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App Improves Medication Adherence for Heart Stent Patients

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:05:15 EST

(image) A tablet computer application helped heart patients with drug-eluting stents take their medications correctly, a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found. Researchers found that patients in the intervention group had a 10 percent higher medication possession ratio than patients in the control group.(image)

Tips to Treat Seasonal Dry Eye

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:05:13 EST

If your eyes feel like the Sahara desert or your vision seems blurrier than usual, don't panic. It may just be seasonal dry eye.(image)

The Vasculitis Foundation 2017 Patient & Family Vasculitis Baltimore Regional Conference

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:05:50 EST

The Vasculitis Foundation will hold its 2017 Baltimore Regional Conference on Saturday, February 4, in Bethesda, Maryland.(image)

CIRM Approves New Funding to UC San Diego Researchers Fighting Zika Virus and Cancer

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:05:19 EST

(image) The Independent Citizens Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved a pair of $2 million awards to University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers to advance studies of new treatments for Zika virus infections and the use of stem cell-derived natural killer (NK) cells to target ovarian cancer and other malignancies.(image)

Daughter's Hearing Loss Inspired JTC Alumni Parent to Help More Children in Need

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:05:01 EST

(image) Learning of her daughter's hearing loss set this mother on a journey half way across the globe to John Tracy Clinic to receive help for her child. Her experiences inspired her to help change the way treatment is handled in her home country of India.(image)

Researchers Unlock Mechanism of Drug Resistance in Aggressive Breast Cancer

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:05:18 EST

(image) In the journal Cancer Discovery, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and colleagues report findings of how triple negative breast cancer cells are able to bypass treatment with trametinib, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug that belongs to a class of commonly used anti-cancer drugs called kinase inhibitors. The researchers also reported findings from laboratory models of breast cancer testing a potential treatment approach that could prevent the onset of resistance.(image)

Want to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions? Get More Sleep

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:05:00 EST

(image) Making New Year's resolutions is easy. Keeping them -- beyond a couple of weeks, at least -- is tough. One big factor that affects whether the commitment sticks: sleep. A sleep expert and neurologist explains how better sleep can help you keep those resolutions, including eating healthier, exercising more and getting a promotion.(image)

Children with Asthma May Be at Higher Obesity Risk

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:15:00 EST

(image) Children with asthma may be more likely to become obese later in childhood or in adolescence, according to new research published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.(image)

New 'Smart Needle' to Make Brain Surgery Safer

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:05:15 EST

(image) A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide.(image)

Women's Cognitive Decline Begins Earlier Than Previously Believed

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:05:15 EST

Mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. Cognitive processing speed, which includes speed of perception and reaction, showed an average decline of around 1 percent every two years and verbal memory declined on average around 1 percent every five years.(image)

Low Levels of Circulating Protein Linked to Kidney Function Decline

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 EST

* Decreased blood levels of a protein called soluble klothos were linked with an increased likelihood of experiencing kidney function decline in a group elderly well-functioning adults.(image)

Think Binge Drinking Is Safer for Your Liver Than Regular Heavy Drinking? Think Again.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 EST

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) occurs on a spectrum of severity. The majority of people who drink excessively develop a fatty liver, which though often symptom free, can progress to a state of inflammation, fibrosis, and cell death that can be fatal. Little is known about liver disruption that may occur in problem drinkers who are not alcohol dependent. To help understand the development of ALD, this study used a rodent model to examine differences in liver damage between binge drinkers and heavy drinkers.(image)

Brain Stimulation Used Like a Scalpel to Improve Memory

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:58 EST

(image) Northwestern Medicine scientists showed for the first time that non-invasive brain stimulation can be used like a scalpel, rather than like a hammer, to cause a specific improvement in precise memory.Precise memory, rather than general memory, is critical for knowing details such as the specific color, shape and location of a building you are looking for, rather than simply knowing the part of town it's in.(image)

Dustin McGowan of the Miami Marlins selected as 52nd Hutch Award Winner

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:36 EST

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced Miami Marlins pitcher Dustin McGowan has been named the 52nd annual Hutch Award winner. The award is given yearly to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of the legendary baseball player and manager Fred Hutchinson, for whom the cancer research center was named.(image)

One Year of Sex-Inclusive Research Celebrated at Jan. 25 Symposium

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:20 EST

Northwestern Medicine will host a symposium Jan. 25 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the National Institutes of Health's landmark sex-inclusion policy. The NIH is revolutionizing the future of medicine by mandating that research funding is contingent upon the inclusion of female cells or animals in scientists' studies.(image)

St. Mary's Professor to Participate in Upcoming Webinar From the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:18 EST

(image) Laraine Glidden, distinguished professor of psychology emerita at St. Mary's College, will be one of three participants in a webinar from the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on the public health approach to the issue of maltreatment of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan.(image)

Obesity Is Barely Covered in Medical Students' Licensing Exam

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:08 EST

Obesity is one of the most significant threats to health in the U.S. and is responsible for the development of multiple serious medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Yet obesity is barely covered in medical training, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. The licensing exams for graduating medical students have a surprisingly limited number of test items about obesity prevention and treatment.(image)

Embargoed AJPH Research: Minimum Wage, Maternity Leave, Food Insecurity

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST

In this month's release, find new embargoed research about: impact of minimum wage on teen birth rates; trends in parental leave rates over 22-year period; and food insecurity and cardiovascular-related health outcomes among American Indians.(image)

Mount Sinai Public Health Expert Joins 'Call to Action' on Gun Safety

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST

Nils Hennig, MD, MPH, Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and public health leaders from the nation's top universities have authored an unprecedented call to action on gun safety, urging consensus-building rather than confrontation, which will be published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday, January 19.(image)

Number of Women Who Take Maternity Leave Has Stalled

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST

The number of U.S. women taking maternity leave has not changed in 22 years despite factors that suggest it should be increasing, a new study found. During the same time, the number of fathers taking paternity leave more than tripled.(image)

Viruses Overheard Talking to One Another

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:29 EST

For the first time, viruses have been found to communicate with one another, leaving short "posts" for kin and descendants. The messages help the viruses reading them decide how to proceed with the process of infection, according to Weizmann Institute research.(image)

Molecular Subgroups of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Predict Tumor Behavior, Reveal Treatment Targets

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:09 EST

(image) EGFR mutations is associated with a longer median overall survival (almost double) compared with those without EGFR mutations when treated with specific targeted agents.(image)

Older Adults with Arthritis Need Just 45 Minutes of Activity Per Week

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:05:01 EST

Older adults who suffer from arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.(image)

Press Registration Now Open for 2017 Experimental Biology Meeting

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:00:12 EST

Press registration is now open for the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting (EB 2017) to be held April 22-26 in Chicago. With more than 14,000 attendees and thousands of scientific sessions, EB 2017 is a research bonanza you won't want to miss.(image)

Wayne State University Research Team Develops New Diagnostic Tool to Identify Tinnitus in Animals

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:05:56 EST

A team of researchers from Wayne State University has developed a behavioral tool that may significantly aid in understanding the underlying mechanisms of tinnitus, ultimately leading to new drugs and treatment methods.(image)