Other Notable Health Studies & Research From May 24, 2022

There are dozens of studies, innovations, and research findings released everyday by institutions and clinics across the world. Here’s a look at some of the other notable health reports from May 24.

Polymersomes efficiently deliver siRNA to treat breast cancers in preclinical model
Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D., and Eddy Yang, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham have demonstrated a 100-nanometer polymersome that safely and efficiently carries PARP1 siRNA to triple-negative breast cancer tumors in mice.

COVID Vaccine Trial Locations Infuenced in Vaccine Efficacy Results
A new study by a University of Arkansas information systems researcher and his colleague at the University of Waikato in New Zealand shows that COVID vaccine trials conducted in geographic locations with low infection rates had higher efficacy results, compared to trials in locations with high infection rates.

May/June 2022 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
A new study published in Annals of Family Medicine examined general practitioners’(GP) understanding of appropriate ultrasound use versus how early adopters actually use it in their practices.

New gene identified in arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy
Researchers from the group of  Eva van Rooij used advanced sequencing technology to better understand the heart disease arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, in which heart muscle tissue is replaced by fat cells.

Continuity of Primary Care Reduces Hospitalizations in People with Chronic Kidney Disease
People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) require three- to eight-times higher levels of acute care than the general population for comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Aging (Aging-US) Sponsors Systems Aging Gordon Research Conference
Aging (Aging-US) is sponsoring the Systems Aging Gordon Research Conference, “Systemic Processes, Omics Approaches and Biomarkers in Aging,” from May 29 to June 3, 2022, at the Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, USA.

Even in the operating room, team chemistry matters, study finds
But happiness and excitement may be overrated, at least where performance is concerned, suggests new research from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Capturing cortical connectivity close-up
New research from the University of Pittsburgh shows that generating detailed maps is indeed possible with a new imaging method that offers high contrast and high spatial resolution.

High Social Vulnerability Predicts Worse Long-Term Outcomes After Traumatic Injury
 A team of investigators led by Juan P. Herrera-Escobar, MD, MPH, of the Brigham’s Center for Surgery and Public Health, found that living in an area with higher social vulnerability is strongly associated with worse mental and physical health outcomes after a traumatic injury.

Stepped wedge cluster randomized trials present advantages, challenges in comparison to other research methodologies for primary care practice improvements
The Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trial is a research methodology that has been growing in popularity, particularly for pragmatic implementation and dissemination trials.

While the fetal clock develops, mom’s behavior tells the time
During fetal development, before the biological clock starts ticking on its own, genes within the fetus’s developing clock respond to rhythmic behavior in the mother, according to a new study publishing May 24th in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Alena Sumová and colleagues of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.

Data contradict fears of COVID-19 vaccine effects on pregnancy and fertility
New experiments conducted in mice add to mounting evidence in opposition to a popular claim that COVID-19 vaccination during early pregnancy may cause birth defects or fetal growth problems.

Hospital readmission rates for patients with symptoms of depression decrease with post-discharge support
New research published in the Annals of Family Medicine examined whether an enhanced 12-week post-discharge telehealth program would lead to reduced hospital readmission among patients who were hospitalized for a medical illness and tested positive for moderate to severe depressive symptoms while being cared for inpatient.

Canadian eConsult services provided much-needed Covid information, specialty consults for primary care doctors
Researchers in Ontario, Canada, conducted a study to assess the impact of utilizing an electronic consultation (eConsult) service to provide timely access to COVID-19 specialist advice for primary care practitioners.

Electronic consultations improve primary care physicians’ access to subspecialty advice and reduce costly, inconvenient patient referrals
A new study in the Annals of Family Medicine examines usage data from a provincial electronic consultation (eConsult) service in Ontario, Canada, which facilitates rapid and secure communications between primary care physicians and subspecialists.

Australia touts success of dedicated general practice respiratory clinics during Covid pandemic
In a special report, Australian researchers describe the national rollout of General Practice Respiratory Clinics (GRPCs) at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lung ultrasounds in the primary care setting could save time in the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia
Researchers in Spain have conducted a study to compare the diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasounds (LUS) performed in the primary care setting to chest X-rays (CXR) performed by a radiologist when diagnosing community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

More guidance needed for primary care physicians who perform ultrasound diagnostics
A new study published in Annals of Family Medicine examined general practitioners'(GP) understanding of appropriate ultrasound use versus how early adopters actually use it in their practices.

Silk layer improves function of surgical masks
University of Cincinnati researchers found that a double layer of silk in combination with a surgical mask can enhance its ability to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19.

