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4-Jun-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Early-life Education Improves Memory in Old Age – Especially for Women
Georgetown University Medical Center

Education appears to protect older adults, especially women, against memory loss, according to a study by investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center, published in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

Newswise: New Georgetown Report Highlights Health Disparities and Calls for Racial Equity in the District of Columbia
Released: 2-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
New Georgetown Report Highlights Health Disparities and Calls for Racial Equity in the District of Columbia
Georgetown University Medical Center

Approximately three quarters of the deaths associated with COVID-19 in the nation’s capital have been among the African American community. A new Georgetown University report illuminates entrenched health and socioeconomic disparities that explain one reason this is occurring. Main points: • 15-year difference in the life expectancy between residents in Ward 3 and Ward 8; • Residents from Wards with more Black residents (5, 7, and 8) more likely hospitalized for preventable health conditions; • Number of Blacks who are obese is 3x higher than Whites; • Number of Blacks with diabetes is 7x higher than Whites; • Number of Blacks who die from heart disease is 2.5 times higher than Whites; • Median household income is 3x less for Blacks; and • Blacks have the lowest percentage of bachelor degree attainment.

27-May-2020 9:25 AM EDT
Nilotinib Appears Safe and Affects Biomarkers In Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial
Georgetown University Medical Center

A Georgetown University Medical Center clinical trial investigating the cancer drug nilotinib in people with Alzheimer’s disease finds that it is safe and well-tolerated, and researchers say the drug should be tested in a larger study to further determine its safety and efficacy as a potential disease-modifying strategy.

Released: 7-May-2020 6:30 PM EDT
Dearth of Medical Resources in Africa for COVID-19 Reminiscent of Early HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Georgetown University Medical Center

Global health scholars have issued a clarion call about the needless loss of life expected because of a foreseeable prospect of “slow and inadequate access to supplies” to control COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. They say what is unfolding now is similar to when lifesaving diagnostics and treatments came to the region long after they were available elsewhere.

Newswise: From Immunity Passports to Vaccination Certificates for COVID-19: Scientific, Equitable and Legal Challenges
Released: 4-May-2020 6:30 PM EDT
From Immunity Passports to Vaccination Certificates for COVID-19: Scientific, Equitable and Legal Challenges
Georgetown University Medical Center

As governments from countries including the U.S., Germany, Italy and the U.K., explore the possibility of issuing so-called “immunity passports,” a leading global health and legal scholar warns that such action poses significant practical, equitable, and legal issues. In contrast, if and when a vaccine is developed, vaccination certificates will likely play an important role in ending the pandemic and protecting global health.

Released: 26-Feb-2020 8:45 AM EST
Understanding the Link Between Nicotine Use and Misuse of “Benzos”
Georgetown University Medical Center

Misuse of prescription benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam or Xanax, and diazepam or Valium) has been linked to nicotine use. Evidence of how nicotine “sets up” a craving for benzodiazepines — often called “benzos” — in animal laboratory studies has been published in the open access journal eNeuro.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 1:15 PM EST
Majority of Veterans with GWI report moderate/severe fatigue, sleep, and pain symptoms
Georgetown University Medical Center

An online survey of nearly 500 veterans with Gulf War illness (GWI) suggests a high burden of disease almost three decades after the conflict.

29-Dec-2019 9:05 AM EST
Neurologic Drug Combined with Blood Pressure Medicine Reduces Breast Tumor Development in Mice
Georgetown University Medical Center

Adding a medication used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines to a blood pressure medicine reversed some aspects of breast cancer in the offspring of mice at high risk of the disease because of the high fat diet fed to their mothers during pregnancy. Conversely, this treatment combination increased breast cancer development in the offspring whose mothers had not been fed a high fat diet during pregnancy.

12-Dec-2019 12:05 PM EST
Nilotinib Appears Safe In Parkinson’s Trial; Drug Thought to Allow Dopamine Replenishment
Georgetown University Medical Center

A clinical trial investigating the repurposed cancer drug nilotinib in people with Parkinson’s disease finds that it is reasonably safe and well tolerated. Researchers also report finding an increase in dopamine, the chemical lost as a result of neuronal destruction, and a decrease in neurotoxic proteins in the brain among study participants. Finally, they say nilotinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, potentially halts motor and non-motor decline.

10-Dec-2019 12:20 PM EST
Veterans Study Suggests Two Sub-types of Gulf War Illness
Georgetown University Medical Center

Brain imaging of veterans with Gulf War illness show varying abnormalities after moderate exercise that can be categorized into two distinct groups — an outcome that suggests a more complex illness that previously thought.

