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Monday, February 19, 2018

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Lack of Guidance May Delay a Child’s First Trip to the Dentist

Without a doctor or dentist’s guidance, some parents don’t follow national recommendations for early dental care for their children, a new national poll finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 19-Feb-2018 at 00:00 ET


Studying Mitosis’ Structure to Understand the Inside of Cancer Cells

Cell division is an intricately choreographed ballet of proteins and molecules that divide the cell. During mitosis, microtubule-organizing centers assemble the spindle fibers that separate the copying chromosomes of DNA. While scientists are familia...

– Biophysical Society

62nd Biophysical Society Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 18-Feb-2018 at 08:00 ET

Ras Protein’s Role in Spreading Cancer

Protein systems make up the complex signaling pathways that control whether a cell divides or, in some cases, metastasizes. Ras proteins have long been the focus of cancer research because of their role as “on/off switch” signaling pathways that ...

– Biophysical Society

62nd Biophysical Society Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 18-Feb-2018 at 08:00 ET


Stretchable Electronics a 'Game Changer' for Stroke Recovery Treatment

A new throat sensor is the latest in engineering professor John Rogers' growing portfolio of stretchable electronics that are precise enough for use in advanced medical care and portable enough to be worn outside the hospital, even during extreme exe...

– Northwestern University

AAAS annual meeting, Feb. 17

Embargo expired on 17-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

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Microneedling: Experienced Hands Can Improve the Face

Microneedling treatments can improve the appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks, but at-home devices won’t provide the same effects as an in-office treatment from a board-certified dermatologist.

– American Academy of Dermatology

AAD 2018 Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Research Sheds Light on Parents’ Views of Indoor Tanning

A survey of more than 1,200 parents indicates that some groups are more likely than others to have favorable attitudes toward adolescent indoor tanning, which can increase young people’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

– American Academy of Dermatology

2018 AAD Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Study Shows Increasing Incidence of Rare Skin Cancer

While it may not be as common as other skin cancers, Merkel cell carcinoma is highly aggressive and often deadly — and according to new research, it’s also becoming more common.

– American Academy of Dermatology

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology ; 2018 AAD Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

New Research: Increased Stress on Fathers Leads to Brain Development Changes in Offspring

New research in mice has found that a father’s stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father’s sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better unders...

– University of Maryland School of Medicine

2018 AAAS annual meeting, February 16

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 11:00 ET

Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Increased Lung Function Decline

Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American T...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 00:05 ET

Drug That Treats Psoriasis Also Reduces Aortic Vascular Inflammation

An antibody used to treat the skin disease psoriasis is also effective at reducing aortic inflammation, a key marker of future risk of major cardiovascular events.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

2018 American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting; K24-AR064310; Z01-HL006193-003

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Public, Researchers Demonstrate Growing Interest in Cannabis Treatment

Because cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties, there may be potential for topical cannabis to improve conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema by reducing the inflammation associated with these diseases.

– American Academy of Dermatology

AAD 2018 Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Cosmetic Treatment From Unqualified Providers May Result in Complications

To get the best possible results and avoid complications, those interested in cosmetic procedures should seek care from a qualified, experienced doctor like a board-certified dermatologist.

– American Academy of Dermatology

2018 AAD Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Shot May Help Shield Against Shingles

Two vaccines are available to help prevent shingles, which can affect anyone who has had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine; both diseases are caused by the same virus, which stays in the body after chickenpox clears.

– American Academy of Dermatology

2018 AAD Annual Meeting, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

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Report: 1,500 Lives Saved by Who-Led Trauma Response in Battle of Mosul

This involvement carries many challenges, including jeopardizing neutrality and risking “instrumentalization,” or becoming compromised, and the report’s authors recommend that this type of situation be avoided whenever possible.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Mosul Trauma Response: A Case Study

Immune Signature Predicts Asthma Susceptibility

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease driven by the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and a diverse cast of immune cells. In their latest study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LJI) identified a subset of T...

– La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

5T32AI007007; RR00052; Journal of Immunology, Feb-2018; R37 AI71922 ; NO1-AI-25496; NO1-AI-25482; HHSN272200900052C; HHSN2722010000521; 1UM1AI114271-01...

