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Acute kidney injury may be more deadly than heart attacks
Among a group of veterans discharged from the hospital after acute kidney injury or heart attacks, death occurred most often in patients who experienced both conditions and least often in patients experiencing heart attacks alone. Patients with acute kidney injury later experienced more major heart and kidney problems than those who had heart attacks. (2013-12-05)

NASA eyes another developing depression in northern Indian Ocean
Infrared satellite data from NASA's Aqua satellite showed bands of thunderstorms wrapping around low pressure System 92B's center. If this system develops it would become Tropical Depression 06B. (2013-12-05)

NASA sees rainfall quickly fade in dying Depression 33W
NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that rainfall became scarce in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean's thirty-third tropical depression in its second day of life. (2013-12-04)

NASA sees thirty-third tropical depression form in Northwestern Pacific
The Northwestern Pacific Ocean tropical cyclone season continues with the formation of the thirty-third tropical depression today, Dec. 3, 2013. (2013-12-03)

Special journal issue focuses on imaging screening
To be published online Monday, Dec. 2, a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology addresses imaging-based screening and radiology's increasing role in preventive medicine. Topics covered include breast density legislation, digital breast tomosynthesis (or 3-D mammography), lung cancer screening and computed tomography colonography reimbursement. (2013-12-02)

How shale fracking led to an Ohio town's first 100 earthquakes
Since records began in 1776, the people of Youngstown, Ohio had never experienced an earthquake. However, from January 2011, 109 tremors were recorded and new research in Geophysical Research-Solid Earth reveals how this may be the result of shale fracking. (2013-08-19)

Living in a sunny climate does not improve vitamin D levels in hip fracture patients
While it is well known that a majority of hip fracture patients of all ages and both sexes have insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D, a new study presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons looks at whether or not living in a warm, sunny climate improves patient vitamin D levels. (2013-03-19)

Quality of instruction trumps language in reading programs for elementary-age ELLs
New research synthesizes studies of English reading outcomes for Spanish-dominant English language learners in elementary schools. The review, Effective Reading Programs for Spanish-dominant English Language Learners in the Elementary Grades: A Synthesis of Research, appears in the December issue of Review of Educational Research, a journal of the American Educational Research Association. (2013-01-15)

Economic environment during infancy linked with substance use, delinquent behavior in adolescence
The larger economic environment during infancy may be associated with subsequent substance use and delinquent behavior during adolescence. (2012-12-31)

The Sackler Institute unveils a global research agenda for nutrition science
On Dec. 17-18, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, will present an unprecedented global research agenda for the nutrition science community, policy makers, and global leaders. Developed through research and insights from 300 experts in nutrition science and public health, the agenda identifies critical research and knowledge gaps that hamper the development of effective, evidence-based interventions to tackle malnutrition. (2012-12-14)

No strong evidence to back use of cannabis extract in Multiple Sclerosis
There is no strong evidence to back the use of cannabis extract in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, concludes a review of the available evidence on the first licensed preparation, published in the December issue of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. (2012-12-12)

Caffeinated coffee linked to lower risk of some oral cancers
A new American Cancer Society study finds a strong inverse association between caffeinated coffee intake and oral/pharyngeal cancer mortality. The authors say people who drank more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day were at about half the risk of death of these often fatal cancers compared to those who only occasionally or who never drank coffee. (2012-12-10)

New analysis examines stakes for Medicaid in upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations on Capitol Hill
A new analysis by Professor Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services indicates that severe cuts to the Medicaid program will cripple the ongoing effort to reform the US health care system. The analysis will appear online on Dec. 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2012-12-05)

New evidence on how compound found in red wine can help prevent cancer
International conference at the University of Leicester will show how resveratrol can prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes. (2012-12-04)

Study shows different approach after progression in non-small cell lung cancer patients
A new study published in the December 2012 issue of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's Journal of Thoracic Oncology, shows that other approaches to overcome acquired resistance should be considered. (2012-11-15)

Ultrasound gel and infections: Researchers propose guidelines to reduce risk
In the December issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, guidelines have been proposed by epidemiologists from Beaumont Health System to reduce the risk of infection from contaminated gels. The recommendations are based on the authors' own experiences with an outbreak traced to contaminated ultrasound transmission gel. (2012-11-12)

ILCAC awards McCartor Fund Fellowships
The International Light-Cone Advisory Committee continued its recently established McCartor Fund Fellowship program by awarding travel grants to two young scientists at its annual meeting in Cracow, Poland, July 8-13, and another to be given at a forthcoming meeting in Delhi, India, December 10-15. (2012-09-07)

LWW receives 21 awards from ASHPE for editorial and design excellence
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, is pleased to announce that it has won 21 awards in 15 categories, which is a record number of wins in a single year for LWW overall. ASHPE's 12th annual awards competition recognizes member articles and publications for editorial, design, print, and online award categories. (2012-05-09)

Younger children in the classroom likely overdiagnosed with ADHD
The youngest children in the classroom are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- and prescribed medication -- than their peers in the same grade, according to a study just published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-03-05)

UC San Diego's William C. Mobley recognized for contributions to Down syndrome
William C. Mobley, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Chairman of the US Scientific Advisory Committee of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, was recognized by US Congressman Pete Sessions from the floor of the House of Representatives in December. (2012-01-04)

