National Foundation for Cancer Research conducts Salisbury Award Competition

ROCKVILLE, MD — The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) last Thursday, November 14, conducted its latest Salisbury Award Competition for Entrepreneurial Translational Research. This event featured 16 individual cancer research projects from 15 institutions, selected from among a total of 36 applications. It concluded with an evening ceremony at which finalists were recognized, the…

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Ammonia levels do not aid management of hepatic encephalopathy in cirrhotic patients

The liver performs several critical functions including filtering blood, detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs. When the liver is damaged by hepatitis, alcohol, or primary liver disease, fibrosis ensues. Long-term fibrosis contributes to cirrhosis of the liver, which in turn can cause severe complications, including hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a condition that results in a temporary decline…

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Technique identifies T cells primed for certain allergies or infections

CAMBRIDGE, MA — When your immune system is exposed to a vaccine, an allergen, or an infectious microbe, subsets of T cells that can recognize a foreign intruder leap into action. Some of these T cells are primed to kill infected cells, while others serve as memory cells that circulate throughout the body, keeping watch…

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Chronic opioid therapy can disrupt sleep, increase risk of sleep disorders

DARIEN, IL — Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid use can interfere with sleep by reducing sleep efficiency and increasing the risk of sleep-disordered breathing, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Opioid use has boomed in the last decade, with nearly 92 million Americans using…

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Depression puts South African girls at higher risk of contracting HIV

Berkeley — Teen girls in South Africa face an extraordinary threat of HIV: By the time they reach adulthood, one in four South African girls will have contracted the virus, and most are first infected during adolescence. Experiencing depression puts these girls at even higher risk of HIV infection, reveals analyses led by researchers at…

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Regenstrief Institute partners with startup to improve care in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS — Regenstrief Institute is investing and partnering with Care Revolution, a medical startup focused on improving care at nursing facilities, controlling costs and reducing trips to the hospital. The new venture expands on a successful and ongoing project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Innovation. In return for…

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Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications, Volume 4, Supplement 1 publishes

Beijing, November 19, 2019: Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA), in its role as the official journal of the Great Wall International Cardiology Conference (GW-ICC), has published selected abstracts from the 30th GW-ICC. The abstracts are now online at https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cscript/cvia/2019/00000004/a00101s1 Editor-in-Chief of CVIA Dr. C. Richard Conti, past president of the American College of Cardiology, is…

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Study: Sepsis survivors require follow-up support

Survivors of sepsis—a life-threatening response to an infection—have expressed a need for advocacy and follow-up support, according to a study authored by professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and published in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. «Sepsisis a devastating and life-threatening illness with serious…

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BU and BMC find pediatric behavioral health care integration shows promise

Integrating behavioral health services into pediatric primary care in three Boston-area community health centers increased primary care visits by children with mental health diagnoses without raising Medicaid costs. In mid-2016, the Dimock Center in Roxbury, Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, and the Lowell Community Health Center began working with Boston University (BU) and Boston…

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