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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Bioluminescent Succinate Detection for Monitoring the Activity of Dioxygenases and JMJC Demethylases

A new (and freely available) original research article published ahead-of-print at SLAS Discovery Online describes a new methodology that enables the investigation of a large number of structurally conserved enzymes belonging to the Fe(II)/2-oxogluta...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Embargo expired on 14-Dec-2017 at 09:00 ET

Eating Together as a Family Helps Children Feel Better, Physically and Mentally

Children who routinely eat their meals together with their family are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits, a new Canadian study shows.

– Universite de Montreal

Journal of Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrics, December 2017

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

NIH Funds Research to Make Diabetes and Hypertension Management a Community Activity

Managing diabetes and high blood pressure can feel like a solitary enterprise dependent on relationships with objects (like pills or foods) and activities (like brisk walks or early bedtimes) instead of relationships with people, but a group of West ...

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 14-Dec-2017 at 08:15 ET

Warning Labels Can Help Reduce Soda Consumption and Obesity, New Study Suggests

Labels that warn people about the risks of drinking soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can lower obesity and overweight prevalence, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

jCyte Presents Results of Clinical Testing in Retinitis Pigmentosa

In a phase 1/2a study jCyte's investigational therapy, jCell, showed a good safety profile and indications of potential benefit for patients with retinitis pigmentosa

– jCyte

Ophthalmology Innovation Summit

40 Years After First Ebola Outbreak, Survivors Show Signs They Can Stave Off New Infection

Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks

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

Journal of Infectious Diseases

Cedars-Sinai Helps a Future Physician Grow From Cradle to Medical School

Shannon Sullivan, 26, a student at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C., has already co-authored a major study in a prominent neuroscience journal and earned a coveted fellowship. She traces her career ambitions to age 12, when sh...

– Cedars-Sinai


New Recommendations Guide Doctors on Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing for Hereditary Prostate Cancer

An international panel of experts has created a roadmap to help identify which men and their families may benefit from genetic evaluation for inherited prostate cancer.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Journal of Clinical Oncology

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

Exposure to Terror May Increase Risk of Migraine, Other Headaches

Survivors of a terror attack have an increased risk of frequent migraine and tension headaches after the attack, according to a study published in the December 13, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neur...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

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

Video Game Improves Doctors’ Recognition and Triage of Severe Trauma Patients

Playing an adventure video game featuring a fictitious, young emergency physician treating severe trauma patients was better than text-based learning at priming real doctors to quickly recognize the patients who needed higher levels of care, accordin...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The BMJ; DP2 LM012339, NHLBI-K08-HL 122478

Embargo expired on 13-Dec-2017 at 00:05 ET

Chimpanzee Deaths in Uganda Pinned on Human Cold Virus

In the wild, chimpanzees face any number of dire threats, ranging from poachers to predators to deforestation. That’s why scientists, investigating an outbreak of respiratory disease in a community of wild chimpanzees in Uganda’s Kibale National ...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dec. 13, 2017

Embargo expired on 13-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

Deadly Heart Rhythm Halted by Noninvasive Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy often is used to treat cancer patients. Now, doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that radiation therapy — aimed directly at the heart — can be used to treat patients with a life-threatenin...

– Washington University in St. Louis

New England Journal of Medicine, Dec-2017; R01 HL033343

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

New Study Finds Lyme Bacteria Survive a 28-day Course of Antibiotics When Treated Four Months After Infection by Tick Bite

Lyme bacteria can survive a 28-day course of antibiotic treatment four months following infection by tick bite, according to a new study using a primate model for the disease. Despite testing negative for Lyme disease, some subjects were infected wit...

– Tulane University

PLOS ONE ; American Journal of Pathology

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

Penn Researchers Link Binge Eating and Weight-Loss Challenges

Someone who binge eats consumes an objectively large amount of food while feeling a loss of control over eating. When episodes occur weekly for several months, the action moves into the realm of binge-eating disorder. So how does this type of eating ...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Racial Minorities Less Likely to See a Doctor for Psoriasis

Despite the fact that their disease may be more severe, a new study shows minorities are less likely than white Americans to see a doctor for psoriasis treatment. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania foun...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; K23-AR068433; K24-AR064310

Lactic Acid Bacteria Can Protect Against Influenza A Virus, Study Finds

Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the ...

