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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Nearly 1 in 5 Parents Say Their Child Never Wears a Helmet While Riding a Bike

Despite evidence that helmets are critical to preventing head injuries, not all children wear them while biking, skateboarding and riding scooters, a new national poll finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 20-May-2019 at 01:00 ET

Teens with ADHD Get More Traffic Violations for Risky Driving, Have Higher Crash Risk Regardless of Age When Licensed

Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD.

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatrics, May-2019

Embargo expired on 20-May-2019 at 00:05 ET

The Healing Power of a Smile: A Link Between Oral Care and Substance Abuse Recovery

A new study links the benefits of comprehensive oral care to the physical and emotional recovery of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorder.

– University of Utah Health

National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Health Resources and Services Administration; Journal of the American Dental Association

Embargo expired on 20-May-2019 at 08:00 ET

Key Acid-Activated Protein Channel Identified

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a long-sought protein, the proton-activated chloride channel (PAC), that is activated in acidic environments and could protect against the tissue-damaging effects of stroke, heart attack, cancer and inflammat...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


Brain Cancer Drug Reactivates Body's Natural Defenses

Drug reactivates p53 tumor suppressor protein and increases chemotherapy effectiveness in potential glioblastoma breakthrough.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Targeted therapy based on p53 reactivation reduces both glioblastoma cell growth and resistance to temozolomide. Int J Oncol.

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Mindfulness Helps Mothers with Opioid Use Disorder Combat Depression

The discovery highlights alternative treatment options to pharmaceutical medications.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Stroke Patient Makes Full Recovery, Runs Two Marathons in Five Months

Meditation techniques helped Gregory Rutchik make it through his stroke when he was just 51 years old. Now those techniques are helping him keep his cool while running marathons.

– Cedars-Sinai


Tumor-Suppressing Protein May Be Novel Target in PAH Therapy

In addition to suppressing tumors, the protein tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2) may play a role in preventing or treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), according to research presented at ATS 2019.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

ATS 2019

Embargo expired on 19-May-2019 at 15:45 ET

Bacterial Pneumonia Predicts Ongoing Lung Problems in Infants Hospitalized for Acute Respiratory Failure

Bacterial pneumonia appears to be linked to ongoing breathing problems in previously healthy infants who were hospitalized in a pediatric intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure, according to research presented at ATS 2019.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

ATS 2019

Embargo expired on 19-May-2019 at 10:15 ET

Risk Score Guided Care Can Help Physicians Provide Better Care, Planning, and Services for High-Risk Pulmonary Patients, Study Finds

A study of more than 17,000 patients finds a new laboratory-based method of estimating outcomes for patients with COPD may help physicians better provide proper care, referrals, and services for these patients at the end of life.

– Intermountain Healthcare

2019 American Thoracic Society International Conference

Embargo expired on 19-May-2019 at 15:15 ET

Deep Sedation and Controlled Paralysis Do Not Improve Survival of Critically Ill Patients with Severe Breathing Difficulty

Reversibly paralyzing and heavily sedating hospitalized patients with severe breathing problems do not improve outcomes in most cases, according to a clinical trial conducted at dozens of North American hospitals. The trial settles a long-standing d...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

New England Journal of Medicine; American Thoracic Society; U01HL123009, U01HL122998, U01HL123018, U01HL123023, U01HL123008, U01HL123031, U01HL123004, U01HL123027, U01HL123010, U01HL123033...

Embargo expired on 19-May-2019 at 15:45 ET

Big Data Reveals Hidden Subtypes of Sepsis

Much like cancer, sepsis isn’t simply one condition, but rather many conditions with varying clinical characteristics that could benefit from different treatments, according to a study involving more than 100,000 patients. The findings could explai...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

JAMA; American Thoracic Society; R35GM119519, P50GM076659, R34GM102696, R01GM101197, GM107231, R01LM012095, K08GM117310-01A1, GM61992.

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

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Stigma towards sexual minorities increases alcohol craving

Exposure to stigma elicits negative mood and alcohol craving among sexual minority young adults who are heavy drinkers, according to findings from a novel study at American University, Washington, DC, and Brown University, Rhode Island.

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 17-May-2019 at 10:00 ET

For Many HIV+ Women, Daily Survival Takes Precedence Over Viral Suppression

According to scientists who study women infected with HIV, statistics often paint an impressionist view of the lives of these women that misses the granular detail that tells the real story. The imprecise big picture is that most of this population i...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

JAMA Network Open; KL2TR000102

Embargo expired on 17-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Using Nitric Oxide in Medicinal Strategies Optimizes Replacing, Engineering or Regenerating Human Cells

More than one million stem cell treatments have been conducted in the United States during the past ten years. Physicians and other healthcare providers are beginning to realize regenerative medicine is the future of medicine; however major health is...

