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White Adults With Mental Illness Far More Likely Than Other Ethnic Groups to Report Insufficient Money for Care and Delays in Care

White adults with mental illness were significantly more likely than those of other ethnicities to report having insufficient money for mental health care or facing delays in care, a Mount Sinai study found. Whites were 50 percent more likely than bl...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Psychiatric Services

Embargo expired on 01-Feb-2018 at 00:00 ET

Nurses Encouraged to Consider Uncommon Causes for Abdominal Pain

Mesenteric ischemia and infarction (MI) are infrequent but often deadly conditions in acute and critically ill patients, with a mortality rate of 50 to 60 percent. By considering the uncommon diagnosis in patient assessment and evaluation, nurses can...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, February 2018

Embargo expired on 01-Feb-2018 at 07:00 ET

AHA Scientific Statement Highlights Intersection of Heart Disease and Breast Cancer

A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association underscores the commonalities between cardiovascular disease and breast cancer among women, and it calls for more focus on research and specialized treatment where the diseases overl...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Embargo expired on 01-Feb-2018 at 05:00 ET

Boosting a Key Protein to Help Bones That Won’t Heal

A powerful protein inside the body helps naturally repair bone injuries. Increasing it in some patients could jump-start the process, a new rodent study finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

NPJ Regenerative Medicine


Catheter Ablation Better Than Pharmacological Atrial Fibrillation Therapies

A new study revealed patients receiving radiofrequency catheter ablation compared to traditional drug therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF), a contributing factor to heart failure, had significantly lower hospitalization and mortality rates. The fin...

– University of Utah Health

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

In-Person License Renewal, not Physician Reporting, Associated with Fewer Crash Hospitalizations Among Drivers with Dementia

Requiring physicians to report patients with dementia to state driver’s licensing authorities is not associated with fewer hospitalizations from motor vehicle crashes. However, in-person license renewal laws and vision testing dramatically cut cras...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh


Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 16:00 ET

T Cell Therapy Shows Persistent Benefits in Young Leukemia Patients

Updated results from a global clinical trial of the CAR T-cell therapy, tisagenlecleucel, a landmark personalized treatment for a high-risk form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), reveal that children and young adults continued to show high rates...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 1, 2018

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

Balance Exercises May Help People with Multiple Sclerosis

A special program that involves balance and eye movement exercises may help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) with their balance problems and fatigue, according to a study published in the January 31, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 16:00 ET

Diabetes Management Greatly Improved in High-Risk Ethnic Population through Community-Based Program

An ethnic population at high risk for Type 2 diabetes achieved significant control of the disease through participation in community-based health programs, according to a randomized controlled trial published January 31 by researchers at NYU School o...

– NYU Langone Health

Clinical Diabetes; P60MD000538; UL1TR000038; U48DP001904; U58DP005621

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

Standing Several Hours a Day Could Help You Lose Weight, Mayo Clinic Research Finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Standing instead of sitting for six hours a day could help people lose weight over the long term, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

– Mayo Clinic

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 18:00 ET

Stroke Recovery Improved by Sensory Deprivation, Mouse Study Shows

Mice that had experienced strokes were more likely to recover the ability to use a front paw if their whiskers were clipped following a stroke. Trimming the whiskers deprives an area of the mouse’s brain from receiving sensory signals from the anim...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Science Translational Medicine, Jan-2018; R01NS084028; F31NS089135; R01NS078223; P01NS080675; K25NS083754; 13POST14240023; 14PRE18410013

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 14:00 ET

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Like Zika, West Nile Virus Causes Fetal Brain Damage, Death in Mice

Two viruses closely related to Zika – West Nile and Powassan – can spread from an infected pregnant mouse to her fetuses, causing brain damage and fetal death, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. T...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Science Translational Medicine, Jan-2018; R01AI081759; K08 AR070918; R21 EY027870; R01 HD075665; R01 AI073755; R01 AI104972; U19 AI083019; R01 HD091218...