Using many instruments to track a comet
In 16 years of data observations, the Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) -- a joint European Space Agency and NASA mission -- made an unexpected claim for fame: the sighting of new comets at an alarming rate. (2011-12-13)

Despite guidelines to the contrary, practitioners recommend time off for low back pain
Guidelines for clinical management of patients with low back pain (LBP) encourage health care practitioners to advise staying active and returning to work. Despite this, most practitioners believe work factors can cause or exacerbate LBP; a recommendation for a (2011-12-13)

Canada's early entrepreneurs profiled in new book
From the Aboriginal chief who controlled the early Maritime fur trade to pioneering female saloon owners who made their mark during the gold rush, a fascinating new book profiles the entrepreneurs who shaped Canadian history. (2011-12-07)

NASA's TRMM satellite sees the power in Tropical Storm Alenga
The first tropical storm of the Southern Indian Ocean season has been renamed from Tropical Storm 01S to Tropical Storm Alenga as it continues to strengthen. NASA's TRMM satellite was able to capture a look at the rainfall rates and cloud heights within Alenga recently. (2011-12-06)

2 out of 3 medical students do not know when to wash their hands
Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC -- the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2011-12-01)

Parental controls on embryonic development?
Now, a new study published by Cell Press on Dec. 1 in the journal Developmental Cell suggests that the reach of parental control in the embryo may be longer than we thought. (2011-12-01)

Newly discovered heart stem cells make muscle and bone
Researchers have identified a new and relatively abundant pool of stem cells in the heart. The findings in the December issue of Cell Stem Cell, a Cell Press publication, show that these heart cells have the capacity for long-term expansion and can form a variety of cell types, including muscle, bone, neural and heart cells. (2011-12-01)

Leicester set to fly high in India's first-ever national astronomy mission
Highly specialized equipment constructed at the University of Leicester for India's first national astronomy satellite -- Astrosat -- is to be handed over to a delegation from India in December. (2011-12-01)

Bioethics commission to discuss human subjects protection
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will publicly meet Nov. 16-17 in Boston. This will be the last meeting before the commission issues its contemporary assessment of the rules and regulations that protect human subjects in research funded by the federal government. That report will be delivered to President Barack Obama in mid December. (2011-11-10)

Attend the premier bone meeting in Europe
The International Osteoporosis Foundation and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis have worked in partnership to develop a unique springtime meeting program for health-care professionals, researchers and young scientists. With over 5,500 participants, this has become the largest educational event and most vibrant clinical research forum for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in Europe. (2011-10-31)

Top honors for Dr. Armando E. Giuliano from one of the world's leading breast cancer groups
One of the world's leading breast cancer organizations has bestowed its highest honors on Armando E. Giuliano, MD, a renowned breast cancer surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, whose 30-year research career has resulted in major advances in the compassionate care for and quality of life of women with breast cancer. (2011-09-29)

Landsat Satellite images reveal extent of historic North Dakota flooding
Heavy rains in Canada caused historic flooding in Minot, N.D. Landsat satellite images taken before and during the flooding reveal the water's extent. (2011-06-27)

Screening does not reduce prostate cancer deaths
Screening does not significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths, but the risk of overdetection and overtreatment is considerable, concludes a 20-year study published on bmj.com today. (2011-03-31)

Despite uncertain benefit, fibrates commonly used in US, Canada
Although recent evidence suggests that the clinical benefit may be uncertain for fibrates, a class of drugs used for the treatment of high lipid levels, use of these drugs is common in the US and Canada, with usage increasing steadily in the last decade in the US, especially for a brand-name fibrate product, according to a study in the March 23/30 issue of JAMA. (2011-03-22)

Has suspending targets changed waiting times?
Have the suspension of central performance management of the 18-week referral to treatment target, and a relaxation of the four-hour Accident and Emergency target, changed waiting times asks John Appleby, Chief Economist at the King's Fund in this week's BMJ? (2011-03-01)

Drinking recycled water?
The Australian Government National Water Commission funded a study to establish an approach to assess the quality of water treated using managed aquifer recharge. Researchers at Australia's CSIRO Land and Water set out to determine if the en product would meet standard drinking water guidelines. (2011-01-06)

Different sources, same result
Induced pluripotent stem cells from fetal skin cells and embryonic stem cells display comparable potential for derivation of hepatocytes. (2011-01-05)

2010 -- a year of weather extremes in Finland
Because of the cold periods at the start and end of the year, 2010 was slightly cooler than normal. The year is remembered for extreme weather events, for the cold winter and for new temperature records and storms in summer. (2011-01-04)

Use of amniotic membrane may cause complications in strabismus surgery
Postoperative adhesions are a major complication in strabismus surgery. Amniotic membrane has been used in the hopes of preventing these adhesions by forming a biological barrier during healing. In an article in the December 2010 issue of the Journal of AAPOS, the Official Publication of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a team of researchers from Cairo University have discovered that the new approach may also have the opposite effect. (2011-01-03)

SOHO spots 2,000th comet
As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on Dec. 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered its 2,000th comet. (2010-12-28)

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