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Newswise: McMaster scientists discover trained immune cells are highly effective against cancer
Released: 14-Apr-2021 5:30 PM EDT
McMaster scientists discover trained immune cells are highly effective against cancer
McMaster University

McMaster University researchers Ali Ashkar and Sophie Poznanski have uncovered that changing the metabolism of natural killer (NK) immune cells allows these cells to overcome the hostile conditions found inside tumours and destroy advanced ovarian and lung cancer.

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Newswise: Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Radames and Ana Arocho were all smiles when they arrived on the white school bus, and their enthusiasm was contagious.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Most young people eager for COVID-19 vaccine, poll shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As older teens and young adults become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination across the country, and younger teens await their turn, new survey data suggest a strong readiness that has grown since fall. But just as with older generations, a shrinking but still sizable minority of people age 14 to 24 say they’re not willing to get vaccinated, or that their decision will depend on safety.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 3:10 PM EDT
ASA Announces Strategic Change to its Meetings Services Model with SmithBucklin Partnership
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced a strategic change to its meetings services model by partnering with SmithBucklin, a firm with decades of innovation and excellence in designing and producing association events. ASA will partner with SmithBucklin to deliver its ANESTHESIOLOGY® and Practice Management™ meetings.

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How marriage is impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis among African American women
Washington University in St. Louis

Most African American women described successfully navigating the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis with their partners, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Newswise: Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
Released: 14-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Autism Center at UC San Diego Receives $1.5 Million Gift
University of California San Diego Health

The UC San Diego Autism Center for Excellence has received a $1.5 million gift from Kristin Farmer, founder and chief executive officer of ACES, a company that provides services to children with autism and their families, to support the work of Karen Pierce, co-director of the Autism Center.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:55 PM EDT
Toxic gas in rat brains shows potential for new dementia treatments
University of Reading

A potential treatment for dementia and epilepsy could look to reduce the amounts of a toxic gas in the brain has been revealed in a new study using rat brain cells.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Is it possible to predict when a woman will enter menopause?
North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Despite all the advances in medicine, some basic questions remain. For example, people cannot be told with any certainty how long they'll live.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Lab study solves textbook problem: How cells know their size
Dartmouth College

Scientists have searched for years to understand how cells measure their size. Cell size is critical. It's what regulates cell division in a growing organism.

Newswise: Researchers investigate whether stem cell therapy is safe and effective for treatment-resistant bipolar disease
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Researchers investigate whether stem cell therapy is safe and effective for treatment-resistant bipolar disease
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for treatment-resistant bipolar depression launched recently at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Newswise: New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Released: 14-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
University of California, Irvine

A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease.

Newswise: Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Named 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award Recipient by the Rutgers School of Public Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Named 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award Recipient by the Rutgers School of Public Health
Rutgers School of Public Health

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, has been named the 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Awardee by the Rutgers School of Public Health. She will serve as the School’s speaker at their 38th graduation ceremony, which will virtually launch on May 14, 2021.

Newswise: Scientists identify potential drug candidates for deadly pediatric leukemia
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Scientists identify potential drug candidates for deadly pediatric leukemia
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that two existing drug candidates—JAK inhibitors and Mepron—hold potential as treatments for a deadly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) subtype that is more common in children. The foundational study, published in the journal Blood, is a first step toward finding effective treatments for the hard-to-treat blood cancer.

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Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
A novel, quick, and easy system for genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2
Osaka University

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Los Angeles County Higher in Communities with Poor Air Quality
Released: 14-Apr-2021 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Los Angeles County Higher in Communities with Poor Air Quality
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

A research project led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has found that Los Angeles County neighborhoods with poor air quality had the highest death rates from the pandemic.

Newswise: A Heroic Reunion
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:50 AM EDT
A Heroic Reunion
Cedars-Sinai

At just 8 years old, Benjamin Gordon’s life was flipped upside down when his father, Greg, was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer.

