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November 19, 2014

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5:28 PM | Physician Activism May be Bad for Healthcare
The growing trend of physician-backed legal challenges against patient and family health decisions is not good healthcare.
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2:52 PM | AZ seeks leg up in antiplatelet market with Brilinta antidote
Reversal agent has been developed by company's biotech subsidiary Medimmune
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12:58 PM | Merck Serono brings electronic MS device to six more countries
RebiSmart works alongside the company's MSdialog web-based software
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12:53 PM | Low Dow Aspirin for Primary Prevention
A new study published in JAMA sheds further light on a controversial question – whether or not to prescribe low-dose aspirin (81-100mg) for the primary prevention of vascular disease (strokes and heart attacks). Primary prevention means preventing a negative medical outcome prior to the onset of disease, in this case preventing the first heart attack […]
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11:43 AM | MSF disputes Tufts’ estimates on cost of drug development
Center for the Study of Drug Development says it takes up to $2.5bn to bring a drug to market
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11:25 AM | NICE turns down Novartis' Xolair in chronic hives
Says company must provide more information on the drug's effectiveness
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10:23 AM | PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab works in statin-intolerance
Sanofi and Regeneron’s drug impresses at American Heart Association meeting
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7:30 AM | Online and social networking interventions for depression in young people
Nikki Newhouse reports on a recent systematic review that brings together 22 studies which investigate a range of online CBT and social networking interventions designed to help young people with depression. The post Online and social networking interventions for depression in young people appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:00 AM | Root caries: review suggests potential benefits from 5000ppm fluoride, chlorhexidine and silver diamine varnishes
The prevalence of root caries is expected to risk and this review looked at a range of agents for non-invasive management. While 30 studies were identified they consider a large number of agents. While the review suggested that 5000ppm fluoride dentifrice was effective the number of available trials for this and the other agent was small and of limited quality. The post Root caries: review suggests potential benefits from 5000ppm fluoride, chlorhexidine and silver diamine varnishes appeared […]
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5:01 AM | Does Exercise Really Make Us Smarter?
A new study asks whether the apparent cognitive benefits from exercise are real or just a placebo effect.
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3:19 AM | SfN14 blogging: Careers Beyond the Bench with Dr. Sally Rockey from the NIH
This is a guest blog post by Bruce Felts, PhD candidate at the University of North Dakota. On the opening morning of SfN 2014 I had the pleasure of attending a workshop entitled "Careers Beyond the Bench." The tone was set right away to start the morning by the fact that even prior to the session getting started at 9 AM, the conference room was completely packed with graduate students and
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3:04 AM | SfN Art of Neuroscience: Greg Dunn Designs
This post is part of my coverage of the Art of Neuroscience Exhibit held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through Wednesday. The artists are located in the Convention Center’s L Street Bridge. Two Pyramidals Greg Dunn has a doctorate in neuroscience and an interest in "exploring the fusion of art and science through designs in gold leaf". He began his art career with minimalist neurons painted in
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2:07 AM | SfN14 blogging: Successful Career Advancement Through Networking: Is it Who You Know?
Organizer/ Moderator: Dr. Mark Baxter and Dr. Rebecca Shansky What Networking is Not and What it is Dr. Rebecca Shansky, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University Dr. Shansky started the session off by explaining what networking is NOT. She says “Networking is not meeting famous people just to meet them.” Instead, networking is about meeting people who will help your career. Dr.
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12:41 AM | Suboxone Not on the Affordable Care Act FAQ
First Posted 9/15/2013 I’ve written the first two parts of a three-part column about unintended consequences.  Part one described why discounts demanded from insurers for front-line services (e.g. office visits) create challenges for independent primary care practices that don’t have other sources of revenue, particularly revenue from procedures.  Part two explained why physicians employed by […]
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12:02 AM | Charity coalition pledges millions for brain disease research
Will invest £30m developing candidates for neurodegenerative conditions
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12:02 AM | Jacques Dumas joins Nosopharm scientific advisory board
French biotech's appointments also include Dominique Breilh
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12:01 AM | The impact of the US Sunshine Act
A new dawn begins for pharma’s payments to doctors in the US

November 18, 2014

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8:50 PM | #SfN14 Day 3: How to Effectively Communicate Your Science to the Public
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14.My positively GORGEOUS new cell scarf from Artologica (Michele Banks)!Check out her Etsy store for this and other incredible art!Talk about exhaustion. I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday because I was too busy meeting Internet friends at #sfnbanter. In case anyone […]
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7:58 PM | Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Vegan Mac N Cheez
Vegan diners and people who can't tolerate dairy will enjoy this creamy, velvety version of macaroni and cheese — without the dairy.
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6:43 PM | Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease
Scientists remain puzzled over what triggered the current devastating outbreak, since virus that appears to cause the disease is not a newcomer All along the Pacific coast of North America, […]
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6:41 PM | A revolution in higher education
Sanjay Sarma is leading an educational revolution now underway in higher education. “Michelangelo didn’t attend a semester of lectures,” says Sanjay Sarma, “he learned in the studio with a master […]
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6:40 PM | Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion
A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising. A large, fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the […]
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6:37 PM | Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease
The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and […]
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5:50 PM | Another Look at Acamprosate
The most popular pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism, explained.(First published February 17, 2014)“Occasionally,” reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online earlier this year in Neuropsychopharmacology, “a paper comes along that fundamentally challenges what we thought we knew about a drug mechanism.” The drug in question is acamprosate, and the mechanism of action under scrutiny is the drug’s ability to promote abstinence in alcoholics. The […]
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5:18 PM | Sedentary behaviour in the workplace
First of all, I’d like to wish a happy blog-versary to Peter; today marks 6 years of blogging at Obesity Panacea in its various forms (the traditional gifts are apparently candy and iron).  To be fair, I actually forgot (but … Continue reading »
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4:21 PM | As elephants go, so go the trees
Research shows hunting can have catastrophic effects on tropical forests Overhunting has been disastrous for elephants, but their forest habitats have also been caught in the crossfire. A first-of-its-kind study […]
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4:20 PM | Two sensors in one
Nanoparticles that enable both MRI and fluorescent imaging could monitor cancer, other diseases. MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging […]
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4:19 PM | New method to attack cancer at its genetic source
MicroRNAs may be tiny — as few as 20 genetic letters, compared to 3 billion in the DNA of a human — but they play a major role in biology, […]
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3:28 PM | Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang
New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle – discovered at CERN […]
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3:27 PM | The fundamental constants are still constant
Are the fundamental constants really constant? Recent investigations carried out at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) have shown that one essential fundamental constant – namely the mass ratio of protons to […]
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