Soft bedding poses grave danger to sleeping babies, study shows

IMAGE: Fern Hauck, MD, is a University of Virginia Health System expert on sleep-related infant deaths. view more  Credit: UVA Health System Almost 70% of babies who died from sleep-related suffocation between 2011 and 2014 did so because of soft bedding, a new study reveals. The finding underscores physicians’ urgent message to new parents that babies…

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UCI to establish skin biology, diseases resource center with $4 million NIH award

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2019 — With nearly $4 million in funding from the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, the University of California, Irvine will establish the UCI Skin Biology Resource-based Center. One of only six such sites in the nation, it will provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and…

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Personalizing precision medicine with combination therapies improves outcomes in cancer

Precision oncology often relies on treating patients with a single, molecularly matched therapy that targets one mutation in their tumor. In a report, published online in Nature Medicine on April 22, 2019, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that treating patients with personalized, combination therapies improved outcomes in patients with therapy…

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Study highlights anti-tumor activity of curcumin on stomach cancer

Curcumin is widely used to impart color and flavor to food, but scientists have discovered that this yellow powder derived from the roots of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) can also help prevent or combat stomach cancer. The study by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) and the Federal University of Pará…

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Researchers find new novel circulating proteins involved in progression of DKD to ESRD

IMAGE: Andrzej Krolewski, M.D., Ph.D., head of the section on Genetics & Epidemiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. view more  Credit: Joslin Communications BOSTON — (April 22, 2019) — In a breakthrough study published today in Nature Medicine, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified a group of 17…

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Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three continents

CORVALLIS, Ore. — To assess differences and trends in personal chemical exposure, Oregon State University researchers deployed chemical-sampling wristbands to individuals on three continents. After they analyzed the wristbands that were returned, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of…

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WIRECUTTER: How to Travel Without Leaving a Trace

Niagara Falls and its surrounding parks see millions of visitors a year, and all that foot traffic results in a lot of trash — 832 metric tons each year from the Canadian areas alone. Still, park sanitation workers were surprised to find a piano, broken into pieces, among the items left in the garbage one…

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Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’

For a patient’s knee replacement, Medicare will pay a hospital $17,000. The same hospital can get more than twice as much, or about $37,000, for the same surgery on a patient with private insurance. Or take another example: One hospital would get about $4,200 from Medicare for removing someone’s gallbladder. The same hospital would get…

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