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Swept Under the Rug: New Report Reveals Toxics in European Carpets Threatening Health, Environment and Circular Economy

Toxic substances linked to a range of adverse health impacts can be present in carpets sold in the European Union (EU), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) warned today following a new study by An...

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Number of Paid Sick Days Directly Impacts How Americans Use Preventive Care Like Flu Shots

In the first study to measure the link between an employee’s number of paid sick leave days and the use of vital preventive health care services like getting a flu shot, researchers found a 26 to 85 percent increase in preventive health care use am...

– Florida Atlantic University

the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Minimally Invasive Surgeries Underused in Older Patients, New Study Finds

A study of more than 200,000 Medicare patients who had common surgical procedures shows that, compared to the general population, they underwent far fewer minimally invasive operations, whose benefits include lower rates of complications and readmiss...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Surgical Endoscopy

‘Filter’ Hones Gwas Results to Help Researchers Avoid Dead Ends

A genetics research team at Johns Hopkins Medicine has solved a dilemma facing researchers who use genomewide association studies (GWAS) by developing a new approach that strategically “filters” which genes are worth further study. The researcher...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

he American Journal of Human Genetics; NS62972, MH106522

A Helping Hand from a Compassionate Team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

There’s more to caring for cancer patients than treatments and doctor’s visits. At Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey the Social Work Department is dedicated to treating the ‘whole’ patient by helping them navigate important issues one m...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Intermountain Healthcare Building New Global DNA Database for Future Genetic Discoveries

Intermountain Healthcare is creating a new global DNA registry based on medical histories from people around the world, which researchers can use to find genetic codes that determine who’s at risk of developing genetic health problems and help them...

– Intermountain Medical Center


Collaborative Effort Powers Global Castleman Disease Patient Registry

The Castleman Disease Research Program is collaborating with Pulse Infoframe Inc., a medical informatics company, to power its global ACCELERATE Natural History Registry platform, which is designed to help improve understanding of the rare disease, f...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine

Comparison Shows Value of DNA Barcoding in Selecting Nanoparticles

The first direct comparison of in vitro and in vivo screening techniques for identifying nanoparticles that may be used to transport therapeutic molecules into cells shows that testing in lab dishes isn’t much help in predicting which nanoparticles...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

ACS Nano Letters


Sedative May Prevent Delirium in the ICU

A low dose of the sedative dexmedetomidine given at night may prevent delirium in critically ill patients, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Embargo expired on 02-Mar-2018 at 00:15 ET

Text-Messaging Can Help Liver-Transplant Candidates Maintain Sobriety

Each year in the U.S., more than 40,000 patients need a liver transplant because of complications associated with cirrhosis and liver failure. Alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) alone accounts for nearly 30 percent of all liver transplants, yet up t...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 02-Mar-2018 at 10:00 ET

Deeper Look at Biopsy Exposes Mutation Ready to Ambush Drug Combination

A powerful resistance mutation that appeared to emerge in melanoma after a patient received a targeted therapy combination, instead was lurking in the tumor all along, primed to thwart treatment before it began, researchers at The University of Texas...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Here's How Viruses Inactivate the Immune System, Causing Cancer

"The same mechanisms that viruses use to cause cancer may be key in combating tumors with immune-based therapies or in keeping cancer from developing in the first place," says Sharon Kuss-Duerkop, PhD.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Viruses; T32 AI052066; R01 AI091968 ; R01 DE026125

Student-Led Depression Awareness Program Improves High Schoolers’ Understanding & Help-Seeking

High school students can make a major impact on their schoolmates’ understanding of depression, and their attitudes about seeking help for themselves or others, according to a new study using data from 10 high schools that implemented peer-led awar...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Psychiatric Services, ahead of print

Simplifying Samples

Using nanotechnology, a team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis has eliminated the need for refrigeration for biomarkers used in medical diagnostic testing. The researchers recently gave their new tech a real-world test by sending i...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Chemistry of Materials

Mapping Nanoscale Chemical Reactions Inside Batteries in 3-D

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new technique that lets them pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion batteries in three dimensions at t...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Spring Training Alert: Core, Hip/Groin Injuries Prominent among Pitchers

With baseball’s spring training in full bloom, a study by Henry Ford Hospital highlights a set of injuries prominent among pitchers.

– Henry Ford Health System

Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery

New Technique May Help Prevent Repeat Jones Fractures

A metal plate might be the cure for a common foot injury seen in athletes and people on their feet all day, according to new research conducted at Houston Methodist.

– Houston Methodist

The American Journal of Sports Medicine, online Feb-2018

Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Ischemic Stroke

Study on birth control pills and risk of ischemic strokes

– Loyola University Health System

Medlink Neurology

U.S. Healthcare System Needs Coordinated Response to Potential Pediatric Pandemics

Researchers determine that the U.S. Healthcare System is not prepared for a surge in pediatric patients after an infectious disease pandemic. The study was published in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine.

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Virginia Mason Physician Writes Step-by-Step Therapy Guide for Ending Insomnia without Drugs

People who suffer from insomnia could be cured of the dangerous sleep disorder by following a six-week, drug-free regimen recommended by a sleep physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

– Virginia Mason Medical Center

Breaking Through Disparities, Advancing Women in Medicine

Women have practiced medicine and conducted biomedical and other scientific research for decades, yet disparities remain at the highest levels in academic medicine. On March 7, more than 150 Stony Brook University women faculty and students will asse...

– Stony Brook University

Science and Health News Tips From Johns Hopkins

These science news tips on everything from intercepting asteroids to learning from past extinctions come from the winter issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine

– Johns Hopkins University

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

With colorectal cancer tabbed as the third leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the nation, experts from Rutgers Cancer Institute discuss the benefits of screening.

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Eating Fish May Be Tied to a Reduced Risk of MS

Eating fish at least once a week or eating fish one to three times per month in addition to taking daily fish oil supplements may be associated with a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a preliminary study released today that will ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 16:00 ET

New Research May Explain the Link Between Hemodialysis and Brain Function Decline

• In a group of older patients undergoing hemodialysis, cerebral blood flow declined by 10%, from before the start to the end of hemodialysis. • Cerebral blood flow declined in all brain regions that were examined, including the frontal, pariet...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology doi: 10.1681/ASN.2017101088

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 17:00 ET

Focusing on Cholera Hotspots Could Cut Africa’s Cholera Burden in Half

Better targeting at the district and neighborhood level could make anti-cholera efforts much more effective and dramatically reduce the burden of this disease, according to two new studies led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 18:30 ET

Multimodal Approach to Pain Management Reduces Opioid Use, Prescriptions After Joint Replacement

A multimodal approach to pain management (using two or more different methods or medications to manage pain) rather than using opioids alone was associated with a decrease in opioid use, opioid prescriptions and common opioid-related complications in...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Embargo expired on 01-Mar-2018 at 13:30 ET

Johns Hopkins Researchers Invent New Technology for Cancer Immunotherapy

Johns Hopkins researchers have invented a new class of cancer immunotherapy drugs that are more effective at harnessing the power of the immune system to fight cancer. This new approach, which was reported in Nature Communications, results in a signi...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Communications; R01CA184199, SPOREP50DE019032

Tapeworms Could Prevent, Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children

New research suggests that parasitic worms could someday help prevent or treat pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

Mothers Need Better Safe Infant Feeding Support Post-Disaster, UGA Study Finds

A new study from the University of Georgia highlights the need for humanitarian aid groups to be trained in safe infant and young child feeding protocols, following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which killed nearly 9,000 people and damaged almost hal...

– University of Georgia

Small Trial of Omega Fatty Acid Supplementation in Toddlers Born Preterm Shows Promising Results: Larger Scale Trial Indicated

Researchers have shown that omega fatty acid supplements may improve autism spectrum disorder symptoms in toddlers who were born very preterm. Dr. Keim and her team conducted a study where 31 toddlers who were born prematurely participated. For 3 mon...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Journal of Nutrition


在美国心脏病学会(American College of Cardiology)第67届年度科学会议上发表的Mayo Clinic的一项研究表明,接受乳腺癌(breast cancer)或淋巴瘤(lymphoma)治疗的患者发生充血性心力衰竭(congestive h...

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting

New Research Points to Better Way to Treat Depression

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a new target for treating major depressive disorder, a disease that affects more than 16 million American adults.

– Scripps Research Institute

eLife, Feb. 2018; MH105482; HL105550; DA01992; MH107460; 762 DC014093

They Grin, You Bear It. Research Reveals Physical Impact of a Smile

Research led by Jared Martin, a psychology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, shows that smiles meant to convey dominance are associated with a physical reaction — a spike in stress hormones — in their targets. On the othe...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scientific Reports

Patients with Severe Head Injuries Have Better Outcomes when Treated by Trauma Centers, Even if it Means Bypassing Other Hospitals

Patients who sustain severe head injuries tend to have better outcomes if they are taken to a designated trauma center, but 44 percent of them are first taken to hospitals without these specialized care capabilities, according to new research from th...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Obesity Paradox Debunked

A new study debunks the “obesity paradox,” a counterintuitive finding that showed people who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese compared with people who are normal weight at the time of dia...

