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Released: 1-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
COVID vs. Flu vs. Common Cold: What You Need to Know
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

With cold and flu season underway, plus the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease specialist Jeffrey Bender, MD, shares how to tell the difference between the three illnesses, and the most important thing parents can do to keep children safe.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
UB awarded grant to help pharmacies build community health worker programs
University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo researchers have received a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation to help add community health workers to pharmacies to better connect patients to critical services and lower health care costs.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Arizona State University researchers awarded $4.7M by NIH to expand COVID-19 testing in underserved Arizona communities
Arizona State University (ASU)

In Arizona, as in other parts of the country, data shows that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the American Indian, African American and Latinx communities, as well as other vulnerable populations. A $4.7 million grant from the National Institute of Health to ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) is on the way to help address this by funding a rapid and large-scale increase in COVID-19 testing of underserved communities across Arizona.

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Released: 1-Oct-2020 12:55 PM EDT
High risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in patients with COVID-19
Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Wien)

In a systematic review of the worldwide published data on "Venous thromboembolism (VTE) in COVID-19 patients", Cihan Ay, Stephan Nopp, and Florian Moik from the Department of Medicine I, Clinical Division of Haematology and Haemostaseology, now for the first time, provide an in-depth analysis on the risk of VTE in patients hospitalised for COVID-19.

Newswise: Study reveals element in blood is part of human — and hibernating squirrel — stress response
Released: 1-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Study reveals element in blood is part of human — and hibernating squirrel — stress response
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

A new study published in the journal Critical Care Explorations shows for the first time that part of the stress response in people and animals involves increasing the levels of a naturally circulating element in blood. The discovery demonstrates a biological mechanism that rapidly responds to severe physiologic stress and potentially serves to protect us from further damage due to life-threatening conditions.

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Released: 1-Oct-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Student Receives Health Policy Research Scholars Fellowship
Rutgers School of Public Health

Grace Ibitamuno, a MD/PhD student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health, has received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars Fellowship to support her work advancing health equity.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Acquire Tennova Shelbyville and Tullahoma Hospitals from Community Health Systems, Inc., and Partner with Tennova Clarksville Hospital
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Leaders of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) today announced plans to purchase Tennova Healthcare-Shelbyville and Tennova Healthcare-Harton hospitals from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS). At the same time, VUMC will acquire minority ownership in CHS’s Tennova Healthcare-Clarksville hospital.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 11:15 AM EDT
One year out, cancer center countdown to applying for NCI comprehensive status kicks into high gear
University of Kansas Cancer Center

In one year, The University of Kansas Cancer Center will submit its application to renew its prestigious National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation in the hopes of attaining “comprehensive” status, the NCI’s highest ranking.

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Newswise: Using Machine Learning to Predict Pediatric Brain Injury
Released: 1-Oct-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Using Machine Learning to Predict Pediatric Brain Injury
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – Oct. 1, 2020 – When newborn babies or children with heart or lung distress are struggling to survive, doctors often turn to a form of life support that uses artificial lungs. This treatment, called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), has been credited with saving countless lives. But in some cases, it can also lead to long-term brain injury.

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Released: 1-Oct-2020 10:35 AM EDT
Study finds women want more information from religious hospitals on their reproductive care restrictions
University of Chicago Medical Center

Religious hospital policies that restrict reproductive health care are poorly understood by patients, according to new bioethics research from UChicago Medicine.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 10:25 AM EDT
UChicago Medicine, in partnership with Solis Mammography, opens two new breast health centers
University of Chicago Medical Center

Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast health and diagnostic services, is expanding access to 3D mammography and diagnostic breast health procedures through a partnership with University of Chicago Medicine.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Sickness doesn’t fight fair. Neither do we.
University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine launched a new brand marketing campaign that highlights the academic health system’s commitment to advancing healthcare and its relentless quest to finding answers to the most difficult medical problems that patients face.

Newswise: UI Health performs first-ever robotic kidney transplant for patient with polycystic kidney disease
Released: 1-Oct-2020 10:00 AM EDT
UI Health performs first-ever robotic kidney transplant for patient with polycystic kidney disease
University of Illinois at Chicago

Surgeons at UI Health — the University of Illinois Chicago’s clinical and academic health enterprise — have performed the world’s first robotic-assisted double-kidney removal followed immediately by a living-donor kidney transplant in a patient with severe polycystic kidney disease.