Newswise: Improving access to treatment and reducing stigma in psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:45 AM EDT
Improving access to treatment and reducing stigma in psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
International League Against Epilepsy

Addressing stigma—from health care professionals, from family members and friends, from the public, and even from patients themselves—is a crucial part of improving care and access to care for people with PNES.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:40 AM EDT
UChicago Medicine enrolling patients in LymphBridge™ clinical study for surgical treatment of breast cancer-related lymphedema
University of Chicago Medical Center

The University of Chicago Medicine is enrolling patients in LymphBridge™, a randomized clinical study to evaluate a novel surgical treatment for addressing breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Newswise: What should we call psychogenic non-epileptic seizures?
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
What should we call psychogenic non-epileptic seizures?
International League Against Epilepsy

Could changing the name of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures lead to improved physician-patient communication, increased understanding and less stigma?

Newswise: Shape-shifting Ebola virus protein exploits human RNA to change shape
Released: 14-Apr-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Shape-shifting Ebola virus protein exploits human RNA to change shape
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

In a new Cell Reports study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology demonstrate how Ebola virus has found a different way to get things done. The virus encodes only eight proteins but requires dozens of functions in its lifecycle. The new study shows how one of Ebola virus’s key proteins, VP40, uses molecular triggers in the human cell to transform itself into different tools for different jobs.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Grant accelerates McMaster University, SQI Diagnostics effort to move infection testing innovation from lab to market
McMaster University

A new grant is helping McMaster University engineers and a Toronto precision-medicine diagnostics company to get infection-testing technology to market while generating opportunities for students.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:45 AM EDT
Biomarker Could Help Identify Difficult-to-Diagnose Kidney Cancer Subtype
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

High expression levels of the gene TRIM63 can serve as an accurate and sensitive biomarker of a subtype of kidney cancer known as microphthalmia-associated transcription factor family aberration-associated renal cell carcinomas — or MiTF renal cell carcinoma. It’s important to distinguish MiTF from other subtypes of kidney cancers — clear cell, papillary and chromophobe — because these tumors may not respond well to standard, front-line treatments and may respond better to other approaches.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
MD Anderson and Boehringer Ingelheim expand collaboration to accelerate development of KRAS and TRAILR2 compounds in lung cancer
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

MD Anderson and Boehringer Ingelheim have expanded their joint Virtual Research and Development Center to accelerate the development of new targeted therapies against KRAS and TRAILR2 in lung cancer.

14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Lower COVID-19 rates seen in US states with higher adherence to mask wearing
PLOS

New evidence supports mask wearing in public as key to reducing spread of COVID-19

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Endocrine Society Condemns Efforts to Block Access to Medical Care for Transgender Youth
Endocrine Society

Medical evidence, not politics, should inform treatment decisions

Released: 14-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases. • 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure. • Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color. • COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change

Newswise: NCCN Announces Projects to Study Oral Decitabine and Cedazuridine in Collaboration with Taiho Oncology
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:35 AM EDT
NCCN Announces Projects to Study Oral Decitabine and Cedazuridine in Collaboration with Taiho Oncology
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) today announced that three projects have been selected to study oral decitabine (35 mg) and cedazuridine (100 mg).

Newswise: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Awarded $1.3M for Cancer Metabolism and Growth Research Program
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Awarded $1.3M for Cancer Metabolism and Growth Research Program
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute has received a $1.3 million, five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to support the Cancer Metabolism and Growth and Tumor Host Interactions Training Program which will provide postdoctoral candidates the highest quality training and research experience.

Newswise: So You Got Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What?
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:05 AM EDT
So You Got Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Now What?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A slightly lighthearted guide to post-vaccination life, including how to help others who haven't gotten vaccinated yet.

Newswise: Does More Pollen Mean Worse Allergy Symptoms? Probably
Released: 14-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Does More Pollen Mean Worse Allergy Symptoms? Probably
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Climate change has made pollen season longer and worse throughout North America - bad news for those who suffer with nasal allergies.

Released: 14-Apr-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Mayo Clinic Launches New Technology Platform Ventures to Revolutionize Diagnostic Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic announced a new technology platform initiative to deliver the next generation of clinical decision support tools, diagnostic insights and care recommendations to help clinicians make faster and more accurate diagnoses and provide truly continuous care to patients. The Remote Diagnostics and Management Platform (RDMP) connects data with innovative new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and augments human decision-making within existing clinical workflows. RDMP enables "event-driven medicine," providing insights in the right context, at the right time.

