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Newswise: Hypertension Study Based in African-American Barbershops Honored

Article ID: 709041

Hypertension Study Based in African-American Barbershops Honored

Cedars-Sinai

The Clinical Research Forum recognized the Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute with a 2019 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award today for its study aimed at developing a blood pressure control program for African-American men in the comfortable and convenient environments of their barbershops. In just six short months, the study improved the outcomes and control of high blood pressure in more than 60 percent of participants.

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4-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EST

Article ID: 708840

A Pioneering Transplant Turns a Baby’s Heart Around (Literally)

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) recently performed its first dextrocardia heart transplant. The child, known as Baby Ruben, was born with dextrocardia and complex heterotaxy syndrome—including a single ventricle and discontinuous pulmonary arteries, along with other defects. The child received a heart transplant at CHLA at 2 years of age.

Released:
28-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST

Article ID: 708743

New Method Uses AI to Screen for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Queen’s University (Ontario) and Duke University have developed a new tool that can screen children for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) quickly and affordably, making it accessible to more children in remote locations worldwide.

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26-Feb-2019 2:35 PM EST
Newswise: Surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in adults is effective and safe

Article ID: 708678

Surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in adults is effective and safe

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

FINDINGS Researchers found that more than 97 percent of the surgeries for appendicitis were laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, and most patients were discharged the same day or the next day. Only 3 percent of the procedures resulted in complications. Rates of unnecessary surgery — removing a “normal” appendix — were low (less than 4 percent), but were much higher in people without imaging studies before their operation (nearly 20 percent).

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25-Feb-2019 6:05 PM EST
Newswise: Lab-grown mini tumors could help identify personalized treatments for people with rare cancers

Article ID: 708599

Lab-grown mini tumors could help identify personalized treatments for people with rare cancers

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

UCLA scientists have developed a new method to quickly screen hundreds of drugs in order to identify treatments that can target specific tumors.

Released:
25-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Newswise: Cedars-Sinai Taps Alexa for Smart Hospital Room Pilot

Article ID: 708583

Cedars-Sinai Taps Alexa for Smart Hospital Room Pilot

Cedars-Sinai

A pilot program underway in more than 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai is allowing patients to use an Alexa-powered platform known as Aiva to interact hands-free with nurses and control their entertainment. Aiva is the world's first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals. In the pilot project, patient rooms are equipped with Amazon Echos and patients simply tell the device what they need.

Released:
25-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
Newswise: Potential of Strategic Partnerships to Form a Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA)

Article ID: 708519

Potential of Strategic Partnerships to Form a Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA)

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

Recognizing the persistence of health inequities in the Americas, an emerging Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) describes its approach to promoting health equity through intersectoral partnerships in a newly released issue of Ethnicity & Disease.

Released:
21-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST

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Newswise: 3D-printed Tires and Shoes that Self-Repair

Article ID: 708497

3D-printed Tires and Shoes that Self-Repair

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.​Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just that.​ Assistant Professor Qiming Wang works in the world of 3D printed materials, creating new functions for a variety of purposes, from flexible electronics to sound control. Now, working with Viterbi students Kunhao Yu, An Xin, and Haixu Du, and University of Connecticut Assistant Professor Ying Li, they have made a new material that can be manufactured quickly and is able to repair itself if it becomes fractured or punctured. This material could be game-changing for industries like shoes, tires, soft robotics,

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21-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST
Newswise: Scientists discover new type of immune cells that are essential for forming heart valves

Article ID: 708455

Scientists discover new type of immune cells that are essential for forming heart valves

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

UCLA researchers have identified for the first time the origin of an immune cell that plays a critical role in the formation of healthy heart valves. The findings could pave the way for new treatments for heart valve disorders, which can be caused by congenital defects, aging or disease. Their study, led by Dr. Atsushi “Austin” Nakano, a UCLA associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology and member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, was published in the journal Developmental Cell.

Released:
21-Feb-2019 11:05 AM EST
Newswise: A missing gene makes a big difference in patients’ recovery from mild stroke
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    21-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST

Article ID: 708349

A missing gene makes a big difference in patients’ recovery from mild stroke

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

UCLA neuroscientists found that patients born without a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stroke. Published in Cell, the discovery could lead to the first pill to reverse the physical and mental aftermath of the disease.

Released:
19-Feb-2019 7:05 PM EST

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