Medical Students Not Trained to Prescribe Medical Marijuana

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Newswise imageMore than half of the states in the U.S. now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation's medical schools, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students don't feel prepared to discuss the subject with patients.

Rush Pediatric Primary Care Clinic Opens in North Riverside Community

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Rush University Medical Center has begun offering pediatric primary care services offsite for the first time, with the opening of Rush University Children's Hospital North Riverside. The clinic, located at 7222 W. Cermak Road, brings personalized care to meet the health needs of the community. The clinic will focus on the chronic medical conditions that disproportionately affect Latino children, including asthma and childhood obesity.

People with Schizophrenia Left Out of Longevity Revolution

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A team of researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System has analyzed eight published longitudinal studies of mortality in schizophrenia that met their strict research criteria and found that the mean standardized mortality ratio - a measure of the mortality rate in schizophrenia - has increased 37 percent from pre-1970s studies to post-1970s studies.

Making Real-World Data Studies More Useful for Health Care Decision Making

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Newswise imageISPOR published of a special collection of papers from both ISPOR and ISPE as part of their Joint "Special Task Force on Real-World Evidence in Health Care Decision Making" in the September 2017 issue of Value in Health. These guidance documents provide new recommendations for conducting studies using real-world data.

Over 50 Experts from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Participate in AAP Annual Meeting

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Over 50 experts from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will address colleagues at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on current issues in vaccine education, autism, sports injuries, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), telemedicine and neonatology, among others.

Leukemia Patient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

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Newswise imageLeukemia survivor Jeffrey Hoffman owes his life to a complete stranger who altruistically donated bone marrow cells for Mr. Hoffman's successful bone marrow transplant. "It was a very noble thing to do," Mr. Hoffman said. On September 10, 2017, Mr. Hoffman (left) met his donor, Zachary Gold (right), for the first time, during Loyola Medicine's Bone Marrow TransplantCelebration of Survivorship. About 400 patients, family members, caregivers, donors, doctors and nurses attended the annual event at Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

Roswell Park Joins ORIEN Personalized Medicine Consortium

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Newswise imageRoswell Park Cancer has joined the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a unique research partnership among North America's top cancer centers. Members of ORIEN contribute to a shared databank and collaborate on clinical research in order to develop new and better treatment options for cancer patients.

Physician Experts Highlight Research ahead of Otolaryngology's Annual Meeting

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The latest research on patient preferences, quality-of-life, ear health, thyroidectomy, and other topics related to the specialty of otolaryngology will be presented in Chicago, IL, September 10-13, during the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. The 2017 Annual Meeting includes hundreds of research presentations. All abstracts to be presented are now available online.

New Findings May Help Protect the Kidney Health of Individuals with Obesity

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* A particular receptor in kidney cells plays an important role in obesity-induced fat accumulation, dysfunction, injury, inflammation, and scarring in the kidney. * The receptor acts through a certain signaling pathway. * Targeting this receptor or the signaling pathway may help protect the kidneys of individuals who develop obesity.

In a Nutshell: Walnuts Activate Brain Region Involved in Appetite Control

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Packed with nutrients linked to better health, walnuts are also thought to discourage overeating by promoting feelings of fullness. Now, in a new brain imaging study, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have demonstrated that consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. The findings, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, reveal for the first time the neurocognitive impact these nuts have on the brain.

New Genomic Data Platform to Focus on Children's Health Issues

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Investigators from the University of Chicago Medicine will play a central role in a five-year, $14.8 million effort by the National Institutes of Health, contingent upon available funding, to improve the understanding of inherited diseases.

New Data Resource Centre Will Help Better Understand Links Between Birth Defects and Childhood Cancer

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Up to $14.8 million over five years, contingent on available funds, was announced today by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund's Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First). Researchers in Canada and the United States are using these funds to join together and build a centralized, cloud-based database and discovery portal of genetic and clinical data called the Kids First Data Resource Center (DRC).

WashU Study: Birth Defects, Cancer Linked

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Some children born with birth defects may be at increased risk for specific types of cancer, according to a new review from the Brown School and the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.

Organs Fight Infections That Enter Through the Skin

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New information about how and where the innate immune system fights off viral infections that enter through the skin could lead to better treatments for viruses like Zika, dengue and measles, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

IFCC Distinguished Awards 2017!

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Newswise imageThe IFCC announces the winners of the eight 2017 IFCC Distinguished Awards. The IFCC Distinguished Awards are bestowed to laboratory medicine professionals to recognize their outstanding achievements, publicize their exceptional research and contributions to medicine and healthcare, and encourage the overall advancement of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine.

Penn Receives $5.4 Million Gift to Create Program for Asperger Syndrome Research

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The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is establishing the Asperger Syndrome Program of Excellence (ASPE) with a $5.4 million gift from an anonymous donor. ASPE aims to significantly improve understanding of the genetic causes of Asperger syndrome in order to energize the international research and clinical community.

Lollapalooza Headliner Jidenna to Visit UIC Hospital

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Lollapalooza performer Jidenna, a Wondaland artist, will visit patients in the UI Health Sickle Cell Center on Aug. 3. AllOneBlood, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from sickle cell and eradicating the disease, is organizing the visit.

Mayo Clinic Monthly News Tips -- July 2017 Headlines

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1) Diabetes complications are a risk factor for repeat hospitalizations, study shows; 2) Mayo Clinic School of Medicine gives medical education a new twist; 3) Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency: Behind the Scenes in Surgery, Oct. 1-5