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Researchers Ready B Cells for Novel Cell Therapy

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are paving the way to use gene-edited B cells – a type of white blood cell in the immune system – to treat a wide range of potential diseases that affect children, including hemophilia and oth...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Embargo expired on 02-May-2019 at 06:00 ET

Open Heart Surgery Outperforms Stents in Patients with Multivessel Disease

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may be the best treatment option for most patients with more than one blocked heart artery.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Embargo expired on 02-May-2019 at 00:00 ET

Was Leonardo Da Vinci’s Dyslexia Responsible for His Brilliance

Leonardo Da Vinci's spelling problems may have aided his artistic genius.

– Thomas Jefferson University

The American Journal of Medicine

Johns Hopkins Researchers Develop Soft Tissue Substitute With Fewer Side Effects

A team of plastic surgeons and material scientists has made an important advance in treating the common clinical problem of soft tissue loss. They have invented a synthetic soft tissue substitute that is well tolerated and encourages the growth of so...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Science Translational Medicine. ; R21NS085714, 2018-MSCRFCO-4088, DMR1410240, 2013MSCRF-00042169, 18CDA34110314

AATS 99th Annual Meeting Tip Sheet

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery 99th Annual Meeting takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, Canada, May 4 - 7, 2019.

– American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

AATS 99th Annual Meeting


Mental Disorders More Common in People Who Live Alone

Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to a study published May 1, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Louis Jacob from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Fran...



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Mouse Studies Show Minimally Invasive Route Can Accurately Administer Drugs to Brain

In experiments in mice, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a technique that facilitates the precise placement of cancer drugs at their intended targets in the brain. This approach pairs a technique that guides a catheter through the br...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine

Embargo expired on 01-May-2019 at 13:00 ET

Out-of-Pocket Costs for Neurologic Medications Rise Sharply Over 12 Years

The amount of money people pay out-of-pocket for drugs to treat neurologic conditions like multiple sclerosis, dementia and Parkinson’s disease has risen sharply over 12 years, with the most dramatic increase for multiple sclerosis (MS) medications...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 01-May-2019 at 16:00 ET

Changes in the metabolism of normal cells promotes the metastasis of ovarian cancer cells

A systematic examination of the tumor and the tissue surrounding it — particularly normal cells in that tissue, called fibroblasts — has revealed a new treatment target that could potentially prevent the rapid dissemination and poor prognosis ass...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Nature, May 1, 2019

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Even True AVR Alarms May Need to be Silenced

Hospitals should reevaluate the need for close monitoring of accelerated ventricular rhythm (AVR) or consider setting the alarm for the arrhythmia to inaudible, according to a study from the ECG Monitoring Research Lab at the School of Nursing at the...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

American Journal of Critical Care, May 2019

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Researchers find new target to improve response to cancer immunotherapy

Researchers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center looked at a little-understood type of cell death called ferroptosis. They found ferroptosis occurs in tumor cells and plays a role in cancer immunity, suggesting the potential of targeting...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nature; CA217648; CA123088; CA099985; CA193136; CA152470; CA46592; CA189623; CA205426; CA232097; CA008748

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Patients with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to be readmitted to the hospital

Patients with diabetes and low blood glucose have higher rates of death following hospital discharge, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

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Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Genetic Form of ALS

An early stage trial of an investigational therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) suggests that people could tolerate the experimental drug and, in exploratory results, the experimental drug was linked to possible slower progression in peopl...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 01-May-2019 at 16:00 ET

Rheumatoid arthritis patients affected by disabilities well in advance of diagnosis

Patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis often are affected by functional disability a year or two before the disease is diagnosed, according to new Mayo Clinic research.

– Mayo Clinic

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Mount Sinai Researchers Identify 20 Novel Gene Associations With Bipolar Disorder

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have identified 20 new genetic associations with one of the most prevalent and elusive mental illnesses of our time—bipolar disorder.

