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Inadequate Financial Savings Tied to Increased Childhood Health Risks

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The connection between a family’s income and childhood health has been well-established, with lower income linked to poorer health and a greater likelihood of more chronic conditions. Now a new study by UCLA researchers shows that the size of the paycheck is not all that matters when it comes to children’s health risks. So does the amount that a family has tucked away in savings.

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Leading Children’s Health Physician-Scientists Present Research at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting

Leading experts in child health from the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine will present research at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), April 30 – May 3 in Baltimore.

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Fireworks-Related Burns Requiring Hospital Stays Skyrocket Among Kids

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As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number and severity of fireworks-related injuries among children, according to new research being presented at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.

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Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more brain tissue and cortical-surface area by their due dates than premature babies who consumed significantly less breast milk.

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Media Invitation: Press Conference by Webcast

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RPB President Brian F. Hofland will present an overview of investigations conducted by leaders in the fields of retinal imaging, early disease detection, and photoreceptor regeneration and transplantation. The RPB featured scientists will be present for Q&A.

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Does Exercise Benefit Cancer Patients?

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Award-winning registered dietitian who holds a Ph.D. in exercise science explores how exercise can help patients with cancer.

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The Cost of Technology: Electronic Healthcare Records Frequently Targeted by Hackers

Ransoming of health care records not uncommon.

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Good Long-Term Quality of Life after 'DIEP Flap' Breast Reconstruction

For women who have undergone mastectomy for breast cancer, breast reconstruction using the abdominal "DIEP flap" provides good long-term quality of life (QOL)—similar to that of women without breast cancer, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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'Machine Learning' May Contribute to New Advances in Plastic Surgery

With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning—a subfield of artificial intelligence—to improve medical care and patient outcomes. An overview of machine learning and some of the ways it could contribute to advancements in plastic surgery are presented in a special topic article in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Surgery for Chronic Temporal Headaches—Simplified Approach Shows Good Results

A modified surgical technique may provide a simpler approach to the surgical treatment for one type of chronic headache, according to an "Ideas and Innovations" paper in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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HPV Infection Can Be Identified in Self-Collected Vaginal Swabs

High risk, potentially cancer causing human papillomavirus infections are common among women in Papua New Guinea. But self sampling with vaginal swabs may provide materials that screen as accurately as the more labor-intensive approach using cervical samples obtained by clinicians. This finding is critical to developing same day screening and treatment, which is key to ensuring that women with precancerous lesions are treated in this largely unconnected (electronically) country, and in others like it. The research appeared online April 13, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, which is published by the American Society for Microbiology.

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Fred Hutch Hires Steve Stadum as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center today announced the hiring of Steve Stadum as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Stadum, currently the COO of Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute, in July will join Fred Hutch as a key member of President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland’s staff.

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Ebola Virus Genome Provides Clues to Repeated Disease 'Flare-Ups' in Western Africa

Ebola virus samples taken from patients in Liberia in June 2015 are strikingly similar in their genetic makeup to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to research published online today in the journal Science Advances. The study sheds light on several aspects of the "flare-ups" that have occurred in Liberia since the country was initially declared free of Ebola virus disease.

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Rare Cancer Brings Two Young Women Together as Lifelong Friends

Two young Alabama women formed a bond over a rare germ cell cancer affecting only 1,000 women across the United States.

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Pauline Camacho, MD, Named President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

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Loyola Medicine endocrinologist Pauline Camacho, MD, FACE, will be inaugurated as president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) at its 25th Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Orlando on May 16.

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Scientists Turn Back the Clock on Blood Cells, Reprogram Them Into Blood Stem Cells in Mice

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have reprogrammed mature blood cells from mice into blood-forming hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), using a cocktail of eight genetic switches called transcription factors. The reprogrammed cells, which the researchers have dubbed induced HSCs (iHSCs), have the functional hallmarks of HSCs, are able to self-renew like HSCs, and can give rise to all of the cellular components of the blood like HSCs.

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What’s Behind the Heartbreaking Risk of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

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Researchers have known for more than a decade that the risk of heart disease and stroke increases when people take pain relievers like ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Now, scientists from the University of California, Davis, have uncovered some of the reasons why these drugs can harm heart tissue.

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In Older Adults, Frailty and Depression Symptoms Are Linked and Can Affect Spouses

Frailty, a condition that affects 10 percent of people aged 65 and older, can make older adults more prone to disability, falls, hospitalization and a shorter lifespan. Recently, researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society examined the effects of frailty and depression on married couples. Although we know much about the effects of frailty and depression on individuals, up until now, little has been uncovered about how these two conditions may be connected within couples.

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Lower Weight, Diabetes, and Heart Disease Can Worsen Quality of Life for Frail Older Women

Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society recently learned that older women who are frail, and who have six or more chronic health conditions, are twice as likely to have a lower quality of life compared to women with less than three risk factors.