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Opioid Epidemic Increases Number of Organs Available for Transplant

The confluence of two major health crises—the opioid epidemic and organ shortage—has moved surgeons to consider transplanting organs deemed as less than “perfect” in an effort to expand the donor pool and save more lives.

– The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Embargo expired on 06-Jun-2019 at 00:00 ET

For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life

Careful documentation of a hospice patient’s end-of-life wishes – and prominently noting that information in health records early – could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University

American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine


Brain Changes May Be Linked to Unexplained Motor Symptoms

A new study finds that people who have movement problems, symptoms that cannot be explained by an underlying disease, may have chemical changes in specific areas of the brain. The study is published in the June 5, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, t...

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)


Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 16:00 ET

Predicting Postinjury Depression and PTSD Risk

Addressing the psychological effects of injury can improve health and reduce the negative outcomes of injury. Yet, in a national survey, only seven percent of trauma centers incorporate routine screening for PTSD symptoms.

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

JAMA Surgery; R01NR013503

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

Large Gaps in Life Expectancy in Major U.S. Cities Linked to Racial/Ethnic Segregation By Neighborhood

Among the 500 largest U.S. cities, 56 have very large life expectancy gaps between neighborhoods, where on average people in one neighborhood can expect to live 20 to 30 years longer than their neighbors a few miles away.

– NYU Langone Health

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 00:05 ET

Biomarker predicts which pancreatic cysts may become cancerous


– Washington University in St. Louis

Gastroenterology, June 5. 2019; T32 DK007130-41, P30 DK052574, P50 CA196510-01A1, P30 DK052574, R01DK47673 and R01 DK63618

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

To Fight TB Infection, Early Protection Is Crucial

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Africa Health Research Institute have identified a master cell that coordinates the body’s immune defenses in the crucial early days after infection. Boosting the activity...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nature, June-2019; HL105427; AI111914-02; AI123780; AI134236-02; T32 HL 7317-39; T32-AI007172; U19 AI91036; 5U24AI118672; T32 HL007317-37...

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 13:00 ET

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions After C-Sections

Researchers say there’s a better way to take care of patients after C-sections to help them heal faster and manage pain without increasing their risk of long-term opioid use.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Individuals Who Attempt Suicide Carry an Increased Genetic Liability for Depression, Regardless of Their Psychiatric Disorder

Study provides new information on the genetic basis of suicide attempt

– Mount Sinai Health System

The American Journal of Psychiatry, June-2019

Study links irregular sleep patterns to metabolic disorders

A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule--and getting different amounts of sleep each night--can put a person at higher risk for obesity

– NIH, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Diabetes Care

Unsalted tomato juice may help lower heart disease risk

In a study published in Food Science & Nutrition, drinking unsalted tomato juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in Japanese adults at risk of cardiovascular disease.

– Wiley

Food Science & Nutrition

Study Suggests New Computer Analytics May Solve the Hospital Readmission Puzzle

A University of Maryland School of Medicine study suggests that a novel machine learning model developed at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), called the Baltimore score (B score), may help hospitals better predict which discharged pat...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

JAMA Network Open

Safe Consumption Spaces Would Be Welcomed By High-Risk Opioid Users

A large majority of people who use heroin and fentanyl would be willing to use safe consumption spaces where they could obtain sterile syringes and have medical support in case of overdose, suggests a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Blo...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Journal of Urban Health

US soldiers have worse heart health than civilians

Active duty Army personnel have worse cardiovascular health compared to people of similar ages in the civilian population, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association

– American Heart Association (AHA)

Journal of the American Heart Association

Mosquito Control Program Reduces Dengue, Costs in Sri Lanka

A public health, police, and military partnership to reduce the mosquito population in Sri Lanka resulted in a more than 50-percent reduction in dengue, as well as cost savings, finds a study from an international team of researchers led by NYU Colle...