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MD Anderson Study Evaluates Need for Biopsies During Follow-Up Care in Women with Early Breast Cancer

In an analysis of more than 120,000 women diagnosed with and treated for early-stage breast cancer, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center determined the rate of additional breast biopsies needed for these patients during ...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

JAMA Surgery

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

‘Anxiety Cells’ Identified in the Brain’s Hippocampus

Researchers have identified cells that indicate anxiety in the brains of mice.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Neuron; National Institutes of Health; KO1AG054765; R01AG043688

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 12:00 ET

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Landmark International Study: CAR T-Cell Therapy Safe and Effective in Children and Young Adults with Leukemia

Results of the global, multicenter, pivotal phase 2 study that led to the first FDA approval of a gene therapy/cell therapy approach known as CAR T-cell therapy, were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 17:00 ET

Permanecer de pie varias horas al día puede ayudar a bajar de peso, descubre estudio de Mayo Clinic

Permanecer de pie, en lugar de sentado, durante seis o más horas diarias puede con el tiempo ayudar a la gente a bajar de peso, según un estudio de Mayo Clinic publicado en European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (Revista europea de cardiología ...

– Mayo Clinic

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Embargo expired on 31-Jan-2018 at 18:00 ET

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover Possible Link between Diet and Back Injuries

Healthy Eating Could Decrease Risk of Vertebral Fractures, Especially in Women

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research; NIH/NIAMS R01 AR069315-01A1

Researchers Identify Novel Drivers of Cancer Stem Cells That Lead to Colon Cancer Development and Growth

In breakthrough colon cancer research, scientists at Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR) of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute have discovered that over-expression of HOXA4 and HOXA9 g...

– Christiana Care Health System

Journal of Cellular Physiology, Vol. 233, Issue 2

WVU Report Links Fentanyl Use to Amnesia

A case report by a West Virginia University neuropsychologist suggests a new reason fentanyl-alone, or in combination with stimulants-may put substance users at risk, whether they take it knowingly or not. It may cause amnesia.

– West Virginia University

Annals of Internal Medicine

Breaking Research That Could Improve Treatment of Pregnancy Complications Published in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine

A study in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine has for the first time established female-specific reference ranges for several biological variables that play key roles in thrombosis—or blood clotting—during pregnancy. This researc...

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, Jan-2018

New Explanation for Why Airways Close in Asthma Holds Promise for Future Class of Drugs

Houston Methodist researchers have a new explanation for what causes the lungs’ airways to close during asthma attacks. The researchers who published the study in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine note that the discovery hold...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, February 5, 2018; R01AI129906; R01AI106200

Chlorinated Lipids Predict Lung Injury and Death in Sepsis Patients

Researchers studied blood samples taken from patients diagnosed with sepsis and found that elevated chlorinated lipids predicted whether a patient would go on to suffer acute respiratory distress symptom (ARDS) and die within 30 days from a lung inju...

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight; Journal of Lipid Research

Machine Learning Techniques Generate Clinical Labels of Medical Scans

The study’s findings will help train artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases

– Mount Sinai Health System


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Following ISIS Captivity, Yazidi Women Suffering from High Percentage of C-PTSD

From what long-term psychological effects are Yazidi women suffering after being captured, raped, beaten, and locked away by ISIS? A comprehensive study led by Bar-Ilan University researchers has shown that a very high percentage of these women were...

– Bar-Ilan University

World Psychiatry

New Magnet-Based Drug Delivery System Shows Promise for Cancer Treatment

A team of researchers at the University of Georgia has developed a non-invasive method of delivering drugs directly to cancerous tissue using magnetic forces, a form of treatment that could significantly reduce the toxic side effects of chemotherapy....

– University of Georgia

Nature Catalysis

Self-Assembled “Hairy” Nanoparticles Could Give a Double Punch to Cancer


– Georgia Institute of Technology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; FA9550-16-1-0187; 1562075

Affordable Care Act’s 1332 Waiver Examined by Policy Experts

Potential impacts of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers examined.

– Rutgers School of Public Health

Composite Materials Key to Enhancing Life of Potentially Failing Infrastructure

Structurally deficient bridges can be bolstered by the use of composite materials, a rehabilitation method for failing structures that enhances the structures' service life and minimizes the cost of field implementation, according to a West Virginia ...

