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September 19, 2016

Stem Cell–Based Screening Methods May Predict Heart-Related Side Effects of Drugs

Coaxing stem cells from patients to become heart cells may help clinicians personalize drug treatments and prevent heart-related toxicity. A new review looks at the potential of this strategy, noting that these so-called human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes may be used in screening methods to determine which patients are at risk of experiencing heart-damaging effects of chemotherapy agents and other drugs.

September 19, 2016

Study Estimates ADHD Symptom Persistence into Adulthood

Sixty percent of children with ADHD in a recent study demonstrated persistence of symptoms into their mid-20’s, and 41 percent had both symptoms and impairment as young adults.

September 19, 2016

Study Reveals Scope and Characteristics of Adverse Drug Reactions in the General Population

In a study of 1000 adult patients with unplanned admission to a tertiary hospital in Singapore, the prevalence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) at the time of admission was 12.4 percent, and the prevalence of ADRs causing admission to the hospital was 8.1 percent. 

September 15, 2016

Research provides clues to how zika virus breaches the placental barrier

New research reveals that in pregnant women, Zika virus infection damages certain cells that affect placental formation and function. Furthermore, herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) infection augments placental sensitivity to Zika virus by enhancing the expression of receptors that allow Zika virus to enter cells.

September 12, 2016

Many alcohol-related injuries occur at home

Of all alcohol-related injuries in various public hospital emergency departments in Queensland, Australia, more occurred at home than at licensed premises.  

September 12, 2016

Research examines how beardedness affects women’s attraction to men

New research suggests that women tend to find beardedness attractive when judging long-term relationships, perhaps as a signal of formidability among males and the potential to provide direct benefits, such as enhanced fertility and survival, to females. 

September 09, 2016

EMBO and Wiley launch the SmartFigures Lab

Heidelberg, Germany and Oxford, UK—9  September 2016 – EMBO and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), announced today the launch of the ‘SmartFigures Lab’, a prototype online publishing website with enhanced data presentation capabilities. The site results from the integration of SmartFigures, an open source application of the EMBO SourceData platform, with Wiley’s Content Enrichment Framework and research & development environment. 

September 09, 2016

Wiley and AlphaMed Press Announce Expanded Co-publishing Partnership

HOBOKEN, NJ—September 8, 2016—John Wiley and Sons, Inc., and The AlphaMed Company, Inc., dba AlphaMed Press today announced an expanded co-publishing partnership for AlphaMed’s prestigious portfolio of scholarly journals in stem cell research, regenerative and translational medicine, and oncology. With an outstanding track record of nearly thirty-five years as the founder and publisher of high-impact, peer-reviewed publications, The Oncologist, STEM CELLS, and STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, AlphaMed is a CEO Cancer Gold Standard accredited company globally recognized for its leading educational outreach programs, scientific meetings, and worldwide network of thought leaders.

September 09, 2016

How Long Should Children Play Video Games?

A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental. The findings are published in the Annals of Neurology.

September 09, 2016

Study Examines Cancer Rates among World Trade Center–Exposed Firefighters

Researchers found no overall increase in cancer risk among World Trade Center (WTC)–exposed firefighters following the 9/11 attacks compared with other firefighters from several US cities. They noted a nearly 4-fold increase in the rate in thyroid cancer, but this increased risk was not significant after controlling for possible biases related to cancer screening. (WTC-exposed firefighters have access to health care and routine health monitoring exams even after retirement.) 

September 06, 2016

Adverse drug reactions may be under-reported in young children

A new study reveals that adverse drug reactions in newborns and infants may be under-reported.

 

September 06, 2016

Brain peptide research may lead to promising new treatments for mental illnesses

Recent research points to the importance of a molecule called relaxin-3 in the brain, with effects on various processes and behaviors such as mood, stress, and cognition. Because these are often aberrant in mental illnesses, investigators are studying the potential of relaxin-3-based interventions to treat depression, anxiety, and other conditions.

September 06, 2016

Cardioprotective Drug Can Help Prevent Long-Term Heart Damage in Children who Receive Chemotherapy

A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart. The review, which is published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, also indicates that this chemotherapy-related heart damage may be prevented by a cardioprotective drug.

September 06, 2016

Communication and coordination of care are important for ensuring lupus patients’ health

Results from a recent study suggest that improved communication and coordination of care between patients, physicians, and health insurers can provide important health benefits for patients with lupus. 

September 06, 2016

Corporate social responsibility can backfire if employees don’t think it’s genuine

A new study looks at what happens when a company’s employees view its efforts related to corporate social responsibility as substantive (perceived to be other-serving and genuinely aimed at supporting the common good) or symbolic (perceived as self-serving and performed primarily for reputation and to enhance profits). 

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.