional recovery, including behavioral recovery, after trau...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


The Medical Minute: Safety Tips for Hunters of All Ages

With rifle deer season around the corner in Pennsylvania, thousands of hunters – of all ages – are preparing to head into the woods. Falls from tree stands continue to be a common hunting accident, yet can sometimes be overlooked – for example,...

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


What Nurses Need to Know: Pain Research

Johns Hopkins Nursing researcher Janiece Taylor lets frustration drive her instead of holding her back. She has learned that it doesn't hurt to try something new.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Veterinarian Says the Same Food Safety Rules That Apply to Humans Also Apply to Pets

Like to give your furry friend tidbits of human food on Thanksgiving? A Kansas State University veterinarian shares several food safety tips on how to keep people and their pets healthy this holiday season.

– Kansas State University


Preemies 4 Prevention

Sage Snyder and Julia Dickman are sophomores in high school. They do all the normal things high schoolers do – hang out with their friends, go shopping, and play sports after school. But for these two, the buck doesn’t stop there. Sage and Julia...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Urges Caution in Choosing Age-appropriate Holiday Toys for Young Children

With the holiday shopping season upon us, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt offers critical safety tips to those buying gifts for children.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Genomics Researcher Peters Tackles a Brave New World

As a young scientist, British researcher David Peters was focused on brain aneurysms as researched through the lens of high-throughput genomics. But when his wife became pregnant with the first of their two children, his world – both as a husband a...

Expert Available

– Magee-Womens Research Institute

16-Nov-2017


In the Heart of Devastating Outbreak, Research Team Unlocks Secrets of Ebola

In a comprehensive and complex molecular study of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, published today (Nov. 16, 2017) in Cell Host and Microbe, a scientific team led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison has identified signatures of...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cell Host & Microbe Nov. 16, 2017

Embargo expired on 16-Nov-2017 at 12:00 ET


How the Immune System Identifies Invading Bacteria

Never-before-seen images of mouse immune system proteins and bacterial bits reveal an inspection strategy that identifies pathogens.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Science, Nov-2017

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


Study Raises Possibility of Naturally Acquired Immunity Against Zika Virus

Birth defects in babies born infected with Zika virus remain a major health concern. Now, scientists suggest the possibility that some women in high-risk Zika regions may already be protected and not know it. New research in PLOS Pathogens on Nov. 16...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

PLOS Pathogens, Nov. 16, 2017

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


New Painkillers Reduce Overdose Risk

The research shows that a range of compounds can deliver pain-blocking potency without affecting respiration.

– Scripps Research Institute

Cell, Nov. 16, 2017; R01 DA033073; R01 DA038694

Embargo expired on 16-Nov-2017 at 12:00 ET


Nutrition-Focused Medical Exams Result in Increased Reimbursement for Health Care Systems

A new pilot project has been developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that trains registered dietitian nutritionists to perform a nutrition-focused physical exam that is used to diagnose malnourished hospitalized patients. According to a n...

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Old World Monkeys Could Be Key to a New, Powerful Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy

A study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC finds that a peptide only found in Old World monkeys has the potential to stop rheumatoid arthritis progression better than established treatments.

– Keck Medicine of USC

PLOS ONE


Can a Common Ingredient in Laundry Detergent Help Advance Diabetes Research?

Being able to build a bioartificial pancreas offers the potential to cure type 1 diabetes. A major challenge with the effort is how to supply the structure with enough oxygen to keep the cells alive. Now, new research suggests that oxygen-generating ...

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Biomaterials Science


Study: For Older Women, Every Movement Matters

Women who engaged in 30 minutes per day of light physical activity had a 12 percent lower risk of death. Women who did a half-hour each day of moderate to vigorous activity had a 39 percent lower mortality risk.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Nov-2017


Study Shows Codeine Prescribed to Children Despite FDA Warning Against It

A new study shows as many as one in 20 children were still receiving codeine to treat pain after tonsil and adenoid surgery, two years after federal regulators warned doctors that prescribing the opioid to kids after the routine surgeries could be fa...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Pediatrics


New Motion Sensors a Major Step Toward Low-Cost, High-Performance Wearable Technology

Researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering have developed a class of breakthrough motion sensors that could herald a near future of ubiquitous, fully integrated and affordable wearable technology.