Newswise: Zika infections drastically underreported during 2015 epidemic
Released: 1-Oct-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Zika infections drastically underreported during 2015 epidemic
University of Notre Dame

More than 100 million infections of Zika virus within Central and South America and the Caribbean went undetected between 2015 and 2018, according to a new study.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Scientists at Texas Biomed develop new tool to aid in the development of SARS-CoV-2 antivirals and vaccines
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Researchers apply a novel reverse genetics approach to create recombinant SARS-CoV-2San Antonio, Texas (October 1, 2020) – Researchers at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) recently published findings from an innovative SARS-CoV-2 study that will assist in the development of new vaccines and antivirals for COVID-19.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 9:30 AM EDT
COVID-19 Study Retractions Drive Research Transparency Partnership and Push for Increased Publication of Negative/Null Findings
Wolters Kluwer Health

Together, The Center for Biomedical Research Transparency (CBMRT), the American Heart Association (AHA) and Wolters Kluwer continue to address the issue of publication bias – and the importance of publishing research with negative findings – by launching the Null Hypothesis Initiative for all of the AHA's 12 peer-reviewed, scientific research journals.

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Released: 1-Oct-2020 9:30 AM EDT
Niagara Falls ‘Miracle’ Baby Beats Aggressive Leukemia After Successful CAR-T Cancer Immunotherapy in Buffalo
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

“She’s a bundle of joy, she’s a blessing. She’s just life.” That’s what Cariorl Mayfield of Niagara Falls, NY, says about his young daughter, Chastity, a year after she went through a complex series of therapies at the Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program to treat the leukemia she was diagnosed with at only 5 weeks old.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Benefits manager policy disrupts patient-physician decision making for breast and prostate cancer radiation treatments
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Radiation oncologists today expressed serious concerns about a new private insurance coverage policy that could undermine patient-centered care for two of the most common cancers in the United States. Leaders of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) urge eviCore, a radiation oncology benefits management company, to halt and make meaningful changes to a new policy for radiation therapy coverage. Under the new policy, EviCore mandates that most breast and prostate cancer treatments use a shorter, hypofractionated radiation therapy regimen even if it runs counter to a physician’s clinical recommendation.

Newswise: Rutgers Cancer Institute Research: Breastfeeding is Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors of Reproductive Age
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Rutgers Cancer Institute Research: Breastfeeding is Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors of Reproductive Age
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Is breastfeeding safe and possible for mothers who have a history of breast cancer? Investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently explored this question by conducting a systematic review on the feasibility and challenges of breastfeeding among breast cancer survivors of reproductive age.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:40 AM EDT
Two molecular handshakes for hearing
Ohio State University

Scientists have mapped and simulated filaments in the inner ear at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people lose the ability to hear.

Newswise: Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD, named president-elect of the American Pediatric Surgery Association
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:20 AM EDT
Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD, named president-elect of the American Pediatric Surgery Association
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD, Surgeon-in-Chief at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow), has been named president-elect of the American Pediatric Surgery Association (APSA). Dr. Barksdale will be APSA’s 53rd President, and will begin his one year term of service in May 2021.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Planning ahead for a potential emergency department visit
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:15 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: Planning ahead for a potential emergency department visit
Penn State Health

Medical emergencies, by their nature, come with very little or no warning. While any injury or illness that requires a trip to the emergency department will likely cause distress, putting an action plan in place now can help minimize the anxiety and fear of a future visit.

Newswise: ATS Research Program, 4DMedical Announce Grant Opportunities for Research in Asthma, COPD and IPF
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:05 AM EDT
ATS Research Program, 4DMedical Announce Grant Opportunities for Research in Asthma, COPD and IPF
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Today, the ATS Research Program announced three research grant opportunities with support from 4DMedical, a global medical technology company with a focus on lung health. With a total grant support of $150,000, each of the three $50,000 grants will fund research in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or COPD, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Not All Patients Are Offered the Same Effective Breast Cancer Treatment
Thomas Jefferson University

Socioeconomic status and race could play a role in treatment decisions, according to new research.

Newswise: As Fall Arrives, So Do Fire Ants in Southeastern Parts of the US
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:00 AM EDT
As Fall Arrives, So Do Fire Ants in Southeastern Parts of the US
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Parents should be just as aware of fire ants in the fall as the spring because it’s dangerous for a child to step in a fire ant mound this time of the year and be stung

30-Sep-2020 7:20 PM EDT
Sleep apnea treatment reduces heart problems in patients with prediabetes, new study finds
University of Chicago Medical Center

Research from the University of Chicago Medicine finds people with prediabetes and obstructive sleep apnea can reduce their daytime resting heart rate and risk of cardiovascular disease by using a CPAP device.

