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25-Apr-2019


Few At-Risk Adults Getting the Diabetes Prevention Help They Need

Using data from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey, Johns Hopkins researchers report that few American adults eligible for diabetes prevention programs are being referred to, or participating in, these programs.

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Bayesian Networks: A Powerful and Flexible Tool for Analyzing Health Economics and Outcomes Research Data

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of a new report introducing Bayesian networks, a knowledge representation and machine-learning tool ...

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

Value in Health, Apr-2019


Novel Vaccine for Colorectal Cancer Shows Positive Phase I Results

The vaccine proves safe in a small sample of human subjects, opening the way for the next phase of testing

– Thomas Jefferson University

Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer


Dermcidin May Play Role in the Pathogenesis of Chronic Skin Disease Hidradenitis Suppurativa

A team from the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences have identified the protein dermcidin as having a potential role in the pathogenesis of the chronic skin disease hidradenitis suppurativa.

– George Washington University

Clinical and Experimental Dermatology


From Eagle Scout to Operating Room and Back Again

It was in the Boy Scouts, decades before he came to Cedars-Sinai, that Dr. Nicholas Nissen, surgical director of Liver Transplantation, learned about going above and beyond the call of duty. On Thursday, April 25, he will receive one of the highest ...

– Cedars-Sinai

24-Apr-2019


The Neurobiology of Noshing: Why is it so easy to overeat calorie-rich tasty foods?

Ever wonder why you really don’t want to stop eating delicious food even though you know you’ve eaten enough? UNC School of Medicine researchers may have found the reason – a specific cellular network motivated mice to keep eating tasty food ev...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Neuron

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Use of Genetic Testing in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Decreases Cost of Care Nationwide

A new study suggests that Oncotype DX-guided treatment could reduce the cost for the first year of breast cancer care in the U.S. by about $50 million (about 2 percent of the overall costs in the first year). The study by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehe...

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute; U01CA1295 and R35 CA197289

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 00:05 ET


Spinal Muscular Atrophy Drug May Help Kids With Later-Onset Disease

There is now further evidence that a drug that is effective in treating the rare muscle-wasting disease spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) early in life may be associated with improvement in older children, according to a study published in the April 24, ...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Neurology®

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 16:00 ET


Disorders of sexual development may be more common in newborns than previously thought

Ambiguous genitalia in newborns may be more common than previously thought, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of the Endocrine Society.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of the Endocrine Society

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 09:00 ET


Exposing Cancer’s Metabolic Addictions

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers and collaborators describe a new set of “rules” that predict how the tissue of origin influences critical aspects of the genetic makeup of tumors, with potentially important therap...

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 13:00 ET


Researchers Create the First Maps of Two Melatonin Receptors Essential for Sleep

An international team of researchers used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to create the first detailed maps of two melatonin receptors that tell our bodies when to go to sleep or wake up and guide o...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Nature, 24 April 2019 (doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1141-3); Johansson et al., Nature, 24 April 2019 (doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1144-0)

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 13:00 ET


Targeted therapy proves effective against aggressive rare blood cancer

Clinical study treating BPDCN with tagraxofusp led to first FDA approval for the disease

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 17:00 ET


Treatment, Spending on Outpatient Care for Depression in U.S.

Researchers analyzed national survey data on the use of health services and spending to examine trends in the outpatient treatment of depression in the U.S. population from 1998 to 2015, a time when many policy changes have expanded insurance coverag...

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Psychiatry

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Study of Tagraxofusp Reports 90 Percent Response Rate for Deadly Blood Cancer with No Prior Available Therapies

An open-label, multi-cohort Phase II trial, led by investigators at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, reports that treatment with the drug tagraxofusp resulted in high response rates in patients with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic ce...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

New England Journal of Medicine

Embargo expired on 24-Apr-2019 at 17:00 ET


NMSU, NMDOH Study Finds Insecticide-Resistant Mosquitoes Across State

New Mexico State University researchers collaborating with the New Mexico Department of Health recently published a paper that shows there is widespread resistance to insecticides in one type of mosquito found in southern New Mexico

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

PLos One


You Need Emergency Colon Surgery? Who is Going to be Performing it?

