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Study Testing How Well COVID-19 Vaccine Prevents Infection and Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Among University Students Now Expands to Include Young Adults Beyond the University Setting
Covid-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN)

The Prevent COVID U study, which launched in late March 2021 to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission among university students vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, has expanded beyond the university setting to enroll young adults ages 18 through 29 years and will now also include people in this age group who choose not to receive a vaccine.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Memoir from Health Policy Expert Challenges American Health Care System and Inspires Change
Amplify Publishing

Amplify Publishing announces the release of Beyond Fear: How I Fought the Feds for Six Years—and Won by Ted Giovanis.

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21-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Tree Pollen Carries SARS-CoV-2 Particles Farther, Facilitates Virus Spread
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

A study on the role of microscopic particles in virus transmission suggests pollen is nothing to sneeze at. In Physics of Fluids, researchers investigate how pollen facilitates the spread of an RNA virus like the COVID-19 virus. The study draws on cutting-edge computational approaches for analyzing fluid dynamics to mimic the pollen movement from a willow tree, a prototypical pollen emitter. Airborne pollen grains contribute to the spread of airborne viruses, especially in crowded environments.

Newswise: First Wave COVID-19 Data Underestimated Pandemic Infections
18-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
First Wave COVID-19 Data Underestimated Pandemic Infections
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Two COVID-19 pandemic curves emerged within many cities during the one-year period from March 2020 to March 2021. Oddly, the number of total daily infections reported during the first wave is much lower than that of the second, but the total number of daily deaths reported during the first wave is much higher than the second wave.

Newswise: Stroke Specialist James Conners, MD, MS, FAHA, Named Chair of Neurological Sciences at Rush
Released: 22-Jun-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Stroke Specialist James Conners, MD, MS, FAHA, Named Chair of Neurological Sciences at Rush
Rush University Medical Center

Leader of cerebrovascular disease, comprehensive stroke center, neurological clinical operations and a faculty excellence honoree takes the helm

Released: 22-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Self-Reported Declines in Cognition May be Linked to Changes in Brain Connectivity
Wayne State University Division of Research

A team from Wayne State University recently published the results of a three-year study of cognitive changes in older adults who complained that their cognitive ability was worsening though clinical assessments showed no impairments. MRIs at 18-month intervals showed significant changes in functional connectivity in two areas of the brain.

21-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Mount Sinai Researchers Discover a Novel Class of Drugs That May Help Treat a Deadly Type of Lymphoma
Mount Sinai Health System

A new class of drugs that inhibits a “master switch” involved in the vast majority of cases of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), a fatal subtype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has been discovered by researchers at Mount Sinai.

18-Jun-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Size Matters: Higher Licensed Venue Capacity Linked to Greater Risk of Alcohol-Related Violence
Research Society on Alcoholism

Disproportionately more assaults occur in higher-capacity licensed venues than in their smaller counterparts, according to an Australian study reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Licensed premises are high-risk settings for violent incidents, and a sizeable proportion of all alcohol-related violence occurs within them. Factors linked to aggressive in-venue behavior include inadequate seating, inconvenient bar access, crowded spaces, and drunkenness – which are all more likely in venues with more people (and hence in higher-capacity premises). However, although venue capacity had been proposed as a risk factor for on-premises violence, most previous research has focused on the relationship between crowding and aggression, and on the impact of longer trading hours. In the current study, therefore, researchers investigated the association between venue capacity and the number of violent incidents on-premises; the impact of longer opening hours was also assessed.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 9:05 AM EDT
Mental Well-Being Higher in the Summer vs. Fall
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Mental distress tends to be lower in the summer when compared to the fall, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Transgender Teenagers Deserve Same Access To Medical Care As Other Youth
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society and a coalition of LGBTQ+ youth and reproductive health organizations argued in a joint submission to the High Court of England and Wales that transgender teenagers should be able to give informed consent to treatment the same way teenagers with other medical conditions can.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Engineering Nanobodies As Lifesavers When SARS-CoV-2 Variants Attack
Ohio State University

Scientists are pursuing a new strategy in the protracted fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus by engineering nanobodies that can neutralize virus variants in two different ways.

