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Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Backrest Elevation May Have Little Impact On Pressure Injury Prevention

A study published in the American Journal of Critical Care may help resolve the dilemma related to backrest elevation, finding that changing backrest elevation in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation may not be as important or as ...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

American Journal of Critical Care, March-2018; American Journal of Critical Care, May-2016

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 06:00 ET

Can Strongly Lensed Type Ia Supernovae Resolve Cosmology’s Biggest Controversy?

Using NERSC supercomputers, astrophysicists at Berkeley Lab and the University of Portsmouth discovered how to control the effects of "micolensing." Armed with this knowledge they believe they will be able to find 1000 strongly lensed Type Ia superno...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Astrophysical Journal

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

Extra Sunlight in Late Summer, Early Fall Could Help Stave Off Flu, Study Finds

People getting more rays of sunlight — and therefore vitamin D — in August and September could help reduce the severity of flu season, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper co-authored by a University of Kansas economi...

– University of Kansas

National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper

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Researchers Move Closer to Improved Method of Detecting Breast Cancer

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have moved closer to developing an alternative method of detecting and possibly treating breast cancer. The researchers work with pulsed, terahertz imaging, a type of electromagnetic radiation tec...

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Journal of Biomedical Optics

Diverse Role of CDK9 Gene in Cell Regulation Continues to Reveal Cancer Treatment Targets 25 Years After Discovery

A gene discovered by Temple University researchers has proved to be an important target for cancer therapy, with the discovery of its roles in controlling cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and DNA repair.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research


Gluten-Free Diet May Help People with Neuropathic Pain

A strict gluten-free diet may help protect against the nerve pain that some people with gluten sensitivity experience, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Nut Consumption May Aid Colon Cancer Survival

A new, large study led by researchers at Yale Cancer Center shows people with stage III colon cancer who regularly eat nuts are at significantly lower risk of cancer recurrence and mortality than those who don’t.

– Yale Cancer Center

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

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Can Our Eyes Help Predict Who Will Develop Memory Loss?

People whose eyes show signs of small changes in blood vessels at age 60 may be more likely to develop thinking and memory problems by the time they are 80 than people with healthy eyes, according to a study published in the February 28, 2018, online...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

More Isn’t Always Better When It Comes to Health Care, Older Americans Say – but Many See Mismatch in Need & Use

Doctors and older patients may disagree more often than either of them suspects about whether a particular medical test or medicine is truly necessary, according to findings from a new poll of Americans over age 50. Improving communication about ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 07:00 ET

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Firearm Injuries Drop During NRA Conventions, Research Shows

Gun injuries fall by 20 percent during the dates of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Some 80,000 gun owners attend the NRA’s national convention, including many experienced users. A brief period of gun abstinence, even by exp...

– Harvard Medical School

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Genomic Analysis Underscores Need for Precision Therapies That Target Pediatric Cancer

Research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers the most comprehensive analysis yet of the genomic alterations leading to cancer in children and affirms the need for pediatric-specific precision therapies

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Nature, Feb-2018

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 13:00 ET

Records Study Suggests Gender Affirming Surgeries On The Rise Along with Insurance Coverage

In a national medical records analysis, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say there is evidence that the number of gender affirming surgeries performed in hospitals for transgender individuals is on the rise, along with increased access made poss...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA Surgery

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 11:00 ET

Beneficial Skin Bacteria Protect Against Skin Cancer

Science continues to peel away layers of the skin microbiome to reveal its protective properties. In a study published in Science Advances on February 28, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report a potential new role f...

– University of California San Diego Health

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

Researchers Identify Molecular Target for Brain Cancer, Develop Immunotherapy Approach to Attack It

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and their collaborators report they modified immune cells to hunt brain tumors displaying a new molecular target, which they determined is highly prevalent on br...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Science Translational Medicine, Feb. 28, 2018

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

Effective Pediatric Cancer Treatment Is Possible in the Midst of a Refugee Crisis

Six years into Lebanon’s refugee crisis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center offer a blueprint for effective childhood cancer treatment during tur...