In the January issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, surgeons from 3 large universities (Pennsylvania State, Temple and Columbia) examined outcomes of patients undergoing emergency colon surgery at their institutions. They wanted to find out wheth...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Dis Colon Rectum 2019;62:79-87


You Have a Perirectal Abscess - Will you need more surgery down the line?

In the January issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Dr. Sahnan and colleagues from the Fistula Research Unit at St. Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute, Harrow, United Kingdom report results of a large study evaluating an 11-year experience ...

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Sahnan K, Askari A, Adegbola SO, Warusavitarne J, Lung PFC, Hart A, Faiz O, Phillips RKS, Tozer P. Persistent Fistula After Ano

includes video


Hopkins Researchers ID Neurotransmitter That Helps Cancers Progress

Using human cancer cells, tumor and blood samples from cancer patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have uncovered the role of a neurotransmitter in the spread of aggressive cancers. Neurotransmitters are chemical “messengers” that tran...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cell Reports; R01-CA193895, R01-CA12314, 1S10OD025226-01, UL1 TR 001079


New Synthesis Strategy Speeds Identification of Simpler Versions of a Natural Product

A new chemical synthesis strategy to harvest rich information found in natural products has led to identifying simpler derivatives with potential to selectively protect neurons -- important for such diseases as Alzheimer’s -- or to prevent the immu...

– Baylor University

Nature Chemistry; MERIT Award R37 GM052964


Studying Cell Lineage in Tumors Reveals Targetable Vulnerabilities

To explain a person’s actions in the present, it sometimes helps to understand their past, including where they come from and how they were raised. This is also true of tumors. Delving into a tumor’s cellular lineage, a Ludwig Cancer Research stu...

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Nature, Apr 2019


Eating elderberries can help minimise influenza symptoms

Folk medicines and herbal products have been used for millennia to combat a whole range of ailments, at times to the chagrin of modern scientists who have struggled to explain their medicinal benefits.

– University of Sydney

Journal of Functional Foods


Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Find BRAF Protein Modification Could Slow Tumor Growth

The protein BRAF is a key player in the development of many different types of cancer, including melanoma. Scientists have known that BRAF becomes activated by growth factors and subsequently stimulates downstream proteins that promote cancer cell gr...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

Nature Communications


Doctors Turning to Antibiotic Alternatives to Treat Acne, Rutgers Researchers Find

Physicians are scaling back on prescribing antibiotics for long-term acne treatment in favor of a combinations of therapies, according to Rutgers researchers. The findings, published as Part I and Part II in the journal Dermatologic Clinics, surv...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Dermatologic Clinics (Part I); Dermatologic Clinics (Part II)


'Super-Hero' Stem Cells Survive Radiation to Regrow Muscles

UC San Francisco researchers have discovered a new type of stem cell in mouse muscles that is resistant to radiation and other forms of cellular stress. The findings have implications for improving recovery for cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy...

– UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cell Stem Cell


Chemotherapy or not?

Case Western Reserve University researchers and partners, including a collaborator at Cleveland Clinic, are pushing the boundaries of how “smart” diagnostic-imaging machines identify cancers—and uncovering clues outside the tumor to tell whethe...

– Case Western Reserve University

JAMA Network Open, April-2019


Newly discovered Ebolavirus may not cause severe disease in humans

Researchers from the University of Kent's School of Biosciences have provided evidence that a newly discovered Ebolavirus may not be as deadly as other species to humans.

– University of Kent

Bioinformatics


Blood Thinner Found to Significantly Reduce Subsequent Heart Failure Risks

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found using blood thinners in patients with worsening heart failure, coronary artery disease and irregular heart rhythms was associated with a reduced risk of thromboembolic events,...

– University of California San Diego Health

JAMA Cardiology


Researchers learn how ‘bad cholesterol’ enters artery walls in condition linked to world’s No. 1 killer

UT Southwestern researchers have determined how circulating “bad cholesterol” enters artery walls to cause the plaque that narrows the blood vessels and leads to heart attacks and strokes.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature


Tip Sheet: Studies on Obesity, Opioids And Vaccines Among Hopkins Research to Be Presented at National Pediatrics Meeting

What: Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2019 Meeting When: April 27-30, 2019 Where: Baltimore Convention Center (1 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201)

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


Saturday Night Live Veteran Darrell Hammond, Filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai Psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, Discuss Childhood Trauma on the Road to Resilience Podcast

Listen as they explore the complex symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and strategies for healing

– Mount Sinai Health System


The Medical Minute: When PMS becomes debilitating

Many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. But some experience a severe and possibly disabling subset of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

– Penn State Health


Artificial Intelligence is already helping physicians save lives at LifeBridge Health

Many artificial intelligence ideas for healthcare are far-fetched or still years away from touching patients. However, the stroke service line at LifeBridge Health has been using “AI” at the beside since late 2016, and it’s already helping phys...