– West Virginia University

Reduced Cancer Risk with Groundwater Treatment Requirements

Cancer risk due to arsenic exposure in Hopewell Township (Mercer County), New Jersey is reduced with the use of arsenic treatment systems.

– Rutgers School of Public Health

The Medical Minute: Health Risks of Smoking Go Beyond Lung Cancer

Doctors ask patients about smoking habits for the same reason they check weight, blood pressure, breathing and heart beat during a visit.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Vasculitis Foundation Establishes “VF Bob Day” February 1, 2018; Celebrating Longtime Volunteer’s Contributions with Global Awareness Initiative

VF Bob is a new campaign launched by the Vasculitis Foundation to honor the late Bob Sahs, one of the organization's greatest awareness advocates. The goal of the campaign is to both spread awareness about autoimmune vasculitis, and to promote the w...

– Vasculitis Foundation

Expert Available: Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Plan for Health Care Consolidation, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan announced plans yesterday to combine forces to manage employees’ health care, with a claim that they will develop technological solutions for simplified, high-quality healthcare. These companies represen...

Expert Available

– Wake Forest University

Steven R. Brant Sheds Light on the Genetics of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Brant’s hire establishes Rutgers as one of the six IBD Genetics Consortium centers.

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

Dr. Julia Piwoz’s Top Ten Tips for Kids (and their parents) with the Flu

Julia A. Piwoz, M.D., FAAP, chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center has created a list of Top Ten Tips for Kids (and their pare...

Expert Available

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Sun Can Damage Skin Any Time of the Year

Skin damage from unprotected exposure to the sun can occur any time of year, even during the winter.

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center


Durability of Open Heart Surgery Offers Younger Patients Superior Long-Term Results

Younger patients with severe coronary artery disease may experience better long-term outcomes when they are treated with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) instead of more popular and less invasive stenting procedures.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

1 in 7 Lung Surgery Patients at Risk for Opioid Dependence

While the use of opioids after surgery is intended as a short-term strategy to relieve pain, many patients who weren’t prior opioid users continue to take the medication for several months after their lung operations, becoming dependent and “pers...

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

Refusing Surgery for Esophageal Cancer May Cause Severe Consequences for Patients

Patients with esophageal cancer who refuse surgery when it is recommended are less likely to survive long term than similar groups of patients who undergo an operation.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

54th Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

Northern Plains American Indians: Reasons for Alcohol- and Drug-Related Hospitalizations

American Indians who drink alcohol are often collectively characterized as having greater risks for alcohol problems, alcohol misuse, and alcohol-use disorders. Indeed, despite high abstinence rates, American Indians experience elevated rates of many...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 10:00 ET

Arts and Humanities in Medical School Promote Empathy and Inoculate Against Burnout

Medical students who spend more time engaging in the arts may also be bolstering the qualities that improve their bedside manner with patients, according to new research from Tulane and Thomas Jefferson universities.

– Tulane University

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 09:00 ET

Scientists Discover How Gene Mutation Triggers Immune Disease

Scientists discovered how a gene mutation affects T cell function to promote immune disorders and then tested a treatment based on the discovery—successfully fixing donated immune cells from a 16-year-old boy with an abnormally low level of white b...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nature Communications, Jan-2018

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 05:00 ET

Unique Research Approach Finds FDA Approved Drug Shuts Down Ewing Sarcoma Cells in Lab

Based on a novel approach to drug discovery, researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say an agent approved to treat a type of leukemia might also help young people with a much rarer and aggressive form of cancer, Ewing sarcoma....

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 18:00 ET

WVU Research Examines a Different Culprit Behind Alzheimer's Disease

Amyloid plaques have long been believed to be an indicator of neurodegenerative disease. But according to Raymond Anderson, a graduate student in West Virginia University's School of Medicine, such buildup alone does not correlate with disease severi...