Antibiotic Use Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Older Adults
The more antibiotics prescribed to patients 60 and older, the more likely they were to develop inflammatory bowel disease, suggesting antibiotic use could explain some of the growth in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in older people, according to a review of 2.3 million patient records in a study selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

Gallstone Disease Shown to be Strong Predictor of Pancreatic Cancer
Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) were six times more likely to have had gallstone disease within the year prior to diagnosis than non-cancer patients, suggesting gallstones could be a warning sign for this aggressive and deadly cancer, according to research to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

Alarming Rise Found in Esophageal Cancer and Barrett’s Esophagus in Middle-Aged Adults
Adults aged 45 to 64 experienced a nearly doubled rate of esophageal cancer and a 50 percent increase in the precancerous condition Barrett’s esophagus between 2012 and 2019, according to a database analysis of roughly five million patients to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® 2022.

Listening can be exhausting for older cochlear implant users #ASA182
Degraded acoustic signals can make hearing difficult for anyone, but differences in cognitive abilities, age-related changes, and the use of cochlear implants may exacerbate the problem.

Regenstrief, Indiana CTSI, Datavant honored for support of NIH project with 2022 FedHealthIT Innovation Award
Regenstrief Institute, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Datavant have been honored with a 2022 FedHealthIT Innovation Award for the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Privacy Preserving Record Linkage (PPRL).

Liver Transplants from Drug Overdose Deaths Rose Sharply During COVID-19 Pandemic
Liver transplants from drug overdose donors rose significantly in the pandemic’s first year, helping keep the number of liver transplants in the U.S. stable despite COVID-19 disruptions, according to a study to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

Medicare Program Spent $1.8 Billion in 2019 on Drugs Without Confirmed Clinical Benefits
The U.S. federal government spent an estimated $1.8 billion in Medicare funds in 2019 on drugs whose clinical benefits have yet to be confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration, a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.

The BrightFocus Foundation grants an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Standard Award to a CNIC project
The US nonprofit organization BrightFocus Foundation has granted an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Standard Award to the project ‘Understanding the impact of midlife cardiovascular risk factors & subclinical atherosclerosis on brain health: a role in Alzheimer´s disease’.

Type 2 diabetes accelerates brain aging and cognitive decline
Scientists have demonstrated that normal brain aging is accelerated by approximately 26% in people with progressive type 2 diabetes compared with individuals without the disease, reports a study published today in eLife.

Stem Cell Cloning Experts Unraveling Cystic Fibrosis
Two nationally recognized experts in cloning and stem cell science from the University of Houston are taking the first step toward limiting the consequences of chronic inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF) by identifying the source of this persistent and enigmatic inflammation in CF lungs.

Researchers at OHIO receive prestigious NIH grant to create undergrad summer program focused on diabetes research
A summer program for undergraduate students who plan to pursue a graduate or medical degree related to diabetes research will be launched at Ohio University in 2023 thanks to support from a prestigious National Institutes of Health Research Education Program (R25) grant.

How eating eggs can boost heart health
Researchers have shown how moderate egg consumption can increase the amount of heart-healthy metabolites in the blood, publishing their results today in eLife.

Sidekick Microbubbles Carry Anti-Cancer Drugs, Damage Tumor Vessels #ASA182
Microbubbles can assist with localized drug delivery in a patient’s body by popping at a target site to create enhanced permeability of tumor blood vessels.

Most Parents Welcome Use of AI in Pediatric Emergency Department, But Reservations Remain
Parents are generally receptive to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the management of children with respiratory illnesses in the Emergency Department (ED), according to a survey from Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Blood Biomarker Predicts Complicated Crohn’s Disease Years Before Diagnosis: Study
An international team led by a University of Toronto researcher has found that an antibody detectable in blood predicts severe Crohn’s disease and is detectable up to seven years prior to disease diagnosis.

Insilico Medicine announces novel 3CL protease inhibitor preclinical candidate for COVID-19 treatment
Insilico Medicine, a clinical-stage end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI)-driven drug discovery company, today announced its nomination of a novel preclinical candidate (PCC) targeting 3C-like (3CL) protease for the treatment of COVID-19.

A Titanic Medical Discovery
Scientists from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) used photoelectrochemical measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to clarify the source of titanium’s biocompatibility when implanted into the body, as with hip replacements and dental implants.

Teens with Access to Firearms Found to Be at Higher Risk for Suicide
Adolescents who had access to firearms had about 1.5 times higher odds for prior suicide attempt and current suicidal ideation, according to a study published in the journal Academic Pediatrics.

