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Newest Data Shows Childhood Obesity Continues to Increase

Despite reports in recent years suggesting childhood obesity could be reaching a plateau in some groups, the big picture on obesity rates for children ages 2 to 19 remains unfavorable, according to a new analysis from Duke Health researchers.

– Duke Health


Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 00:05 ET

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ISPOR Special Task Force Provides Recommendations for Measuring and Communicating the Value of Pharmaceuticals and Other Technologies in the US

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR (the professional society for health economics and outcomes research), announced today the publication of a series of articles presenting and discussing the findings of the ISPOR Special Task Force on US...

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

Value in Health, Feb-2018

Tratamiento Conservador Puede Ser Mejor Para Mujeres Con Ataque CardíAco Llamado DEAC

A las pacientes que sufren un tipo de ataque cardíaco que afecta principalmente a mujeres jóvenes y se conoce como disección espontánea de la arteria coronaria (DEAC), posiblemente les beneficie más el tratamiento conservador que permite al cuer...

– Mayo Clinic

Study Reveals No Link Between Hormonal Birth Control and Depression

Women face several options when it comes to birth control, so potential side effects often factor into their decision. Depression is a common concern for many women, but a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Sneaky Viruses: UNM Cancer Center Scientist to Learn about HPV Infection

Michelle Ozbun, PhD, is using two grants totaling $2.7 million to learn how human papillomaviruses (HPV) sneak into cells to reproduce. She and her team are also developing new ways in which to measure infections.

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center



Diet Shown to Reduce Stroke Risk May Also Reduce Risk of Depression

People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting; National Institute on Aging

Embargo expired on 25-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Half of Gun Owners Don't Store Them Safely, New Ebola Treatment, An HIV Patch, and More in the Public Health News Source

The latest research, experts and features in Public Health in the Public Health News Source

– Newswise


Kids From Low-Income Areas Fare Worse After Heart Surgery, Finds Study

A national study of children with congenital heart disease found that kids from low-income neighborhoods had a higher mortality rate and higher hospital costs after heart surgery compared with those from higher-income neighborhoods.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Pediatrics, February 23, 2018

Embargo expired on 23-Feb-2018 at 00:00 ET

Beyond Abstinence: Well-Being Also Matters

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and recovery research typically focuses on outcomes such as 'days abstinent.' Yet the degree to which individuals may be functioning better physically, socially and psychologically, how happy they may be, and th...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 23-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Improving Family-Based Communication for LGBTQ Youth, What Women Want, Romantic Relationship Buffer, and More in the Sex and Relationships News Source

The latest research and features on sex in the Sex and Relationships News Source

– Newswise

Sneaky Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, How Your DNA Gets Organized, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

The latest research and features in cell biology in the Cell Biology News Source

– Newswise

Study: Police Use of Force is Rare, as are Significant Injuries to Suspects

Police officers rarely use force in apprehending suspects, and when they do they seldom cause significant injuries to those arrested, according to a multi-site study published in the March issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, March-2018

Study Shows Teen Attitudes on Drinking Can be Changed in as Little as 40 Seconds

New research from an American University professor finds that teen attitudes towards drinking can be changed with the help of a short public service announcement.

– American University

Journal of Health Communication

Ice Chips Only? Study Questions Restrictions on Oral Intake for Women in Labor

At most US maternity units, women in labor are put on nil per os (NPO) status—they're not allowed to eat or drink anything, except ice chips. But new nursing research questions that policy, showing no increase in risks for women who are allowed to ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

American Journal of Nursing

Looking for an Off Switch for Celiac Disease

New research published in the Feb. 23 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry identifies an enzyme that turns off transglutaminase 2, potentially paving the way for new treatments for celiac disease.

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Biological Chemistry

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired Steps to Take for a Healthy Body

We know that germs can make you sick, but if you seem to constantly be under the weather with cold symptoms, could it be something other than germs that are getting you down?

– Orlando Health

Can Cancer Treatment Lead to Heart Disease?

Advances in cancer treatment have resulted in a growing number of cancer survivors. However, powerful treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation treatments and some cancer drugs are not without their risks, including the potential for serious, long-t...

– Valley Health System

Many Don’t Know How to Respond in a Heart Health Emergency

Would you know what to do if a man or woman at your son’s baseball game went into cardiac arrest? Would you recognize the signs if you were having a heart attack? A new survey by Valley’s cardiovascular affiliate Cleveland Clinic reveals that man...

– Valley Health System

Why Is Mining-Related Lung Disease on the Rise?

The passage of critical mine health and safety legislation in the late 1960s, along with advances in technology and safety practices, helped to decrease the prevalence of lung diseases for miners. But starting in the mid-1990s, there was a significan...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

How Is an Olympian's Heart Different?

In this video, Dr. Vincent Sorrell of the Gill Heart & Vascular Institute at the University of Kentucky describes how an athlete's heart evolves to accommodate increased demand.