– Mount Sinai Health System

Nature Genetics, May-2019

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The Mystery Behind Cleft Palate and Lips: Study Shines a Light on Genetic Factors

Researchers found more than 100 new genes that could lead to the development of cleft lip and palate. The team discovered that genetic variants near these genes are in regions of the genome called “enhancers,” which regulate expression of genes t...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Science Advances; R01 CA078831, F31 GM123744-01, F32 12461842, R15GM128049

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TET gene mutations in T regulatory cells unleash fatal autoimmune disease in mice

When TET2 and TET3 proteins are genetically deleted from T-regs in mice, their suppressive function is lost over time and animals develop inflammatory disease. More importantly, because these TET2 and TET3 mutant cells had once 'experienced' being a ...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Nature Communications ; R35CA210043; S10 RR027366 ; S10OD016262; TG2-01154

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Restoring Brain Function in Mice with Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study in mice shows that selectively removing cells that are no longer dividing from the brains of mice with a form of Alzheimer’s disease can reduce brain damage and inflammation, and slow the pace of cognitive decline. These findings, say resea...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Neuroscience; P30-AG0-28383

Researchers at Texas State use machine learning to help children with autism identify facial expressions

A team of Texas State University researchers including; Dr. Damian Valles, assistant professor at the Ingram School of Engineering; Dr. Maria Resendiz, associate professor for the College of Health Professions; and graduate student MD Inzamam Haque, ...

– Texas State University

CHOP Researchers to Present New Findings at 2019 International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting

Two researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) were among five international experts selected to present the results of two innovative studies shaping the field of autism research at the 2019 annual meeting of the International Soc...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

INSAR Annual Meeting, May-2019

Survey: Americans Becoming More Open About Mental Health

WASHINGTON – Most Americans harbor positive views about mental health disorders and treatment, according to the results of a survey released today, in recognition of mental health month. The survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

Scientists Identify Genes Tied to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

A team of researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer, Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have newly identified 34 genes that are associated with an increased risk for developing the earliest stages of ovarian cancer. ...

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

Nature Genetics, May-2019

Risk of metastatic cancer increases in those who have diabetes

As if people living with diabetes didn’t have enough health concerns, here’s another: increased risk of metastatic cancer. New Cornell University research points to a possible explanation for this health double whammy.

– Cornell University

Investigative Biology, May-2019



– Mayo Clinic


Mount Sinai Researchers Discover Novel Cancer Pathway, Opening New Treatment Options

Mount Sinai researchers have broken new ground in the understanding of the MDM2 gene—which is often overexpressed in cancer—finding that when it acts with a specific protein, it can lead to cancer cell death. The study appears in the May 2, 2019,...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Molecular Cell, May-2019

Novel nanoparticle enhances radiation tumor killing

NIBIB researchers have designed a nanoparticle that generates radiation-induced oxygen free radicals in the low-oxygen center of tumors, dramatically increasing tumor destruction.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Nat Comm, March-2019

Study sheds light on strategies for managing diabetic macular edema in people with good vision

BOSTON – (April 29, 2019) – Newly available results will influence the standard approach for treating diabetic macular edema in patients with good vision, thanks to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The s...

– Joslin Diabetes Center

JAMA, April 2019 (online)

For Children, Depression Increases Hospital Use and Mortality, Rutgers Study Finds

Children with depression admitted to the hospital for other illnesses like pneumonia, appendicitis or seizure disorders, stay longer, pay more and are at greater risk of death, a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study finds.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Affective Disorders Volume 251, 15 May 2019, Pages 270-273

UNC School of Medicine Geriatrics Initiative Providing Special Care to Patients with Dementia

The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative will reach a total of 3,900 employees in four hospitals across North Carolina to raise awareness of how patients with dementia experience care, and to meet their unique needs with strategic and compassionate...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Volunteer Uses Magic to Dazzle, Delight and Bring Joy

Cedars-Sinai volunteer Patricia Marquis, whose stage name is Patricia Magicia, uses magic for more than just entertainment. She uses her craft as a welcome distraction for patients facing an array of illnesses.

