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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Transplant Games’ Medalist Represents Cedars-Sinai in the 2018 Rose Parade

Three months after receiving a kidney transplant, Holly Miyagawa was back on the beach playing volleyball. That was 17 years ago. Since then, the Hermosa Beach, CA, resident has gone on to medal in volleyball at the World Transplant Games and the Tra...

– Cedars-Sinai


New Hope for Stopping an Understudied Heart Disease in Its Tracks

Thanks, in part, to pigs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station, scientists now are catching up on understanding the roots of calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD).

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 25-Dec-2017 at 15:00 ET

Researchers Find Potential Path to Repair MS-Damaged Nerves

Gene expression in specific cells and in specific regions can provide a more precise, neuroprotective approach than traditional treatments

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

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 25-Dec-2017 at 15:05 ET


Breaking Up (Protein Complexes) Is Hard to Do, but New UW Study Shows How

A new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers identified the structural basis for how tightly bound protein complexes are broken apart to become inactivated.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature Communications; R01 GM096060-01

Embargo expired on 22-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET

Folic Acid Late in Pregnancy May Increase Childhood Allergy Risk

Research from the University of Adelaide suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in children affected by growth restriction during pregnancy.

– University of Adelaide

American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

UK Study Finds Biomarker Targets to Make Drugs More Effective in Fighting Cancer

A new study published in Nature Communications and led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researcher Qing-Bai She identifies biomarker targets that may make existing drugs more effective in fighting certain cancers.

– University of Kentucky

Nature Communications

Pain-Free Skin Patch Responds to Sugar Levels for Management of Type 2 Diabetes

NIH researchers have devised a biochemically formulated patch of dissolvable microneedles for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The biochemical formula of mineralized compounds in the patch responds to blood chemistry to manage glucose automatically....

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nature Commnications

First Stereotactic Radiation Therapy System Designed to Treat Early Stage Breast Cancer Receives FDA Clearance

The GammaPod ™ – a first-of-its kind stereotactic radiotherapy system to treat early stage breast cancer – has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), paving the way for the manufacturer to bring the system t...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

Press Room Registration Is Open for 2018 AAN Annual Meeting

Registration is now open to journalists planning to attend the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018. The AAN Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of neurologists who come tog...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

2018 AAN Annual Meeting


Patients Have an Important Voice in Shaping Kidney Disease Research and Treatment

In an effort to provide patients the opportunity to share practical health consumer perspectives, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) is including Patient Voice editorials that will accompany certain journal articles. I...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 17:00 ET

Hunting for Immune Cells’ Cancer Targets

A method developed by HHMI investigators sifts through hundreds of millions of potential targets to find a precise cancer beacon. The results may lead to better immunotherapies, which harness the immune system to attack tumors.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Cell, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 12:00 ET

Medicaid Expansion Leads to Increase in Early-Stage Cancer Diagnoses

The Affordable Care Act led to an increase in the number of cancer diagnoses -- particularly those at early stages -- in states where Medicaid was expanded, according to research from Indiana University.

– Indiana University

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Embargoed AJPH Research on Hepatitis C and Opioids, Medicaid Expansion and Cancer Diagnoses, ACA and Breastfeeding, Osteoarthritis Increases

In this month’s release, find new embargoed research that links increased hepatitis C numbers to the opioid epidemic, shows Medicaid expansion increasing cancer diagnoses, the ACA expanding breastfeeding and the prevalence of osteoarthritis growing...

