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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Developing the VTX-1 Liquid Biopsy System: Fast and Label-Free Enrichment of Circulating Tumor Cells

A new article in the February 2018 issue of SLAS Technology describes a new platform that could change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated by automating the isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) directly from cancer patient blood. The artic...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Embargo expired on 22-Jan-2018 at 09:00 ET

Poll: Parent Misconceptions May Hinder Child Organ Donation

Parents’ major concerns often included misunderstandings about medical care, potential suffering and cost related to child organ donation, new national poll finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 22-Jan-2018 at 00:00 ET

Study: Weight Loss Reduces Pain Far Beyond Load-Bearing Joints

A small new study examining widespread pain relief after weight loss could have new implications for treating pain in people with obesity.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Pain

A Method to Measure Diagnostic Errors from Big Data Could be Key to Preventing Disability and Death from Misdiagnosis

In an effort to reduce patient misdiagnoses and associated poor patient outcomes from lack of prompt treatment, a Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality researcher is helping to lead the way in providing hospitals a new appr...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

BMJ Quality & Safety

‘Depression Education’ Effective For Some Teens

In an assessment of their “depression literacy” program, which has already been taught to tens of thousands, Johns Hopkins researchers say the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) achieved its intended effect of encouraging many teenage...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Journal of Public Health; R01MH095855ANDK23MH090246, FP7/2007-2013


New Clinical Practice Guideline Addresses Use of Blood Thinners During Heart Surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), and the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology (AmSECT) released a new clinical practice guideline that includes major recommendations for the use o...

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Embargo expired on 19-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

Novel Genomic Tools Provide New Insight Into Human Immune System

La Jolla Institute scientists provide new insights into how so-called CD4 cytotoxic T cells arise in humans and thus could facilitate improved vaccine design.

– La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Science Immunology; U19AI118626; U19AI118610; R01HL114093; R24AI108564; S10OD016262; S10RR027366

Embargo expired on 19-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

Postoperative Wound Monitoring App Can Reduce Readmissions and Improve Patient Care

A new smartphone app called WoundCare is successfully enabling patients to remotely send images of their surgical wounds for monitoring by nurses.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Journal of the American College of Surgeons; 13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress; T32 HL110853; R21 HS023395

Embargo expired on 19-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

Neurogastronomy, After Surgical Weight Loss, Probiotic Akkermansia and More in the Obesity News Source

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– Newswise

Treatment-Related Mortality of Surgery vs. Targeted Radiation in Early Lung Cancer Patients

Among patients older than 80 years, 3.9 percent receiving surgery passed away within the 30-day post-treatment window, compared with 0.9 percent of patients receiving focused radiation.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Loyola Report Details "Explosive Evolution" ofTechniques to Restore Blood Flow to the Brain

Recent decades have seen an "explosive evolution" of techniques to restore blood flow to areas of the brain endangered by stroke or clogged arteries, according to a report by Loyola Medicine neurologists and neurosurgeons.

– Loyola University Health System

MedLink Neurologyu

Cystic Fibrosis Bacterial Burden Begins During First Years of Life

CF researchers have now shown that the lungs’ bacterial population changes in the first few years of life as respiratory infections and inflammation set in. This research offers a way to predict the onset of lung disease and suggests a larger role ...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

PLoS Pathogens

Length of Opioid Prescription, Number of Refills Spell Highest Risk for Misuse After Surgery

With opioid overdoses now a leading cause of nonintentional death in the United States, data show most of these deaths can be traced back to an initial prescription opioid. A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BID...

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Making Good Bacteria Better, and Easy to Track, Thanks to Genetic Engineering

Using an approach that combines ultrasound imaging and genetic engineering of bacterial microbes, a team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), has...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nature, Jan 4, 2018; EB018975

Scott & White Medical Center Kidney Pancreas Transplant Program Sets Record

140 patients received a life-saving kidney or combined kidney-pancreas transplant in a year

– Baylor Scott and White Health

The Medical Minute: Lifestyle Determines Success After Surgical Weight Loss

With many people staring down New Year’s resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Assessments Often Miss Mental Health Issues for Youth on Probation

An assessment tool used by many jurisdictions within the juvenile justice system that is intended to help recognize the effects of adversity and trauma in children’s lives is not the best means of evaluating mental health problems faced by at-risk ...

