Hotspot in the genome may drive psychosis in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

VIDEO: Dr. Viviane Labrie of Van Andel Research Institute discusses how an epigenetic hotspot may contribute to symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. view more  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 3, 2019) — A newly identified epigenetic hotspot for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may give scientists a fresh path forward for devising more effective treatments and biomarker-based…

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Study shows drug reduces risk of relapse with neuromyelitis optica

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The drug eculizumab, a synthetic antibody that inhibits the inflammatory response, significantly reduced the risk of relapse with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). This rare but severe autoimmune inflammatory disorder can cause blindness, paralysis and death. Mayo Clinic researchers and international collaborators report their findings in a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study…

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New book explores hospice and palliative care interventions

IMAGE: Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care: Building an Evidence Base view more  Credit: Elsevier Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care: Building an Evidence Base sets forth research considerations and guidelines to build evidence-based interventions to improve end-of-life care. The new book by George Demiris, PhD, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor in…

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Regenstrief, IU, Purdue research presented on national stage

INDIANAPOLIS — Regenstrief faculty members are sharing the institute’s groundbreaking research with national leaders in geriatrics at the 2019 annual meeting for the American Geriatrics Society in Portland, Oregon, May 2-4. Regenstrief Research Scientist Noll Campbell, PharmD, M.S., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Purdue University College of Pharmacy, is presenting in multiple sessions, providing…

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Job numbers flat for Americans with disabilities despite strength of the labor market

IMAGE: This infographic compares the economic indicators for people with and without disabilities for April 2019, showing flattening for people with disabilities and slight increases for their counterparts without disabilities. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation East Hanover, NJ — May 3, 2019 — The economic indicators for Americans with disabilities were flat, while people without disabilities…

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Mental well-being predicts leisure time physical activity in midlife

Men and women with high mental well-being at the age of 42 were more physically active at the age of 50 compared to those who got lower scores in mental well-being at age 42. Different exercise activities are related to the different dimensions of well-being in midlife. Mental well-being was investigated through three dimensions: emotional,…

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Swedish and South African universities’ collaboration on Agenda 2030 challenges

SASUF (the South Africa-Sweden University Forum) is a partnership among 36 Swedish and South African universities with the aim of strengthening collaboration between the two countries in research, education and innovation. For six days, from 6 to 11 May, the second week-long research and innovation event in Stellenbosch will bring together some 500 researchers, decision-makers…

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New review identifies four hallmarks of cancer metastasis

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Kansas Cancer Center have identified four hallmarks of cancer metastasis — when cancer has spread to different parts of the body from where it started. Metastasis is believed to be the cause of up to 90 percent of cancer deaths. Douglas Hurst, Ph.D.,…

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‘Gut-on-a-chip’ research aims to find personalized treatment for Crohn’s disease

IMAGE: Hyun Jung Kim, a biomedical engineer from UT Austin, holding a sample of his ‘Gut-On-A-Chip’ Technology, which will help inform his work in better understanding Crohn’s Disease…. view more  Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin To model human health and disease, organ-on-a-chip technology mimics the human body’s organ structure, functionality…

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Induced labor not more expensive to health care system than spontaneous labor

Expectant parents wait 40 weeks for the arrival of their new baby, but what if labor was induced one week earlier? Conventional wisdom holds that inducing labor at 39 weeks would be cost-prohibitive to a health care system. However, the results of a joint study between University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare show inducing…

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