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December 27, 2014

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12:00 PM | Quit Smoking in 2015
Millions of smokers around the globe will resolve to quit this New Year, and despite an increasing number of evidence-based interventions with proven efficacy, more people fail than succeed, leaving smoking to prevail as the world’s leading cause of premature death and disability (WHO global report, 2012). This begs the crucial question. What’s the best […]

December 26, 2014

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5:00 PM | 50 Years of Miracles on 34th Street
This year, Penn Fertility Care (PFC) celebrated its 50th anniversary, and as part of that, we’re reflecting on how the program has grown and how our Penn fertility experts have helped couples create and grow their families for decades. Penn's team of reproductive endocrinologists helped pioneer the development of new...
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12:00 PM | There’s Something Really Wrong With Science These Days
The wakeup call came when news broke in late November about a rather obvious nonsensical article being accepted for publication in a “peer-reviewed” online journal. The article was titled “Get me off your fucking mailing list” and it basically just repeated this request over and over again throughout 10 pages. It even had a flow […]
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11:00 AM | Comfort Casseroles for Winter Dinners
Lasagnas and Provençal gratins that will keep in the refrigerator and that can also be frozen.
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8:20 AM | Acupuncture Odds and Ends
I’m cheating.  No, I’m recycling.  Tis the season to have to no time to get anything done.  Since I know none of you pay attention to the blog of at the Society for Science-Based Medicine and I have no time with work and the holidays to come up with new material, I am going to […]
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7:42 AM | The Science of Addiction: How Drugs Affect the Brain
For centuries, the theory behind drug addiction was labored in the fogs of awkward myths and misconceptions. Drug abusers were then depicted as individuals with lack of morality and willpower, not as... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]

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Hyman SE & Malenka RC (2001). Addiction and the brain: the neurobiology of compulsion and its persistence., Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 2 (10) 695-703. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11584307

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5:00 AM | Scientists Explore Role of Resveratrol in Stress Response
Researchers found that resveratrol activates an evolutionarily stress response in human cells.
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5:00 AM | American Media, Inc. & GNC Launch Ecommerce Partnership
AMI’s health and fitness sites introduce “Shop GNC” ecommerce hubs.
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12:58 AM | Christmas in the Hospital
No one likes being in the hospital on Christmas, but truth be told, there’s no other holiday that I’d rather work.

December 25, 2014

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4:13 PM | Growing support for dietary restriction
Researchers identify health benefits beyond longer lifespans A new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers identifies a key molecular mechanism behind the health benefits […]
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4:12 PM | Possible alternative explanation for dark energy
Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of Georgia professor Edward Kipreos suggests […]
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3:50 PM | Diabetes drug metformin may be safe for patients with kidney disease
The most popular treatment for type 2 diabetes, metformin, may be safer for patients with mild to moderate kidney disease than guidelines suggest, according to a new, systematic review of […]
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6:00 AM | Merry Christmas from SBM!
 

December 24, 2014

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7:00 PM | The Effect of Ketogenic Diets on Thyroid Hormones
The previous generation of myths about low carb diets were focused on organ systems. They warned of things like kidney dysfunction, and osteoporosis. As these myths became untenable, new myths have swiftly taken their place: myths, for example, about hormone systems, and gut bacteria.In previous posts, such as here, and here, we dispelled misinformation arising from fears about cortisol. In this post we address fears about thyroid.The idea that ketogenic diets are “bad for […]
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5:06 PM | Tis the Season to Give
Penn Medicine staff help those in need throughout the year but the “giving” reaches new levels in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Outreach efforts started early this year when nearly 80 Penn Medicine staff and their families and friends volunteered at The Great Gathering, a Thanksgiving feast for...
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1:03 PM | 3 Awesome Science/Health Books To Read This Holiday Season
I know that I’m a little late to the game on the whole “gift guide” this year.  Last week I covered what *not* to buy your kids (a screen-based device), earlier this week I covered how to stay active with … Continue reading »
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12:35 PM | TV Doctors Give Unreliable Recommendations
It’s always preferable to have objective empirical evidence to inform an opinion, rather than just subjective impressions. Confirmation bias will make it seem as if the facts support your opinion, even when they don’t. Of course, when objective evidence (such as published studies) does seem to support your position, you still have to keep your […]
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11:42 AM | FDA approval for Novo Nordisk's obesity shot
New formulation of diabetes drug Victoza will be marketed as Saxenda
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11:27 AM | Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!
ByThe Toombst Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was Cern-ing, not even a double knockout mouse. The stockings were lung by the chimney with end of life care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there! First verse of Twas the Night before Christmas edited for silly science references. Image credit: M.G.N – Marcel via flickr.com, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0         This is a post from GiefScience.com Merry Christmas or […]
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11:00 AM | EMA picks projects for adaptive licensing project
Begins discussions on how the model will be implemented in practice
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10:41 AM | Astellas forges $675m muscle alliance with Cytokinetics
Extends collaboration to include neuromuscular diseases
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10:25 AM | NICE rejection of three ovarian cancer drugs stands
Agency will still not recommend Gemzar, Hycamtin and Yondelis for the disease
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10:03 AM | Assessing drugs for ultra-rare conditions in the UK
Alexion’s Soliris has become the first drug to pass through NICE’s new highly specialised technology process
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10:03 AM | Media planning on a global scale
Think international when combining the most appropriate media vehicles and formats for marketing efforts
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9:42 AM | Bone Therapeutics looks to Pfizer for clinical head
Guy Heynen has 35 years of industry experience
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5:01 AM | Exercise to Lose Weight? Stay Warm
Exercising in chilly temperatures could undermine dieting willpower, a new study found.
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5:00 AM | AHPA Supports Some FSMA Revisions & Requests Additional Changes
Many issues AHPA identified in response to the original proposed Rules are not addressed in the supplemental notices.
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5:00 AM | Many Children & Adolescents Get Too Much Caffeine from Energy Drinks
Denmark study shows one in five children aged 10-14 exceed recommended caffeine intake when they consume energy drinks.
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5:00 AM | Wild Bilberries May Help Address Effects of High-Fat Diet
Bilberries diminished the pro-inflammatory effects of a high-fat diet among mice.
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5:00 AM | Report Spotlights Innovation in Greek Yogurt
Consumers are opting for natural products that offer added elements of excitement and novelty.
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