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7-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Blood-based lung nodule testing presentation at ATS 2020 Virtual
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Nodify Lung™ testing helps reclassify risk of malignancy of nodules by identifying patients with a higher or lower risk than indicated by traditional risk assessment

Released: 6-Aug-2020 4:00 PM EDT
People Who Feel Dizzy When They Stand Up May Have Higher Risk of Dementia
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Some people who feel dizzy or lightheaded when they stand up may have an increased risk of developing dementia years later, according to a new study published in the August 12, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The condition, called orthostatic hypotension, occurs when people experience a sudden drop in blood pressure when they stand up.

Released: 6-Aug-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Blood Test May Point to Patients at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Deterioration, Death
George Washington University

George Washington University researchers found five biomarkers associated with higher odds of clinical deterioration and death in COVID-19 patients. Published in Future Medicine, these findings will help physicians better predict outcomes for COVID-19 patients in the U.S.

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Released: 3-Aug-2020 1:00 PM EDT
A blood test could predict who benefits from immunotherapy
University Health Network (UHN)

A test which detects changing levels of tumour fragments in the blood may be an easy, non-invasive and quick way to predict who will benefit from immunotherapy, a treatment option for advanced cancers.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Gut Microbiome Translates Stress Into Sickle Cell Crises
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

A new study shows how chronic psychological stress leads to painful vessel-clogging episodes—the most common complication of sickle-cell disease (SCD) and a frequent cause of hospitalizations. The findings, made in mice, show that the gut microbiome plays a key role in triggering those episodes and reveals possible ways to prevent them. The research was conducted by scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and published online today in Immunity.

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Released: 30-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Johns Hopkins Receives $35 Million in Funding from Department of Defense for Covid-19 Blood Plasma Trials
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins researchers have received $35 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND), on behalf of the Defense Health Agency, for two nationwide clinical trials to test the effectiveness of a convalescent blood plasma outpatient treatment. The treatment is a transfusion of a blood product from COVID-19 survivors that contains antibodies that may help the patient’s immune system fight the virus.

27-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
COVID-19 may cause deadly blood clots
Endocrine Society

COVID-19 may increase the risk of blot cots in women who are pregnant or taking estrogen with birth control or hormone replacement therapy, according to a new manuscript published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrinology.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 7:30 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Alzheimer’s Blood Test: An expert panel with WUSTL, RUPress: July 28, 3PM EDT
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test: An expert panel with WUSTL, RUPress: July 28, 3PM EDT

Newswise: Researchers make significant step toward blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
28-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Researchers make significant step toward blood test for Alzheimer’s disease
The Rockefeller University Press

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a technique to detect minute amounts of a protein fragment linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the blood. The study, which will be published July 28 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), shows that levels of p-tau-217 are elevated during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and could lead to a simple blood test capable of diagnosing the neurodegenerative disorder years before any symptoms begin to appear.

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27-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Alzheimer’s protein in blood indicates early brain changes
Washington University in St. Louis

Two decades or more before symptoms arise, plaques of a sticky protein called amyloid begin forming in the brains of people later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: 2 immunotherapies merged into single, more effective treatment
Released: 23-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
2 immunotherapies merged into single, more effective treatment
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have combined two immunotherapy strategies into a single therapy and found, in studies in human cells and in mice, that the two together are more effective than either alone in treating certain blood cancers, such as leukemia.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Post-Surgical Bleeding Associated with More Deaths When Compared to Blood Clots After Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Post-surgical bleeding is associated with more deaths than blood clots from surgery, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Newswise: Researchers track down metabolic enzyme that protects against inflammation
17-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Researchers track down metabolic enzyme that protects against inflammation
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

A new study from scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) shows that a previously poorly understood enzyme actually inhibits inflammation in blood vessels. The research offers a potential path to treating DADA2, an inflammatory blood vessel disease in children that is similar to Kawasaki disease.

Newswise: Donating Your Plasma Saves the Lives of Those with Primary Immunodeficiency
Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Donating Your Plasma Saves the Lives of Those with Primary Immunodeficiency
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

The U.S. is currently experiencing a devastating shortage of plasma, and those in need are being forced to skip necessary treatments or go without – a possibly fatal situation.

17-Jul-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Common Blood Test Identifies Benefits and Risks of Steroid Treatment in COVID-19 Patients
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System

A new study led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System confirms the findings of the large scale British trial of steroid use for COVID-19 patients and advances the research by answering several key questions: Which patients are most likely to benefit from steroid therapy? Could some of them be harmed? Can other formulations of steroids substitute for the agent studied in the British trial? The research was published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Technion-developed Method Accelerates Blood Test Analysis by About 98%
American Technion Society

A new method for rapid and inexpensive analysis of the chemical composition of blood samples may hasten the early diagnosis of diseases. The first application to be tested will be the early detection of various cancerous tumors based on blood tests.