– LifeBridge Health


News Alert: Scientists on cusp of solving genetic diseases by snipping defective DNA

Advancements in gene editing, buoyed by the discovery of CRISPR technology that enables precise editing of the human genome, have put scientists on the cusp of solving some of mankind’s most devastating and baffling disorders. Among them is Duchenn...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

23-Apr-2019


How Much Time Do Americans Spend Sitting?

Americans spend more time sitting. Total time spent sitting increased about an hour per day to 8.2 hours for adolescents and 6.4 hours for adults in 2007-2016 in this analysis of nationally representative survey data.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Shining Light on Rare Nerve Tumors Illuminates a Fresh Path for Fighting Cancer

Experts use emerging technique to reveal that a protein named “Merlin” may interact with 50 other proteins to trigger the rare condition neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2). But this discovery has implications that go far beyond NF2 itself.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Science Signaling, April 23, 2019

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 14:00 ET


Despite health warnings, Americans still sit too much

Most Americans continue to sit for prolonged periods despite public health messages that such inactivity increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, according to a major new study led by researchers at Washington Unive...

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Majority of U.S. states restrict decision making for incapacitated pregnant women, report shows

Half of all U.S. states have laws on the books that invalidate a pregnant woman's advance directive if she becomes incapacitated, and a majority of states don't disclose these restrictions in advance directive forms, according to a study by physician...

– Mayo Clinic

Journal of the American Medical Association

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Study: Mediterranean Diet Deters Overeating

Eat as much as you want and not gain weight? Sounds too good to be true. But in a study published in the April 23 issue of the journal Obesity, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine found that nonhuman primates on a Mediterranean diet chose n...

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Obesity, April-2019

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 03:00 ET


Calcium Deficiency in Cells Due to ORAI1 Gene Mutation Leads to Damaged Tooth Enamel

A mutation in the ORAI1 gene—studied in a human patient and mice—leads to a loss of calcium in enamel cells and results in defective dental enamel mineralization, finds a study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry.

– New York University

Science Signaling; DE025639; DE027679; AI097302; AI130143; AI107448

Embargo expired on 23-Apr-2019 at 14:00 ET


Scientists Define the Role for a Rare, Influential Set of Bone Marrow Cells

Researchers have defined the roles of various cells in the bone marrow that are thought to control the fate of the nearly half million blood cells that develop there each day.

– NYU Langone Health

Nature


Number of Women Who Aren't Physically Active Enough is High And Growing

Using data from a national survey representing more than 19 million U.S. women with established cardiovascular disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say that more than half of women with the condition do not do enough physical activity and thos...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

JAMA Network Open


Researchers Propose New Theory on Alzheimer's, Amyloid Connection

“Is amyloid precursor protein the mastermind behind Alzheimer’s or is it just an accomplice?” Researchers devised a multi-functional reporter for amyloid precursor protein and tracked its localization and mobility, noticing a strange associatio...

– Florida Atlantic University

Neurobiology of Disease


Pre-Op Daily Life Disability May Predict Poor Outcome After Hip Replacement

A new Johns Hopkins Medicine study looking at medical records of more than 43,000 U.S. adults with hip-joint damaging osteoarthritis suggests that those who cannot perform daily activities independently before total hip replacement surgery are more l...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Orthopedics


Short Period of Parental Sexual Contact Prior to Pregnancy Increases Offspring Risk of Schizophrenia

Mount Sinai study may help explain some of the excess risks for inflammatory diseases in first born children

– Mount Sinai Health System

Schizophrenia Research


NUS researchers identified new biomarkers associated with ‘chemobrain’

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have identified new biomarkers related to the cognitive impairment associated with cancer known as chemobrain.

