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Newswise: The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease
Penn State Health

Tricks to avoid ticks – and what to do if one latches on – from Tara Simmons, a community health nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Post-Surgical Bleeding Associated with More Deaths When Compared to Blood Clots After Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Post-surgical bleeding is associated with more deaths than blood clots from surgery, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.

22-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
COVID-19 and Health Equity: Time to Think Big
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Authors of a new perspective on health inequities say that, in addition to health policy and individual-level efforts, social policy solutions are needed. They identify two key lessons from the pandemic: public policy enables public health and health equity requires big investments in public policy.

Newswise: Loyola Researchers Identify Common Characteristics, Outcomes of Rare Pediatric Brain Tumors
Released: 22-Jul-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Loyola Researchers Identify Common Characteristics, Outcomes of Rare Pediatric Brain Tumors
Loyola Medicine

In a new study, “Pediatric vestibular schwannomas: case series and a systematic review with meta-analysis,” appearing in the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine performed a retrospective review of the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of 15 patients (21 years of age or younger) with unilateral vestibular schwannomas, without neurofibromatosis type 2 (a genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumor growth in the nervous system), who underwent surgery at Loyola University Medical Center between 1997 and 2019. The study authors also reviewed existing literature on this type of tumor in pediatric patients. Overall, the review found that pediatric patients had similar symptoms to those of adult patients with acoustic neuromas; however, the tumor size was typically larger in the pediatric patients at the time of diagnosis, and symptoms of mass effect (secondary effects caused by the tumor) were

Newswise: Researchers simulate, assess damage to brain cells caused by bubbles during head trauma
Released: 22-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Researchers simulate, assess damage to brain cells caused by bubbles during head trauma
Iowa State University

Researchers are studying how the collapse of microbubbles within the skull can damage brain cells. Their research could lead to the design of better helmets.

20-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
What Factors Help Predict Who Will Keep Their Memory into Their 90s?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Why do some people stay sharp into their 90s, even if they have the amyloid plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease? And why do others reach their 90s without ever developing any plaques? These questions are explored in a new study published in the July 22, 2020, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Health and Happiness Depend on Each Other, Psychological Science Says
Association for Psychological Science

New research adds to the growing body of evidence that happiness not only feels good, it is good for your physical health, too.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:35 PM EDT
The Power of Epigenetics in Human Reproduction
American Technion Society

A multinational research team emphasizes the clinical need to understand the characteristics of epigenetic regulation of reproductive function and the underlying mechanisms of adaptive responses for properly informed decisions on treating patients from diverse backgrounds.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Early menstruation linked to increased menopause symptoms
University of Queensland

Early menstruation increases the likelihood of hot flushes and nights sweats decades later at menopause, according to a University of Queensland study.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Review report outlines rehabilitation strategies for COVID-19 patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Early rehabilitation of COVID-19 survivors is important to reduce long-term complications, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:15 PM EDT
UCI to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing workshop series
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 22, 2020 — To help track and slow the spread of COVID-19, the University of California, Irvine is launching a health equity contact tracing workshop for Orange County Health Care Agency staff, UCI students and community members. The four-week series of remote training sessions will help meet the growing need for contact tracers who can do the detective-like work of figuring out how COVID-19 is transmitted from one person to another.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Patients who lived longer with cancer at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection
King's College London

Cancer patients diagnosed more than 24 months ago are more likely to have a severe COVID-19 infection, research has found.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Concussions are associated with cognitive, behavioral, and emotional health consequences for student athletes
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Concussions can have a compounding effect on children, leading to long-term cognitive, behavioral, and emotional health consequences, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), who published their findings in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Flourishing mental health delays mortality by five months in 18 year prospective study
University of Toronto

We have known for decades that mental health plays an important role in one's quality of life, but a study released this week suggests it is also an important factor in one's quantity of life.

Newswise: Researchers track down metabolic enzyme that protects against inflammation
17-Jul-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Researchers track down metabolic enzyme that protects against inflammation
La Jolla Institute for Immunology

A new study from scientists at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) shows that a previously poorly understood enzyme actually inhibits inflammation in blood vessels. The research offers a potential path to treating DADA2, an inflammatory blood vessel disease in children that is similar to Kawasaki disease.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Ladan Eshkevari Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Washington Post recently selected Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc., FAAN, as a 2020 Star NurseTM. Eshkevari, a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), is an associate professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center’s School of Nursing & Health Studies in Washington, DC.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Dr. Geraldine Jacobson elected as future Chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of Directors. Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH, MBA, FASTRO, will begin her term as President-elect in October during ASTRO’s 62nd Annual Meeting.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Older adults feel stressed, yet resilient in the time of COVID-19
University of Georgia

America’s oldest citizens say they’ve been through worse, but many older adults are feeling the stress of COVID-19 and prolonged social distancing measures, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:30 PM EDT
VUMC, UCSF Win KidneyX Award for Implantable Home Dialysis System
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A $500,000 KidneyX prize has been awarded to The Kidney Project — a collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and UC San Francisco (UCSF) — for the development of an implantable dialysis system that would enable patients to safely and effectively treat kidney failure at home.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge goes virtual for 2020
University of California, Irvine

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, a movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, is going virtual for 2020 in order to maintain social distancing and safeguard participant health. The reimagined Anti-Cancer Challenge now includes an eight-week virtual fundraising and wellness program that connects people around the local community and across the nation.