Newswise: UH First in Northeast Ohio to Treat Patient with Heart Failure Using Cardiac Contractility Modulation
Released: 22-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
UH First in Northeast Ohio to Treat Patient with Heart Failure Using Cardiac Contractility Modulation
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

A University Hospitals (UH) patient is the first in Northeast Ohio to undergo a new, innovative procedure called CCM® therapy.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
UCLA Health to celebrate PRIDE with dazzling online drag queen performance event June 24 from 6-7:30 pm
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA Health is proud to present an online pride celebration and drag revue featuring iconic drag performers Ongina, Moi Moi Moi, Sunset Blush and others, each of whom will lip sync a song promoting community, inclusion and diversity.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 5:55 PM EDT
UCI-led study finds that cancer immunotherapy may self-limit its efficacy
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., June 21, 2021 — Cancer immunotherapy involving drugs that inhibit CTLA-4 also activates an unwanted response that may self-limit its efficacy in fighting tumors, according to a new study led by Francesco Marangoni, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology & biophysics and member of the Institute for Immunology at the University of California, Irvine.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 4:35 PM EDT
How do developing spinal cords choose 'heads' or 'tails'?
Gladstone Institutes

The progression from a round ball of cells to an embryo with a head and a tail is one of the most critical steps in an organism's development.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 4:10 PM EDT
Study examines how breast implant surfaces affect immune response
Rice University

Rice University bioengineers collaborated on a six-year study that systematically analyzed how the surface architecture of breast implants influences the development of adverse effects, including an unusual type of lymphoma.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 3:45 PM EDT
Rare Neurological Disorder Documented Following COVID-19 Vaccination
American Neurological Association (ANA)

In two separate articles in the Annals of Neurology, clinicians in India and England report cases of a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome after individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 2:05 PM EDT
New Diagnostic Method May Predict Relapse Risk for Those Recovering from Prescription Opioid Addiction
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers scientists have used a diagnostic technique for the first time in the opioid addiction field that they believe has the potential to determine which opioid-addicted patients are more likely to relapse.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 1:55 PM EDT
ACR Releases Position Statement on Patient Safety and Site of Service for Biologics
American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released an updated position statement on patient safety and site of service for biologics outlining several reasons why the ACR strongly believes infusions should be administered in a monitored health care setting with onsite supervision by a provider with appropriate training in biologic infusions.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Nurse Inspires Young Amputee With Surprise Visitor and Hope
Cedars-Sinai

Nurses aren’t just heroes at the bedside. Some have a lasting impact long after a patient goes home. Consider orthopaedic nurse Sandra (Sandy) Nahom—and the young amputee patient she helped inspire after a tragic accident.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 12:40 PM EDT
UCI-led Meta-analysis Identifies Hypertension Medications That Help Ward Off Memory Loss
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., June  21, 2021 — A large-scale meta-analysis led by University of California, Irvine researchers provides the strongest evidence yet of which blood pressure medications help slow memory loss in older adults: those that can travel out of blood vessels and directly into the brain. The findings, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, will be of interest to the 91 million Americans whose blood pressure is high enough to warrant medication, as well as the doctors who treat them.

Newswise: Study Suggests that Smoother Silicone Breast Implants Reduce Severity of Immune System Reactions
Released: 21-Jun-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Study Suggests that Smoother Silicone Breast Implants Reduce Severity of Immune System Reactions
Johns Hopkins Medicine

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Rice University in Houston, silicone breast implants with a smoother surface design have less risk of producing inflammation and other immune system reactions than those with more roughly textured coatings. Results of the experiments using mice, rabbits and samples of human breast tissue advance knowledge of how the body responds to such implants, providing new information to physicians and affirming the benefits of certain smoother surfaces, the researchers say.

Newswise: Access to peer support combined with telehealth being studied for its effectiveness in helping individuals combat PTSD
Released: 21-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Access to peer support combined with telehealth being studied for its effectiveness in helping individuals combat PTSD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The military mantra of "no man left behind" is being applied to help veterans complete treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using evidence-based psychotherapy, paired with peer support, in a study led by trauma researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: Insomnia Awareness Night to Shed Light on Impact of Sleeplessness
Released: 21-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Insomnia Awareness Night to Shed Light on Impact of Sleeplessness
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine are working to raise awareness of one of the most common sleep problems with Insomnia Awareness Night on June 22, 2021.

