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Article ID: 603875

Rates of Emergency Bowel Surgery Vary Wildly From State to State

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins researchers have documented huge and somewhat puzzling interstate variations in the percentage of emergency versus elective bowel surgeries. Figuring out precisely why the differences occur is critical, they say, because people forced to undergo emergency procedures are far more likely to die from their operations than those able to plan ahead for them.

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4-Jun-2013 9:50 AM EDT

Article ID: 603811

Duke to Co-Lead NIH Research Network on Antibacterial Resistance

Duke Health

Investigators at Duke Medicine and UCSF have been selected by NIAID to oversee a nationwide research program on antibacterial resistance. Duke has been awarded $2 million in initial funding to launch the network; total funding for the award will reach at least $62 million through 2019.

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3-Jun-2013 10:00 AM EDT
Newswise: Growth Factor That Triggers Hair Follicle Generation Identified
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    2-Jun-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603765

Growth Factor That Triggers Hair Follicle Generation Identified

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have determined the role of a key growth factor, found in limited quantities in human skin cells, that helps hair follicles form and regenerate during the wound healing process. When this growth factor, called Fgf9, was overexpressed in a mouse model, there was a two- to three-fold increase in the number of new hair follicles produced. Researchers believe that this growth factor could be used therapeutically for people with various hair and scalp disorders. The study appears in an advance online publication of Nature Medicine.

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31-May-2013 12:00 PM EDT
Newswise: The Next Frontier of Wireless Tech? Your Body

Article ID: 603776

The Next Frontier of Wireless Tech? Your Body

University at Buffalo

The military has for decades used sonar for underwater communication. Now, researchers at the University at Buffalo are developing a miniaturized version of the same technology to be applied inside the human body to treat diseases such as diabetes and heart failure in real time.

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31-May-2013 3:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603735

Chemical Causes Kidney Failure in Mosquitoes

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Researchers are targeting a possible new weapon in the fight against malaria, science that could also be applied in the fight against other devastating mosquito-borne illnesses, according to a Vanderbilt study published in PLOS ONE.

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31-May-2013 9:00 AM EDT
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    29-May-2013 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603510

Temporary Blood Clot Filters May Do More Harm Than Good for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Johns Hopkins Medicine

The temporary placement of umbrella-like, metal mesh filters in abdominal veins to stop potentially lethal blood clots from traveling to the lungs during and after weight loss surgery may actually increase the risk of death in morbidly obese patients, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

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24-May-2013 3:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 603632

Adult Stem Cells Could Hold Key to Cure Type 1 Diabetes

University of Missouri School of Medicine

A University of Missouri scientist has discovered that by combining cells from bone marrow with a new drug may help cure type 1 diabetes. The discovery is reported in the current online issue of Diabetes.

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29-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 603574

Simple ‘Frailty’ Test Predicts Death, Hospitalization For Kidney Dialysis Patients

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins scientists report that a 10-minute test for “frailty” first designed to predict whether the elderly can withstand surgery and other physical stress could be useful in assessing the increased risk of death and frequent hospitalization among kidney dialysis patients of any age.

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28-May-2013 4:50 PM EDT
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Article ID: 603556

START-Advancing a Surgery-Free Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

Wake Forest University

Strength training may help older individuals manage knee pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. A new study at Wake Forest University is developing a surgery-free and effective option to treat knee pain and loss of mobility associated with knee osteoarthritis.

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28-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 603540

Using One Grant to Tackle Two Diseases

University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specialized cells, called “hematopoietic stem cells,” produce the new blood cells. Scientists thought hematopoietic stem cells stayed in the bone marrow but recent research has revealed that they, too, travel to the problem site: to the heart if a heart attack is in progress, or to the brain in the case of a stroke. Why these cells leave the bone marrow, how they know where to go, and what they do when they reach their target is what Jennifer Gillette, PhD, will use her $300,000 American Heart Association grant to study over the next four years.

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28-May-2013 11:45 AM EDT

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