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Monday, April 22, 2019

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Study Suggests Overdiagnosis of Schizophrenia

In a small study of patients referred to the Johns Hopkins Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC), Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that about half the people referred to the clinic with a schizophrenia diagnosis didn’t actually have s...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Psychiatric Practice

Study Highlights Global Burden of Emergency Diseases And Conditions

In 2015, about half of the world’s 28 million human deaths were the result of medical emergencies, with the bulk of the burden borne by poorer nations, according to a statistical analysis of information from nearly 200 countries by a Johns Hopkins ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

BMJ Global Health

Hole-Forming Protein May Suppress Tumor Growth

Gasdermin E could be a useful target for improving cancer therapy

– Thomas Jefferson University

Nature Communications


Video Plus Brochure Helps Patients Make Lung Cancer Scan Decision

A short video describing the potential benefits and risks of low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in addition to an informational brochure increased patients’ knowledge and reduced conflicted feelings about whether to undergo the scan more than th...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society

Embargo expired on 19-Apr-2019 at 00:15 ET

Marijuana users weigh less, defying the munchies

New evidence from Michigan State University suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t. The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, are contrary to the belief that marijua...

– Michigan State University

International Journal of Epidemiology

People with heart disease at risk when pharmacies close

Research shows that when pharmacies close, people stop taking widely used heart medications — like statins, beta-blockers and oral anticoagulants — that have known cardiovascular and survival benefits. Declines in adherence — including the comp...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

JAMA Network Open

Bacterial Therapy in a Dish

Biomedical engineers have developed a system that can study 10s to 100s of programmed bacteria within mini-tissues in a dish, condensing study time from months to days. The speed and high throughput of their technology allows for stable growth of bac...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

PNAS April 17 2019

includes video


Investigators Incorporate Randomized Trial within Dialysis Care Delivery

• The Time to Reduce Mortality in ESRD (TiME) trial was a large pragmatic trial demonstration project designed to determine the benefits of hemodialysis sessions that are longer than many patients currently receive. • The trial was conducted thr...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)


Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2019 at 17:00 ET

Microbiomes of diabetic foot ulcers are associated with clinical outcomes

New research suggests that the microbial communities associated with chronic wounds common in diabetic patients affect whether those wounds heal or lead to amputations.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cell Host and Microbe

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

Certain Strains of Bacteria Associated with Diabetic Wounds That Do Not Heal

Whether a wound—such as a diabetic foot ulcer—heals or progresses to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that wound.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell Host and Microbe; R01-NR-00944; R01-NR-015639; P20 NR018081; R01-AR-006663; R00-AR-060873

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

New UCI-led study defines when is the best time to exercise to get the most rejuvenating results

A new study led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine finds exercising in the morning, rather than at night, may yield better results.

– University of California, Irvine

NNF14OC0011493, NNF14OC0000041, DIA2015-052, 2015-00165; Cell Metabolism

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

Embargoed AJPH research: Lead in NYC public housing, Hurricane Maria deaths, Ohio refugee lead levels, political economy and public health

In this issue of AJPH, find research on lead levels in NYC public housing, Hurricane Maria causes of death, Ohio refugee lead levels, and politics and public health

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2019 at 16:00 ET

Cutting-Edge Discovery Points to Potential Treatment for Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Preemies

Cutting-edge discovery in the lab of Catherine Hunter, MD, from Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago offers a new direction toward treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) – a d...

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

Scientific Reports, March-2019

Scientists Advance Creation of ‘Artificial Lymph Node’ to Fight Cancer, Other Diseases

In a proof-of-principle study in mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine report the creation of a specialized gel that acts like a lymph node to successfully activate and multiply cancer-fighting immune system T-cells. The work puts scientists a s...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Advanced Materials; 5R21CA185819-02, #1s10OD020152-01A1, 5T32CA153952-08,3T32GM007309, CA2101732

Study Shows Simply Listening to Teens May Help Them Better Control Type 1 Diabetes

Morristown Medical Center Team Finds Listening to Teens May Help Them Better Control Type 1 Diabetes

– Atlantic Health System

Family, Systems, & Health®

Mount Sinai Researchers Discover That Diabetes Drug May Reverse Heart Failure

Study finds drug could have new applications in non-diabetics

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of American College of Cardiology

Pig Experiment Raises Ethical Questions Around Brain Damage

The brain is more resilient than previously thought. In a groundbreaking experiment published in this week’s issue of Nature, neuroscientists created an artificial circulation system that successfully restored some functions and structures in donat...

– Case Western Reserve University


Late dinner and no breakfast is a killer combination

People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack. That's the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

– European Society of Cardiology

European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Vitamin D study sheds light on immune system effects

Scientists have uncovered fresh insights into how vitamin D affects the immune system and might influence susceptibility to diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

– University of Edinburgh

Frontiers in Immunology

A Mother Lode of Protection

Now research conducted in mice offers new hope that neonatal herpes infections might eventually be avoidable by stimulating an immune response in mothers.

– Harvard Medical School

Science Translational Medicine; P01 A1098681

UTHealth research finds telemedicine stroke patients receive consistent care 24/7

Stroke patients examined remotely by a teleneurologist were treated as quickly and effectively after hours as during normal business hours, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases

Discovery May Help Explain Why Women Get Autoimmune Diseases Far More Often than Men

New evidence points to a key role for a molecular switch called VGLL3 in autoimmune diseases, and the major gap in incidence between women and men. Having too much if it in skin cells pushes the immune system into overdrive, leading to an autoimmune...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JCI Insight, 2019;4(8):e127291

Researchers Identify a New Therapeutic Target for Glioblastoma and Other Cancers

UCSF researchers have discovered that STAG2 – a gene commonly mutated in several human cancers – plays an essential role in DNA replication, revealing potential mechanisms for therapeutically targeting glioblastoma and other cancers.

– UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nature Communications, 10.

Doctors in the house: Hospitalists elevate level of care for inpatients

Hospital medicine is a relatively new discipline – the term for those who practice it, hospitalists, dates only to 1996 – but it is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine today because of dramatic ways health care has changed over the past...

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– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

MedWire Announcements

Penn Immunologist and Collaborators Receive $10 Million NIH Renewal to Study Potential of Cancer-Focused Therapy on Infectious Diseases

E. John Wherry, PhD, the chair of Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the Penn team in the collaboration to study the impact of an immunotherapy called PD-1 blockade on viral immunity in humans...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn medicine

Mercy Medical Center Ranked Among “America’s Best Midsize Employers” for 3rd Consecutive Year by FORBES Magazine

Mercy Medical Center has been ranked as one of the top 500 midsize employers (1,000-5,000 employees) in the United States for 2019 by Forbes magazine, a leading national business publication, the third consecutive year Mercy has been so honored.

– Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Champion Race Car Driver to Receive AARDA Champion Award

The 2019 AARDA Champion Award will be presented to champion race car driver Kyle Marcelli at the organization's 19th annual fundraiser on May 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

– American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes a record 226 hospital units with Beacon Award for Excellence in 2018

AACN recognizes a record 226 units from 161 hospitals that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2018. Last year, the program recognized more units at more hospitals than any prior year, and awarded the highest number of gold-level Beacon awards ...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

University of Chicago to lead the Statistics and Data Management Center for NRG Oncology in NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network program for multi-center cancer clinical trials

The University of Chicago will lead the NRG Oncology Statistics and Data Management Center, which is receiving six more years of funding from the National Cancer Institute.

– University of Chicago Medical Center





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