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Cancer researchers discover new type of retinoblastoma in babies

March 13, 2013 -- Not all forms of retinoblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the eye, may be inherited, a discovery that would spare children years of medical evaluations and offer the potential of drug therapy for an aggressive malignancy.

Researchers say NSAIDs can boost stem cells for transplants for cancer patients

March 13, 2013 -- Scientists say that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be a boon to doctors gathering stem cells for transplants to treat patients with blood or bone marrow cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

NIH funding puts researchers on path to restoring vision loss from diabetic eye disease

March 12, 2013 -- Researchers at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute and the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology at Indiana University School of Medicine are on the cusp of perfecting stem cell treatments that would halt – and potentially reverse – vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Study: Computerized reminders significantly improve HIV care in resource-limited setting

March 7, 2013 -- A large randomized controlled study is among the first to rigorously demonstrate that health information technology can improve compliance with patient care guidelines by clinicians in resource-limited countries. The study was led by Regenstrief Institute investigator Martin Chieng Were, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist Rachel Vreeman, M.D., M.S, assistant professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

Regenstrief presentation: Collaborating to improve health care delivery in Rwanda

February 28, 2013 -- Investigators from the Regenstrief Institute will demonstrate the groundbreaking Open Health Information Exchange or OpenHIE, currently deployed in Rwanda at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, annual conference March 3 to 7 in New Orleans.

On 'Sound Medicine': Healthy soldiers, the latest cardiac innovations, and adult ADHD

February 21, 2013 -- The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 24, with segments covering adult ADHD, the latest cardiac innovations, and a new treatment for uncontrolled hypertension. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

For top athletes, NFL Scouting Combine begins with heart screening

February 21, 2013 -- For more than 300 college football players, the NFL Scouting Combine that runs through Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium is a prime opportunity to show that they have what it takes to join the ranks of the National Football League.

Genome-wide imaging study identifies new gene associated with Alzheimer’s plaques

February 20, 2013 -- A study combining genetic data with brain imaging, designed to identify genes associated with the amyloid plaque deposits found in Alzheimer’s disease patients, has not only identified the APOE gene -- long associated with development of Alzheimer’s -- but has uncovered an association with a second gene, called BCHE.

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome seem to have higher risk of heart attack and stroke

February 18, 2013 -- A syndrome common in women of reproductive age may place them at greater risk for hardening of the arteries, which predisposes them to heart attack and stroke, according to research published Feb. 15 in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism.

On 'Sound Medicine': African childbirth mortality, brain surgery, and early puberty in boys

February 15, 2013 -- The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 17, featuring several segments on brain surgery breakthroughs, adherence devices and early puberty in boys. Please check local listings for broadcast dates, times and stations.

On 'Sound Medicine': Changes for Medicare, fecal transplants, and studying stress to predict health

February 8, 2013 -- The award-winning “Sound Medicine” announces its program for Feb. 10, featuring a doc chat on the potential impact of health care law on the states, a look at how some of Detroit’s homeless are getting critical medical care, and how our responses to stress today will affect our health in 10 years.

Fish oil may protect dialysis patients from sudden cardiac death

February 6, 2013 -- Medical literature long has touted the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart. But until now, researchers have not studied the potential benefit for people on hemodialysis, who are among the highest-risk patients for sudden cardiac death.

Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation continues vascular research support at IU School of Medicine

January 31, 2013 -- The Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation provided nearly $200,000 in support for research at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2012, school officials said, pushing their aggregated commitment to more than $3 million, with a promise for ongoing major support.

McAllister to lead Indiana University psychiatry program

January 25, 2013 -- Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Psychiatry and the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. He will begin his duties this summer, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

IU School of Medicine study: Common anti-fever medications pose kidney injury risk for children

January 25, 2013 -- Sick children, especially those with some dehydration from flu or other illnesses, risk significant kidney injury if given drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, Indiana University School of Medicine researchers said Friday.

IU researcher’s lung cancer work may someday improve standard of care

January 23, 2013 -- Lung cancer researchers at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center are developing new anti-cancer agents that may someday improve the current standard of care.

Husband, wife join Glick Eye Institute as basic science research director, Marilyn K. Glick Senior Chair

January 11, 2013 -- Vision research at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute will receive a double boost when husband-and-wife research scientists from the University of Florida join the Department of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine this year.

Frankel to lead first IU Simon Cancer Center Palliative Care Research and Education Program

December 5, 2012 -- Research sociologist Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., has been selected to be the first director of the Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Regenstrief Institute and Merck launch unique post-doctoral training opportunity

November 27, 2012 -- The Regenstrief Institute, in collaboration with Merck, has created two visiting scholar positions to provide post-doctoral training at the intersection of pharmacoepidemiology and biomedical informatics at the institute.

Inhibition of enzyme could lead to improved chemotherapy and stem cell transplant results

November 21, 2012 -- Blocking the action of one enzyme could mean improved results for thousands of cancer patients who undergo bone marrow or cord blood transplants after chemotherapy, an Indiana University research team has reported.