– Cedars-Sinai

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AAE Declares May 'Save Your Tooth Month'

Save Your Tooth Month, sponsored by EndoVision and Sonendo, is a national initiative designed to showcase the benefits of root canal treatment from a specialist, and thanking general dentists for their referrals.

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

“Do You Use Protection?” American Academy of Dermatology Study Finds Half of Americans Are Not Protecting Themselves Against Sun Damage

Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet new data shows Americans aren’t “practicing safe sun.” In a recent survey, the American Academy of Dermatology found only half of Americans always or almost always protect themselv...

– American Academy of Dermatology

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Preparation is Key as You Head to College with Allergies and Asthma

Feeling as though there are too many things to think about as you plan your transition from high school senior to college freshman?

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Myositis, a rare muscular inflammatory disease that often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, disproportionately affects women of color

Awareness campaign kicking off Myositis Awareness Month aims to ensure the over 75,000 people with the disease are diagnosed and get treated

– Myositis Association

The Medical Minute: Six tips for safe spring cleaning

Spring cleaning is a great way to give your home a fresh start and give yourself a sense of accomplishment. But it can be hazardous to your health if you don’t take the proper precautions, especially if you have asthma or other chronic lung conditi...

– Penn State Health

HFES Releases New Book Exploring How to Create a Well-Designed Questionnaire

HFES announces the release of its latest book, Questionnaire Design: How to Ask the Right Questions of the Right People at the Right Time to Get the Information You Need.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Questionnaire Design: How to Ask the Right Questions of the Right People at the Right Time to Get the Information You Need

New technology helps patients who require frequent X-rays

The EOS X-ray imaging system uses ultra-low radiation doses (up to 50 times lower depending on the scan type) to capture 2-D and 3-D images. The scan, complete in about eight to 15 seconds, obtains an image of the body in an upright, load-bearing pos...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


When is Alzheimer's Not Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is dementia, but not all dementias are Alzheimer's (which may explain why so many Alzheimer's drugs have failed in clinical trials). A study published in Brain provides a framework for a newly characterized form of dementia called LATE. ...

– University of Kentucky

Brain. 2019 Apr 30; U01AG016976; P01AG003949; R01AG03749; P50AG016574; R01AG054449; P30AG028303; P30AG012300; P30AG049638; P30AG010124...

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Confidence in Asthma Inhaler Technique Doesn’t Match Actual Skills

Many kids with asthma don’t know how to properly use their inhaler. A new study finds that both kids and parents have misplaced confidence in their inhaler technique.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

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Researchers Identify Causes and Mechanisms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Using Family-Based Genetic Analysis

The findings will enable personalized medicine approaches to disease prediction and potential new therapies for PCOS

– Mount Sinai Health System

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, April-2019

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Fail-safe program for new medical technology focuses on patient safety

An article in AACN Advanced Critical Care describes how Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston developed an interdisciplinary fail-safe process to analyze and scale training for use of medical devices, with a risk assessment tool to predict the se...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

AACN Advanced Critical Care, Spring 2019

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Cannabis-based Medicine May Reduce Seizures for Children with Difficult-to-Treat Epilepsy

Taking a pharmaceutical formulation of cannabidiol, a cannabis-based medicine, cut seizures nearly in half for children with a rare and severe type of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, according to a phase 3 study released today that will be presented...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2019 at 16:00 ET

Can the Effects of the Ketogenic Diet Help Prevent Epilepsy After Traumatic Brain Injury?

Neuroscientists at Tufts prevented the development of epileptic activity in mice after traumatic brain injury by using a drug that mimics the metabolic effects of the ketogenic diet.

– Tufts University

JCI Insight; R21NS098009, F31NS101741, W81XWH-16-ERP-IDA

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2019 at 12:00 ET

Antibiotics May Treat Endometriosis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that treating mice with an antibiotic reduces the size of lesions caused by endometriosis. The researchers are planning a clinical trial to test the strategy in women who...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Human Reproduction, April 30, 2019

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Chronic Disruptions to Circadian Rhythms Promote Tumor Growth, Reduce Efficacy of Cancer Therapy—But How?

