Cedars-Sinai Ranked No. 8 Nationally in U.S. News & World Report

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center once again has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation. The medical center ranked No. 8 nationally in the magazine’s “Best Hospitals 2019-20” analysis, matching its rank from last year among a select group of 20 Honor Roll hospitals. Cedars-Sinai also ranked No. 2 in Southern California and No. 3 in the state.

Teens falling victim to the Juul effect

“We were seeing a real drop-off in youth smoking, but now we’re seeing an increase,” says Dr. Beth Ebel, a UW Medicine pediatrician and researcher with the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Among teens as young as middle-school age, vaping with products that have nicotine “predisposes you to cigarette smoking later on.”

Nicotine, once derived from tobacco plants to kill insects, works by altering the nervous system. “We’ve used it, refined it, concentrated it, and now we have a pure form of one of the most addictive substances known,” Ebel says in downloadable video soundbites (2:22).

Teens falling victim to the Juul effect

“We were seeing a real drop-off in youth smoking, but now we’re seeing an increase,” says Dr. Beth Ebel, a UW Medicine pediatrician and researcher with the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Among teens as young as middle-school age, vaping with products that have nicotine “predisposes you to cigarette smoking later on.”

Nicotine, once derived from tobacco plants to kill insects, works by altering the nervous system. “We’ve used it, refined it, concentrated it, and now we have a pure form of one of the most addictive substances known,” Ebel says in downloadable video soundbites (2:22).

Web Industries showcases automated manufacturing solutions for LFI and medical diagnostic devices at AACC 2019

Medical device OEMs in search of commercialization and manufacturing solutions for lateral flow immunization (LFI) and medical diagnostic devices will discover several new capabilities and services that virtually eliminate product variability, improve overall quality and lower costs from contract manufacturer (CMO) Web Industries at AACC 2019, August 4 – 8, Anaheim Convention Center.

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Announces NEUROSURGERY® Publications 2019 Papers of the Year

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) proudly announces the winners of the 3rd Annual Paper of the Year awards, honoring the most impactful papers published in Neurosurgery from July 2018 to May 2019 in select subspecialties. Winners submitted papers that challenged dogma, created a paradigm shift, and/or encouraged surgeons to rethink approaches to patient care, big data, and trial results.

Co-location of UAH’s Department of Kinesiology and the university’s ice hockey team facilitates sports science research

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is home to the only Division I NCAA ice hockey team in the Southeast, but its presence in the Tennessee Valley is more than just a source of pride for the campus community; it’s also a boon for faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology in UAH’s College of Education, who don’t have to travel far to find willing subjects for their research into maximizing player performance both on and off the ice.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Among the Top “Best Hospitals” for Cancer Care and Ranked First in Gynecology by U.S News & World Report

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has been ranked as the number two hospital for cancer care in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual listing of Best Hospitals. Since the inception of the rankings 30 years ago, MSK has held either the first or second spot each year for cancer care. In addition to its ranking for overall cancer care, MSK was ranked #1 in Gynecology.

What is Brain Death? What are the Ethical Issues Surrounding it? How is Conflict Handled?

How is brain death defined? What are the legal aspects of declaring brain death? How can professional and family conflicts surrounding brain death be handled? What are the solutions to ethical decision making in brain death? Answers to these questions and others will be addressed at a symposium about brain death on August 6 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm when leading medical, legal and religious experts come together at Stony Brook University for a unique program to discuss brain death.

Mount Sinai Ranked Among the Top in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

The Hospital was ranked No. 14 nationally, up four spots from last year. Eight departments within the Hospital were ranked among the top 20 nationally in their specialties, up from five last year

Tip Sheet: Have Fun This Summer While Staying Safe

Heat Safety for Young Athletes
Heat illness injuries are preventable, says Raj Deu, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Ideally, athletes should avoid strenuous exercise in high temperatures,” Deu says. “If that is not possible, then proper preparation with heat acclimatization, maintenance of hydration, multiple breaks from activity and knowledge of medication side effects can save athletes from a potential life-threatening event.”
Deu shares the following reminders about sun safety and sports related heat injuries:

2019 Regional Ocean Partnership Act Introduced

Mississippi Senator Wicker introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act, July 18, 2019. The Act, if passed, will authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROPs) to address cross-jurisdictional ocean and coastal issues. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is an ROP and would welcome a secure and predictable method to accomplish collaborative regional-scale programs.

Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award Grants for Big Data Research to Improve Patient Care

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced this year’s recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research. The grant supports researchers who want to conduct big data research in ophthalmology and blindness prevention.

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.