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UTHealth-led study shows much work remains to ensure e-health record safety

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Four years after their publication by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), voluntary guidelines designed to increase the safety of e-health records have yet to be implemented fully, according to a survey led by a researcher at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Findings appeared recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
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First mouse model to mimic lung disease could speed discovery of more effective treatments

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A team of researchers from Penn Medicine has developed the first mouse model with an IPF-associated mutation, which induces scarring and other damage similar to what is observed in humans suffering from the condition.
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Psychologist to explore how brain remembers precise information

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of California - Riverside) Weiwei Zhang, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Riverside, has received an NIMH grant to assess how the brain's hippocampus supports encoding, maintaining, and accessing precise short-term and long-term memories.
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AGA supports making drugs more affordable for patients

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(American Gastroenterological Association) Increasing out-of-pocket expenses can limit access for patients, putting them at risk. Improving affordability requires a multi-faceted approach from across the health care system, including health insurers, drug and biologic manufacturers, and pharmacy benefit managers. The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) urges policymakers and stakeholders to improve the affordability of drugs using five principles.
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Obesity, infertility and oxidative stress in mouse egg cells

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Proteomic analysis of oocytes from obese mice showed changes in a protein that promotes antioxidant production and may alter meiotic spindles.
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New approach to fight tuberculosis, a leading cause of death worldwide

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Gladstone Institutes) A group of researchers from the Gladstone Institutes, UC San Francisco (UCSF), and UC Berkeley used a systematic approach to get an entirely new look at the way tuberculosis infects people. Their study, published in the scientific journal Molecular Cell, uncovered interactions between tuberculosis and human proteins that could provide new approaches to combat infection.
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More protein after weight loss may reduce fatty liver disease

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(American Physiological Society) Increasing the amount of protein in the diet may reduce the liver's fat content and lower the risk of diabetes in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology--Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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Case Western Reserve receives grant to improve food systems in Cleveland neighborhoods

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Case Western Reserve University) A multidisciplinary research team led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a three-year, $936,000 grant to use collaborative computational modeling approaches to promote better community health through more equitable food systems.
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Life Biosciences funds MDI Biological Laboratory aging course

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory) The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that Life Biosciences, a biotech company co-founded by David Sinclair, Ph.D., a leading researcher on aging and age-related diseases, has contributed $100,000 to fund its biomedical innovation course on aging. The intensive, two-week course attracted graduate and post-doctoral students from around the globe to the coast of Maine to study the latest advances in the biology of aging with the leaders in the field.
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Taking a closer look at unevenly charged biomolecules

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(American Institute of Physics) Clinicians most often monitor antibodies because these small proteins attach to antigens, or foreign substances, we face every day. Most biomolecules, however, have complicated charge characteristics, and the sensor response from conventional carbon nanotube systems can be erratic. A team in Japan recently revealed how these systems work and proposed changes to dramatically improve biomolecule detection. They report their findings in the Journal of Applied Physics.
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Autoimmunity plays role in development of COPD, study finds

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Georgia State University) Autoimmunity plays a role in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study led by Georgia State University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center that analyzed human genome information stored in Vanderbilt's DNA biobank.
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First US patients receive Agili-C™ implants

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) CartiHeal, developer of Agili-C, a proprietary implant for the treatment of joint surface lesions, and two LSU Health New Orleans orthopaedic surgeons announced today the successful enrollment of the first two US patients in the Agili-C IDE pivotal study. The US cases were performed by Principle Investigator Dr. Vinod Dasa, Associate Professor and Director of Orthopaedic Research, and Dr. Michael Hartman, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.
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UTA professor leads federal advisory group on the prevention of acute, chronic pain

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington professor led a federal advisory group that has published its recommendations on the prevention of acute and chronic pain to the Federal Research Pain Strategy, an interagency committee that oversees the government's long-term strategic plan to support pain research.
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OUHSC receives $20 million grant to advance research, patient care

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center announced the nationally competitive renewal of a $20 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
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BU professor receives Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Boston University School of Medicine) Terence M. Keane, PhD, professor of psychiatry and clinical psychology and assistant dean for research at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received the Presidential Award from the Division of Trauma Psychology at the American Psychological Association (APA).
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Study: The eyes may have it, an early sign of Parkinson's disease

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(American Academy of Neurology) The eyes may be a window to the brain for people with early Parkinson's disease. People with the disease gradually lose brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement. Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of such brain cells.
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UMD researcher helps to crack the genetic code for wheat for the first time

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(University of Maryland) The University of Maryland as part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium published findings in Science detailing the full wheat genome, the world's most widely cultivated crop. A companion paper is available in the same issue with UMD and the John Innes Centre, using this sequence to examine gene expression in wheat, specifically relating to heat, drought, and disease. This paves the way for wheat varieties adapted to climate, enhancing yields, nutrition, and sustainability.
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Patients with healthcare-associated infections suffer social, emotional pain

EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:00
(Elsevier) The consequences of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reach well beyond patients' physical health, souring social relationships, and leading some healthcare providers (HCP) to distance themselves from affected patients, according to a qualitative, systematic review published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
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New polyclonal immunotherapy successfully neutralizes Ebola virus

News-Medical.Net Pharmaceutical News - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:41
SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that its anti-Ebola immunotherapy (SAB-139) provided "100% protection against a lethal dose of the Ebola virus" in a recent animal study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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Powerful psychedelic compound can model near-death experiences in the brain

News-Medical.Net Pharmaceutical News - Tue, 2018-08-14 22:15
A powerful psychedelic compound found in ayahuasca can model near-death experiences in the brain, a study has found.
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