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Monday, December 4, 2017

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Study: Patients Only Use About Half of Opioids Prescribed After Hysterectomy

Doctors may be prescribing nearly twice the number of opioids than what the average patient needs after a hysterectomy, a new study suggests.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The Green Journal

From Medical Discovery to Food and Fine Arts, Italian-American Contributions Celebrated at Annual Foundation Conference

At this year’s 42nd annual NIAF Gala Weekend at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in D.C., all aspects of Italian heritage were celebrated, including food, the fine arts, and scientific discovery. The weekend’s events included the medica...

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

When Will the Violence End? / À quand la fin de la violence?

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada / Journée nationale de commémoration et d’action contre la violence faite aux femmes au Canada

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– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


Researchers ID Bacteria Tied to Esophageal Cancer

Researchers at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center report that at least three kinds of bacteria in the mouths of Americans may heighten or lower their risk of developing esophageal cancer.

– NYU Langone Health

Cancer Research

Embargo expired on 01-Dec-2017 at 00:05 ET

Multihospital Task Force Recommends Patient-Centered Framework for ICU Educational Resources

A task force with members from four large university teaching hospitals has developed a framework of educational resources for critically ill patients and their families during a hospital stay.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, December 2017

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

Women with Parkinson’s Disease Less Likely than Men to Have Caregivers

Female Parkinson’s disease patients are much less likely than male patients to have caregivers, despite the fact that caregivers report greater strain in caring for male patients. The findings come from a large study reported today in Neurology by...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Neurology , Dec-2017; PF-UP201

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

Johns Hopkins Scientists Propose Efficiency ‘Rules’ for Enhancing Use of New Gene Editing Technology

Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a streamlined method and accompanying efficiency “rules” for introducing new DNA sequences into cells after using the gene-cutting tool known as CRISPR. The scientists say the method, which they based on te...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; R01HD37047, R01DC004553, F32GM117814

Study of Elite NBA Players Re-Affirms Positive Impact of Playing Multiple Youth Sports

A study by UCSF Benioff's Children’s Hospitals sports medicine researchers finds that among elite NBA athletes, those who participated in multiple sports in high school had fewer injuries and longer careers, on average, than players who played only...

– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

American Journal of Sports Medicine, November 14, 2017

Kids and Screen Time: Signs Your Child Might Be Addicted

It's a familiar sight in the majority of young families: young children bent over a screen for hours, texting or gaming, lost in a digital world.

– University of Michigan

Psychology of Popular Media Culture

MD Anderson to Present Key Drug Study Findings for Multiple Blood Cancers at ASH Annual Meeting

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will present their latest findings involving drug treatments for blood cancers at the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition Dec. 8-12 in Atlanta.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

ASH Annual Meeting

Sperm RNA May Serve as Biomarkers of Future Health

Human sperm may hold the potential to serve as biomarkers of the future health of newborn infants, according to a new study by a Wayne State University School of Medicine research team.

– Wayne State University Division of Research

Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine, Dec-2017

Experienced Nurses Comfortable Guiding Patients Through End-of-Life Planning

Nurses surveyed are relatively comfortable guiding terminally ill patients through end-of-life decision-making, but they learned these skills on-the-job, rather than as part of their nursing education.

– South Dakota State University

Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2017

Most Glaucoma Patients Don't Ask About Medication Costs

Less than one-third of patients with glaucoma talk to their doctor about the costs of medications needed to control their disease, reports a study in the December issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Optometry and Vision Science

Medical Note System Could Boost Patients’ Engagement in Their Health Care

In research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors at UCLA Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that patients could benefit if they are invited to co-produce medical notes, called “OurNotes,” with their doctors, ra...

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

Annals of Internal Medicine

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Lasers Could Lead to Better Understanding of Neurodegenerative Conditions Like Alzheimer’s

Researchers will be using powerful lasers to look into the brains of animals to watch neurons firing as a way study the progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

– University of Colorado Boulder

First Total Removal of Pancreas and Successful Islet Autotransplant in Brooklyn for Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis

For the first time in Brooklyn, a procedure has been performed implanting a patient’s own insulin-producing pancreatic cells ("islets") after the total removal of pancreas.

– SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Stephanie Faubion, M.D., Talks Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

A new article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews options for women going through genitourinary syndrome of menopause – an encompassing term for vaginal dryness, itching, dyspareunia and urinary tract infections brought on by low estrogen levels aft...

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– Mayo Clinic

Gastrointestinal Cancer Expert Dr. Angela Alistar Wants Public to Be Aware of Pancreatic Cancer’s Warning Signs

Nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the C...

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– Atlantic Health System

Hospitalized During the Holidays? It’s Normal to Feel Blue

Being in the hospital can happen any time of the year, but when it occurs during the holidays it can seem pretty unfair.

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


Invasive Cells in Head and Neck Tumors Predict Cancer Spread

Head and neck tumors that contain cells undergoing a partial epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition — which transforms them from neatly organized blocks into irregular structures that extrude into the surrounding environment — are more likely to i...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear


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

Study Identifies Genes Involved in Tolerance following Kidney Transplantation

• In tissue samples from patients who received kidney transplants without the need for chronic immunosuppression, researchers found increased expression of many genes associated with the regulation of certain immune cells. • The findings provide...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 30-Nov-2017 at 17:00 ET

Do Your Ears Hang Low? The Complex Genetics Behind Earlobe Attachment

A common, hands-on method for teaching genetics in grade school encourages students to compare their earlobes with those of their parents: Are they attached and smoothly mesh with the jawline? Or are they detached and dangly? The answer is meant to t...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

American Journal of Human Genetics; U01-DE020078, U01-DE20057, R01-DE016148, R00-DE02560, R01-DE027023, #HHSN2682012000081; X01-HG007821; R01-DD000295; F/07 134/DF; BB/I021213/1...

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

Designer Molecule Points to Treatment for Diseases Caused by DNA Repeats

Using a molecule designed to overcome a roadblock formed by a common type of genetic flaw, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have made progress towards novel molecular treatments for Friedreich’s ataxia — a rare but fatal disorde...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Science, Nov. 30, 2017

Embargo expired on 30-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

2-Drug Combination May Boost Immunotherapy Responses in Lung Cancer Patients

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers and colleagues have identified a novel drug combination therapy that could prime nonsmall cell lung cancers to respond better to immunotherapy. These so-called epigenetic therapy drugs, used together, ac...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cell; CA12113; CA006973; CA180950

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

Cannabis Linked to Bipolar Symptoms in Young Adults

Cannabis use in youth is linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults, finds new research by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Schizophrenia Bulletin

Embargo expired on 30-Nov-2017 at 19:05 ET

The Medical Minute: How to ‘Stop the Bleed’ and Save a Life

Mass shootings such as the one in Las Vegas earlier this fall have highlighted the need for bystanders to learn first aid techniques to stop bleeding.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Medical Minute

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Postsurgery Prescribing Guideline Could Reduce Opioid Prescriptions by as Much as 40 Percent

New study results suggest that a more vigilant prescribing guideline for surgeons could reduce by as much as 40 percent the number of opioid pills prescribed after operations, and still meet patients’ pain management needs.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

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Double-Edged Sword: Killing Cancer Cells can also Drive Tumor Growth

Cancer therapies including radiation and chemotherapy seek to treat the disease by killing tumor cells. Now a team including researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have shown that the dead and dying cancer cells generated by chem...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Journal of Experimental Medicine; RO1 01CA170549-02; ROCA148633-01A4; GM095467

Vulnerability Identified for Subtypes of Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, typically fails to respond to treatment or rapidly becomes drug resistant. In a paper published online in the journal Cancer Cell on November 30, University of California San Diego Sc...

– University of California San Diego Health

Cancer Cell

People with Disabilities More Likely to Be Arrested

People with disabilities face all sorts of discrimination every day. New Cornell University research suggests they may also face it while interacting with the police.

– Cornell University

American Journal of Public Health

Placenta Consumption Offers Few Benefits for New Moms

UNLV researchers find consuming encapsulated placentas has little to no effect on postpartum mood and maternal bonding; detectable changes shown in hormones.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Women and Birth

Some Chemicals in Smoke May Be Even More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

Though most “low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” (LMW PAHs) have not been shown to cause cancer alone, the study shows that in common combinations, these chemicals can help to spark the disease.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Archives of Toxicology

Study Suggests a Way to Stop HIV in its Tracks

When HIV-1 infects an immune cell, the virus travels to the nucleus so quickly there's not enough time to set off the cell's alarm system. Loyola researchers have discovered the protein that helps the virus travel so fast. Without this protein, the v...

