Ian Crozier, an infectious disease specialist, signed on with the World Health Organization and arrived in Kenema, Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in August 2014. Within a few weeks, he himself contracted the disease and was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition. Crozier and physicians will share their perspective at ARVO 2015 closing session.
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are helping to make precision medicine a reality by sequencing entire exomes of people to assess chronic disease risk and drug efficacy. The results of a study on this topic were published in Nature Genetics on Monday.
Offering a potential early intervention for Alzheimer's disease (AD), researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Cenna Biosciences, Inc. have identified compounds that block the production of beta amyloid peptides in mice.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that blocking or removing immune-suppressing cells allows a special type of chemotherapy -- and the immune cells it activates -- to destroy prostate tumors. This novel combination therapy, termed chemoimmunotherapy, achieved near complete remission in mouse models of advanced prostate cancer. The study is published April 29 in Nature.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 about 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed, and about 15,600 people will die from the disease. While the 5-year survival rate in the 1960s and 1970s was only about 5%, improvements in diagnosis, treatment, and management have led to improved survival. However, information is lacking about what happens to long-term survivors of esophageal cancer. A presentation at the AATS Annual Meeting shows that while five-year survival is up to 39%, these patients still face many health risks and should be monitored for 10 years or more.
A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has identified demographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors that contribute to a major gender disparity among U.S. men and women undergoing weight loss surgeries. Men undergo the surgeries in far lower numbers than women.
The University of Chicago Medicine was named one of the safest hospitals in the country for the seventh consecutive time by the prestigious and independent Leapfrog Group. UChicago Medicine is one of only 182 U.S. hospitals, out of about 5,000, to receive an A in each survey.
The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born every 25 minutes in the U.S. with the syndrome, accounting for $1.5 billion in annual health care charges, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Perinatology.
Writing in the April 30 online issue of the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report pancreatic cancer rates are highest in countries with the least amount of sunlight. Low sunlight levels were due to a combination of heavy cloud cover and high latitude.
David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, a research assistant professor of Medicine, division of Hematology/Oncology, in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the RARE Champion of Hope award for science.
Health technologies are not governed by the real needs and challenges of healthcare systems, reveals a new University of Montreal study.
There are an estimated 10 million Polish-speaking people living in the United States, and Chicago has more Polish speakers than any other major city in the country. Still, the number of Polish-speaking physicians is comparatively small. This void was noticed by several Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students who recently created one of the only medical Polish electives at a medical school in the United States
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a lower National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone of 70 parts per billion (ppb)/8-hours daily maximum concentration. While today's announcement represents progress towards improving our nation's air quality and the overall health of the American public, the selection of 70 ppb ignores the compelling evidence that a more protective standard is needed.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce a new Ph.D. program in Translational Health Sciences.
Rush University Medical Center has been ranked second among 102 leading academic medical centers in the U.S. in a study conducted by the UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium).
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that hepatic fibrosis, which involves scarring of the liver that can result in dysfunction and, in severe cases, cirrhosis and cancer, may be as much a consequence of genetics as environmental factors.
Drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and strokes, are associated with significantly worse cardiovascular outcomes in hypertensive African Americans compared to whites, according to a new comparative effectiveness research study led by researchers in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine has agreed to use web-based digital whole slide imaging developed by MAggPI in the teaching of medical students. In this collaboration, diagnostic-quality, expert-curated digital images of normal and diseased tissue will be incorporated in the teaching of histology and pathology to medical students at UCI.
UM Transplant Center program is first of its kind in Michigan
People with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increased their odds of developing the blinding eye disorder if they had a history of heavy smoking and consistently did not exercise or eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to an observational study of women funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Martin J. Blaser, MD, is one of the world's foremost authorities on the human microbiome - and he proved it last year with the publication of his critically acclaimed, best-selling book, "Missing Microbes," which helped lay audiences better understand the microbiome's often complex make-up and the important role it plays in human health.
For many women, a Pap test is just another part of an annual gynecological visit, with not much thought given to routine results. But if the test results come back with abnormal findings, what happens next? What do you do? That topic and more are part of a special series of seminars aimed at helping women learn more about current issues affecting their health.
Over the last two years, Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, has directly supported more than 50 coalitions, in 20 cities and states, working to help all young people grow up at a healthy weight.
Physician-scientist Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD, has been named the inaugural winner of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer's Drug Discovery, the first prize to specifically recognize researchers working in novel and promising areas of Alzheimer's drug discovery. Dr. Longo is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and founder and Chairman of biopharmaceutical firm PharmatrophiX.