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Efforts to Track Food Intake on Smartphone App Impacted by Day of Week but Not Season of Year

Dietary self-monitoring is a key component of successful behavioral weight loss interventions and is essential for facilitating other behavior change techniques (eg, setting goals, providing behavioral feedback). Few studies, however, have examined w...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2018 at 00:00 ET

Proper Exercise Can Reverse Damage From Heart Aging

Exercise can reverse damage to sedentary, aging hearts and help prevent risk of future heart failure – if it’s enough exercise, and if it’s begun in time, according to a new study by cardiologists at UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. ...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2018 at 05:00 ET

Vision, Sensory and Motor Testing Could Predict Best Batters in Baseball

Duke Health researchers found baseball players with higher scores on vision and motor tasks completed on large touch-screen machines called Nike Sensory Stations had better on-base percentages, more walks and fewer strikeouts -- collectively referred...

– Duke Health

Scientific Reports; W911NF-15-1-0390

Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2018 at 05:00 ET

includes video

Lyme Disease and Anesthesia: Five Facts

An article in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ AANA Journal, “Lyme Disease and Anesthesia Considerations,” discusses possible effects of anesthesia on Lyme disease patients undergoing surgery.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

AANA Journal

Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2018 at 00:00 ET

Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities, Says Report

People with low incomes and racial/ethnic minority populations experience greater levels of stress than their more affluent, white counterparts, which can lead to significant disparities in both mental and physical health that ultimately affect life ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Embargo expired on 08-Jan-2018 at 09:00 ET

Beta Blockers May Boost Immunotherapy, Help Melanoma Patients Live Longer

A common, inexpensive drug that is used to prevent heart attacks and lower blood pressure may also help melanoma patients live longer.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

NUS Researchers Pioneer Water-Based, Eco-Friendly and Energy-Saving Air-Conditioner

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has pioneered a new water-based air-conditioning system that cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius without the use of energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemica...

– National University of Singapore

Cedars-Sinai Epidemiologist Discusses Best Ways to Stay Healthy as Flu Season Peaks

Influenza is a serious illness that sometimes can result in death. Jonathan Grein, MD, Cedars-Sinai medical director of Hospital Epidemiology, is available to discuss ways to keep healthy as flu activity surges dramatically.

Expert Available

– Cedars-Sinai


How Zika Infection Drives Fetal Demise

An interferon cell receptor spurs cell suicide in fetuses infected with the Zika virus and could play a role in certain pregnancy complications.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Yockey et al., Science Immunology (2018)

Embargo expired on 05-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Your Disease Risk, Substance Abuse Treatments, Comparing Lung Cancer Treatments, and More in the Healthcare News Source

The latest research, features and announcements in healthcare in the Healthcare News Source

– Newswise

Why Glaucoma Develops, LASIK Eye Surgery, Stem Cell Therapy for AMD, and More in the Vision News Source

The latest research and feature news on vision in the Vision News Source

– Newswise

Paper Urges Researchers, Clinicians to RegardChlamydia Differently Given Oral Sex Practices

A perspective piece in the Journal of Infectious Diseases urges scientists to rethink their views of Chlamydia trachomatis.

– University of Maryland, Baltimore

Journal of Infectious Diseases, Nov.15, 2017

In Scientific First, Researchers Grow Hairy Skin In A Dish

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have successfully developed a method to grow hairy skin from mouse pluripotent stem cells—a discovery that could lead to new approaches to model disease and new therapies for the treatment of ski...

– Indiana University

Cell Reports, Jan-2018

Mechanism That Converts White Fat to Brown Identified

An international team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet have, in experiments on mice, pinpointed a mechanism for the conversion of energy-storing white fat into energy-expending brown fat. The study is published in the Journal of Experim...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, February 2018; BtN/AIR 4-2432/2014; ANGIOFAT 250021; 521-2011-4091; 11 0564; M114/12; 16-10

Penn Study on Super-Silenced DNA Hints at New Ways to Reprogram Cells

Newly described stretches of super-silenced DNA reveal a fresh approach to reprogram cell identity to use in regenerative medicine studies and one day in the clinic.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Molecular Cell; P01 GM099134, F31 DK107183, R01 110174, R01 AI118891

Tobacco Shops Associated With Crime in Urban Communities of Color

Tobacco shops, also known as smoke shops, may represent potential “nuisance properties” in urban communities of color, a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has found. Nuisance properties are properties where unsa...