– Loyola University Health System

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Anti-Malaria Drug Increases Sensitivity of High-Risk Leukemic Cells to Targeted Therapy

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists report that combining the anti-malaria drug DHA with an emerging class of targeted agents may improve treatment of a high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtype

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Clinical Cancer Research

Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt Offers Advice on How to Avoid Food Poisoning This Holiday Season

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an estimated 48 million people, about one in six, contract a foodborne illness. Approximately 128,000 require hospitalization, and 3,000 cases are fatal.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

First-of-its-Kind Survey Reveals Disconnects in How Patients, Physicians, and Employers Perceive the Health Care Experience

University of Utah Health today announced results of the Value in Health Care Survey, a landmark study that examines the viewpoints of patients, physicians and employers—three stakeholder groups that directly receive, provide, and pay for health ca...

– University of Utah Health

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, M.D., to Present Findings in Keynote Address at ACTRIMS Forum 2018

New findings uncover the mechanisms by which gut bacteria can trigger inflammation in the brain and contribute to multiple sclerosis

– Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Scleroses (ACTRIMS)

ACTRIMS Forum 2018

Tips for a Safe, Enjoyable Holiday Trip for Families with Disabilities

The holiday season is filled with travel as many families drive or fly to spend time with loved ones, but traveling with a disability can create unique challenges for some families.

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– Houston Methodist

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Advocates Reveal Cancer Survivorship Challenges and Resources during National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Patient Advocacy Summit

Cancer survivors and patient advocates joined clinicians, employers, policy makers, and pharmaceutical and biotech industry representatives to address survivorship in cancer care at NCCN Patient Advocacy Summit.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

FSMB Calls for Improved Information Sharing Between VA and State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, on the issue of “Examining VA’s Failure to Address Provider Quality and Safety Concerns.” Membe...

– Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

MedWire Announcements

Ludwig Cancer Research Scientist Don Cleveland Wins Breakthrough Award

Ludwig Cancer Research extends its warmest congratulations to Don Cleveland, who has been a Member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research since 1995 and today was awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Prize.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

D’Angelo Receives American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Maximiliano D’Angelo, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), has received a four-year, $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society.

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Embargo expired on 01-Dec-2017 at 09:00 ET

includes video

State’s Stem Cell Agency Awards Nearly $8 Million for New Leukemia Therapies

The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) unanimously approved yesterday two grants worth a total of almost $8 million to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researcher...

– University of California San Diego Health

Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Receives Rare Honor of Three-Year Accreditation With Commendation From the American College of Surgeons

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai has been honored with a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the college’s quality assurance program, called the Commissi...

– Cedars-Sinai

NIH-Funded Pilot App Aims to Reduce Teen Pregnancy Risks

Researchers partner to develop an app that aims to lengthen inter-pregnancy intervals in teens and young women.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Pharmacoeconomist named dean of UIC College of Pharmacy

Glen Schumock, professor and head of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy, in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, will become dean of the UIC College of Pharmacy, effective January 1, 2018, pending approval by the University o...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Maryland School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeons to Receive Prestigious International Research Award

A research team led by Mohit N. Gilotra, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), will receive the prestigious 2018 Charles S. Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) fo...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

New Prostate Biopsy Procedure Now Offered at Bayshore Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center is proud to announce that it has expanded services to include targeted MRI ultrasound for prostate biopsy. The procedure utilizes both ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to allow for be...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

New Multipurpose Device to Help Prevent HIV and Pregnancy

To help empower women in low- and middle-income countries and improve their health, the U.S. Agency for International Development through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) awarded RTI International a $4.8 million cooperat...

– RTI International

GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences Participates in Scientific Research Summit in Spain

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will participate in the First International Scientific Research Summit of the GW-Spain Consortium in Madrid on Dec. 1–2.

– George Washington University

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Appoints Rebecca Graboso as Vice President, Chief Nurse Executive

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Graboso, DNP, RN, RNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN as vice president, chief nurse executive. In her role, Rebecca will oversee the nursing department and work wit...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

2018 Society for Nutrition and Behavior Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN July 21 - July 24, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior





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