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Nanofractionation Platform with Parallel Mass Spectrometry for Identification of Cytochrome CYP1A2 Inhibitors in Metabolic Mixtures

This new (and freely available) original research article presents a fast, robust and accurate methodology for correlating compound identity to CYP1A2 potency of inhibitors in metabolic mixtures. The methodology is centered around an at-line nanofrac...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Journal of Biomolecular Screening

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 09:00 ET

Researchers Map Molecular Interaction That Prevents Aggressive Breast Cancer

Researchers in Italy have discovered how specific versions of a protein called Numb protect the key tumor suppressor p53 from destruction. The study, which will be published December 21 in the Journal of Cell Biology, suggests that the loss of these ...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Cell Biology, February 2018; IG 14404; GR-2010-2308100; IG 11904; IG 18629; IG 18988; MCO 10.000; DFG SFB1035; DFG GRK1721; 26119005...

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 09:00 ET

Diet Rich in Apples and Tomatoes May Help Repair Lungs of Ex-Smokers, Study Suggests

A study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples, suggesting certain component...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

European Respiratory Journal

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 03:00 ET

Duke-Led Team Develops More Accurate Tool to Track New HIV Infections

Researchers at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute have led an effort to develop a more accurate way to gauge the incidence of HIV infections in large populations, which will improve research and prevention strategies worldwide.

– Duke Health

JCI Insight; OPP1068333; OPP1062806; OPP1115799; OPP1017716; OPP1032144; OPP1146996; AI064518; AI067854; AI067854

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Biomedical Technology Licensed to Michigan Company for Use in Cancer Treatments

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory biomedical technology that can deliver vaccines and drugs inside the human body has been licensed for use in cancer treatments to a Michigan company.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Education Beyond Borders

Harvard Medical School will offer online education to doctors-in-the-making and practicing clinicians affiliated with a pediatric cancer hospital in Egypt, the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo.

– Harvard Medical School


Will a Salad a Day Keep Memory Problems Away?

Eating about one serving per day of green, leafy vegetables may be linked to a slower rate of brain aging, according to a study published in the December 20, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology....

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

CRISPR Treatment Prevents Hearing Loss in Mice

A single treatment of a genome editing agent partially preserved hearing in mice with genetic deafness. The work could one day help scientists treat certain forms of genetic hearing loss in humans.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Nature, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 13:00 ET

More Tumor Mutations Equals Higher Success Rate With Cancer Immunotherapy Drugs

The "mutational burden," or the number of mutations present in a tumor's DNA, is a good predictor of whether that cancer type will respond to a class of cancer immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors, a new study led by Johns Hopkins Kimme...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 17:00 ET

Smoking Cessation Drug May Increase Risk of Adverse Cardiovascular Event

Varenicline, one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for helping people quit smoking, may put them at higher risk for a cardiovascular event, according to new research published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medici...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 00:15 ET

New Classification Criteria for Inflammatory Myopathies a Breakthrough

The ability to diagnose myositis diseases and treat them properly just improved immensely with the publication of new, evidence-based classification criteria.

– Myositis Association

Arthritis & Rheumatology, Dec-2017

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

High Out-of-Pocket Costs May Place Oral Cancer Medications Out of Reach

Sticker shock may be leading many insured Americans with cancer to forego treatment with a wide range of oral cancer drugs, suggests a study published online this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Led by researchers at the Perelman School of ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Putting a Fork in Cognitive Decline

While cognitive abilities naturally decline with age, eating one serving of leafy green vegetables a day may aid in preserving memory and thinking skills as a person grows older, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center i...

– Rush University Medical Center

Neurology; R01 AG031553 ; R01 AG17917; 58-1950-7-707

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Emergency Department Cancer Diagnoses: An Underreported Problem

New study, published in the American Journal of Surgery, highlights the prevalence of ED cancer diagnoses; calls for new screening methods.

– Montefiore Health System

American Journal of Surgery

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

WVU Nursing Researcher Intervenes Between Patients and Loneliness

“Find Yourself First.” “Don’t Be in a Hurry.” “Stay Connected to Friends While You’re Young.” “Treat Loneliness as a Thief in the Night.” These are just some of the insights that participants in the Listen program wrote as news he...

