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Newswise: University of Miami Health System Launches Skin of Color Division
Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
University of Miami Health System Launches Skin of Color Division
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

The Dr. Philip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Health System launches newly named Skin of Color Division led by a three-physician team – all women of color. Only a handful of dermatology programs across the country have so many physicians specializing in skin of color care.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Listeria protein provides a CRISPR ‘kill switch’
Cornell University

A single protein derived from a common strain of bacteria found in the soil will offer scientists a more precise way to edit RNA.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Scientists discover key element of strong antibody response to COVID-19
Scripps Research Institute

A team led by scientists at Scripps Research has discovered a common molecular feature found in many of the human antibodies that neutralize SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Newswise: Pickled capers activate proteins important for human brain and heart health
Released: 13-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Pickled capers activate proteins important for human brain and heart health
University of California, Irvine

A compound commonly found in pickled capers has been shown to activate proteins required for normal human brain and heart activity, and may even lead to future therapies for the treatment of epilepsy and abnormal heart rhythms.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Study finds weight loss surgery cost disparity
University of Georgia

A new study from the University of Georgia finds that users of public insurance are paying more for bariatric weight loss surgery compared to private insurance patients.

Newswise: Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
University of Virginia Health System

Only 1.9% of uninfected household contacts who took a single dose of baloxavir marboxil came down with the flu.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
UTHealth joins study of blood pressure medication’s effect on improving COVID-19 outcomes
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An interventional therapy aimed at improving survival chances and reducing the need for critical care treatment due to COVID-19 is being investigated by physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The clinical trial is underway at Memorial Hermann and Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

Newswise:Video Embedded severely-damaged-human-lungs-can-now-be-successfully-recovered
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10-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Severely Damaged Human Lungs Can Now Be Successfully Recovered
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

A multidisciplinary team from Columbia Engineering and Vanderbilt University has now demonstrated that severely injured donor lungs that have been declined for transplant can be recovered outside the body by a system that uses cross-circulation of whole blood between the donor lung and an animal host. For the first time, a severely injured human lung that failed to recover using the standard clinical EVLP was successfully recovered during 24 hours on the team’s cross-circulation platform.

9-Jul-2020 3:35 PM EDT
Mind the gap: Even the richest Americans lag the English on health, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study shows that middle-aged people living in the U.S. today have worse health than their English counterparts – and that the difference in health between rich and poor is much larger on the American side of the Atlantic.

9-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Breast Cancer Deadlier in Heart Attack Survivors
NYU Langone Health

Breast Cancer patients are 60 percent more likely to die of cancer after surviving a heart attack, a new study finds.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Cost Prevents One in Five U.S. Women from Using Their Preferred Contraception, Says Nationwide Study
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Recent Supreme Court Ruling Will Increase Birth Control Costs for Many Women, Make it Less Likely They Will Use the Birth Control They Want

Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ACR Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Announces New Executive Director Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD
American College of Radiology (ACR)

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth Y. Rula, PhD, as the new executive director of the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute® (HPI). Dr. Rula will oversee HPI’s entire extensive research portfolio in the areas of utilization, health policy, access and quality, and alternative healthcare models.

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Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Family Caregiving May Not Harm Health of Caregivers After All
Johns Hopkins Medicine

For decades, family caregiving has been thought to create a type of chronic stress that may lead to significant health risks or even death, alarming potential caregivers and presenting a guilt-ridden obstacle for those needing help.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation and Training Receives $5 Million NIH Grant to Continue Innovative Work
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The National Institutes of Health has renewed a five-year grant for $5 million for the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation and Training (AR3T) to continue its work expanding scientific knowledge, expertise and methodologies focused on science and regenerative medicine.

Newswise: Monell Scientist Receives 2020 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience
Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Monell Scientist Receives 2020 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience
Monell Chemical Senses Center

Amber Alhadeff, PhD, the newest faculty member at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, has been awarded a 2020 Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neurosciences, totaling $225,000 over three years.

