Dr. Joachim Kohn Receives 2018 Innovation Hero Award for Pioneering Research Achievements

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Newswise imageDr. Joachim Kohn, Director of New Jersey Center for Biomaterials and Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, received the Innovation Hero award for his pioneering research achievements at this year's Healthcare Heroes event which recognizes individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

Testosterone Research Brings New Hope for Cancer Patients

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Newswise imageDr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore, professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology, along with researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch, recently published research showing that the hormone testosterone is effective at combatting cachexia in cancer patients and improving quality of life.

Eye Summit Puts Focus on Saving Vision in Premature Infants

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Thanks to technology discovered through federally funded research, doctors are helping babies born early see better. Cynthia A. Toth, MD of Duke Eye Center will join other vision experts and researchers from around the country at the 2018 Focus on Eye Health National Summit to share the story of the technology used in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) around the country.

Dietary Fiber: Good for the Gut

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Newswise imageConsumers are beginning to understand the link between gut health and overall wellness. IFT18 exhibitors in this category know that dietary fiber plays a major role not just in promoting gut health, but also in supporting weight management and heart health.

UTHealth offers tips to get children back on a school sleep schedule

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Newswise imageTo get your young scholar off to a good start this school year, it's important to make sure he or she is well-rested when the bell sounds, according to Reeba Mathew, M.D., a sleep expert with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas of Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Air Pollution Contributes Significantly to Diabetes Globally

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New research links outdoor air pollution -- even at levels deemed safe -- to an increased risk of diabetes globally, according to a study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. The findings raise the possibility that reducing pollution may lead to a drop in diabetes cases in heavily polluted countries such as India and less polluted ones such as the United States.

Global Recognition of Healthcare Simulation

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Healthcare Simulation Week will take place September 17-21, 2018. Launched in 2017, Healthcare Simulation Week raises awareness of how simulation-based education in healthcare is advancing patient care.

Robotic Surgery Now Available at Bayshore Medical Center

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Newswise imageHackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel is now home to the da Vinci(r) Si(tm) Surgical system, bringing advanced technology in surgery to the medical center's operating room and to the community. Robotic surgery enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries on a variety of diseases and conditions including urology, gynecology and general surgery.

Streamlining and Accelerating Good Ideas into the Clinic

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To make sure that good ideas to enhance healthcare are not lost due to a lack of resources, a growing number of centers at Penn Medicine organize forums to pitch ideas to improve medical devices and technology, hold annual competitions to fund studies to improve patient care while keeping costs down, and sponsor seed grants for programs focused on patients who need individualized tailoring of their treatment. This last category is where precision medicine comes in, which is designed to enhance care for particular groups of patients, based on their genetic background, patient history, and unique diagnosis.

The American Society of Nephrology Issues the Following Statement in Response to the NIH Funding Increase in the Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Spending Bill

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The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) greatly appreciates the subcommittee's continued support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a key national priority with an increase of $1.2 billion, or 3.2%, in the FY 2019 Labor-HHS spending bill. ASN is also grateful for the proposed 1.2% increase for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), for a total allocation of $1.9 billion.

Greater Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Decreasing Risk of Breast Cancer

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Newswise imageResearchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggest higher levels of vitamin D are associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer. Their epidemiological study is published in the June 15 online issue of PLOS ONE, in collaboration with Creighton University, Medical University of South Carolina and GrassrootsHealth, an Encinitas-based nonprofit organization that promotes vitamin D research and its therapeutic benefits.

Checking in (and Checking up) on Dad this Father's Day

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Newswise imageInstead of another tie or tools, give the gift of good health this Father's Day. As Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey experts note, it's as simple as encouraging regular health screenings to protect against cancer.

Nine UIC students named Schweitzer Fellows

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Nine University of Illinois at Chicago students have been awarded Schweitzer fellowships, a service learning program for health professional students committed to helping Chicago's underserved.Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the fellowship encourages exceptional students in health and human service fields to serve the most vulnerable members of society, including the uninsured, immigrants, the homeless, returning veterans, minorities and the working poor.

New Study of Youth Hospitalizations Finds 24 Percent of Behavioral-Related Admissions Complicated by Suicidality or Self-Harm

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A recent study published in American Psychiatric Association's Psychiatric Services journal found previous research on youth hospitalizations associated with behavioral and mental disorders failed to adequately consider children exhibiting suicidality or self-harm. Previous studies assigned behavioral health disorders, such as depression, as the primary diagnosis, while identifying suicidality or self-harm as a secondary diagnosis. By looking closely at the data, the new study found that nearly 24 percent of all behavioral-related admissions are complicated by suicidality or self-harm.

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Scientists to Present on Uveal Melanoma, Biden Cancer Initiative and More at ASCO Annual Meeting

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Scientists from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health will be presenting research and leading discussions on various topics, including metastatic uveal melanoma, genetic counseling in men, immunotherapy in early stage lung cancer and solid tumors, quality of life among patients receiving treatment for T cell lymphoma and updates on the Cancer Moonshot during the Biden Cancer Initiative Colloquium at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, being held June 1-5 in Chicago.

Phase I Trial Finds Experimental Drug Safe in Treating Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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Reporting results from a first-in-human phase I clinical trial, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that treatment with cirmtuzumab, an experimental monoclonal antibody-based drug, measurably inhibited the "stemness" of chronic leukemia cancer (CLL) cells -- their ability to self-renew and resist terminal differentiation and senescence.