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 20-Dec-2017 at 08:30 ET

Moving the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator, Responses to HIV Med Kaletra, Marijuana Help, and More in the AIDS and HIV News Source

The latest research, features, and experts on HIV and AIDS.

– Newswise

Silky Secrets to Make Bones

Some secrets to repairing our skeletons might be found in the silky webs of spiders, according to recent experiments guided by supercomputers. Scientists involved say their results will help understand the details of osteoregeneration, or how bones r...

– University of California San Diego

Advanced Functional Materials Journal, September 2017

Aggression in Childhood: Rooted in Genetics, Influenced by the Environment

According to a new psychosocial study, reactive and proactive types of aggressive behaviour in 6-year-old children share most of the same genetic factors. However, their evolution over time seems to be influenced by various environmental factors, sug...

– Universite de Montreal

PLOS ONE, Dec 2017.; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Fonds de recherche du Québec

Removal of Drug Coverage Caps Associated with Improved Medication Persistence

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR (the professional society for health economics and outcomes research), announced today the publication of a research report suggesting that the removal of drug coverage caps may lead to improved medicati...

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

Value in Health, Dec-2017

Blueberry Vinegar Improves Memory in Mice with Amnesia

Dementia affects millions of people worldwide, robbing them of their ability to think, remember and live as they once did. In the search for new ways to fight cognitive decline, scientists report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry t...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Harnessing Sperm to Treat Gynecological Diseases

Delivering drugs specifically to cancer cells is one approach researchers are taking to minimize treatment side effects. Stem cells, bacteria and other carriers have been tested as tiny delivery vehicles. Now a new potential drug carrier to treat gyn...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Nano

New Guidelines Aim to Prevent Medics From Failing to Diagnose Patients with Liver Disease

New recommendations, led by experts at the University of Birmingham, have been published to improve the use of liver blood tests.

– University of Birmingham

Gut, Dec-2017

Robotic Device Improves Balance and Gait in Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering, working with Movement Disorders faculty from the department of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, find that a si...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Scientific Reports Dec 19 2017

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Two Studies Find Stress Reprograms Cells

In a pair of publications, researchers have shown how cells adapt to stressors—like water loss—by reprogramming their internal signaling networks. The studies describe previously unknown mechanisms that cells use to send signals between cellular ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Cell Reports; Molecular Cell; Wallenberg Academy Fellow program ; Swedish Research Council ; Swedish Cancer Society ; R37-DK60596 ; R01-DK53307 ; R01GM092960 ...

Better Treatment, Not More Spending, Saves Heart Attack Patients, Study Finds

A long-term look at heart attack care and spending in America in the 21st Century shows more survival, more spending, and more variation between hospitals on both scores. And while spending on rapid angioplasty appears to be paying off, a lot of the ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Cardiology, doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2017.4771; AG046830; HS-022535; AG019783

Can You Burn Calories While Sitting at a Desk?

A new study suggests that continuous movement while sitting may increase metabolic rate more than standing at a desk.

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Study: Treating Refugees From Western Perspective Leaves Providers and Patients Lost in Translation

University at Buffalo nursing research revealed that Somali Bantu women are open to family planning when methods help to space births of future children, rather than preventing new additions to their families.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Clinical Nursing

Researchers Discover Key Link Between Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction

Researchers have identified significant mitochondrial changes that take place in cocaine addiction, and they blocked them.

– University of Maryland School of Medicine


Defending Against Environmental Stressors May Shorten Lifespan

A shorter life may be the price an organism pays for coping with the natural assaults of daily living, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and their colleagues in Japan. The scientists used fruit flies to examine the relatio...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

PNAS; ZIAES080046; R01GM067761

Emerging Drug Could Help Treat a Common Liver Disease

Treating a liver disease called NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is difficult. Now scientists believe they have found a pharmacologic approach that may inhibit NASH, and thus stop deadly conditions that result from NASH.