Newswise: Perceiving the Flavor of Fat: Monell Center Twins Study Finds Genetic Variation Shapes Individual Perception of Fatty Foods
Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Perceiving the Flavor of Fat: Monell Center Twins Study Finds Genetic Variation Shapes Individual Perception of Fatty Foods
Monell Chemical Senses Center

Liking of fatty food is more complex than its fat content alone – it could also be related to inborn genetic traits of the consumer related to fat perception.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Endocrine Society urges Congress to increase funding for NIH
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society—the world’s largest professional organization for endocrine scientists and physicians—is calling on Congress to pass the House Labor-HHS spending bill to ensure health agencies are funded before the start of Fiscal Year 2021 and to avoid the tumult and disruption of a continuing resolution and potential government shutdowns.

Newswise: Translated Tool from NCCN Measures Mental Health
Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Translated Tool from NCCN Measures Mental Health "Temperature" of People with Cancer
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The NCCN Distress Thermometer enables discussion and treatment of distress as part of routine care for people with cancer. This free resource is now translated into 46 languages for global accessibility.

Released: 13-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Study: Topical Steroids Administered During Cervical Spine Surgery Reduce Swallowing Difficulties After the Procedure
Hospital for Special Surgery

A study from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that topical steroids administered during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery help reduce swallowing difficulties following the procedure. This study is available online as part of the AAOS 2020 Virtual Education Experience. The results were also published in The Spine Journal in September 2019.

Newswise: Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
10-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Researcher develops method for mapping brain cell change, development in mice
Penn State College of Medicine

Penn State researchers have developed a new method for studying key moments in brain development.

Newswise: Most older adults say they’ve experienced ageism, but majority still hold positive attitudes toward aging, poll finds
9-Jul-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Most older adults say they’ve experienced ageism, but majority still hold positive attitudes toward aging, poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

More than 80% of older adults in a new poll say they commonly experience at least one form of ageism in their day-to-day lives. Many say they routinely experience three or more forms, and these older adults were much more likely to have poor mental and physical health. But despite all this, the poll also suggests that most older adults hold positive attitudes toward aging.

Newswise: Drug that calms ‘cytokine storm’ associated with 45% lower risk of dying among COVID-19 patients on ventilators
Released: 13-Jul-2020 7:25 AM EDT
Drug that calms ‘cytokine storm’ associated with 45% lower risk of dying among COVID-19 patients on ventilators
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Critically ill COVID-19 patients who received a single dose of a drug that calms an overreacting immune system were 45% less likely to die overall, and more likely to be out of the hospital or off a ventilator one month after treatment, compared with those who didn’t receive the drug, according to a new observational study.

Newswise: Reproductive Psychology Program Focuses on Mother and Family Wellness
Released: 13-Jul-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Reproductive Psychology Program Focuses on Mother and Family Wellness
Cedars-Sinai

While many expecting and new mothers experience emotions of joy and happiness, others suffer from a range of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But a new Cedars-Sinai program is dedicated to helping women fight the stigma often associated with maternal-related mental health disorders before, during and after pregnancy.

Newswise: Whole body scans for trauma patients saves time
 spent in emergency departments
Released: 13-Jul-2020 6:35 AM EDT
Whole body scans for trauma patients saves time spent in emergency departments
University of South Australia

A new study by a University of South Australia medical imaging student may have found the solution to easing hospital ramping and crowded emergency departments.

Newswise: Significantly less addictive opioid may slow progression of osteoarthritis while easing pain
Released: 13-Jul-2020 6:15 AM EDT
Significantly less addictive opioid may slow progression of osteoarthritis while easing pain
Keck Medicine of USC

A Keck Medicine of USC study reveals that kappa opioids, a significantly less addictive opioid, may preserve cartilage in joints and ease pain

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Newswise:Video Embedded study-links-stress-hormone-with-higher-blood-sugar-in-type-2-diabetes
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10-Jul-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Study Links Stress Hormone With Higher Blood Sugar In Type 2 Diabetes
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine finds a link between the stress hormone cortisol and higher blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

10-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Long-term strategies to control COVID-19 pandemic must treat health and economy as equally important, argue researchers
University of Cambridge

Strategies for the safe reopening of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) from months of strict social distancing in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic must recognise that preserving people’s health is as important as reviving the economy, argue an international team of researchers.

