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Monday, January 15, 2018

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Analysis Shows Lack of Evidence That Wearable Biosensors Improve Patient Outcomes

Wearable biosensors have grown increasingly popular as many people use them in wristbands or watches to count steps or track sleep. But there is not enough proof that these devices are improving patient outcomes such as weight or blood pressure, acco...

– Cedars-Sinai

npj Digital Medicine


Asthma Costs the U.S. Economy More than $80 Billion Per Year

Asthma costs the U.S. economy more than $80 billion annually in medical expenses, missed work and school days and deaths, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Embargo expired on 12-Jan-2018 at 00:15 ET

An Innovative PET Tracer Can Measure Damage From Multiple Sclerosis in Mouse Models

In the January 12, 2017 Scientific Reports, a research team describes early tests of a minimally-invasive way to assess myelin damage—the hallmark of multiple sclerosis—using positron emission tomography (PET). This approach could be used to foll...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Scientific Reports

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

Researchers Offer New Model for Uncovering True HIV Mortality Rates in Zambia

A new study that seeks to better ascertain HIV mortality rates in Zambia could provide a model for improved national and regional surveillance approaches, and ultimately, more effective HIV treatment strategies.

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

PLOS Medicine

Embargo expired on 12-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Scleroderma: Study Suggests Hope for Longer Life for Patients with Rare Autoimmune Disorder

The approach could represent the first new treatment to improve survival in patients with severe scleroderma in more than four decades.

– University of Virginia Health System

NEJM; N01-AI05419; HHSN272201100025C; N01-AI25481; HHSN272200900057C; 1UMZAI117870

Cancer’s Gene-Determined “Immune Landscape” Dictates Progression of Prostate Tumors

The field of immunotherapy – the harnessing of patients’ own immune systems to fend off cancer – is revolutionizing cancer treatment today. However, clinical trials often show marked improvements in only small subsets of patients, suggesting th...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Nature Medicine; National Institutes of Health; Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship

Does an Exploding Brain Network Cause Chronic Pain?

New research reports that hyperreactive brain networks could play a part in the hypersensitivity of fibromyalgia.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Scientific Reports, Jan-2018; R01 AT007550; R01 GM111293

Past Exposures Shape Immune Response in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Infections

By analyzing immune cells of children who came to the emergency department with flu symptoms, researchers found that the suite of genes these early-response cells expressed was shaped by factors such as age and previous exposures to viruses. Better u...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell Reports; AI112521; AI2010085 5T32HD043021-13; 5K12HD043245-15

Can Early Symptoms Predict Bipolar Disorder? Evidence Shows Differing Patterns of Risk Factors

Two patterns of antecedent or "prodromal" psychiatric symptoms may help to identify young persons at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD), according to a new analysis in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolt...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Atlantic Health System’s Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center One of Four Sites in the Country to Offer Phase III Clinical Trial of Novel Drug VAL-083 for Late-Stage Glioblastoma

The Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center of Overlook Medical Center’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center is one of four sites in the country to begin a Phase III clinical trial of the novel drug VAL-083 for patients wh...

– Atlantic Health System


Researchers Map Druggable Genomic Targets in Evolving Malaria Parasite

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues across the country and around the world, have used whole genome analyses and chemogenetics to identify new drug targets and resistance genes in 262 parasite cell li...

– University of California San Diego Health


Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Nurse Staffing Levels Linked to Patient Satisfaction

Satisfaction with care in hospitals declines when patients believe there are not enough nurses on wards, according to a new study based on the NHS Inpatient Survey published in the BMJ Open.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

BMJ Open

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 18:30 ET

Discovery Suggests New Strategy for Attacking High- Profile but Elusive Target in Cancer

A discovery by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center presents drug developers with an entirely new tack in targeting one of the most-wanted molecular culprits in cancer.

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Gadzooks Fund; Cammarata Family Foundation Research Fund; US Department of Defense W81XWH-16-0106 to KDW; Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas; National Natural Science Foundation of China 31571363 and 31771469...

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Estrogen-Mimicking Compounds in Foods May Reduce Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Treatment

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have discovered that two estrogen-mimicking compounds found in many foods appear to potently reverse the effects of palbociclib/letrozole, a popular drug combination for treating breast cancer.

– Scripps Research Institute

Cell Chemical Biology, Jan. 2018; R01 GMH4368; PO1 A1043376-02S1

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Re-Programming Innate Immune Cells to Fight Tuberculosis

Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu.

– Universite de Montreal

Cell, January 11, 2018; Cell

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Researcher from Queen’s University Publishes Groundbreaking Plan to End Bowel Cancer

A groundbreaking report, led by Professor Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics at Queen’s University Belfast highlights a plan to end bowel cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in Europe. The report has been publishe...

