Alzheimer’s Association funds expansion of aging study in longest running birth cohort

The Alzheimer’s Association and University College London (UCL) are partnering to study brain aging and dementia in 500 individuals whose health and health-related behaviors have been documented since birth. A $7 million grant from the Alzheimer’s Association will allow researchers to more accurately detect the influence of both genetics and behaviors on dementia risk across…

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Study reveals urban hotspots of high-schoolers’ opioid abuse

A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that in several cities and counties the proportion of high-schoolers who have ever used heroin or misused prescription opioids is much higher than the national average. The study found that about one in every five white or Latina high school…

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Integral Molecular to advance vaccine discovery with NIH contract for $5.5 million

PHILADELPHIA — The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Integral Molecular a contract (75N93019C00073) which will provide up to $5.5M over the next five years to define antibody responses to pathogenic viruses including Zika, Marburg and equine encephalitis viruses (EEV), aiding the discovery of vaccines and therapeutics against these currently untreatable…

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How maternal Zika virus infection results in newborn microcephaly

A new study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine revealed how in utero Zika virus infection can lead to microcephaly in newborns. The team discovered that the Zika virus protein NS4A disrupts brain growth by hijacking a pathway that regulates the generation of new neurons. The findings point at the possibility of developing…

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Yale study: Doctors give electronic health records an ‘F’

New Haven, Conn. — The transition to electronic health records (EHRs) was supposed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare for doctors and patients alike — but these technologies get an «F» rating for usability from health care professionals, and may be contributing to high rates of professional burnout, according to a new Yale-led…

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Can cells collected from bone marrow repair brain damage in babies with CHD?

Philadelphia, Pa. — (November 18, 2019) — An upcoming clinical trial at Children’s National Hospital will harness cardiopulmonary bypass as a delivery mechanism for a novel intervention designed to stimulate brain growth and repair in children who undergo cardiac surgery for congenital heart disease. The NIH has awarded Children’s National $2.5 million to test the…

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WPI engineers creating miniaturized, wireless oxygen sensor for sick infants

Worcester, Mass. — November 14, 2019 — Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are developing a sensor the size of a Band-Aid that will measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs’ effectiveness and whether the baby’s tissue is receiving adequate oxygen supply. Unlike current systems used in hospitals, this miniaturized…

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