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Cancer, February 28, 2018

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 09:00 ET

New-Found Stem Cell Helps Regenerate Lung Tissue After Acute Injury

Researchers have identified a lung stem cell that repairs the organ’s gas exchange compartment. They isolated and characterized these progenitor cells from mouse and human lungs and demonstrated they are essential to repairing lung tissue damaged b...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nature; T32-HL007586 to W.J.Z; T32-HL007915, K12-HD043245, T32-HL007843, HL110942, HL087825, HL132999, HL129478, HL134745

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 13:00 ET

New Stem Cell Found in Lung, May Offer Target for Regenerative Medicine

Newly identified stem cells in the lung that multiply rapidly after a pulmonary injury may offer an opportunity for innovative future treatments that harness the body’s ability to regenerate. Scientists describe cells that could become a new tool t...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Nature, online Feb. 28, 2018; HL007586, HL007915, HD043245, HL007843, HL110942, HL087825, HL132999, HL129478, HL134745

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 13:00 ET

Paid Family Medical Leave in the U.S.: Good for Families, Good for the Economy

Paid Family Medical Leave: Healthier U.S. Families Within Our Reach, a new report by the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, provides evidence of the most effective approaches to paid family and medical leave us...

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

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

Mayor probabilidad de insuficiencia cardíaca en supervivientes de cáncer de mama y linfoma

Los pacientes con tratamiento previo para cáncer de mama o linfona tienen un riesgo tres veces mayor de sufrir insuficiencia cardíaca congestiva, que los pacientes sin cáncer. La insuficiencia cardíaca congestiva ocurre cuando el músculo cardía...

– Mayo Clinic

LXVII Annual Scientific Session

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 08:15 ET

Heart Failure More Likely for Some Breast Cancer and Lymphoma Survivors

Patients who were treated for breast cancer or lymphoma are more than three times at risk for developing congestive heart failure, compared with patients who did not have cancer. Congestive heart failure is when the heart muscle does not pump blood a...

– Mayo Clinic

American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session

Embargo expired on 28-Feb-2018 at 08:00 ET

Muscle Regeneration Compromises Stability in Muscular Dystrophy

A new study finds that muscle fibers in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) split during regeneration to such an extreme that the muscle is weakened beyond repair. The article is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Ph...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology

Common Knee Operation in Elderly Constitutes Low Value Care, New Study Concludes

A new Medicare records study by Johns Hopkins researchers has added to mounting evidence that a common surgery designed to remove damaged, worn ends of the thin rubbery cartilage in the knee joint brings little or no benefit to people over the age of...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA Surgery; 73417

Obesity Not a Risk Factor for Acute Respiratory Illnesses, Study Finds

Although obesity has been considered a risk factor for more-severe cases of the flu, a new study found that it is not a risk factor for severe acute respiratory illnesses, including the flu, in children or adults.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Internal Journal of Obesity, Feb.-2018

New Method Accelerates Studies on Carbohydrate Biology

The breakthrough may expand research on the roles of glycans in human diseases, including cancers.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Communications, Feb. 2018; GM093282; GM113046 ; GM103390; U1606403

Researchers Probe Gene Therapy for Frontotemporal Dementia

A UAB study shows that a gene therapy approach can help neurons remove lipofuscin, or cellular debris, in mouse models for frontotemporal dementia. The study added a gene that encodes for the missing protein progranulin.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Neuroscience

Patients May Live Longer after Hip Replacement, Study Suggests

Hip replacement surgery not only improves quality of life but is also associated with increased life expectancy, compared to people of similar age and sex, reports a study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research® (CORR®), a publication of The...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

What Happens in the Brain During Unconsciousness?

Researchers at Michigan Medicine are shining a light on the darkness of the unconscious brain. Three new studies add to the body of knowledge.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Neuroscience; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Trends in Neurosciences

Bristol-Myers Squibb Announces Expansion of the International Immuno-Oncology Network (II-ON) with Addition of Yale Cancer Center

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that Yale Cancer Center has joined the International Immuno-Oncology Network (II-ON), a global peer-to-peer collaboration between Bristol-Myers Squibb and academia that aims to advance translational Immuno...

