Kick-starting the genome in early development

IMAGE: Merged image showing a colony of mouse embryonic stem cells fluorescently stained for Dppa2 in red, Dppa4 in green and DNA in blue. view more  Credit: Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, Babraham Institute Key points: Researchers identify factors responsible for activating the zygotic genome A small number of mouse embryonic stem cells mimic the two-cell embryo stage,…


Women twice as likely to suffer from severe depression after a stroke

New research today published in the European Journal of Neurology has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than men. The team of researchers from King’s College London followed the progress of symptoms over five years after stroke onset in 2,313 people (1,275 men and 1,038 women).…


Artificial skin could give superhuman perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us, University of Connecticut researchers suggest in a paper in Advanced Materials. Our skin’s ability to perceive pressure, heat, cold, and vibration is a critical safety function that most people take for granted. But…


Study finds freestanding EDs charge more than urgent care centers

Freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) may charge more than urgent care centers (UCCs) to provide care for fewer patients who have similar characteristics and conditions, according to a study released in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. FSEDs are Emergency Departments that are not attached to an acute care hospital and may either be independent or affiliated…


A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

IMAGE: This is Kavita Parikh, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System, and senior author of the invited commentary; Lead Author Shilpa J. Patel M.D., MPH, emergency medicine specialist;… view more  Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned…


Study examines long-term opioid use in patients with severe osteoarthritis

New research published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, reveals that prescription opioids are commonly used long-term to treat pain in older patients with severe osteoarthritis. The study also found substantial statewide variation in rates of treatment with long-term opioid therapy for osteoarthritis, which was not fully explained…


Rutgers researchers highlight need for more smoking cessation programs in state prisons

Inmates want to quit smoking but don’t have access to smoking cessation programs in state prisons, increasing the risk — especially among black male inmates — of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking-related diseases, according to Rutgers researchers. In a study published in Health Psychology Open, researchers examined smoking behaviors and characteristics of 169…


Experimental Zika test under development with Texas Biomed and national collaborators

IMAGE: This is Jean Patterson, Ph.D., Texas Biomed Professor. view more  Credit: Texas Biomed San Antonio, Texas (January 28, 2019) — A collaboration of scientists including Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, is working on a new way to detect Zika virus that will help guide clinicians in their treatment of patients with…


Best Dressed at the 2019 SAG Awards

Lady Gaga in Dior Haute Couture and Tiffany and Co. Jewelry

The triple threat wore white (from the Dior haute couture show less than a week ago!), but she looked anything but bridal. With a high slit and low-plunging neckline Gaga wowed with blood red beauty touches.