– Queen's University Belfast


Do Less Harm: E-Cigarettes a Safer Option Than Smoking

A new article publishing in the forthcoming volume of the Annual Review of Public Health focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation, with alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes emerging as a promising avenue for people who want to qu...

– New York University

Annual Review of Public Health

New Polygenic Hazard Score Predicts When Men Develop Prostate Cancer

An international team, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, has developed and validated a genetic tool for predicting age of onset of aggressive prostate cancer, a disease that kills more than 26,000 Americ...

– University of California San Diego Health


New Antifungal Provides Hope in Fight Against Superbugs

Microscopic yeast have been wreaking havoc in hospitals around the world—creeping into catheters, ventilator tubes, and IV lines—and causing deadly invasive infection. One culprit species, Candida auris, is resistant to many antifungals, meaning ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Patient Education Brochure Provides Low-Cost Solution to Avoid Diversion of Unused Opioids after Surgery

A new patient education brochure that describes safe disposal practices of unused pain pills can be a low-cost and effective way of getting patients to properly dispose of their leftover medications.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Researchers Demonstrate RAS Dimers Are Essential for Cancer

Researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center have shown that RAS molecules act in pairs, known as dimers, to cause cancer, findings that could help guide them to a treatment.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Pharmacist Group Survey Confirms Patient Care Affected by Shortage of Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions

The results of a survey released today by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) illustrate the considerable impact shortages of small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are having on daily operations and patient care in most hospitals a...

– ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

Researchers Discover Faster, More Effective Way to Harvest Blood Stem Cells for Bone Marrow Donation

A multi-institutional research team led by Indiana University School of Medicine scientists has developed a new way to harvest blood stem cells for bone marrow donation that is faster and more effective than the current standard of care.

– Indiana University

Cell, Dec-2017

La Mayoría De Los Pacientes Con Enfermedad Desconocida De La MéDula Espinal Reciben Diagnóstico Específico Más Adelante, Revela Estudio

Un estudio de los investigadores de Mayo Clinic descubrió que la mayoría de los pacientes en quienes se sospecha una inflamación de causa desconocida de la médula espinal reciben otro diagnóstico específico. El estudio se publicó en Neurology....

– Mayo Clinic


Pregnancy App is a Hit with Moms-To-Be and Their Midwives

Midwives at MedStar Washington Hospital Center can now remotely monitor their pregnant patients’ progress and health using the Babyscripts app. It’s the first mobile clinical tool that allows the midwives to elevate the prenatal care experience f...

– MedStar Washington Hospital Center

A Call to Action to Decrease Maternal Mortality Rates

A campaign by Rutgers University and the Tara Hansen Foundation prompts New Jersey to designate January 23 of each year as Maternal Health Awareness Day

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

WVU Researcher Uses Photography to Analyze Food Access Among Rural Seniors

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is working to disrupt the current model for how seniors in rural Appalachia access healthy food.

– West Virginia University

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Experts Call for Action to Address Physician Burnout in Nephrology

Kidney specialists face increasing work demands, high rates of burnout, and declining interest in nephrology as a career. A group of articles publishing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) sheds ...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 11-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

MedWire Announcements

EMS SimulationIQ and Simulaids ALEX Integration Debuting at IMSH

EMS announces strategic partnership with Simulaids, and integration with their new Patient Communication Simulator, ALEX. Designed to see, listen and talk, ALEX is built for the age of artificial intelligence. Combined with SIMULATIONiQ, the powerful...

– Education Management Solutions (EMS)

International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

Embargo expired on 14-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

Kellogg Raises a Record $75 Million in Fiscal Year 2017

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University raised $75 million in the fiscal year 2017, setting a fundraising record for Kellogg, thanks in part to Larry W. ’92 and Beth Gies, who donated $15 million.

– Northwestern University

UCLA School of Dentistry Receives $1.5 Million for Community-Based Education

The UCLA School of Dentistry has received a $1.5 million grant from the state’s largest dental benefits provider, Delta Dental of California, to support launching a community-based clinical education program. The award, which will support UCLA stud...

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

Mayo Clinic Recibe Altas Calificaciones Por Su Calidad Hospitalaria

Los Centros para Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid en Estados Unidos otorgaron calificaciones con estrellas a 14 hospitales de Mayo Clinic en Arizona, Florida, Rochester y el Sistema de Salud de Mayo Clinic por su calidad general.

– Mayo Clinic

Mount Sinai Health System Opens New Specialty Practice at Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village

Leaders from the community and health system celebrate with ribbon cutting and open house.

– Mount Sinai Health System

UC San Diego Health and Eisenhower Health Affiliation Expands Cancer Services in Coachella Valley

UC San Diego Health and Eisenhower Health signed a five-year affiliation agreement to expand cancer services for residents of Coachella Valley. Starting in January 2018, as a member of the UC San Diego Health Cancer Network, patients of Eisenhower He...

– University of California San Diego Health





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