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19-Sep-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Immunotherapy Combination Improves Outcomes in Advanced Kidney Cancer
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

An immunotherapy agent combined with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor drug significantly improved progression-free survival and reduced the risk of death compared to a single agent treatment in advanced kidney cancer patients, according to first results of a phase 3 clinical trial. The pivotal study could lead to a new treatment option for patients with metastatic kidney cancer.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:25 PM EDT
Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress
University of Konstanz

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:15 PM EDT
How to Keep Children Safe from COVID-19 this Fall
Rush University Medical Center

With the new school year started and autumn approaching, Colleen Nash, MD, MPH, Rush University Medical Center, pediatric infectious disease specialist, answers questions parents may have about keeping children safe from COVID, social distancing in the classroom and celebrating Halloween.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Claims circulating on social media stating that the common cold or flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 are misleading
Newswise

The claims rely on the faulty assumption that there is no method to distinguish COVID-19 from the common cold and the flu.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 3:35 PM EDT
After developing CRISPR test, UConn researchers validate clinical feasibility for COVID-19 testing
University of Connecticut

In March, researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering-- a shared department in the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Engineering--began to develop a new, low-cost, CRISPR-based diagnostic platform to detect infectious diseases, including HIV virus, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Study links rising stress, depression in U.S. to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020 – Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic – such as unemployment – and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms across the U.S., according to a groundbreaking University of California, Irvine study. The report appears in Science Advances, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Newswise: Faculty Receives Grant to Develop Method That Will Integrate Biomedical Gene Expression Data
Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Faculty Receives Grant to Develop Method That Will Integrate Biomedical Gene Expression Data
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Wei (Vivian) Li, has received a Busch Biomedical Grant to develop a statistical method and software package that will integrate single-cell level gene expression data from multiple patients, studies, and technological platforms to understand disease-associated cell types and RNA contents, helping researchers develop personalized treatments.

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Michigan Medicine Team Separates Conjoined Twins at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Doctors have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The nearly 11-hour surgery, which is the first of its kind at Mott, involved a team of more than two dozen doctors, nurses and other specialists who spent months preparing for the complex procedure.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Private health insurers paid hospitals 247% of what medicare would
RAND Corporation

Prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by privately insured patients averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

Newswise: UHN features Apple Watch in a new study to advance remote management of heart failure
Released: 18-Sep-2020 12:55 PM EDT
UHN features Apple Watch in a new study to advance remote management of heart failure
University Health Network (UHN)

The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (University Health Network) are collaborating with Apple, Inc., to give heart failure patients even more control over their health, and usher in a new era of remote monitoring possibilities.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Examining the science of stuttering, from childhood into adulthood
University of Delaware

Like presidential candidate Joe Biden, researcher Evan Usler has used his personal experience to help those with speech disorders. Usler studies motor speech and fluency disorders, including stuttering.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Keeping students physically active online or in-person
Texas A&M University

A physical activity expert addresses ways to keep students active in this "new normal."

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Potential new drug to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 infection consequences
University of Malaga

Scientists from the Department of Cell Biology of the University of Malaga (UMA) and the Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND) have made progress in finding new rapid implementation therapies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, identifying a new drug that could prevent or mitigate the consequences derived from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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Newswise: USC Urology Experts Share Valuable Insight During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Released: 18-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
USC Urology Experts Share Valuable Insight During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Keck Medicine of USC

Experts available to discuss guidelines and advancements in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Newswise: Researchers to use wearable device to measure resident wellness, prevent burnout
Released: 18-Sep-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Researchers to use wearable device to measure resident wellness, prevent burnout
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are conducting a study to determine if a wearable device can measure wellness and predict burnout among resident physicians. The results from the clinical trial could be used to develop targeted interventions for depression and burnout in graduate medical education.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Immunotherapy Drug Development Pipeline Continues Significant Growth in 2020 Despite Global Pandemic Impact
Cancer Research Institute

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, there has been a resurgence of interest in immuno-oncology (I-O) preclinical and clinical development, bringing hope to cancer patients and physicians who treat them.

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Be one of the first to read the October 2020 issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum! Here are the editor's top picks
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Be one of the first to read the October 2020 issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum! Here are the editor's top picks

Newswise: Cancer Research Institute Goes Virtual for Its Immunotherapy Patient Summit Series, Connecting Patients and Caregivers with Leading Experts in Cancer Immunotherapy
Released: 17-Sep-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Cancer Research Institute Goes Virtual for Its Immunotherapy Patient Summit Series, Connecting Patients and Caregivers with Leading Experts in Cancer Immunotherapy
Cancer Research Institute

Free virtual event October 2-3 connecting cancer patients and caregivers with leading immunotherapy experts and patient advocates treated with immunotherapy

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Released: 17-Sep-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Study shows first proof that a safer UV light effectively kills virus causing COVID-19
Hiroshima University

A study conducted by Hiroshima University researchers found that using Ultraviolet C light with a wavelength of 222 nanometers which is safer to use around humans effectively kills SARS-CoV-2 -- the first research in the world to prove its efficacy against the virus that causes COVID-19.