– National University of Singapore

Pharmacotherapy: The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy


Soft Bedding Poses Grave Danger to Sleeping Babies, Study Shows

Almost 70% of babies who died from sleep-related suffocation between 2011 and 2014 did so because of soft bedding, a new study reveals. The finding underscores physicians’ urgent message to new parents that babies should sleep only in cribs or bass...

– University of Virginia Health System

Pediatrics


Three-Antibiotic Cocktail Clears “Persister” Lyme Bacteria in Mouse Study

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that a slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria caused severe symptoms in a mouse model. The slow-growing variant form of Lyme bacteria, according to the rese...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Discovery Medicine


Biologists Design New Molecules To Help Stall Lung Cancer

University of Texas at Dallas scientists have demonstrated that the growth rate of the majority of lung cancer cells relates directly to the availability of a crucial oxygen-metabolizing molecule called heme.

– University of Texas at Dallas

Cancer Research, March 22, 2019


To test the munchies, researchers offer a choice: chips or an orange?

Researchers had attendees at the 2016 Hash Bash (a marijuana decriminalization event in Ann Arbor, Michigan, complete surveys on food choices while they are high. Survey takers then got to choose an orange or chips as their reward.

– University at Buffalo

International Society for Human Ethology


Researchers devise a progression risk-based classification for patients with asymptomatic Waldenström macroglobulinemia

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have devised a risk model for determining whether patients with AWM have a low, intermediate, or high risk of developing symptomatic Waldenström macroglobulinemia

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Journal of Clinical Oncology


Experiences of ‘Ultimate Reality’ or ‘God’ Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health

People over the millennia have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin-containing mushrooms or the Amazonian brew ayahuasca, and a portion of t...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

PLOS One; R01DA03889, T32DA07209


Study: Older Adults at Risk for Opioids and Suicide

New research finds while there is a higher risk for suicide in older and younger adults who misuse opioids, the prevalence in older adults is particularly concerning.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Journal of Opioid Management


New Study from CHOP Researchers Suggests Differences in the Way Girls and Boys on the Autism Spectrum Tell Stories Could Be Important to “Missed Diagnosis” in Girls

A new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) examined differences in the way girls and boys on the autism spectrum used certain types of words during storytelling. This study found that autistic girls used significantly more “cogni...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Molecular Autism, Mar-2019


‘Sticks and Stones . . .’ But Words Can Indeed Hurt You, UCI Study Finds

Words can hurt or help a person’s psychological well-being, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Researchers found that the effects of negative and positive political rhetoric about immigration – particularly by peo...

– University of California, Irvine

Social Science & Medicine


Women underreport prevalence and intensity of their own snoring

A new study of adults who were referred for evaluation of a suspected sleep disorder suggests that women tend to underreport snoring and underestimate its loudness.

– American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine


A New Clue in the Mystery of ALS, Frontotemporal Dementia

Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan) researchers identify a potential therapeutic target for neurodegenerative conditions ALS and frontotemporal dementia, using animal models.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Cell Reports, April-2019


Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Study by Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers finds air pollution put childhood cancer survivor at an increased risk for hospitalization

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health


'Enxaguante bucal mágico' alivia a dor na boca causada por radioterapia

O "enxaguante mágico", um enxaguante bucal contendo difenidramina, lidocaína e antiácidos, reduziu significativamente a dor causada por mucosite oral (úlceras bucais) em pacientes que receberam radioterapia para câncer de cabeça e pescoço, qua...

– Mayo Clinic

JAMA


"غسول الفم السحري" مخفف آلام الفم الناتجة عن العلاج الإشعاعي

...

– Mayo Clinic


Time-Restricted Eating Shows Benefits for Blood Glucose

By restricting the time period during which they could eat, researchers have seen promising results for controlling blood glucose levels in men at risk of type 2 diabetes. In a small study now published in the journal Obesity, researchers from the Un...

– University of Adelaide

Obesity


National Infertility Awareness Week: 7 things a Houston expert wants you to know

For many, having children is the adventure of a lifetime. However, for those who struggle to conceive, starting a family can be a long and emotionally draining process, full of unknowns, false hopes, guilt, and even shame. Mazen Abdallah, MD, sheds l...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

22-Apr-2019


Mount Sinai Researchers Show That Early Intervention in Preschool Is a Unique Opportunity for Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle

New Study Proves Educating Young Children on Health and Fitness Is Effective

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2019 at 14:00 ET


Overlooked Molecular Machine in Cell Nucleus May Hold Key to Treating Aggressive Leukemia

Many people fighting a very aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) don’t survive more than five years. These very sick patients are often unable to receive the only cure—a bone marrow transplant. Now, an international team of scientists ...