– Georgia State University

Scientific Reports

New Ultra-Thin Diamond Membrane Is a Radiobiologist’s Best Friend

Measuring dosage of radiation can be challenging, especially when working with low-energy protons, but researchers have now developed an ultra-thin diamond membrane that can measure the number of protons in a dose of radiation with almost perfect acc...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Applied Physics Letters

New MRI Technology Could Help Doctors Detect Heart Disease, Other Inflammatory Diseases with Better Accuracy

Doctors might be able to better detect any disease or disorder that involves inflammation thanks to a new MRI imaging technology co-developed by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Oct-2017

UTHealth Study Finds That Male Virgins Can Still Acquire HPV

Men who have never engaged in sexual intercourse are still at risk for acquiring HPV, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) ...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Journal of Infectious Diseases

Autism Therapy: Social Behavior Restored via Brain Stimulation

Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with neuromodulation after a new study showed social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Neuroscience

Even Smokers May Benefit From Targeted Lung Cancer Treatments

When a targetable genetic alteration is present, matching the alteration with the appropriate targeted therapy is associated with a survival benefit of 1.5 years, regardless of smoking history.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Clinical Cancer Research

Combination Immunotherapy Shown to Be Effective Initial Treatment for Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

For many people with classical Hodgkin lymphoma, the disease is one of the most curable forms of cancer with standard chemotherapy or chemo plus radiotherapy. But for the 10 to 30 percent of patients whose cancer relapses, or doesn’t respond to ini...

– City of Hope


Small Increases in Complications When Knee Replacement Done as Outpatient Procedure

Some complications are more common when total knee replacement surgery is done as an outpatient or same-day procedure, reports a study in the December 6, 2017 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

1 in 5 Young Colon Cancer Patients Have Genetic Link

A new study indicates a benefit for all young colon cancer patients to have genetic testing. But with more than half exhibiting no family history, will insurers cover the tests? As doctors grapple with increasing rates of colorectal cancers in young...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Gastroenterology; P30CA046592; P50CA130810

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“Human Chronobiome” Study Informs Timing of Drug Delivery, Precision Medicine Approaches

A pilot study collected physiological information from six healthy young male volunteers as they went about their normal daily lives. Thousands of indicators were measured with wearable devices and smart phone apps. The study showed the feasibility t...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Reports ; 1P30 ES013508-05, LM00901, UL1TR000003

Genomic Blood Test Predicts Survival Rates After Surgery for Advanced Heart Failure

An experimental blood test developed at UCLA that uses gene activity data from immune cells was 93 percent accurate in predicting survival rates for people with advanced heart failure who had surgery to implant mechanical circulatory support devices....

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


Unique Sensory Responses to the Pediatric HIV Medication Kaletra

Research from the Monell Center documented wide individual differences to the taste of the life-saving HIV medication Kaletra and identified genetic sources of the taste variation. The findings suggest that the growing field of pharmacogenetics shou...

– Monell Chemical Senses Center

Clinical Therapeutics

Biomarkers and Drug Discovery: Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD

Dr. Jeff Goldberg: I really want to thank the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Obviously, what we’re going to talk about today would not come to fruition without the support of the Glaucoma Research Foundation and of course, all of their supporters.

– Glaucoma Research Foundation

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Monkeys Infected by Mosquito Bites Further Zika Virus Research

Monkeys who catch Zika virus through bites from infected mosquitoes develop infections that look like human Zika cases, and may help researchers understand the many ways Zika can be transmitted.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature Communications

Memory T Cells Responsible for Long-Term Immunity Have Been Cross-Trained

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Emory University research offers insight into origins of the T cells that provide enduring immune protection; findings should aid vaccine development and cancer immunotherapies

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Nature, December 2017

High-Intensity Exercise Delays Parkinson’s Progression

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and decreases worsening of the disease’s symptoms, according to results of a study published in the Dec. 11 issue of JAMA Neurology.