Newswise: Heightened Risk of Adverse Financial Changes Before Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
21-Oct-2019 12:05 AM EDT
Heightened Risk of Adverse Financial Changes Before Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Georgetown University Medical Center

Prior to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, a person in the early stages of the disease faces a heightened risk of adverse financial outcomes — a likely consequence of compromised decision making when managing money, in addition to exploitation and fraud by others.

Newswise: Why, Sometimes, We Don’t See What We Actually Saw
18-Oct-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Why, Sometimes, We Don’t See What We Actually Saw
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown neuroscientists say they have identified how people can have a “crash in visual processing” — a bottleneck of feedforward and feedback signals that can cause us not to be consciously aware of stimuli that our brain recognized.

Newswise: Novel Agent Flips on 'Garbage Disposal' in Neurons, Eliminating Toxic Brain Proteins in Mice
18-Oct-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Novel Agent Flips on 'Garbage Disposal' in Neurons, Eliminating Toxic Brain Proteins in Mice
Georgetown University Medical Center

Neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center say they have developed and tested an agent that reduces the buildup of toxic proteins in animal models of both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and improves cognitive and motor behavior.

Newswise: Exposure to Environmental PCBs Impairs Brain Function In Mice
18-Oct-2019 1:50 PM EDT
Exposure to Environmental PCBs Impairs Brain Function In Mice
Georgetown University Medical Center

Human-made toxic chemicals that linger indefinitely in the environment disrupt the performance of critical helper cells in the mouse brain, leading to impaired function over long-term exposures.

4-Oct-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Finding Upends Theory about the Cerebellum’s Role in Reading and Dyslexia
Georgetown University Medical Center

New brain imaging research debunks a controversial theory about dyslexia that can impact how it is sometimes treated. The cerebellum, a brain structure traditionally considered to be involved in motor function, has been implicated in the reading disability, developmental dyslexia, however, this “cerebellar deficit hypothesis” has always been controversial. The new research shows that the cerebellum is not engaged during reading in typical readers and does not differ in children who have dyslexia.

5-Jul-2019 5:05 AM EDT
Facial Plastic Surgery in Men Enhances Perception of Attractiveness, Trustworthiness
Georgetown University Medical Center

In the first of a kind study, plastic surgeons at Georgetown University Medical Center found that when a man chose to have a nip or a tuck on his face, it significantly increased perceptions of attractiveness, likeability, social skills, or trustworthiness.

Released: 3-Jun-2019 5:05 AM EDT
Georgetown University Launches Clinical Trial for Lewy Body Dementia
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center announces the launch of the only known therapeutic (disease modifying) clinical trial for Lewy body dementia, a neurological disorder that affects a million people in the United States for which there are no approved medications that modify the disease.

16-May-2019 8:30 AM EDT
For Many HIV+ Women, Daily Survival Takes Precedence Over Viral Suppression
Georgetown University Medical Center

According to scientists who study women infected with HIV, statistics often paint an impressionist view of the lives of these women that misses the granular detail that tells the real story. The imprecise big picture is that most of this population is doing a good job at suppressing the virus, but facts gathered on the ground show that many struggle with issues of daily living that can make taking a pill to keep HIV at bay difficult.

Released: 16-May-2019 6:05 AM EDT
Why Adults At Risk for Huntington’s Disease Choose Not to Learn if They Inherited Deadly Gene
Georgetown University Medical Center

As many as 90 percent of individuals who have a parent with Huntington’s disease (HD) choose not to take a gene test that reveals if they will also develop the fatal disorder — and a new study details the reasons why. Understanding the “why” matters as new clinical trials testing therapies for people who haven’t yet developed symptoms of Huntington disease requires participants to be tested for the HD gene to be included in the trials.

Newswise: Georgetown Welcomes Deus Bazira and Colleagues to Lead New Global Health Center
Released: 15-Apr-2019 11:30 AM EDT
Georgetown Welcomes Deus Bazira and Colleagues to Lead New Global Health Center
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) announces the appointment of Deus Bazira, DrPH, MPH, MBA, BPharm, an expert in health systems strengthening and a public health practitioner with decades of in-depth field level practical experience in global health in emerging economies, to establish and co-direct Georgetown’s new Center for Global Health Practice and Impact (CGHPI).

Newswise: Ebola Virus – Subject Matter Experts
Released: 12-Apr-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Ebola Virus – Subject Matter Experts
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University faculty offer expertise for journalists seeking interviews in a variety of subjects related to Ebola. Topics include WHO, Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), International Health Regulations, infectious disease control and treatment, vaccine development, clinical trials, and global health security and law.

