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24-Nov-2020 2:25 PM EST
Bridging the Gap: Phone-Based Continuing Care Reduces Relapse Following Residential Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder
Research Society on Alcoholism

High-frequency telephone support from a familiar psychotherapist reduces the risk of relapse after inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a study reported in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Many patients resume drinking within the first few months after residential treatment, so continuous care in this high-risk period is crucial. Typically, this involves face-to-face counselling, but compliance is often low and there is a need for alternative options to improve outcomes during the vulnerable phase. Individualized phone-based support from staff or volunteers, and automated text message-based support, are two lower-cost and user-friendly approaches. In pilot studies these appear to be well accepted and feasible, but data on efficacy have varied, probably because of differences in program delivery and patient populations. The latest study compared the effectiveness of phone and text-based continuing care programs following a 12-week residential A

Newswise: COVID-19 Peer Hub combats vaccine avoidance amid pandemic
Released: 27-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
COVID-19 Peer Hub combats vaccine avoidance amid pandemic
University of South Australia

UniSA researchers are evaluating a new vaccination education initiative – the COVID-19 Peer Hub – to help immunisation and public health professionals to tackle the emerging dangers of vaccine hesitancy amid the pandemic.

23-Nov-2020 5:45 PM EST
People who Use Alcohol and Cannabis Together May Reduce Risks by Choosing Certain Products and Combinations
Research Society on Alcoholism

Young adults who combine alcohol and cannabis use experience fewer negative consequences when they stick with a single type of drink versus consuming multiple types of alcohol, according to a new study. In addition, by avoiding cannabis concentrate they may steady or lower their overall consumption. The findings suggest that for those who choose to sustain their levels of alcohol and cannabis use, judicious choice of products may reduce the risks.

19-Nov-2020 1:15 PM EST
Heart Structure May Play Role in Stroke Risk Disparities Between Black and White People
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Researchers have found that differences in the left atrium in the hearts of Black people and white people may play a role in risk of stroke, according to a new study published in the November 25, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

19-Nov-2020 1:00 PM EST
Multiple Sclerosis May Not Put You at Risk for Breast, Colorectal Cancers
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) may not be at higher risk of developing two of the three cancers that occur most commonly in people with MS, breast and colorectal cancer, than people who don’t have the disease, according to a new study published in the November 25, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, the study did find that people with MS had a higher incidence of bladder cancer.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 3:45 PM EST
Mitochondria Defects May Explain Health Problems Observed in Space Travel
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Using data collected from many different resources, a multidisciplinary team led by NASA scientists reports the discovery of a common but surprising thread that drives cell and tissue damage during space travel: mitochondrial dysfunction.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 2:45 PM EST
Mount Sinai Health System Receives Waiver From Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Scale Up Hospitalization at Home
Mount Sinai Health System

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the agency had approved a waiver allowing Mount Sinai Health System to enroll a broader group of Medicare patients into its Hospitalization at Home (HaH) program. The move is a game changer as hospitals in New York City brace for a continued increase in COVID-19 cases.

Newswise: Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health
Released: 25-Nov-2020 2:15 PM EST
Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health
Cedars-Sinai

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped more than half a year of our lives, canceling plans, upending livelihoods and causing feelings of grief, stress and anxiety. And Cedars-Sinai mental health experts say the pandemic could be shaping our mental health well into the future.

Newswise: Extraction of Largely Unexplored Bodily Fluid Could Be New Source of Biomarkers
24-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
Extraction of Largely Unexplored Bodily Fluid Could Be New Source of Biomarkers
Georgia Institute of Technology

Using an array of tiny needles that are almost too small to see, researchers have developed a minimally invasive technique for sampling a largely unexplored human bodily fluid that could potentially provide a new source of information for routine clinical monitoring and diagnostic testing.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 12:45 PM EST
SARS-CoV-2 mutations do not appear to increase transmissibility
University College London

None of the mutations currently documented in the SARS-CoV-2 virus appear to increase its transmissibility in humans, according to a study led by UCL researchers.

Newswise: Memorial Sloan Kettering Department of Nursing Achieves Magnet® Recognition
Released: 25-Nov-2020 12:10 PM EST
Memorial Sloan Kettering Department of Nursing Achieves Magnet® Recognition
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering attained Magnet recognition for the second time, a testament to our continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.

Newswise: COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested preclinically at UAB nears first clinical test in people
Released: 25-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested preclinically at UAB nears first clinical test in people
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Maryland-based Altimmune Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, has submitted an Investigational New Drug, or IND, application to the United States Food and Drug Administration to commence a Phase 1 clinical study of its single-dose intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
BIDMC researchers reveal how genetic variations are linked to COVID-19 disease severity
Beth Israel Lahey Health

New research BIDMC-led sheds light on the genetic risk factors that make individuals more or less susceptible to severe COVID-19.

