Press Releases

  • Research Summit Focuses on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
    February 10, 2016

    PINKconcussions and Georgetown University Medical Center, with support for the NCAA Sports Science Institute and US Lacrosse, are hosting the first summit to explore gender differences of female brain injuries including symptoms, treatment and recovery to develop a better model of care. The International Summit on Female Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Georgetown University.

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  • Georgetown Hosts Research Summit on Concussions in Females
    February 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON — When physicians, researchers and scientists gather at Georgetown University later this month, they will tackle what they say is an underappreciated medical issue: brain concussions in girls and women.

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  • Should PCORI Fund More Primary Care Research?
    February 10, 2016

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under the Affordable Care Act, is charged with funding research that ultimately helps patients make better-informed health care decisions. But some at the forefront of such research — primary care physicians — say the grant money is not supporting the PCORI mission.

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  • First-of-Its-Kind Study Explains Why Rest is Critical After A Concussion
    February 5, 2016

    Doctors who order several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion are giving sound advice, say researchers, and new data from animal models explains why. Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say rest — for more than a day — is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. The new study in mice also shows that repeated mild concussions with only a day to recover between injuries leads to mounting damage and brain inflammation that remains evident a year after injury.

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  • Gene Family Turns Cancer Cells into Aggressive Stem Cells That Keep Growing
    February 5, 2016

    WASHINGTON — An examination of 130 gene expression studies in 10 solid cancers has found that when any of four related genes is overexpressed, patients have much worse outcomes, including reduced survival.

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  • Georgetown Infectious Disease Expert Comments on Possible Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus
    February 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON – Today, a Texas health department reported a case of Zika virus that may have been acquired through sexual contact with someone who had recently returned from an epidemic area. Georgetown infectious disease specialist Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, commented that if sexual transmission is confirmed, additional guidance for pregnant women is likely warranted.

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  • Could Blood pressure drugs have a role in Alzheimer's Disease treatment?
    January 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON — In laboratory neuronal cultures, an FDA-approved drug used to treat high blood pressure reduced cell damage often linked to Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Georgetown Lombardi Urges HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention
    January 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON — In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center joined with other top cancer centers in a joint statement urging increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. These institutions collectively recognize insufficient vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nations’ health care providers, young adults and parents to take advantage of the opportunity to prevent cancers.

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  • Zika Virus - Subject Matter Experts
    January 22, 2016

    Zika virus information continues to flow from various countries’ health ministries and other sources. Georgetown University professors are paying special attention to this global health threat and are available to provide context and expert comment.

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  • Online Quiz: How Well Do You “Know Your Bod?”
    January 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON – “You live with your body everyday, but do you really know it?” That’s the first question from a new online quiz: “KnowYourBod.org.” The 10 true or false question digital quiz, produced by the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University Medical Center, probes the user’s understanding of fertility awareness.

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