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Perfectionists may be at increased risk of suicide, says York University psychology professor

Perfectionists may be at increased risk of suicide, says York University psychology professor

Perfectionism is a bigger risk factor in suicide than we may think, says York University Psychology Professor Gordon Flett, calling for closer attention to its potential destructiveness, adding that clinical guidelines should include perfectionism as a separate factor for suicide risk assessment and intervention. [More]
Fecal microbiota transplantation officially recommended for effective treatment of C. difficile infection

Fecal microbiota transplantation officially recommended for effective treatment of C. difficile infection

The transplantation of faecal microbiota from a healthy donor has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe and highly effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection and is now recommended in European treatment guidelines. [More]
Study correlates HPV vaccine series completion among young US women

Study correlates HPV vaccine series completion among young US women

According to a recent study in the journal Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, only 60% of young US women who received the first dose of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine went on to complete the three-dose vaccine series. [More]
New study exposes negative consequences of sleep deprivation among teens

New study exposes negative consequences of sleep deprivation among teens

While American paediatricians warn sleep deprivation can stack the deck against teenagers, a new study from Taylor & Francis reveals youth's irritability and laziness aren't down to attitude problems but lack of sleep. [More]
Researcher calls for concerted international effort to confront organ trafficking problem

Researcher calls for concerted international effort to confront organ trafficking problem

The author of new research into organ trafficking has called for a concerted international effort to confront the problem. [More]
Lung cancer clinical trials exclude substantial proportion of patients due to prior cancer

Lung cancer clinical trials exclude substantial proportion of patients due to prior cancer

Lung cancer clinical trials exclude a substantial proportion of patients due to a history of prior cancer, as shown in an analysis by cancer researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. [More]

SARMS tool assesses development of robotic microsurgery skills

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). [More]
Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting. [More]
Study provides support for new understanding of the immune system

Study provides support for new understanding of the immune system

A study published in the journal Science provides support for a new-and still controversial-understanding of the immune system. The research was conducted by collaborators in the U.S. and Europe, including Robert Cramer, PhD, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine and member of the Dartmouth Lung Biology Center, and Kelly Shepherdson, PhD, at the time a graduate student in Cramer's lab. [More]
NJHF awards grant to help launch drug discovery facility at Rutgers University

NJHF awards grant to help launch drug discovery facility at Rutgers University

In its continuing effort to advance the biomedical sciences, New Jersey Health Foundation has awarded a pivotal $35,000 grant to the Office of Translational Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to help launch a Fragment Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) core facility. [More]
AAPA welcomes NGA’s report that highlights role of PAs in the U.S. healthcare

AAPA welcomes NGA’s report that highlights role of PAs in the U.S. healthcare

The American Academy of Physician Assistants welcomes a new report from the National Governors Association (NGA) that highlights the important—and rapidly growing—role of physician assistants (PAs) in the U.S. healthcare workforce. [More]
Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti of Kessler Foundation receives Alumni Achievement in Science award

Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti of Kessler Foundation receives Alumni Achievement in Science award

Nancy (Donofrio) Chiaravalloti, PhD, of Kessler Foundation received the Alumni Achievement in Science award from her alma mater, Muhlenberg College at the Alumni Association luncheon on September 13th. [More]
Health advocates call for the United Nations to support efforts to curb heart disease, stroke

Health advocates call for the United Nations to support efforts to curb heart disease, stroke

Heart disease and stroke contribute to 30 percent of global deaths, more than all infectious and parasitic diseases combined, and 11 cardiovascular organizations are calling for the United Nations to address prevention of heart disease and other non-communicable diseases. [More]
Fingerprint-based recognition method could increase immunization coverage, save lives of infants

Fingerprint-based recognition method could increase immunization coverage, save lives of infants

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. [More]
Experts to share innovative approaches to improve kidney health at ASN Kidney Week 2014

Experts to share innovative approaches to improve kidney health at ASN Kidney Week 2014

The world's largest gathering of kidney health professionals-Kidney Week 2014-will take place November 11-16 in Philadelphia, PA. The annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Week will showcase new scientific and clinical advances in nephrology from across the globe. [More]
Innovative program aims to tackle health barriers for underprivileged children

Innovative program aims to tackle health barriers for underprivileged children

Many children in inner-city schools who have long faced economic hardships also struggle with chronic health conditions that further impair their ability to learn and break free from a cycle of poverty. To address this, the H&M Conscious Foundation announced today that it is investing $1.3 million to support an innovative school-based program in New York designed to tackle health barriers that get in the way of learning for underprivileged children. [More]
MD-CARE Act Amendments become law

MD-CARE Act Amendments become law

Capping a two-year advocacy campaign led by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, today President Barack Obama signed the MD-CARE Act Amendments of 2014 into law, providing a significant victory to the Duchenne and broader muscular dystrophy communities. [More]
Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery provides better results than gastric banding

Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels, according to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons of nearly 30 long-term studies comparing the two types of bariatric procedures. [More]
Scientists discover new clues about drug used in treating blood cancer

Scientists discover new clues about drug used in treating blood cancer

Keck Medicine of USC scientists have discovered new clues about a drug instrumental in treating a certain blood cancer that may provide important targets for researchers searching for cures. [More]
GSA and NAM select reporters for Journalists in Aging Fellows Program

GSA and NAM select reporters for Journalists in Aging Fellows Program

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) have selected 19 reporters for the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program, now in its fifth year. [More]