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Nature Cell Biology April 22, 2019

Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET


Skipping breakfast associated with higher risk of cardiovascular death

Eating breakfast has always been considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new study from the University of Iowa shows how important it is. The study finds people who never ate breakfast had an 87 percent higher risk of death caused ...

– University of Iowa

Journal of American College of Cardiology, April 30, 2019

Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2019 at 13:00 ET


Microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system, shown to regulate neuroinflammation

A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system—including the retina —serve as “gatekeepers” of neuroinflammation. Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwi...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear

PNAS. April 22, 2019

Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2019 at 15:00 ET


Has Medicaid Expansion Improved Rates of Colorectal Cancer Screening?

Dr. Yasmin A. Zerhouni and colleagues from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston sought to answer this question using data from health-related telephone surveys administered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Dis Colon Rectum 2019;62:07-103

includes video


Rutgers Develops New Tool to Help Psychiatrists Encourage Patients to Quit Smoking

Psychiatrists often disregard their patients’ smoking even though tobacco use accounts for 50 percent of deaths among people with mental illness, a Rutgers-led study finds.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The American Journal on Addictions


Nursing, Dental, and Medical Students Train Together to Improve Kids’ Oral Health

Nursing, medical, and dental students can work as a team to improve their knowledge of pediatric oral health—and how to work with their fellow health professionals, finds new research led by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

– New York University

Journal of Dental Education; D09HP25019


Asia's Diabetes Epidemic Preferentially Kills Women, the Middle-Aged: Study

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Asia and has dramatically increased the risk of premature death, especially among women and middle-aged people, a multinational study led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

JAMA Network Open


Scientists create first billion-atom biomolecular simulation

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have created the largest simulation to date of an entire gene of DNA, a feat that required one billion atoms to model and will help researchers to better understand and develop cures for diseases like can...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Journal of Computational Chemistry


Older Adults Starting Dialysis Die at Higher Rates than Previously Thought

Study found more than half of older adults with end-stage kidney disease died within a year of starting dialysis. Nearly one in four older dialysis patients (23 percent) succumbed to the disease within a month of starting treatment. Analysis reveals...

– Harvard Medical School

JAMA Internal Medicine


Personalizing Precision Medicine with Combination Therapies Improves Outcomes in Cancer

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that treating patients with personalized precision medicine that combined therapies to target multiple alterations improved outcomes in patients with therapy resistant cancers.

– University of California San Diego Health

Nature Medicine


Study Reveals Teens May Not be Aware of Nicotine Levels in E-Cigarettes

In an anonymous study of more than 500 adolescents aged 12 -21, comparing survey data with urinary metabolites of nicotine (cotinine) and marijuana (THC), researchers found that teens accurately reported their use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes an...

– Stony Brook University

Pediatrics


No Increase in Complications with 'Tummy Tuck' in Obese Patients

"Tummy tuck" surgery (abdominoplasty) can be safely performed in obese patients, with no increase in complications compared to non-obese patients, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journa...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®


Lessons from Hurricane Maria: Radiation oncologists offer tips to better prepare clinics for catastrophic events

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, radiation oncologists from the mainland United States and Puerto Rico prepared a set of crisis-planning tips for radiation therapy clinics to minimize gaps in cancer treatment after a catastrophic event. Their emergenc...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Practical Radiation Oncology, Apr-2019


Survey shows half of all American workplaces offer health and wellness programs

Workplace health promotion programs are increasing in the U.S., according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health

– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

American Journal of Health Promotion


With Abdominal Etching, Plastic Surgeons Help Patients Get 'Six-Pack Abs'

Even with a good diet and workout routine, some men and women have trouble getting the toned abdominal appearance they want. For these patients, a technique called abdominal etching can help in creating the classic "six-pack abs" physique in men or t...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®


Researchers identify new novel circulating proteins that are involved in progression of diabetic kidney disease to end stage renal failure

BOSTON – (April 22, 2019) -- In a breakthrough study published today in Nature Medicine, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified a group of 17 circulating inflammatory proteins that are consistently associated with the development and...