In a study published today in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers at Penn Medicine identify the mechanisms behind tumor growth following circadian disturbances and show cancer treatment may be more effective at specific times of day.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

PLOS Biology / April 2019

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Report: Health Economics Outcomes are Rarely Considered in Adaptive Clinical Trial Designs

Value in Health announced the publication of new research showing that consideration is rarely given to the health economic analysis of adaptive clinical trials. As a result, opportunities to use health economic outcomes in the design and analysis o...

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

Value in Health, Apr-2019

Only Some People Get One Health Benefit From Social Support

Scientists have long known that the support of friends and family plays a key role in protecting people’s physical health. But a new study suggests that the benefits don’t go to people who may really need it – those with low self-esteem.

– Ohio State University

Health Psychology

Why a smell test could become part of a regular doctor visit

A new Michigan State University study suggests that older adults with poor sense of smell may see an almost 50% increase in their risk of dying within 10 years – surprisingly in healthier individuals.

– Michigan State University

Annals of Internal Medicine

Readmission penalties for safety net hospitals drop under new rules

Readmission penalties against hospitals providing care to socioeconomically disadvantaged patients have dropped 14 percentage points under new rules adopted in 2019 that more equitably account for low-income populations being served.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

JAMA Open Network

Breaking Open the Gates of Antibiotic Resistance

Creating a defect in tRNA molecules could weaken bacteria’s two-pronged defense and help make faster-acting antibiotics.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Cell Systems

Low Income Is a Risk Factor for 'Catastrophic' Amputation after Knee Joint Replacement

Above-knee amputation (AKA) is a rare but severe complication of deep infection after knee replacement surgery. Low-income patients are at increased risk of this catastrophic complication, reports a study in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

Research decodes one way cancer survives treatment, proposes a way to prevent it

Cancer cells have various tricks up their metaphorical sleeves to survive in the face of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other cancer treatments. Now researchers at Mayo have decoded one of those tricks using cell lines and patient-derived cancer cell...

– Mayo Clinic

Molecular Cell

Study: Health care providers split on who should prescribe HIV prevention drug

University at Buffalo researchers interviewed a small sample of PrEP-prescribing providers in New York State to conduct a qualitative analysis of their perspectives on the preventive medication.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, April-2019

Researchers Define Alzheimer’s-like Brain Disorder

A brain disorder that mimics symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease has been defined with recommended diagnostic criteria and guidelines for advancing future research on the condition. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center and scientists from seve...

– Rush University Medical Center


Mayo Clinic News Release: Mayo Clinic, other experts call for urgent focus on brain disease that mimics Alzheimer's

In collaboration with the University of Kentucky, the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and other institutions, Mayo Clinic researchers helped to establish a name fo...

– Mayo Clinic


Poor, Crowded Cities Lack Access to Opioid Reversal Drug, Rutgers Study Finds

People living in the most populous, low-income areas in New Jersey with the highest risk for opioid overdoses have less access to the potentially life-saving opioid reversal drug naloxone, Rutgers researchers find.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Medical Toxicology

Uncover the truth about how to protect your skin this summer with 10 myth busters

It’s finally time to peel off those layers and enjoy the long-awaited warm weather – but first you need to arm yourself with the right information, courtesy of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), to keep your skin...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The ACR and the Arthritis Foundation Present New Guidelines Offering Therapeutic Approaches and Treatment Options for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation (AF), released two guidelines on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). One guideline aims to provide therapeutic approaches for non-systemic polyarthritis,...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Journalists: Be our guest at the 2019 ACSM Research Conference

Gain story ideas and learn about cutting-edge science at ACSM's comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference that covers the science, practice, public health and policy aspects of sports medicine, exercise science and physical activi...