– Rush University Medical Center

NS074343; TR000005; TR001082; DK048520; HD055931

Aumentar La Actividad FíSica Mejora La Supervivencia en Los Pacientes Con Linfoma, Dicen Investigadores De Mayo Clinic

Un estudio observacional realizado por investigadores de Mayo Clinic descubrió que aumentar la actividad física no solamente disminuye el riesgo de muerte por cualquier causa, sino que también reduce el riesgo específico de muerte por linfoma.

– Mayo Clinic

quincuagésimo novena reunión anual de la Sociedad Americana de Hematología en Atlanta

Cancer Survivors, Dodger Player Give Hope, Inspiration From Atop City of Hope's 46th Rose Parade Float

Every day, City of Hope physicians, scientists and researchers are making a difference in the lives of people from around the world who have been diagnosed with cancer

– City of Hope

Lyme Study Uses Drug Discovery Methods That Have Fueled Cancer Breakthroughs

Researchers at Duke Health are working to expand the medical toolkit for treating Lyme disease by identifying vulnerable areas of the disease-causing bacterium that could lead to innovative therapies.

– Duke Health

Your Diagnosis May Surprise You: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Media Pitch

– Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Immunotherapy, Gene Editing Advances Extend to Type 1 Diabetes

Advances in engineering T cells to treat cancer are paving the way for new immunotherapies targeted at autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes. Now, researchers are also investigating therapies that reprogram T cells to “turn down” an immu...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

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New Nih Study to Research the Risk of Hearing Loss in Detroit Firefighters

With the help of funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, a Wayne State University professor is researching gene-environment interactions to determine the association between environme...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, ES028750

Brain Illness that Crippled Teen Isn’t Defining his Future

Comatose and unable to talk for nearly a year and half, a 24-year-old is again living a normal life. Harris Health System's medical team identified his condition as anti-N-methyl D-aspartate receptor encephalitis (anti-NMDA), a rare, and sometimes, d...

– Harris Health System

The Medical Minute: Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays – and Year-Round

Pretty much all toys can look inviting to children. But it’s important for adults who are buying toys this holiday season look beyond the flashing lights and cool noises to make sure they are safe.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Medical Minute

Treatable Condition Could Be Mistaken for Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Houston Methodist believe that a significant number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may actually have a treatable immune system condition. A new research study could have a significant impact on the millions ...

Expert Available

– Houston Methodist

Taking a Look at Insomnia, From A to Z’s

An estimated 35 percent of this country’s 250 million adults experience occasional problems sleeping while roughly 20 percent have short-term or acute insomnia and approximately 10 percent have long-term or chronic insomnia. The reasons behind this...

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Sleep Apnea Symptoms Corrected by ENT Procedure

Sleep Apnea Symptoms Corrected by ENT Procedure

Expert Available

– Loyola University Health System


Medical Marijuana for Children with Cancer? What Providers Think

A study published in Pediatrics examined interdisciplinary provider perspectives on legal medical marijuana use in children with cancer. It found that 92 percent of providers were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana. However...

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Pediatrics, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2017 at 00:05 ET

Researchers Find Common Psychological Traits in Group of Italians Aged 90 to 101

In remote Italian villages nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains lives a group of several hundred citizens over the age of 90. Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and University of California San Diego School of Medicine h...

– University of California San Diego Health

International Psychogeriatrics

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2017 at 00:05 ET

Pediatric Cancer Providers Give Medical Marijuana a Cautious Thumbs-Up

New research by Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers shows a majority of pediatric cancer providers endorse the potential use of medical marijuana for children with advanced cancer, although providers who are legally eligible to certify its use are m...

– Yale Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2017 at 00:05 ET

Cystic Fibrosis: Discovery of a Key Molecule for Improving Treatments

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) have identified a promising solution to improving treatments offered to patients with cystic fibrosis.

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

Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET

Recordings Reveal Deep Credibility Gap When Doctors And Parents Discuss Outcomes For Critically Ill Infants

An analysis of 16 audiotaped conversations between parents of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and clinicians found that medical staff routinely downplay quality of life issues and leave families more optimistic about their babies’ ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Perinatology; 1K23HD062643-01

Is Your Salon Making You Sick?

