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7/18/2018

A 60-day pilot initiative at the Medical University of South Carolina is offering healthier eating options in an effort to help the 2,250 nurses at Medical University Hospital focus on their own well-being. A survey found 75% of MUSC nurses said they put their patients' health ahead of their own.

7/18/2018

Turkish researchers found similar serum anti-Mullerian hormone levels among women with polycystic ovary syndrome whether or not they had insulin resistance. The study in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, based on data for 293 women younger than 40, showed that women with insulin resistance were more likely to have higher serum free testosterone levels and body mass index and longer menstrual cycle length.

7/18/2018

Nohla Therapeutics' dilanubicel, being developed to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant, was given the FDA's orphan drug designation. The decision was backed by data from a midstage trial, in which treatment with dilanubicel led to a faster neutrophil and platelet recovery versus the control group, and infusion of the drug did not cause severe acute graft-versus-host disease or transplant-linked mortality.

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7/18/2018

Researchers who used FDDNP-PET imaging found that military personnel with mild traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy symptoms, such as mood swings and memory loss, had similar tracer location and quantity as deceased former NFL players with CTE but different tracer uptake patterns, compared with individuals with Alzheimer's dementia and healthy controls. The findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease may prompt more extensive studies on brain changes in CTE, but a reliable test for CTE diagnosis is still forthcoming, researcher Gary Small said.

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7/18/2018

A National Cancer Institute-sponsored Phase I/II study for brentuximab vedotin plus chemotherapy in patients with stages II to IV HIV-associated Hodgkin lymphoma was suspended by Seattle Genetics.

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7/18/2018

Radiologists can be more effective in their work by being proactive in addressing problems, setting and monitoring short- and long-term goals, prioritizing the most important tasks, honing clinical skills, speaking up and encouraging others to do the same, and expressing gratitude, an article in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology said. "[Consistently] incorporating [these principles] into our everyday lives can pay big dividends for our patients, colleagues, and families," researchers wrote.

7/18/2018

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Estee Lauder's chairman emeritus, Leonard Lauder, will invest $30 million in the Diagnostics Accelerator, a project that will fund innovative testing methods for detecting Alzheimer's disease in its early stages. Clinicians and scientists worldwide who work at biotech companies, as well as academic settings and charities, are eligible for the funding.

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Reuters
7/18/2018

An Illinois effort to find placement in other states for foster children who otherwise would stay too long in mental health facilities has been rebuffed by at least one social service provider in Indiana. Illinois' poor payment record for Medicaid cases was cited by that provider and another who said she probably would decline as well.

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7/18/2018

Some lawmakers and advocates fear that a change in the Kansas contract system for foster care and adoption will enable discrimination against LGBTQ families. A new system taking effect next year will see the state contracting directly with child placement agencies, including faith-based organizations that are permitted to reject parents on religious grounds. Previously, the state contracted with case management contractors, which must work with all families referred to them.

7/18/2018

Financial abuse accounts for 15-20% of elder abuse in Napa County, Calif., and the culprit often is a family member or other trusted acquaintance, said Joe Cherry, manager of Adult Protective Services. He also warned of the problem of self-neglect, where an elderly person or dependent adult fails to pay their bills, go to doctor's appointments or eat properly.

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