20-Jul-2020 5:10 PM EDT
Non-invasive blood test can detect cancer four years before conventional diagnosis methods
University of California San Diego

An international team of researchers has developed a non-invasive blood test that can detect whether an individual has one of five common types of cancers, four years before the condition can be diagnosed with current methods. The test detects stomach, esophageal, colorectal, lung and liver cancer. Called PanSeer, the test detected cancer in 91% of samples from individuals who had been asymptomatic when the samples were collected and were only diagnosed with cancer one to four years later.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Increased blood sugar levels may decrease benefits of aerobic exercise
Joslin Diabetes Center

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have discovered that some benefits of aerobic exercise may be dampened by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, and that this is independent of obesity and insulin levels in the blood.

Released: 17-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
COVID-19 patient at LBJ Hospital recovers after convalescent plasma transfusion
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Kony Chacon credits a century-old treatment now being used to help coronavirus patients fight off the infection – convalescent blood plasma transfusions – with helping her recover.

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Released: 17-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Cannabis shows potential for mitigating sickle cell disease pain
University of California, Irvine

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open.

Newswise: New antiplatelet drug shows promise for treating heart attack
Released: 15-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
New antiplatelet drug shows promise for treating heart attack
University of Illinois at Chicago

Researchers have developed a new drug that prevents blood clots without causing an increased risk of bleeding, a common side effect of all antiplatelet medications currently available. A new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine describes the drug and its delivery mechanisms and shows that the drug is also an effective treatment for heart attack in animal models.

13-Jul-2020 5:55 PM EDT
AQI Receives Support from Edwards Lifesciences to Improve Data Collection and Analysis of Low Blood Pressure
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), announced today a quality-driven initiative dedicated to further developing the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR), the largest anesthesia registry in the country. The initiative, supported by Edwards Lifesciences, represents a shared vision between AQI and Edwards to improve data collection and analysis, including new tracking and feedback of intraoperative hypotension (low blood pressure), to better inform future quality standards that can positively impact patient outcomes.

Released: 15-Jul-2020 7:30 AM EDT
OMRON Healthcare and Mount Sinai Health System Collaborate to Help High-Risk Patients Monitor Their Blood Pressure from Home with VitalSight
Mount Sinai Health System

• Ensures close connection between patient and physician for remote hypertension monitoring • Complements Mount Sinai’s growing telehealth initiative • Medicare-covered and generally at no cost to patients, depending on coverage

Newswise: Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Treats Rare Genetic Disorders in Largest Study to Date
Released: 14-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Umbilical Cord Blood Successfully Treats Rare Genetic Disorders in Largest Study to Date
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Infusing umbilical cord blood – a readily available source of stem cells – safely and effectively treated 44 children born with various non-cancerous genetic disorders, including sickle cell, thalassemia, Hunter syndrome, Krabbe disease, MLD, and an array of immune deficiencies.

Released: 14-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Moffitt Researchers Find Dual Inhibitor May Be Safer for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients
Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers want to learn more about how PI3K inhibitor therapy works with the body’s immune system to determine if there are ways to predict or mitigate associated adverse effects. Their findings were published in the July 14 issue of Blood Advances, a journal of the American Society of Hematology.

Newswise: Donate Blood to Save a Life
Released: 14-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Donate Blood to Save a Life
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased need for blood and platelets. Rutgers Cancer Institute expert shares why right now is an important time to donate blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
UTHealth joins study of blood pressure medication’s effect on improving COVID-19 outcomes
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An interventional therapy aimed at improving survival chances and reducing the need for critical care treatment due to COVID-19 is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The clinical trial is underway at Memorial Hermann and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Team is first in Texas to investigate convalescent plasma for prevention of COVID-19 onset and progression
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A research team is the first in Texas to investigate whether plasma from COVID-19 survivors can be used in outpatient settings to prevent the onset and progression of the virus in two new clinical trials at UTHealth.

Newswise: Does Blood Plasma from COVID-19 Survivors Help Patients Infected with Novel Coronavirus?
Released: 9-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Does Blood Plasma from COVID-19 Survivors Help Patients Infected with Novel Coronavirus?
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health have launched a clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma (CP) to prevent COVID-19 after a known exposure to the virus.

Newswise: Study Sheds Light on How Cancer Spreads in Blood
Released: 9-Jul-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Study Sheds Light on How Cancer Spreads in Blood
Cedars-Sinai

A new study sheds light on proteins in particles called extracellular vesicles, which are released by tumor cells into the bloodstream and promote the spread of cancer. The findings suggest how a blood test involving these vesicles might be used to diagnose cancer in the future, avoiding the need for invasive surgical biopsies.

7-Jul-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Simple Blood Test May Predict Concussion Severity Just as Well as Spinal Tap
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A blood biomarker in people who have had concussions may be just as accurate at predicting the severity of the injury and how long it will last as biomarkers that are obtained through more expensive and invasive tests, according to a study published in the July 8, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Released: 7-Jul-2020 9:35 AM EDT
COVID-19: What you should know if you have sickle cell disease
LifeBridge Health

If you have sickle cell disease, you are at higher risk than the general population for severe complications from COVID-19.