– Yale Cancer Center

A Synthetic Approach to Helping the Immune System Thwart Infections

Yale researchers have developed a set of synthetic molecules that may help boost the strength of a key, virus-fighting protein.

– Yale Cancer Center

New Technique Predicts Gene Resistance to Cancer Treatments

Yale School of Public Health researchers have developed a new method to predict likely resistance paths to cancer therapeutics, and a methodology to apply it to one of the most frequent cancer-causing genes.

– Yale Cancer Center




– Mayo Clinic

Breast Cancer Breakthrough May Have Been Found in Connecticut

A big breakthrough in the battle against breast cancer may have been found in Connecticut.

– Yale Cancer Center

'Botox' Improves Appearance of Facial Scars in Reconstructive Surgery

In patients undergoing reconstructive surgery of the face, treatment with botulinum toxin A (BTX-A, or 'Botox') can improve the final appearance of surgical scars, reports a clinical trial in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, t...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

More Than Just a Cosmetic Procedure - 'Tummy Tuck' Reduces Back Pain and Incontinence

In addition to restoring the pre-pregnancy shape of the abdomen, abdominoplasty ('tummy tuck') surgery with muscle repair can improve back pain and urinary incontinence after childbearing, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstruct...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Novel Study Is First to Demonstrate Brain Mechanisms That Give “the Iceman” Unusual Resistance to Cold

Dutch adventurer Wim Hof is known as “The Iceman” for good reason. Hof established several world records for prolonged resistance to cold exposure, an ability he attributes to a self-developed set of techniques of breathing and meditation — kn...

– Wayne State University Division of Research

NeuroImage, Feb., 2018

Opioid Crisis Affects Children and Teens Too – Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Outlines Strategies to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Children and adolescents undergoing surgery can be swept up in the ongoing opioid epidemic, according to a review and update in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, official journal of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). The...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Study: Brain Injury May Boost Risk of Alzheimer's Earlier in Life

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease earlier in life, according to a study from UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


New Toolkit Puts Spotlight on Coal and Health in Three Turkish Cities

Massive investments into new coal power generation are being planned in Turkey, worsening an already poor air quality situation and threatening people’s health.

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Sperm Analysis Kit Promises ‘Hassle-free’ Approach to Accurately Test Male Fertility at Home

To address embarrassing, inconvenient and costly male fertility testing, researchers from FAU are developing a home-based kit that accurately, quantitatively, and quickly, provides a complete semen evaluation using microfluidics, an app and a smartph...

– Florida Atlantic University


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Articles from 2017 PhRMA Foundation Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Conference Published by Research Journal

The Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) has published three articles highlighting the work and recommendations of a national conference aimed at advancing and improving CER, convened last year by the PhRMA Foundation and the Academy o...

– PhRMA Foundation

Co-Locating Primary Care and Behavioral Health Shows Marked Improvement in Life Expectancy

The program, called STIR (Sunset Terrace Integration and Recovery), requires a 12-month commitment and encourages patients to increase their health literacy, take an active role in their care, and get to know their team of providers.

– NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Mayo Clinic Social Media Campaign Highlights Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Prevention

To kick off March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Mayo Clinic today announced the launch of a social media campaign to raise awareness about colorectal cancer, and the importance of screening and early detection to save lives.

– Mayo Clinic


States with Strong Tobacco Control Measures Have Fewer E-Cigarette Users

States with robust tobacco control policies and regulations, such as smoke free air laws and taxes on cigarettes, not only have fewer cigarette users but also fewer e-cigarette users, according to research from NYU School of Medicine and the NYU Coll...

– New York University

Nicotine & Tobacco Research; P50HL120163; 1K24DA038345-01; UL1TR000038

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 07:00 ET

Study Suggests Risk of ALS Increases with More Exposure to Diesel Exhaust

People who are frequently exposed to diesel exhaust while on the job may have a higher risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and that risk may increase with greater exposure, according to a preliminary study released today that will be present...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Diabetes Drug Use During Pregnancy Linked to Child’s Weight

When women take the common diabetes medication metformin during pregnancy, it may put their children at increased risk of having obesity or overweight.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 14:00 ET

Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?

