News and updates about research in health and medicine.

At 59 years old, Michael Froome just got a new heart.  His problem goes back 20 years after a chest pain led his doctor to order a cardiac stress test.

“When they put on the last electrode so the monitor comes live with your data, someone in the room goes, ‘Oh! That’s not good,’” Froome recalled.

Spencer Rosero, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is one of Froome’s doctors. He has an idea that could cut the number of hospital visits patients like Froome have to make.

Opossums may hold the key to saving thousands of lives a year
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To some, an opossum is just a giant rat that scared you from ever going into your garage again. But North America's only marsupial may also hold the key to cheaply saving thousands of lives a year.

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Three weeks ago, James Kidwell, 57, lay in a bed at IU Health University Hospital, waiting to receive a procedure he hoped would beat back an invasion of harmful bacteria called Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, in his colon.

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Last fall the National Institutes of Health announced it has given out roughly $10 million in research funding aimed at correcting gender imbalance in medical research. It's not the gender gap among the researchers themselves that's at stake here, rather a bias toward conducting research with male cell lines, lab animals and study subjects.

An unusual government moratorium aimed at controversial research with high-risk viruses has halted important public health research, scientists told an advisory committee to the federal government on Wednesday.

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The National Institutes of Health want to end a long-standing bias in biomedical research, towards men. It turns out when researchers do what are called pre-clinical studies, most of the time they’re using male animals and male cells. Today the NIH announced that it has awarded an extra $10 million to help bring more balance into the lab.

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Candace Croney, director of the new Purdue University Center for Animal Welfare, speaks on the importance of health in lab and farm animals. Key points of the interview:

Twitter is constantly overloaded with tweets about people getting sick or having the flu. Could researchers use Twitter to track and map flu patterns?

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George Thomas, M.D., discusses renal nerve ablation, a new procedure for uncontrollable high blood pressure that shows promising results.

What You And Your Pet Have In Common

Jun 3, 2014

Host Barbara Lewis speaks with Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, about the book “Zoobiquity” and how similar pets are to their owners.