Fatal Car Crashes Rise With Spring Clock Reset

Losing an hour’s sleep at the spring change to daylight saving time is at best inconvenient. Now new research suggests that it may be dangerous. A study in Current Biology reports that the risk of having a fatal traffic accident increases significantly in the week following the spring clock reset. Researchers used a federal government…

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Surgeons cut opioid prescriptions by 64% using a new multipronged program

CHICAGO (March 2, 2020): Opioid prescriptions have been a known driver of the opioid epidemic, and it’s now known that opioid prescriptions that last longer than five days are a risk factor for longer-term opioid use.1 As some surgeons’ prescribing patterns have been found to be part of the problem, the surgical community is now…

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What can you learn by peering into a fruit fly’s gut? It turns out a lot!

Baltimore, MD— They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. But what about a real-time window into the complexity of the gastrointestinal system? A new research tool allowed biologists to watch in real time the cell renewal process that keeps gut tissue healthy, as well as the interactions between bacterial species that make up the…

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Translational Research Day in Boston to highlight broadly engaged team science

BOSTON — Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host Translational Research Day 2020: Broadly-Engaged Team Science on Friday, March 6. The event brings together researchers, clinicians, community partners, and the public for: A keynote address by Sharon Terry, CEO of Genetic Alliance, on building research teams for impact on health Scientific talks on…

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Tool for identifying frail patients to reduce surgical risk works in health system setting

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2020 — Frail patients in private-sector, multi-hospital health systems may benefit from a tool that can quickly predict their risk for poor outcomes following surgery, including postoperative mortality, readmission and extended hospital stays. New research from UPMC — published recently in the Annals of Surgery — demonstrated that this prospective assessment index,…

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Novel use of robotics for neuroendovascular procedures

PHILADELPHIA — Surgeons at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University are pioneering the use of robotics in neuroendovascular procedures, which are performed via the blood vessels of the neck and brain. A study by Pascal Jabbour, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurovascular Surgery and Endovascular Neurosurgery, demonstrated that the use of…

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Researchers identify protein critical for wound healing after spinal cord injury

Plexin-B2, an axon guidance protein in the central nervous system (CNS), plays an important role in wound healing and neural repair following spinal cord injury (SCI), according to research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published today in Nature Neuroscience. The study’s findings could aid the development of therapies that…

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OHSU-led evidence review shows new therapy for Hepatitis C is highly effective

New direct-acting antiviral therapies are highly effective at eliminating the Hepatitis C virus infection, according to a systematic evidence review by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University. The review, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, informed a new recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Health Task Force for universal screening of…

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