– University of California, Riverside

Working Group Proposes New Regulations for Stool Transfers

A working group of human microbiome researchers and legal experts developed what they say is an improved regulatory process for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) which will result in better outcomes for patients and could serve as a model for ot...

– University of Maryland, Baltimore

Developing a “Living Lab” To Study Energy-Efficient Logistics

The Department of Energy announced that Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is among five organizations that received competitively awarded, cost-shared funding as part of a $13.4 million investment in community-based advanced transportation projects.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Winter Months

Poison control experts offer advice on carbon monoxide safety after death and multiple illnesses in New Jersey

Expert Available

– Rutgers University


Tumor Suppressor Gene Variants Identified as Cancer ‘Double Whammy’ for Leukemia Patients

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found germline variations in a key tumor suppressor gene that may prompt changes in treatment and follow-up care for certain high-risk leukemia patients

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Journal of Clinical Oncology, January 2018

Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 16:00 ET

New Cancer Model Shows Genomic Link Between Early-Stage and Invasive Breast Cancer Types

A new genetic-based model may explain how a common form of early-stage breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) progresses to a more invasive form of cancer say researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Common Birth Control Shot Linked to Risk of HIV Infection

Transitioning away from a popular contraceptive shot known as DMPA could help protect women in Sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk regions from becoming infected with HIV, according to a research review published in the Endocrine Society’s journ...

– Endocrine Society

Endocrine Reviews

Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Small-Cell Lung Cancer Patients Face Barriers to Receiving Standard-of-Care Treatment

Despite decades of clinical research establishing chemotherapy with thoracic radiation as the standard-of-care for the initial management of non-metastatic small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), a large percentage of U.S. patients do not receive these treatm...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

JAMA Oncology

Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

DNA Analysis of Ancient Mummy, Thought to Have Smallpox, Points to Hepatitis B Infection Instead

Scientists have sequenced the complete genome of an ancient strain of Hepatitis B, shedding new light on a pathogen that today kills nearly one million people every year. The findings, based on data extracted from the mummified remains of a small chi...

– McMaster University

PLOS Pathogens

Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Mechanism for Resistance to Immunotherapy Treatment Discovered

Two research groups from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have independently discovered a genetic mechanism in cancer cells that influences whether they resist or respond to immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors. The scientists say the findi...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Specific Microbes in Digestive Tract Can Boost Success for Cancer Immunotherapy

Specific strains of intestinal bacteria can improve the response rate to immunotherapy for patients being treated for advanced melanoma. Patients with a higher ratio of “beneficial” bacteria to “non-beneficial” bacteria all showed a clinical ...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Science, Jan. 5, 2018

Embargo expired on 04-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

New Atopic Dermatitis Yardstick Provides Practical Guidance and Management Insights

A newly published Atopic Dermatitis (AD) Yardstick from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has practical recommendations for physicians about the treatment of AD.

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

Annals of Allergy

Eating More Foods with Choline During Pregnancy Could Boost Baby’s Brain

When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests.

– Cornell University

Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

"Major Milestone" for New Noninvasive Heart Test

On Jan. 1, Medicare began covering a new noninvasive test for heart disease called FFR-CT. "Medicare coverage is a major milestone," said Loyola Medicine cardiologist Mark Rabbat, MD. "Millions of Americans now can potentially benefit from this game-...

– Loyola University Health System

Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography

NEI-Funded Research Suggests Repetitive Strain From Eye Movement May Play a Role in Glaucoma

Common, unavoidable eye movements may be a cause of glaucoma in people with normal intraocular pressure (normal-tension glaucoma), according to new research supported by the National Eye Institute. The findings suggest that over time eye movement str...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Journal of Biomechanical Engineering; EY008313, EY000331


Mayo Clinic的研究人员发现子宫切除(即使是保留了卵巢)与包括冠状动脉疾病的几种心血管疾病,以及肥胖等代谢疾病的风险显著增加有关联。 该研究结果发表在更年期杂志上(Menopause)。 ...

