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Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Many Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Have More Social Connections Than Peers

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have developed a new method to measure social networks of survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer in order to cultivate the health benefits of social connections

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Cancer, March 8, 2018

Embargo expired on 08-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

New Way to Fight Sepsis: Rev Up Patients’ Immune Systems

In a clinical trial at Washington University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and two medical centers in France, researchers found that a drug that revs up the immune system holds promise in treating sepsis.

– Washington University in St. Louis

JCI Insight

Embargo expired on 08-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Trial Matching Project Sees Higher Enrollment in Breast Cancer Trials Through Use of Artificial Intelligence

Mayo Clinic and IBM Watson Health today unveiled results from early use of the Watson for Clinical Trial Matching, an IBM cognitive computing system. Use of this system in the Mayo Clinic oncology practice has been associated with more patients enrol...

– Mayo Clinic

Improving Birth Outcomes One Amino Acid at a Time

A simple dietary supplement (L-arginine) was found to improve birth outcomes, paving the way for future clinical trials to test this inexpensive and safe intervention.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Science Translational Medicine, March-2018


Researchers Identify New Drugs That Could Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) protects mice and rats from noise- or drug-induced hearing loss. The study, which will be published March 7 in ...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, April 2, 2018; 2R01DC006471; 1R01DC015010-01A1; 1R01DC015444- 01; 1R21DC013879-01; CA096832; R35GM118041; P30CA21765...

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Urologist and Colleagues Address Unmet Global Burden of Surgical Disease in India

Aseem R. Shukla, MD, a pediatric urologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, along with several of his colleagues from around the world, have created an innovative program to help address urological needs in India. The team is specifically ad...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

JAMA Surgery, March 7, 2018

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

Study Draws Links Between Physical Characteristics, Like Age and Body Mass Index, and Brain Health in Psychosis Patients

Mount Sinai researchers have shown, for the first time, the complex web of links between physical and behavioral characteristics, like age, body mass index (BMI), and substance use, and specific patterns of brain structure and function in patients w...

– Mount Sinai Health System

JAMA Psychiatry

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

The Brain’s Immune System May Be Key to New Alzheimer’s Treatments

SBP researchers have revealed how TREM2, a receptor found on immune cells in the brain, interacts with toxic amyloid beta proteins to restore neurological function. The research suggests boosting TREM2 levels in the brain may prevent or reduce the se...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Neuron; R21 AG048519; R01 AG021173; R01 AG038710; R01 NS046673

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 12:00 ET

Living in a Sunnier Climate as a Child and Young Adult May Reduce Risk of MS

People who live in areas where they are exposed to more of the sun’s rays, specifically UV-B rays, may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, according to a study published in the March 7, 2018, online issue of Neurology®...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 16:00 ET

Epigenomic Tool Breakthrough Has Implications for Identifying Disease Processes

A major advancement has been made on how epigenomics are studied that permits mapping a genome-scale profile of epigenetic changes using less than a couple hundred of cells, a factor of 100-300 reduction in the sample amount compared to existing alte...

– Virginia Tech


Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

Renowned Cardiologist Says New Blood Pressure Guidelines Not Good for All

One of the nation’s leading cardiologists is challenging the new hypertension guidelines, perhaps sparing up to 10 million people from unnecessarily aggressive blood pressure treatments. His team’s study results appear March 7 in the Journal of t...

– Houston Methodist

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 14:00 ET

Tip Sheet: Johns Hopkins Researchers Present at Annual CROI Meeting

Johns Hopkins experts present at CROI 2018.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Annual CROI Meeting

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 10:00 ET

Boosting Brain’s Immune Cell Function Reduces Alzheimer’s Symptoms in Mice

UCLA researchers engineered mice to produce more TREM2, a gene tied to Alzheimer’s disease

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


MRI Can Help Detect Prostate Cancer, Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies

In a collaborative, multi-institutional study published by JAMA Oncology, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Chicago, and National Cancer Institute determined that MRI-based prediction models can help reduce unnec...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

JAMA Oncology

A New Signaling Pathway Involving the Golgi Apparatus Identified in Cells With Huntington’s Disease

Working with cells grown in the lab, Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a biochemical pathway that allows a structure within cells, called the Golgi apparatus, to combat stress caused by free radicals and oxidants. The research team showed tha...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

PNAS; MH18501

When Sepsis Patients Face Brain Impairment, Is Gut Bacteria to Blame?