Newswise: Researchers develop first inhibitors against key epigenetic complex involved in cancer
Released: 21-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Researchers develop first inhibitors against key epigenetic complex involved in cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Activity of the polycomb repressive complex 1 is essential for the development and maintenance of leukemic cells; disrupting it presents a new potential therapeutic approach.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Welcomes Heron Therapeutics as Industry Supporter
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced Heron Therapeutics, a commercial-stage biotechnology company, as an ASA Industry Supporter for the third year, supporting the work of the Society and physician anesthesiologists to reduce reliance on opioids during or following surgical procedures and ensuring that non-opioid alternatives are available to patients.

Newswise: RegeneratOR Test Bed to Launch Start Ups, Advance Regenerative Medicine Ecosystem
Released: 21-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
RegeneratOR Test Bed to Launch Start Ups, Advance Regenerative Medicine Ecosystem
Wake Forest School of Medicine

The RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO), a non-profit foundation headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, and dedicated to advancing the regenerative medicine field nationwide, and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), the largest regenerative medicine institute in the world, announce the launch of the RegeneratOR Test Bed.

Newswise: Investigational Alzheimer’s Drug Improves Biomarkers of the Disease
18-Jun-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Investigational Alzheimer’s Drug Improves Biomarkers of the Disease
Washington University in St. Louis

An ongoing international Alzheimer's clinical trial has found that one drug, gantenerumab, improved biomarkers of disease despite unclear cognitive effects, prompting study leaders to offer participants the option of continuing to receive the drug and participate in follow-up examinations as part of a so-called open label extension.

Newswise: Protein Linked to Heart Health, Disease a Potential Therapeutic Target for Dementia
18-Jun-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Protein Linked to Heart Health, Disease a Potential Therapeutic Target for Dementia
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that high levels of a normal protein associated with reduced heart disease also protect against Alzheimer’s-like damage in mice, opening up new approaches to slowing or stopping brain damage and cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s.

Newswise: New Analysis reveals link between birthdays and COVID-19 spread during the height of the pandemic
17-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
New Analysis reveals link between birthdays and COVID-19 spread during the height of the pandemic
Harvard Medical School

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection increased 30 percent for households with a recent birthday in counties with high rates of COVID-19 Findings suggest informal social gatherings such as birthday parties played role in infection spread at the height of the coronavirus pandemic No birthday-bash infection jumps seen in areas with low rates of COVID-19 Households with children’s birthdays had greater risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection than with adult birthdays

17-Jun-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Virtual Reality as Pain Relief: Reducing Dressing Change Pain in Pediatric Burn Patients
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Prior studies have investigated alternative approaches to pain reduction in burn injury patients that focus on distraction, such as music, hypnosis, toys, and virtual reality (VR). In a study published today in JAMA Network Open, Henry Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, MBA, and his research team reported the use of smartphone-based VR games during dressing changes in pediatric patients with burn injuries.

16-Jun-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Implantable Brain Device Relieves Pain in Early Study
NYU Langone Health

A computerized brain implant effectively relieves short-term and chronic pain in rodents, a new study finds.

Newswise: New Patient Guide from NCCN Jumpstarts Important Conversations About Anal Cancer
Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:55 AM EDT
New Patient Guide from NCCN Jumpstarts Important Conversations About Anal Cancer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

New and updated patient and caregiver resources from National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) offer jargon-free, state-of-the-art information on diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance for anal, colon, and rectal cancers.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:45 AM EDT
The July issue is out! Find out the top reasons to read the July issue of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

The July issue is out! Find out the top reasons to read the July issue of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Newswise: Wayne State Receives $1.97 Million NIH Grant to Provide Research Training to Undergraduates
Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Wayne State Receives $1.97 Million NIH Grant to Provide Research Training to Undergraduates
Wayne State University Division of Research

Researchers at Wayne State University recently received a nearly $1.97 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health for the T34 program, Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC).

