How runaway healthcare costs are a threat to older adults and what to do about it

WASHINGTON, DC and SAN DIEGO, CA — Feb. 6, 2020 — Empowering Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, accelerating the adoption of value-based care, using philanthropy as a catalyst for reform and expanding senior-specific models of care are among recommendations for reducing healthcare costs published in a new special report and supplement to the Winter…

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Cancer-causing culprits could be caught by their DNA fingerprints

Causes of cancer are being catalogued through an international study revealing the genetic fingerprints of DNA-damaging processes that drive cancer development. Researchers from University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, with collaborators around the world, have created the most detailed…

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What is your risk from smoking? Your network knows!

How many people will die from tobacco use in developed countries in 2030? A new study from researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication found that most people, smokers and non-smokers alike, were nowhere near accurate in their answers to this and other questions about smoking’s health effects. But critically, the study, conducted by doctoral…

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Pregnant women in Louisiana at increased risk for homicide

New Orleans, LA — Pooja Mehta, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was a member of a research team that found 13% of deaths occurring during or up to one year after pregnancy among Louisiana women in 2016-17 were homicides. Results are published online in…

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Research!America to Honor Sen. Mike Enzi and Rep. Anna Eshoo for Championing Research

ARLINGTON, Va.— February 6, 2020 — Senator Mike B. Enzi (R-WY) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA-18) will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for the pivotal roles they have played in accelerating life-saving medical progress. Research!America will honor these leaders at its Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 11, 2020…

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Natural compound in vegetables helps fight fatty liver disease

A new study led by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows how a natural compound found in many well-known and widely consumed vegetables can also be used to fight fatty liver disease. The study demonstrates how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, can be controlled by indole, a natural compound found in gut bacteria —…

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Scientists create ‘Chemical gardens’ that can be used as bone substitute materials

A new way of making bone-replacement materials that allows for cells to grow around and inside them has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The team adopted a novel approach called chemobrionics, in which chemical components are controllably driven to react together in specific ways, enabling the self-assembly of intricate bio-inspired structures.…

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Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

The new coronavirus has infected more than 24,000 people, and at least 490 have died. But relatively few children appear to have developed severe symptoms so far, according to the available data. “The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years,” according to a report published on Wednesday in JAMA. “Cases in children…

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