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Vivere-Audubon Honors National Infertility Awareness Week

Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine is proud to recognize the 25th Annual National Infertility Awareness Week April 20 – 26

Fertility Center Joins National Movement to Recognize Men, Women Struggling with Disease

Infertility is a disease affecting more than 7 million people across the U.S., according to the National Survey of Family Growth. That number represents 12% of women of childbearing age or one in eight couples.

Audubon Fertility & Reproductive Medicine is proud to recognize the 25th Annual National Infertility Awareness Week April 20 – 26, joining with other infertility centers and healthcare professionals across the nation to promote greater awareness of infertility, the therapies available to address it, and the journey many couples take to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. 

Intelligent Prosthetic Liners Could Ease Pain For Lower Limb Amputees

“We’re hoping that the development of the intelligent liner will be the first step leading to the ‘holy grail’ in prosthetics – a fully automatic, self-adjusting smart socket interface for amputees" said Dr Liudi Jiang
Source: University of Southampton

A new device could help to relieve the pain and discomfort experienced by thousands of amputees as a result of poorly fitting replacement lower limbs. Researchers are developing a prototype of the world’s first prosthetic ‘intelligent’ liner with integrated pressure sensors, which could be available to NHS patients in as little as three years.

The sensors for the device, invented by Dr. Liudi Jiang and an interdisciplinary team at the University of Southampton, measure the pressure and pulling forces at the interface between a patient’s stump and socket of their prosthesis. In excess these pressures in excess can cause tissue damage, leading to painful sores.

Dr. Liudi Jiang said: “Socket fit is the single biggest factor determining whether prosthesis will be successful for a patient. If we had a simple way to accurately measure the load at the socket-stump interface and determine the best possible fit for that limb, it would completely transform the socket fit experience for amputees.

ADHD: Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System

Psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors' perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.
Credit: © Feng Yu / Fotolia

Two Simon Fraser University psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.

This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction.

The Journal of Neuroscience has just published a paper about the discovery by John McDonald, an associate professor of psychology and his doctoral student John Gaspar, who made the discovery during his master’s thesis research.

Edna Adan: Inaugural Recipient Of The Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award

Edna Adan, inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health.
Source: University of Pennyslvania

Following an intense selection process, Edna Adan has been named the inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health. The award will be presented to Adan on May 15, 2014 and includes a $100,000 cash prize which will be presented biennially to a leader in the field of global women’s health.

The Renfield Award joins a long line of firsts for Adan. She was the first Somali girl to be awarded a scholarship to study in Britain, where she learned nursing, midwifery, and nursing management for seven years. The first qualified nurse-midwife in Somaliland, she later became the first lady of the country.

After years of advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through her work with the World Health Organization, Adan returned to Somaliland, where she sold all of her possessions to build the country’s first maternity hospital.

Cancer Stem Cells Linked To Drug Resistance

Some lung cancer cells become resistant to drugs. Researchers identified an existing drug that reverses stem cell-like properties of tumors, resensitizing them to drug.
Source: UC San Diego School of Medicine

Most drugs used to treat lung, breast and pancreatic cancers also promote drug-resistance and ultimately spur tumor growth. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a molecule, or biomarker, called CD61 on the surface of drug-resistant tumors that appears responsible for inducing tumor metastasis by enhancing the stem cell-like properties of cancer cells.

The findings, published in the online issue of Nature Cell Biology, may point to new therapeutic opportunities for reversing drug resistance in a range of cancers, including those in the lung, pancreas and breast.

“There are a number of drugs that patients respond to during their initial cancer treatment, but relapse occurs when cancer cells become drug-resistant,” said David Cheresh, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pathology and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center associate director for Innovation and Industry Alliances. “We looked at the cells before and after they became resistant and asked, ‘What has changed in the cells?’”

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