Halting the voyage of gut bacteria to the brain could help prevent harmful brain inflammation after a sepsis infection, a new study shows.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Fungal Brain Infection Results from Host's Own Immune Response

A new mouse study examines the fungus that causes cryptococcosis, which is a major source of illness in people with HIV and AIDS.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan


Concussions Are Common in Theater Workers

Two-thirds of theater technicians and actors have experienced head impacts related to working in theater environments, according to a survey study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Medicare’s Bundled Payment Model for Hip and Knee Surgeries Appears to Work Better For Larger, Higher-Volume Hospitals

Medicare’s experimental mandatory bundled payment model for knee and hip replacements is more likely to yield cost savings when the surgeries are performed in larger hospitals that do more of these procedures, according to a study from the Perelman...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


High-Resolution Brain Imaging Provides Clues About Memory Loss in Older Adults

As we get older, it’s not uncommon to experience “senior moments,” in which we forget where we parked our car or call our children by the wrong names. And we may wonder: Are these memory lapses a normal part of aging, or do they signal the earl...

– University of California, Irvine

Neuron, Mar-2018

Experts Issue Recommendations to Manage Unwanted Hair Growth in Women

All women who have unwanted dark, course hair growing on the face, chest or back should undergo testing for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other underlying health problems, Endocrine Society experts concluded in an updated Clinical Practice Gui...

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Mental Health Treatment for Victims of Human Trafficking – Journal of Psychiatric Practice Presents Initial Recommendations

Cognitive therapies should be considered when addressing the harmful psychological consequences of trauma in victims of human trafficking, according to a review and recommendations in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by W...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

Algorithm Shows Differences Between Nurse, Doctor Care

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago has published the first quantitative study on the divergent scopes of practice for nurses and doctors. The study uniquely leveraged computer science technology to compar...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

International Journal of Medical Informatics

50-Year-Old Woman Thrives in Exercise Boot Camp, Refuses to Let Pacemaker Hold Her Back

Julie Work always ate healthy and exercised regularly. Then, she passed out behind the wheel, went to a cardiologist and learned she needed a pacemaker. After recovery, she signed up for exercise boot camp and pushed herself to the limit. She needed ...

– Beaumont Health

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New Test Can Diagnose Heart Attack within an Hour

UC San Diego Health is the first hospital in California to use the fifth generation troponin test to detect damage to the heart. The test was approved in the United States in 2017.

– University of California San Diego Health

The Medical Minute: Small Changes Make Big Differences in Digestion

The bacteria in your gut do more than simply help digest your food. The microorganisms living in your digestive tract can also influence your overall health.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


How Tattoos Are Maintained by Macrophages Could Be Key to Improving Their Removal

Researchers in France have discovered that, though a tattoo may be forever, the skin cells that carry the tattoo pigment are not. Instead, the researchers say, the cells can pass on the pigment to new cells when they die. The study, which will be pub...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, April 2, 2018; FP7/2007–2013 grant 322465; PIOF-GA-2013-625328-MeTaPATH; ANR-13-IFEC-0005-03; ANR-11-LAB EX-0043, grant ANR-10- IDEX-0001-02 PSL...

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

Engineering a New Spin for Disease Diagnostics

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a new platform with the potential to extract tiny circulating biomarkers of disease from patient blood. This simple, fast and convenient technique could help realize liquid biopsy diagn...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

Helmet Use Is Associated with a Reduced Risk of Cervical Spine Injuries During Motorcycle Crashes

Despite claims that helmets do not protect the cervical spine during a motorcycle crash and may even increase the risk of injury, researchers from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison found that, during an accident, helmet use...