Toxic Chemicals in Salons, Lack of Education Lead to Adverse Health Effects

– Rutgers University

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety

Research Could Pave the Way for Pre-Hospital Treatment for Seriously Injured Patients

Scientists hope to have paved the way for the development of potentially new life-saving treatments to be administered to seriously injured patients in the critical first hour of injury.

– University of Birmingham

Shock, Nov-2017

Marijuana May Help HIV Patients Keep Mental Stamina Longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study.

– Michigan State University


Medicaid Expansion Popular Among Americans Connected to Program

New research suggests constituents more likely to support its expansion

– University of Chicago

The Milbank Quarterly, Dec-2017

Exposure to Air Pollution Just Before or After Conception Raises Risk of Birth Defects

Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Journal of Pediatrics

UTHealth Researchers Link Epigenetic Aging to Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder may involve accelerated epigenetic aging, which could explain why persons with the disorder are more likely to have – and die from – age-related diseases, according to researchers from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston....

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Translational Psychiatry, Dec-2017

New Study of High School Athletes, Parents and Coaches Finds That 1 in 3 Knew That a Concussion Is a Brain Injury

Most high school athletes, their parents and coaches can identify the possible effects of concussion, but only about one-third know that it is a brain injury.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Researchers Develop Test That Can Diagnose Two Cancer Types

A blood test using infrared spectroscopy can be used to diagnose two types of cancer, lymphoma and melanoma, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

– Georgia State University

Scientific Reports

Estrogen Discovery Could Shed New Light on Fertility Problems

Estrogen produced in the brain is necessary for ovulation in monkeys, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who have upended the traditional understanding of the hormonal cascade that leads to release of an egg from the ov...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences December 11, 2017

Equipo Investigativo Internacional Descubre Modelo GenéTico Para Predecir Resultados en Mielofibrosis Primaria

Un grupo de investigadores de Mayo Clinic y de varios otros centros docentes de investigación en Italia descubrieron un modelo genético para predecir resultados en pacientes con mielofibrosis primaria, de 70 años o menos y candidatos a trasplante ...

– Mayo Clinic

Research Reveals How Diabetes in Pregnancy Affects Baby’s Heart

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have discovered how high glucose levels - whether caused by diabetes or other factors - keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings hel...

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


Skin Cancer Treatment Selfie Goes Viral, Has Public Health Lessons

Researchers analyzed the impact of one viral social media post in generating awareness about skin cancer.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Preventive Medicine

Roswell Park Research Suggests New Strategy for Unleashing Cancer-Fighting Power of p53 Gene

In a new study in the journal Nature Communications, a research team from Roswell Park Cancer Institute reports their discovery of a major mechanism by which cells regulate the tumor suppressor p53, opening up new avenues for cancer research and trea...

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Nature; R01CA164574; R01CA215093; P30CA016056

Estudio De Mayo Clinic Descubre en Emoticones Un Medio Esperanzador Para Seguir La Calidad De Vida De Los Pacientes OncolóGicos

En los resultados presentados ante la Sociedad Americana de Hematología, los investigadores de Mayo Clinic descubrieron que los emoticones, en lugar de las tradicionales escalas de emociones, sirven para evaluar la calidad de vida física, emocional...

– Mayo Clinic

Clinicians Who Ignore Nitric Oxide (NO) Function Put Their Patients at Risk

Dr. Nathan Bryan, Baylor College of Medicine and one of the leading experts in nitric oxide biochemistry and physiology said today, “healthcare providers, especially those helping patients with cardiovascular issues and age-related disease, are not...

– Strategic Communications, LLC

25th American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress

How to Care for Children with Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Although the incidence of chickenpox has declined significantly since the development of the chickenpox vaccine, there are still children who develop chickenpox every year, say dermatologis...

– American Academy of Dermatology

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Mayo Clinic Bioethicist Megan Allyse, ph.d., Discusses 4 Key Things to Know About the Possibilities, Pitfalls of Gene Editing

Gene editing has captivated scientists and medical providers with tantalizing visions of wiping out debilitating inherited diseases.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Offers Wellness Content, Assessment to Support Healthier Lifestyles

Mayo Clinic has expanded its commercial content offerings to include expert, research-based wellness content and a personalized, actionable wellness assessment.