The escalating influence of modern biomedical conceptions of health and illness now dominate healthcare delivery. A new study finds that this expanding “medical industrial complex” is not straightforwardly responsible for improved life expectanc...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 03:05 ET

Alcohol Intervention for Emerging Adults Who Are Not Attending College

Emerging adulthood (between ages 18-25) is a period of critical vulnerability for problematic alcohol use. A substantial amount of research has examined alcohol risks in college-student populations, while much less research has focused on emerging ad...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 10:00 ET

Saline Use On The Decline At Vanderbilt Following Landmark Studies

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is encouraging its medical providers to stop using saline as intravenous fluid therapy for most patients, a change provoked by two companion landmark studies released today that are anticipated to improve survival...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

New England Journal of Medicine; Society of Critical Care Medicine Conference

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

Brain-Gut Communication in Worms Demonstrates How Organs Can Work Together to Regulate Lifespan

Our bodies are not just passively growing older

– University of Michigan

Genes & Development

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 17:00 ET

A Promising New Drug to Combat Serious Inflammatory Disease

Still’s disease is a serious orphan disease manifested by high fevers, skin and joint involvement, including paralysis, as well as damage to other organs such as the liver or spleen.

– Université de Genève (University of Geneva)

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

New Study Shows Most Women Willing to Accept the Risks of Breast Screening

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR (the professional society for health economics and outcomes research), announced today the publication of new research suggesting that, on average, most women were willing to accept the risk of unnecessa...

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

Value in Health, Feb-2018

Gene-editing Reduces Triglycerides, Cholesterol by Up to 50 Percent, Finds Penn Animal Study

Blood plasma samples from a mouse that received the Angptl3 CRISPR treatment (right) and a mouse that was untreated (left). The cloudiness of the sample on the left is from the high content of cholesterol and triglycerides.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Circulation; T32-HL007843, T32-GM007170, R01-HL118744, R01-HL126875



– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Engineer Develops Enabling Technology for Emerging Gene Therapies

For years, researchers have attempted to harness the full potential of gene therapy, a technique that inserts genes into a patient’s cells to treat cancer and other diseases. However, inserting engineered DNA molecules into cells is difficult. A te...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Scientific Reports

AMP Publishes Recommendations for Clinical CYP2C19 Genotyping Allele Selection

AMP has published consensus, evidence-based recommendations to aid clinical laboratory professionals when designing and validating clinical CYP2C19 assays, promote standardization of testing across different laboratories and complement existing clini...

– Association for Molecular Pathology

The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics

IU Research Suggests Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Get New Life as Opioid-Addiction Treatment

A new study from Indiana University suggests that a compound previously tested to treat osteoarthritis pain appears to block neuropathic pain and decrease signs of opioid dependence.

– Indiana University

Molecular Pharmacology; DA041229; DA009158; DA021696; CA200417

Fewer Americans Think Smoking A Pack A Day Poses A Great Health Risk

About 3 out of 4 Americans agree that smoking cigarettes causes health problems, but public perception of the risks posed by smoking may be declining, according to a Duke Health study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

– Duke Health

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; K01DA043413

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More doctors follow the money, more nurse practitioners follow the need

The rural physician shortage is well-established, and there's the notion that doctors don't necessarily establish their practices where need for health care is greatest––in poor and unhealthy communities

– University of Michigan

Journal of General Internal Medicine

When Treating Athletes for Heat Stroke, "Cool First, Transport Second"

Athletes who suffer life-threatening heat stroke should be cooled on site before they are taken to the hospital, according to an expert panel's report published in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care. The principle of "cool first, transport second...

– Loyola University Health System

Prehospital Emergency Care

Jekyll and Hyde and Seek

Writing in the February 27 online issue of Science Signaling, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center describe how a signaling protein that normally suppresses tumors can be manipulated (or re-pro...