Newswise: Fine-tuning adoptive cell therapy for advanced cancers
Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Fine-tuning adoptive cell therapy for advanced cancers
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

In a new study looking at adoptive cell transfer products bearing a transgenic T-cell receptor (TCR), researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a discordant phenomenon in which a subset of patients displayed profoundly decreased expression of the transgenic TCR over time, despite the transgenic TCR being present at the DNA level.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Coronavirus: What pregnant women should know
University of Michigan

Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, pregnant women are concerned about their health and the health of their children.

21-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
HHS and the American Society of Nephrology Announce Winners of $3 Million Kidneyx Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 Prize Competition at Kidneyx Summit
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced the six winners of the $3 million KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 competition during the virtual KidneyX Summit.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 11:35 AM EDT
UNH Researchers Discover New Pathways That Could Help Treat RNA Viruses
University of New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have identified new pathways in an RNA-based virus where inhibitors, like medical treatments, unbind. The finding could be beneficial in understanding how these inhibitors react and potentially help develop a new generation of drugs to target viruses with high death rates, like HIV-1, Zika, Ebola and SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Partnership Brings More Than 20,000 Onsite COVID-19 Tests to Senior Facilities, Other Vulnerable Populations in Detroit
Henry Ford Health System

A partnership among Altimetrik, a Southfield-based fast-growing global business transformation company, the 501(c)(3) Vattikuti Foundation, Henry Ford Health System and the City of Detroit has provided more than 20,000 onsite COVID-19 tests to residents in 163 of Detroit's senior and congregate living facilities, as well as the city's first responders and essential workers.

Newswise: Triple Negative Breast Cancer Meets Its Match
Released: 22-Jul-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Meets Its Match
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – July 22, 2020 – One member of a larger family of oxygen sensing enzymes could offer a viable target for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), UTSW researchers report in a new study. The findings, published online this week in Cancer Discovery, might offer hope to this subset of patients who have few effective treatment options and often face a poor prognosis.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Erectile dysfunction drugs can help cells destroy misfolded proteins
Harvard Medical School

PDE5 inhibitors, such as sildenafil, activate protein quality-control systems and improve cells’ ability to dispose of misfolded proteins. Researchers find lowered accumulation of mutant proteins and reduced cell death and anatomical defects in zebrafish models of neurodegeneration after treatment.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
ACS launches new Cancer Surgery Standards Program to improve the quality of surgical care provided to cancer patients
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs today launched the Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP), a new program that aims to improve the quality of surgical care provided to cancer patients by implementing standards for cancer surgery and standardizing the way operative data are documented and communicated.

Newswise: Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., To Lead Cancer Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System
Released: 22-Jul-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., To Lead Cancer Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System

Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System today announced that Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center; vice president for cancer medicine at Montefiore Medicine; professor of medicine and of molecular pharmacology; and will hold the Carol and Roger Einiger Professorship of Cancer Medicine at Einstein. In these roles, Dr. Chu will unite Einstein and Montefiore’s cancer programs into a fully integrated research and clinical enterprise. The appointment will be effective October 1, 2020.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Why Is It So Hard to Get Tested for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Dr. Wiley sheds light on why testing capacity remains frustratingly limited, explaining that shortages of crucial supplies are a significant obstacle to widespread testing—and what the federal government can do to remedy this issue.

21-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Jet Aircraft Exhaust Linked to Preterm Births
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health have found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of ultrafine particles from jet airplane exhaust are 14% more likely to have a preterm birth than those exposed to lower levels.

Newswise: Donating Your Plasma Saves the Lives of Those with Primary Immunodeficiency
Released: 22-Jul-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Donating Your Plasma Saves the Lives of Those with Primary Immunodeficiency
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

The U.S. is currently experiencing a devastating shortage of plasma, and those in need are being forced to skip necessary treatments or go without – a possibly fatal situation.