– Journal of Neurosurgery

Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine March 6, 2018

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

Mapping the Genome Jungle: Unique Animal Traits Could Offer Insight into Human Disease

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at University of Utah Health are using animals' unique traits to pinpoint regions of the human genome that might affect health. The results of this project are available in the March 6 issue of the journal Cell...

– University of Utah Health

National Institutes of Health; The New York Stem Cell Foundation; The National Cancer Institute

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 12:00 ET

Literacy Deficiencies Restrict Access to Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Therapy

Although impressive scientific evidence shows that pain self-management programs based on cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) are effective, they would have greater utility and impact if simplified appropriately for persons with below average litera...

– American Pain Society

American Pain Society Scientific Summit

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 11:05 ET

Effective Pain Assessments Achieved by Targeting Multiple Pain Mechanisms

Greater understanding of complex, underlying pain mechanisms, which are different in most pain patients, holds promise to improve the quality and precision of clinical pain assessments and help foster successful treatment outcomes. Roger B. Fillin...

– American Pain Society

American Pain Society Scientific Summit

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 11:05 ET

Early Childhood Trauma Re-Wires the Brain, Increasing Risk for Depression

Federal researchers have discovered that severe stress or trauma early in life could actually change how the brain responds to stress hormones, essentially "re-wiring" the brain for later neuropathological disorders, according to a study, "A role for...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Science Signaling

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 14:00 ET

Neurocognitive Impairment Linked to Worse Outcomes After Total Joint Replacement

Research led by orthopedic surgeon James D. Slover, MD of NYU Langone Health, reveals that people with undiagnosed neurocognitive deficits are undergoing hip and knee replacements at high rates and are more likely to have poorer short-term outcomes a...

– NYU Langone Health

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2018 Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 01:05 ET

Study Validates Software Tool to Assess Mortality Risk in Older Patients with Orthopedic Fractures

nalytic software developed by orthopedic trauma surgeons at NYU Langone Health accurately identifies which middle-aged and elderly patients face a greater mortality risk following surgery for an orthopedic fracture, according to a new study.

– NYU Langone Health

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2018 Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 01:05 ET

New Assessment Tool Helps Identify Risk for Post-Surgical Dislocations Following Total Hip Replacement

A study led by Jonathan Vigdorchik, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Health, suggests that a new risk prediction model and treatment algorithm may help identify patients at high risk for postoperative dislocation following...

– NYU Langone Health

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2018 Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 06-Mar-2018 at 01:05 ET

Link Found Between Pediatric Osteoporosis and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

By studying mice in late adolescence, Johns Hopkins University researchers have discovered that the rapid bone growth associated with puberty is slowed not only by fewer cartilage cell divisions but also by the “aging” of bone cell precursor cell...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Communications ; DK083350

Study Advances Research in Pelvic Organ Prolapse Among Women

By measuring the sagging of the vaginal walls in more than a thousand volunteers for up to nine years annually, a team of Baltimore physicians reports the creation of a long-awaited baseline measure of the rate of progression of so-called pelvic orga...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; R01 HD056275

Drug-Producing Bacteria Possible with Synthetic Biology Breakthrough

Bacteria could be programmed to efficiently produce drugs, thanks to breakthrough research into synthetic biology using engineering principles, from the University of Warwick and the University of Surrey. Led by the Warwick Integrative Synthetic B...

– University of Warwick

Nature Communications

Restoring Lipid Synthesis Could Reduce Lung Fibrosis

Increasing the body’s ability to produce lipids in the lungs after damage prevents the progression of pulmonary fibrosis in preliminary studies.

– Thomas Jefferson University

American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology

Bright Nighttime Light Kills Melatonin Production in Preschoolers

A new CU Boulder study shows that one hour of bright light at night nearly eliminates melatonin production in young children and keeps it suppressed an hour after light's out. Structural differences may make children's immature eyes more vulnerable ...