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

ACSM 66th Annual Meeting

Diabetes Drug Could Help Smokers Kick the Habit

A diabetes drug is being enlisted in the war against smoking by UTHealth researchers.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

LifeBridge Health Launches Its Care Bravely Movement

Care Bravely is the new LifeBridge Health branding campaign. We didn’t come up with the Care Bravely campaign first. It was created after employees around LifeBridge Health explained what is truly important to them and how they do their jobs to mak...

– LifeBridge Health

Yom Ha'Shoah: Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto Medical School

As death closed in on the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, some of those coping amid the wretched conditions affirmed life in an extraordinary way: They operated a clandestine medical school. For Leo A. Gordon, MD, a surgeon on the Ceda...

– Cedars-Sinai

TOOKAD®, Invented at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Gains European Approval for Prostate Cancer

The early-stage prostate cancer treatment, approved for use in 31 European countries, is now being marketed in Germany, Italy, Israel, and Mexico

– Weizmann Institute of Science

The Lancet, Feb-2017

What Parents Need to Know About Protecting Their Children From Measles

Children and older adults are considered to be at higher risk for contracting measles. In this advisory, Michael Ben-Aderet, MD, associate director of Hospital Epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai, shares what parents need to know about measles, including ri...

Expert Available

– Cedars-Sinai


H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it

A new technology developed by the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Yoshihiro Kawaoka may make H3N2 vaccine development a bit easier. In Nature Microbiology today [April 29, 2019], Kawaoka and his team describe a new cell line that enables better...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature Microbiology April 29, 2019

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Seeing the World – Great Opportunity but Increases Hazardous Drinking in Students

Many thousands of young people opt to study abroad for part of their degree course, seizing the personal, cultural, and academic opportunities this brings. However, excess alcohol consumption also features in some stays abroad ─ with new research s...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 29-Apr-2019 at 10:00 ET

Genes, Roommates, And Residence Halls: Influences on College Student Drinking

Individual genetic make-up, roommates’ drinking behavior, and how much individuals think their friends are drinking all influence students’ own alcohol use, according to new findings from the ‘Spit for Science’ project at an urban campus univ...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 29-Apr-2019 at 10:00 ET

Autism Diagnoses Prove Highly Stable as Early as 14 Months

Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by trained professionals in children as young as 14 months are remarkably stable, suggesting that accurate screening and earlier treatment is feasible, report scientists at University of California San Dieg...

– University of California San Diego Health

JAMA Pediatrics

Embargo expired on 29-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

Estimates of Illness, Death Among Children, Adolescents Worldwide

Bottom Line: This study analyzed data from around the world to estimate illness and death in children and adolescents (birth up to age 20) in 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2017.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Pediatrics

Embargo expired on 29-Apr-2019 at 11:00 ET

Ocean’s ‘seasonal memory’ affects Arctic climate change

Researchers found out that the Arctic does not lose ice uniformly. Different seasonal patterns are at play depending on region: From the early 2000s, the ice cover in the Eurasian Arctic has been shrinking even in the winter period, while the America...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)


New research reveals the social communication challenges of aging with autism

The research team found that older adults with autism report more social communication difficulties than younger adults with autism. Using brain scans, they were able to determine that areas of the brain related to social communication, cognition and...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, July-2019, Pages 52-62; Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, July-2019, Pages 63-77; Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, August-2019, Pages 31-38...

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FSU researcher finds hate crimes committed by groups hurt the most

Brendan Lantz, an assistant professor in the FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, found that co-offending, or committing a crime with others, was significantly related to increased chances of serious injury regardless of the motivation be...

– Florida State University

Criminal Justice and Behavior

Diabetics Show Significant Blood Sugar Benefits From Team-Based Care in Rural Communities

A team-based model to diabetes care could be essential to helping patients in rural communities lower their blood sugar levels, according to a new study from a team of researchers at West Virginia University. Combining diabetes educators, case manage...

– West Virginia University

Southern Medical Journal

Food system improvements could make it easier to eat healthier

A science advisory from the American Heart Association describes system-wide innovations to the U.S. food system that are sustainable and have the potential to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy foods.