– New York University

The Lancet Planetary Health

Replicating Fetal Bone Growth Process Could Help Heal Large Bone Defects

To treat large gaps in long bones, like the femur, that often eventually result in amputation, researchers developed a process that partially recreates the bone growth process that occurs before birth.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Science Translational Medicine; UL1TR001108; 16SDG31230034; 1435467; R01AR066193; R01AR063194; R01AR069564; R01EB023907; 5F32DE024712; TECG20150782...

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Recreating embryonic conditions at break sites can help bones heal faster

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a unique technique that uses stem cells and flexible implantable bone-stabilizing plates to help speed the healing of large breaks or defects. The ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Science Translational Medicine

Nanotechnology treatment shows promise against multiple sclerosis

Irvine, Calif., June 5, 2019 — A nanotechnology treatment derived from bone marrow stem cells has reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in mice and could eventually be used to help humans, according to a new study led by University of California, Ir...

– University of California, Irvine

ACS Nano, June-2019

UF Study: Hunger and Food Security May Impact College Student Health and Academic Performance

About 19 percent of respondents were identified as food insecure, lacking consistent access to nutritious food, while another 25 percent experienced anxiety about food shortage. Through this work, UF/IFAS researchers found that food insecure students...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Walking Speed Points to Future Clinical Outcomes for Older Patients with Blood Cancers

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the VA Boston Healthcare System have uncovered a new vital sign for gauging survival and likelihood of having an unplanned hospitalization in older patients with blood cancers: the speed at which they c...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Blood ; HL007479; AG000158

Aviso de un experto: Análisis genéticos pueden llevar a mejor detección del cáncer e intervenciones

De todos los casos de cáncer colorrectal y mamario, entre el 5 y el 10 por ciento se vinculan con la herencia, dice una revisión hecha por Mayo Clinic acerca de las afecciones y los síndromes hereditarios más comúnmente encontrados.

– Mayo Clinic


Pre-existing Pressure Injuries Offer Clinical Clues

Baystate Medical Center study finds that pressure injuries present upon admission to the ICU can serve as a predictive clinical marker to quickly and objectively identify which new patients may require additional care and longer hospital stays, thus ...

– American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Critical Care Nurse, June 2019

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2019 at 06:00 ET

Children’s Brains Reorganize After Epilepsy Surgery to Retain Visual Perception

Children can keep full visual perception – the ability to process and understand visual information – after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Hea...

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Journal of Neuroscience, Jun-2019

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2019 at 13:00 ET

Labels of U.S. Probiotic Products Lacking, Researchers Find

When it comes to buying probiotics, most product labels do not give consumers enough information to make an informed decision, according to a research team led by Georgetown University Medical Center.

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2019 at 12:00 ET

Smartphone Relaxation App Helps Some Manage Migraine

Migraine sufferers who used a smartphone-based relaxation technique at least twice a week experienced on average four fewer headache days per month, a new study shows.

– NYU Langone Health

Nature Digital Medicine; K23AT009706-01 ; K23NS096107; UL1TR001445

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2019 at 00:00 ET

Lymphoma trial finds combination targeted therapy effective prior to chemotherapy

Results of a Phase II clinical trial conducted at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center revealed that combination targeted therapy, consisting of rituximab, lenalidomide and ibrutinib (RLI), had an 84.6 percent overall response rate (ORR)...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2019 at 13:10 ET

Columbia Nursing Study Finds Link Between Healthcare Associated Infections and Nurse Understaffing

A unit-level nurse staffing study conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing found an association between nurse understaffing and healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in patients, demonstrating that understaffing increases the risk of HAIs...

– Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Journal of Nursing Administration

For Latinos with diabetes, new study looks at ways to improve medication adherence

A new study shows certain lifestyle changes and low-cost interventions may improve how Latino patients with diabetes manage their medication regimen

– University of Southern California (USC) Health Sciences

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Sticking to Sports Can Help Kids Adjust

By participating in organized physical activity from the age of 6, children will have less risk of emotional difficulties by the time they're 12, a new Canadian study finds.

– Universite de Montreal

Pediatric Research, May 2019; SSHRC grant

New device sheds light on mechanism, efficacy of arthritis treatment

The debate over how one of the most popular osteoarthritis treatments should be federally regulated could change, thanks to a Cornell University study and a new device that provides a better understanding of the science behind hyaluronic acid (HA) in...