Newswise: COVID-19 dual-antibody therapies effective against variants in animal study
Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19 dual-antibody therapies effective against variants in animal study
Washington University in St. Louis

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that many, but not all, COVID-19 therapies made from combinations of two antibodies are effective against a wide range of virus variants, and that combination therapies appear to prevent the emergence of drug resistance.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Ali N. Zaidi, MD, to Receive Prestigious Honor From American Heart Association on Long Island
Mount Sinai Health System

Cardiologist will partner with organization to create awareness for congenital heart disease to improve community health

Released: 21-Jun-2021 9:55 AM EDT
Endocrine Society Mourns the Passing of Dr. Jean D. Wilson
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society leadership is saddened to announce the passing of renowned member and Past President Jean D. Wilson, M.D. Wilson was President of the Endocrine Society from 1989 to 1990 and a member for almost fifty years.

Newswise: NIH-Funded Study Shows Children Recycle Brain Regions When Acquiring New Skills
Released: 21-Jun-2021 9:45 AM EDT
NIH-Funded Study Shows Children Recycle Brain Regions When Acquiring New Skills
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientists studied the brain activity of school-aged children during development and found that regions that activated upon seeing limbs (hands, legs, etc.) subsequently activated upon seeing faces or words when the children grew older. The research, by scientists at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, reveals new insights about vision development in the brain and could help inform prevention and treatment strategies for learning disorders. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute and is published in Nature Human Behaviour.

Newswise: Look-Back Study Charts 60 Years of Treatments, Health Characteristics Among People with Dwarfism
Released: 21-Jun-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Look-Back Study Charts 60 Years of Treatments, Health Characteristics Among People with Dwarfism
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a retrospective study believed to be one of the largest of its kind, researchers say they have successfully charted the health risks, growth patterns, and medical and surgical outcomes of 1,374 people with the most common form of dwarfism, called achondroplasia, seen over a 60-year period at four academic medical centers, including Johns Hopkins Medicine. The findings, according to the researchers, not only affirm some long-standing views and trends in the care of those with the condition, but also offer a standardized baseline, a blueprint investigators hope will serve to speed diagnosis and improve patients’ quality of life and health.

16-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Exposure to Homophobic Attitudes Linked to Higher Stress Levels Among Sexual Minorities
American Psychological Association (APA)

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people who encounter homophobic attitudes experience increases in heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones, potentially putting them at risk for multiple health problems, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

14-Jun-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Primary Care-based Resources Can Successfully Address Alcohol-use Problems
Research Society on Alcoholism

Few patients with alcohol-use problems who might benefit from either pharmacotherapy or specialized addiction treatment typically receive care. That may now change owing to a pilot study which examined the feasibility of providing a real-time video consultation resource in primary care. The study’s findings will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

14-Jun-2021 9:40 AM EDT
Alcohol Use Among Sexual Minority Adolescents is Linked to Discrimination and Stigmatization
Research Society on Alcoholism

Sexual minority adolescents – lesbian, gay, or bisexual youth – are at an increased risk for substance use, including alcohol. A new study finds that discriminatory and stigmatizing experiences may be to blame. These results and others will be shared at the 44th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), which due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be held virtually this year from the 19th - 23rd of June 2021.

Newswise: New Medical Director Named to Lead Clinical Cancer Research
Released: 21-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
New Medical Director Named to Lead Clinical Cancer Research
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

The new medical director for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Clinical Research is Dr. Edward Kim who steps into his new position e on July 1, 2021.

Newswise: Genetic Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorder Discovered
Released: 21-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Genetic Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorder Discovered
University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers identified a new gene that may be linked to certain neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities.

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Newswise: The MedWalk Diet: A Step Closer to Walking Away From Dementia
Released: 21-Jun-2021 5:30 AM EDT
The MedWalk Diet: A Step Closer to Walking Away From Dementia
University of South Australia

It’s been named the world’s best diet for weight loss, but now researchers at the University of South Australia are confident that the Mediterranean Diet – combined with a daily bout of exercise – can also stave off dementia, slowing the decline in brain function that is commonly associated with older age.


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