– Mayo Clinic

HIPEC Cancer Treatment Allows Woman’s Race for Life to Run Its Course

Having battled cancer twice – the latest round using a new chemotherapy/surgery combo – Deborah Sexauer is racing to celebrate the many obstacles she’s had to conquer along the way.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Personalized Blood Sugar Goals Can Save Diabetes Patients Thousands

A cost analysis by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine shows treatment plans that set individualized blood sugar goals for diabetes patients, tailored to their age and health history, can save $13,546 in health care costs over their ave...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 17:00 ET

One in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush? Tendency to Undervalue Future Rewards Linked to ADHD, Obesity

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found a genetic signature for delay discounting — the tendency to undervalue future rewards — that overlaps with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), smoking an...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Neuroscience

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

Cancer Survivors and Financial Stress: The Hidden Secret No One Discusses

So you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps you've undergone chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a combination of these. Your doctors tell you that you are doing well or perhaps not. Now, the bad news. The bills start piling up: medical bills, ...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Dis Colon Rectum

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

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Preventing Colon Polyps: Another Reason to Lose Those Holiday Pounds!

Being over ideal body weight has known risks with respect to heart and blood pressure problems, but the list is growing! In the January issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, researchers from Seoul, Korea, studied nearly 3000 patients undergoing ro...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Dis Colon Rectum

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

Safety Net Hospitals: Are the Uninsured Getting Good Quality Cancer Care?

You have no insurance, and you are diagnosed with a colon and rectal cancer. You may be one of the thousands of patients in the United States who find themselves being taken care of at a “safety net hospital.” These are hospitals that are require...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

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Study Identifies Agent That Can Reverse Resistance to Targeted Drug in Some Leukemia Cell Types

• Azacitidine reverses resistance to SL-401 in AML and BPDCN cell lines, researchers find • Results prompt clinical trial of SL-401 and azacitidine in AML and MDS patients

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

ASH #797

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 17:30 ET

High-Intensity Exercise Delays Parkinson’s Progression

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson’s disease and decreases worsening of motor symptoms, according to a new phase 2, multi-site trial led by Northwestern Medicine and University of Denver sc...

– Northwestern University

JAMA Neurology

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

Most Who Enrolled in Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion Already Either Work or Can’t Work, Study Shows

Nearly half of the people who enrolled in Medicaid after it expanded in Michigan have jobs, a new study finds. Another 11 percent can’t work, likely due to serious physical or mental health conditions. And about 1 in 4 enrollees are out of work but...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Internal Medicine, 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.7055

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

Blueprints for Anti-Cancer Drugs Discovered in Bacterial Genomes

New research suggests these hidden genes hold the blueprints for designing new, even more effective cancer-targeting compounds.

– Scripps Research Institute

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec. 2017; 2011ZX09401-001; 2012AA02A705; CA106150

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET

AML Study Reports High Response Rates with Combination Targeted Therapy

Initial findings from a multi-national open-label phase Ib study of inhibitory drug therapy for relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have demonstrated a complete response in up to 50 percent patients say researchers at The University o...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Annual Meeting & Exposition

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

Increasing Physical Activity Improves Survival in Lymphoma Patients, Mayo Researchers Say

An observational study by researchers at Mayo Clinic has found that increasing physical activity not only decreased the risk of death from all causes but also decreased the risk of death specifically from lymphoma.

– Mayo Clinic

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 19:45 ET

Study Identifies Barriers to Transplant Therapy to Treat Multiple Myeloma Among Racial Minority Groups

A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville, Florida has found that barriers to patients receiving stem cell therapy as part of their treatment for multiple myeloma include income, education, insurance status and access to care a...

– Mayo Clinic

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 18:00 ET

ESnet’s Petascale DTN Project Speeds up Data Transfers between Leading HPC Centers

A new Petascale Data Transfer Node project aims to to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte per week between major supercomputing facilities, which translates to achievable throughput rates of about 15 Gbps on real w...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers at Mount Sinai and Sema4 Develop Powerful New Method for Microbiome Analysis

Approach can identify antibiotic resistance and virulence markers missed by conventional techniques

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Biotechnology

Roswell Park Hematology Experts Sharing New Research in ASH 2017 Podium Presentations

Dr. Eunice Wang was invited to discuss results of a phase II clinical trial of crenolanib for adults with AML at the ASH 2017 annual meeting, and Dr. Kara Kelly, senior author of an oral abstract on outcomes disparities among children and adolescents...