– Stony Brook University

Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology

FDA-Approved High Blood Pressure Drug Extends Life Span in Roundworms

An FDA-approved drug to treat high blood pressure seems to extend life span in worms via a cell signaling pathway that may mimic caloric restriction.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Communications

Researchers Get First Complete Look at Protein Behind Sense of Touch

The findings point the way to targeting diseases where this protein is mutated.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature, Dec. 2017; NS083174; DE022358; 1-S10OD021634

New Class of Anti-Cancer Drug Effective Against Kidney Cancer

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports initial findings with a novel drug belonging to a new class of medicines called HIF-2a inhibitors that show promise in treating metastatic kidney cancer.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Study: Medications Alone Don’t Help Smokers Quit

Pharmaceutical interventions are routinely prescribed to help people quit smoking. However, a new study by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers suggests that, despite promising results in clinical trials, smoking cessatio...

– University of California San Diego Health

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

New Year’s Resolution for Older Adults: Lose Weight the Right Way

If shedding some of those extra pounds is your goal for the new year, are you sure you’re losing the right kind of weight? Health and exercise science professor Kristen Beavers of Wake Forest University has a challenge for older adults resolving to...

– Wake Forest University

Considering a New Year’s Resolution for 2018? Baylor University Experts Can Help

As 2018 approaches, many Americans are considering ways to improve themselves via New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s personal, like losing weight or clearing clutter, or it’s professional, such as being a better manager or breaking away from ...

Expert Available

– Baylor University


Guidelines Say No Special Precautions Needed for Flu Shots for People Allergic to Eggs

An updated practice parameter from the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters stresses that people with egg allergy should receive their yearly flu shot, and that no special precautions are required.

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

Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 00:00 ET

Underactive Thyroid Within Normal Range May Affect Woman’s Ability to Conceive

New research suggests that a slightly underactive thyroid may affect a women’s ability to become pregnant—even when the gland is functioning at the low end of the normal range, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal o...

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

Obesity Can Add Five Weeks of Asthma Symptoms Per Year in Preschoolers

Asthma affects almost 1 in 10 children in the U.S. and is a leading cause of emergency room visits and hospitalizations in preschoolers. According to new research from Duke Health and collaborators, symptoms may be worse for children ages 2 to 5 who ...

– Duke Health

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 07:00 ET

Dysfunctional Gene May Be Culprit in Some Crohn’s Disease Cases

The scientists hope understanding how immune cells adapt as they enter different tissues will spur the design of better, more specific, medicines.

– Scripps Research Institute

Immunity, Dec. 2017; R21AI119728; 5R01DK099076-07 ; P01DK071176; 422515; 3786; 26971; IBD-0389R

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

New Measurements to Guide Radiation Therapy

When ionizing radiation passes through living tissue, it interacts with molecules present in the cells, stripping away electrons and producing charged species known as ions. Ionizing radiation used for cancer treatment includes gamma rays, X-rays and...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Novel Combination Therapy Shown to Be Effective in Ovarian Cancer

Wistar researchers have found that combining PARP inhibitors, recently approved for the treatment of BRCA-mutant ovarian cancer, with another small molecule inhibitor was effective to treat ovarian cancers without BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

– Wistar Institute

Cell Reports

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

UNH Research Finds Increase in Number of Babies Born Drug Exposed in N.H.

From 2005 to 2015 the number of infants diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the Granite State increased fivefold, from 52 to 269, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

– University of New Hampshire

Embargo expired on 19-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

Metabolic Vulnerability of Certain Breast Cancers, Radiosurgery for Brain Cancer, Measuring Radiation Therapy, and More in the Cancer News Source

Click here to go directly to the Cancer News Source

– Newswise

Just 4,000 Steps a Day to Better Brain Health

In adults ages 60 and older, moderate daily walks improve attention and mental skills, study finds

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

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Improving Sleep Quality for Breast Cancer Survivors

Nearly one in three breast cancer survivors suffers from poor sleep, which can lead to greater mortality.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Study Finds Growing Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities in Management of Brain Metastases

A new study in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network highlights the need to improve access to stereotactic radiosurgery following radiotherapy to treat brain metastases for minority and lower-income populations.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Ludwig Researchers Uncover Mechanism Behind a Metabolic Vulnerability of Certain Breast Cancers

Many cancer cells are relatively sensitive to the deprivation of an essential amino acid known as methionine. Now, a Ludwig Cancer Research study published in the journal Science Signaling and led by Alex Toker, an investigator in the Ludwig Center a...