Newswise: Cardiac Surgeons Lead Critical COVID-19 Research
Released: 14-Apr-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Cardiac Surgeons Lead Critical COVID-19 Research
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

After dramatically changing its scope of work and mobilizing resources in record time, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) became a major contributor to life-changing COVID-19 research.

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Triple Combination Therapy Shows Promise Against a Rare Deadly Asbestos Cancer
University Health Network (UHN)

Combining immune-boosting drugs with radiation and surgery increased the survival and anticancer immune response in mouse models of mesothelioma in preclinical research by Princess Margaret Cancer Centre researchers.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Is it a cold sore or cancer? Yearly visits to the dentist can prevent more than just gum disease
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

You might know that yearly dental exams are recommended to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But did you know these routine visits can help identify more serious health concerns like oral cancer?

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Newswise: Movement disorders and neurogenerative diseases clinic at UTHealth Neurosciences receives new designation as regional Center of Excellence by the Huntington's Disease Society of America
Released: 13-Apr-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Movement disorders and neurogenerative diseases clinic at UTHealth Neurosciences receives new designation as regional Center of Excellence by the Huntington's Disease Society of America
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

In recognition of collaboration with health care teams throughout the state, the movement disorders and neurogenerative diseases clinic at UTHealth Neurosciences was designated a regional Center of Excellence (COE) by the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), the only one in Texas and one of just four Level 1 COEs in the country. UTHealth Neurosciences is the clinical practice of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 13-Apr-2021 4:05 PM EDT
B.1.1.7. variant more transmissible, does not increase severity, Lancet studies suggest
Lancet

An observational study of patients in London hospitals suggests that the B.1.1.7. variant is not associated with more severe illness and death, but appears to lead to higher viral load, consistent with emerging evidence that this lineage is more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain.

Newswise: Smoking cannabis significantly impairs vision, study finds
Released: 13-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Smoking cannabis significantly impairs vision, study finds
University of Granada

Smoking cannabis significantly impairs vision but many users are unaware of it

Newswise: University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute Launches Trial of Novel Investigational Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
Released: 13-Apr-2021 3:20 PM EDT
University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute Launches Trial of Novel Investigational Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
University of Miami Health System, Miller School of Medicine

Researchers with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated have initiated clinical trials for VX-880, a novel investigational cell therapy with the potential to restore normal glucose control in people suffering from type 1 diabetes with severe hypoglycemia and impaired hypoglycemic awareness. The University of Miami Health System was the first clinical site activated for this trial.

13-Apr-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Set of genetic markers in lung cancer identified
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Investigators at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, have identified a set of new genetic markers that could potentially lead to new personalized treatments for lung cancer.

Newswise: Brachytherapy May Proceed Safely, Without Delay
 in Cervical Cancer Patients Following Uterine Perforation
Released: 13-Apr-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Brachytherapy May Proceed Safely, Without Delay in Cervical Cancer Patients Following Uterine Perforation
Loyola Medicine

A new study finds that brachytherapy, a common procedure that delivers radiation directly to cancer cells, may continue safely, potentially without delay or antibiotics, in cervical cancer patients following uterine perforation.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Stroke Rehabilitation Program with Modified Cardiac Rehabilitation Reduces Re-Hospitalizations, Study Finds
Released: 13-Apr-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Stroke Rehabilitation Program with Modified Cardiac Rehabilitation Reduces Re-Hospitalizations, Study Finds
Hackensack Meridian Health

Stroke survivors who completed a Stroke Recovery program that included modified cardiac rehabilitation significantly reduced their chances of ending up back in the hospital in the first year after their stroke, according to a just-published study by Hackensack Meridian JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

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Released: 13-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Linda and Mike Mussallem donate $5 million to Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute
University of California, Irvine

A $5 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from Linda and Mike Mussallem will support integrative cardiology training and research in the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and initiate a UC system-wide health coaching program.


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