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BU professor receives $693,695 award to understand risk factors linked to gun injuries

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:24
Bindu Kalesan, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, is the recipient of a three-year, $693,695 award from the U.S. Department of Justice to study "racial and ethnic differences in non-fatal firearm injuries using a spatiotemporal approach.

BU researcher wins NIH award for research on molecular mechanism of senile cardiac amyloidosis

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:20
Lawreen H. Connors, PhD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health High Priority, Short-Term Project Award, for her research "molecular mechanism of senile cardiac amyloidosis."

Family approach can be effective strategy for managing chronic illness

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00
Family members often play an important role in managing chronic illnesses, and a family approach may produce more effective, long-term benefits for the patient, according to a Penn State researcher.

Einstein scientists share $9 million NIH grant for longevity research

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:30
Scientists now believe that the Fountain of Youth flows from our genes, or at least from the genes of people who live healthy lives to age 100 or later.

Powering up fat cells could help acute myeloid leukemia patients

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:21
Killing cancer cells indirectly by powering up fat cells in the bone marrow could help acute myeloid leukemia patients, according to a new study from McMaster University.

Study identifies new biomarker for depression in diabetes

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 22:20
A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic has identified a biomarker for depression in diabetes. Findings of epidemiological studies have shown an overall 2-fold increased prevalence of depression in patients with type 2 diabetes compared with the general population worldwide.

Endogenous infection marker can help guide antibiotic use

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:07
The endogenous infection marker procalcitonin can help to guide the use of antibiotics when treating infections. The course of antibiotic therapy is shortened, and its side effects and mortality rate also decrease, as researchers from the University of Basel and other colleagues report in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Anti-hypertensive treatments do not restore microvascular function

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:21
Treatments for high blood pressure do not totally reverse its damaging effects on the vascular rhythms that help circulation of the blood say researchers.

Researchers to investigate cellular changes leading to development of glioblastoma

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:11
Glioblastoma is the most common of malign brain tumors in adults, and it currently has no cure. Now a research team led by Dr Claudia Barros, from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and its Brain Tumour Research-funded Centre of Excellence, has secured funding from the Brain Research Trust, which will help to expose novel molecules and their modes of action responsible for the initiation and growth of the disease.

Study finds link between sleep duration and measure of chromosomal health in sperm

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:47
A new study found a link between sleep duration and a measure of chromosomal health in sperm. The findings are published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

Scientists validate biomarker indicative of brain cancer patient's prognosis and drug response

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:15
Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sema4, and collaborating institutions including Colorado State University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center reported results today from a glioblastoma study in which they validated a biomarker indicative of a patient's prognosis and likely response to specific therapies.

Daily five-minute conversation improves hospitalized patients’ satisfaction with care

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:57
As hospitals seek to improve inpatient satisfaction, one effective way takes only a few minutes and no expensive equipment. A study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine recently found that a daily five-minute conversation that focused on hospitalized patients "as people" significantly improved their satisfaction with their medical care.

Poll: Some parents may take children to ER for common situations that could be handled at home

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:51
If a child gets a small burn from a hot pan, starts choking or swallows medication, parents may struggle to decide whether to provide first aid at home or rush them to the hospital, suggests a new national poll.

Vaccinated pediatric cancer patients just as likely as unvaccinated peers to develop flu

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:26
Young leukemia patients who were vaccinated against influenza were just as likely as their unvaccinated peers to develop flu, suggesting that additional steps are necessary to protect high-risk individuals. These findings from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study appear October 16, 2017, in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Researchers identify several previously unknown antibiotic resistance genes

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:10
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

Low-fat avocados could be the new “in” thing

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:56
Avocados have been hailed as a wonder fruit packed with nutritional values and something diet experts and customers swear by.

Genes that determine skin color studied - new revelations

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:39
Human populations vary vastly in skin tones. European populations have been studied and some of the genes that determine skin color have been found. A latest study in a varied African population has found the specific and new genetic variants that could determine skin color and skin pigmentation. The study report is published in the journal Science.

Research aims to raise awareness of higher rate of testicular cancer in patients with DS

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:01
Research by Jue Wang, MD, at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center on "Delay in Diagnosis of Testicular Cancer in a Patient with Down Syndrome" was published in the October issue of Journal of Cancer and Therapeutic Science.

Researchers identify new molecular pathway that controls aging in worms

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 07:34
Investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Health System have identified a new molecular pathway that controls lifespan and healthspan in worms and mammals.

Dietary supplement could be promising therapeutic target for seizure disorders

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:46
Seizure disorders -- including epilepsy -- are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability.