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Penn study: Electronic alerts significantly reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections
A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

Study shows Hera Therapeutics compound combats HPV types that cause most cervical cancer
Research presented at the 29th Annual International Papillomavirus Conference shows that a therapy being developed by Hera Therapeutics Inc. combats three types of human papillomavirus, including the two that cause 70 percent of all cervical cancer.When tested in several cultured human cell models, HTI-1968 blocked the replication of HPV-16, HPV-18 and HPV-11 cells, according to the NIH-funded research of Louise T. Chow, Ph.D. and Thomas Broker, Ph.D.

Study shows cognitive-behavioral coping skills training has positive effects on rheumatoid arthritis
A team of researchers from Wayne State University and collaborators from Duke University Medical Center recently published a paper in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology that explores two psychological interventions separately and in combination to determine their effectiveness in offering relief to rheumatoid arthritis patients.

High concordance between EGFR mutations from circulating-free tumor DNA and tumor tissue in non-small cell lung cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor mutations found in the circulating free tumor DNA from the plasma of advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients correlates well with the epidermal growth factor receptor mutations from patient-matched tumor tissue DNA.

Novel oncogenic RET mutation found in small cell lung cancer
For the first time an oncogenic somatic mutation at amino acid 918 in the rearranged during transfection protein has been identified in small cell lung cancer tumors and enforced expression of this mutation within small cell lung cancer tumor cell lines produced increased intracellular signaling and cell growth.

Deletion predicts survival in advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Bcl-2-like protein 11 deletion in advanced non-small cell lung cancer is associated with shorter progression free survival in epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor or chemotherapy treated Asian patients. Also, Bcl-2-like protein 11 deletion independently predicts overall survival of advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients.

Good news for diabetics who are sick of the finger prick
Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the US population. Fortunately, research published in ACS Chemical Biology reports the development of a protein that could lead to less pain and more accurate results for diabetes patients. In the American Chemical Society's newest ACS Breakthrough Science video, Sylvia Daunert, Ph.D., shows off her 'designer protein' that could eventually allow diabetics to check their blood sugar from their iPhones.

Kessler Foundation study of self-awareness in MS has implications for rehabilitation
New study by Kessler Foundation researchers shows that persons with MS may be able to improve their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation. Yael Goverover, et al: 'Metacognitive knowledge and online awareness in persons with multiple sclerosis' was epublished July 2 in NeuroRehabilitation. Self-awareness is one's ability to recognize cognitive problems caused by brain injury. This is the first study of self-awareness in MS that includes assessment of online awareness, as well as metacognitive awareness.

New enzyme targets for selective cancer therapies
A University of Alberta team has designed compounds that target brain cancer.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Karina get a boost
NASA's TRMM satellite saw Tropical Storm Karina get a boost on August 22 in the form of some moderate rainfall and towering thunderstorms in the center of the storm.

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