Survey finds Americans strongly support organ and tissue donation for research

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—February 18, 2020 —A strong majority of Americans agree that organ and tissue donation for research contributes to health and medical breakthroughs and acknowledge significant shortfalls for donation. This is according to a new survey released today commissioned by Research!America in partnership with The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI). The survey finds that most…

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Mayo researchers create, test AI to improve EKG testing for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

ROCHESTER, Minn. — An approach based on artificial intelligence (AI) may allow EKGs to be used to screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the future. With hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart walls become thick and may interfere with the heart’s ability to function properly. The disease also predisposes some patients to potentially fatal abnormal rhythms. Current EKG…

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Endocrine Society updates osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline

WASHINGTON—The Endocrine Society today announced an update to its osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline to include recommendations for romosozumab, a new medication that was approved last year to treat postmenopausal women at high risk of fracture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved romosozumab in April 2019, a month after the guideline was published. «We felt…

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BU study: Late fall may be best time of year to try to conceive

First-of-its-kind study accounts for when couples are most likely to start trying to conceive, finding couples conceive quicker in late fall and early winter, especially in southern states. In the US, birthdays peak in early September, but in Northern states—and Scandinavia—the peak comes earlier, in the summer or even spring. Although many factors likely go…

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Think all BPA-free products are safe? Not so fast, scientists warn

Using «BPA-free» plastic products could be as harmful to human health — including a developing brain — as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For decades, scientists have studied BPA extensively…

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Announcing the launch of BIO Integration a new fully open access journal

Shannon, February 18, 2020 — The publications division of Compuscript Ltd announces the launch of its newest open access journal, BIO Integration (BIOI). The journal represents a bold new step toward open science for the global medical community. The fully open access journal will allow for the rapid dissemination of multidisciplinary views driving the progress…

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More time between prostate cancer screenings could improve outcomes

A new study in JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, published by Oxford University Press, finds significant benefits to lengthening the amount of time between prostate cancer screenings for men. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, affecting one in seven men over the course of his lifetime. A blood…

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Declines in heart attacks greater among men than women

In a study published in the American Heart Association scientific journal Circulation, Kaiser Permanente research scientists report a steady decline in heart attacks for both men and women enrolled in the health system from 2000 to 2014, although that rate of decline slowed among women in the last 5 years of the study. «The study…

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