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 08:30 ET

Moffitt Researchers Discover New Approach to Stimulate an Immune Response Against Tumor Cells

New drugs that activate the immune system to target cancer cells have improved the lives of many patients with cancer. However, immunotherapies are not effective in all patients, and the success of these therapies depends on individual patient factor...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

Cancer Cell, Jan-2018

Fluorescent Nanoparticles Track Cancer Metastasis to Multiple Organs

Researchers funded by the National Institute Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed florescent nanoparticles that light up to track the progress of breast cancer metastasis. Th...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nature; EB018378

Microcapsules Gain a New Power — Scavenging Reactive Oxygen Species

Stable, biocompatible microcapsules have gained a new power — the ability to scavenge reactive oxygen species. This may aid microcapsule survival in the body as the tiny polymer capsules carry a drug or other biomolecules, or find use in antioxidan...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Chemistry of Materials; DMR 1608728; DK099550; 7-12-CD-11; 1-SRA-2015-42-AN

Better-Educated Men = Healthier Women and Mothers in the Developing World

In much of Africa and Asia, the more schooling a man has, the more likely his partner will take birth control or seek medical help in pregnancy, according to Canadian researchers

– Universite de Montreal

Social Science & Medicine, Dec. 5, 2017

Expert Panel Issues New Guidelines for Lung Cancer Molecular Testing

Experts from three major organizations add ROS1 to list of tests matching lung cancer with targeted treatments.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Interactive Tool Improves Patient Knowledge of Breast Cancer Treatment Options

Breast cancer patients who used an interactive website were more informed about options and felt better prepared to make a treatment choice.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Oncology; P01 CA163223

Hacer Cosquillas al Cerebro con Estimulación Eléctrica Mejora la Memoria, Revela Estudio

Hacerle cosquillas al cerebro en una zona específica con estimulación eléctrica de baja intensidad puede mejorar la memoria verbal a corto plazo. Los investigadores de Mayo Clinic informan sobre estos resultados en Brain.

– Mayo Clinic



用低强度电刺激来给大脑的特定区域搔痒可改善词语的短期记忆。Mayo Clinic的研究人员在Brain杂志上报告了他们的发现。

– Mayo Clinic


For Children with Respiratory Infections, Antibiotics with Narrower Targets Are Better

A study of 30,000 children with earaches, strep throat and other common infections found that narrow-spectrum antibiotics had fewer adverse effects than broad-spectrum antibiotics. A more selective approach is better, said researchers.

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

JAMA, Dec. 19, 2017

Specific Neurons Trigger Waking Due to Inhaled Carbon Dioxide

Researchers with the Iowa Neuroscience Institute at the University of Iowa have shown that a group of neurons responsible for arousal are directly triggered by carbon dioxide and cause mice to wake up without any changes to breathing.

– University of Iowa

Journal of Neuroscience, Jan 29, 2018; R01 NS095842

Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstruction Provides Good Results in Older Women

For older women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer, direct-to-implant (DTI) breast reconstruction provides good outcomes in a single-step procedure, while avoiding some of the inconvenience and risks of staged approaches to breast reconstruction...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Complications of Reconstruction Surgery Differ for Transgender Patients

The risks of penile reconstruction surgery (phalloplasty) appear higher in female-to-male transgender (transmale) patients undergoing gender confirmation surgery, compared to native male (cismale) patients undergoing phalloplasty for other reasons, r...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Past and Present of HIV: Three Decades of Care at UAB's 1917 Clinic

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's 1917 Clinic celebrates 30 years of treatment for those living with HIV. In it's first year, the clinic saw just 100 people but three decades later, the clinic has served more than 12,000 patients. The need fo...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Press Registration Now Open for 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting

The 2018 Experimental Biology meeting will be held April 21-25 in San Diego. With more than 14,000 attendees and hundreds of scientific sessions, EB 2018 is a life science research bonanza you won’t want to miss.

– Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

The 2018 Experimental Biology meeting, April 21-25

7 Tips to Save Your Stomach on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest eating and drinking days of the year and with the spread of snacks on tables across America, often, it’s easy to overeat. It is estimated that Americans eat over one billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, a...

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Advances in Head and Neck Cancer Research Featured in Upcoming Symposium, News Briefing

Co-sponsors of the 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium announced four abstracts that will be highlighted in the meeting's official press program. Researchers will present the findings of these studies in an online news briefing for...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Multidisc Head and Neck Cancers Symposium, Feb-2018

International Expert at UAMS Myeloma Institute Releases First Book on Castleman Disease

Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related tissues, was identified and named more than a half-century ago but, until recently, no one had written a book exclusively about it. Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicin...

