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September 06, 2016

Dam removal projects accelerate, but research lags behind

A new review reveals gaps in the science of dam removal. Although more than 1200 dams have been removed in the United States, fewer than 10 percent have been scientifically evaluated. Those studies that do exist focus more on short-term river channel responses rather than longer-term biological responses.

September 06, 2016

Epilepsy surgery found safe and cost-effective

Research has shown that surgery can provide important benefits for patients with epilepsy. Now a new study finds that it is also cost-effective.

September 06, 2016

Greater efforts are needed to eliminate female genital mutilation

The World Health Organization reports that more than 200 million girls and women currently have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting worldwide, and three million girls continue to be at risk each year. A new review details how the practice affects individuals physically and psychologically, noting that such traditions that dehumanize and injure are human rights violations. 

September 06, 2016

Has the affordable care act accomplished its goals?

A new review of the published literature indicates that the Affordable Care Act has made significant progress in accomplishing two of its main goals—decreasing the number of uninsured and improving access to care.

September 06, 2016

Infant circumcision can be safely performed in rural Africa

A new study indicates that early infant circumcision, which helps to prevent HIV transmission later in life, can be safely performed in rural Uganda.

 

September 06, 2016

Over-the-counter head lice treatments are likely to fail

A recent review on head lice treatments available in the United States described a marked decline in the effectiveness of permethrin/synergized pyrethrins (collectively pyrethroids), likely due to resistance arising from widespread and indiscriminate use over 30 years.

September 06, 2016

Research points to new treatment strategy against alzheimer’s disease

New research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may trigger increased expression of an enzyme called lysozyme, which attempts to counteract amyloid build-up in the brain.

 

September 06, 2016

Review highlights the range of negative health effects linked with red meat consumption

A new review provides a comprehensive summary of the potential negative health effects of eating red meat. Results from published studies and analyses indicate significant, although weak to moderate, increased risks for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer with the consumption of red meat, especially processed meat.

September 06, 2016

Screening for suicidal thoughts and behaviors declines with patient age

In a recent analysis of patient charts from eight different emergency departments, documented screening for self-harm, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts declined with age, from approximately 81 percent in younger age groups to a low of 68 percent among those aged ≥85 years.

 

September 02, 2016

Walking a Tightrope: Regulators Balancing Need for Safety & Flexibility in Approvals for New Medicines

It can be challenging for regulators to keep up with advances related to medical drugs and devices. A new analysis and editorial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology provide insights on how officials are working to support accelerated access to new therapies while also ensuring their safety.    

August 31, 2016

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel May Contain Hidden Symbols of Female Anatomy

Publications on the works of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel indicate that numerous codes and hidden messages may have been inserted for various purposes. Now a new analysis suggests that Michelangelo may have concealed symbols associated with female anatomy when painting the chapel’s ceiling. 

August 23, 2016

Food Safety Game-Changer Named Top Innovator

Lima, Peru, 17 August 2016— Science, technology and innovation officials from the 21 APEC member economies have named cutting-edge food safety researcher Dr Hua Kuang of China the Asia-Pacific’s leading young innovator.

August 22, 2016

Many Stroke Patients Experience Delays in Seeking and Receiving Care

A new study reveals that many patients are not aware that they are having a stroke when they are experiencing symptoms. 

August 15, 2016

Study Examines ‘Weekend Effect’ in Emergency Surgery Patients

Research has pointed to a ‘weekend effect’ in which patients admitted to the hospital on Saturdays or Sundays are more likely to die than those admitted on week days. A new study has now assessed whether a weekend effect exists in a specified population: patients admitted for emergency general surgery.

 

August 11, 2016

American Geophysical Union Partners with Wiley to Take On New Geohealth Initiative

Largest Earth and Space Science Organization and Publishing Partner Wiley to Launch New Open Access Journal

WASHINGTON, DC—9 August 2016—Geohealth is a rapidly emerging transdisciplinary field that supports the intersection of Earth and environmental sciences with human, agricultural, and environmental health. As a first step in its efforts to support and enable this emerging field, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced today the launch of its newest journal, GeoHealth.

 

August 09, 2016

Wiley to publish Molecular Oncology – bringing together all four journals from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies at FEBS Press

Hoboken, NEW JERSEY – 9 August 2016 – John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced the final step of an extended publishing partnership with the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) with the move of Molecular Oncology from January 2017 to join the other three FEBS publications published by Wiley; The FEBS Journal, FEBS Letters, and FEBS Open Bioat FEBS Press. FEBS has become one of Europe’s largest organisations in the molecular life sciences, providing a voice to a large part of the academic research and teaching community in Europe.   

August 05, 2016

Wiley provides free access to latest Zika research to coincide with events in Brazil

Wiley has made available all of its published Zika content on one site www.wiley.com/go/zika to coincide with events in Brazil, a territory that has seen increased cases of Zika Virus recently. Access will be freely available until 30 September. New research from medicine, entomology, obstetrics, neuroscience and more will be added to Wiley’s Zika page as it becomes available along with interactive content such as interviews, podcasts and videos, providing the latest updates on Zika virus. 

August 05, 2016

Some catholic hospitals make it difficult for physicians to provide referrals for reproductive services

Catholic hospitals, which represent a growing share of health care in the United States, prohibit staff from providing many common reproductive health services, including ones related to sterilization, contraception, abortion, and fertility. While professional ethics guidelines recommend that clinicians who deny patients reproductive services for moral or religious reasons provide a timely referral to prevent patient harm, a new study shows that some Catholic hospitals make it difficult for clinicians to do so. 

August 02, 2016

Experts assess changes to breast cancer screening recommendations

A new article discusses the evidentiary support for the recent changes made by the American Cancer Society in its recommendations for breast cancer screening. In addition to modifying the suggested ages for annual and biannual mammography, the new recommendations also focus on patient preference in decision making.

August 02, 2016

Social media helps diagnose parasitic disease in teen travelers

A new report details how physicians and patients used social media to help diagnose cutaneous leishmaniasis in a group of teens who traveled on a youth adventure trip to Israel. Their posts quickly brought the cluster to the attention of the teens and their parents, leading to prompt recognition of the cause of their skin lesions and appropriate treatment.