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Researcher studies incurable blood disease usually diagnosed in children

Treating a stubborn blood disease that strikes children may come down to tweaking energy production in stem cells, suggests research out of West Virginia University. Wei Du, an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, is investigating the link ...

– West Virginia University

Stem Cells Journals

Embargo expired on 13-May-2019 at 08:30 ET

NUS study: Six plants native to Southeast Asia are promising cancer warriors

Researchers from the National University of Singapore examined the anti-cancer properties of seven medicinal plants native to Southeast Asia, and found three to be promising against seven different types of cancers.

– National University of Singapore

Journal of Ethnopharmacology

How mutations lead to neurodegenerative disease

Scientists have discovered how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease. The discovery is an important step towards better treatment to slow the progression or delay onset in a range of incurable diseases such as Huntington’s and motor ...

– University of Adelaide

Human Molecular Genetics

Bone Cells Suppress Cancer Metastases

A subpopulation of bone cells releases factors that can halt the growth of breast cancer that’s traveled to the bone, putting the cells in stasis.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Breast Cancer Research


Older Fathers Put Health of Partners, Unborn Children at Risk, Rutgers Study Finds

Men who delay starting a family have a ticking “biological clock” — just like women — that may affect the health of their partners and children, according to Rutgers researchers.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick



Cancer Screening Rates Decline When Patients See Doctors Later in Day

Decision fatigue and doctors falling behind schedule may lead to lower cancer screening rates, Penn study finds

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Network Open

Embargo expired on 10-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Opioid Doctor and Pharmacy “Shoppers” May Also Shop at Home, Study Suggests

As states crack down on doctor and pharmacy “shopping” by people who misuse opioids, a new study reveals how often those individuals may still be able to find opioids to misuse in their family medicine cabinets. For every 200 patients prescribed ...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Network Open, DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.3673

Embargo expired on 10-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Significant unmet mental health care needs exist in current and former smokers with COPD

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published new information that stresses the need for increased mental health care for current and former smokers, especially those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Adults Taking Cognitive Enhancers to Boost Mental Abilities at Work Considered Largely Acceptable by the Public

The general public largely views the use of cognitive enhancers such as Adderall as an acceptable practice when used by adults in the workplace, suggests a new study from Penn Medicine neurologists, which published this week in AJOB Neuroscience.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

AJOB Neuroscience, Volume 10, 2019 - Issue 1

VR can improve quality of life for people with dementia

Virtual reality (VR) technology could vastly improve the quality of life for people with dementia by helping to recall past memories

– University of Kent

Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Following DASH diet can reduce heart failure risk in people under 75

A diet proven to have beneficial effects on high blood pressure also may reduce the risk of heart failure in people under age 75, according to a study led by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

American Journal of Preventive Medicine-April 2019

Mastectomia menos invasiva é uma opção mais segura para pacientes com câncer de mama, segundo estudo da Mayo Clinic

Uma mastectomia menos invasiva que deixa a superfície da mama intacta se tornou uma opção mais segura para pacientes, incluindo aquelas em que o câncer de mama espalhou para os ganglios linfáticos próximos ou aquelas que têm fatores de risco p...

– Mayo Clinic

Sociedade Americana de Cirurgiões de Mama

Mayo Clinic, outros especialistas pedem a priorização urgente em doença cerebral que imita a doença de Alzheimer

Em colaboração com a Universidade de Kentucky, Centro Médico da Universidade de Texas Southwest, o Centro Médico da Universidade Rush e a Universidade de Cambridge no Reino Unido, entre outras instituições, os pesquisadores da Mayo Clinic ajuda...

– Mayo Clinic


Significant unmet mental health care needs exist in current and former smokers with COPD

Anand S. Iyer, M.D.Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published new information that stresses the need for increased mental health care for current and former smokers, especially those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulm...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Mayo Clinic تدعو خبراء آخرين إلى التركيز بشكل عاجل على أمراض الدماغ التي تحاكي داء الزهايمر

بالتعاون مع جامعة كنتاكي، والمركز الطبي لجامعة جنوب غرب تكساس الطبية، والمركز الطبي لجامعة راش، وجامعة كامبردج في المملكة المتحدة، وغير...

