The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis

There are the Sacklers, the family that controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. There are the doctors who ran pill mills, and the rogue pharmacists who churned out opioid orders by the thousands. But the daunting financial muscle that has driven the spread of prescription opioids in the United States comes from the distributors…

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Older adults starting dialysis die at higher rates than previously thought

Older adults with end-stage kidney disease who start dialysis—a treatment that keeps their blood free of toxins—appear to die at higher rates than previously thought, according to findings of a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,…

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Neonics hinder bees’ ability to fend off deadly mites, U of G study reveals

IMAGE: The self-grooming behavior of wild honey bees like these can be affected by pesticides. view more  A University of Guelph study is the first to uncover the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees’ ability to groom and rid themselves of deadly mites. The research comes as Health Canada places new limits on the use…

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Rutgers develops new tool to help psychiatrists encourage patients to quit smoking

Psychiatrists often disregard their patients’ smoking even though tobacco use accounts for 50 percent of deaths among people with mental illness, a Rutgers-led study finds. The researchers developed a web-based training program for psychiatry residents on how to assess and intervene with tobacco addiction in patients, according to the study in The American Journal on…

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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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