Influenza D Antibodies Confirmed in Horses on Midwestern Farms

Researchers found antibodies against two strains of influenza D in blood samples from horses in the Midwest. “It’s nothing we need to worry about at this moment, but more studies are needed,” according to professor Feng Li.

– South Dakota State University

Zoonoses Public Health, Nov.-2017

'Click Chemistry' Reactions May Boost Cancer-Fighting Drug Potency

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a quick and easy way to simultaneously modify dozens of drugs or molecules to improve their disease-fighting properties.

– Scripps Research Institute

Journal of the American Chemical Society, Feb. 2018; R01 GM117145; R01 GM111938; R01GM113046

U.S. Government Personnel Exposed to Noise in Cuba Show Signs of Brain Injury Normally Seen With Head Trauma

At least 21 government employees who were exposed to unusual noises while serving at the United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba, show effects similar to traumatic brain injury, according to preliminary study results published this week in the Journal ...

– Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)

Journal of the American Medical Association.

San Antonio Researchers Investigating Mysterious Children's Illness

Texas Biomedical Research Institute and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio have joined forces to cure a mysterious condition called Kawasaki disease. The illness which affects young children is named after the Japanese doctor who first describe...

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute

OU and Mercy Test New Models

An OU and Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City research team is set to begin the largest breast cancer clinical trial ever performed in Oklahoma. The team has developed new breast cancer risk prediction models based on a computer-aided image feature analy...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Public Health Dentists Offer Recommendations to Better Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

In practice, policy and education, oral health care and primary health care have traditionally been considered separate. In an effort to change that, a group of public health dentists has issued recommendations on improving the integration of the two...

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

New Imaging Technology May Help Predict Aggressiveness of Lung Cancer

Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic are leading development of a computerized tissue-imaging program that could soon help identify which lung cancer patients are likely to face an earlier recurrence of the disease.

– Case Western Reserve University


Research Compares Mouse and Human Kidney Development

• Three new research articles compare human and mouse kidney development to identify shared and novel features. • The studies provide new detailed molecular data to guide future research. • The studies revealed deep conservation of certain pr...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Study of Smoking and Genetics Illuminates Complexities of Blood Pressure

Analyzing the genetics and smoking habits of more than half a million people has shed new light on the complexities of controlling blood pressure, according to a study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis

The American Journal of Human Genetics

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

New CRISPR-Cas9 Tool Edits Both RNA and DNA Precisely, U-M Team Reports

A tool that has already revolutionized disease research may soon get even better, thanks to an accidental discovery in the bacteria that cause many of the worst cases of meningitis.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Molecular Cell, 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.01.025

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

Study Finds Opportunity to Increase Opioid Dependence Treatment in Ontario Jails

The study included completion of an online survey by 27 physicians, who reported working in 15 of 26 provincial correctional facilities for adults in Ontario. This included 10 of the 13 facilities with a population of more than 200. The study iden...

– McMaster University


Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

CRISPR-based Technology Can Detect Viral DNA

Technology that’s been used to edit genomes can also spot snippets of DNA. Such detective work may enable rapid, reliable ways to identify infections and cancer.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Science, Feb 2018

Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

Working in Harmony: New Insights Into How Packages of DNA Orchestrate Development

New research from Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah illuminates aspects of how an early embryo, the product of fertilization of a female egg cell by a male sperm cell, can give rise to all the many cell types of the adult animal.

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Cell, Feb-2018

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

Why Do Healthy Children Die from the Flu? Study Offers New Insights

With this year’s severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Journal of Immunology, Feb-2018



– Mayo Clinic

Annals of Neurology

Alzheimer's Drug Repairs Brain Damage After Alcohol Binges In Rodents

A drug used to slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease could offer clues on how drugs might one day be able to reverse brain changes that affect learning and memory in teens and young adults who binge drink.