– Cornell University

PLoS One, May-2019

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Cervical Cancer During Pregnancy, Though Serious, is Highly Treatable According to New Research Review

“Individualized therapies are strongly recommended and the treatment decision should be made collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team consisting of obstetricians, gynecologists, oncologists, pediatricians, and psychologists,” says researcher...

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Cellular Physiology

Many Kids with Pneumonia Get Unnecessary Antibiotics, Chest X-Rays

Preschool children with community-acquired pneumonia often receive unnecessary tests and treatment at outpatient clinics and emergency departments, according to a nationally representative study led by Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, from Ann & Robert H. Luri...

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

Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, May-2019

Study finds link between burnout and weight gain

Feeling overworked contributes to a variety of unhealthy behaviors.

– University of Georgia

Journal of Health Psychology

Estudio descubre que terapia farmacológica retrasa aparición de síntomas de mieloma

El mayor ensayo aleatorio para mieloma múltiple quiescente plantea que un fármaco oncológico, la lenalidomida, puede retrasar la aparición de los síntomas del mieloma, dicen los investigadores de Mayo Clinic.

– Mayo Clinic

Estudio descubre marcadores del ADN potencialmente útiles para detección temprana del cáncer colorrectal

Entre varias presentaciones que Mayo Clinic hace durante la reunión anual de la Sociedad Americana de Oncología Clínica en Chicago, están estudios nuevos sobre la detección temprana del cáncer colorrectal y la repercusión de la terapia celular...

– Mayo Clinic

La información genética motiva a las mujeres a aceptar el tratamiento preventivo contra el cáncer, muestra estudio de Mayo Clinic

Los estudios muestran que la administración durante 5 años de tamoxifeno, raloxifeno e incluso de los inhibidores de la aromatasa puede reducir a la mitad el riesgo de cáncer de mama. Sin embargo, las mujeres con alto riesgo de cáncer de mama se ...

– Mayo Clinic

Do Images of Food on Kids’ Clothes Influence Eating Behavior?

As some sweet treat fans celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 7, a pediatrician examines the new trend of donuts showing up on children's clothing.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Eating Behaviors


依库珠单抗药物是一种抑制炎症反应的合成抗体,可显著降低视神经脊髓炎谱系疾病(neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder,简称NMOSD)复发的风险。这种罕见但严重的自身免疫性炎症性疾病可导致...

– Mayo Clinic

Brush your teeth -- postpone Alzheimer's

The researchers have determined that gum disease (gingivitis) plays a decisive role in whether a person developes Alzheimer´s or not.

– University of Bergen

Science Advances

Should STEMI Patients Recover in the ICU?

Providers need more clear guidance on whether a patient who has suffered from STEMI heart attack should recover in the intensive care unit, a new University of Michigan study, published in The BMJ, finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The BMJ, June-2019

Facial Bones of Black Adults Age Differently Than Other Races, Rutgers Study Finds

Facial bones in black adults maintain higher mineral density as they age than other races, resulting in fewer changes to their facial structure, a Rutgers study finds. The study, published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, is the first to document h...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery

Snout Dated: Slow-Evolving Elephant Shark Offers New Insights into Human Physiology

Slow-evolving elephant shark reveals hormonal adaptation and offers new insights into human physiology.

– University of California San Diego Health

Science Signaling

Researchers Restore Beta-Cell Function by Deleting Old Cells

Research from Joslin Diabetes Center has shown in mice that insulin resistance increases the proportion of aged beta-cells which are dysfunction. Such an increase in aged beta-cells could lead to type 2 diabetes. These researchers confirmed similarly...

– Joslin Diabetes Center

Cell Metabolism

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Controlling a Runner’s High, Exercise and Anxiety, Physical Activity and Cognitive Performance and More from the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Science®

If you're looking for health and fitness story ideas, view these research highlights from the May 2019 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, ACSM’s flagship journal. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organizatio...