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

ASH annual meeting 2017

Influenza Leads to Increased Missed Work Time

Employees with laboratory-confirmed influenza have more lost work time—including absences and reduced productivity while at work—compared to those with other types of acute respiratory illness (ARI), reports a study in the December Journal of Occ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Insights on How SHARPIN Promotes Cancer Progression

SBP and Technion Institute researchers have SHARPIN-ed their knowledge of how a malicious form of a protein drives the formation of melanoma through modulation of the PRMT5 pathway. The new research was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigat...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Journal of Clinical Investigation; R35CA197465; R21CA198468

Report: New System for More Accurate Cancer Staging to Aid Precision Medicine

Adding a blood test called liquid biopsy to a standard tissue biopsy could significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Annals of Oncology, Dec-2017

Scientists Discover Possible Master Switch for Programming Cancer Immunotherapy

How do killer T cells “learn” to leave their home base and amass within specific tissues like the skin, gut, and lung, or solid tumors?

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature, Dec. 2017; U19AI109976; R01AI095634; RB5-07012

Typhoid Fever Toxin Has a Sweet Tooth

Although the insidious bacterium Salmonella typhi has been around for centuries, very little is actually known about its molecular mechanisms. A new study from researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine addresses this knowledge gap and may lea...

– Cornell University

Nature Microbiology, Dec-2017

Updated Brain Cell Map Connects Various Brain Diseases to Specific Cell Types

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells f...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Biotechnology, Dec-2017; 1U01MH098977

Certain Books Can Increase Infant Learning During Shared Reading, Study Shows

Parents and pediatricians know that reading to infants is a good thing, but new research shows reading books that clearly name and label people and objects is even better.

– University of Florida

Child Development

To Err Is Human? Kelley School Researchers Examine How Errors Affect Credibility of Online Reviews

Shoppers increasingly consult online reviews before making holiday purchases. But how do they decide which reviewers to trust? Recently published research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI shows that consumer trust in ...

– Indiana University

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Drug Suppresses Spread of Breast Cancer Caused by Stem-Like Cells

Rare stem-like tumor cells play a critical role in the spread of breast cancer, but a vulnerability in the pathway that powers them offers a strategy to target these cells using existing drugs before metastatic disease occurs, report University of Ca...

– University of California San Diego Health

Journal of Clinical Investigation

Teaching Antibiotics to Be More Effective Killers

Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests bond duration, not bond tightness, may be the most important differentiator between antibiotics that kill bacteria and antibiotics that only stop bacterial growth.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Kyra’s Legacy

Pets have become an integral part of human medical research. However, a recent collaboration between Penn Med and Penn Vet has turned the tables on the arrangement.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dogs in Review; PLOS One

Chiropractic Services Relieve Low Back Pain in Female Veterans: Study

A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to...

– American Chiropractic Association

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

10 Tips for Staying Healthy During Wildfires: ATS Recommendations

This past weekend brought fierce Santa Ana Winds to Southern California that are expected to last all week. As of this writing, major fires are burning in Ventura County and other areas within Los Angeles County. The South Coast Air Quality Managemen...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The Force Is Strong: Amputee Controls Individual Prosthetic Fingers

Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

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Researchers Save Baby Alpaca Through Device to Speed Bone Regeneration

Researchers at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, helped saved the life of an injured baby alpaca using the NuCress™ scaffold, a nanomateria...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Holiday Loneliness Can Be Harmful to Seniors’ Health

Loneliness in older Americans is linked to serious medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and heart disease as well as a higher risk of premature death. But loneliness can be easily overlooked as a health risk because healthcare ...

– Cedars-Sinai

New NIH Consortium to Streamline Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A new clinical trials consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expected to accelerate and expand research into therapies that treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

– Mayo Clinic

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Rutgers Occupational Medicine Residency Program Receives Continuing Accreditation

The Rutgers School of Public Health Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency Program in Preventive Medicine has received continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

– Rutgers School of Public Health

CWRU School of Medicine Researcher Receives NIH Grants to Uncover Connection between Abnormal Embryonic Brain Development and Autism

One hypothesis for how autism develops is excessive neuron production in the prenatal period, leading to a transient but significant increase in brain size in the first few years of life in about one-quarter of children with the disease. But the prec...