Expert Available

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Cervical Cancer Awareness

While cervical cancer can be deadly, it is preventable. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Dr. Eugenia Girda shares more about screening and the HPV vaccine.

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Sports Drinks Are Not Solutions for Illness-Related Dehydration

Hospitals across the nation have been hit by a double whammy: an alarming flu season combined with a shortage of intravenous fluids. Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, a critical manufacturing hub for American medical supplies, h...

Expert Available

– Texas A&M University


Body Clock Disruptions Occur Years Before Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease have disturbances in their internal body clocks that affect the sleep/wake cycle and may increase risk of developing the disorder. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA Neurology, Jan. 29, 2018

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

A Phenotypic High-Throughput Screen to Identify Modulators that Improve Mutant Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) Activity

A phenotypic high-throughput screen to identify modulators that improve mutant cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) activity is described in the SLAS Discovery February 2018 front cover feature article by Giuliano and colleagues...

– SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening)

Journal of Biomolecular Screening; Journal of Laboratory Automation

Short-Course Radiation Treatment Is Safe and Effective for Skin Cancer

A recent Penn State College of Medicine physician’s study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Radiotherapy and Oncology

Life Expectancy Gains Are Slowing in Both Rich and Poor Countries

Increases in human life expectancy have slowed dramatically across the world since 1950, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

BMC Public Health

Study Suggests PD-1 Inhibitors Against Aggressive Pediatric Brain Cancer Subtype

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Pediatric Blood Cancers lays the scientific groundwork for the use of PD-1 inhibitors with an aggressive form of brain cancer, namely supratentorial pediatric ependymoma.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Pediatric Blood & Cancer

Researchers Reverse Symptoms in Neurologic Disease Model

It is a parent’s nightmare: a child is born apparently healthy, then stops meeting developmental milestones at one year old. Her verbal and motor skills vanish, and irregular breathing, seizures, and a host of other problems appear. The cause is Re...

– Case Western Reserve University

eNeuro; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grants ; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grants

Microbubbles Make Breast Cancer More Susceptible to Radiation Therapy

Bursting oxygen-filled microbubbles in breast cancer makes tumors three times more sensitive to radiation therapy in preliminary tests with animal models of the disease

– Thomas Jefferson University

International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics

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Silencing Is Golden: Scientists Image Molecules Vital for Gene Regulation

Lab scientists use cryo-electron microscopy to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of a regulatory complex. Their research could open up new possibilities for cancer therapies.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science; Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

NUS Researchers Develop Wireless Light Switch for Targeted Cancer Therapy

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore has developed a way to wirelessly deliver light into deep regions of the body to activate light-sensitive drugs for photodynamic therapy (PDT). This technology could potentially enable PD...

– National University of Singapore

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 29 Jan-2018

Latest Issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team is Now Available

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team is now available online.

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Tickling the Brain with Electrical Stimulation Improves Memory, Study Shows

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Tickling the brain with low-intensity electrical stimulation in a specific area can improve verbal short-term memory. Mayo Clinic researchers report their findings in Brain.

– Mayo Clinic


Liver Cancer Screening Rates Must Improve

Patients with cirrhosis should be screened regularly for liver cancer, though few are – in part because busy physicians often don’t order the screening tests, said UT Southwestern oncologists.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

MEDIA ADVISORY: Super Bowl Marks the Season’s End, But Concussion Concerns Continue

Engineers hope that soon athletes will have "digital twins" of their heads, baseline representations of skull, vasculature and brain that can help to predict where injuries might occur and diagnose them when they do.

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University

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MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Endocrine Society Calls for Improved Guidance to Identify Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

The Endocrine Society called for European regulators to ensure that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be identified using practical, achievable scientific standards in detailed comments on a draft guidance document for implementing criteria f...