World-first discovery of cornea T cells protecting eyes from viral infections
The cornea – the transparent protective outer layer of the eye critical to helping us see – produces a delicate and limited immune response to fight infections without damaging our vision, according to a ground-breaking new study from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute).

Researchers Shed Light on Genetic Mechanisms of Wilms Tumor
New research from Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and collaborators from other institutions provides insights into some of the genetic characteristics resulting in the development of relapse in patients with Wilms tumor (nephroblastoma), the most common type of pediatric cancer of the kidney.

Harmless cells transform into ruthless trained killers
Processes in the human body could turn groups of harmless immune cells into ruthless killers, capable of attacking other cells infected with viruses or parasites, and potentially tumour cells, a new study reveals.

Low stroke risk in patients with very narrowed neck arteries
The risk of having a future stroke caused by a severe blockage in an artery in the neck that is not currently causing any symptoms is so low that most patients with this condition — asymptomatic carotid stenosis — could potentially be treated with the newest medications and may not require surgery, new Kaiser Permanente research suggests.

Common diabetes drug not effective against early-stage breast cancer, landmark trial reveals
A widely used and inexpensive Type 2 diabetes drug, once hoped to hold enormous promise in treating breast cancer, does not prevent or stop the spread of the most common forms of the disease, according to new findings.

Transmission and Infectious SARS-CoV-2 Shedding Kinetics in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals
In this cohort study of 173 health care workers, inpatients, and guardians and 45 participants in a community facility, secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was significantly less common, and viable virus was detected for a shorter duration in fully vaccinated individuals than in partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals.

Screening for Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for glaucoma in adults.

Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults
The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in asymptomatic older adults.

Susan G. Komen® Awards Grant To Define and Advance Diagnosis of Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, awarded a research grant to apply a new, first-of-its-kind tool that seeks to more accurately diagnose inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).

Drug That Lowers Blood Sugar Also Reduces Blood Vessel Dysfunction Caused by Aging
An FDA-approved drug to lower blood sugar in adults with Type 2 diabetes also may decrease blood vessel dysfunction associated with aging, according to a new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Emory Researchers Urge for a World Health Assembly Resolution on Universal Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification to Prevent Disabilities and Deaths in Infants Worldwide
A new health policy article led by researchers from Emory’s Center for Spina Bifida Prevention—in collaboration with neurosurgeons from the G4 Alliance and the Global Alliance for Prevention of Spina Bifida F (GAPSBi-F)—and published in The Lancet Global Health places an urgent call for the World Health Assembly to take immediate action and to pass a resolution to make universal folic acid fortification of common staples mandatory.

Mount Sinai Receives NIH Grant to Train Clinician-Scientists in Emergency Care Research
The Department of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been awarded $3.026 million in funding to support its Clinician Scientist Training Program in Emergency Care Research.

American Cancer Society Awards 78 New Research and Career Development Grants Totaling $43.9 Million
The American Cancer Society (ACS), the largest non-government, non-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has approved funding for 78 new research and career development grants totaling $43.9 million.

Computer model predicts dominant SARS-CoV-2 variants
Scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a machine-learning model that can analyze millions of SARS-CoV-2 genomes and predict which viral variants will likely dominate and cause surges in COVID-19 cases.

MRI Finds Lung Abnormalities in Non-Hospitalized Long COVID Patients
A special type of MRI found lung abnormalities in patients who had previously had COVID-19, even those who had not been hospitalized with the illness, according to a new study published in Radiology.

Researchers Use AI to Predict Cancer Risk of Lung Nodules
An AI tool helps doctors predict the cancer risk in lung nodules seen on CT, according to a new study published in Radiology.

Meeting preview: Hot Topics at NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE
Reporters and bloggers are invited to join top nutrition researchers and practitioners for a dynamic virtual program at NUTRITION 2022 LIVE ONLINE.

Digital dietician developed at Penn State may help people make better choices
A new program that uses immersive virtual reality to fill the role of a digital dietitian may eventually be able to improve the nutrition care process, according to a new analysis.

New LEVEL UP! study to examine the mental health benefits of video games for LGBTQ+ youth
LEVEL UP!, a new study recently launched by the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) and led by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) and Brock University’s Faculty of Education, is examining the possible mental health benefits for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults who play video games.

Remembering too much or not enough: NIH funds WVU research into Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD
Bernard Schreurs, a researcher with the West Virginia UniversitySchool of Medicine and Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, is studying the mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease and PTSD.