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Science Signaling, Dec-2017

Genital and Urinary Health Problems of Sexually Abused Children: Consequences for Girls

A study in The Journal of Pediatrics by researchers at Université de Montréal reveals that sexual assault on children leads to an increase in genitourinary health problems in girls, but not boys.

– Universite de Montreal

The Journal of Pediatrics, Dec 2017; Ministère de la Justice du Québec (Quebec Ministry of Justice) (no. 126489); Quebec Health Research Fund

Researchers Isolate Biting, Non-Biting Genes in Pitcher Plant Mosquitoes

Understanding that divergence, University of Notre Dame researchers say, is a starting point to determining whether there are non-biting genes in other species that could be manipulated in order to reduce transmission of vector-borne diseases.

– University of Notre Dame

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Some Newborns with Chronic Illness Show Signs of Serious Sleep Problems at Birth

New parents often hear about how important sleep is for their babies’ development — but some newborns may have more serious sleep challenges than others.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Pediatrics

Radiosurgery vs. Whole-Brain Radiation in Lung Cancer Patients with Multiple Brain Metastases

University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows that radiosurgery may effectively treat brain metastases associated with certain types of lung cancer, even when the number of metastases exceeds established norms.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Researchers Find New Genes That Regulate Blood Pressure

Researchers at the University of Georgia have identified several new genes that influence how the body regulates blood pressure.

– University of Georgia

Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics

Electric Scalp Device Prolongs Survival in Deadly Brain Cancer

A device attached to a patient’s scalp that delivers a continuous dose of low-intensity electric fields improves survival and slows the growth of a deadly brain tumor, according to a new clinical trial led by a Northwestern Medicine scientist and p...

– Northwestern University


Researchers Find Possible Markers for Earlier Diagnosis of Aggressive Form of Tongue Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, also known as oral tongue cancer, is an aggressive form of cancer that generally affects older people. Patients with the disease often find it difficult to eat, swallow food, or speak. Reasons for its generally ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Oncotarget; Steris Foundation; VeloSano3; Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship Award; NIH R01DE21544 ; NIH R01DE024228

New Study Reveals Reversibility of Friedreich's Ataxia in Mice

UCLA researchers, after developing a mouse model of Friedreich’s ataxia that shows symptoms similar to patients, have found that many early symptoms of the disease are completely reversible when the genetic defect linked to the ataxia is reversed

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


The Not So Sweet Side of Christmas

A new video by the University of Warwick highlights a bitter side to our sugar consumption at Christmas. The short film highlights how excessive consumption of sugar can affect our health – and how the sugar trade in the past and today has caused...

– University of Warwick

includes video

Major Measurement Issues Found in Emergency Department Patient Experience Data

There are major measurement issues in patient experience data collected from U.S. emergency departments, including high variability and limited construct validity, according to an analysis published by researchers at the George Washington University ...

– George Washington University

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Among First in Tri-State to Offer Innovative Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is among the first in the tri-state region and the first in Bergen County, New Jersey to offer an innovative new treatment that prevents stroke in patients with blocked carotid arteries,...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

In a historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a gene therapy initially developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the treatment of a rare, inherited...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Fred Hutch Tip Sheet for December: New Research on Leukemia Therapies, End-of-Life-Care Racial Disparities, Experimental Drug for Pancreatic Cancer, More

Below is the December tip sheet from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Story ideas include new research on leukemia therapies, racial disparities in end-of-life care, an experimental drug for pancreatic cancer and more.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The Virus That Conquered the World: 100 Years Later

Nearly a century after the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 ravaged communities worldwide, the threat of another pandemic looms large as the scientific and global health communities find ways to prepare for, and battle, future outbreaks.

Expert Available

– Keck Medicine of USC

Child Life Specialists Play Key Role in Pediatric Hospital Care

Child life specialists are dedicated to helping children and their families cope with all aspects of hospitalization and making their experiences at the hospital as positive as possible – especially during the holiday season.

