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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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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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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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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Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three continents

CORVALLIS, Ore. – To assess differences and trends in personal chemical exposure, Oregon State University researchers deployed chemical-sampling wristbands to individuals on three continents. After they analyzed the wristbands that were returned, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of…

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