Scientists have pinpointed several schizophrenia-related gene variants that alter expression of other genes in illness-implicated circuitry of the human brain. Under-expression of a few of them stunted brain development in model systems in this largest study of its kind.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced a collaboration with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) to incorporate MMRF's wealth of genomic and clinical data about the disease into the NCI Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a publicly available database that promotes the sharing of genomic and clinical data among researchers and facilitates precision medicine in oncology. The MMRF, located in Norwalk, Connecticut, is the first non-profit to donate information to the GDC, which will include data on more than 30,000 patients who have many other types of cancers by the end of the year. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

CDC announced updates to its interim guidance for pre-pregnancy counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika based on ongoing assessment of available data, primarily extending the timeframe for men with possible Zika exposure but no Zika symptoms to wait before attempting pregnancy with their partner and extending the time for use of condoms by these men to protect against sexual transmission of Zika virus infection. The updated interim guidance includes the following new recommendations:

It has been 50 years since Leonard Kurland, M.D., came from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Rochester and established what would become a world-class, but often overlooked, gem in health care research: the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP).

The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring work to develop a breakthrough medical wrap that will not only cover injured limbs, but also mitigate damage and protect tissue for up to three days. The wrap will be called the Acute Care Cover for the Severely Injured Limb (ACCSIL).

Two Navy nurses from Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) and the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) in San Antonio were guest speakers at a gathering of the local chapter of Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) September 12.