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November 28, 2014

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4:41 PM | Don’t Let the Empty Hallways Fool You!
Ever wonder what’s life really like for the Penn Medicine employees who care for patients while most of us are asleep? We were curious so we dropped into the nighttime shifts at three Penn Medicine hospitals to find out. On first glance, the hospitals seem almost deserted at night. The...
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4:02 PM | Exposure to Different Forms of Violence Affects Kids’ Sleep Differently
I have a guest post today with the British Psychological Society's Research Digest blog. The piece is based on a new study in the journal Sleep Medicine showing that children exposed to different forms of violence in their community are plagued with different types of disturbed sleep.Two particular types of violence stood out to researchers in terms of their association with sleep disturbance. Controlling for relevant confounders (such as age, gender and family income), individuals who […]
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12:00 PM | Stigma and Schizophrenia – A Predetermination of Failure
Stigma surrounding schizophrenia is a circumstance of mental illness that the newly diagnosed schizophrenic may not initially perceive or anticipate. To my knowledge, many schizophrenics initially speak of their mental illnesses publicly to strangers, not really expecting that this will cause others to view them as extremely peculiar or exactly what they are: mentally ill. […]
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8:03 AM | In the Spirit of Choosing Wisely
Oh, loneliness and cheeseburgers are a dangerous mix. - Comic Book Guy Same can be said of viral syndromes and Thanksgiving. My brain has been in an interferon-induced haze for the last week that is not lifting anytime soon. Tell me about the rabbits, George. But no excuses. I have been reading the works of […]
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7:30 AM | Anti-inflammatory drugs for depression: new review points to benefits, but more research needed
Helge Hasselmann highlights a recent systematic review of anti-inflammatory drugs for depression, which concludes that NSAIDs, in particular celecoxib, decreases depressive symptoms without increased risk of adverse effects. However, the meta-analysis has a number of draw-backs, which make the study findings far from convincing. The post Anti-inflammatory drugs for depression: new review points to benefits, but more research needed appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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4:10 AM | Quantitative Urine Drug Testing and Buprenorphine: Tainted Motives?
First Posted 11/23/2013 As fear of buprenorphine diversion sweeps the nation, some states have passed legislation adding more rules for practices that treat addiction using buprenorphine.    Never mind that buprenorphine is linked to about 400 deaths over ten years, one tenth of the number of deaths from acetaminophen during that same time, and 0.1% of […]
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12:16 AM | Jeffrey Gold appointed CEO of myoscience
Previously worked as president and COO at the firm
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12:15 AM | The biosimilars are coming
Lilly on navigating the regulatory pathway for its insulin glargine

November 27, 2014

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4:11 PM | Talking about ‘the gap’
In a previous post, I described the thoughts Clinical Psychology Forum 261 – a special about the gap between clinical psychology and psychiatry.  A letter summarising those thoughts was published along with other responses to CPF 261 in this month’s Forum, which is somewhat poignantly a special about ‘Remembering the bio in biopsychosocial’. I was […]
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3:48 PM | Novartis brings creative malaria campaign to Pinterest
Invites users to create their own mosquito-killing story
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3:21 PM | International collaboration completes genome sequence of centipede
An international collaboration of scientists including Baylor College of Medicine has completed the first genome sequence of a myriapod, Strigamia maritima – a member of a group venomous centipedes that […]
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3:19 PM | Waiting for Uncertain News Is Easier for Some People than for Others
Waiting for uncertain news, such as the outcome of a job search or medical test, is easier for some people than others. For the first time, University of California, Riverside […]
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3:16 PM | High-tech mirror beams heat away from buildings into space
A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Stanford engineers […]
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3:14 PM | Flu shot two years in a row may lower effectiveness
A new study from the University of Michigan has yielded more evidence that getting a flu shot 2 years in a row may result in lower vaccine effectiveness (VE) in […]
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3:10 PM | Blistering skin disease may be treatable with ‘therapeutic reprogramming,’ researchers say
In laboratory experiments, researchers were able to correct a collagen defect — the source of a blistering skin disease — in stem cells made from patients. Induced pluripotent stem cells […]
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3:07 PM | Expert pilots process multiple visual cues more efficiently
A new study has found that expert pilots’ brains process visual data more efficiently, allowing them time to make better decisions when landing. Landing an airplane is one of the […]
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3:01 PM | NICE set to back Alexion's costly 'ultra-orphan' drug
Final draft guidance recommends aHUS treatment Soliris
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2:45 PM | New European health comms network launches
Founding members of HEAL include the UK’s Packer Forbes and CGC of Germany
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2:44 PM | NASA’s Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space
Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons […]
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2:42 PM | Stroke damage mechanism identified
Researchers have discovered a mechanism linked to the brain damage often suffered by stroke victims–and are now searching for drugs to block it. Strokes happen when the blood supply to […]
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11:11 AM | First trial results positive for GSK Ebola vaccine
ChAd3-EBO is safe and able to stimulate response
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10:45 AM | BMS' daclatasvir scuppered by decision to drop companion drug
FDA denies approval due to discontinuation of asunaprevir development
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8:42 AM | A Little Poisoning Along the Road to ME/CFS
Anyone else been poisoned along the way? Jody Smith tells part of her horror story … Looking at my symptoms, many of which are far less these days and some are gone, it would be easy to figure that I’d just dealing with some heavy-duty menopausal issues. The sleep abnormalities, the brain fog, digestive issues, astonishing weight gain, I was the right age … I fit the menopause profile. But then I remember some of toxins I’ve been exposed to over the decades, and I […]
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7:30 AM | Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda
Keith Laws, Alex Langford and Samei Huda provide a critique of the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology report published today. The post Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:00 AM | Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is Thanksgiving, a national holiday in the U.S., and I am taking the day off to celebrate with my family.  See you in two weeks.      
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5:59 AM | Dental erosion: information about incidence of erosive wear worldwide remains unclear
Dental erosion is considered to be an increasing problem.However, clear information about the number of people affected is lacking. This review of 22 observational studies suggests that the worldwide prevalence is 30.4% (95%CI 23.8–37.0). However there is considerable heterogeneity between the studies in part related to the number of indices currently being used to measure tooth wear. So the estimate needs to be viewed with caution. The post Dental erosion: information about incidence of […]
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5:00 AM | Providing a Place to Give Thanks
The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article, "Drama at the holiday table: It's not about the food," that made the rounds to newspapers all across the U.S. in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the official kick-off holiday of the season. The story explores the source of drama behind so many meals as...
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2:21 AM | How many calories do you burn by laughing?
I have been drawn to sketch comedy since my early teens. I religiously watched every episode of In Living Colour and Saturday Night Live (SNL) and subsequently tried to re-enact some of the scenes and characters with my friends. During … Continue reading »
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2:00 AM | Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!From all of us at CIM. 
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12:36 AM | Buprenorphine Diversion: Beyond a Superficial Understanding
First Posted 11/19/2013 In ‘Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side’, Deborah Sontag of the New York Times shared her observations of the clinical use of buprenorphine for treating opioid dependence, warts and all.  Readers of the Talk Zone know my bias—that buprenorphine/Suboxone is one of the only effective treatments for opioid dependence, and many patients […]
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