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  • April 24, 2017
    Hoboken, NJ—April 24, 2017—John  Wiley & Sons, Inc., (NYSE:JWA) (NYSE:JWB) today announced its partnership with StudyAce LLC, the customizable learning platform that integrates course content into a variety of games, flashcards and practice tests.  Wiley’s Real World Psychology  (Catherine Sanderson/Karen Huffman) and Contemporary Business (Boone, Kurtz, & Berston) VitalSource Bookshelf versions are now available on the StudyAce platform. This partnership brings together...
  • April 24, 2017
    Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lead to cirrhosis as well as liver cancer. A Hepatology study from Taiwan has found that statins may provide benefits to patients with HBV- or HCV-related cirrhosis.When the liver fails to compensate for the functional overload resulting from disease, a situation called decompensation occurs. Decompensation significantly lowers the survival rate among patients with cirrhosis, and very few effective drugs are available. This...
  • April 24, 2017
    An analysis of published studies indicates that the antiviral drug tenofovir given to pregnant women in the second or third trimester can help prevent mother to child transmission of the hepatitis B virus (HBV).Universal vaccination of newborn babies has brought transmission rates down to 10-30%. In their Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics analysis of data from five controlled trials, Dr. Ji Hoon Kim and his colleagues found that the risk of maternal transmission to the baby is further...
  • April 24, 2017
    A new study explores why nominally welcoming churches remain racially segregated in the post-civil rights era. The reason may be due to clergy and congregants in white evangelical churches who execute what the authors term “race tests” on incoming people of color.Race tests may be used to determine whether people of color are willing to serve the interests of whites in the church or to coerce people of color into leaving. After examining data gathered from seven majority white, evangelical...
  • April 24, 2017
    A new study indicates that higher prostate cancer death rates among black men in the US may be due to a higher risk of developing preclinical prostate cancer as well as a higher risk of that cancer progressing more quickly to advanced stages. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that screening policies may need to be tailored to the higher-risk status of this population.Among black men in the United States, the incidence...
  • April 24, 2017
    Doctors believe that communication with those under their care is important, but most studies of communication between physicians and older adults do not mention that hearing loss may affect this interaction. The findings come from a review published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.To investigate, a team led by Joshua Chodosh, MD, MSHS of New York University School of Medicine and Jan Blustein, MD, PhD of New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service reviewed the...
  • April 20, 2017
    Psychoactive substances are becoming increasingly available to individuals for treating mental health disorders and enhancing cognition, as well as for purposes of creativity, inner exploration, and enjoyment. A new review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology looks at how these products may provide benefits, as well as how their ease of accessibility is raising a variety of concerns.Barbara Sahakian, FMedSci DSc, and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge in the United...
  • April 20, 2017
    What’s the long-term outlook for today’s patients with early rheumatoid arthritis? A new study in Arthritis & Rheumatology that looks at patients’ mortality, disease activity, and physical function over the course of 20 years reveals the importance of early treatment. Another study in the journal notes that deaths from arthritis are declining.Investigators led by Suzanne Verstappen, PhD, of The University of Manchester in the UK, analyzed information on 602 rheumatoid arthritis patients...
  • April 20, 2017
    Use of inhaled corticosteroids was linked with an increased risk of pneumonia in a study of individuals with asthma.In the study of 152,412 asthma patients (of whom 1928 had a pneumonia event during follow-up), current use of inhaled corticosteroids was associated with an 83% increased risk of being hospitalized for pneumonia. This risk was greatest with higher doses, and dispensing of 500 µg or more of fluticasone-equivalent per day was associated with a 96% increase. Increased...
  • April 20, 2017
    An analysis of published studies found no evidence that low- dose aspirin buffers against cognitive decline or dementia or improves cognitive test scores.The review and meta-analysis included eight studies with 36,196 participants who were an average of 65 years old and did not have cognitive impairment at baseline. Participants were followed for an average of six years.“Additional studies are needed to test the possibility that low-dose aspirin has beneficial effects when taken over a longer...