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Rheumatology leaders applaud re-introduction of Patients' Access to Treatment Act

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today applauded the leadership of Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) in reintroducing H.R. 2999, the Patients' Access to Treatment Act (PATA). Show More Summary

Bird's eye perspective

(Harvard Medical School) Harvard Medical School researchers have now provided the first insight into the perplexing question of how humans developed their daytime vision.

Does the emperor have clothes?

(Harvard Medical School) Discovered more than two decades ago, the hormone leptin has been widely hailed as the key regulator of leanness. Yet, the pivotal experiments that probe the function of this protein and unravel the precise mechanism of its action as a guardian against obesity are largely missing.

Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer's disease

(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) In a recent feasibility study, BIDMC tested an anti-epileptic drug for its potential impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer's disease. The team documented changes in patients' EEGs that suggest the drug could have a beneficial effect.

More breast cancers were diagnosed at early stage after Affordable Care Act took effect

(Loyola University Health System) A Loyola University Chicago study published this month has found an increase in the percentage of breast cancer patients who were diagnosed in early Stage 1, after the Affordable Care Act took effect. The increases in Stage 1 diagnoses were higher among African American and Latina breast cancer patients, compared to white patients.

Safety-net providers can adopt medical home models and improve primary care

(RAND Corporation) The medical home model of advanced primary care is being adopted by practices across the nation, but there have been questions about whether the approach can be accomplished in safety net settings. A new study finds...Show More Summary

Immunotherapy kinder than chemotherapy for patients with head and neck cancer

(Institute of Cancer Research) The immunotherapy nivolumab is kinder than chemotherapy for people with advanced head and neck cancer -- easing many of the negative effects of the disease on patients' quality of life.

How insulin in the brain may suppress the subjective feeling of hunger

(Deutsches Zentrum fuer Diabetesforschung DZD) Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions (default-mode network, DMN ) as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus. This is the finding of a new study by researchers at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) in Tübingen.

New biomarker assay detects neuroblastoma with greater sensitivity

(Children's Hospital Los Angeles) Investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have developed and tested a new biomarker assay for quantifying disease and detecting the presence of neuroblastoma even when standard evaluations yield negative results for the disease. Show More Summary

UTEP Scientists awarded patent for Chagas disease vaccine

(The University of Texas at El Paso) A pair of scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso is one step closer to developing the first ever clinical Chagas disease vaccine.Researchers Rosa Maldonado, Ph.D., and Igor Almeida, Ph.D.,...Show More Summary

Georgia State hosts first International Triple Negative Breast Cancer Conference

(Georgia State University) Georgia State University will host the First International Triple Negative Breast Cancer Conference from Sept. 18 to 20.

High fat diet reduces gut bacteria, Crohn's disease symptoms

(Case Western Reserve University) Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have shown a high fat diet may lead to specific changes in gut bacteria that could fight harmful inflammation -- a major discovery for patients suffering from Crohn's disease. Show More Summary

Diabetes patients still produce insulin

(Uppsala University) Some insulin is still produced in almost half of the patients that have had type 1 diabetes for more than ten years. Patients with remaining insulin production had much higher levels in blood of interleukin-35, They also had much more immune cells that produce interleukin-35 and dampen immune attacks.

Video games can change your brain

(Frontiers) Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. Show More Summary

Studies of US Lassa fever patient offer clues about immune response, viral persistence

(Infectious Diseases Society of America) Researchers were able to closely study a Lassa fever patient's immune response over time after he was evacuated to the US for treatment.An experimental drug, favipiravir, was used in treating the US patient and an additional patient infected with Lassa virus in Germany. Show More Summary

More guns now being purchased for self-defense than recreation

(Elsevier) In a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers determined that there has been a shift towards more lethal weapons that appear to be designed primarily for self-defense, rather than recreational use, such as hunting, target shooting, or other forms of recreation.

Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors has declined

(American Association for Cancer Research) From 1999/2000 to 2011/2012, exposure to secondhand smoke among nonsmoking adult cancer survivors declined from 39.6 percent to 15.7 percent, but rates of exposure were higher among those with...Show More Summary

Analysis indicates that insurance expansion improves access to care, health, and survival

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) There is strong evidence that expanding health insurance increases access to care, improves health in a variety of ways, and reduces mortality, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers,

Single fungus amplifies Crohn's disease symptoms

(Case Western Reserve University) A microscopic fungus called Candida tropicalis triggered gut inflammation and exacerbated symptoms of Crohn's disease, in a recent study conducted at Case Western Reserve University School of Medici...

ACP's initial review of QPP proposed rule 'encouraging'

(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP) is encouraged that the 2018 proposed rule to implement the Quality Payment Program (QPP), released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), continues to take important steps to benefit both clinicians and patients in the delivery of high-quality, high-value care.

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