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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Immune Cells Play Key Role in Early Breast Cancer Metastasis Even Before a Tumor Develops

Mount Sinai researchers have discovered that normal immune cells called macrophages, which reside in healthy breast tissue surrounding milk ducts, play a major role in helping early breast cancer cells leave the breast for other parts of the body, po...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Communications, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 02-Jan-2018 at 05:00 ET

Diabetic Blindness Caused and Reversed “Trapped” Immune Cells in Rodent Retinas

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a cell signaling pathway in mice that triggers vision loss in patients with diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion – diseases characterized by the closure of blood vessels in the retina, leading to...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight

New Cholesterol Calculation May Avoid Need to Fast Before Testing, Study Suggests

In a direct comparison study, Johns Hopkins researchers have added to evidence that a newer method of calculating so-called “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood is more accurate than the older method in people who did not fast before blood was d...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


High-Risk Medical Devices Granted European Licensure Based on Low-Quality Evidence

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 concluding that the quality of scientific evidence used in the health technolog...

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

Value in Health, Dec-2017

Detecting Pompe Disease with More Accuracy Key to Urgent Intervention

Researchers identified a new, more sensitive screening test to recognize Pompe disease, a metabolic disorder affecting cellular processing of glycogen in numerous tissues of the body.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Cellular Physiology


It’s Not Your Model Minority: The PINE Study Reveals the Challenges U.S. Chinese Aging Population Facing

In 2017, researchers from Rush University Medical Center completed the third wave of the PINE study, shedding a light on how cultural determinants impact the health outcomes and disparities among Chinese older adults.

– Chinese Health, Aging, and Policy Program (CHAP)

Embargo expired on 31-Dec-2017 at 08:00 ET


Scientific Research and “Deceptive Subjects”

Deception by research participants is a problem that needs to be recognized and addressed, according to a recent review. Research participants who conceal or fabricate information to gain admission to and participate in clinical research – for exam...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 29-Dec-2017 at 10:00 ET

Quitting Cigarettes: One of the Toughest New Year’s Resolutions

Deciding to stop smoking is one of the most common, beneficial and difficult New Year’s resolutions. Smoking reminders are abundant, nicotine withdrawal is difficult and the resolution process itself is flawed.

Expert Available

– University of Chicago Medical Center


A Cluster of Mutations in Neurofibromatosis Is an Important Risk Factor for Severe Symptoms

Research shows that missense mutations in a cluster of just five codons in the NF1 gene are an important risk factor for severe symptoms of the genetic disease neurofibromatosis type 1. Such information is vital to help guide clinical management and ...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Embargo expired on 28-Dec-2017 at 12:05 ET

Gene Therapy Using CAR T-Cells Could Provide Long-Term Protection Against HIV

Through gene therapy, researchers engineered blood-forming stem cells (hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells, or HSPCs) to carry chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) genes to make cells that can detect and destroy HIV-infected cells. These engineered cells ...

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

PLOS Pathogens

Embargo expired on 28-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

UCLA Researchers Report Novel Complementary Effects of Estrogen Treatment in Combatting MS

A study by UCLA researchers reveals the cellular basis for how the hormone estrogen protects against damage to the central nervous system in people with multiple sclerosis

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


Embargo expired on 28-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

Want to Beat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs? Rethink That Strep Throat Remedy

Antibiotics could become nearly useless by mid-century against intense infections due to bacteria evolving antibiotic resistance. And alternatives haven't been able to replace them. It's time for a rethink: Try reducing antibiotic use for small infec...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

PLOS Biology; 396001; OADS-2016-N-17812

Embargo expired on 28-Dec-2017 at 14:00 ET

Opioid Prescribing to the Disabled, Gene Therapy for Long-term HIV Protection, Improving Patient Access, and More in the Public Health News Source

The latest research, experts and features in Public Health in the Public Health News Source

– Newswise

Carfilzomib Can Lead to Cardiovascular Toxicity in Multiple Myeloma Patients

The proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib has taken on an increasing role in the treatment of multiple myeloma, but new research from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania shows the therapy comes with the risk of cardiovascular pro...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Oncology; T32-GM075766

New Structure of Key Protein Holds Clues for Better Drug Design

Nobel laureate Kurt Wüthrich investigates the structure of an important drug target.

– Scripps Research Institute

Cell, Dec. 28, 2017; U54 GM094618; R01GM115825

Turn a New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking into a Monday Resolution

New Year’s resolutions include quitting smoking on the top of the list. Despite their strong resolve, many smokers who quit on New Year’s will be puffing away by Groundhog’s Day. How can smokers break the pattern of failure? Research shows that...

– Monday Campaigns

includes video

Are You Metabolically Flexible? Your New Year’s Resolutions May Depend on It

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new, non-invasive method for assessing mitochondrial function and a 'metabolic rehab' program to improve it

– University of Colorado Boulder

includes video

MedWire Announcements

$1M Grant Supports Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Researcher on International Prostate Cancer Study

A $1 million grant from Gateway for Cancer Research will help Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Urologic Oncology Chief Isaac Yi Kim, MD, PhD, MBA evaluate the impact of surgically removing the prostate in men with metastatic prostate cancer in ...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

UChicago Medicine Opens New Adult Emergency Department

The University of Chicago Medicine began treating patients in its new, state-of-the-art adult emergency department (ED) on Friday, Dec. 27.

– University of Chicago Medical Center





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