Mayo Clinic No. 1 in Phoenix and Arizona on U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings

Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona is again ranked No. 1 in Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, and No. 18 nationally, by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the third time that Mayo Clinic has been recognized with two hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s”Best Hospitals Honor Roll,” which includes the top 20 hospitals in the nation. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is ranked No. 1 nationally. The results were published July 30 on the U.S. News & World Report website.

Research uncovers possible trigger for beginnings of life on Earth as we know it

Approximately 2.4 billion years ago, the Great Oxidation Event, which dramatically increased the oxygen content in Earth’s atmosphere, paved the way for the rise of all lifeforms that use oxygen to break down nutrients for energy. While scientists agree about when the event happened, they are less certain about exactly how it occurred.

Now, however, researchers at Missouri S&T say they’ve discovered a possible trigger for the Great Oxidation Event and the arrival of plants and animals on Earth.

Midwives and nurse-midwives may underestimate the dangers of prenatal alcohol use

Alcohol use during pregnancy can have harmful consequences on the fetus including restricted growth, facial anomalies, and neurobehavioral problems. No amount of alcohol use during pregnancy has been proven safe. Yet a recent survey of midwives and nurses who provide prenatal care showed that 44% think one drink per occasion is acceptable while pregnant, and 38% think it is safe to drink alcohol during at least one trimester of pregnancy.

Lung Transplant Surgeon Christine Lau, MD, Selected as Next Chair of Department of Surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced that Christine Lau, MD, MBA, the George Minor Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia (UVA), will become the next Chair of the Department of Surgery at UMSOM, and the Chief of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

Dr. Y. Shirley Meng available to discuss materials science playing a critical role in energy and sustainability production, conversion and storage, and the challenges today to meet higher performance and cost demands.

Dr. Y. Shirley Meng, recently named as the new Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability journal, received her PhD in advanced materials for micro- and nanosystems from the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alliance in 2005, after which she worked…

MS Affects Children Too: Rutgers Health Treats Patients at the Only Pediatric MS Program in the State

It’s estimated that more than 8,000 American children are currently fighting MS. The most common presentations of the disease include visual impairment, transverse myelitis, arm-leg weakness, sensory disturbances, inflammation of the spinal cord, or balance problems. And like most diseases, early intervention offers the greatest hope of mitigating patients’ symptoms.
Pediatric neurologist Vikram Bhise, MD, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has dedicated his career to treating MS and other central demyelinating diseases.
The only dedicated pediatric MS program in the state, Rutgers Health works to provide cutting-edge therapies, patient and family education, and access to clinical trials.

Discovery enables clear identification of diseased beta cells in type 2 diabetes

BOSTON – (July 29, 2019) – Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have unlocked the key to clearly identifying diseased beta cells in type 2 diabetes. This discovery has both research and therapeutic implications.Studies of diabetes rely on the ability of researchers to sort diseased cells from healthy cells.

Mesa Biotech to Launch Molecular, Sample-to-Answer RSV Test at the 2019 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting

Mesa Biotech Inc., a privately-held, molecular diagnostic company that has developed an affordable, sample-to-answer, CLIA-waived PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing platform designed specifically for point-of-care (POC) infectious disease diagnosis, today announced the launch of its respiratory syncytial virus test (RSV). Mesa will demonstrate its expanded, novel Accula™ Test System at the 71st American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo. The Accula System’s RSV and Flu A/Flu B molecular tests will be on exhibit in Booth 3902. Sekisui Diagnostics distributes both products in the US under the Silaris™ brand.

Transforming Advanced Nanoscience Data into Interactive Art

A scientist, an artist, and a computer music professor combined 3-D printing, sound, and virtual reality to represent nanoscience data.

UCI, JPL glaciologists unveil most precise map ever of Antarctic ice velocity

Constructed from a quarter century’s worth of satellite data, a new map of Antarctic ice velocity by glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the most precise ever created. Published today in a paper in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters, the map is 10 times more accurate than previous renditions, covering more than 80 percent of the continent.

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Approves $1 Million Gift to the CNS Foundation

The Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) voted unanimously during its winter Executive Committee meeting to approve a $1 million gift to the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Foundation (CNS Foundation). The CNS Foundation’s mission is to improve worldwide patient health by supporting innovative programs that allow neurosurgeons to collaborate globally as researchers, learners, educators and caregivers.

Four in 10 Chicago Parents Live in a Community with Limited Grocery Access, Linked to More Challenges in Healthy Eating for Kids

Four in 10 parents live in a Chicago community area with limited grocery access, and they report more challenges to healthy eating for their children, such as time for sit-down family meals, cost of healthy foods, and convenience of fast food, according to results of a new survey released by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Epilepsy is a threat to public health, says international report

Worldwide, more than 50 million people are living with epilepsy. As many as 37 million are not receiving treatment, though it can cost as little as US$5 a year and eliminates seizures about two-thirds of the time. These findings and many others are published in “Epilepsy: A public health imperative”, a report produced by ILAE, the World Health Organization and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.

Optometrist can talk about keeping eyes and contact lenses safe during summer

For your summer pool days, Andrew D. Pucker, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO, optometrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, can talk eye safety, including: the best eye protection for being in water using contact lenses safely in water and heat…

First Patient Receives Surgery in UNC-Led International Pivotal Trial for Repair of Thoracoabdominal and Pararenal Aortic Aneurysms

The pivotal trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of a modular device designed to be the first completely off-the-shelf endovascular solution for aortic aneurysms involving the visceral branch vessels is successfully underway with its first surgery at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC.