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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Population of Americans with Alzheimer’s Will More Than Double by 2060, UCLA Study Shows

About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year. The findings highlight the need to develop preventive measures that could slow the progression of t...

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

Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association

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Brain Scans May Reveal Most Effective Anti-Drug Messages

What if you could look into the brains of potential drug abusers and see what messages would be most likely to persuade them to “just say no?” That’s the ultimate goal of researchers whose new study scanned the brains of people while they watch...

– Ohio State University

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Dec-2017

Study Shows Acupuncture Decreased Joint Pain in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Aromatase Inhibitors

Acupuncture decreased joint symptoms in women with early-stage breast cancer treated with aromatase inhibitors, according to a randomized, multicenter clinical trial led by researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Irving Medical Ce...

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Ribociclib Extends Progression-Free Survival in Pre-Menopausal Patients with Metastatic Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

The addition of ribociclib, an inhibitor of the cell cycle, to standard hormone therapy significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) in pre-menopausal patients with advanced hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer, according to result...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Enhancing Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Using Novel Communication Technology

The Valley Hospital, an acute care, not-for-profit hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey is enhancing pre-hospital emergency care with the use of Twiage, a mobile app that lets first responders instantly communicate with the emergency room. After an init...

– Valley Health System


Clot-Busting Drugs Not Recommended for Most Patients with Blood Clots

About half of people with blood clots in the deep veins of their legs develop a complication that involves chronic limb pain and swelling, making it difficult to walk and perform daily activities. A large-scale clinical trial has shown that a risky, ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

New England Journal of Medicine, Dec-2017; U01-088476 ; U01-088118; U54-HL112303; UL1-TR00044810

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Can Diet Help Reduce Disability, Symptoms of MS?

For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be linked to having less disability and fewer symptoms than people whose diet is less healthy, according to a study published in the December 6,...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


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One-Dose Gene Therapy Produces Clotting Factor, Safely Stops Bleeding in Hemophilia B Patients

A team of gene therapy researchers has reported positive results in a phase 1/2 clinical trial for the inherited bleeding disorder hemophilia B. A single intravenous infusion of a novel bioengineered gene therapy treatment enabled adult participants ...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

New England Journal of Medicine, Dec. 7, 2017

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“Green” Cataract Surgery Model Drastically Reduces Environmental Footprint

Faculty at NYU School of Medicine report that a healthcare center in India's model for cataract surgery emits 96 percent less carbon than in the United Kingdom -- and a likely even greater savings in the United States -- while yielding comparable or ...

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dec-2017

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Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients’ Pain Control, Study Suggests

Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongo...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Surgery, doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4436

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Novel Regulation of Gene Expression in Brain Tumors Identified

Study results revealed previously unknown interplay between two key enzymes and a novel understanding of how brain cancer tumors form and spread, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


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Needle in a Haystack

Overcoming a major hurdle in microbiome research, scientists have developed a method to elucidate cause-effect relationships between gut bacteria and disease. The approach could help identify disease-modulating microbes and open doors to precision-ta...

– Harvard Medical School

K08 AI108690; U19 AI109764

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Alzheimer’s Damage in Mice Reduced with Compound That Targets APOE Gene

People who carry the APOE4 genetic variant face a substantial risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a compound that targets the APOE protein in the brains ...

– Washington University in St. Louis


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Brain Remaps Itself in a Child with Double Hand Transplant

The first child to undergo a successful hand transplant also is the first child in whom scientists have detected massive changes in how sensations from the hands are represented in the brain. The brain reorganization is thought to have begun six year...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, Dec. 6, 2017; HD086984, DC008871

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Combating Eye Injuries with a Reversible Superglue Seal

A team of scientists and engineers at USC has developed an on-the-spot, temperature-sensitive gel that could seal eye injuries on the battlefield.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Science Translational Medicine; Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs; National Institutes of Health

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Spinal Tap Needle Type Impacts the Risk of Complications

There is a more than 50 per cent reduction in the occurrence of headaches with the atraumatic needles, and also more than a 50 per cent reduction in patient readmissions and return to emergency rooms for narcotics or blood patches.

– McMaster University

The Lancet

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Contrast-Enhanced Digital Mammography Comparable to Breast MRI in Evaluating Residual Breast Cancer After Systemic Neoadjuvant Therapy

Contrast-enhanced digital mammography is comparable to breast MRI in evaluating residual breast cancer after neoadjuvant endocrine therapy or chemotherapy, according to the results of a study presented by Mayo Clinic researchers today at the 2017 San...