Newswise: A Billion People Will Be Newly Exposed to Diseases Like Dengue Fever as World Temperatures Rise
25-Mar-2019 5:00 AM EDT
A Billion People Will Be Newly Exposed to Diseases Like Dengue Fever as World Temperatures Rise
Georgetown University Medical Center

As many as a billion people could be newly exposed to disease-carrying mosquitoes by the end of the century because of global warming, says a new study that examines temperature changes on a monthly basis across the world.

Newswise: Georgetown Researchers Launch “Nari Paila,” Mobile Games to Share Information on Fertility Awareness, Family Planning in Nepal
Released: 24-Mar-2019 3:00 PM EDT
Georgetown Researchers Launch “Nari Paila,” Mobile Games to Share Information on Fertility Awareness, Family Planning in Nepal
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown researchers have launched a series of mobile games in Nepal to reach young people with information about fertility awareness and family planning.

Newswise: Fertility App “Dot” Found to be As Effective As Other Family Planning Methods
14-Mar-2019 3:00 AM EDT
Fertility App “Dot” Found to be As Effective As Other Family Planning Methods
Georgetown University Medical Center

Results of a first-of-its-kind prospective study with a family planning app find it to be as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy, according to Georgetown researchers.

8-Mar-2019 2:00 PM EST
Researchers Decode How Cancer Drug Works in Brains of Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Georgetown University Medical Center

The first arm of a phase II clinical trial by a research team at Georgetown University Medical Center testing the use of nilotinib in patients with Parkinson’s disease demonstrates precisely how the agent increases levels of dopamine in the brains of study participants.

Newswise: Perceptions of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Emergency Department
7-Jan-2019 11:00 AM EST
Perceptions of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Emergency Department
Georgetown University Medical Center

Findings from a novel online questionnaire of people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) suggest the majority of these patients do not receive proper care, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center in the first known investigation of the presentation of CFS in the emergency department.

Newswise:Video Embedded georgetown-genetic-counselor-offers-insight-on-direct-to-consumer-dna-testing-kits
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Released: 20-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST
Georgetown Genetic Counselor Offers Insight On Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing Kits
Georgetown University Medical Center

Direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits are expected to be a popular holiday gift this year, with 100 million people expected to have used one by 2020—but an expert genetic counselor at Georgetown says consumers should understand a few pros and cons before using one.

Newswise: In Times of Low Unemployment, Quality of Nursing Home Care Suffers
4-Dec-2018 4:05 AM EST
In Times of Low Unemployment, Quality of Nursing Home Care Suffers
Georgetown University Medical Center

The low unemployment rate in the U.S. — which fell to a 49 year-low in September and October — is good news to many people, but perhaps not to residents of nursing homes. A Georgetown University Medical Center study found that quality of care in nursing homes improves during periods of recession and worsens when the economy is good.

Newswise: As Vaping Increased in Popularity, Use of Cigarettes Declined
19-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
As Vaping Increased in Popularity, Use of Cigarettes Declined
Georgetown University Medical Center

Cigarette smoking dramatically decreased between 2013 and 2017 just as e-cigarette use became more popular, according to a comprehensive analysis examining the relationship between vaping and smoking among youth and young adults led by a Georgetown University investigator.

9-Nov-2018 7:05 AM EST
Researchers Find Inhibiting One Protein Destroys Toxic Clumps Seen in Parkinson’s Disease
Georgetown University Medical Center

A team of neurologists at Georgetown University Medical Center has found that inhibiting the USP13 molecule may be a therapeutic target in Parkinson’s disease and other similar forms of neurodegeneration.

Newswise: Georgetown University Medical Center Selects Nora Volkow for Highest Honor
Released: 13-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Georgetown University Medical Center Selects Nora Volkow for Highest Honor
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) will present Nora Volkow, MD, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health, with its highest honor, the Cura Personalis Award, at a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m.

2-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Opioid Gene Variant in Adolescents Reduces Reward, May Increase Later Substance Abuse Risk
Georgetown University Medical Center

Adolescents with a particular variant of an opioid receptor gene have less response in a part of prefrontal cortex that evaluates rewards, compared to those with the other version of the gene, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). The study will be presented Nov. 5 at Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (abstract #7517).