Newswise: The healing power of rituals: The psychological benefit of putting up holiday décor early
Released: 25-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
The healing power of rituals: The psychological benefit of putting up holiday décor early
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

“Rituals such as decorating for the holidays are indeed healing and in some ways can give you back the sense of personal identity that’s been forced out during the pandemic,” said John, a geriatric psychiatrist with UTHealth.

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Released: 25-Nov-2020 11:00 AM EST
New mechanism of pain control revealed
Kyushu University

Researchers in Japan have revealed a previously unknown mechanism for pain control involving a newly identified group of cells in the spinal cord, offering a potential target for enhancing the therapeutic effect of drugs for chronic pain.

25-Nov-2020 7:25 AM EST
Research finds new link between cell damage in astronauts and geriatric-type health problems observed during space missions
Queen's University Belfast

Damage caused to human cells during spaceflight appears to be the underlying cause of many health issues observed in astronauts, it has been discovered by researchers from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Working in partnership with an international team, their findings have been published today (25 November) in Cell.

Newswise: Mapping out the mystery of blood stem cells
25-Nov-2020 10:30 AM EST
Mapping out the mystery of blood stem cells
University Health Network (UHN)

Princess Margaret scientists have revealed how stem cells are able to generate new blood cells throughout our life by looking at vast, uncharted regions of our genetic material that hold important clues to subtle biological changes in these cells.

18-Nov-2020 7:05 PM EST
First large-scale, multicenter proteogenomic analysis offers new insights into pediatric brain tumor biology
Mount Sinai Health System

A comprehensive “proteogenomic” analysis of the proteins, genes, and RNA transcription involved in pediatric brain tumors has yielded a more complete understanding of these tumors, which are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children. The results could help physicians more accurately identify different types of tumors and methods for treating them.

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Released: 25-Nov-2020 10:20 AM EST
Tracking COVID-19 trends in hard-hit states
Louisiana State University

Currently, there are over 10 million confirmed cases and more than 240,000 casualties attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 9:55 AM EST
More Health Systems Join National #MaskUp Campaign
Cleveland Clinic

Many more health systems are joining the national #MaskUp campaign encouraging Americans to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following safety guidelines. Over just a few days, another 19 health systems with hundreds of hospitals united with 100 health systems nationwide with hospitals numbering in the thousands. The public service campaign is critical to the health and well-being of all Americans. It is a plea from healthcare professionals everywhere: wear a mask and follow other precautions to save lives and help get our country back on its feet.

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24-Nov-2020 7:40 AM EST
Fruit flies reveal new insights into space travel’s effect on the heart
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that fruit flies that spent several weeks on the International Space Station (ISS)—about half of their lives—experienced profound structural and biochemical changes to their hearts.

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Released: 25-Nov-2020 7:35 AM EST
Warwick scientists design model to predict cellular drug targets against Covid-19
University of Warwick

The covid-19 virus, like all viruses relies on their host for reproduction

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Newswise: COVID’s Collateral Damage: Germicidal Lamps May Damage Corneas
Released: 24-Nov-2020 5:15 PM EST
COVID’s Collateral Damage: Germicidal Lamps May Damage Corneas
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

In a paper published in the journalOcular Immunology and Inflammation, physicians from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reported that several patients using germicidal lamps in an attempt to sanitize against the coronavirus, developed painful inflammation of the cornea, a condition called photokeratitis.

19-Nov-2020 9:00 AM EST
Do Accountable Care Organizations Reduce Kidney Failure–Related Healthcare Costs?
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• A recent analysis indicates that Accountable Care Organizations may reduce the cost of medical care for patients undergoing dialysis. • The cost savings were seen only for patients who regularly received care from primary care physicians.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 4:35 PM EST
Cleveland Clinic Research Shows Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Severity of COVID-19 in Patients with Obesity
Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND: A Cleveland Clinic study shows that among patients who have obesity and who tested positive for COVID-19, a past history of bariatric surgery was significantly associated with a lower risk of hospital and intensive care unit admission. The results were published in the journal of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 4:05 PM EST
Can drinking cocoa make you smarter?
University of Birmingham

Increased consumption of flavanols - a group of molecules which occur naturally in fruit and vegetables - can increase your mental agility, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:40 PM EST
New therapy for flu may help in fight against COVID-19
Purdue University

A new therapy for influenza virus infections that may also prove effective against many other pathogenic virus infections, including HIV and COVID-19, has been developed by Purdue University scientists.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:35 PM EST
Closing the Racial Disparity Gap in Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