– Mayo Clinic


UNC-Led ACCURE Trial Remedies Racial Disparities in Treatment for Early-Stage Lung and Breast Cancer Patients

Results from a study published in The Journal of the National Medical Association show that a pragmatic system-based intervention within cancer treatment centers can nearly eliminate existing disparities in treatment and outcomes for black patients w...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Journal of the National Medical Association, March-2019

Mayo Clinic及其他专家呼吁立即关注与阿尔茨海默氏症相似的脑部疾病


– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic研究发现,微创乳房切除术已成为更多乳腺癌患者的安全选择


– Mayo Clinic

Study Sheds New Light on Urinary Tract Infections in Postmenopausal Women

A UT Southwestern study suggests why urinary tract infections (UTIs) have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women – several species of bacteria can invade the bladder walls.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Journal of Molecular Biology

إن استئصال الثدي بجراحة خفيفة التوغل هو خيارٌ آمن لأغلب المصابات بسرطان الثدي، وهذا ما اكتشفته دراسة أجراها Mayo Clinic


– Mayo Clinic

Quality Improvement Project Revamps Process to Detect Hypertensive Disorders in Postpartum Women

50 percent of women miss their postpartum checkup after giving birth. A quality improvement project now has new mothers screened for preeclampsia at their newborn’s pediatric appointments.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Rx for Finals Anxiety? At University of Vermont, It's Peanut Butter, Nutella and Fluff

Many schools put extensive programming in place to help today's college students, who come to campus with more anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses, manage the stress of final exams. The University of Vermont DeStress Central program is a g...

– University of Vermont

Sowing Seeds for Sound Mental Health

Gardening project for inpatients at neuropsychiatric hospital shows positive outcomes for patients with mental illness.

– UCLA School of Nursing


Egg yolk precursor protein regulates mosquitos’ attraction to humans

Feeding mosquitoes sugar makes them less attracted to humans, a response that is regulated by the protein vitellogenin, according to a study


PLOS Biology

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 14:00 ET

Stem Cell Scientists Clear Another Hurdle in Creating Transplant Arteries

Recent work highlights a better way to grow smooth muscle cells, one of the two cellular building blocks of arteries, from pluripotent stem cells. This research is part of an effort to create artery banks — similar to blood banks common today — w...

– Morgridge Institute for Research

Stem Cell Reports, May 9, 2019, DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2019.04.013

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

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Opioids: Leading Cause of Pregnancy-Related Death in New Utah Moms

Postpartum women who have previously or currently struggle with substance abuse are at greater risk of overdosing.

– University of Utah Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 17:00 ET

New Model of Measles-Elimination Progress May Help Target Vaccination Efforts

A country’s progress towards measles elimination can be mapped on a “canonical path” that in turn can guide vaccination strategies, according to a study from scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 14:00 ET

Scientists Locate Brain Area Where Value Decisions Are Made

Neurobiologists have located the brain area responsible for value decisions. Data from thousands of neurons revealed an area of the brain called the retrosplenial cortex, previously not known for “value-based decision-making,” a behavior that is ...

– University of California San Diego

Cell, May-2019

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

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Queen’s University Belfast researchers discover revolutionary stem cell treatment for vascular disease

*For the first time, researchers have developed a non-intrusive way to generate large quantities of stem cells using only a small amount of blood* *The stem cells can repair cells damaged as a result of vascular diseases, which has the potential to ...

– Queen's University Belfast

Stem Cell Journals

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 19:00 ET

New Analysis Predicts Top 25 U.S. Counties at Risk for Measles Outbreaks

A new analysis co-led by The Johns Hopkins University identified 25 United States counties that are most likely to experience measles outbreaks in 2019. The analysis combined international air travel volume, non-medical exemptions from childhood vacc...

– Johns Hopkins University

The Lancet Infectious Diseases, May-2019

Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 18:30 ET

Neurodevelopmental Disorders May be Rooted in Genetics and Mitochondrial Deficits

A new study published in Neuron provides the first evidence showing that individual nerve cells fail to make the right number of connections. The reason for this deficit is limited growth of key nerve cells in the cerebral cortex during early develop...

– George Washington University


Embargo expired on 09-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

What Do Parents of Children with Cancer Search for Online?

When a child has cancer, what kind of information do parents seek out? Analyzing their online searches to obtain health-related information offers one window into their concerns, and provides insight into how healthcare providers may offer family edu...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatric Blood and Cancer, online May 9, 2019; HD060550

AMP Recommends Minimum Set of Alleles for All Clinical CYP2C9 Genotyping Testing

A new joint report from AMP and CAP shares consensus, evidence-based recommendations to aid in the design and validation of clinical CYP2C9 assays, promote standardization of testing across different laboratories and improve patient care.

– Association for Molecular Pathology

The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics

In Lab, SLU Researchers Flip Pain Switch in Spinal Cord Cells

Facing an urgent need for safer and more effective therapies for those suffering from debilitating pain in the midst of an opioid crisis, Saint Louis University researchers are on a mission to find a non-narcotic off-switch for pain.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Personalized “Eye-in-a-Dish” Models Reveal Genetic Underpinnings of Macular Degeneration

Using stem cells derived from six people, UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers recapitulated retinal cells in the lab. This “eye-in-a-dish” model allowed them to identify genetic variants that cause age-related macular degeneration, a comm...