17-Jul-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Common Blood Test Identifies Benefits and Risks of Steroid Treatment in COVID-19 Patients
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System

A new study led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System confirms the findings of the large scale British trial of steroid use for COVID-19 patients and advances the research by answering several key questions: Which patients are most likely to benefit from steroid therapy? Could some of them be harmed? Can other formulations of steroids substitute for the agent studied in the British trial? The research was published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Newswise: Rehabilitation Care is Needed for Many COVID-19 Patients
Released: 22-Jul-2020 4:05 AM EDT
Rehabilitation Care is Needed for Many COVID-19 Patients
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Providers find patients hospitalized from COVID-19 need physical and cognitive rehabilitation care to aid in their recovery from the virus’ damaging effects on the body and mind.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 7:20 PM EDT
AACC Is Honored to Participate in a New Federal Initiative to Improve COVID-19 Testing Across the U.S.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

We at AACC would like to thank Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, for his leadership in establishing the National Testing Implementation Forum to address the persistent challenges that the U.S. is facing with COVID-19 testing and for inviting us to participate in this initiative.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 7:20 PM EDT
Racial discrimination may adversely impact cognition in African Americans
Boston University School of Medicine

Experiences of racism are associated with lower subjective cognitive function (SCF) among African-American women.

Newswise: Parents of 1 in 2 unvaccinated U.S. adolescents have no intention to initiate HPV vaccine
Released: 21-Jul-2020 7:05 PM EDT
Parents of 1 in 2 unvaccinated U.S. adolescents have no intention to initiate HPV vaccine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Study results documenting parental hesitancy to begin and complete their child's HPV vaccine series were published in The Lancet Public Health by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

16-Jul-2020 11:30 AM EDT
As Evidence of “Hormone Disruptor” Chemical Threats Grows, Experts Call for Stricter Regulation
NYU Langone Health

A growing number of chemicals in pesticides, flame retardants, and certain plastics have been linked to widespread health problems including infertility, diabetes, and impaired brain development, a set of reviews of hundreds of studies concludes.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Front-line physicians stressed and anxious at work and home
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Amid the COVID-19 chaos in many hospitals, emergency medicine physicians in seven cities around the country experienced rising levels of anxiety and emotional exhaustion, regardless of the intensity of the local surge, according to a new analysis led by UC San Francisco.

Newswise: New discovery reveals brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease
Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
New discovery reveals brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease
University of California, Irvine

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease frequently suffer from spatial memory loss, such as no recognition of where they are, and forgetting where they put their belongings. They often show a wandering symptom, which is also a feature of spatial memory impairment. Until now, the brain network mechanism that causes spatial memory impairment had been unclear.

Newswise: Coronavirus antibodies fall dramatically in first 3 months after mild cases of COVID-19
Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Coronavirus antibodies fall dramatically in first 3 months after mild cases of COVID-19
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A study by UCLA researchers shows that in people with mild cases of COVID-19, antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes the disease — drop sharply over the first three months after infection, decreasing by roughly half every 36 days on average. If sustained at that rate, the antibodies would disappear within about a year.

Newswise: Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus
Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus
Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a virus that infects cells and interacts with antibodies just like the COVID-19 virus, but lacks the ability to cause severe disease. This safer virus makes it possible for scientists who do not have access to high-level biosafety facilities to join the effort to find drugs or vaccines for COVID-19.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Technion-developed Method Accelerates Blood Test Analysis by About 98%
American Technion Society

A new method for rapid and inexpensive analysis of the chemical composition of blood samples may hasten the early diagnosis of diseases. The first application to be tested will be the early detection of various cancerous tumors based on blood tests.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 4:25 PM EDT
U.S. Military Improved Mortality Since World War II, But Some Alarming Exceptions Remain
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Although wound survivability has increased over the last 80 years, the U.S. military’s medical corps suffered some periods of backsliding during conflicts, recent analysis shows

Newswise: UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Rolls Out K-12 Healthy Restart Playbook
Released: 21-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Rolls Out K-12 Healthy Restart Playbook
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s announced the launch of a new addition to the UH Healthy Restart Playbook offering: the UH Rainbow Healthy Restart Playbook for Reopening Schools. This comprehensive toolkit is designed to support K-12 schools as they consider options in educating our community’s children when they return to the classroom setting.

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15-Jul-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Combination of handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing best for preventing COVID-19, model finds
PLOS

Both self-imposed prevention measures such as hand-washing, mask-wearing and social distancing, as well as government-imposed social distancing can help mitigate and delay a COVID-19 epidemic, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Alexandra Teslya of University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands and colleagues.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 1:25 PM EDT
AANEM 2020 Annual Meeting Goes Virtual
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) will conduct the 2020 Annual Meeting in a virtual format.

Newswise: Jacqueline J. Wertsch, MD, Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
Released: 21-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Jacqueline J. Wertsch, MD, Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) is honoring Jacqueline J. Wertsch, MD, with the 2020 AANEM Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the fields of neuromuscular (NM) and electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine.


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