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Monday, February 12, 2018

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NIR Light May Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Will Benefit Most from Chemotherapy

A new optical imaging system developed at Columbia University uses red and near-infrared light to identify breast cancer patients who will respond to chemotherapy. The imaging system may be able to predict response to chemotherapy as early as two wee...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Radiology Feb 12 2018

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

Biomarker Predicts Success of Afib Treatment

Johns Hopkins researchers report successful use of heart imaging to predict the benefit or futility of catheter ablation, an increasingly popular way to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging; R56HL38429

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Engaging Family Members in Care of Hospitalized Loved Ones Enhances Healing, Reduces Readmission Rates, New Study Finds

Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading a voluntary program that allows family members of patients to participate in their care —a program that has reduced 30-day readmission rates, according to a new study published in the February issue of the m...

– Intermountain Medical Center

CHEST, Feb 2018

New ECPR Protocol Helps Some Cardiac Arrest Patients Survive 'Certain Death'

More people are walking away from a type of cardiac arrest that is nearly always fatal, thanks to a new protocol being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. It’s called an ECPR alert.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


New Immunotherapy Combination Tolerable, Effective in Patients with Advanced Kidney Cancer

Combining an anti-angiogenesis agent, which blocks blood vessel formation, with an immunotherapy agent, was found to have promising anti-tumor activity and no unexpected side effects in an early-phase clinical trial in patients with advanced kidney c...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Lancet Oncology

Embargo expired on 10-Feb-2018 at 13:10 ET


Placebo Pills Prescribed Honestly Help Cancer Survivors Manage Symptoms

Fatigue in cancer survivors is significantly reduced by placebo pill, even when it is known it is a fake pill.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nature Scientific Reports, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 09-Feb-2018 at 05:00 ET

Direct Link Between Glands and Implanting Embryos Critical to Pregnancy

Researchers used 3D imaging with molecular testing to uncover new insight into the earliest stages of mammalian pregnancy—offering clues to unsolved questions in pregnancy. Investigators report Feb. 9 in Nature Communications they demonstrated in m...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nature Communications, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 09-Feb-2018 at 05:00 ET

Special UV Light Safely Kills Airborne Flu Virus, Finds Study

Overhead far-UVC light, a type of ultraviolet light that is harmless to humans, effectively killed airborne flu virus, found researchers at Columbia University. The lighting may offer a new weapon against the spread of flu virus in public spaces.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Scientific Reports, February 9, 2018

Embargo expired on 09-Feb-2018 at 05:00 ET

Modified Drug Shows Promise, Patterns in Vietnam, Phone-Delivered Therapy, and More in the AIDS and HIV News Source

The latest research, features, and experts on HIV and AIDS.

– Newswise

Increased Breast Cancer Risk Seen in Postmenopausal Women with High Body-Fat Levels Despite Normal BMI

The risk of invasive breast cancer is increased in postmenopausal women with a normal body mass index (BMI) but higher levels of body fat, meaning that a large portion of the population has an unrecognized risk of developing cancer.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes

Workplace Stress Can Take a Toll on Your Brain Surgeon, Too

A new study by the Keck School of Medicine of USC finds that two-thirds of neurosurgeons experience burnout during training, and stressors at work are partly to blame.

– Keck Medicine of USC

Journal of Neurosurgery

Congress Passes Major Fix to CMS Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

A big win for people with diabetes as Congress passes language to strengthen key patient protections.

– American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

Microscopic Chariots Deliver Molecules Within Our Cells

Understanding how the dynein-dynactin complex is assembled and organized provides a critical foundation to explain the underlying causes of several dynein-related neurodegenerative diseases.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, Feb. 2018; S10OD021634; DP2EB020402; R00NS089428

Clock Protein Controls Daily Cycle of Gene Expression by Regulating Chromosome Loops

It’s well known that the human body functions on a 24-hour, or circadian, schedule. The up-and-down daily cycles of a long-studied clock protein called Rev-erb coordinates the ebb and flow of gene expression by tightening and loosening loops in chr...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