Newswise: Covid-19 Blood Clotting Cause Identified in Study
29-Jun-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Covid-19 Blood Clotting Cause Identified in Study
Yale Cancer Center

New findings led by Yale Cancer Center researchers and experts across several medical specialties at Yale identify a leading mechanism behind the pathophysiology of Covid-19 and pinpoint a biological marker for the mechanism that may aid in treating these patients.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 12:40 PM EDT
COVID-19 Causes ‘Hyperactivity’ in Blood-Clotting Cells
University of Utah Health

Changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 could contribute to the onset of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease, according to University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers found that inflammatory proteins produced during infection significantly alter the function of platelets, making them “hyperactive” and more prone to form dangerous and potentially deadly blood clots.

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Released: 30-Jun-2020 12:15 PM EDT
New evidence for how blood clots may form in very ill COVID-19 patients
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Scientists have new evidence that overactive neutrophils--a common type of circulating immune cell--may drive the life-threatening blood clots and inflammation that occur in some patients with COVID-19.

Newswise: Clues to COVID-19 Complications Come from NET-like Inflammatory Response
Released: 29-Jun-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Clues to COVID-19 Complications Come from NET-like Inflammatory Response
University of Utah Health

An overactive defense response may lead to increased blood clotting, disease severity, and death from COVID-19. A phenomenon called NETosis—in which infection-fighting cells emit a web-like substance to trap invading viruses—is part of an immune response that becomes increasingly hyperactive in people on ventilators and people who die from the disease.

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Released: 29-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
What Is Kawasaki Disease?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Kawasaki disease, sometimes called Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious inflammation of the blood vessels which affects young children, often under 5 years of age. Marked by fever, swelling and other symptoms, it can lead to coronary artery aneurysms in approximately 25% of cases if untreated.

Newswise: Dana-Farber President & CEO Emeritus receives ASH Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity
Released: 23-Jun-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Dana-Farber President & CEO Emeritus receives ASH Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, President and CEO Emeritus of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Richard and Susan Smith Distinguished Professor at Harvard Medical School, has received the 2020 ASH Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 2:40 PM EDT
UCSF, St. Jude Identify Key Culprit Driving Treatment Resistance in Deadly Immune Disorder
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

A new study by researchers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has identified what they believe to be a key reason behind patients’ treatment-resistance in the rare inflammatory disorder HLH. The finding could offer additional insights into other immune conditions, including a type of childhood leukemia and the severe inflammation response in some children with COVID-19.

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Released: 12-Jun-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Join Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and the Vasculitis Foundation for a Virtual Pajama Party Benefit!
Vasculitis Foundation

Tickets are on sale now for a fun-filled evening of vasculitis awareness and entertainment. Don’t miss it!

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Released: 12-Jun-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Roswell Park Suggests New Strategy for Controlling Graft vs. Host Disease in Blood/Marrow Transplant Recipients
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

New preclinical work by a team of researchers from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program suggests that the risk of developing acute graft vs. host disease (GVHD) during allogeneic blood/marrow transplant (BMT) — a potentially curative treatment for selected patients with hematologic disorders — can be decreased using an existing class of drugs called beta adrenergic agonists.

Newswise: Cytokine implicated in HLH treatment resistance
11-Jun-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Cytokine implicated in HLH treatment resistance
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Baylor College of Medicine are investigating how to best treat hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare immune disorder. Their work, appearing as an advance online publication today in Blood, details how combining two drugs may be a good treatment for HLH.

Released: 7-Jun-2020 11:30 PM EDT
Study identifies potential approach to treat patients with severe COVID-19
National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH

Early data from a clinical study suggest that blocking the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein provided clinical benefit to a small group of patients with severe COVID-19.

Released: 3-Jun-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Impact of COVID-19 infection in blood cancer patients
Queen Mary University of London

One of the first studies to investigate the outcome of COVID-19 infection in patients with blood cancer has been conducted by clinical researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

Newswise: Vasculitis Foundation Launches Vasculitis Visionaries Podcast Series
Released: 2-Jun-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Vasculitis Foundation Launches Vasculitis Visionaries Podcast Series
Vasculitis Foundation

The Vasculitis Foundation rolls out new podcast series, designed to educate and provide insight into rare, autoimmune blood vessel disorder.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Metabolite Analysis of ALS Patient Blood Plasma Could Reveal, Rule Out, Possible Biomarkers for Disease
North Carolina State University

High-throughput analysis of blood plasma could aid in identification of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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28-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Sea Snail, Human Insulin Hybrid Could Lead to Better Diabetes Treatments
University of Utah Health

Nearly a century after insulin was discovered, an international team of researchers including University of Utah Health scientists report that they have developed the world’s smallest, fully functional version of the hormone, one that combines the potency of human insulin with the fast-acting potential of a venom insulin produced by predatory cone snails. The finding, based on animal studies, could jumpstart the development of insulin treatments capable of improving the lives of those with diabetes.


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