– Endocrine Society

Rheumatology Leaders to HHS: Prior Authorization, Recent Part B Payment Change are Biggest Threats to Healthcare Choice and Competition

The ACR urged HHS to reform its prior authorization policies, to reverse a recent HHS decision to apply Part B drug spending to payment adjustments under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); require pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to be ...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

MedWire Announcements

National Academy of Medicine Names a Leader of Mount Sinai’s Arnhold Institute for Global Health to Inaugural Emerging Leaders Program

Sandeep Kishore, MD, PhD, Associate Director, The Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been named as a member of The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) first Emerging Leaders Forum

– Mount Sinai Health System

Five Endocrine Society Leaders Join Its Governing Council

Five new Officers and Council Members will join the leadership of the Endocrine Society, the world’s largest global membership organization of endocrinologists dedicated to accelerating scientific innovation and improving health worldwide.

– Endocrine Society

CRF to Hold Free Seminar on Diabetes and Heart Disease in New York City During American Heart Month

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

– Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF)

Peter Nagele to Lead Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Peter Nagele, MD, an internationally recognized trauma anesthesiologist, researcher and educator, has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective March 1, 2018....

– University of Chicago Medical Center

During National Nutrition Month, “Go Further with Food” by Preparing Meals in Advance, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Go Further with Food” by preparing meals in advance to enjoy throughout the week.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

NCCN Reaches New Records for Guidelines, Resources, and Programs

NCCN Reaches New Records for Guidelines, Resources, and Programs with eight million copies of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) downloaded by more than one million people across the globe in 2017.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Forget Phil, ‘Springcasting’ Web Tool Can Predict a Shifting Spring

Punxsutawney Phil – the prognosticating groundhog who famously foretells the arrival of spring – may need a new job. Cornell University’s Emergent Climate Risk Lab has unveiled Springcasting, a web tool to determine the onset of spring – a fu...

– Cornell University

Robert H. Bartlett Receives Bakken Scientific Achievement Award

Ground-breaking and internationally recognized medical researcher, surgeon, and professor Robert H. Bartlett, MD was awarded the 2018 Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization’s 54th Annual...

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 30-Jan-2018 at 11:00 ET

With $3.1m Grant From NIH, UCLA Scientists to Advance Adoption of Focal Therapy to Treat Prostate Cancer

UCLA researchers Dr. Leonard Marks and Shyam Natarajan will lead a $3.1 million research project grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to advance the adoption of a promising new technology to treat men with prostate cancer. By helping to...

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

Keith S. Naunheim Elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Cardiothoracic surgeon Keith S. Naunheim, MD, from the Saint Louis University (SLU) Medical Center, today was elected President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization’s 54th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Embargo expired on 29-Jan-2018 at 18:00 ET

Three Honored for Remarkable Dedication to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons honored three respected and extraordinary contributors with its 2018 Distinguished Service Award, presented at the Society’s 54th Annual Meeting.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Two Significant Financial Gifts Support Two Health Care Colleges at Nova Southeastern University

NSU's new M.D. College is reamed Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine; also renamed is Ronald and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

– Nova Southeastern University

Researchers Receive $6.5 Million NIH Grant to Use Big Data to Tackle Psoriasis

An experienced interdisciplinary team of psoriasis and computational researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) has received a $6.5M, 5-year grant from the ...

– Case Western Reserve University


# 1 in NIH Funding

With $9.3 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) takes the lead for research funding for the 2017 fiscal year, among other schools of nursing.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Mount Sinai Health System Expands Innovative Care in Florida

New Palm Beach multispecialty practice broadens commitment and access for patients; hospital and community leaders celebrate with ribbon cutting and open house

– Mount Sinai Health System

Huntsman Cancer Institute Selected as a NCI Center for Patient-Derived Model Development

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been awarded a $2.4 million, two-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help continue its research in breast cancer researchers will use this new funding to serve as a Breast Cancer Pa...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

U54 CA224076

Northeast Ohio's University Hospitals names Ted Keegan as new Chief Marketing Officer

Announcement of new chief marketing officer for the University Hospitals system in Northeast Ohio.

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

MedWire Marketplace

An Elastic Skin-Like Liquid Bandage Wins FDA Approval

A Penn State biomedical start-up company has won FDA approval for its first product, a biopolymer liquid bandage.

– Penn State Materials Research Institute





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