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Antiviral drug not beneficial for reducing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B when added to existing preventatives, study shows

(NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), an antiviral drug commonly prescribed to treat hepatitis B infection, does not significantly reduce mother-to-child...Show More Summary

The Forsyth Institute expands key human microbiome database

(Forsyth Institute) The Forsyth Institute, a global leader in oral health research, today announced they have added over 80 species to generate the expanded Human Oral Microbiome Database (eHOMD), an online index of microbial species present in the mouth and respiratory tract, including the nasal passages and throat. Show More Summary

Greehey Institute team finds link between BRCA1 and Ewing sarcoma

(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) Scientists with the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute at UT Health San Antonio have discovered a surprising connection between a breast cancer protein, BRCA1, and a pediatric cancer called Ewing sarcoma. Their findings were made public March 7 online in the journal Nature.

Edward M. Wolin, MD, Appointed Director of the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors at The Tisch Cancer Institute

Edward M. Wolin, MD, an internationally renowned authority on neuroendocrine tumors--a type of rare but increasingly frequently diagnosed cancer--has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Director of the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors. Show More Summary

Reviewers of NIH grants cannot distinguish the good from the great: study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested more than $27 billion in biomedical research through competitive grants during its 2017 fiscal year. Those grants were awarded based on scores assigned by, and conversation between, expert peer reviewers.

Millions Won’t Have Health Insurance Next Year

A new Urban Institute report finds that by 2019, 6.4 million fewer Americans are expected to have health insurance as a result of the GOP’s decision to get rid of the individual health care mandate and other policy changes made [......

Rice U. wins NIH grant for tools that reveal environmental threats to large populations

(Rice University) Rice University researchers have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to build data analysis tools and analyze how exposure to mixed toxins in the environment affects a population, especially child...

Proof-of-concept study reveals feasibility of eliminating rabies in Africa

(Institut Pasteur) The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, together with European and African collaborators (including the Institut Pasteur in Paris), carried out a mass dog vaccination in Chad and determined its effect on human rabies exposure. Show More Summary

UC College of Medicine researchers study BPA's impact on heart health

(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) A $1.97 million five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will allow a University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine researcher to continue his investigation into how Bisphenol A (BPA), a common component of polycarbonate plastics used in consumer products, may impact heart health.

Exposure to common THM levels in drinking water not associated with breast cancer

(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) Exposure to trihalomethanes (THMs) in residential water is not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Nanomaterials—what are the environmental and health risks?

Over 100 scientists from 25 research institutions and industries in 12 different European Countries, coordinated by the group of professor Antonio Marcomini from Ca' Foscari University of Venice, have completed one of the first attempts...Show More Summary

NIH launches international study of AMD progression

(NIH/National Eye Institute) A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Show More Summary

Transforming patient health care and well-being through lighting

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers. Show More Summary

Euthanasia Activists Want to Expand Assisted Suicide to Children and Mentally Disabled People

Already there are impatient calls to expand medically assisted suicide and euthanasia. Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, the influential Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota and writer of the Medical Futility Blog, wrote an article last December titled “Medical Aid in […]

Artificial intelligence quickly and accurately diagnoses eye diseases and pneumonia

(University of California - San Diego) Using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, researchers at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health and University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues...Show More Summary

How spacecraft testing enabled bone marrow research

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) In the 1970s, a NASA employee stepped up to a challenge posed by the National Institutes of Health or NIH: to freeze bone marrow.

Promising treatment for Ebola to be tested at Texas Biomed

(Texas Biomedical Research Institute) During the West African Ebola outbreak that began in 2013, an experimental biopharmaceutical drug called ZMappTM was a glimmer of hope in the midst of a health crisis. Now, scientists at Texas Biomedical...Show More Summary

Law Professor Mary Holland Responds to Dr. Peter Hotez Calling Vaccine Safety Advocates "A Hate Group"

From our friends at Health Choice: On Tuesday, February 20th, the Duke Chronicle reported that vaccine researcher, Dr. Peter Hotez spoke at the Duke Global Health Institute in the first lecture of the Victor J. Dzau Global Health Lecture Fund...

One thing leads to another: Causal chains link health, development, and conservation

(American Institute of Biological Sciences) The linkages between environmental health and human well-being are complex, and recent scholarship has developed a number of models for describing them. Unfortunately, these efforts have been constrained by varying practices and a lack of agreement among practitioners on consistent practices. Show More Summary

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