– University of Colorado Boulder

Physiological Reports

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Repurposed Parasite Drug New Weapon Against Mesothelioma

Anthelmintic drug already approved to treat infections of pinworm parasite was shown to effectively impair both mesothelioma cell growth and migration.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Cell Physiology; Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Cognitive Decline Prevalent Among Elderly Patients with Hematologic Cancers, Study Finds

A sizable percentage of elderly patients with blood-related cancers such as leukemia and multiple myeloma are apt to show signs of diminished cognitive functioning

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

JAMA Oncology

Study: Pain's Origins May Be Significantly Different in Males and Females

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas supports the growing consensus that pain begins differently for men and women at the cellular level.

– University of Texas at Dallas

The Journal of Neuroscience

CRISPR Enhances Cancer Immunotherapy

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to engineer human T cells that can attack human T cell cancers. The new approach also eliminates a dangerous side-effect called graft-ver...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Study Finds Discrepancy between Doctor Reviews on Hospital Websites and Reviews on Independent Physician Rating Sites

A study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found a discrepancy between doctor reviews provided by hospital websites and those posted on independent physician rating websites such as and

– Hospital for Special Surgery


Study: “Dual Mobility” Hip Replacement Reduces Risk of Dislocation


– Hospital for Special Surgery

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Research Finds Little Difference Among Diet Plans’ Long-Term Effectiveness

Whether you pick low-carb, low fat or another diet plan, scientific research indicates each can help some people achieve modest long-term weight loss with potential improvement in health risks, according to the Scientific Statement the Endocrine Soci...

– Endocrine Society

Endocrine Reviews

Mouse Healing May Reveal Targets to Delay or Prevent Human Heart Failure

A study of mouse healing after severe heart attacks focused on the heart and spleen, measuring types and numbers of immune cells; types and amounts of lipid signaling compounds; expression of enzymes that produce those signaling compounds; and which ...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Science Signaling; AT006704; HL132989; GM095467 ; GM038765-30; POST31000008

Roswell Park Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry Data Link Ovarian and Testicular Cancer

Using data from a large ovarian cancer registry, a research team from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center uncovered a link between testicular cancer and familial ovarian cancer that may be attributable to genetic factors on the X chromosome.

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology Volume 53, April 2018, Pages 184–186

Integrative Care Increases Access to Mental Health Services for African Americans

Compared to white Americans, African Americans are disproportionately affected by mental illnesses. New York University professor Norissa Williams found one healthcare model which can help change that and increase access and utilization of mental hea...

– New York University

Best Practices in Mental Health

Treating Hypothyroidism to Stop a Stubborn Surgical Complication

For the first time, researchers have linked radiation-damaged thyroid glands to poor surgical outcomes. The solution may be as simple as a common hormone supplement. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a link between low thyroid...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Annals of Surgical Oncology

‘Mothers in Medicine’ Provides Guidelines for Navigating Both Medical Careers and Motherhood

The George Washington University's Katherine Chretien, MD, created a guidebook with over a dozen women in medicine, to help those navigating both medical careers and motherhood.

– George Washington University

Stony Brook Launches Three-Year MD Program

Stony Brook University School of Medicine has created a new medical training curriculum that enables students to complete their MD degree in three years instead of the traditional four years.

– Stony Brook Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Amputee Patient Gets "Bionic Leg"

Christopher Rowles, 59, was sidelined after losing half of his leg to amputation in 2011. Thanks to a new technique called osseointegration, he's back to pursuing his favorite hobby -- river fishing. Rowles is one of the first people in the country t...

– Cedars-Sinai

Let It Ride: Expanding Diagnostic Services in Ghana Through Ride-Sharing

Michigan Medicine doctors develop a smartphone application -- basically an Uber approach -- to connect scarcely resourced regional health centers with drivers willing to transport patient samples to well-equipped labs for testing.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Smart Sleep Steps to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time

Dr. Alon Avidan, a professor of neurology and director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, has these suggestions to help people adapt more quickly.

Expert Available

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

What You Don’t Know About Valley Fever Could Hurt You

CSU Bakersfield microbiology professor Antje Lauer says the state is tracking toward an epidemic of the infectious lung disease.