– University at Buffalo

Can Using Theatrical Techniques Improve Social Skills of Autistic Youths?

A new study examines the benefit of combining theatrical techniques with behavioral treatment approaches for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

– Stony Brook University

Can Stem Cell Exosome Therapy Reduce Fatal Heart Disease in Diabetes?

Researchers have data that diabetes impairs removal of dead heart-muscle cells by macrophages after heart attacks, and that exosomes can improve this removal. Impaired removal may be the reason diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular disease,...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Fragile X Finding Shows Normal Neurons that Interact Poorly

Neurons in mice afflicted with the genetic defect that causes Fragile X syndrome (FXS) appear similar to those in healthy mice, but these neurons fail to interact normally, resulting in the long-known cognitive impairments, shows a new study by a tea...

– New York University


Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

Study Examines Employment Trends Among Patients with Kidney Failure

• Among working-aged adults who started dialysis between 1996 and 2013, employment was low throughout the study period at 23-24%, and 38% of patients who were employed 6 months prior to being diagnosed with kidney failure stopped working by the tim...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology doi: 10.2215/CJN.06470617

Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

AJPH March Issue: Research on Medical Expenses, Medicaid Expansion, Abortion Denial

In this issue, find research on medical expenses furthering income inequality, Medicaid expansion and infant mortality, abortion denial causing financial hardship and more

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2018 at 16:00 ET

Flu Vaccine Could Get a Much-Needed Boost

More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014–15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development at UCLA may help lower that figure for futu...

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

Science, Jan. 18, 2018

Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

includes video

Can Mice Really Mirror Humans When It Comes to Cancer?

A new Michigan State University study is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer.

– Michigan State University

PLOS Genetics

Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

More Evidence of Link Between Severe Gum Disease and Cancer Risk

Data collected during a long-term health study provides additional evidence for a link between increased risk of cancer in individuals with advanced gum disease, according to a new collaborative study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of the National Cancer Institute; R01HHSN268201700001I, HHSN268201700003I, HHSN268201700005I, HHSN268201700004I, HHSN268201700002I; R01 CA166150, U01 CA164975, P30 CA006973...

Study Finds Adult Contraceptive Use Linked to Teen Knowledge

Bowling Green State University Associate Professor of sociology Dr. Karen Guzzo and an Ohio State University researcher analyzed data that establishes a long-term linkage between adolescent reproductive knowledge and attitude and adult contraceptive ...

– Bowling Green State University

Matern Child Health J (2018) 22: 32

Single Blood Test Screens for Eight Cancer Types

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Science; P50-CA62924, P50-CA102701, CA06973, GM-07309, U01CA152753

Researchers at Sandia Work on New Way to Image Brain

Sandia National Laboratories researchers want to use small magnetic sensors to image the brain in a way that’s simpler and less expensive than the magnetoencephalography system now used.

– Sandia National Laboratories

Physics in Medicine and Biology

Americans Are Getting More ZZZZs

Decline in reading and watching TV before bed and increasing opportunities to perform tasks online and from home could be why, Penn study finds

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Two New Breast Cancer Genes Emerge from Lynch Syndrome Gene Study

Columbia University researchers have identified two new breast cancer genes that also cause Lynch syndrome.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Genetics in Medicine, January 18, 2018

Overweight Female Kidney Donors May Be at Risk for Preeclampsia

Female kidney donors who are overweight may be at a greater risk for preeclampsia during pregnancy than those with normal body weight, according to a new study. The increased risk is due to a reduction in a type of kidney function called renal functi...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Renal Physiology

Researchers Discover New Enzymes Central to Cell Function

Doctors have long treated heart attacks, improved asthma symptoms, and cured impotence by increasing levels of a single molecule in the body: nitric oxide. The tiny molecule can change how proteins function. But new research featured in Molecular C...

– Case Western Reserve University

Molecular Cell; NIH

Finally, Data About Alternative Medicine and Cancer

According to Altmetric, which tracks the distribution and discussion of research papers online, a July article by several Yale physicians is the most-discussed paper ever published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). The title of ...