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Tip Sheet: Engineering Antibody-Producing B Cells; Editing Genes via Gold Nanoparticles; And Using AI to Screen Lung Cancer Patients

Below are summaries of recent Fred Hutch research, with links for additional background and media contacts.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

New Minimally Invasive Procedure Treats Debilitating Swallowing Disorder

Loyola Medicine is among the first centers in Illinois to offer a new minimally invasive procedure to treat a debilitating swallowing disorder called achalasia. There are no incisions or scars, minimal pain and a fast recovery.

– Loyola University Health System


Traditional chemotherapy still gold standard over new targeted therapy for HER2-positive breast cancers

Results of a phase 3 clinical trial by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that women with HER2-positive breast cancer had significantly better response rates, but more severe side effects, when they were treated with tr...

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

Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Embargo expired on 03-Jun-2019 at 10:45 ET

Stalk antibodies provide flu protection in humans

A universal flu vaccine that could prevent a potential influenza pandemic has been a holy grail for epidemiologists around the world ever since the first flu vaccines were developed in 1938.

– University of Michigan

Nature Medicine

Embargo expired on 03-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

New research addresses incidence of atrial fibrillation after aortic valve replacement

UAB investigators have outlined the incidence and implications of atrial fibrillation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation and surgical aortic valve replacement.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 03-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

Low Rate of Serious Upper-Spine Injuries in NCAA Football Players

Collegiate football players have low rates of serious or disabling injuries of the upper (cervical) spine, concludes an analysis of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) database, reported in the journal Spine. The journal is published i...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


Mount Sinai Researchers Study Caregiving in Homes and a Health Care Workforce in Transition

Two studies examine spousal caregiving in last years of life and the adequacy of training and preparation for paid caregivers

– Mount Sinai Health System

Health Affairs; Health Affairs

National Survey Indicates Majority of Physician Misconduct Goes Unreported

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released the results of a survey commissioned to measure the prevalence of physician misconduct and public awareness of the work of state medical boards.

– Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

POLO trial for advanced pancreatic cancer: a new standard of care

Treatment with the drug olaparib significantly reduced the risk of disease progression or death from metastatic pancreatic cancer, according to findings from the recently completed, international, phase-III POLO (Pancreas cancer OLaparib Ongoing) tri...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

New England Journal of Medicine

Combination of water scarcity and inflexible demand puts world’s river basins at risk

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2019 – Nearly one-fifth of the world’s population lives in a stressed water basin where the next climate change-driven incident could threaten access to an essential resource for agriculture, industry and life itself, acco...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Sustainability, Jun-2019

Immune cells determine how fast certain tumors grow

By examining brain tumors in mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that immune cells that should be defending the body against disease sometimes can be enticed into providing aid and comfort to tumor ce...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Neuro-Oncology, May-2019; 1-R01-CA195692-01; 1-R35-NS07211-01; UL1-TR000448

Snapshot of chikungunya could lead to drugs, vaccines for viral arthritis

A team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has snapped high-resolution pictures of chikungunya virus latched onto a protein found on the surface of cells in the joints. The structures, published May 9 in the journal Cell, shows i...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Cell, May-2019; R01 AI114816; R01 AI123348; R01 AI095436; T32AI007172; HHSN272201700060C; P41GM103422

Drug-resistant tuberculosis reversed in lab

Tuberculosis is the most lethal infectious disease in the world. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Umea University in Sweden have found a compound that can prevent and even reverse antibiotic resistance in TB ba...

– Washington University in St. Louis

PNAS, May-2019; R33 AI111696; R01 AI134847; DGE-1745038; GM007067; U19AI110818

Newfound autoimmune syndrome causes muscle pain, weakness

A previously unknown autoimmune muscle disease involving sudden onset of debilitating muscle pain and weakness has been identified by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The syndrome easily could be mistaken for othe...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Neurology, Apr-2019

Wearable motion detectors identify subtle motor deficits in children

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that wristwatch-like motion detectors can help identify in children signs of motor impairments that might otherwise be missed.