– Florida State University

Materials and Design, Nov-2017


Toys That Look Identical Aren’t Identically Safe, Biomechanics Experts Say

The popularity of the Nerf “blaster” toy gun has created an active market for inexpensive off-brand versions of the Nerf darts, but new data from Virginia Tech suggests that the off-brand darts are two to three times more likely to cause eye inju...

– Virginia Tech


Computer Program Finds New Uses for Old Drugs

Researchers at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have developed a computer program to find new indications for old drugs. The computer program, called DrugPredict, matches existing data about F...

– Case Western Reserve University

Oncogene; Norma C. and Albert I. Geller via the Gynecological Cancer Translation Research Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; The Mary Kay Foundation; The Young Scientist Foundation...


Researchers Identify First Brain Training Exercise Positively Linked to Dementia Prevention

Aging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia.

– Indiana University

Alzheimer & Dementia Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, Nov-2017


Study Finds Dieting Combined with High-Intensity Exercise Helpful in Reducing Risk of Weight Regain

Researchers suggest combining a calorie-restricted diet with high-intensity interval training could be a solution for reducing weight regain after weight loss.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

American Journal of Physiology


Noninvasive Brain Imaging Shows Readiness of Trainees To Perform Operations

While simulation platforms have been used to train surgeons before they enter an actual operating room (OR), few studies have evaluated how well trainees transfer those skills from the simulator to the OR. Now, a study led by Rensselaer Polytechnic I...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


New Tool Predicts Risk of Heart Attack in Older Surgery Patients

A tool designed to more accurately predict the risk of heart attack in older patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery works significantly better than traditional risk assessment tools. By having more accurate information, older patients and their phys...

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

Journal of the American Heart Association


Unlocking the Secrets of Ebola

Scientists have identified a set of biomarkers that indicate which patients infected with the Ebola virus are most at risk of dying from the disease. The results come from one of the most in-depth studies ever of blood samples from patients with Ebol...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Cell Host & Microbe


Detailed View of Immune Proteins Could Lead to New Pathogen-Defense Strategies

Biologists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley used cryo-EM to resolve the structure of a ring of proteins used by the immune system to summon support when under attack, providing new insight into potential strategies for protection from pathogens. The r...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science

includes video


Could This Protein Protect People Against Coronary Artery Disease?

By studying the genetic makeup of people who maintain clear arteries into old age, researchers led by UNC’s Jonathan Schisler, PhD, have identified a possible genetic basis for coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as potential new opportunities t...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

American Journal of Pathology


Cross Off That “To Do” List, Study Shows All Daily Activity Can Prolong Life

That “to do” list of chores and errands could actually provide a variety of health benefits, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Soc...

– University of California San Diego Health

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society


New Shoe Makes Running 4 Percent More Efficient, Sub-2-Hour Marathon Possible, Study Confirms

Eleven days after Boulder-born Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in new state-of-the-art racing flats known as “4%s,” University of Colorado Boulder researchers have published the study that inspired the shoe’s name, confirming th...

– University of Colorado Boulder

Sports Medicine

includes video


A New Test to Measure the Effectiveness of CF Drugs

UNC School of Medicine researchers have developed a new laboratory model to measure and compare the responses of CF and normal airway cells to CF-related infectious/inflammatory factors.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine


AACI Rejects Administration’s Proposal to Cut Reimbursement to Cancer Hospitals

The Association of American Cancer Institutes opposes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule, which threatens access to lifesaving treatments for uninsured and underserve...

