Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Increased Lung Function Decline

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Newswise imageWomen who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Why Do Healthy Children Die from the Flu? Study Offers New Insights

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Newswise imageWith this year's severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adults who die from the flu, on the other hand, typically had a medical condition that increased their risk of mortality. A new study published in the Journal of Immunology offers new insights as to why healthy children are much more vulnerable. It also opens new opportunities for treatment.

Hackensack Meridian Health One of Few Health Networks in Country to Offer Innovative Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease

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― Hackensack Meridian Health's academic medical centers, Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, are just two of only a few hospitals in the country and two of only three hospitals in New Jersey to offer an innovative new treatment that dramatically reduces the risk of stroke in patients with blocked carotid arteries, the major blood vessels that deliver blood to the brain.

Patients and Doctors Often Disagree in Evaluation of Surgical Scarring

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Newswise imageWhen it comes to the physical scars surgery leaves behind, a new study shows patients and doctors often don't assess their severity the same way. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found patients and physicians disagreed in their scar evaluations 28 percent of the time, with patients more likely to focus on the depth of the scar while physicians were more likely to emphasize coloration and texture.

Penn Nursing Professor Named Editor-in-Chief of Research in Nursing & Health

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Newswise imageThe University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's (Penn Nursing) Eileen T. Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy, Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Professor of Sociology, and the Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, has been named the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Research in Nursing & Health.

Penn Researchers Identify New Treatment Target for Melanoma

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Newswise imageResearchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of melanoma. For decades, research has associated female sex and a history of previous pregnancy with better outcomes after a melanoma diagnosis. Now, a research team from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania says it may have determined the reason for the melanoma-protective effect.

Analysis Shows Lack of Evidence That Wearable Biosensors Improve Patient Outcomes

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Newswise imageWearable biosensors have grown increasingly popular as many people use them in wristbands or watches to count steps or track sleep. But there is not enough proof that these devices are improving patient outcomes such as weight or blood pressure, according to a study by Cedars-Sinai investigators published in the new Nature Partner Journal, npj Digital Medicine.

Atlantic Health System's Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center One of Four Sites in the Country to Offer Phase III Clinical Trial of Novel Drug VAL-083 for Late-Stage Glioblastoma

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Newswise imageThe Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center of Overlook Medical Center's Atlantic Neuroscience Institute and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center is one of four sites in the country to begin a Phase III clinical trial of the novel drug VAL-083 for patients whose glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma has progressed during or after treatment with the standard of care chemo-radiation therapy. Other study locations are: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center; University of California, San Francisco; and Dent Neurosciences Research Center, Amherst, NY.

Turn a New Year's Resolution to Quit Smoking into a Monday Resolution

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New Year's resolutions include quitting smoking on the top of the list. Despite their strong resolve, many smokers who quit on New Year's will be puffing away by Groundhog's Day. How can smokers break the pattern of failure? Research shows that Monday is an ideal "recommit day" because people are most open to healthy behavior, including quitting smoking.

American Journal of Nursing Announces 2017 Book of the Year Awards

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Wolters Kluwer Health and the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) are pleased to announce the 2017 winners of its annual AJN Book of the Year Awards honoring exceptional texts for advancing healthcare quality. The list of winners appears in the January 2018 issue of AJN, the "leading voice of nursing since 1900."

New Guideline: Try Exercise to Improve Memory, Thinking

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For patients with mild cognitive impairment, don't be surprised if your health care provider prescribes exercise rather than medication. A new guideline for medical practitioners says they should recommend twice-weekly exercise to people with mild cognitive impairment to improve memory and thinking.