The gut microbiota compound that could become a drug for prevention and treatment of bronchiolitis
Brazilian researchers have discovered that human gut microbiota contains a compound with the potential to reduce the harm done to health by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), an important cause of lower respiratory tract infections, especially bronchiolitis, in children aged 2 or less.

Perelman School of Medicine Partners with HBCUs to Increase Student Diversity in Medicine
For first-year Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) student Bryson Houston, the Penn Access Summer Scholars (PASS) Program helped solidify his passion for medicine and grow a supportive network.

Persistent Racial, Ethnic Disparities Found in Survival Rates for Early-Onset Colon Cancer
Five-year survival for younger adults with colorectal cancer (CRC) improved only for Whites between 1992 and 2013, according to a new analysis to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

City of Hope to Expand Best-in-Class Supportive Care Program for Cancer Patients, Strengthen Advocacy for the Field With $10 Million Gift From The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States and a national leader in providing cancer patients with best-in-class, integrated supportive care programs, has received a $10 million gift from The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

Light-based therapies achieve good results in rehabilitation of patients with post-COVID complications
Light-based therapies such as photobiomodulation and photodynamics, combined with laser irradiation and negative pressure, have produced positive results in the rehabilitation of patients with post-COVID complications, including those with muscle, joint, neurological, skin and lung damage, according to an article published in Laser Physics Letters.

TU Graz and Intel Demonstrate Significant Energy Savings Using Neuromorphic Hardware
Research published in Nature Machine Intelligence illustrates neuromorphic technology is up to sixteen times more energy-efficient for large deep learning networks than other AI systems.

Deaf children with learning delays benefit from cochlear implants more than hearing aids
A new study from Keck Medicine of USC has found that infants with hearing loss and severe developmental delays are better served with cochlear implants than hearing aids.

First part of $30 million grant awarded to USC Team for stroke project by National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded a $4 million grant (UG3 NS119199) as the first portion of what is anticipated to be a $30 million award over six years to the Keck School of Medicine of USC to conduct a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of the experimental drug.

Top-up funding for 55 ERC grantees to exploit research results
The selected projects cover a variety of different fields and questions, such as a more efficient method to produce the cells used in immunotherapies to fight cancer; new technologies to lower our energy consumption; and a quicker way for companies to change ingredients of everyday consumer products to make them more environmentally friendly.

Rhythmical deep sleep
Researchers from the Functional Imaging Laboratory at the German Primate Center (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the precise spatial distribution of synchronously working brain regions in anesthetized humans, long-tailed macaques, common marmosets and rats.

‘Happy hormone’ dopamine plays role in identifying emotions
In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers in the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Human Brain Health showed that manipulating levels of dopamine affected emotion recognition.

Mothers of twins are not more fertile, just lucky
Are women who have twins more fertile? While previous studies concluded they are, a detailed analysis of more than 100,000 births from pre-industrial Europe by an international team of scientists shows they are not.

Scientists discover a potential new marker to personalised therapy for breast cancer
A new study from the University of Southampton has discovered that ‘crown-like structures’ surrounding breast tumours in overweight and obese patients could hinder their response to therapy.

Researchers discovered a mechanism shared by mutations in different genes associated with autism, schizophrenia, and other conditions
Researchers at Tel Aviv University, led by Prof. Illana Gozes from the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, have unraveled a mechanism shared by mutations in the genes ADNP and SHANK3, which cause autism, schizophrenia, and other conditions.

How to assess if photoreceptors are functioning properly – Breakthrough technique for diagnosing eye diseases
Researchers at the International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) have developed the method of Spatio-Temporal Optical Coherence Tomography (STOC-T), a variant of Full-Field OCT that they pioneered, to record retinal flicker optoretinograms.

Desire for son in Nepal may impact on girls’ health and wellbeing – new study
The desire for a son could mean Nepali mothers stop breastfeeding infant daughters sooner, says new research.

Persistent racial, ethnic disparities found in survival rates for early-onset colon cancer
Five-year survival for younger adults with colorectal cancer (CRC) improved only for Whites between 1992 and 2013, according to a new analysis to be presented at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2022.

New Research Finds Computer Assisted Colonoscopy Identify More Precancerous Polyps Compared to Traditional Colonoscopy
Colonoscopies performed with computer-aided detection, or artificial intelligence, (AI) saw an increase in the overall rate of detection of adenoma, or cancerous and precancerous polyps, by 27 percent in average-risk patients, according to new data presented today at the Digestive Disease Week Annual Meeting.

Price and convenience can drive consumers to purchase cannabis from illegal, rather than legal, sources: Study
A new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests that higher prices and inconvenience associated with legal sources may be barriers that encourage consumers to seek out illegal providers instead.