– Nathan Bryan, Ph.D.

Spring Conference 2019

Gaps in Child Flourishing Narrow with Family Resilience and Connection

Less than half of school-aged children in the U.S. are flourishing, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. However, children living in families with higher levels of resilience and connecti...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Health Affairs

New Study Examines Head-CT Examination & Patient Complexity

Computed tomography (CT) of the head uses special x-ray equipment to help assess head injuries, dizziness, and other symptoms of the brain. This new study, published online in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, evaluates the complexity of pati...

– Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute

Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology

New findings could lead to improved vaccinations against sexually transmitted infections

In a study published today in the Nature Communications, researchers from King's College London have shown how skin vaccination can generate protective CD8 T-cells

– King's College London

Nature Communications KEYWORDS

Prostate Cancer Research Examines Radiation Protocol for the Whole Pelvis

In a new study published by European Urology, UCLA researchers and colleagues from ten other institutions examined the protocol for treating aggressive prostate cancer. With aggressive forms of this disease, it is often unclear if radiation therapy s...

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

European Urology

Cedars-Sinai Volunteers Turn Music Into Medicine

Just hours before Rebecca Woolf's 44-year-old husband died of pancreatic cancer, the melodic tones of a harp wafted into his hospital room. Rebecca describes the music as a gift. Cedars-Sinai’s long-running Music for Healing program dispatches musi...

– Cedars-Sinai


Ultrasound Used To Trigger Insulin Release in Mice Shows Promise for Future Diabetes Therapy

Current treatments of Type 2 diabetes can help the body use insulin at various stages of the disease, but they can also be expensive and subject patients to lifelong medication regimens and side effects. Thanks to new therapeutic ultrasound technolog...

– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Embargo expired on 16-May-2019 at 16:30 ET

CHOP Researchers Use Novel Tool to Mine Clinical Data and Identify Causative Gene in Severe Childhood Epilepsy

A team of researchers discovered a new gene associated with severe childhood epilepsy using a novel computational approach. The team systematically compared phenotypes, or clinical data, of patients with severe childhood epilepsies through a novel an...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

American Journal of Human Genetics, May-2019

Embargo expired on 16-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Embargoed AJPH research: Heroin overdose decline, global health aid and U.S. image, ACA disability disparities

In this issue, find new public health research on heroin overdose rates, global health aid, and the Affordable Care Act.

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

American Journal of Public Health

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

A tale of two skeeters

It’s rare that scientists see the good in the presence of an invasive species. But Washington University in St. Louis researchers discovered that a native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its waters with an interloper.Scratch...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Animal Ecology

Artificial Intelligence Tool Vastly Scales Up Alzheimer's Research

Researchers at UC Davis Health and UC San Francisco have found a way to teach a computer to detect one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease

– UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nature Communications

Particulate matter from aircraft engines affects airways

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), seven million people worldwide die as a consequence of air pollution every year.

– University of Bern

Nature Communications Biology

Study Proposes New Standards for Safely Performing 'Brazilian Butt Lift'

A new anatomic study highlights critical technical issues to ensure safe performance of the increasingly popular "Brazilian butt lift" – a procedure using the patient's own fat to augment and improve the appearance of the buttocks. The study appear...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

3D-Printed 'Hyperelastic Bone' May Help Generate New Bone for Skull Reconstruction

Defects of the skull and facial bones can pose difficult challenges for plastic and reconstructive surgeons. A synthetic material called hyperelastic bone – readily produced by 3D-printing – could offer a powerful new tool for use in reconstructi...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Using Information Technology to Promote Health Equity – Update in Medical Care

An innovative health information technology (IT) program helps primary care providers to detect and manage depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in traumatized refugees, reports a study in a special June supplement to Medical Care. The ...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

What Do They Mean by 'Stem Cells'? Recommended Guidelines for Reporting on Cell Therapies

Cell therapies including so-called "stem cells" are increasingly being marketed and used for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders – despite questions about these treatments and their effectiveness. A new tool for standardizing communication a...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

تظهر الدراسة أن الدواء يقلل من خطر الانتكاس لمرض التهاب النخاع والعصب البصري


– Mayo Clinic

New England Journal of Medicine

Estudo mostra que droga reduz risco de recaída da neuromielite óptica

O medicamento eculizumab, um anticorpo sintético que inibe a resposta inflamatória, reduziu significativamente o risco de recaída do doenças do espectro neuromielite óptica (NMOSD). Esse distúrbio inflamatório autoimune raro, mas grave, pode c...