Released: 12-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Military Personnel at Risk of Suicide Store Firearms Unsafely
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Military personnel who are at a greater risk of suicide are more likely to unsafely store firearms in unlocked cabinets where they can access them easily, according to a Rutgers researcher.

Newswise: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith Named Director of Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity for Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital
Released: 10-Jul-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith Named Director of Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity for Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital
Yale Cancer Center

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, has been appointed Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity for Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH), as well as Chief Health Equity Officer & Deputy Chief Medical Officer, at SCH, and Associate Cancer Center Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at YCC.

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Released: 10-Jul-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Simple blood test can predict severity of COVID-19 for some patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An early prognosis factor that could be a key to determining who will suffer greater effects from COVID-19, and help clinicians better prepare for these patients, may have been uncovered by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Results of the findings were published today in the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology.

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Released: 10-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation Announces Historic Expansion in Lexington County
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

One of the fastest-growing pharmaceuticals companies in the country, headquartered in Lexington County, today announced several major expansion and investment projects.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Health, Bioethics Experts and Advocates Publish Guidance for Research on HIV, Co-infections in Pregnancy
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

The PHASES Working Group, co-led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins, launched ethics guidance at hivpregnancyethics.org, in a project dedicated to ending the evidence gap for pregnant women around HIV and co-infections.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Genetic ‘fingerprints’ of first COVID-19 cases help manage pandemic
University of Sydney

A new study published in the world-leading journal Nature Medicine, reveals how genomic sequencing and mathematical modelling gave important insights into the ‘parentage’ of cases and likely spread of the disease in New South Wales.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
More Than Meets the Eye
Harvard Medical School

New findings reframe the traditional view of face blindness as a disorder arising strictly from deficits in visual perception of facial features Findings suggest prosopagnosia may be a more complex disorder rooted in multiple deficits Findings can help inform the design of tools to improve face recognition in those with the condition

Newswise: Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Pandemic Inspires Framework for Enhanced Care in Nursing Homes
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

As of May 2020, nursing home residents account for a staggering one-third of the more than 80,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the U.S. This pandemic has resulted in unprecedented threats—like reduced access to resources needed to contain and eliminate the spread of the virus—to achieving and sustaining care quality even in the best nursing homes. Active engagement of nursing home leaders in developing solutions responsive to the unprecedented threats to quality standards of care delivery is required.

Newswise: General Electric Healthcare Chooses UH to Clinically 
Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System
Released: 10-Jul-2020 12:15 PM EDT
General Electric Healthcare Chooses UH to Clinically Evaluate First-of-its-kind Imaging System
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center physicians completed evaluation for the GE Healthcare Critical Care Suite, and the technology is now in daily clinical practice – flagging between seven to 15 collapsed lungs per day within the hospital. No one on the team could have predicted the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this technology and future research with GEHC may enhance the capability to improve care for COVID-19 patients in the ICU. Critical Care Suite is now assisting in COVID and non-COVID patient care as the AMX 240 travels to intensive care units within the hospital.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Otago researchers find link between rape and breathing problems
University of Otago

Rape and sexual trauma may have long-lasting consequences for physical health as well as mental health, University of Otago researchers have found.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
COVID-19 Can Be Transmitted in the Womb, Reports Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

A baby girl in Texas – born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19 – is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:45 AM EDT
Largest study of prostate cancer genomics in Black Americans ids targets for therapies
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Black men in the United States are known to suffer disproportionately from prostate cancer, but few studies have investigated whether genetic differences in prostate tumors could have anything to do with these health disparities.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Scientists may have found one path to a longer life
University of Southern California (USC)

Scientists at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences may have found the beginnings of a path toward increasing human lifespan.

Released: 10-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Milky Way neutron star pair illuminate cosmic cataclysms
Cornell University

A pair of binary neutron stars in the Milky Way galaxy – discovered eight years ago by a pulsar survey developed at Cornell University – is giving researchers a front-row seat at what they believe will be the stars’ eventual cataclysmic merger.

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