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Good neighborhoods, not wealthy ones, reduce gun violence

Though there have been efforts to paint violence and crime as simple economics - give people more money and there is less crime - a new presentation at the Institute of Medicine's Means of Violence workshop finds there is instead a better reason why many poor neighborhoods don't have people preying on each other. Show More Summary

Merging Two Souls: Cellular Memory and Organ Transplants

Modern medicine is a wondrous and complex thing.  As an institution it has its beginnings in pre-history, with herbalists and shamans who treated every ailment, every illness with magic and salves and fireside dancing.  Of course, the state of medicine has advanced 1000 fold since then.  We...

Institute of Medicine of Chicago Announces 2014 Fellows

The Institute of Medicine of Chicago has inducted its Fall 2014 Class of Fellows, a group of health care leaders from a variety of disciplines and organizations in the Chicago area. A total of 45 Fellows were inducted in 2014.

American Pain Society Releases Pain Research Agenda for the 21st Century

Some 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine, but funding to support scientific research that could lead to effective new therapies for pain remains inadequate. Recognizing this dilemma,...Show More Summary

Jason Moore Named Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at Penn Medicine

Jason H. Moore, PhD, has been named the first permanent director of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI), at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His appointment starts March 1, 2015. Moore is an expert in genetics and biomedical informatics, who is currently on faculty at Dartmouth College.

The huge health care gap between whites and minorities is starting to narrow

In 2002, a landmark Institute of Medicine report awoke the world to shocking inequality in the health-care system. The report's conclusion: racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive lower quality of care than whites do, even after accounting for factors like income and insurance status. The reasons for the disparity were complex and varied. The […]

Radiogenetics Controls Activation of Insulin Producing Genes in Diabetic Mice

In a breakthrough just published in Nature Medicine, researchers at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have reported on a new technique to use electromagnetic waves to activate insulin production in mice with diabetes. Show More Summary

Congress again micromanages nutrition standards

Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is again using the appropriations process to micromanage nutrition standards for school meals and the WIC program, against the advice of the Institute of Medicine and other health experts. The new appropriations bill includes several provisions relevant to issues I discuss frequently here.  By all reports, this is the best […]

Dying in America: Report sets off discussion in Annals of Internal Medicine

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In September, the Institute of Medicine started what it hoped would become a national conversation on how well we’re prepared for dying. It published a 500-page report, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences...Show More Summary

Algae Could Help Repair Heart Damage After A Heart Attack

There is a new study currently under way that may show some promise for heart attack victims using the amazing healing properties of the sea. The Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute has become the newest part of the PRESERVATION clinical...Show More Summary

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Physician-Researcher Awarded National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Grant to Develop Prevention Strategies for Deadly Heart Condition

One of medicine's most prominent experts in sudden cardiac arrest has received a new $2.36 million grant to study how to better predict the deadly heart condition that kills an estimated 300,000 Americans each year.

Institute of Medicine President to Speak at the University of Louisville Dec. 10

Victor Dzau, M.D., will discuss "Molecular Approaches to Cardiac Regeneration" on Dec. 10 at the University of Louisville.

Nine centres worldwide recognised as IOC Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health

These centres are: Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention, Federation University Australia, Australia Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Canada Institute of Sports Medicine,...Show More Summary

Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts' Brain Function

Penn Medicine researchers have developed a cognitive test battery, known as Cognition, for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to measure the impact of typical spaceflight stressors (like microgravity, radiation, confinement and isolation, exposure to elevated levels of CO2, and sleep loss) on cognitive performance. Show More Summary

Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'

The Institute of Medicine defines health literacy as the degree to which a person is able to obtain, understand, and process basic health information and services, so that s/he can make appropriate decisions about his/her health. Low...Show More Summary

ASU, IBM move ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. read more

Mount Sinai Researchers Awarded $1 Million Grant to Find New Stem Cell Therapies for Vision Recovery

The National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a five-year grant that will support an effort to re-create a patient's ocular stem cells and restore vision in those blinded by corneal disease.

Growth of Digital Pharmaceutical Marketing Tactics Targeting Physicians Requires New Industry Standards, According to Penn Researchers

A new perspective piece in The New England Journal of Medicine, written by health policy researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, describes various digital...Show More Summary

Research to Study New Iron Supplement for Children

Penn State College of Medicine and University of Wisconsin have been awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the study of a novel way to treat iron deficiency anemia in children.

Improving Seniors' Mental Function Is Goal of NIH Grant to IU School of Medicine Researchers

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate the advantages of physical exercise, cognitive exercise or a combination of both on the aging brain.

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