– Duke Health

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Reducing Peanut Allergy Risks in Children – The Nurse Practitioner Presents Update

New prevention and treatment approaches can reduce serious health risks due to peanut allergy in children, according to an article in the March issue of The Nurse Practitioner, published by Wolters Kluwer.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Nurse Practitioner

Affordable Care Act Lowered Uninsured Rate for Cancer Survivors

The percentage of cancer survivors without health insurance decreased substantially after implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reports a study in the March issue of Medical Care, published by Wolters Kluwer.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

Hearing Loss Is Common After Infant Heart Surgery

Children who have heart surgery as infants are at risk for hearing loss, coupled with associated risks for language, attention and cognitive problems, by age four. In a single-center group of 348 preschoolers who survived cardiac surgery, researchers...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Journal of Pediatrics, Jan. 2018; HL071834, NS072338, NS060653

Stroke Survivor Beats the Odds with Help from AR SAVES Network

But the statewide tele-stroke network and quick-responding emergency medical professionals in Bald Knob and Searcy all saved him precious time in stroke treatment and ensured that the saved time meant a saved life.

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Why Pediatricians' Role in Treating Depression in Adolescents is Critical

Depressed youth, compared to non-depressed youth, are at greater risk for suicide, substance abuse, early pregnancy, low educational attainment, recurrent depression, and poor long-term health.

– LifeBridge Health

Missouri S&T Explosives Researcher Studies Blast-Induced Brain Injuries


– Missouri University of Science and Technology

How to Talk to Children About Scary World Events

Physician gives tips on how to have difficult conversations about world tragedies (i.e., shootings).

Expert Available

– Loyola University Health System

How to Talk with Kids About Traumatic Events

An expert from Rutgers’ Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth discusses warning signs and how to address violence-related fears in children nationwide in the aftermath of the recent school shootings

Expert Available

– Rutgers University

MedWire Announcements

WVU Researcher Wins National Award; Examines Use of Multiple Medications Among Older Cancer Survivors

With the help of a new award, a West Virginia University researcher is examining the prevalence and hazards of potentially inappropriate medication prescribing among elderly cancer survivors.

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 19-Feb-2018 at 08:30 ET

Suzanne M. Olbricht, MD, FAAD, to Assume Presidency of American Academy of Dermatology

Suzanne M. Olbricht, MD, FAAD, a Boston-based dermatologist, will begin her one-year term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the conclusion of the 2018 AAD Annual Meeting in San Diego.

– American Academy of Dermatology

2018 AAD Annual Meeting, San Diego, Feb. 20

American Academy of Dermatology to Install New Officers and Board Members

The American Academy of Dermatology will install two new officers and four new members of its board of directors on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the conclusion of the 2018 AAD Annual Meeting in San Diego.

– American Academy of Dermatology

2018 AAD Annual Meeting, San Diego, Feb. 20

Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Unveils Its First Million Dollar Visionary Projects

As the world marks international Heart Month, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research today announces its first-ever $1 million innovation grants, awarded to world-first projects positioned to alleviate the massive burden of heart failure on patient...

– University Health Network (UHN)

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Named WHO Coordinating Center for Nursing and Midwifery

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing has been elected as the Coordinating Centre for the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

American Pain Society Scientific Summit, March 4-6, Anaheim

Conference Exclusively Explores Pain Mechanisms

– American Pain Society

Dr. Kellie M. Jaremko Named 2018 Resident/Fellow of the Year

Dr. Kellie Jaremko, MD, PhD, an anesthesiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, has been named ASRA’s 2018 Resident/Fellow of the Year.

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

Studying Arms Race between Bacteria, Viruses Brings CAREER Award

Researchers at The University of Alabama hope to better understand how bacteria and viruses battle each other and, in the process, devise new strategies to combat antibiotic-resistant infections.

– University of Alabama


Research with Zebrafish May Lead to Treatment for Blinding Disorders, Including Glaucoma

Jakub Famulski, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Kentucky, has received an R01 grant for over $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the early formation of the anterior segment of the eye, which includes th...

– University of Kentucky

TSRI Scientists Receive $15 Million to Study Viral Outbreak Survivors

The researchers will spend the next five years collecting data from Ebola and Lassa survivors to learn how they fought off the virus.

– Scripps Research Institute






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