R01 DK45586, NIH R01 DK106027, NIH T32GM007170, T32 GM008216, F30 DK112507

Blood Test Plus Ultrasound Boosts Liver Cancer Detection by 40 Percent

Combining ultrasound imaging with a blood test for high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels improves detection of early-stage liver cancer by as much as 40 percent, researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center found.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Study Shows Liver Cells with Whole Genome Duplications Protect Against Cancer

Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at UT Southwestern have discovered that cells in the liver with whole genome duplications, known as polyploid cells, can protect the liver against cancer.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Developmental Cell

Rapidly Measuring Beta-Glucan Content in Oats

It's the beta-glucan that gives oats its cholesterol-lowering power and now food scientists have a quick, accurate way of measuring it.

– South Dakota State University

A New Approach to Caring for Kids with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Eight years ago, Dr. Jeff Avansino, a surgeon at Seattle Children’s, and his wife, Dr. Amy Criniti, welcomed their third child – a boy named Luke.

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Loyola Medicine Burn Center Offers Safety Tips for Burn Awareness Week

In recognition of National Burn Awareness Week (February 4 – 10), Loyola Medicine and Anthony Baldea, MD, director of Loyola's Burn Center, are offering tips to prevent and care for burn injuries.

– Loyola University Health System


Blood Sodium Levels May Affect Cognition in Older Adults

• In generally healthy older men, slightly lower sodium levels in the blood were related to both cognitive impairment and declines in cognitive function over time. • Additional studies are needed to determine whether correction of lower serum so...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Search for Genetically Stable Bioengineered Gut and Liver Tissue Advances

Before medical science can bioengineer human organs in a lab for therapeutic use, two remaining hurdles are ensuring genetic stability—so the organs are free from the risk of tumor growth—and producing organ tissues of sufficient volume and size ...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Stem Cell Reports, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

Enzyme Plays a Key Role in Calories Burned Both During Obesity and Dieting

Ever wonder why obese bodies burn less calories or why dieting often leads to a plateau in weight loss? In both cases the body is trying to defend its weight by regulating energy expenditure. In a paper publishing in <i>Cell</i> on February 8, Univer...

– University of California San Diego Health


Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

Physical Inactivity Linked to Higher Risk of Lung, Head/Neck Cancers, Roswell Park shows

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center-led research teams have identified a direct association between physical inactivity and two different types of cancer: lung cancer and head/neck cancer — adding to a growing list of cancers linked to sedenta...

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Treatment and Research Communications; European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology; P30CA16056; T32CA108456

New Tool Helps Physicians Estimate Survival for Patients with Cancers That Have Spread to Bone

A simple three-factor tool can help doctors estimate survival time in patients with long bone metastases (LBMs)—advanced cancer that has spread to the bones of the limbs, reports a study in the February 7, 2018, issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Research Presents New Information About Flint Water Crisis

Based on a detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets, the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) research team found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Ge...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Stopping Cancer Metastasis

TSRI scientists identify molecule that fuels cancer metastasis.

– Scripps Research Institute

Oncogene, Jan. 2018; R01CA157792; R01CA105412; R01CA034282

Study Led By Virginia Mason Physician Links Fruit Juice Consumption With Weight Gain

A new study that analyzed data from more than 49,000 women concludes that drinking 100 percent fruit juice leads to weight gain, while consumption of fresh whole fruit results in weight loss.

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

Preventive Medicine

Hearing Loss Linked to Poor Nutrition in Early Childhood, Study Finds

Young adults who were undernourished as preschool children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as their better-nourished peers, a new study suggests.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Artificial Kidney Development Advances, Thanks to Collaboration by NIBIB Quantum Grantees

Creating an artificial implantable kidney would be an epic advance in medicine and could address a chronic shortage of donor kidneys needed for transplant. Researchers who have been at this quest for the past 15 years face the challenge of how to kee...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Journal of Biomechanics; EB014315; EB012487; EB021214

Researchers Uncover How Cancer Stem Cells Drive Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Cleveland Clinic researchers have published findings in Nature Communications on a new stem cell pathway that allows a highly aggressive form of breast cancer - triple-negative breast cancer - to thrive.