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

Molecular Mapping Made Easy

Every day, every inch of skin on your body comes into contact with thousands of molecules — from food, cosmetics, sweat, the microbes that call your skin home. Now researchers can create interactive 3D maps that show where each molecule lingers on ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Protocols

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Inebriation at Sporting Events Is a Problem

In many western countries, public concern about violence and other problems at sporting events has increased. Alcohol is often involved. Research shows that approximately 40 percent of the spectators drink alcohol while attending U.S. baseball and f...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 21-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

Couples 'Money-Talk' Curriculum, Online Interest in Sex Rises at Christmas, Male Virgins Can Still Get HPV, and More in the Sex and Relationships News Source

The latest research and features on sex in the Sex and Relationships News Source

– Newswise

Environmental Stressors, CRISPR Treatment for Hearing Loss, Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

The latest research and features in cell biology in the Cell Biology News Source

– Newswise

A Fluorescence-Based High-Throughput Assay for the Identification of Anticancer Reagents Targeting Fructose-1,6-Bisphosphate Aldolase

An original research report by Eun Jeong Cho et al. (University of Texas at Austin) in the January 2018 Issue of SLAS Discovery presents a newly designed biochemical assay that is rapid, sensitive, inexpensive, and high-throughput screening (HTS)-fri...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

SLAS Discovery

Taking Folic Acid in Late Pregnancy May Increase Childhood Allergy Risk

A new study suggests that taking folic acid in late pregnancy may increase the risk of allergies in offspring affected by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology

Making Waves

Researchers reveal in detail how fertilization triggers destruction of a small number of proteins, which releases the “brakes” on an egg’s cell cycle. Simultaneously, vast quantities of proteins are rapidly secreted from the egg to help prevent...

– Harvard Medical School

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; HD091846, HD073104, GM103785, GM39565

Selective Suppression of Inflammation Could Deplete HIV and Control HIV Activation

A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could “purge” the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research.

– Case Western Reserve University

PLOS Pathogens; 1R01MH100999 ; 5P30AI050409 ; 5P01AI076174 ; 5U19AI096109 ; 109222-58-RGRL

Roswell Park Research Identifies Cells That May Be Responsible for Prostate Cancer Recurrence

A team from Roswell Park Cancer Institute has discovered a unique population of normal stem cells that may enable prostate cancer relapse. These findings may point the way toward strategies for treating or preventing prostate cancer recurrence.

– Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Stem Cell Reports; R01CA155693; P30CA016056

Clinical Trial for Stroke Innovates Patient Care and Research at UK

The combination of a new clinical trial and tissue bank is innovating stroke care and research at the University of Kentucky. Led by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists, the studies aim to develop new treatments using existing thera...

– University of Kentucky


4 Ways to Troubleshoot Weight Loss, According to a Physician

The question is a logical one. New fad diets and exercise plans make big promises, but progress is never as easy as the hype suggests.

Expert Available

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

MedWire Announcements

New Cancer Treatment Technology Coming to Utah

A new cancer treatment technology is one step closer to Salt Lake City. Today Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) announced a plan to add a proton therapy center to its Cancer Hospital. Huntsman Cancer Foundation, HCI a...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Lab Tests Online Redesigns Website to Improve Patient Access to Crucial Information About Clinical Tests

Lab Tests Online, AACC’s award-winning public resource on laboratory testing, is pleased to announce that it has launched a dynamic redesign of to better help patients, caregivers, and medical professionals understand the many la...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Rush Hospitals Receive Five Stars for Quality of Care

Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center each have received five stars, the highest possible rating, for hospital quality from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS, as the centers are known, published the l...

– Rush University Medical Center

Sara and Chris Connor Donate $6.5 Million to University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network

Announcement of $6.5 million gift from Cleveland philanthropists Sara and Chris Connor for integrative health network at University Hospitals in Northeast Ohio. The will enable UH to recruit a core team of physician leaders to treat patients, ed...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Cedars-Sinai Investigators to Lead Multi-Center Study Into How Memories Are Formed

Cedars-Sinai investigators will lead a multi-center study into how the brain’s circuitry forms and recalls memories — research made possible by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

– Cedars-Sinai

ATS Foundation Announces Unrestricted Research Grants to Improve Respiratory Health Worldwide

The American Thoracic Society Foundation has announced that 16 researchers have been awarded unrestricted research grants totaling more than $1 million to advance pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine around the world. These one-year, $40,000 g...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)





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