– American Heart Association (AHA)


Foot Injuries and Advice from a Podiatrist

John Giurini, DPM, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at BIDMC, encourages patients to pay special attention to their feet as the weather warms up and they become more active.

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

New Partnership Explores Future Treatments Using Breast Milk and Microbiome

Two renowned research centers at University of California San Diego are joining forces to take a deeper look at how components of human milk and the microbiome can change the course of therapeutics for infant and adult diseases.

– University of California San Diego Health

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Hill Day Advocates Present Unified Voice in Support of NIH, NCI Funding

On Tuesday, April 30, AACI co-hosted the 2019 Hill Day with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Ninety-one participants representing 37 cancer centers and 24 states attended meetings with legislators and staff on Capitol Hill.

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

Radiation oncologists urge Congress to remove obstacles to cancer patients’ treatment options

Radiation oncologists have come to Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to support policies that safeguard cancer patients’ access to high-quality, value-based health care. The doctors will meet with Congressional leaders during the American Society...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

ASA Applauds CDC Acknowledgement of Misinterpretation of Opioid Prescribing Guideline

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is pleased with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article published in the New England Journal of Medicine acknowledging problems with the agency’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

New England Journal of Medicine

Measles Outbreak Prompts Physician Recommendations, Support for Vaccinations

University of Alabama at Birmingham infectious disease and primary care experts urge the public to know their vaccination status and educate themselves on the dangers of the measles, as continued outbreaks in more states are anticipated in the coming...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

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ASA Expresses Concern about ‘Medicare For All’

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) continues to have serious concerns with the proposed “Medicare for All” legislation, which will be the subject of a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Rules on Tuesday. The p...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

MedWire Announcements

$150,000 Grant Will Help Finance Research on Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Cure SMA recently awarded a $150,000 research grant to Laxman Gangwani, Ph.D., associate professor of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Center of Emphasis in Neurosciences, at TTUHSC El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

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AAE Declares May ‘Save Your Tooth Month’

Specialty dental association spotlights importance of retaining and saving natural teeth during month-long campaign in May.

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Names Dr. David S. Friedman Director of Glaucoma Service

Mass. Eye and Ear is pleased to welcome David S. Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD, as Director of the Glaucoma Service, Co-Director of the Ophthalmology Glaucoma Center of Excellence, Medical Director of Clinical Research at Mass. Eye and Ear, and a member of ...

– Massachusetts Eye and Ear

American Society of Anesthesiologists Joins National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative to Counter Opioid Epidemic

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced its role as a network organization of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic to reverse the opioid crisis.

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ASTRO and AUA update joint clinical guidance for radiation therapy after prostatectomy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Urological Association (AUA) today announced updates to their joint clinical guideline on adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy in patients with and without evidence...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Journal of Urology; Practical Radiation Oncology

International Research Team Led by Pitt Wins $6M Grant to Study HIV and Tuberculosis Coinfection in Children

Children with HIV are much more susceptible to TB and also much more likely to die from it. This grant will fund international research to investigate why, both in the lab and in the field.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

AI R01 142662

First in New Jersey: Englewood Health Neurosurgeon Uses Fluorescence Technology to ‘Light Up’ Tumor Cells

Englewood Health is the first hospital in New Jersey to use a novel fluorescent technology that makes brain cancer cells “light up,” enabling surgeons to see and remove malignant tissue while avoiding contact with critical areas in the brain.

– Englewood Health

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., cell biologist and internationally recognized expert on the cellular process autophagy, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Dr. Cuervo is professor of developmental and molecular biology, of anat...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

$4.6 million grant funds clinical trial of stem cell immunotherapy for metastatic sarcoma and other hard-to-treat cancers

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have been awarded a $4.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine – also known as CIRM – to support a phase I clinical...