– Washington University in St. Louis

JAMA Network Open, Apr-2019; NS088590; TR000448; 1P30NS098577; 2016121703; 14-011

Lithium boosts muscle strength in mice with rare muscular dystrophy

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that lithium improves muscle size and strength in mice with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. The findings, published April 18 in Neurology Genetics, could lead to a dru...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Neurology Genetics, Apr-2019; AG031867; AG042095; AR068797

UT Southwestern develops test to predict immunotherapy response in kidney cancer

A new test to illuminate kidney cancers may identify patients who are most likely to benefit from immunotherapy.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer

New genetic weapons challenge sickle cell disease

Help for patients with sickle cell disease may soon come from gene editing to fix the mutation that causes the disease and boost the patient's own protective fetal hemoglobin.

– Rice University

Nucleic Acids Research

Trap-and-release accelerates study of swimming ciliated cells

J. Mark Meacham and Minji Kim in his lab studied cilia in an acoustic trap that allows them to analyze hundreds of cells in minutes.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Soft Matter, June 12, 2019; CMMI-1633971

For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse

In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, nonmedical opioid users were more lik...

– Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Journal of Addictive Studies

Immunotherapy drug found safe in treating cancer patients with HIV

The results of a study led by physicians at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that patients living with HIV and one of a variety of potentially deadly cancers could be safely treated with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab, also known b...

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

JAMA Oncology / HHSN261200800001E, ZIA BC011700, ZIA BC010885, 1U01CA154967; ASCO Annual Meeting 2019

Choosing the Right Drug to Fight Cancer

Biochemists at Université de Montreal discover a new mechanism to better predict whether an anti-cancer therapy will work.

– Universite de Montreal

Cancer Research, May 17, 2019

What’s in a name? In the case of epilepsy, more than you might think.

Classifying seizures and types of epilepsy is something like creating another language - one that's used by physicians, patients and policymakers. How do these classifications change over time, and why is it sometimes difficult to reach consensus?

– International League Against Epilepsy

Immunotherapy Keeps 87-year-old Man on the Job

Five-year survival data for pembrolizumab patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer were presented June 1 at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting, May 31-June 4, in Chicago. The study results showed a marked improvement over 5-year survival rates in ...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

PhRMA Foundation Support to Advance Health Care Value Assessment Highlighted In ISPOR Presentations

Advancement in the area of value assessment in health care took the spotlight in several discussions featured recently at the national conference of the 2019 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in New Orleans.

– PhRMA Foundation

Boise State Alumna Uses Degree to Improve Lives of Idahoans

As the health program manager of the Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Cariou oversees statewide cancer prevention programs.

– Boise State University

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

Nation’s Leading Medical Specialty Organizations Applaud Congressional Leaders’ Introduction of Legislation to Improve Oversight and Transparency in Prior Authorization

2019 (H.R. 3107), legislation that would protect patients from unreasonable Medicare Advantage plan requirements that needlessly delay or deny access to medically necessary care

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

ATS Concerned by Trump Administration Action to Halt NIH Fetal Tissue Intramural Research

The American Thoracic Society is concerned by today’s announcement of the Trump Administration’s restrictions on federal support for fetal tissue research.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

ASTRO applauds new prior authorization legislation to reduce cancer patient burden and delays

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) applauds introduction of the The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Association for Molecular Pathology Expresses Serious Concerns with Congress’ Attempt to Resurrect Human Gene Patenting Debate and Reverse Settled Supreme Court Ruling

AMP has expressed serious concerns with Congress’ recent proposal to amend Section 101 of the Patent Act. If enacted, the draft legislation would overturn 150 years of patent case law and permit patenting of human genes and naturally-occurring asso...

– Association for Molecular Pathology

Experts Address National Shortage of Home Care Nurses for Children

Child health experts from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago offer recommendations to address the national shortage of nurses who provide care at home for children with serious chronic health conditions often caused by complicatio...

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

Health Affairs, June-2019

Embargo expired on 03-Jun-2019 at 16:00 ET

ACI: Liquid Laundry Packet Safety Standard is Working

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) responded to a new study – published in the journal Pediatrics – that examined calls to poison control centers related to accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets, saying that "the consensus safety stan...

