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MD Anderson researchers chosen for national effort to expand reach of cancer immunotherapy

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:36
A major national effort to expand the reach of cancer immunotherapy to benefit more patients will draw upon the expertise of a team of researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

NAU establishes new research center to address health disparities across Southwest

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:02
A region of vast expanses and unparalleled natural beauty, the southwestern United States is a land of harsh socioeconomic realities for many, especially for underserved Native American and Hispanic populations.

Poverty factors, employment have negative implications for exclusive breast feeding in Haiti

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:54
New mothers in poor urban communities may feel the necessity to work and have a measure of food security rather than trying to find the time and ability for exclusive breastfeeding, a health issue that could be rectified with social support, researchers from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis found in a study in Haiti.

Most patients hospitalized with acute kidney injury not receiving follow-up care, study shows

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:35
A new study indicates that after hospitalization with acute kidney injury (AKI), most patients are not receiving the follow-up care that kidney specialists recommend. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Researchers find multiple new mutations linked to autism in children but not their parents

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:29
Most cases of autism appear to be associated with the appearance of new mutations that are not inherited from the child's parents, researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine report.

Surrogate liquid biopsy can provide genetic information about retinoblastoma tumors

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:23
Retinoblastoma is a tumor of the retina that generally affects children under 5 years of age. If not diagnosed early, retinoblastoma may result in loss of one or both eyes and can be fatal. Unlike most cancers that are diagnosed using a biopsy, retinoblastoma tumors cannot be directly biopsied.

Higher level of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes linked to better survival for ovarian cancer patients

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:15
A group of international cancer researchers led by investigators from Mayo Clinic and University of New South Wales Sydney has found that the level of a type of white blood cell, called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, present in the tumors of patients with high-grade ovarian cancer may predict a patient's survival.

Fever in first trimester of pregnancy increases risk for birth defects, study shows

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:36
Fevers in a mother's first trimester of pregnancy increase the baby's risk for some heart defects and facial deformities such as cleft lip or palate, but exactly how this happens is unclear. Scientists have debated whether a virus or other infection causes the defects, or if fever alone is the problem.

Biased study samples can profoundly skew results of brain imaging studies

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:31
Any scientist who studies groups of people knows that the characteristics of the "sample" -- the group of people selected for the study -- can profoundly impact the study's findings. To produce the most accurate findings, a study group ought to be as similar as possible to the people in the larger population you want to say something about.

USC discovery may one day lead to new therapies for liver cancer

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:20
A Keck School of Medicine of USC research team has identified how cancer stem cells survive. This finding may one day lead to new therapies for liver cancer, one of the few cancers in the United States with an incidence rate that continues to balloon.

Researchers to explore effects of maternal nitrate consumption on birth outcomes

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:59
Nitrate is the most common contaminant in aquifers and tap water throughout the world, but its effects on human health remain largely unknown.

Cholesterol byproduct acts on specific immune cells to facilitate breast cancer spread

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:51
High cholesterol levels have been associated with breast cancer spreading to other sites in the body, but doctors and researchers don't know the cause for the link.

UC biologists find link between paternal diet and offspring’s health

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:47
Doctors long have stressed the importance of good nutrition for expectant mothers. Now biologists at the University of Cincinnati say the father's diet could play a similar role in the health of a baby.

Study finds lower cancer screening rates for workers at smaller companies

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:49
A new study by American Cancer Society investigators finds workers at organizations with fewer than 25 employees are less likely to have been screened for three cancers, as were people working in certain occupations. The study appears in Preventive Medicine.

Scientists identify brain-wave patterns of explicit and implicit learning

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:29
Figuring out how to pedal a bike and memorizing the rules of chess require two different types of learning, and now for the first time, researchers have been able to distinguish each type of learning by the brain-wave patterns it produces.

Research findings could pave way to new therapies for treating seizures and autism

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:40
Recent research discoveries in the development of brain disorders could pave the way to new therapies for treating seizures, and even some children with autism, says a leading oncologist and researcher at the University of Alberta.

Brain stimulation is effective way to improve endurance performance, research shows

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:29
Research by the University of Kent into the effects of brain stimulation on athletes' performance has demonstrated that it is an effective way to improve endurance.

Study documents gene mutation as cause of cancer form in the liver

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:21
There is no effective treatment for the cancer form found in the liver called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, which is mainly found among children and young people.

Zika virus outbreak in Ecuador worsened by El Niño and 2016 earthquake

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:59
A Zika virus outbreak in coastal Ecuador in 2016 was likely worsened by a strong El Niño and a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region in April, according to a new study.

Ischemic stroke patients who do not receive clot-dissolving medication have higher risk of death

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:48
Ischemic stroke patients who do not receive intravelous (IV) alteplase, a clot-dissolving medication, are significantly less likely to survive, according to researchers at Georgia State University.