– Joslin Diabetes Center

Nature Medicine


To respond or tolerate? LJI researchers selectively block immune activation program orchestrated by the nuclear factor NFAT

The immune system occasionally makes mistakes that require correction. For example, in autoimmunity, T-cells lose "immune tolerance" of self and can destroy one's very own tissues. Conversely, in cancer, the immune system can rapidly exhaust itself i...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS); AI109842; AI040127; S10OD016262; S10RR027366


Brains of Blind People Adapt to Sharpen Sense of Hearing, Study Shows

Research from the University of Washington uses functional MRI to identify two differences in the brains of blind individuals -- differences that might be responsible for their abilities to make better use of auditory information.

– University of Washington

Journal of Neuroscience; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Sugar Entering the Brain During Septic Shock Causes Memory Loss

The loss of memory and cognitive function known to afflict survivors of septic shock is the result of a sugar that is released into the blood stream and enters the brain during the life-threatening condition.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


New Rules for Lung Transplants Lead to Unintended Consequences

In 2017, in response to a lawsuit filed by a 21-year-old woman on the waiting list for lungs in New York City, a federal court order changed the policy covering the distribution of lungs donated for transplant. However, the policy change has had seve...

– Washington University in St. Louis

American Journal of Transplantation


What Should You Do If Someone is Bitten by a North American Pit Viper?

Warm weather has arrived in Tennessee which means snakebite season is upon us. The venomous snakes native to our region are the pit vipers and consist of copperheads, cottonmouths/water moccasins, and various species of rattlesnakes. Their bites are ...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, Elected American Academy of Dermatology President for 2021

Board-certified dermatologist Kenneth J. Tomecki, MD, FAAD, has been elected to lead the American Academy of Dermatology. He will be installed as president-elect in March 2020 and will hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2021...

– American Academy of Dermatology


One Woman's Cancer Fight: a Case Study in Structural Racism

The experience of one woman’s breast cancer fight illustrates how institutionally and culturally embedded racial hierarchies prevent people of color from meeting their basic needs

– Rush University Medical Center


What couples need to know before starting IVF

One in every eight American couples deal with infertility issues, and many turn to in vitro fertilization (IVF) to try and start a family. A Houston Methodist reproductive endocrinologist says there a few things couples should know before going down...

Expert Available

– Houston Methodist

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs


AAHCM Supports New CMMI Payment Models that Strengthen Primary Care for People with Complex Chronic Illness

The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) strongly supports the CMS announcement today of the Primary Cares Initiative, which offers two new payment paths to promote primary care of Medicare patients with complex, advanced illness.

– American Academy of Home Care Medicine

MedWire Announcements


Thousands Partake in American Association of Endodontists’ Annual Meeting in Montréal

Over 4,200 dental professionals and other oral health care providers attended the American Association of Endodontists’ annual meeting in Montréal, April 10-13.

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)


National Comprehensive Cancer Network Working with Health Officials in Bolivia to Improve Cancer Care

National Comprehensive Cancer Network to adapt NCCN Guidelines® for Breast, Cervical, and Rectal Cancer to better meet cancer burden and resource levels in Bolivia.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)


FAU Appoints Safiya George, Ph.D. as Dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Safiya George, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new dean of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is only the third dean to be appointed in the college’s 40-year history.

– Florida Atlantic University


University of North Florida Tops 2019 Healthiest Companies List

The University of North Florida was recently honored as one of Jacksonville’s healthiest places to work, receiving the Platinum Level Award for the 2019 Healthiest Companies by the First Coast Worksite Wellness Council. This is the 11th year the Un...

– University of North Florida


Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior to Host 52nd Annual Conference in Orlando, FL

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) will host its 2019 Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL July 27-30.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior to Host 52nd Annual Conference


Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center receive grant from Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to fund Hematology Research Center

Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH) are proud to announce a five-year grant awarded by The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to establish The DeLuca Center for Innovation in Hematology Research.

– Yale Cancer Center


Il Memming Park, PhD Wins Stony Brook Discovery Prize

Dr. Il Memming Park and three Stony Brook early career research colleagues took the stage and presented their high-risk, high-reward concepts to a panel of prestigious judges at the 2019 Discovery Prize competition in the Charles B. Wang Center Theat...