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)


Sanford Health to Study Alternatives to Opioids

Sanford Health is one of three sites in the U.S. to launch a study to determine if non-opioid medications are as effective in managing pain after carpal-tunnel surgery.

– Sanford Health


Loyola Medicine's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Celebrates 30 Years

Loyola Medicine's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is celebrating 30 years of caring for some of the smallest and sickest newborns.

– Loyola University Health System

includes video


Helping Children with ADHD Thrive in the Classroom

Nearly 15 percent of Kentucky children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, the highest rate in the nation. While medicine alone doesn't necessarily lead to improved academic performance in the long run, a new intervention developed by UK professors is...

– University of Kentucky


New Therapy Lessens Impact of Mistreatment at a Young Age

Work underway in a laboratory at the University of Delaware suggest certain drugs can prevent and reduce changes to the brain caused by mistreatment at an early age.

– University of Delaware


Rutgers Names New Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute Director

Helmut Zarbl will link the institute with the university’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, promote collaboration between education and research

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs


Addressing Weight Stigma in Childhood Obesity

The Obesity Society Perspective paper encourages patient-centered approach to childhood obesity

– Obesity Society

Obesity

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2017 at 00:00 ET


The Academy for Eating Disorders Calls for a Universal Ban on Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) has joined with a coalition of associations in an appeal to the Massachusetts legislature to request their support of An Act Making Discrimination Based on Height and Weight Unlawful (Massachusetts H.952).

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)


ATS Spreads Message about the Dangers of Flavored Tobacco in New Video

Educating the public about the dangers of tobacco addiction has long been a priority for the American Thoracic Society, which provides scientifically-supported arguments to counter Big Tobacco’s marketing and lobbying efforts. Now, the ATS is debut...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

MedWire Announcements


Six Researchers From MD Anderson Elected as AAAS Fellows

In recognition of their contributions to basic, translational, and clinical research, six faculty members from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2017 at 05:00 ET


OADN Partners with CastleBranch to EmpowerEducators, Hospitals and Students

The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and CastleBranch have announced a new, collaborative initiative to promote the development and academic progression of health care professionals. Through the adoption of the CastleBranch Bridges (C...

– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)


Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) presents Neurologist Pioneering Award to Dr. Anthony Furlan

Dr. Anthony Furlan of University Hospitals in Cleveland was given the Neurologist Pioneering Award from the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN).

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


Fellows Selected for 2018 AMSSM Traveling Fellowship to Scandinavia

AMSSM has selected Leonardo Oliveira, MD and Jason Zaremski, MD to serve as Junior Traveling Fellows for AMSSM's 2018 International Traveling Fellowship program tour to Scandinavia. Drs. Oliveira and Zaremski will join AMSSM Founder and Past Presiden...

– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)


Akua Afriyie-Gray, MD, Named to ChicagoList of Prominent African-Americans in Medicine

Dr. Afriyie-Gray Named to Chicago List of Prominent African-Americans in Medicine

– Loyola University Health System


AACN Opens Registration for NTI 2018

AACN's 2018 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) offers hundreds of sessions to improve clinical practice, patient outcomes and the hospitals’ bottom line, with a comprehensive program that incorporates leading evidence-base...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)


Facial Paralysis & Reanimation Center Launches at NYU Langone

NYU Langone launches Facial Paralysis & Reanimation Center to treat patients with facial palsy.

– NYU Langone Health


Arizona Surgeon Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons

Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, Tucson, Ariz., was recently elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s annual Clinical Congress, held in San Diego, Calif., October 22-26.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)


Irving Family’s $700 Million Bequest to Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Sets Stage for Dramatic Advances in Cancer Research and Care

Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced today that Florence Irving and her late husband, Herbert Irving, have given $700 million to the two institutions to dramatically advance research and clinical programs for the treatment of cancer...

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Smart City Consortium Formed at USC

The USC Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM), the USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI), and the USC Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) will announce their commitment to forming a consortium tha...

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

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