In-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA) represent catastrophic and often terminal events. Despite investments to improve the quality of resuscitation efforts, fewer than 25% of all patients that experience cardiac arrests in hospitals survive to discharge, and survival varies significantly across hospitals and by race. Until now, few have been able to specify reasons for the between-hospital differences.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:30 PM EST
‘Crisis decision making at the speed of COVID-19’ – Bay Area public health officials share their experience with shelter-in-place order
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

In mid-March, public health officials across the San Francisco area issued the first U.S. regional shelter-in-place order in response to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. A “field report” on the crisis decision-making approach followed in that effective early response is featured in a special COVID-19 supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: Research Helps Identify High-Risk Populations to aid
Health Officials Combating the Pandemic
Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:25 PM EST
Research Helps Identify High-Risk Populations to aid Health Officials Combating the Pandemic
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A team of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers has developed a method to better guide public policy related to the control and prevention of COVID-19, based on identifying those most at risk in the pandemic

Newswise: Schooling Disrupted by the Pandemic in the United States Likely to Have Life-Long Impact, Study Says
Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:10 PM EST
Schooling Disrupted by the Pandemic in the United States Likely to Have Life-Long Impact, Study Says
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A team that includes UCLA Fielding School of Public Health researchers has found American children whose educations have been disrupted by the pandemic, even as little as 2-4 months, may face shortened life spans.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:55 PM EST
HD B-roll of Cedars-Sinai Vaccine Storage Freezers Now Available for Download
Cedars-Sinai

B-roll available: Video shot today showing the freezers where Cedars-Sinai will store COVID-19 vaccines. Please note: There are NO vaccines in the video. The vaccines will not arrive until next month.

Newswise: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Professor Named 2020 AAAS Fellow
Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:50 PM EST
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Professor Named 2020 AAAS Fellow
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Sudipto Banerjee, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:35 PM EST
Three health care organizations call for centralized coordinated governmental action during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Centralized coordinated governmental action is critical during the resurgence of COVID-19, according to three national health care organizations.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:15 PM EST
As COVID-19 cases surge again, four major health care organizations release updated guidance on maintaining essential surgery
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Four major health care organizations have released an updated collaborative document on maintaining essential surgery during the ongoing pandemic.

Newswise: Circle of Compassion Celebration Raises Necessary Funding for Hackensack Meridian Health Team Members
Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:05 PM EST
Circle of Compassion Celebration Raises Necessary Funding for Hackensack Meridian Health Team Members
Hackensack Meridian Health

In lieu of its annual gala, Hackensack Meridian - Meridian Health Foundation hosted a virtual event, raising more than $600,000 for the Hackensack Meridian Health Circle of Compassion program, which provides compassionate, timely and equitable financial assistance to team members affected by a disaster or personal monetary hardship. Called the Circle of Compassion Virtual Celebration – Essential Workers, Essential Needs, the virtual event took place on Nov. 19 and featured updates from Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, moments of gratitude for frontline caregivers and special appearances by Jon Stewart and other New Jersey celebrities.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:00 PM EST
Understanding Quality of Life for Caregivers of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New research uses a unique survey tool to understand how caring for a person with TBI impacts the caregiver’s mental health and well-being.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 1:05 PM EST
From the woodworking shop to the operating room: New technique uses mortise and tenon joints to repair unstable shoulders
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Orthopaedic surgery techniques for treatment of recurrent shoulder instability are effective, but prone to problems with nonunion of bone grafts held in place by screws alone. A new technique – borrowing a design used for centuries in Chinese architecture and woodworking – provides an effective approach to shoulder stabilization, suggests a study in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 12:15 PM EST
Stronger memories can help us make sense of future changes
Washington University in St. Louis

Research from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences finds a new relationship between memory and the ability to incorporate changes into one's understanding of the world.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 12:05 PM EST
Areas where the next pandemic could emerge are revealed
University of Sydney

Almost half the world's most connected cities straddle animal-human spillover hotspots

Newswise: Sanford Burnham Prebys scientists elected as AAAS Fellows
Released: 24-Nov-2020 12:00 PM EST
Sanford Burnham Prebys scientists elected as AAAS Fellows
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Two Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute scientists have been honored as 2020 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Eva Engvall, Ph.D., professor emerita; and Hudson Freeze, Ph.D., professor and director of the Human Genetics Program, were named Fellows in a vote by the AAAS Council.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:55 AM EST
Cleveland Clinic First in the World to Use Latest Ablation Technology to Destroy Large Liver Tumors
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the world to use a recently FDA-approved ablation technology that can destroy large liver tumors. The minimally invasive procedure uses a single needle connected to a powerful 150-watt microwave generator that can burn a malignant liver tumor as large as 2.4 inches, which is about the size of an egg. Eren Berber, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Surgical Liver Tumor Ablation Program, led a team that successfully used the technology in October to treat a patient who had a 2.4-inch liver tumor.


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