– University of California San Diego Health

Stem Cell Reports

Researchers Discover “Daywake,” a Siesta-Suppressing Gene

Rutgers researchers have identified a siesta-suppressing gene in fruit flies, which sheds light on the biology that helps many creatures, including humans, balance the benefits of a good nap against those of getting important activities done during t...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Current Biology, 9 May 2019

Estudio muestra que fármaco reduce el riesgo de recaída de neuromielitis óptica

El fármaco eculizumab, un anticuerpo sintético que inhibe la respuesta inflamatoria, redujo considerablemente el riesgo de recaída en el trastorno del espectro de la neuromielitis óptica (NMOSD, por sus siglas en inglés). Este raro y grave trast...

– Mayo Clinic

For teens, online bullying worsens sleep and depression

Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which in turn raises levels of depression, found a University at Buffalo study.

– University at Buffalo

SLEEP 2019, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies

The economics of opioids: Fentanyl has a steep price tag in lives, lab costs and resources

Researchers at West Virginia University have studied the overwhelming, detrimental effects of opioid abuse on this state and the nation, and a new wave of the epidemic may be the most daunting yet.

– West Virginia University

Drug Alcohol Depend

New Brain Tumor Imaging Technique Uses Protein Found in Scorpion Venom

A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical trial. The imaging system enables neurosurgeons to better see malignant growths that often are difficult to fully elimin...

– Cedars-Sinai


Treatment option to restore natural heartbeat could be on the horizon for heart failure patients

A new therapy to re-engage the heart’s natural electrical pathways – instead of bypassing them – could mean more treatment options for heart failure patients who also suffer from electrical disturbances, such as arrhythmias, according to resear...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

A cup of Joe and you’re good to go!

Latte, cappuccino or short black, a morning coffee is an essential for many people looking to kick start their day. But while the humble coffee may be a vital feature of the daily grind, how much is too much?

– University of South Australia

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

More Congenital Heart Patients Becoming Transplant Candidates

Patients with a form of congenital heart disease — having only one ventricle (pumping chamber) — are now living longer lives due to the successful surgical and medical treatments they receive as children.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

UIC to lead national COPD clinical trial

The University of Illinois at Chicago will lead a $14.6 million, multi-center research project to determine which of two drugs — azithromycin, an antibiotic, or roflumilast, an anti-inflammatory medication — is the most effective at treating chro...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

On Our Sleeves Movement Launches Nationally to Transform Childhood Mental Health

On Our Sleeves, a movement dedicated to ending the stigma around childhood mental health, launched nationally today on May 9, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. On Our Sleeves was created with the goal of raising awareness about the o...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

ASA Responds to Trump Administration’s Principles on Surprise Medical Bills

ASA strongly supports addressing “surprise medical bills.” We share the concerns of the Administration about patients receiving unanticipated bills from out-of-network providers and we look forward together to address this issue using successful...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Senate Takes Action to Strengthen Academic Nursing During National Nurses Week

AACN applauds the introduction of S. 1399 Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

MedWire Announcements

4000 Healthcare Stakeholders Will Convene at ISPOR 2019

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)—released the final program and speakers for its upcoming ISPOR 2019 annual conference scheduled for May 18-22, 2019 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

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

ISPOR 2019, May-2019

Cedars-Sinai Names Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurology

Cedars-Sinai is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, as chair of the Department of Neurology.

– Cedars-Sinai

Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Nancy Peretsman as public trustee

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elected Nancy Peretsman as public trustee at its quarterly meeting on Friday, May 10.

– Mayo Clinic

Dr. Takahashi receives global award for pioneering work on circadian rhythms

Dr. Joseph S. Takahashi, Chairman of Neuroscience at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received an international award for his pioneering work on the molecular and genetic bases of circadian rhythms in mammals.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Mayo Clinic董事会推选理查.格雷医学博士Richard Gray担任Mayo Clinic亚利桑那州分部首席执行官

Mayo Clinic董事会推选理查.格雷医学博士Richard Gray担任Mayo Clinic亚利桑那州分部首席执行官。

– Mayo Clinic

Manual Therapy Providers to Meet at Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference

Members of the chiropractic, physical therapy and osteopathic professions will come together later this year in the wake of the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis to discuss the use of manual therapy procedures and other non-drug approaches for the treatment...

– American Chiropractic Association

UNC and Partners Receive Up To $10.7 Million to Research Chlamydia Vaccine

Chlamydia is the most prevalent bacterial STI in the world. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers, in partnership with colleagues at sites in the US, Europe and Australia, will receive up to $10.7 million over five years from the NI...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Brian Sinotte named president of UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial and CHHD

Brian Sinotte, FACHE, will be joining the University of Chicago Medicine as president of its Community Health and Hospital Division (CHHD) and of Ingalls Memorial Hospital, effective July 1, 2019.

– University of Chicago Medical Center





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