– Mayo Clinic

2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

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Researchers 3D Print Lifelike Artificial Organ Models

A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, which in...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Advanced Materials Technologies

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Some Video Games Are Good for Older Adults' Brains

Summary: Playing 3D-platform video games on a regular basis may improve cognitive functions in seniors and increase grey matter in a brain structure called the hippocampus, a Canadian study suggests

– Universite de Montreal


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Pittsburgh Caregivers Face Higher Costs, Provide More Complex Care

SW Pennsylvania far exceeds national averages for telltale signs of the stress and risk faced by caregivers.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

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Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer Announce Publication in The New England Journal of Medicine of Interim Data from Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of Investigational Gene Therapy for Hemophilia B

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ: ONCE), a fully integrated gene therapy company dedicated to challenging the inevitability of genetic disease, and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), today announced that The New England Journal of Medicine has published interim data ...

– Ten Bridge Communication

New England Journal of Medicine

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Study Finds Colorectal Cancer Cells and Bacteria to Be Fellow Travelers During Metastasis

Like nomads who carry tokens of home on their travels, colorectal cancer cells that spread to other parts of the body appear to bring several of the species of bacteria that were their companions in the colon, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists ...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Evolutionary Biologists Say Recently Discovered Fossil Shows Transition of a Reptile From Life on Land to Life in the Sea

Using modern research tools on a 155-million-year-old reptile fossil, scientists at Johns Hopkins and the American Museum of Natural History report they have filled in some important clues to the evolution of animals that once roamed land and transit...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Royal Society Open Science

Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests

A new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that children who were legally required to register as sex offenders were at greater risk for harm, including suicide attempts and sexual assault, compared ...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Psychology, Public Policy and Law

Short Intervention Boosts Safe-Sex Skills in Teen Girls

A recent study finds that a 45-minute online sexual health program improved the ability of teen girls to communicate effectively about safe sex.

– North Carolina State University

American Journal of Public Health, Nov-2017

A Blueprint to Advance Colorectal Cancer Immunotherapies

Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) are proud to announce “A Blueprint to Advance Colorectal Cancer Immunotherapies”

– Cancer Research Institute

Cancer Immunology Research

US Medical Profession Unprepared for Nuclear Attack, Says Study

A study from the University of Georgia has found that American medical professionals are woefully unprepared to handle the needs of patients after a nuclear attack.

– University of Georgia

Frontiers in Public Health

Unique 3D Printer Creates Realistic Model of Patient Prostate, Aims to Vastly Improve Surgical Outcomes

NIBIB-funded scientists have developed a new technique for 3D-printing patient-specific organ models – here the prostate gland -- using polymers that accurately model the prostate’s dimensions and physical properties, while also providing quantit...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Advanced Materials Tech, Dec-2017; EB020537

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CLOCK Gene May Hold Answers to Human Brain Evolution

A gene controlling our biological clocks plays a vital role in regulating human-specific genes important to brain evolution. The findings from the O’Donnell Brain Institute open new paths of research into how CLOCK proteins produced by the CLOCK ge...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Genes & Development

Study: Parents’ Reports of Children’s Autism Symptoms Differ by Race

Racial differences in parents’ reports of concerns about their child’s development to healthcare providers may contribute to delayed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in black children, according to a study led by Georgia State Universi...

– Georgia State University


Cryo-EM Reveals “Crown-Like” Structure of Protein Responsible for Regulating Blood Flow

A team led by scientists at Van Andel Research Institute has revealed for the first time the atomic-level structure of a promising drug target for conditions such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

– Van Andel Research Institute


Study First to Sequence DNA From a Single Mitochondria

DNA sequences between mitochondria within a single cell are vastly different, found researchers. This knowledge will help to better illuminate the underlying mechanisms of many disorders that start with accumulated mutations in individual mitochondri...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell Reports

Experts on CA Wildfires, Wildfire Smoke and Birthweight, Smoke and Pollution Link, and More in the Wildfires News Source

The lastest research and experts on Wildfires in the Wildfires News Source

– Newswise

Link Found Between Estrogens and Changes in Heart Physiology

Using zebrafish mutants in four different estrogen receptors, Daniel Gorelick has found a novel mechanism of estrogen action on heart physiology. Broader use of the mutants, he says, may have significant implications for studies of estrogenic environ...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

PLOS Genetics; GM008111; GM008361 ; ES026337

Active Females: How Much Dietary Protein is Needed for Post-Exercise Recovery?

Latest Research Highlights from ACSM

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Classroom Physical Activity Increases Learning Time for School Children

Latest Research Highlights from ACSM

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Does Smoking Increase Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries?

Latest Research Highlights from ACSM

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Finding Long Strands of RNA in Skin Development and Disease

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have discovered how unusually long pieces of RNA work in skin cells. The RNA pieces, called “long non-coding RNAs” or “lncRNAs,” help skin cells modulate connective tissue pr...

– Case Western Reserve University

Frontiers in Genetics; GAANN Fellowship ; Case Western Reserve University ENGAGE ; SOURCE Programs ; Case Genomics Core and Bioinformatics Core services; NIH P30 AR039750...

New Study: Traumatic Brain Injury Causes Intestinal Damage

Researchers have found a two-way link between traumatic brain injury and intestinal changes. These interactions may contribute to increased infections in these patients, and may also worsen chronic brain damage.

– University of Maryland School of Medicine

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

NYU Dentistry Study Finds Evidence That a Protein, MCP-1, May Determine Bone Loss Responses to Parathyroid Hormone

Findings Could Have Implications for Systemic as Well as Bone Conditions

– New York University

Scientific Report, Nov 2017; UL1 TR001445

Study Uses Genetic Testing to Personalize Treatment for Deadly Blood Cancer

A clinical trial using genetic testing to match acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients with new therapies is now open at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC). The center is one of seven cancer ...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

What’s Changed: New High Blood Pressure Guidelines

High blood pressure (hypertension) is redefined for the first time in 14 years by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines.

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Firefighters at Risk: The Importance of Maintaining Exercise for Health and Fitness

Latest Research Highlights from ACSM

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Hackensack University Medical Center Team Members Reflect on an Essential and Meaningful Medical Mission

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center-affiliated doctors and nurses partnered with the LIG Global Foundation and a team from Saint Barnabas Medical Center to embark on an essential and meaningful medical mission this past Ju...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

The Medical Minute: Celebration Tempered with Grief at the Holidays

Although many songs insist the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be the worst for families grieving the loss of a child.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Scientists Create Successful Mass Production System for Bioengineered Livers

Researchers report creating a biologically accurate mass-production platform that overcomes major barriers to bioengineering human liver tissues suitable for therapeutic transplant into people.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cell Reports, Dec. 5, 2017

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Working Memory Is Positively Associated With Higher Physical Endurance and Better Cognitive Function

Mount Sinai researchers have found a positive relationship between the brain network associated with working memory—the ability to store and process information relevant to the task at hand—and healthy traits such as higher physical endurance and...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Molecular Psychiatry

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When the Doctor's Away

Substitute, for-hire physicians commonly care for hospitalized patients when doctors are sick or away. Information about outcomes is largely lacking, but a new study brings some much-needed insight. Results show no differences in 30-day mortality rat...

– Harvard Medical School

JAMA; 1DP5OD017897

Embargo expired on 05-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Researchers Identify Six Genes Driving Peanut Allergy Reactions

Mount Sinai researchers have identified six genes that activate hundreds of other genes in children experiencing severe allergic reactions to peanuts. This is the first study in human trials to identify genes driving acute peanut allergic reactions ...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Communications

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New TB Drugs Possible with Understanding of Old Antibiotic

Tuberculosis, and other life-threatening microbial diseases, could be more effectively tackled with future drugs, thanks to new research into an old antibiotic by the University of Warwick and The Francis Crick Institute.

– University of Warwick

Nature Communications

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

Experimental Drug Blocks Toxic Ion Flow Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

A new small-molecule drug can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. The molecule, called anle138b, works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger nerve cell death. Scientists envision tha...

– University of California San Diego

EMBO Molecular Medicine, Dec-2017; AG028709

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Head and Neck Cancer Researchers to Convene in Scottsdale for Multidisciplinary Care Symposium February 15-17

Researchers will present peer-reviewed abstracts on new combination therapies, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, advanced radiation and surgical techniques, new staging systems, treatment guidelines and supportive care.

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Study Shows Lithium Chloride Blunts Brain Damage Linked to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A single dose of lithium chloride, a drug used to treat bipolar disease and aggression, blocks the sleep disturbances, memory loss, and learning problems tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, new experiments in mice show.

– NYU Langone Health


Combination Strategy Could Hold Promise for Ovarian Cancer

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers demonstrated that mice with ovarian cancer that received drugs to reactivate dormant genes along with other drugs that activate the immune system had a greater reduction of tumor burden and significantly...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.; OC130454/W81XWH-14-1-0385, 2CA183214, K99CA204592, P30CA006973

Most People in Favour of Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Research from the University of Warwick indicates that most people are in favour of newborn screening for the potentially deadly condition spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

– University of Warwick

olecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine; ES/K002090/1

UTSW Researchers Identify Possible New Way to Treat Parasitic Infections

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a chemical that suppresses the lethal form of a parasitic infection caused by roundworms that affects up to 100 million people and usually causes only mild symptoms.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

New Process Could Be Key to Understanding Complex Rearrangements in Genome

A team led by Tufts University biologists has successfully harnessed new technology to develop an approach that could allow for rapid and precise identification of the CGRs involved in disease, cancer and disorder development, which is critical for d...

– Tufts University

Genome Research, Dec-2017; P01GM105473; R35GM118020; R01GM60987

Obesity Prevented in Mice Fed High-Fat Diet

Washington University researchers activated the Hedgehog protein pathway in the fat cells of mice. After eight weeks of eating a high-fat diet, mice that had been engineered with genes to activate the pathway didn’t gain weight, but control animals...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Pregnant Women with PTSD Have Higher Levels of Stress Hormone Cortisol

Research has shown that a woman's emotional and physical health during pregnancy impacts a developing fetus. However, less is known about the effect of past stressors and posttraumatic stress disorder on an expectant woman.

– University of Michigan

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing.

Mount Sinai Surgeons Remove Cancerous Lymph Nodes in the Neck Through Hidden Scar Procedure

A team of surgeons at Mount Sinai Beth Israel have performed the first robot-assisted radical neck dissection in the United States using the bilateral axillo-breast approach (BABA), a surgery that involves removing all of the lymph nodes on one side ...

– Mount Sinai Health System

VideoEndocrinology, Dec-2017

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In Multiple Myeloma, High Levels of Enzyme ADAR1 are Associated with Reduced Survival

Using a database of multiple myeloma patient samples and information, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that high ADAR1 levels correlate with reduced survival rates. They also determined that blocking the enzy...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Communications

Reducing Light and Noise Made a Psychiatric ICU Unit Calmer and Safer, Study Says

Turning down the lights and reducing noise levels as part of a stimulation reduction initiative can decrease assaults and the amount of time patients must spend in restraint at psychiatric intensive care units, according to new research from UAB.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Oct. 2017

Good News from Trio of Phase One Zika Vaccine Trials

More than 90 percent of study volunteers in the 3 trials who received the investigational vaccine demonstrated an immune response to Zika virus.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

The Lancet

Mitochondrial Protein in Cardiac Muscle Cells Linked to Heart Failure, Study Finds

Reducing a protein found in the mitochondria of cardiac muscle cells initiates cardiac dysfunction and heart failure, a finding that could provide insight for new treatments for cardiovascular diseases, a study led by Georgia State University has sho...

– Georgia State University


In Scientific First, Seattle Children's Researchers Engineer B Cells to Treat Disease

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have unlocked the ability to engineer B cells, uncovering a potential new cell therapy that could someday prevent and cure disease.

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Molecular Therapy, 22 November 2017

Register Now to Cover Cutting-Edge Hormone Research

Members of the media can now register to cover the latest advances in hormone health and science at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100th Annual Meeting & Expo. The meeting will be held March 17-20, in Chicago, Ill.

– Endocrine Society

ENDO 2018, Mar -2018

Vanderbilt Health Receives National Designation for Excellence in Infection Prevention

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is the first health system in the nation to receive the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Program of Distinction designation, an acknowledgement of excellence for in...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


New Test Provides Accurate Measure of DNA Damage from Chemical Compounds

A new biomarker test developed by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and their colleagues can help predict, with up to 90 percent certainty, which chemical compounds can cause DNA damage that could lead to cancer.

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center


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Kidney Disease Diagnosis May Benefit from DNA Sequencing

In a new study of kidney disease patients, researchers used DNA sequencing to identify the underlying genetic cause of disease, improving diagnosis and treatment.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Annals of Internal Medicine, December 4, 2017

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High-Stress Childhoods Blind Adults to Potential Loss

Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble. According to researchers at the Univers...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences December 4, 2017

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET

Four-Fold Jump in Deaths in Opioid-Driven Hospitalizations

New study finds that death rates for those hospitalized for opioid-related conditions in the U.S. have quadrupled since 2000. Worst toll seen among patients who were low-income, white, under age 65 and on Medicare, and the severity of opioid misuse l...