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

Ablacon, Inc. Raises $21.5M Series A to Advance AI-Enabled Atrial Fibrillation Mapping System

Ablacon, Inc. (, a Wheat Ridge, CO-based company developing an advanced mapping system to guide the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib)

– Ablacon, Inc.

MEDIA ADVISORY: ACSM/Anthem American Fitness Index to Reveal 2019’s Fittest City

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation will release the 2019 American Fitness Index® that ranks America’s 100 largest cities.

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Unraveling Cannabinoids

Harvard Medical School, MIT receive $9 million to study neurobiology, physiologic effects of cannabinoids

– Harvard Medical School

Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Richard Gray, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has elected Richard Gray, M.D., as CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

– Mayo Clinic

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May is our nation’s first ever National Stop the Bleed Month

May is the first ever National Stop the Bleed Month, featuring training courses around the country to teach bleeding control techniques to the general public and empower them with the skills and knowledge to assist severely bleeding persons.

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

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Pacira BioSciences Funds Educational Webinar Series Produced by Anesthesia Providers

The AANA will be producing a webinar series to educate healthcare providers about enhanced recovery after surgery to aid in the fight against the opioid crisis. Pacira BioSciences funded the project.

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Nominations Now Open for 7th Annual Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine

National and international nominations are being sought for the 2020 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine, which honors a physician-scientist who has moved science forward with achievements notable for innovation, creativity and the potential ...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Charles River Esplanade Voted Most Worth Saving Landmark in America

The American Association of Endodontists' contest highlights value of preserving natural landmarks – and natural teeth

– American Association of Endodontists (AAE)

HHS and the American Society of NephrologyAward KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 1Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the American Society of Nephrology have selected 15 winning teams for Phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition. Through a series of prize co...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

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Three Michigan Health Systems Collaborate on $48 Million Laundry Service Facility

Henry Ford Health System, Michigan Medicine and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System have formed a joint venture to build and operate a $48 million modern medical laundry service facility in Detroit. The collaboration brings together three prominent ...

– Henry Ford Health System

SLU Researcher Receives $3.2 Million NIH Grant to Study Chronic Opioid Use, Mood Disorders

A Saint Louis University researcher has received a grant to study the pathways from chronic prescription opioid use to new onset mood disorder. Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., a professor in Family and Community Medicine, received $3,254,485 from the Natio...

– Saint Louis University Medical Center


Could Taking a Drug Within a Few Hours of a Trauma Help Avert Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Mount Sinai Receives $6 Million Award from United States Department of Defense to Study Oral Hydrocortisone for PTSD Prevention

– Mount Sinai Health System

Infectious diseases specialist and immunity researcher Eric Pamer to lead Duchossois Family Institute

Following a national search, renowned physician-scientist Eric G. Pamer, MD, has been recruited to be the inaugural faculty director of the Duchossois Family Institute at the University of Chicago Medicine starting July 1.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

AMSSM Research Network Releases $300,000 Request for Proposals

The AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) announced a $300,000 request for proposals addressing knowledge gaps in the management of osteoarthritis (OA) using cooled radiofrequency (CRF) ablation techniques.

– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

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Swimming Fundraiser to Splash Away Cancer

The Splash Away Cancer! swimming fundraiser will take place Saturday, May 18, and supports cancer research and patient care programs at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Those wishing to remain dry may ...

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with New Knowledge: Univ. Of Michigan and Harvard Team Up for Opioid Summit

A day-long summit on opioid-related topics will focus on bringing findings from research and community-based efforts to those who can use them to make a difference in public policy and clinical practice.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

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SDSC’s Sherlock Cloud Expands Hybrid Cloud Offerings

The Health Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Division of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, has partnered with Microsoft Azure Cloud Services (Azure) to expand its portfolio of cloud services.

– University of California San Diego

University Hospitals in Cleveland Offers New Breast Surgery Recovery Device

University Hospitals in Cleveland is using the FDA approved AeroForm - an air expander placed over the muscle during the initial breast surgery. It gives mastectomy patients the ability to expand breast volume, in anticipation of a second stage to p...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center





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