Air pollution associated with more severe COVID-19
Some common air pollutants, such as ground-level ozone, are associated with more severe outcomes after SARS-CoV-2 infection, including admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Climate change threatens people’s health dramatically but solutions are within reach, say the world’s academies in a new report
The new report ‘Health in the climate emergency – a global perspective‘, launched today by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), examines how the climate crisis is affecting health worldwide and calls for urgent action: “Billions of people are at risk, therefore we call for action against climate change to benefit health and also advance health equity”, says Robin Fears, IAP project coordinator and co-author of the IAP report.

Patient voices a good predictor of cancer treatment outcomes
A breast cancer patient’s perspective on their physical well-being can provide a better indication of their response to cancer treatment than clinician-based tools, a new study has found, highlighting the importance of shared decision-making in the treatment process.

Research boosts ‘game-changing’ technology to strengthen drug development
Researchers have boosted pioneering technology to show whether potential treatments are worth progressing into human trials, in a game-changing move that could dramatically reduce the high failure rates in drug discovery and development.

Worldwide shortage of health workers threatens effective health coverage
More than 43 million additional health workers are needed to meet targets for universal health coverage around the world, according to a new peer-reviewed study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)at the University of Washington’s School of Medicinethat was published today in The Lancet.

Reducing TV viewing to less than one hour a day could help prevent more than one in ten cases of coronary heart disease
Watching too much TV is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease regardless of an individual’s genetic makeup, say a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong.

The Right Moisturiser for Children with Eczema Is the One That They Like to Use, Study Finds
This study, the first in the world to directly compare different types of moisturisers, highlights the importance of patient education and choice when deciding which moisturisers to use for children with eczema

E-Cigarette use costs US $15 billion per year, reports UCSF in first study of its kind
Use of electronic cigarettes costs the United States $15 billion annually in health care expenditures — more than $2,000 per person a year — according to a study by researchers at the UC San Francisco School of Nursing.

Population-scale study highlights ongoing risk of COVID-19 in some cancer patients despite vaccination
A study co-led by the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Southampton and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), published in Lancet Oncology today by the UK Coronavirus Cancer Evaluation Project, has found that while COVID-19 vaccination is effective in most cancer patients, the level of protection against COVID-19 infection, hospitalisation and death offered by the vaccine is less than in the general population and vaccine effectiveness wanes more quickly.
Lidocaine infusions help relieve pain in unresponsive chronic migraine
Infusions of the local anesthetic lidocaine may provide some pain relief to people with chronic migraine that does not respond to other treatments, reports a study in the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

Men with prostate cancer have higher risk of serious blood clots
New research published in the online journal BMJ Opensuggests that men with prostate cancer have a 50% higher risk of developing serious and potentially fatal blood clots during the five years after their cancer diagnosis compared with men of the same age without prostate cancer.

Using e-cigarettes may lead to higher use of and spending on health services
Use of electronic (e) cigarettes appears to lead to substantially higher costs and excess use of healthcare services in the USA, suggests new research published in the journal Tobacco Control.

New study shows red blood cell distribution width predicts prognoses in elderly, hospitalized patients
Higher red cell distribution width (RDW) is associated with increased rates of in-hospital mortality and hospital re-admission among older (>60) patients, new research led by investigators at Sutter Health’s San Francisco Coordinating Center (SFCC) in San Francisco, CA has shown.

Mount Sinai Launches Neural Epigenomics Research Center
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched a new research center devoted to understanding how epigenomics influences the nervous system under both healthy and disease conditions.

Epidemiologist and health security expert says clinicians should prepare for monkeypox
The current monkeypox outbreak is more widespread than previous outbreaks outside of Africa and should prompt all clinicians to be attuned to the possibility that patients presenting with febrile illness and rash may be infected, according to the authors of a new commentary from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Contraceptive counseling and provision in clinical practice increases its use and reduces unintended pregnancy
A review and meta-analysis of 38 randomized controlled trials will counsel patients on the use of contraceptives and provide contraceptives to patients in need of contraceptives in a variety of clinical settings for sexually transmitted diseases.

Individual Attitudes Toward Heavy Alcohol Use Is a Key Predictor of College Student Drinking
Personal attitudes toward heavy alcohol consumption may be a better predictor of heavy drinking among college students than external factors such as peer pressure and a desire to conform, according to a Rutgers study.

$2.7M Grant to UC Davis to Find New Addiction Treatments Related to Psychedelics
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus plan to screen hundreds of compounds to discover new, nonhallucinogenic treatments for substance use disorders.

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