Month: March 2017

Hot Topics: More Species of Mosquitos Than Previously Thought May Transmit Zika

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Infectious Disease

Data-driven identification of potential Zika virus vectors Evans MV, Dallas TA, Han BA, Murdock CC, Drake JM. Data-driven identification of potential zika virus vectors. eLife. 2017;6:e22053. https://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.22053. Zika is an emerging virus whose rapid spread is of great public health concern. Knowledge about transmission remains incomplete, especially concerning potential transmission in geographic areas in which it has not yet been introduced. To identify unknown vectors of Zika, we developed a data-driven model linking vector species and the Zika virus via vector-virus trait combinations that confer a propensity toward associations in an ecological network connecting flaviviruses and their mosquito vectors. Our…

Open Science Panel

Richard Saldivar Library News

The library is hosting an Open Science Panel on March 29th. This session will cover the benefits of openly sharing information, the advantages of promoting your work in the DigitalCommons@PCOM, and discuss open access journals. Discover how publishers and other researchers view open science and what it means for you. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. Panelists Marian Taliaferro – AAMC Srujana Rayalam – PCOM Denah Appelt – PCOM David Stout – Bepress Georgia RSVP March 29, 12pm-1pm, Room 1040 RSVP with Skye Bickett, skyebi@pcom.edu, by March 27 Philadelphia RSVP March 29, 12pm-1pm, Evans 008 RSVP with…

Hot Topics: Volunteers Improve Quality of Life for Adults in Palliative Care

Jackie Werner Geriatrics, Hot Topics in Research

How effective are volunteers at supporting people in their last year of life? A pragmatic randomised wait-list trial in palliative care (ELSA) Walshe C, Dodd S, Hill M, et al. How effective are volunteers at supporting people in their last year of life? A pragmatic randomised wait-list trial in palliative care (ELSA). BMC Medicine. 2016;14(1):203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12916-016-0746-8. Background Clinical care alone at the end of life is unlikely to meet all needs. Volunteers are a key resource, acceptable to patients, but there is no evidence on care outcomes. This study aimed to determine whether support from a social action volunteer service…

Hot Topics: Gum Disease a Warning Sign for Diabetes

Jackie Werner Diabetes, Hot Topics in Research

Periodontitis as a possible early sign of diabetes mellitus Teeuw WJ, Kosho MXF, Poland DCW, Gerdes VEA, Loos BG. Periodontitis as a possible early sign of diabetes mellitus. BMJ Open Diab Res Care. 2017;5(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjdrc-2016-000326. Objective The early diagnosis of (pre)diabetes mellitus is essential for the prevention of diabetes complications. It has been suggested that gum disease (periodontitis) might be an early complication of diabetes and may be a useful risk indicator for diabetes screening. Therefore, a dental office could be a good location for screening for (pre)diabetes in patients with periodontitis using a validated glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) dry spot…

Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI)

Skye Bickett Front Page, Library News, New Resources

The PCOM Library is offering a new resource, the Journal of Medical Insight. JoMI is a surgical video journal / virtual operating theater that seeks to impact health care and education through filming and publishing surgical procedures performed by top teaching physicians. JoMI was filmed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other top institutions and, at present, primarily focuses on orthopedics, orthopedic trauma, and general surgery and patient care. Access from the web, tablet, laptop and smartphones. You need only to create an account on JoMI.com and list Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as the “Institution”. This…

Hot Topics: Stem Cell Transplants May Slow Progression of Multiple Sclerosis

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Neurology

Long-term Outcomes After Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Multiple Sclerosis Muraro PA, Pasquini M, Atkins HL,et al. Long-term outcomes after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for multiple sclerosis. JAMA Neurology. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.5867. Importance¬† Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) may be effective in aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) that fail to respond to standard therapies. Objective¬† To evaluate the long-term outcomes in patients who underwent AHSCT for the treatment of MS in a large multicenter cohort. Design, Setting, and Participants¬† Data were obtained in a multicenter, observational, retrospective cohort study. Eligibility criteria were receipt of AHSCT for the…

Hot Topics: Financial Concerns Hinder Younger Cancer Survivors’ Treatment Compliance

Jackie Werner Hot Topics in Research, Oncology

Do cancer survivors change their prescription drug use for financial reasons? Findings from a nationally representative sample in the United States Zheng Z, Han X, Guy GP, et al. Do cancer survivors change their prescription drug use for financial reasons? Findings from a nationally representative sample in the United States. Cancer. 2017:n/a-n/a. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cncr.30560. BACKGROUND There is limited evidence from nationally representative samples about changes in prescription drug use for financial reasons among cancer survivors in the United States. METHODS The 2011 to 2014 National Health Interview Survey was used to identify adults who reported ever having been told they had…