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Study to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers

Study to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers

Physicians are increasingly discussing and recommending electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as cessation devices for their patients, but more research needs to be done on their efficacy and safety, according to a new survey of North Carolina physicians published in PLOS ONE. [More]

Researchers study about 3-D bioprinting to make organs for transplants

Printing whole new organs for transplants sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the real-life budding technology could one day make actual kidneys, livers, hearts and other organs for patients who desperately need them. In the ACS journal Langmuir, scientists are reporting new understanding about the dynamics of 3-D bioprinting that takes them a step closer to realizing their goal of making working tissues and organs on-demand. [More]
New smartphone app to improve quality of life for older adults

New smartphone app to improve quality of life for older adults

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop healthier habits. [More]
Researchers advance stability of protein that may prevent brain damage from toxins

Researchers advance stability of protein that may prevent brain damage from toxins

Research at New York University is paving the way for a breakthrough that may prevent brain damage in civilians and military troops exposed to poisonous chemicals-particularly those in pesticides and chemical weapons. [More]
Brain responses of few individuals are remarkably strong predictor

Brain responses of few individuals are remarkably strong predictor

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor. [More]
Researchers identify RNA that modulates action of important gene in process of programmed cell death

Researchers identify RNA that modulates action of important gene in process of programmed cell death

Researchers from the University of S-o Paulo (USP) have identified an RNA known as INXS that, although containing no instructions for the production of a protein, modulates the action of an important gene in the process of apoptosis, or programmed cell death. [More]
Arches Health chooses TruClinic as telemedicine solution

Arches Health chooses TruClinic as telemedicine solution

Arches Health Plan announced today that it has chosen TruClinic as the telemedicine solution for its provider network, and will become one of the first independent US insurance payers to reimburse providers for home-based telemedicine visits. [More]

Report: Females and younger service members have highest incidence rates of sunburn diagnoses

Females, white non-Hispanic, and younger service members had the highest incidence rates of sunburn diagnoses among active component service members, according to a new health surveillance report released today. [More]
Researchers to develop global database on situation and evolution of Chagas disease

Researchers to develop global database on situation and evolution of Chagas disease

The Centre for Development Cooperation (CCD) and several research groups of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) are working together with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop a global database on the situation and evolution of Chagas disease. [More]
New study provides insight into relationship between depression and dementia

New study provides insight into relationship between depression and dementia

A new study by neuropsychiatric researchers at Rush University Medical Center gives insight into the relationship between depression and dementia. The study is published in the July 30, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Blood-forming stem cell transplantation benefits infants with severe combined immunodeficiency

Blood-forming stem cell transplantation benefits infants with severe combined immunodeficiency

Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Richard J. O'Reilly, MD, a world-renowned pioneer in the development of transplant protocols. [More]
New research may provide better treatment options for children with cerebral palsy

New research may provide better treatment options for children with cerebral palsy

Of cerebral palsy, caregivers and patients know this is an understatement: it's not easy. The permanently debilitating condition, which occurs in babies from the prenatal stage to toddlers, comes with more than its fair share of lifelong challenges - from mobility problems to developmental setbacks. [More]
Researchers find differences in brain wiring between children with SPD and those with autism

Researchers find differences in brain wiring between children with SPD and those with autism

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder. [More]
Study sheds new light on the importance of implementing best practices in hospitals

Study sheds new light on the importance of implementing best practices in hospitals

New research from the Baylor Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement showed that a hospital's commitment to implementing best practices significantly improves the quality of care it provides its patients. [More]
No two single tumor cells in breast cancer patients have same genome

No two single tumor cells in breast cancer patients have same genome

Just as no two people possess the same genetic makeup, a recent study has shown that no two single tumor cells in breast cancer patients have an identical genome. [More]
Washington bioengineers discover potential method to protect women from contracting HIV

Washington bioengineers discover potential method to protect women from contracting HIV

Soon, protection from HIV infection could be as simple as inserting a medicated, disappearing fabric minutes before having sex. [More]
Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (AFib, or abnormal heartbeat) occurs in one-out-of-five heart surgery patients and is associated with an increased risk of additional complications, including double the risk of death, according to a study in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may help to improve wound healing in patients following cardiac surgery and reduce overall recovery time, especially in patients who are prone to healing complications, according to a review article in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Acupuncture helps cut fatigue, anxiety and depression in breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors

Acupuncture helps cut fatigue, anxiety and depression in breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors

Use of electroacupuncture (EA) - a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles - produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer. [More]
Researchers discover new vaccine targets to combat malaria

Researchers discover new vaccine targets to combat malaria

Researchers have discovered new vaccine targets that could help in the battle against malaria. Taking a new, large-scale approach to this search, researchers tested a library of proteins from the Plasmodium falciparum parasite with antibodies produced by the immune systems of a group of infected children. [More]