– Stony Brook University


American Association of Endodontists Announces New Incoming 2019-2020 Board Members

CHICAGO – The American Association of Endodontists is pleased to announce its incoming board of directors, who were officially selected during the Association’s annual meeting known as AAE19 in Montréal earlier this month.

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)


Renowned Keynote and Plenary Speakers Will Debate Global Issues on the Future of HEOR at ISPOR 2019

ISPOR announced plenary sessions and speakers for ISPOR 2019. The conference will be held May 18-22, 2019 in New Orleans, LA, USA and will focus on the theme, “Rapid. Disruptive. Innovative: A New Era in Health Economics and Outcomes Research.” ...

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

ISPOR 2019, May-2019


John Christian “Chris” Fox, MD, appointed chair of the UCI School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine

Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine John Christian “Chris” Fox, MD, has been appointed chair of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, effective immediately. He served as interim chair sin...

– University of California, Irvine


Wistar Earns ‘Exceptional’ Rating for NCI Cancer Center Support Grant for the Second Review Cycle in a Row, Demonstrating Strength of Science

The Wistar Institute’s Cancer Center has received an “exceptional” rating on its Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) application from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the second review cycle in a row and the grant has been recommended for...

– Wistar Institute


New institute aims to put designers at the table for health care decision-making

The new Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago has a unique mission: to transform the health care system into one that is intentionally and expertly designed with people — patients, families and clinicians...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


UIC and Deerfield Management launch West Loop Innovations to foster development of new therapeutics

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Deerfield Management will establish West Loop Innovations, LLC to accelerate the commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC. Deerfield will provide up to $65 million in translational research funding ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


$15.1M Awarded to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for Redesignation as the State’s Only Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center as recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), has been awarded a $15.1 million grant (P30CA072720) as part of its successful 2019 redesignation.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

P30CA072720


South Side trauma centers launch new collaboration that expands and strengthens region’s violence recovery ecosystem

Continuing an ongoing effort to respond to the public health crisis of intentional violence, the University of Chicago Medicine and Advocate Christ Medical Center are joining forces to form Southland RISE (Resilience Initiative to Strengthen and Empo...

– University of Chicago Medical Center


Fight Colorectal Cancer Launches “Clinical Trial Finder” Mobile App in Partnership with Flatiron Health

Fight CRC’s Clinical Trial Finder App aims to make the web-based resource more accessible to Late-State, MSS colorectal cancer patients

– Fight Colorectal Cancer


Forbes Ranks Albert Einstein College of Medicine Among the Nation’s Best Midsize Employers

Albert Einstein College of Medicine has been recognized by Forbes as one of the country’s best midsize employers in 2019.

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine


American Academy of Dermatology Elects New Officers, Board Members

The American Academy of Dermatology has announced the results of its annual election. The AAD’s new officers and board members will lead the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 20,000 physicians who specialize in the diag...

– American Academy of Dermatology


UCI to establish skin biology, diseases resource center with $4 million NIH award

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2019 — With nearly $4 million in funding from the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, the University of California, Irvine will establish the UCI Skin Biology Resource-based Center. One of on...

– University of California, Irvine


UIC to unveil new mobile research clinic as part of national NIH program

The University of Illinois at Chicago will launch a new mobile research clinic to facilitate enrollment in the All of Us Research Program — a landmark National Institutes of Health program that aims to advance individualized prevention, treatment a...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


$17 million grant will explore immune cells in inaccessible tissues of the human body

Researchers will receive $17.8 million in federal funding to attack a key “knowledge gap” in human immunology — how B cells and antibody-secreting cells that reside in tissues and organs differ from those found in blood. It is an exploration ne...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

MedWire Higher Education Events


NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to Headline NYU Langone’s Population Health Conference on Childhood and Opportunity

The Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health is holding its fourth annual Health And… conference on May 13, 2019, about how the healthcare, education, public health, housing and other sectors can better foster children’s development ...

– NYU Langone Health

MedWire Marketplace


Esaote introduces the MyLab™X5 ultrasound system in the United States

ESAOTE, one of the world's leading manufacturers of diagnostic ultrasound systems and probes

– Esaote North America

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