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Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting 2017: Featured Research Findings

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST

The 40th annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting will take place June 25-28 in Denver, Colorado. RSA 2017 provides a meeting place for scientists and clinicians from across the country, and around the world, to interact. The meeting also gives members and non-members the chance to present their latest findings in alcohol research through abstract and symposia submissions. Below are eight programming highlights. For full press releases, images or abstracts, email

Drinking Makes You Older at the Cellular Level

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST

The more alcohol that people drink, the more their cells appear to age. In a new study that will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver June 24-28, researchers found that alcoholic patients had shortened telomere lengths, placing them at greater risk for age-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia..(image)

Genes Are Not Fixed, Experience and Exposure Can Change Them

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 EST

Epigenetics refers to how certain life circumstances can cause genes to be silenced or expressed, become dormant or active, over time. New research shows that adolescent binge drinking can lead to epigenetic reprogramming that predisposes an individual to later psychiatric disorders such as anxiety. These data will be shared at the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in Denver June 24-28.(image)

Small Chips, Big Impact: MSU Researcher Studies Cardiovascular, Sickle Cell Disease

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:05:12 EST

(image) A Mississippi State University researcher is developing new miniature models to better understand the factors that lead to heart disease and sickle cell anemia.(image)

A No-Brainer, Pink Eye Treatment, Nearsightedness Surgery, and More in the Vision News Source

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:15:17 EST

The latest research and feature news on vision in the Vision News Source(image)

Bird's Eye Perspective

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:05:42 EST

Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision(image)

Meharry, MTSU Partner to Produce More Doctors for Underserved Areas in Tennessee

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:05:22 EST

Academic 'three-plus-three' partnership will shave two years off of getting a medical degree while requiring new physicians to commit to serving for a period of time in underserved, rural areas of the state.(image)

MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School Receives $10.5 Million Gift

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:00 EST

(image) Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.(image)

Experts Uncover First Molecular Events of Organ Rejection

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:00:00 EST

(image) Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Toronto have uncovered the first molecular steps that lead to immune system activation and eventual rejection of a transplanted organ.(image)

Exercise Program Improves Performance of Daily Activities for Frail Older Adults

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:05:48 EST

(image) An exercise program comprised of gentle exercises and taught by home care aides can help frail older adults perform basic daily activities, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published in The Gerontologist.(image)

Anti-Epilepsy Drug Restores Normal Brain Activity in Mild Alzheimer's Disease

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:05:42 EST

In a recent feasibility study, BIDMC tested an anti-epileptic drug for its potential impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. The team documented changes in patients' EEGs that suggest the drug could have a beneficial effect.(image)

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Webinar Provides Update on Breastfeeding and WIC

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:05:18 EST

This webinar will provide a forum to highlight the results of current WIC breastfeeding efforts and to discuss innovative strategies between WIC and other community agencies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.(image)

The Medical Minute: Flat Head Syndrome Usually Not Serious

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:44 EST

(image) The good news about flat head syndrome is that it doesn't have consequences beyond cosmetics, and it can often be improved - if it doesn't resolve on its own.(image)

Patient Race and Gender Together Are Important in Predicting Heart Attack Symptoms in the Emergency Department

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:31 EST

Researchers at the George Washington University published research finding that certain symptoms are more and less predictive of patients' risk for acute coronary syndrome, which includes heart attack, in patients of different gender and race.(image)

More Breast Cancers Were Diagnosed at Early Stage After Affordable Care Act Took Effect

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:02 EST

A Loyola University Chicago study published this month has found an increase in the percentage of breast cancer patients who were diagnosed in early Stage 1, after the Affordable Care Act took effect. The increases in Stage 1 diagnoses were higher among African American and Latina breast cancer patients.(image)

AIHREA O.N.E. Health and Wellness Powwow Celebrates Native American Culture, While Providing Access to Medical Screenings

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:05:24 EST

Nation's largest Powwow and health screening(image)

Leisure Activities Lower Blood Pressure in Alzheimer's Caregivers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:30:00 EST

Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music--these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.(image)

Does the Emperor Have Clothes?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:05:07 EST

(image) Decades after the discovery of anti-obesity hormone, scant evidence that leptin keeps lean people lean, scientists caution(image)

Don't Leave Baby Boomers Behind When Designing Wearable Technology

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:11 EST

Accounting for age-related cognitive and physical challenges can increase adoption rates for older users who need help managing their health.(image)

Six Facts About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 EST

June is National PTSD Awareness Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is bringing awareness to this disorder with six facts you should know about PTSD.(image)

Paul S. Viviano, President and CEO, Urges Americans to Reject the Proposed Senate Health Care Bill and Support Medicaid for Children and Families

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:05:57 EST

(image) Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) opposes any changes to Medicaid funding that harm children and their families. The Senate's version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), risks the health care coverage of millions of American children and families.(image)

Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering Benefits Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:00 EST

* In individuals with chronic kidney disease, targeting a systolic blood pressure to <120 mm Hg resulted in lower risks of cardiovascular events and premature death, compared with standard targeting to <140 mm Hg. * There was a slightly faster decline in kidney function in the intensive group, but no increase in rates of kidney failure or serious adverse events.(image)

Heavy-Drinking Mothers Linked to Their Child's Path Toward the Justice System

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:00 EST

This study investigated whether children whose mothers had an alcohol-related disorder would be at risk of early-life contact with the justice system, which can lead to many negative outcomes across an individual's life span. Such outcomes can include repeated contact with the justice system, social disadvantages and marginalization, and mental-health and substance-use issues.(image)

Embargoed AJPH Research: US Gun Fatality Rate, Quality of Health by Occupation, Marijuana Legalization and Vehicle Crash Rates

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 EST

In this month's release, find new embargoed research about: U.S. gun fatality rate; health-related quality of life affected by occupation; and vehicle crash rates following marijuana legalization.(image)