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American Academy of Dermatology honors Detroit physician Iltefat H. Hamzavi with national “Patient Care Hero” award
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for his innovative use of light therapy to sanitize masks needed by frontline health care workers.

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Biomarker predicts who will have severe COVID-19
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Airway cell analyses showing an activated immune axis could pinpoint the COVID-19 patients who will most benefit from targeted therapies

Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Tweets Show Vapers Rarely Use E-cigarettes to Quit Smoking or Improve Health
University of Utah Health

The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health, according to a research team led by University of Utah Health scientists.

Newswise: Scientists to Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research with $7.2M Grant
Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Scientists to Explore New Frontiers in Parkinson’s Disease Research with $7.2M Grant
University of California San Diego

Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s has announced a three-year, $7.2 million grant to scientists at UC San Diego and Germany to support research on LRKK2, a gene linked to Parkinson’s disease. The new funding expands efforts using cryo-EM technology to produce previously unseen views of LRKK2.

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Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Does a New Study Give Evidence that the Coronavirus Was Made In a Lab?
Newswise

Scientists in a new paper make strong claims regarding evidence that the COVID-19 virus did not originate in nature—the prevailing theory—but instead was made in a lab. According to six leading experts in evolutionary biology and infectious disease consulted by Newsweek, the paper offers no new information, makes numerous unsubstantiated claims and its scientific case is weak.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
New York State Department of Health Grants Emergency Use Authorization to Mount Sinai for Quantitative COVID-19 Antibody Test
Mount Sinai Health System

The Clinical Laboratories of The Mount Sinai Hospital has received emergency use authorization from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for quantitative use of Mount Sinai’s COVID-19 antibody test, making Mount Sinai’s lab the first in the country to run an authorized, fully quantitative antibody test that can deliver a precise numeric measurement of the level of antibodies in a patient’s blood

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Released: 17-Sep-2020 2:25 PM EDT
Higher dementia risk in women with prolonged fertility
University of Gothenburg

Women with a longer reproductive period had an elevated risk for dementia in old age, compared with those who were fertile for a shorter period, a population-based study from the University of Gothenburg shows.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Analysis of COVID-19 publications identifies research gaps
Cell Press

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific and medical journals have published over 100,000 studies on SARS-CoV-2.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Cancer Patients May Not Have Higher COVID-19 Risk
American Technion Society

A new study conducted by researchers at Rambam Medical Center and the Technion reveals surprising findings, namely that cancer patients may not be associated with the broad range of at-risk groups of people suffering from morbidities.

16-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Does a healthy diet counter the ill-effects of obesity?
PLOS

A healthy quality Mediterranean-like diet partially modifies the association between obesity and cardiovascular mortality, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Karl Michaëlsson of Uppsala University, Sweden, and colleagues.

15-Sep-2020 8:15 AM EDT
COVID-19 could cause declines in life expectancy in severely affected areas
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new analysis of period life expectancy shows that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a short-term decline in life expectancy in many regions of the world.

Newswise: Understanding of COVID-19 high among Chinese workers, study finds
11-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Understanding of COVID-19 high among Chinese workers, study finds
PLOS

Understanding workers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding COVID-19 is crucial to preventing it and controlling it.

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Released: 17-Sep-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Introducing COVID19questions.org
University of California San Diego Health

A consortium of 12 health systems, led by UC San Diego Health, introduces COVID19questions.org, a site where clinicians, researchers, patients and the general public are invited to submit questions that could be answered by COVID-19 patient medical record data from 200+ hospitals.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Reduction in Insomnia Symptoms Associated with Non-invasive Neurotechnology
Wake Forest Baptist Health

For people with chronic insomnia, a good night's sleep is elusive. But what if insomnia symptoms could be alleviated by simply listening to one's own brainwaves? Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health conducted a clinical trial that showed reduced insomnia symptoms and improved autonomic nervous system function using a closed-loop, acoustic stimulation neurotechnology.

Newswise: American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Esther Freeman with national “Patient Care Hero” award
Released: 17-Sep-2020 1:40 PM EDT
American Academy of Dermatology honors Dr. Esther Freeman with national “Patient Care Hero” award
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology has named board-certified dermatologist Esther Freeman, MD, PhD, DTM&H, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for developing an international registry that tracks the many ways COVID-19 manifests itself through the skin.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Endocrine Society shifts ENDO 2021 to virtual format
Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society will switch its annual meeting, ENDO 2021, to a fully virtual format, the Society announced today.

Newswise: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Embracing Prostate Health All Year Long
Released: 17-Sep-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Embracing Prostate Health All Year Long
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

While we give our attention to prostate cancer during the month of September, men and their loved ones should be proactive about prostate health all year long. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert shares the importance of being aware of risks and symptoms, regularly seeing your health care provider, and the latest in research.


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