– Mayo Clinic


Precision Editing of Gut Bacteria: Potential Way to Treat Colitis

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have used precision editing of the bacterial populations in the gut to prevent or reduce the severity of inflammation in a mouse model of colitis.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center




– Mayo Clinic

People Who Sleep Less Than 8 Hours a Night More Likely to Suffer From Depression, Anxiety

Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

ScienceDirect, Oct-2017

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Study: Sleeping Sickness Not Just a Sleeping Disorder

An international study from the O’Donnell Brain Institute shows one of Africa’s most lethal diseases is actually a circadian rhythm disorder caused by the acceleration of biological clocks controlling a range of vital functions besides sleep.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Communications

Lymphedema after Cancer Treatment – Special Issue of Rehabilitation Oncology Presents Research Update

Individuals who have been treated for cancer are at risk for a complication called lymphedema: swelling in the body region where lymph nodes were removed, causing pain and limited function. New research and insights on the management of cancer-relate...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Rehabilitation Oncology

Cross-Disciplinary Program Improves Surgical Outcomes for Older Patients

Compared to younger adults, older people have higher rates of complications from surgery. But many problems can be avoided by intervening with assessments and risk-reduction strategies before, during and after procedures.

– Duke Health

JAMA Surgery

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: How a Team of Traveling Mice are Advancing the Alzheimer's Cause

Scientists from four different institutions are working together to identify a biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease using mice that travel an 850-mile circuit to test the efficacy of special technology called Quest MRI.

– University of Kentucky

R01 AG058171

Media Advisory: Register for STS Annual Meeting and Press Conference

Credentialed press representatives are invited to attend The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 54th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, which will include late-breaking scientific research, thought-provoking lectures, cutting-edge technologies, and innovative ...

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

2018 STS 54th Annual Meeting and Press Conference

Christiana Care to Offer No Cost Tumor Profiling and DNA Sequencing to Patients with Advanced or Rare Cancers

Christiana Care Health System is joining the Strata Precision Oncology Network to offer next-generation tumor profiling at no cost to patients with advanced or rare cancers. Based on the results, eligible patients will be matched to the best availabl...

– Christiana Care Health System

New Study Aims to Improve Patient Retention Rates and Outcomes in Substance Abuse Treatment

From 2000 to 2015, more than a half million people died from drug overdoses. Many of these individuals tried to recover from their addiction by seeking treatment at specialty addiction programs.

– RTI International

In New Year, Resolve to Learn Your Risks of Cancer, Diabetes, Other Diseases

Your Disease Risk measures an individual's risk of 12 common cancers and five major chronic diseases. The tool, developed by researchers at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, inc...

– Washington University in St. Louis

MedWire Announcements

New Oncology Leader Named at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health have named Andrew M. Evens, DO, MSc, FACP as a new oncology leader responsible for the delivery of integrated cancer care across both entities in servicing the region. Dr. Evens, whose cli...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Cancer Research Institute and Canadian Cancer Trials Group Announce Strategic Collaboration

Two leading non-profits combine efforts to accelerate cancer immunotherapy clinical trials for patients globally

– Cancer Research Institute

Pain and MSK Interventional Ultrasound Certificate Awardees Named

ASRA's second exam candidates have been certified.

– American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)

John Grisham and Focused Ultrasound Foundation to Talk about Game-changing Technology at CES in Las Vegas

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation will join life-changing technology innovators from around the world at CES 2018, taking place January 9–12 in Las Vegas. Known as the “Global Stage for Innovation,” CES will feature more than 3,900 exhibitors t...

– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

HSS Researchers Receive Grant for Clinical Trial to Improve Outcomes for Rotator Cuff Tears

A multidisciplinary team led by Scott Rodeo, MD, and Christopher Mendias, PhD, at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has been awarded the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy.

– Hospital for Special Surgery

GW Renames Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences to Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

George Washington University's Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences has been renamed to Department of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences.

– George Washington University

Stephen Teach, MD, MPH, Chair of Pediatrics, to Assume the Role of Associate Dean of Pediatric Academic Affairs

Stephen Teach, MD, MPH, has been appointed associate dean of pediatric academic affairs at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

– George Washington University

Felthous Receives AAPL's Seymour Pollack Distinguished Achievement Award

Alan Felthous, M.D., director of forensic psychiatry at Saint Louis University has been named as the recipient of the Seymour Pollack Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL).

– Saint Louis University Medical Center





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