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center




– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Researchers Repurpose Immune-Activating Cytokine to Fight Breast Cancer

The most lethal form of breast cancer could have a new treatment option, according to new research out of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc...

– Case Western Reserve University

PNAS; CBTG T32CA198808 ; RSGCCG-122517 ; P30CA43703; R21CA198808

Nuevo estudio en deportistas estudiantiles, padres y entrenadores descubre que 1 de cada 3 sabe que la conmoción cerebral es una lesión del cerebro

La mayoría de los deportistas estudiantiles, así como sus padres y entrenadores son capaces de identificar los posibles efectos de una comnoción cerebral, pero solo una tercera parte de ellos sabe que se trata de una lesión en el cerebro.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

UCLA Researchers Create Skeletal Muscle From Stem Cells

UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step towards developin...

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

Nature Cell Biology; R01AR064327; W81XWH-13-1-0465; RB5-07230; DISC1-08823; DISC2-08824

For Stroke Patients, Rating Scales Predict Discharge Destination

Stroke survivors with higher scores on widely used outcome measures are more likely to be discharged home from the hospital, while those with lower scores are more likely to go to a rehabilitation or nursing care facility, reports a paper in the Janu...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy

Can Brain Lesions Contribute to Criminal Behavior?

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that lesions to brain areas in individuals exhibiting criminal behavior all fall within a particular brain network involved in moral decision-making.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; K23NS083741

Brain Lesions and Criminal Behavior Linked to Moral Decision-Making Network

When brain lesions occur within the brain network responsible for morality and value-based decision-making, they can predispose a person toward criminal behavior, according to new research by Ryan Darby, MD, assistant professor of Neurology at Vander...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Molecular Signature of “Trailblazer” Neural Crest Cells Gives Insight Into Development and Cancer

In a study published online in the journal eLife, the researchers identified a molecular signature of approximately 1300 genes differentially expressed in an aggressive subset of migrating neural crest cells termed as “trailblazers” in a vertebra...

– Stowers Institute for Medical Research


Plain Cigarette Packaging May Reduce Incorrect Impression of Product’s Safety

An online survey of 900 consumers of three of the United States’ most popular cigarette brands suggests that adopting standardized cigarette packing may reduce consumers’ misconceptions that some cigarettes are less harmful than others, reports a...

– University of California San Diego Health

BMJ Tobacco Control

Study Sheds Light on Rarity of Disease-Causing IGF Mutations

Peter Rotwein, M.D., was recently spotlighted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) for a study he conducted on insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), a family of proteins that are crucial in early human growth and devel...

– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Journal of Biological Chemistry, April-2017

Removing the Global AIDS Coordinator from State Department Could Have “Profoundly Negative Impact,” Report Finds

Moving the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator, which oversees and manages PEPFAR, out of the U.S. State Department would likely provide little benefit and could have a profoundly negative impact on its ability to effectively lead the global fight agai...

– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Sick While Traveling? Here’s What to Do (and How to Prevent It)

It’s easy to get worn down this time of year. A Michigan Medicine expert offers tips to handle holiday travel with your health in mind.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Mayo Clinic Named Center of Excellence for Cavernous Malformation Treatment, Research

Mayo Clinic has been named a Center of Excellence by Angioma Alliance for treatment and research into cerebral cavernous angiomas.

– Mayo Clinic

New Clinical Trial Accepting Patients, Hopes to Ease Type 1 Diabetes Management

A first-of-its-kind advanced insulin delivery system could help type 1 diabetes patients manage their condition without continuously adjusting insulin doses on their own.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Virginia Mason Among First in Nation to Begin New Cancer Therapy

SEATTLE – (Dec. 18, 2017) –Virginia Mason has become the first health system in Washington state to begin a new therapy that targets neuroendocrine tumors, an uncommon cancer that affects the intestines, pancreas, lungs and other parts of the bod...