– Mayo Clinic

New England Journal of Medicine

Dana-Farber researchers present findings in more than 70 research studies at ASCO annual meeting 2019

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers are presenting more than 70 research studies at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, May 31st- June 4th. ASCO is the world’s largest clinical cancer researc...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

ASCO Annual Meeting May 31-June 4 2019

Penn Medicine Releases Free, ‘Self-Service’ AI Tool for Data Analytics

“Penn AI” is now accessible to anyone from high school students to biomedical researchers, on any computer or laptop

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

R01 LM010098; R01 AI116794; UC4DK112217; P30 ES013508; UL1 TR001878

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Loyola Medicine Performs its 1,000th Lung Transplant

Loyola Medicine’s groundbreaking lung transplant program has reached a major new milestone by performing its 1,000th lung transplant. Loyola has performed more than twice as many lung transplants as all other transplant centers in the state combine...

– Loyola University Health System

The Medical Minute: Protecting Against Measles

“The only way to prevent measles reliably is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Catharine Paules, an infectious diseases physician at Penn State Health.

Expert Available

– Penn State Health

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Cognitive decline eventually affects everyone, just not to the same extent

Roughly four out of five people won’t ever experience memory issues more serious than the “senior moments” of normal aging.

Expert Available

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

American College of Rheumatology Statement on CMS Medicare Advantage Final Rule

In August 2018, the CMS announced that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would be allowed to utilize step therapy for Part B drugs. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) expressed strong concerns about this proposal. The rheumatology community recei...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

MedWire Announcements

Value in Health Goes Back to the Future to Celebrate Its Past

Value in Health, the official journal of ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of a special 20th anniversary issue that reflects on how “value” has been defined, measured, and...

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

Value in Health, May-2019

Rush's Dr. Shikha Jain Named ResearcHERS Program Ambassador

Rush University Cancer Center oncologist Shikha Jain, MD, has been named an ambassador for the American Cancer Society's ResearcHERS program — a unique effort to fund women with innovative research ideas and dedication to discovering lifesaving can...

– Rush University Medical Center

ISPOR Honors Global Leaders in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Annual Awards Banquet

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR)—honored global leaders in the field at its Annual Awards Banquet last night.

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

ISPOR 2019, May-2019

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Awarded Nearly $9 Million to Expand Access to Clinical Trials

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has been selected, once again, as a Lead Academic Participating Site by the National Cancer Institute. The renewal comes with a six-year, $8.9 million grant that will enable the center to provide patients with additio...

– Case Western Reserve University


UK Becomes First Center in the Country to Open Total Cancer Care Protocol to Pediatric Patients

UK HealthCare recently opened the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network’s (ORIEN) Total Cancer Care Protocol to pediatric patients, becoming the first cancer program in the country to do so.

– University of Kentucky

New Project Funded by NCI, NIDA, Aims to Eradicate Hepatitis C in Eastern Ky. County

With $15 million from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Drug Abuse and a donation of 900 doses of a 12-week treatment from Gilead Sciences Inc., University of Kentucky's Jennifer Havens has the goal of eradicating HCV in Perry C...

– University of Kentucky

Henry Ford Health System's Artsy Investment

Henry Ford Health System’s newest investment in the city of Detroit features just about every color on the color wheel. The artwork on the walls is splashy and spirited and the floor is the original – scruffy and worn – from days of a bygone er...

– Henry Ford Health System

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PhRMA Foundation Efforts to Improve Health Care Value Assessment Highlighted at ISPOR Meeting

Progress in a large-scale effort by the PhRMA Foundation to improve health care value-assessment will be highlighted during the national conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) next week in New Orle...

– PhRMA Foundation

UC San Diego Ranked Ninth in World in Biomedical Sciences

In its first-ever assessment of biomedical institutions around the world, based upon published research in a targeted set of high-quality scientific journals, the 2019 Nature Index ranked University of California San Diego ninth among the top 200 ins...

– University of California San Diego Health

Gates Foundation funds UIC solar-powered water treatment project in Kenya

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will enable the expansion and testing of a clean drinking water system in two info...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Mount Sinai Physician Elected to Board of Directors of the American Board of Emergency Medicine

The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) has elected Yvette Calderon, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, to its Board of Directors.

– Mount Sinai Health System

MedWire Marketplace

Bill, the Carousel Guy

in 47 years operating the Balboa Park Carousel in San Diego, Bill Brown has only missed two weeks of work. For him, Life Without Disease means that he never has to miss another day.

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

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In Nepal with Dr. Melanie McCauley

”There's a lot of merit in bringing medicines to people who can't reach them themselves, but it's sort of putting a bandaid on the situation and I realized that only through scientific discovery will we really make huge changes that impact large po...

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

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