– University of California San Diego Health

Science Signaling

Immune System Activation in Pregnant Women Can Shape Brain Development in Their Babies

A study in the Journal of Neuroscience reveals that activation of a pregnant mother’s immune system can affect her baby’s brain development. Researchers at CHLA, found that short- and long-term brain functioning can be influenced by immune system...

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

Journal of Neuroscience, Feb. 26 2018; MH093677-05; KL2 TR001874 and 000081

Art Students to Physicians: Don’t Forget Why You Love Being a Doctor!

The Pennsylvania Medical Society teams up with students from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design for new campaign to remind physicians why they became doctors.

– Pennsylvania Medical Society

A Series of Rare Heart Surgeries Saved Angelique Garcia; Now She Can Sing, Dance and Visit the Aquarium

Before Angelique Garcia was born, doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) knew she had a severe form of congenital heart disease called complete atrioventricular canal defect (CAVC).

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Surgeon Uses Modern Technology to Solve Prehistoric Mystery of Saber-Toothed Cats

Orthopaedic surgeon, Robert Klapper, MD, is working with paleontologists at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum to unravel the mystery of how long-extinct saber-toothed cats lived and roamed. Using Cedars-Sinai’s most advanced CT scan machines, Klapper...

– Cedars-Sinai

Little Red Hats Bring Lots of Love to Babies at Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center participates in the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program to empower new moms to live heart-healthy while raising awareness of congenital heart defects

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Tipsheet - Feb. 2018

The February Fred Hutch tip sheet includes story ideas ranging from cancer immunotherapy to cloud computing, flu prevention for cancer patients, cystine-dense peptides found in many deadly venoms, gene therapies, serendipitous findings and more.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Colorectal Cancer Research and Prevention: Innovation, Progress and Promise

Innovation and progress in cancer research and care are the result of collaboration and resources. This advancement also extends to cancer prevention and education, but more emphasis on these areas is needed -- especially when it comes to colorectal...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Memory Loss for Some

Some people with a certain type of hearing loss may be more likely to also have the memory loss and thinking problems called mild cognitive impairment, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 16:00 ET

Multiple Types of Delirium in the ICU Indicate High Risk for Long-Term Cognitive Decline, Study Finds

Critically ill patients who experience long periods of hypoxic, septic or sedative-associated delirium, or a combination of the three, during an intensive care unit (ICU) stay are more likely to have long-term cognitive impairment one year after disc...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Lancet Respiratory Medicine; AG034257, AG031322, AG027472, AG035117, GM120484, HL111111 and HL135144

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 18:30 ET

Immune System Activation in Pregnant Women Can Shape Brain Development in Their Babies

Mom's inflammatory response shapes "wiring" of her child's brain. Similar networking changes linked to autism and ADHD.

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

MH093677-05; TR001874; 000081

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 13:00 ET

WVU Researcher to Study Hospital Wayfinding Through Virtual Reality Technologies

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of landscape architecture in the School of Design and Community Development, and her research team will utilize immersive virtual reality technologies to conduct a study focused primarily on hospital wayfinding.

– West Virginia University

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 13:30 ET

Accurate Telomere Length Test Influences Treatment Decisions for Certain Diseases

Research led by Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists shows that a test for measuring the length of DNA endcaps, called telomeres, which has a variability rate of 5 percent, can alter treatment decisions for patients with certain types of bone marr...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; K99-R00HL113105, K23HL123601, R37AG009383, RO1CA160433, RO1HL119476, T32GM007309

New Study Shows Repurposing Leukemia Drugs May Prevent Melanoma Metastasis

Data from a new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers shows that repurposing drugs used to treat leukemia has promise for preventing melanoma metastasis.

– University of Kentucky

Science Signaling

Discovery Reveals Way to Stop Inflammation in Alzheimer's, Arthritis, More

The finding “opens up a whole new research area to look at neuroinflammation in the context of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” the lead researcher says. “But the clinical impact will be in many, many different areas.”

– University of Virginia Health System

Immunity; GM108989; 5T32GM007055-41

Glowing Designer Sponges: New Nanoparticles Engineered to Image and Treat Cancer

A team of Sandia National Laboratories researchers has designed and synthesized metal-organic framework nanoparticles that glow red or near infrared for at least two days in cells. This could prove useful in tracking the spread of cancer cells.