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

Small but Mighty: Courageous Kennedy Grows Stronger After Spending First Year of Life in the NICCU

Small but Mighty: Courageous Kennedy Grows Stronger After Spending First Year of Life in the NICCU

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Sharing Examples of Caring this Season

In honor of the season of giving, Penn Medicine debuts four new short videos of Penn Medicine CAREs-funded initiatives making a difference all year long.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Annual Mountain Cedar Allergy Season About to Hit

Allergy specialists like Dr. Shelly Harvey are again readying themselves for mountain cedar, the annual irritant that makes noses run and eyes itch – potentially transforming the merriest of holiday well-wishers into miserable Ebenezer Scrooges.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Novel Discovery by Singapore Research Team Could Improve Diagnosis and Early Screening of Kidney Stone Disease

An interdisciplinary research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently discovered a unique panel of urine biomarkers that could accurately diagnose nephrolithiasis, also commonly known as kidney stone.

– National University of Singapore

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

ACI Statement: FDA Final Rule on Healthcare Antiseptic Ingredients

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)welcomed a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to defer rulemaking on critically important ingredients used in healthcare antiseptic products, including soaps, hand washes and rubs.

– American Cleaning Institute

MedWire Announcements

Multiple Sclerosis Expert Honored for Research on Sex Differences

Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl, who directs UCLA’s multiple sclerosis program and holds the Jack H. Skirball Chair for Multiple Sclerosis Research, has been selected as the recipient of the Berlin Institute of Health’s Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Asp...

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

Nelson Named President of Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Associate Dean for Development at the UNC School of Medicine

Leslie H. Nelson has been named as President of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina and Associate Dean for Development of the UNC School of Medicine effective Jan. 1, 2018. The Medical Foundation of North Carolina is the not-for-profit, philanth...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Milken Institute School of Public Health Receives $4 Million Grant to Study Anemia in India

Research to develop and test an intervention that reduces the threat of this health problem for women of childbearing age

– George Washington University

Dr. D. Scott Merrell Awarded 2017 Rare Disease Research Grant

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has announced its 2017 Rare Disease Research Grant recipients and Dr. D. Scott Merrell, professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, is among...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

ALS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center Achieves Recognized Treatment Center Designation from the ALS Association

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state that has earned designation for superior support and care of ALS patients and their families.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

The GW Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research Announces Winners of 2018 GW Hospital Leadership in Practice Innovation Award

The GW Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research announced the winners of the 2018 GW Hospital Leadership in Practice Innovation Award.

– George Washington University

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health Enhance Clinical Research Focus with Arrival of Internationally Recognized Clinical Trials Expert

Further enhancing a commitment to cutting-edge clinical research efforts, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health are welcoming Howard S. Hochster, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the development of cancer clinical t...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Nationally Recognized Leader in Nutrition & Exercise Science Joins the George Washington University

Jennifer Sacheck has been named Sanofi Professor of Prevention and Wellness, and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Milken Institute School of Public Health

– George Washington University

Translational Research Fellowship Established; Prostate Cancer Pioneer Lauded

The new COL (Ret.) David G. McLeod Prostate Cancer Translational Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Prachi Mishra, Dec. 7 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in a ceremony in front of Department of Defense and indus...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Wolters Kluwer and the Education Section of the APTA Now Offer the Journal of Physical Therapy Education Online

Wolters Kluwer Heath, in partnership with the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), will begin publishing the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE) with online publication of the December 2017 issue. JOPTE is...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Physical Therapy Education

National Academy of Inventors Chooses Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as 2017 Fellow

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs at Mount Sinai Health System, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

– Mount Sinai Health System

Eric Topol Named Executive Vice President at the Scripps Research Institute

"Eric is an esteemed colleague with a clear vision for integrating scientific discovery and translational medicine."

– Scripps Research Institute

Cochlear Implant Surgery Now Offered at Bayshore Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center is proud to announce that it has expanded services to include cochlear implant surgery to help individuals with moderate to profound hearing loss who are not receiving enough benefit from a hearing a...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Startup Tech Companies in Cedars-Sinai’s Third Accelerator Class Announce New Deals and Partnerships

Ten innovative health-tech companies that completed the fall 2017 session of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars have announced new contracts and partnerships to bring their leading-edge technologies to patient care.

– Cedars-Sinai





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