Expert Available

– University of Kentucky

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With Cost Removed, Women Choose More Effective Contraceptive Methods

University of Utah Health developed the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative to evaluate women's contraception choices if cost is not a factor. The research findings are published in the February 22 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

– University of Utah Health

Teva Women's Health, Society of Family Planning Research Fund; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Willard L. Eccles Foundation; Bayer Pharmaceutical; Merck Pharmaceuticals...

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

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Analysis Finds Lower IQ in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

• An analysis of published studies indicates that children with chronic kidney disease may have lower intellectual functioning compared than children in the general population. • Compared with children with mild-to-moderate stage kidney disease...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Artificial Intelligence Quickly and Accurately Diagnoses Eye Diseases and Pneumonia

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, researchers at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in China, Germany and Texas, have developed a new com...

– University of California San Diego Health


Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

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Shedding a Tear May Help Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

Tears may hold clues to whether someone has Parkinson’s disease, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Study Shows Need for Early Support Among People with Uveal Melanoma

UCLA researchers found that nearly all people diagnosed with uveal melanoma had a number of unmet psychological and health information needs, particularly during the first three months after their diagnoses. The study is the first prospective, longit...

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

JAMA Ophthamalogy Feb 2018

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 11:00 ET

AJPH April Issue: gun storage, LARCs and abortion, flu vaccine disparities, air pollution disparities, Brazil birthrate after Zika

In this issue, find research on gun storage, LARCs and abortion, flu vaccine disparities, air pollution disparities, Brazil birthrate after Zika and more

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Promising Treatment for Ebola Virus to be Tested at Texas Biomed

During the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013, an experimental biopharmaceutical drug called ZMappTM was a glimmer of hope in the midst of a health crisis. Now, scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio have been aw...

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2018 at 09:30 ET

Survey: More Than Half of U.S. Gun Owners Do Not Safely Store Their Guns

More than half of gun owners do not safely store all their guns, according to a new survey of 1,444 U.S. gun owners conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

American Journal of Public Health

Using Light and Gold for Targeted, Non-Invasive Drug Delivery

Researchers have developed a highly-targeted and non-invasive drug-release method that combines a nanoscale gold particle-containing polymer coating and near-infrared light. The technology could also be used for other applications, including the seal...

– American Technion Society

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Updated Data Confirms a Durable 75 Percent Overall Response Rate, by Blinded Independent Review, of Larotrectinib in Adults and Children with Tumors Harboring TRK Fusions

Larotrectinib, a highly selective TRK kinase inhibitor, shows rapid, potent, and durable efficacy in both adult and pediatric patients with solid tumors that harbor TRK fusions, regardless of tumor type or patient age, according to results from three...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New England Journal of Medicine

Antidepressant Response Within Hours? Experts Weigh Evidence on Ketamine as Fast-Acting Treatment for Depression in Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Recent studies suggest that ketamine, a widely used anesthetic agent, could offer a wholly new approach to treating severe depression—producing an antidepressant response in hours rather than weeks. Two reviews of recent evidence on ketamine and re...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Sandhoff Disease Study Shows Proof of Principle for Gene Therapy

NIH researchers studying a fatal childhood illness called Sandhoff disease uncover new details about how it develops in utero that indicate gene therapy has potential.

– American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Journal of Lipid Research

Biomarker, Clues to Possible Therapy Found in Novel Childhood Neurogenetic Disease

Researchers studying a rare genetic disorder that causes severe, progressive neurological problems in childhood have discovered insights into biological mechanisms that drive the disease, along with early clues that an amino acid supplement might off...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Annals of Neurology, online Dec. 29, 2017; NS741314, NS049453, NS021328, MH108592

Descriptive Phrases for How Often Food Should Be Eaten Helps Preschoolers Better Understand Healthy Eating

Approximately one in four preschoolers in the US are overweight or obese, and poor nutrition in early childhood has enduring consequences to children’s cognitive functioning. Preschool, therefore, is a critical period for children to begin to make ...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Age Matters Behind the Wheel – but Not How You Might Expect

A UCLA study explored the relationship between new drivers' skills to age, gender and playing organized sports or video games. The results suggest all novice drivers should undergo mandatory training, not just teenagers. Age: Among males, the olde...

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


Cardiac Cell Therapy for Heart Failure Caused by Muscular Dystrophy Also Improves Skeletal Muscle Function in Mice

Injections of cardiac progenitor cells help reverse the fatal heart disease caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy and also lead to improved limb strength and movement ability, a new study shows. The study, published today in Stem Cell Reports, showed...

– Cedars-Sinai

Stem Cell Reports, Feb. 22, 2018

Researchers Adapt HIV Test in Developing Rapid Diagnostic Test for Zika Virus

Researchers at New York University College of Dentistry, in collaboration with Rheonix, Inc., are developing a novel test for Zika virus that uses saliva to identify diagnostic markers of the virus in a fraction of the time of current commercial test...

