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Slender face identified as novel marker for left-handedness

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys conducted in the United States. This association may shed new light on the origins of left-handedness, as slender jaws have also been associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis, a disease that has shaped human evolution and which today affects 2 billion people.



Didactics to highlight physician experience in the ED the night of Orlando mass shooting

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) Two didactics presented by emergency physicians describe what it was like in the emergency department of Orlando Health's Orlando Regional Medical Center the night of the mass-casualty incident.



NJIT graduate student wins IBM fellowship to develop brain-inspired computing systems

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) S. R. Nandakumar, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has won a coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship to support his work on computer systems that mimic the architecture of the human brain.



Food insecurity can affect your mental health

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Elsevier Health Sciences) Food insecurity (FI) affects nearly 795 million people worldwide. Although a complex phenomenon encompassing food availability, affordability, utilization, and even the social norms that define acceptable ways to acquire food, FI can affect people's health beyond its impact on nutrition. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine determined that FI was associated with poorer mental health and specific psychosocial stressors across global regions (149 countries), independent of individuals' socioeconomic status.



AGS honors expert & emerging geriatrics leaders at 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) Celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2017, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) announced that it will honor more than 15 leading researchers, clinicians, educators, and emerging health professionals who have made outstanding contributions to high-quality, person-centered care for older adults. Awards will be presented at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, May 18-20, 2017 (pre-conference program on May 17), at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.



Dr. Sei Lee presented with 2017 Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) The AGS today announced that Sei Lee, MD, MAS, Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will be honored with the 2017 Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Investigation. Dr. Lee will deliver a plenary presentation on individualizing preventive care for older men and women at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas).



Dr. Richard Allman to deliver prestigious 2017 Henderson Lecture

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) announced that Richard M. Allman, MD, Chief Consultant for Geriatrics & Extended Care Services, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will deliver the prestigious Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (May 18-20; San Antonio, Texas). Dr. Allman's lecture, 'Building, Sustaining, and Promoting Age-Friendly Health Systems,' will focus on the role of leadership, research, education, and quality improvement in developing and maintaining better systems for older adult care.



AGS honors Dr. Maura Brennan for commitment to training future leaders in geriatrics

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today announced that Maura Brennan, MD, AGSF, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, a champion of education in geriatrics and Chief in the Division of Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Post-Acute Medicine at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass., will be honored with the 2017 Dennis W. Jahnigen Award.



Dr. Barbara Resnick -- eminent nurse, researcher, mentor -- honored for commitment to geriatrics

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, AGSF, a Past President of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and a pillar for geriatrics research, education, and clinical practice, will be honored by her AGS peers this May with one of their highest accolades: the David H. Solomon Public Service Award.



UA trauma surgeon seeing rise in burns from electronic cigarettes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Arizona) Dr. Gary Vercruysse, a UA-Banner burn surgeon, and his colleagues are seeing a rise in burns from electronic cigarettes. Their study appears in the May 2017 issue of the journal Burns and points to lithium ion battery failure as the culprit.



Grant to model human memory and learning for machines

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - Davis) A multi-university study led by a neuroscientist at UC Davis aims to vastly deepen understanding by developing a computer model of how the brain forms, stores and retrieves complex memories. The goal is that the model will have human-like abilities to remember, understand and learn from events.



$9.6 million grant fuels UCI malaria control research in Africa

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - Irvine) A University of California, Irvine study on the impact of environmental changes on malaria in sub-Saharan Africa has been awarded up to $9.6 million over seven years from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health.



Allina Health shares LifeCourse model at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Allina Health ) In an Allina Health study, the LifeCourse care model improved patient experience and reduced costs for people with serious illnesses. Researchers say the model is ready for replication.



Treatment improved overall survival in elderly patients with early-stage esophageal cancer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Elderly patients with early-stage esophageal cancer that received treatment had an increased 5-year overall survival when compared to patients who received observation with no treatment.



VUMC to study potential approach to reverse precancerous stomach lesions

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) cancer researcher James Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the DeGregorio Family Foundation in Pleasantville, New York, to begin clinical trials of a potential approach for reversing precancerous stomach lesions.



Popular iPhone app to study postpartum depressesion expands to new countries, modules and Android ve

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of North Carolina Health Care) The UNC School of Medicine today launched the Android version of PPD ACTTM, a mobile app-based study helping to further the understanding of why some women suffer from Postpartum Depression (PPD) and others do not -- critical knowledge for researchers working to find more effective treatments.



Mouse teeth providing new insights into tissue regeneration

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - San Francisco) Researchers hope to one day use stem cells to heal burns, patch damaged heart tissue, even grow kidneys and other transplantable organs from scratch.



Sidney Kimmel Foundation concludes cancer research grant program with final recipients

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Sidney Kimmel Foundation ) After two decades and just under 300 award winners, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation has selected the final 15 research scientists and medical doctors from across the US to receive two-year grants totaling $200,000 each, as part of the prestigious Kimmel Scholars Program.



Pregnancy does not increase expectant mothers' melanoma risk

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American College of Surgeons) Expectant mothers need not be concerned that they are more prone to develop melanoma, or will have a worse prognosis if they do get this serious skin cancer, than women who are not pregnant, according to study results published online as an 'article in press' on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication.



Dr. Fatima Sheikh named AGS Clinician of the Year

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geriatrics Society) The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has named Fatima Sheikh, MD, CMD, MPH, Medical Director at FutureCare in Maryland and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the 2017 AGS Clinician of the Year. Dr. Sheikh will be honored at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas).



Society for Academic Emergency medicine announces Annual Meeting plenary speakers

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) Emergency medicine academicians in six plenary presentations will explore a variety of subjects related to the practice of emergency medicine during a special plenary session to be held on the opening day of SAEM17 -- the annual meeting for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the largest forum for the presentation of original education and research in academic emergency medicine, to be held May 16-19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.



Analysis: Gender differences in depression appear at age 12

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) An analysis just published online has broken new ground by finding gender differences in both symptoms and diagnoses of depression appearing at age 12.



Strong parent connections enhance children's ability to develop healthy response to stress

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Children in low-income families have an increased chance of thriving when their caregiver relationships include certain positive characteristics, according to new research. Using data from more than 2,200 low-income families surveyed as part of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, researchers found that school-age children who reported high levels of parent involvement and supervision were more likely to report behaviors associated with positive emotional development and social growth.



Two UTA students earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funding

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Arlington) Two University of Texas at Arlington College of Science students have been named recipients of National Science Foundation funds to further their graduate education through the NSF's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program for 2017. Priscilla Glenn, a senior biology major, and Mayowa Olawoyin, a second-year Ph.D. student in mathematics, are among the awardees.



The upside of worrying

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - Riverside) Worry -- it does a body good. And, the mind as well. A new paper by Kate Sweeny, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues there's an upside to worrying.