– Harvard Medical School

Health Affairs

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

New Alzheimer's Animal Model More Closely Mimics Human Disease

Making an AD mouse model that incorporates both Aβ and tau pathologies in a more AD-relevant context has been greatly sought after but difficult to accomplish. This study is a big step for AD research, which will allow testing of new therapies in a ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nature Medicine; P30AG10124, P01AG17586, P01AG017628

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Medicare Shift to Quality Over Quantity Presents Challenges

A new study hints that even large physician practices may have trouble moving to a payment system that rewards quality of health care over quantity of services delivered. The analysis included data from the first year of a program run by the Centers ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Health Affairs

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Study Finds More Than 1 in 6 Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease Who Undergo Revascularization Readmitted Within 30 Days

Led by researchers in the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the large-scale analysis determined that 30 percent of readmissions following peripheral revascularization were related to com...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Annals of Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 17:00 ET

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Zika Vaccine Induces Robust Immune Responses in Three Phase 1 Trials

Healthy adults mounted strong immune responses after receiving an investigational whole inactivated Zika virus vaccine, according to interim analyses of three Phase 1, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The Lancet

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 18:30 ET

Study Suggests That Where Guidelines Disagree, Physicians’ Experiences With Their Patients, Family and Friends Shape Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Results of a national survey of more than 800 physicians suggest that their experiences with patients, family members and friends with breast cancer are linked with their recommendations for routine mammograms.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA: Internal Medicine; R21CA194194-02

Preemies' Dads More Stressed Than Moms After NICU

CHICAGO - For the first time, scientists have measured the stress levels of fathers of premature babies during the tense transition between the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and home and discovered fathers are more stressed than moms, according...

– Northwestern University

Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing; R21 HS20316

Durotomy: A Common Complication of Spinal Surgery – and an Important Factor in Some Malpractice Cases

Incidental durotomy—small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord—are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a s...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S., Reviews Microbiome at Frontier of Personalized Medicine

ROCHESTER, Minn. – In the latest issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed the importance of the microbiome as a key component of personalized medicine to improve diagnosis, reduce disease risk and optimize early detection ...

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

New Adaptable Medicine Curriculum Offers Health Care Providers “Universal” Genomics Education

The Universal Genomics Instructor Handbook and Toolkit, a new, free educational resource designed to educate clinicians in all medical specialties in genomic medicine, is now available to improve physician genomic education worldwide. Developed by a ...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Health Affairs

Medication Errors for Admitted Patients Drop When Pharmacy Staff Take Drug Histories in ER

When pharmacy professionals — rather than doctors or nurses — take medication histories of patients in emergency departments, mistakes in drug orders can be reduced by more than 80 percent, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai.

– Cedars-Sinai

BMJ Quality & Safety



– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Mayo Clinic, the Link Launch One-of-a-Kind Gift Registry to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As game day approaches, Mayo Clinic and The Link have teamed up to announce the launch of as part of an effort to raise awareness about sex trafficking and inspire people to make a difference by helping victims wh...

– Mayo Clinic

Faith in Cancer Care Team Keeps New Mexico Woman at UAMS

TIna Farber arrived in Arkansas with one thing on her mind — meeting her two new grandbabies. Her son’s third child had arrived in April, and her daughter was expecting her third about one month later.

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Provides Important School-Based Health

Family Health Centers at NYU Langone provides vital services to thousands of children and adolescents in 41 school-based health centers.

– NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

John Theurer Cancer Center Researchers Share 46 Cutting Edge Studies at 2017 ASH Meeting

Researchers from the Hackensack Merdian Health John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will present results from 46 cancer-related studies during the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 59th Annual Meeting, which will tak...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

MedWire Announcements

Maura Polansky, PA-C, MS, MHPE, Named Chair of Physician Assistant Studies

Maura Polansky, PA-C, MS, MHPE, was appointed chair and associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

– George Washington University

The Cancer Research Institute Announces Publication of Comprehensive Immuno-Oncology Landscape Analysis in Annals of Oncology

Comprehensive immuno-oncology landscape analysis conducted by nonprofit Cancer Research Institute quantifies global development of immunotherapy and identifies opportunities to advance the field to improve patient care

– Cancer Research Institute

Annals of Oncology, Dec-2017; European Society of Clinical Oncology IO Congress 2017

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Bayshore Medical Center Welcomes Muhammad Abbas, M.D., Psychiatrist

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ is pleased to welcome board certified psychiatrist Muhammad Abbas, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Abbas is the associate attending, Director of Neuromodulation at Jersey Shore Univers...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

San Diego Team Wins $ 6.9 Million Grant to Establish PrecISE Network Clinical Center

A team of physicians, scientists and biostatisticians from La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and UC San Diego School of Medicine joined forces across institutions to successfully compete for an $6.9 million grant to establish one of only ...

– La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

1 UG1 HL139117-01

Nobel Prize: Circadian Rhythm Field Poised for Medical Advances

The field of circadian rhythms is being recognized with a Nobel Prize this year for the discovery of a fruit fly gene controlling the biological clock. But a series of more recent advancements – notably the first circadian gene in mammals discovere...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

American College of Radiology Names Gold Medalists, Honorary Fellows and Distinguished Achievement Awardee

The American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors (BOC) selected three innovators as 2018 Gold Medalists for their extraordinary service to the College or radiology. Honors will be bestowed during the ACR 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held Ma...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Warwick Academic Named as Emerging Leader in Cell Biology

A University of Warwick academic is to be awarded for their outstanding contribution to UK cell biology.

– University of Warwick

National Experts Map Out Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Research Agenda

Researchers at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, are focusing their efforts on adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer research. More than 50 leaders from top cancer research institutions will...

– Case Western Reserve University

AYA National Research Strategy Meeting

Seattle Surgeon Eileen Metzer Bulger, MD, FACS, Is Next Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently appointed Eileen Metzger Bulger, MD, FACS, as the next Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT).

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Comber Named to Association Forum’s 2017 Forty Under 40 Industry Leaders

AANA CFIO receives coveted award as someone under 40 years old in healthcare business to watch.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Sanford Health Announces $1 Million Health and Science Award

Sanford Health is creating one of the world’s most lucrative awards to recognize innovations in health care.

– Sanford Health

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Penn Medicine Launches Its First App for Bariatric Surgery Patients Using Apple CareKit

Penn Medicine launches first-of-its-kind app for bariatric surgery patients. Penn Life Gained is built using Apple CareKit, a software framework designed to help people actively manage their own medical conditions.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Riverview Medical Center Welcomes Habib Khan, M.D., Vascular Surgeon

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ is pleased to welcome vascular surgeon, Habib Khan, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Khan specializes in vascular surgery especially minimally invasive vascular surgery and joined the...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Meridian Health Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala Raises $2.7 Million

Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation is pleased to announce its 20th Anniversary Gala raised a record-breaking $2.7 million for the organization. The event took place on Saturday, November 18 at New Jersey’s iconic historical venue...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Albert Einstein College of Medicine and John Theurer Cancer Center Receive $6.4 Million NIH Grant to Identify Breast Cancer Biomarkers

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, and Hackensack Meridian Health John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center have secured a five-year, $6.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Hea...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Celebrates Formal Investiture of Samuel A. Goldlust, M.D.

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation celebrated the formal investiture of Samuel A. Goldlust, M.D., on Thursday, October 26. Dr. Goldlust is the recipient and steward of the prestigious Pitkin Foundation Endowed...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

A New Way to Deliver Multiple Sclerosis Drugs to the Brain

Two researchers in the department of anatomy and cell biology in the UIC College of Medicine have received a seed grant to develop a new drug delivery method that holds promise in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Rutgers Cancer Institute Physician-Scientist Awarded $954K for Prostate Cancer Research

Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, MBA, urologic oncology section chief at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has been awarded a $954,000 Department of Defense grant to explore how neuroendocrine markers impact a common treatment for a type of prostate canc...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Penn Medicine Orthopaedic Researcher Receives Preeminent Bioengineering Award

Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD, the Fairhill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the H.R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Viviane Tabar, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Viviane Tabar, MD, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Tabar has been a vital faculty member at MSK for more than 15 years and is currently the Theresa C. Feng Chair for ...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Columbia Nursing’s “Handprint Across the Globe” Event to Explore the Future of Global Health Education and Fostering the Next Generation of Global Nurses

Event discusses the importance of fostering global nurses and an overall discussion on the future of global health education.

– Columbia University Medical Center





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