– Case Western Reserve University

National Institute of Mental Health

National Academy of Inventors and University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center announce 2017 NAI Fellows

Dr. Cheryl L. Willman of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC San Diego Health Honored for Providing High-Quality Care to Medicare Advantage Patients

UC San Diego Health has been recognized with top scores for providing high-quality care to Medicare Advantage patients by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a statewide nonprofit group committed to high-value, integrated care that improves ...

– University of California San Diego Health

UCI Geneticist Emiliana Borrelli Receives Prestigious European Honors

This fall, UCI's Emiliana Borrelli was awarded the title of Knight in the Order of the “Légion d’Honneur,” the most prestigious civilian honor given by the French government, received the prestigious Golgi Medal Award in Neuroscience from the ...

– University of California, Irvine

Phillips School of Nursing at MSBI Awarded Prestigious Workforce Diversity Grant

Phillips School of Nursing (PSON) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel has received a Nursing Workforce Diversity grant totaling approximately $800,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

– Mount Sinai Health System

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s physician wins prestigious 2017 William Dameshek Prize from the American Society of Hematology

• Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD, current chair of Medical Oncology, was presented with recognition at annual American Society of Hematology meeting • Ebert is notable for his leadership in describing the genomic landscape of adult myelodysplastic s...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


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ASN Partners with VA Center for Innovation on My Kidney Nutrition App Features CHALLENGEWashington, DC (December 12, 2017) — Around 17% of American Adults Have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and the Rate of Prevalence Is Higher for US Veterans. CKD,

Around 17% of American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the rate of prevalence is higher for US Veterans. CKD, if not treated appropriately, can ultimately lead to kidney failure requiring either dialysis or a transplant.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Riverview Medical Center Welcomes Robert Paul Bonitz, M.D., Urological Surgeon

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ is pleased to welcome Robert Paul Bonitz, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Bonitz specializes in urology and joins the strong team of surgeons at Riverview Medical Center.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Bayshore Medical Center Welcomes Cathie-Ann Mancuso, M.D., Internist

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ is pleased to welcome internist, Cathie-Ann Mancuso, M.D., to the medical staff. Dr. Mancuso specializes in internal medicine and will be joining the practice of Matawan Medical Associ...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

APS Launches New and Improved User Experience for Its Online Physiology Journals

To provide journal readers and authors with an upgraded user experience, the American Physiological Society (APS) is pleased to announce the transfer of its journals to a new online platform. The move transfers 13 APS physiology research journals to ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

CWRU School of Medicine’s Mark Griswold, PhD Elected 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Mark A. Griswold, PhD, a professor in the Department of Radiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors 2017 Fellows Program, the highest professional distinction accorded to acad...

– Case Western Reserve University

National Academy of Inventors

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Largest-Ever Gift to a Canadian Rehab Hospital Will Support New Therapies for Brain-Related Disorders

With a transformational gift of $20 million to the Toronto Rehab Foundation, Walter and Maria Schroeder, along with their family, have established The Walter and Maria Schroeder Brain Institute.

– University Health Network (UHN)

​UChicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center names two associate directors

The University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center has named Celeste Thomas, MD, and Siri Greeley, MD, PhD, associate directors to support adult and pediatric diabetes care.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

$1 Million Gift Allows Babies to Get Heart Care Before Being Born

Thanks to the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Pediatric Heart Center at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is opening the John H. Gutfreund Fetal Heart Program at the Montefiore Hutchinson Campus.

– Montefiore Health System

Michigan Medicine Receives Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Designation

Michigan Medicine is among the first recipients to receive the Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence designation from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

WCS Conservationists and Partners Honored with Sanctuary Wildlife Awards

Conservationists and partners with the Bengaluru-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) -India received multiple awards at the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards event held in Mumbai yesterday. The awardees included Mr. Jayachandran S, Mr. Shashank Dalvi, ...

– Wildlife Conservation Society





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