Expert Available

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

UK Professor Assists with Development of Guidelines for Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Dr. Michelle Lofwall was among the experts tapped to assist in the development of guidelines regarding the use of medication in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Expert Available

– University of Kentucky


Risk of Cognitive Decline Reduced for People 85 and Older with High Cholesterol, Mount Sinai Researchers Find

People with increasing total cholesterol aged 85 and older had a reduced risk for marked cognitive decline compared to people 75-84 whose risk was significantly elevated.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 10:00 ET

One Year Posttransplant, Recipients of Hepatitis C Kidneys Disease-Free

In a small study, doctors at Johns Hopkins have successfully transplanted 10 hepatitis C-infected kidneys into patients without hepatitis C and prevented the patients from becoming infected by hepatitis C. The success of these transplants could mean ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 17:00 ET

Nerve Cells Found to Suppress Immune Response During Deadly Lung Infections

Neurons that carry nerve signals to and from the lungs suppress immune response during fatal lung infections with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Animal experiments show that disabling these neurons can boost immune response and promote bacte...

– Harvard Medical School

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

Post-Surgery Pain Resolution Mechanisms Can Explain Healing Variability

Chronic pain after surgery is a major health problem but little is known about individual pain experiences and how and why pain usually resolves. A leading pain researcher reported today at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit that recent stu...

– American Pain Society

American Pain Society Scientific Summit

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 11:05 ET

How a Yeast Cell Helps Crack Open the “Black Box” Behind Artificial Intelligence

UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers developed a visible neural network and used it to build DCell, a virtual model of a functioning brewer’s yeast cell. To do this, they amassed all knowledge of cell biology in one place and created a hiera...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Methods

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 11:00 ET

Babies Feel Pain Even if They’re Not Crying

Reliance on behavioral indicators, such as crying, to assess pain in infants underestimates how much pain babies actually feel when they undergo stressful medical procedures. This has long-term implications on brain development and impacts future ad...

– American Pain Society

American Pain Society Scientific Summit

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 11:05 ET

Engineers, Physicians Team to Replace Heart Valves Using Personalized Modeling

Physicians at Ohio State University are taking an innovative approach to improve care for patients receiving aortic valve replacements. They’re working alongside biomedical engineers from Ohio State’s College of Engineering, who have developed a ...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2018 at 13:30 ET

Low Blood Sugar Poses Unaddressed Threat to People with Type 2 Diabetes

New research from the Endocrine Society and Avalere Health finds that clinicians lack the resources to identify, assess and manage patients who are at a high risk of developing hypoglycemia, or episodes of dangerously low blood sugar.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Providing Legal Services in Clinical Settings Can Help Promote Health Equity, According to New Research in 'Health Affairs'

New research shares how hospitals, health centers, and clinics across the U.S. are using legal services to address patients’ unmet social needs.

– George Washington University

Many Women Misjudge How They'll Feel After Mastectomy

Women who have one or both breasts removed to treat cancer may have unrealistic expectations about how they’ll feel after that surgery and after breast reconstruction, if they choose that option, a U.S. study suggests. Newsmax Article

– Yale Cancer Center

JAMA Surgery

Benefit of ECT for Major Depression Predicted by Inflammation Biomarkers

Higher levels of biomarkers for inflammation correlate with better outcomes following ECT; findings could help prioritize candidates for the treatment

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

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Coping with Trauma After Parkland and Other Distressing Episodes

Exposure to trauma is increasingly common among school-aged American students, yet many affected children are not receiving the mental health care that could enable them to heal and thrive. Schools are the most common source of mental health care for...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

1-Month Treatment as Effective as 9-Month Treatment for Preventing TB in HIV Patients; May Have Application in Healthy People Too

A one-month antibiotic regimen to prevent active tuberculosis (TB) disease was at least as safe and effective as the standard nine-month therapy for people living with HIV, according to results of a large international clinical trial. Adults and a...

– University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) identifier NCT01404312. Reference: S Swindells et al.