Newswise: Early Study Results Suggest Fertility App as Effective as Modern Family Planning Methods
Released: 15-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Early Study Results Suggest Fertility App as Effective as Modern Family Planning Methods
Georgetown University Medical Center

Early results from a first-of-its-kind study by researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University Medical Center suggests that typical use of a certain family planning app is as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

Newswise: More Clues Revealed in Link Between Normal Breast Changes and Invasive Breast Cancer
11-Oct-2018 5:00 AM EDT
More Clues Revealed in Link Between Normal Breast Changes and Invasive Breast Cancer
Georgetown University Medical Center

A research team, led by investigators from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, details how a natural and dramatic process — changes in mammary glands to accommodate breastfeeding — uses a molecular process believed to contribute to survival of pre-malignant breast cells.

28-Sep-2018 4:00 AM EDT
Mouse Study Mirrors Human Findings That Link Chemotherapy and APOE4 to Cognitive Issues
Georgetown University Medical Center

A chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat breast cancer alters brain structure and function in mice that express the human APOE4 gene, known to significantly increase risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study led by Georgetown investigators.

28-Sep-2018 4:00 AM EDT
First Large Study Details Cognitive Outcomes Among Older Breast Cancer Patients
Georgetown University Medical Center

The first large U.S. study of cognition in older breast cancer patients found that within the first two years after diagnosis and treatment, most women do not experience cancer-related cognitive problems.

Newswise: Animal Study Suggests Deep Space Travel May Significantly Damage GI Function in Astronauts
27-Sep-2018 5:00 AM EDT
Animal Study Suggests Deep Space Travel May Significantly Damage GI Function in Astronauts
Georgetown University Medical Center

Deep space bombardment by galactic cosmic radiation could significantly damage gastrointestinal tissue leading to long-term functional alterations, according to a study by investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center, which also raises concerns about high risk of tumor development in the stomach and colon.

Released: 27-Sep-2018 2:00 PM EDT
Cures Within Reach Funds Huntington’s Disease Clinical Trial with Nilotinib at Georgetown
Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center announces a clinical trial for neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s disease with the repurposed cancer drug nilotinib.

Newswise: Probiotic Use May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions, Researchers Say
11-Sep-2018 10:00 AM EDT
Probiotic Use May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions, Researchers Say
Georgetown University Medical Center

The use of probiotics is linked to reduced need for antibiotic treatment in infants and children, according to a review of studies that probed the benefits of probiotics, co-led by a Georgetown investigator.

Newswise: ACA Expansion Did Not Improve Access to Complex Surgeries for Low-Income/Minority Patients
10-Sep-2018 6:05 AM EDT
ACA Expansion Did Not Improve Access to Complex Surgeries for Low-Income/Minority Patients
Georgetown University Medical Center

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act does not appear to reduce disparities in use of regionalized surgical care among vulnerable persons.

Newswise: Back to School: Good Mental Health Homework for Parents
Released: 30-Aug-2018 12:45 PM EDT
Back to School: Good Mental Health Homework for Parents
Georgetown University Medical Center

Many teens returning to school this month will likely face stressful situations that lead to depression and anxiety— a Georgetown psychiatrist offers important steps parents and other loved ones can take to ensure they maintain good mental health.

Newswise: Analysis: Commonly Used Drugs are Rarely Studied in Primary Care Patients
Released: 27-Aug-2018 3:00 PM EDT
Analysis: Commonly Used Drugs are Rarely Studied in Primary Care Patients
Georgetown University Medical Center

Drugs most commonly prescribed to patients seen by primary care physicians are not often tested in the patients who go to these clinics, where most people receive their care, say investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine.

Released: 9-Aug-2018 7:00 AM EDT
Georgetown Study Investigates Memory Improvement Through Nicotine Dosing
Georgetown University Medical Center

A clinical trial being conducted at Georgetown explores if nicotine can slow or stop memory loss in people experiencing mild memory problems, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Newswise: Ebola Virus - Subject Matter Experts
Released: 1-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Ebola Virus - Subject Matter Experts
Georgetown University Medical Center

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University professors offer expertise for journalists seeking interviews in a variety of subjects related to Ebola. Topics include infectious disease control and treatment, vaccine development, clinical trials, global health security, and international health regulations. To schedule an interview, please contact Karen Teber at km463@georgetown.

Newswise: Georgetown Physician On Separated Immigrant Families
Released: 19-Jul-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Georgetown Physician On Separated Immigrant Families
Georgetown University Medical Center

The long-lasting impacts of the acute stress and trauma being experienced by children being separated at the US border is "absolutely terrifying," a Georgetown expert in childhood development, trauma, and resilience says.


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