25-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Massachusetts Study Examines Relationships Between Staffing, Sepsis Rates
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Sepsis rates at a sample of Massachusetts hospitals were significantly lower with increased nurse staffing and intensivist hours, according to new research published in the October issue of Critical Care Nurse.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 3:05 AM EDT
“Counterattack” on Mild Cognitive Impairment launched, announces Dr. Leslie Norins, CEO of MCI911.com
MCI 911

Patients with mild cognitive impairment can aggressively utilize currently available substances and practices to try and delay their brain degeneration

Newswise: From San Diego to Italy, Study Suggests Wisdom can Protect Against Loneliness
28-Sep-2020 4:40 PM EDT
From San Diego to Italy, Study Suggests Wisdom can Protect Against Loneliness
University of California San Diego Health

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and University of Rome La Sapienza examined middle-aged and older adults in San Diego and Cilento, Italy and found loneliness and wisdom had a strong negative correlation. The wiser the person, the less lonely they were.

Newswise: How a Mesothelioma Patient Stays in the Game
Released: 30-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
How a Mesothelioma Patient Stays in the Game
Cedars-Sinai

It started on the tennis court, in 2016. A lunge for the ball, an awkward fall, and then sore ribs with subsequent backhands. At least that's what Martin Snyder thought was the cause of his pain. He was wrong. An X-ray and further imaging over the ensuing weeks revealed that the slim and fit psychotherapist, then 73, had mesothelioma, a rare cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure.

Newswise: Medical Mystery: ‘Creeping Fat’ in Crohn’s Patients Linked to Bacteria
Released: 30-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Medical Mystery: ‘Creeping Fat’ in Crohn’s Patients Linked to Bacteria
Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai researchers might have solved a mystery surrounding Crohn's disease: Why does fat appear to migrate into patients' small intestines?

Newswise: Computer Model Shows How COVID-19 Could Lead to Runaway Inflammation
Released: 30-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Computer Model Shows How COVID-19 Could Lead to Runaway Inflammation
Cedars-Sinai

New research from the University of Pittsburgh and Cedars-Sinai digs into the question: Why do some people with COVID-19 develop severe inflammation? The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Newswise: Cardiac Arrest, Poor Survival Rates Common in Sickest Patients with COVID-19
29-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Cardiac Arrest, Poor Survival Rates Common in Sickest Patients with COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Study shows critically ill patients with the novel coronavirus have high rates of cardiac arrest and poor outcomes even after CPR, an effect most strongly seen in older patients.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Study reveals unnecessary stress testing performed prior to knee and hip replacement surgeries
University of Chicago Medical Center

A new study shows the overall rate of preoperative stress testing for hip and knee replacements has been decreasing consistently since 2006, but that many stress tests performed each year were unnecessary.

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Newswise: New Research Provides Clues on Optimizing Cell Defenses When Viruses Attack
Released: 30-Sep-2020 5:25 PM EDT
New Research Provides Clues on Optimizing Cell Defenses When Viruses Attack
University of California San Diego

Research by UC San Diego scientists is providing new clues on how cells defend themselves from attack from viruses. The new study advance’s science’s understanding of interferons— proteins that help combat viruses like SARS-CoV-2—with possible implications for new clinical treatments.

Newswise: Yale Trial Validates Immunotherapy Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
28-Sep-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Yale Trial Validates Immunotherapy Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Yale Cancer Center

The immunotherapy drug atezolizumab improves survival over standard chemotherapy for many patients with newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer, according to a new study led by Yale Cancer Center researchers.

Newswise: Women's Health Symposium at Mercy Medical Center
Released: 30-Sep-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Women's Health Symposium at Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center

A premier medical education opportunity for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
St. Jude recognized as clinical care center for rare von Hippel-Lindau syndrome
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been designated as a von Hippel-Lindau Clinical Care Center by the VHL Alliance. St. Jude is the first and only VHL Alliance-recognized Clinical Care Center dedicated solely to children.

Released: 30-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
New Biomarkers for Glioma Treatment Response
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Biomarkers using mass cytometry can assess patient response to an emerging vaccine for a specific pediatric brain tumor, according to a recent multi-center study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

29-Sep-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Even in People with Parkinson’s Gene, Coffee May Be Protective
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Even for people with a gene mutation tied to Parkinson’s disease, coffee consumption may be associated with a lower risk of actually developing the disease, according to a new study published in the September 30, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

29-Sep-2020 9:55 AM EDT
“There’s No Place Like Home” for Rehab After Stroke
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Stroke patients who get professional rehabilitation training in their homes through live video consultations may recover their motor skills better than those who do their rehab in person with a therapist at an outpatient rehabilitation facility, according to a study published in the September 30, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Remote rehabilitation may also promote greater brain connectivity, the study said.


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