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Multimodal Approach Improves Survival in Aggressive Prostate Cancer


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

The Journal of the American Medical Association

Polygenic Risk Score May Identify Alzheimer’s Risk in Younger Populations

For the first time, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, have determined that an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) polygenic risk score can be used to correctly identify adults wit...

– University of California San Diego Health

Moleular Psychiatry

Researchers Unravel Genetic Mystery Causing Complex Brain Disorders, Including Autism

The researchers used genetically engineered models and computer algorithms to study a human genome, which allowed them to pinpoint the single gene in question.

– McMaster University

Molecular Psychiatry

Researchers Uncover Culprit in Parkinson's Brain Cell Die-Off

‘This study identifies the missing link between Lewy bodies and the type of damage that’s been observed in neurons affected by Parkinson’s."

– Scripps Research Institute

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science; R01NS085223

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Study Spotlights Preschoolers With Severe Obesity

A new study by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland researcher Dr. June Tester examined national data on preschool-aged children from 1999 to 2014 to highlight characteristics of children with the highest degree of obesity and found a strong corr...

– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Pediatrics (March 2018, Volume 141 / Issue 3

Don’t Talk and Drive

Analysis of research from 1991 to 2015 on talking on the phone while driving can inform lawmakers in crafting driver safety legislation.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

“Epigenetic Landscape” is Protective in Normal Aging, Impaired in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers profiled the epigenomic landscape of Alzheimer’s brains, specifically in one of the regions affected early in AD, the lateral temporal lobe. They compared these to both younger and elderly cognitively normal control subjects. The team d...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nature Neuroscience; R01-NS078283, AG10124, AG175

Researchers Identify Genetic ‘Seeds’ of Metastatic Breast Cancer

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have identified genetic clues that explain how breast cancer spreads, or metastasizes – findings that may lead to better treatments or approaches to prevent its spread ...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

Journal of Clinical Investigation, February-2018

​New Research: Additional Measures Needed to Curb Opioid Exposure in Children

The number of pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admissions for opioid overdoses doubled between 2004 and 2015, despite continuing efforts to curb misuse of the addictive painkillers among adults, according to a new study by researchers from the Un...

– University of Chicago Medical Center


Poison Control Warns of Carbon Monoxide Risk from Hookah Smoking

Hookah use is on the rise, especially among young adults, but few consumers are aware of its potentially lethal effects

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Missouri S&T Fetal Heart Rate Research Uses Big Data to Reduce Childbirth Risks

Giving birth to a child can be described as a sacred, spiritual and life-changing experience. It can also be fraught with pain, fear, complications and injury to both child and mother. For Dr. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering managemen...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

MedWire Announcements

Dana-Farber’s Bank of Patient-Derived Tumor Xenografts Gets Major Boost From Novartis

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is establishing a bank of patient-derived xenograft models of more than 750 human tumors.

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

MD Anderson and Berkeley Lights Launch Optera Therapeutics to Accelerate Development of Cell Therapies for Cancer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Berkeley Lights, Inc. today announced the launch of Optera Therapeutics Corp, a biopharmaceutical company developing cell therapies with scalable manufacturing solutions for cancer.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 07:30 ET

AARDA Hosts First OKC Autoimmune Walk on March 24

The first-ever Autoimmune Walk in Oklahoma City to bring patients, family members, friends and advocates together for a shared cause.

– American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 07:30 ET

Joshua D. Miller, MD, Named as President of the American Diabetes Association Long Island Community Leadership Board

The American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Miller, MD, of Setauket, NY, has been named as President of The American Diabetes Associ...

– Stony Brook Medicine

Columbia Takes the Reins on Horse Therapy Program for Vets with PTSD

A horse therapy research program for veterans with PTSD initiated with funding from the Earle I. Mack Foundation will be fully managed by Columbia University.

– Columbia University Medical Center

Edward M. Wolin, MD, Appointed Director of the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors at The Tisch Cancer Institute

Edward M. Wolin, MD, an internationally renowned authority on neuroendocrine tumors—a type of rare but increasingly frequently diagnosed cancer—has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Director of the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tu...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Expert Awarded Top Prize for Dementia Research

Dr. David Bennett has been awarded the 2018 Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation. Sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of Alzheimer’s...

