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Are bigger brains better?

Michigan State University

When it comes to certain parts of the brain, bigger doesn’t necessarily equate to better memory. According to a new study led by Michigan State University, a larger hippocampus, a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded deep in the brain, does not always reliably predict learning and memory abilities in older adults.

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Neuro,

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16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
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Mercy Health Services President & CEO Thomas R. Mullen Announces Pending Retirement

Mercy Medical Center

After 28 years of successful service, Mercy Health Services President & CEO Thomas R. Mullen has announced his plans to retire as President & CEO effective July 2020.

Channels: Healthcare,

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VUMC tops in nation for number of heart transplants performed last year

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Vanderbilt University Medical Center tied for first place as the busiest heart transplant program by volume in the United States in 2019.

Channels: Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, Surgery, Transplantation,

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16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Cancer study may accidentally help researchers create usable blood stem cells

Cancer study may accidentally help researchers create usable blood stem cells

University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows healthy form of the leukemia-causing gene MLL may push pluripotent stem cells (which have proven difficult to use in human patients) to become durable hematopoietic stem cells (which are usable in patients, but have until now been impossible to make).

Channels: All Journal News, Blood, Cancer, Cell Biology, Stem Cells, Grant Funded News,

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Mosquitoes Engineered to Repel Dengue Virus

University of California San Diego

An international team of scientists has synthetically engineered mosquitoes that halt the transmission of the dengue virus. The development marks the first engineered approach in mosquitoes that targets the four known types of dengue, improving upon previous designs that addressed single strains.

Channels: Children's Health, Engineering, Immunology, Zika Virus, Southeast Asia News, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

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13-Jan-2020 2:55 PM EST
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Newswise: Engineered Mosquitoes Cannot Be Infected with or Transmit Any Dengue Virus
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Engineered Mosquitoes Cannot Be Infected with or Transmit Any Dengue Virus

PLOS

Genetically engineered mosquitoes are resistant to multiple types of dengue virus (DENV), according to a study published January 16 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Prasad Paradkar of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory, and Omar Akbari of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues. As noted by the authors, this is the first engineered approach that targets all types of DENV, which is crucial for effective disease suppression.

Channels: Cell Biology, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Staff Picks, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

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9-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
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Newswise: John Theurer Cancer Center Participating in Early-Phase Study of Immunotherapy-Boosting Treatment

John Theurer Cancer Center Participating in Early-Phase Study of Immunotherapy-Boosting Treatment

Hackensack Meridian Health

Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey are participating in a first-in-patients clinical trial assessing VE800, a novel bacteria-containing therapy, in combination with the immunotherapy drug nivolumab. Laboratory research has suggested that VE800 may enhance the effectiveness of drugs like nivolumab.

Channels: Cancer, Digestive Disorders, Immunology, Liver Disease, Microbiome, OBGYN,

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16-Jan-2020 1:55 PM EST
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Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in New Jersey to Perform Kidney Transplant Using Cutting-Edge, Life-Saving Technology

Hackensack University Medical Center First Hospital in New Jersey to Perform Kidney Transplant Using Cutting-Edge, Life-Saving Technology

Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center today announced that it became the first hospital in the New Jersey to perform a kidney transplant with a kidney preserved at its own Organ Preservation Center using the LifePort Kidney Transporter, an ex vivo hypothermic machine preservation technology. Hypothermic machine preservation is a cutting-edge, life-saving technology that increases a kidney’s viability and lifespan, improving patient outcomes.

Channels: Kidney Disease, Surgery, Transplantation,

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16-Jan-2020 1:50 PM EST
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Newswise: Untreated Sleep Apnea Puts Heart Health at Risk

Untreated Sleep Apnea Puts Heart Health at Risk

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

With February’s focus on American Heart Month, people should be aware that sleep apnea impacts heart health. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that obstructive sleep apnea affects nearly 30 million Americans, and it can lead to serious cardiovascular consequences.

Channels: Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, Sleep,

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