– Yale Cancer Center

Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Patients Who Live Alone Can Safely Be Sent Home After Joint Replacement

Most patients who live alone can be safely discharged home from the hospital to recover after hip or knee replacement surgery, suggests a study in the January 17, 2018 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partners...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Women Run Faster After Taking Newly Developed Supplement, Study Finds

A new study found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. The women who took the supplement also saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a ...

– Ohio State University

Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

The Human Body's Golden Gate to Iron Traffic

New findings could change how iron metabolism in the human body is understood, and open new horizons for research and therapeutics for inflammatory diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease.

– American Technion Society

Blood Journal, Jan 18-2018

UCLA Study Describes Structure of Tumor Herpes Virus Associated with Kaposi's Sarcoma

UCLA team shows in the laboratory that an inhibitor can be developed to break down the herpes virus.

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

Nature, Jan. 17, 2018; National Institutes of Health (NIH) (DE025567, GM071940, AI094386, CA091791 and CA177322)

New Registry Launched to Track and Improve the Quality of Cancer Care Delivered in the U.S.

A registry that tracks the quality of medical care provided to patients receiving cancer treatment launched this month as part of a collaboration between the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Specialist Returns to NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn to Launch Neuro-Ophthalmology Service

The Neuro-Ophthalmology Program at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn provides a new level of advanced neurological care to the community.

– NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Schistosoma Vaccine to Enter Phase Ib Clinical Trial

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, in collaboration with a team of researchers at the George Washington University and the René Rachou Institute, have received funding from the National Institutes of Health for a Phase Ib clinical trial for ...

– George Washington University

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

109 Healthcare Groups Urge Congress to Immediately Reverse CMS Policy Linking Physician Payment Adjustments to Part B Drug Costs

More than 100 of the nation’s leading patient and provider organizations – including the American College of Rheumatology – are urging Congressional leaders to immediately reverse a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

MedWire Announcements

ISPOR Announces Appointment of New Associate Chief Science Officer

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today that Lucinda Strycker Orsini, DPM, MPH has joined the Society’s leadership team in the role of Associate Chief Science Officer.

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

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Recognized as a Center of Excellence for Work on Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is now recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation in the research, diagnosis and treatment of MDS disorders.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second: CRNAs Are There

National CRNA Week was established by the AANA 19 years ago to educate the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from CRNAs. Nurse anesthetists safely deliver approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients pe...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Embargo expired on 21-Jan-2018 at 00:00 ET

Union Hospital of Cecil County Announces Letter of Intent to Join LifeBridge Health

The boards of Union Hospital of Cecil County and LifeBridge Health today announced that they have approved a letter of intent for Union Hospital and its affiliates to join the LifeBridge Health system.

– LifeBridge Health

Daniel Webster Named First Bloomberg Professor of American Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has appointed a leading national expert in gun violence prevention, Daniel Webster, as its first Bloomberg Professor of American Health, an endowed position supported by the Bloomberg American Healt...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Wistar Institute Awarded More Than $1.4 Million to Create a Malaria Vaccine Through Synthetic DNA-Based Technology

Wistar is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1,494,972 grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance a DNA-based vaccine candidate for protection against malarial infection utilizing a synthetic DNA platform created in the lab of Da...

– Wistar Institute

NJ Residents Gain Greater Access to Gynecologic Oncology Expertise in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties with Verda Hicks, M.D. Joining Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Verda J. Hicks, M.D., FACS, FACOG has joined Hackensack Meridian Health as chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She also is medical director of Gynecologic Oncology for Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Care in Mon...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals Announces 2018 Grant Funding to 10 Physician-Scientists

Announcement of the 2018 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award recipients by the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

New Sports Medicine Chief Catherine Robertson Personalizes Athlete Care at UC San Diego Health


– University of California San Diego Health

CRF Invites the NYC Community to Attend Free Seminar on the Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease During American Heart Month

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) will hold a free seminar, “The Link Between Diabetes & Your Heart,” on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in New York City. The seminar, part of a series of Mini-Med School seminars conducted by the CRF Women...

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

MedWire Higher Education Events

Subway Derailment Triage Simulation Prepares Next Generation of Advanced Practice Nurses for Real Life Disaster

On Thursday, January 25th from 4PM- 6:30PM, Columbia University School of Nursing will host a subway derailment simulation, along with other simulated emergency scenarios, to showcase how students learn these critical skills using wireless, high-fide...

– Columbia University Medical Center





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