– Northwestern University

JAMA Cardiology

Fight Colorectal Cancer Launches Annual One Million Strong Campaign Alongside Courageous Celebrities, Supporters

Yesterday Fight Colorectal Cancer rang the NASDAQ opening bell alongside survivors and partners from the PGA TOUR in Tucson and also from the Times Square NASDAQ tower on the heels of March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Today, the country’s l...

– Fight Colorectal Cancer

The Medical Minute: Are You at Increased Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

Most people know doctors recommend a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for colorectal cancers. What they might not realize is that earlier screening may be necessary if they have a family history of colorectal cancer or other diseases.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Compound in Red Wine, Chocolate Prevents Smallpox Virus Cousins From Replicating

The secret to stopping some viruses from making people sick might be hidden in red wine and chocolate — but that doesn't mean having more bonbons and vino is in order, Kansas State University researchers say.

– Kansas State University

includes video

2018 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Highlights Precision Medicine to Treat Rheumatic Diseases

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) will hold its annual State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (SOTA) in Chicago, IL, on April 13-15, which features groundbreaking rheumatology research and roundtable discussions.

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

2018 ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

A One-Stop Shop for Colorectal Cancer Care

UAB Medicine recently established a colorectal oncology clinic to provide a hassle-free experience for diagnosis and treatment.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Toxicological Concerns in Older Adults, a Neglected Majority

Despite a worldwide increase in individuals aged 60 or older, few issues in toxicological science associated with the aging process have been addressed, and the elderly remain a largely understudied, vulnerable population. SOT hosting meeting to disc...

– Society of Toxicology

How "Brittle" Diabetes was Cured by Pancreas Transplant

A pancreas transplant cured Anthony Law of his life-threatening "brittle" diabetes. Before his transplant, Mr. Law had extreme swings in blood sugar levels. His family had to wake him up every two hours to ensure his sugars were in a normal range. To...

– Loyola University Health System

includes video

Rare Side Effect of Flu Puts Young Men at Risk

This year’s flu season has been one of the worst in recent memory causing thousands of people to be hospitalized. The virus can be particularly dangerous for young men who can experience nerve damage caused by the body’s response to the flu.

Expert Available

– Houston Methodist

New Procedure Brings Chemo to Melanoma

Surgical oncologist Dr. Cristina O’Donoghue is one of less than 30 surgeons in the country to trained to perform isolated limb infusion, which delivers high doses of chemotherapy to an affected arm or leg but not the rest of the body

Expert Available

– Rush University Medical Center

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

American Chiropractic Association Members Advocate for Veterans Health, Student Debt Relief


– American Chiropractic Association

MedWire Announcements

ASN Celebrates World Kidney Day and Its Theme of "Kidneys & Women's Health"

In celebration of the World Kidney Day 2018’s theme of "Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower," the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is highlighting several articles in its journals, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nep...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 08:00 ET

Stepping On Keeps Older Adults on Their Feet

Stony Brook University Hospital will be offering its Stepping On program, which can reduce the risk of falling by 50 percent, for the second year at the Stony Brook Southampton campus to help older adults stay healthy and active.

– Stony Brook Medicine

Henry Ford Health System to Set New Standard for Patient Care Utilizing accesso’s Newest Technology, The Experience Engine (TE2)

accesso, the premier technology solutions provider to leisure, entertainment, cultural and hospitality markets has chosen Henry Ford Health System as its first ever healthcare partner.

– Henry Ford Health System

Orlando Health Hospitals Receives ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Centers recognized for providing necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms.

– Orlando Health

Orlando Health Facilities Earn Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery Accreditation

Orlando Regional Medical Center, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Lake Hospital, and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, earn accreditation form the Surgical Review Corporation.

– Orlando Health

2018 Woman in Science Award Goes to UIC Women’s Mental Health Expert

Dr. Pauline Maki, professor of psychology and psychiatry in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, will receive the 2018 Woman in Science Award, given by the American Medical Women’s Association at its annual meeting March 24 in...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

FSMB Launches New Website and Logo

FSMB launches a new website and logo with an enhanced design that improves navigation and functionality for users

– Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

Loyola Medicine Acquires MacNeal Hospital and Affiliated Operations

Loyola Medicine has finalized the acquisition of MacNeal Hospital and its affiliated operations from Tenet Healthcare. The acquisition also includes Chicago Health System, Chicago Market Laboratories, Inc. and some physicians of Chicago Health Medica...

– Loyola University Health System

Fred Hutch announces 2018 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recipients

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the 2018 recipients of the annual Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in graduate studies in the biological sciences. Nominations for this prestigio...

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutch





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