– Rush University Medical Center

Embargo expired on 07-Mar-2018 at 16:00 ET

UT Physicians Opens PM&R Clinic in Southwest Houston

UT Physicians has responded to a growing demand for specialty care with the opening of a new physical medicine, rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain management clinic in southwest Houston. The outpatient clinic provides patients with comprehensiv...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Thousands Attend 2018 AAD Annual Meeting in San Diego

The American Academy of Dermatology’s 2018 Annual Meeting, which took place Feb. 16-20, drew more than 18,750 attendees from 100 countries to the San Diego Convention Center.

– American Academy of Dermatology

New “Top 10 Trends in Health Economics and Outcomes Research” Webinar Announced

ISPOR announced today that registration is now open for a new webinar that reviews the, “Top 10 Trends in Health Economics and Outcomes Research.” This free webinar will be held on March 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT and will provide an overview of th...

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

AACC Welcomes Susan Medick as Chief Financial Officer

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that Susan Medick has been named chief financial officer (CFO) for the association, effective today.

– American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

The Healthy Scratch Opens on Roswell Park Campus

The second location of The Healthy Scratch opened on Roswell Park’s campus. The grab-and-go café provides patients, visitors and employees with a new option for clean eating – and for foods and juices that may help to keep cancer at bay.

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at NYU Meyers Receives $7.5 Million in NIH Funding, Marking Center’s 20th Anniversary

The National Institute for Drug Abuse has awarded NYU Meyers’ Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) a five-year, nearly $7.5 million grant to continue the center’s research.

– New York University

P30 DA011041

Roswell Park Approved to Administer CAR T-Cell Therapy, Yescarta, to Lymphoma Patients

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has been officially approved to administer an FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy, Yescarta, to lymphoma patients.

– Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

​Comer Children's Receives Baby-Friendly USA Recognition for Offering Optimal Care to Breastfeeding Mothers

The University of Chicago Medicine has received international recognition for having a birth facility that offers exceptional care to breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The Comer Children's Hospital Family Birth Center has been designated a Baby...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

UChicago Medicine Increases Community Benefit to $425.2 Million in Fiscal 2016

The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) contributed $425.2 million in fiscal 2016 to benefit South Side communities with programs and services targeting key health priorities, according to its recently published annual Community Benefit Report.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

NCCN Conference to Address Value-Based Healthcare Models, Payer Perspectives, New NCCN Guidelines, and Other Updates in Cancer Care

23rd NCCN Annual Conference: Improving the Quality, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Cancer Care will take place March 22 – 24, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, and address value-based healthcare models, payer perspectives, new NCCN Guidelines, and other...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

University Health Network Now Largest Adult Transplant Program in North America

UHN now largest adult transplant program in North America. University Health Network’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program reached a milestone of completing 639 adult transplants in 2017, ranking first in volume for adult transplants in North America. ...

– University Health Network (UHN)

Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion Opens at UC San Diego Health on March 12

On March 12, 2018, UC San Diego Health will welcome its first patients to the Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion. Located on the La Jolla campus, the new 156,000-square-foot facility represents the most recent addition to the university’s world-class...

– University of California San Diego Health

SDSC’s Health CI Division Now Meets NIST CUI Compliance Requirements

The Health Cyberinfrastructure Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has expanded its cloud offerings to include a Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)-compliant environment that is now a...

– University of California San Diego

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Motorcyclists to Raise Money and Awareness for Cancer Research in NM

The annual ‘Ride for the Cure NM’ motorcycle ride raises money and awareness for cancer research and treatment in New Mexico. Every dollar the raised through the ride is donated to The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last ye...

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Recovery From an Eating Disorder: How Do We Define It? What Does It Look Like? And Should It Always Be the Focus?

People who have eating disorders, their loved ones, and their health care providers usually see “recovery” as the end goal of treatment. However, it’s not clear how to best define recovery from an eating disorder.

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)





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