– Sandia National Laboratories

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Most PA Students Tobacco-Free, but Vaping and Cigarette Use Still a Concern

Most of Pennsylvania’s high school and middle school students are tobacco-free, but the use of cigarettes and their digital counterpart, e-cigarettes, is still a cause for concern, according to Penn State researchers.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Preventing Chronic Disease

Neutrons Reveal Promising Properties of Novel Antioxidant Polymer

A team of researchers from ORNL and the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently developed the antioxidant manganoporphyrin, a new polymer that could potentially improve drug delivery methods and other biomedical applications. Using neutrons, the...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chemistry of Materials

Decoding the Genome’s Dark Matter

These new areas of interest belong to the so-called “non-coding” genome—the 98 percent of the genome that doesn’t directly code for proteins but instead regulates how key proteins are produced.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Genetics, Feb. 2018

New Research Could Lead to Improved Method of Treating Pancreatic Cancer

A heating and freezing process known as dual thermal ablation can kill pancreatic cancer cells, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Liver and Pancreatic Sciences, Nov-2017

New Technology For Use In Military Vehicles May Protect Troops From Blast-Induced Brain Injury

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have developed a new military vehicle shock absorbing device that may protect troops from traumatic brain injury after ...

– University of Maryland School of Medicine

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Experimental Neurology; Journal of Neurotrauma

ACTRIMS Recognizes Young Investigators at Forum 2018

The Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) recognized the research contributions of five young investigators during the recent ACTRIMS Forum 2018. Abstracts and posters can be found in the ACTRIMS Forum online p...

– Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Scleroses (ACTRIMS)

MS Journal; ACTRIMS Forum 2019, February 28-March 2, 2019

Researchers Discover Receptor That Protects Against Allergies, Asthma

A special receptor on cells that line the sinuses, throat and lungs evolved to protect mammals from developing a range of allergies and asthma, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Science Immunology

Researchers Use Human Neural Stem Cell Grafts to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries in Monkeys

Led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, a diverse team of neuroscientists and surgeons successfully grafted human neural progenitor cells into rhesus monkeys with spinal cord injuries. The grafts not only survived...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Medicine

ICU Risk Scores Perform Well as 'Continuous Markers' of Illness Severity

Commonly used ICU risk scores can be "repurposed" as continuous markers of severity of illness in critically ill patients—providing ongoing updates on changes in the patient's condition and risk of death, according to a study in the March issue of ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Critical Care Medicine

Short-term Use of IV Devices Is Common — and Risky — Study Shows

These days, many hospital patients get medicine or nutrition delivered straight into their bloodstream through a tiny device called a PICC. In just a decade, it’s become the go-to device for intravenous care. But a new study finds that one in every...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

J. Hosp. Med 2018;2;76-82. doi:10.12788/jhm.2847

DASH-Style Diet Associated With Reduced Risk of Depression

Eating a diet that emphasizes vegetables, fruit and whole grains it may lead to a reduced risk of depression, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. Study author Dr. Laurel Cherian will present a preliminary study abst...

– Rush University Medical Center

the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles from April 21 to 27, 2018; National Institute of Aging R01AG054476 and R01AG17917

Jumping on the at Home DNA Testing Kit Bandwagon

The world of DTC DNA test kits, namely for cardiovascular disease

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

American Society of Anesthesiologists Offers Recommendations for U.S. Congress to Address Opioid Epidemic

As leaders in pain medicine and patient safety, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has proposed several ways for Congress to address the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) programs....

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Endocrine Society Experts Express Concern with FDA Statement on BPA Safety

The Endocrine Society today expressed disappointment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) statement asserting that the results of an interim report support previous determinations that bisphenol A (BPA) is safe for use in food contain...