– American Cleaning Institute

MedWire Announcements

Columbia University and Deerfield Management Launch Hudson Heights Innovations

Columbia University and Deerfield Management, a healthcare investment firm, today announced the creation of a major research and development alliance. The collaboration is intended to advance the translation of biomedical discoveries into transformat...

– Columbia University

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 08:00 ET

DISARM Act Provides Framework Needed to Spur Antibiotic R&D, Protect Existing Drugs

The introduction of the Developing an Innovative Strategy for Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms -- DISARM -- Act -- by United States Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) Tuesday represents an essential step toward addressing the g...

– Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches CME Course to Reduce Opioid Misuse and Abuse

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the launch of its new Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) continuing medical education (CME) course available online now or in person at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

UT Southwestern Medical School students named DFW Schweitzer Fellows

Seven UT Southwestern Medical School students have been selected Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellows.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

The Day Family Announces the Creation of The Ryan and Christina Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Ryan and Christina Day have joined On Our Sleeves™, the movement to transform childhood mental health developed by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Today, they announced the creation of The Ryan and Christina Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent ...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

Cancer researchers earn $4.1 million Cancer Moonshot grant to develop immunotherapy treatments for children, adolescents

A team of researchers from Indiana University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have been awarded a $4.1 million National Cancer Institute “Cancer Moonshot” grant to develop immunotherapy treatments for cancer in children and adolescents...

– Indiana University


SUNY Upstate Medical University's Albanese elected president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

SUNY Upstate Medical University's Stephen Albanese elected president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, a professional society of more than 1,400 surgeons, physicians and allied health professionals dedicated to improving the care...

– SUNY Upstate Medical University

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation's $32 million gift advances Mayo Clinic research

A generous $32 million gift from the New York-based Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation will enable Mayo Clinic to expand its research mission with the construction of a four-story, 64,000-square-foot research building in Rochester.

– Mayo Clinic

Mount Sinai Scientist Awarded $8 Million for Visionary Research on Environmental Influences on Health and Disease

A theory that proposes the existence of a dynamic interface between the environment and human physiology over someone’s lifetime has earned a leading Mount Sinai researcher the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institute ...

– Mount Sinai Health System


Comprehensive Breast Imaging Suite Coming to Orland Park

The new dedicated breast imaging suite in Orland Park will provide screening and diagnostic mammography as part of a joint venture with Solis Mammography.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Penn Receives $12 Million Grant to Study Connection Between Radiation and Immunotherapies

From understanding the genetics of cancer cells to improving cellular therapies and incorporating new methods of radiation therapy, a $12 million grant will help researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania pursue the n...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Earns Full 3-Year Accreditation from National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute has earned a full three-year accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons. Henry Ford Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital an...

– Henry Ford Health System

New Robotic Technology Enhances Spine Surgery

A new technology that increases the safety and precision of spinal fusion surgeries while reducing the time needed for the procedure now is available at Rush University Medical Center. Called the Mazor X Robotic Guidance Platform, the technology comb...

– Rush University Medical Center

AACI’s Champion for Cures Award to Recognize the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Family

The Jon M. and Karen Huntsman family will receive the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ (AACI) 2019 Champion for Cures Award, in recognition of their significant leadership in supporting efforts to cure cancer and in inspiring others to do...

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

New $2 million DOD Grant Funds Zika Vaccine Testing at Texas Biomed

As part of a program called the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the DOD is awarding Texas Biomedical Research Institute $2 million over the next three years to study a promising experimental Zika vaccine.

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute


Eric Zwisler named Chair of La Jolla Institute for Immunology’s Board of Directors

Eric Zwisler, former President and Chairman of Cardinal Health China, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of La Jolla Institute for Immunology. He will assume his role effective May 31, 2019.

– La Jolla Institute for Immunology

MedWire Higher Education Events

Cedars-Sinai Awards Record Number of Advanced Degrees

The Cedars-Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded a record number of advanced degrees at its 7th annual commencement, where a Nobel laureate urged the graduates to "tackle our greatest challenges" by sustaining their commitment to scien...

– Cedars-Sinai





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