– Cleveland Clinic

Nature Communications; R21 CA191263

Snacking Snakes Act as ‘Ecosystem Engineers’ in Seed Dispersal

Despite the bad rap snakes often get, they are more central to ecology than most people realize. New research reveals that snakes might even play a key role in dispersing plant seeds.

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, Feb. 2018

Gene Therapy Researchers Find a Viral Barcode to Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier

UNC School of Medicine researchers discovered a structure on viruses that makes them better at crossing from the bloodstream into the brain – a key factor for administering gene therapies at lower doses for treating brain and spinal disorders. Expe...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Molecular Therapy

UTHealth Leads ACSM Paper on Safety Recommendations for Energy Drinks

Helpful guidance and warnings regarding the potential dangers that energy drinks present to at-risk populations, primarily children, were published in a paper led by a cardiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Current Sports Medicine Reports

State Lawmakers Learn About MTSU Botanical Medicine Center’s Hemp Research

House Speaker Beth Harwell led a delegation of Tennessee legislators to campus Monday, Feb. 5, to learn more about Middle Tennessee State University’s Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research and its ongoing studies with nonpsychotropic can...

– Middle Tennessee State University

includes video

Three-Year-Old Boy Receives the Gift of Life at Hackensack University Medical Center

At three-years-old, Kyle Lugo is one of the youngest patients to undergo a kidney transplant at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. Kyle’s kidney transplant was performed on Christmas Eve.

– Hackensack Meridian Health

UAB Partnership Further Enhancing Recovery After Surgery

UAB's Enhanced Recovery After Surgery pathway uses technology to improve patient recovery from major surgery.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

ASTRO Applauds Congressional Leaders for Extending the Radiation Oncology Payment Freeze

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today applauded congressional leaders for the passage of legislation to freeze payment rates for key radiation oncology services delivered in freestanding clinics.

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Endocrine Society Applauds Special Diabetes Program Renewal

The Endocrine Society praised Congress’ decision to include the Special Diabetes Program and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government that passed Thursday.

– Endocrine Society

American College of Rheumatology Praises Congressional Leaders for Passing Spending Bill that Includes Part B Fix, Therapy Caps Repeal

The American College of Rheumatology praises Congressional leaders for passing today’s sweeping spending agreement, which includes a technical provision reversing a CMS policy that would have linked physicians’ quality payment adjustments to Medi...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

ACSM Announces New Recommendations and Warnings Regarding Safety of Energy Drinks

Excessive caffeine consumption is dangerous for many, from children to Olympic athletes

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Current Sports Medicine Reports

MedWire Announcements

Taking Public Health to City Streets

A new Rutgers School of Public Health program focuses on urban issues to curb epidemics and evoke policy change

– Rutgers University

Cure Violence Rises to No. 10 Spot on List of Top Global NGOs

Cure Violence is ranked 10th in NGO Advisor’s 2018 report of the Top 500 NGOs in the world, one of the definitive international rankings of non-governmental organizations. Cure Violence has been among the top 20 NGOs for five consecutive years and ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Science Educator is Co-Recipient of GSA Award for Excellence in Education

— Jamie Shuda, EdD, a prominent K-12 educator and researcher at Penn Medicine, has been named co-recipient of the 2018 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) for “extraordinary contributions to genetics e...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Wall Street Journal Reporter John Carreyrou to Speak About His Work Investigating Startups in the Medical Testing Space at 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

AACC is pleased to announce that Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou will speak about his investigations into the laboratory medicine industry at the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Warner Selected as EVP to Lead UT Southwestern Health System

Following a national search, renowned cardiologist Dr. John J. Warner, CEO of UT Southwestern’s University Hospitals, has been appointed to lead UT Southwestern’s patient care enterprise for the Medical Center.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Penn Immunologist Awarded SU2C Funding to Lead Team-Based Investigation of Gynecologic Cancer Therapies

E. John Wherry, PhD, a cancer and immunology researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the most highly cited investigators in his field, has been awarded a “Convergence 2.0” research grant by Stand...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania





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