– New York University

PLOS ONE; JoVE; R44DE024456; 3R44DE024456-03S1; R44 DE024456; U01 DE017855

Developing Antidotes for Cyanide, Mustard Gas

Two new analytical methods, one to evaluate a new cyanide antidote, dimethyl trisulfide, and another to quickly detect a substance associated with exposure to mustard gas, are helping scientists develop countermeasures against these chemical warfare ...

– South Dakota State University

Journal of Chromatography A, 2016; Cyanide antidote and sulfur mustard metabolites, 2017

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Less Expensive, Post-Acute Care Options for Seniors Underutilized

Long-term acute care (LTAC) facilities are designed to meet the needs of older adults with severe, complex illnesses who are recovering from hospitalization, but less expensive options sometimes overlooked may also be available, population health res...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

JAMA Internal Medicine

Exercising with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: I Want to Be Fit and Strong

Signing up for 5Ks and even a 10K is a feat many people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may not have dared to attempt a decade or two ago. Fear of tragedy leads many HCM patients to a sedentary lifestyle.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


Transforming Patient Health Care and Well-Being Through Lighting

The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers. Rece...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences receives NIH grant renewal to train students underrepresented in science

For more than 25 years, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which provides Ph.D. degree biomedical research training, has been on a mission to change the face of research to include more scientists from backgrounds underrepresented in...

– Mayo Clinic

Why the FDA-Approved Blood Test is Not about Concussions

On February 14th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a blood test that has been proposed to diagnose concussion. Many media outlets quickly reported this announcement as being a breakthrough in concussion diagnosis.

– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

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Hackensack University Medical Center Team Members Travel to Cairo, Egypt to Participate in a Medical Mission

Mark B. Anderson, M.D., vice chair of Cardiac Surgery Services at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical recently led a group of colleagues on a medical mission to Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Anderson is a leading expert in cardiac surgery in...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Amputees Lending a Hand to Neural Interfacing Research at UT Southwestern

Michael “Shawn” Findley, a 44-year-old amputee with a wiring harness emerging from his upper left arm, is working with a UT Southwestern team to help change the way robotic hand biofeedback occurs. Ultimately, he hopes this research may lead to t...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

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MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Streck, Inc. Files Suit Against Cenata GmbH for Infringement of Its European Patent

Streck, inc. has filed suit against cenata gmbh, for infringement of its european patent no. 2228453b1, in the german district court in mannheim.

– Streck

MedWire Announcements

MD Anderson and RaySearch Announce Strategic Alliance to Advance Radiation Therapy of Cancer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and RaySearch Laboratories today announced a strategic alliance with the aim of enhancing cancer radiation therapy through several initiatives, including more precisely targeting of tumors, and impro...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 03:00 ET

National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Engages Envision Pharma Group to Support their Oncology Research Program using iEnvision – A New Web-based Software Platform for Medical Programs

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) announces the selection and implementation of the iEnvision medical affairs platform developed by Envision Technology Solutions.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

American Society of Anesthesiologists and Premier Inc. Launch Next Generation of Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading health care improvement company, are accepting applications for the next phase of the jointly-led national Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collabora...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Society for Nutrition and Behavior 2018 Annual Conference Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior is accepting abstracts for poster presentations at the 2018 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN July 21 - July 24, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education; Society for Nutrition and Behavior 2018 Annual Conference

UTHealth's Blackwell Named President of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The new president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is Sean Blackwell, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Scien...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Carla Siegfried, MD Receives 2018 Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research

The Shaffer Prize, presented annually by Glaucoma Research Foundation, recognizes a researcher whose project best exemplifies the pursuit of innovative ideas in the quest to better understand glaucoma.

– Glaucoma Research Foundation

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses to Present Circle of Excellence Award to 11 Acute and Critical Care Nurses

Eleven outstanding nurses will receive the AACN Circle of Excellence award for their efforts to ensure that every patient gets the excellent care they deserve and that every nurse has the tools and the skills they need to provide that care.

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Fred Hutch, UW Medicine Alliance with Takeda to Advance Promising Early-Stage Research

Collaboration aims to accelerate next generation treatments in cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and neurological disorders

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Duke Health First in the U.S. to be Recognized by HIMSS Analytics for its Advanced Analytical Capabilities

Duke Health has become the first healthcare institution in the U.S. to be awarded the highest honor for analytic capabilities by HIMSS Analytics, a global healthcare IT market intelligence, research and standards organization.

– Duke Health

Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, Elected President of the New York Medical & Surgical Society

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Hackensack University Medical Center, has been elected president of the New York Medical & Surgical Society (NYMSS)...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

MedWire Marketplace

Go with Flavor-Rich Meatless Monday Recipes for Lent

Individuals, even carnivores who abstain from meat, have the opportunity to experience a wonderful variety of plant-based foods during Lent. There’s no need to sacrifice flavor. Kim O’Donnel, the first Meatless Monday blogger and author of critic...

– Monday Campaigns





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