– Endocrine Society

MedWire Announcements

Leadership Changes at Nurse Anesthesia Headquarters Announced

Organizational changes announced that will streamline advocacy efforts on behalf of CRNAs and the patients that they care for on a day-to-day basis.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

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

Scott Weir Named Research Recipient of 2018 Global Health Repurposing Awards

Scott Weir, Pharm.D., Ph.D., of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2018 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award. Dr. Weir serves as director of the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) and as assoc...

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Professional Civility Pledge: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Magazine Receives Coveted Communitas Social Responsibility Award

Food & Nutrition Magazine® has been named a Communitas Award recipient for its Pledge of Professional Civility, an initiative to foster camaraderie in the nutrition and dietetics community and encourage constructive engagement among peers.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Researchers Receive $10M Grant to Create Computational and Informatics Tools for Glycoscience

Researchers at the George Washington University and the University of Georgia are partners in a project that will soon be able to provide a way for questions asked by those studying glycoscience to be answered by big data.

– George Washington University


(Earth) Angels Bring Awareness and Support to Caregivers with Innovative Social Media Campaign

Hilary Van Horn, whose stepdad is suffering from Lewy body dementia, challenges everyone to make an "Earth Angel" in an awareness and fundraising campaign for the Penn Memory Center.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jack Martin Fund Provides Transformational Gift to Open Mount Sinai Inpatient Unit for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease

Newly named unit is located within the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai

– Mount Sinai Health System

Richard Martin, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Neonatal Research

Richard Martin, MD, professor of pediatrics, reproductive biology, and physiology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and director of neonatal research programs and Drusinsky-Fanaroff Chair in Neonatology at University Hospitals Cleveland Med...

– Case Western Reserve University

American Pediatric Society; Society for Pediatric Research

Rush Leads Multi-Sector Partnership Build Community Health

6 hospital, Multi-NGO efforts seeks to improve health by healing neighborhoods

– Rush University Medical Center

More People Living With HIV and Cancer Should Get Appropriate Cancer Treatment, According to New Guidelines

New NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Cancer in People Living With HIV seek to reduce unnecessary, deadly cancer care gaps.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Embargo expired on 27-Feb-2018 at 09:00 ET

Darnall Army Medical Center to Receive USU Excellence in Teaching Award

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas, will be recognized for its superior clinical training of military medical students and graduate nursing students in a ceremony Feb. 28.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Virginia Mason Named One of 50 Best Hospitals in Nation for Second Year

Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today that for the second straight year it has received the America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award from Healthgrades, the leading online consumer resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicia...

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

American Society of Anesthesiologists and ASA Industry Supporters Announce Scholarship Program for its Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is pleased to announce grant funding for institutions interested in participating in the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative 2020 from ASA Industry Supporters Mallinckrodt Pharmaceu...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and Georgetown University Launch Research, Education Collaboration

A new collaboration established between Georgetown University and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research aims to expand both institutions’ research and training missions in the biomedical sciences.

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Welcomes William F. Faverzani as Vice President, Senior Operations Officer of Children’s Enterprise

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to welcome William F. Faverzani, FACHE, MPA, as vice president, senior operations officer of Children’s Enterprise. Throughout his more than 20 years of experience in health care administration, Mr. Faverzani ...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Speakers Announced for 2018 Experimental Biology Meeting

Leading scientists will present cutting-edge research and discuss critical issues affecting the life sciences at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting, the premier annual meeting of five scientific societies to be held April 21–25 in San Diego.

– Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

The 2018 Experimental Biology meeting, April 21-25

NIH Launches International Study of AMD Progression

A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By using the late...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

NewYork-Presbyterian to Implement Meatless Monday Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare delivery systems, is launching a “Meatless Monday” initiative at a number of the Hospital’s onsite retail locations beginning February 26.

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2018 at 12:00 ET

NIH Awards $4.6 Million for Chronic Pain Research

The University of Illinois at Chicago has been awarded a $4.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the molecular neurobiology of chronic pain in patients with sickle cell disease and to develop potential new drug ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

University Hospitals Recruits Top Neuroscientist to Join Harrington Discovery Institute

Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, one of the nation’s leading physician-scientists in the field of neuropsychiatric disorders, has joined the Harrington Discovery Institute – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development – at University Hosp...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center





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