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October 01, 2014

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7:23 AM | Ebola is in the U.S. Are we all going to die?
Yes, we are all going to die. But not from Ebola. The media and social networks are understandably abuzz with the news that an individual in Dallas has become the first U.S.-diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. Ebola has no vaccine or cure and is an exotic, foreign disease. Pop culture descriptions of its symptoms […]
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6:30 AM | Prison Officers as frontline mental health staff? Results of a prison-based ethnography
Andrew Shepherd summarises an ethnography from the United States, which explores the relationships between Prison Officers in Correctional Institutions and Prisoners with mental health problems. The post Prison Officers as frontline mental health staff? Results of a prison-based ethnography appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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4:59 AM | Severe periodontitis: affected 11% of the world population in 2010
The review represents some of the output of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease studies and finds that severe periodontitis is the 6th most prevalent disease affecting about 11% of adults worldwide.The prevalence increases gradually with age with a steep increase between the 3rd and 4th decades. The post Severe periodontitis: affected 11% of the world population in 2010 appeared first on The Dental Elf.

September 30, 2014

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11:47 PM | It’s flu shot season! And there are more options than ever before
It’s that time of the year again! I will be working on updating my massive post on myths about the flu vaccine over the next week, but in the meantime, I’ve gone and gotten my own flu vaccine. This year, I got the FluMist, the nasal vaccine, at Walgreens, which is running a pretty awesome […]
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11:31 PM | Sanofi opens new Shanghai R&D headquarters
China-based hub for Asia Pacific will create 1,400 jobs
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11:30 PM | Johnson & Johnson to acquire Alios BioPharma for $1.75bn
Will gain access to the biopharma's portfolio of viral infection candidates
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11:30 PM | ADC Therapeutics expands team
Appointments preceed its first antibody drug conjugate trials
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9:23 PM | Can MRI Brain Scans Predict Dyslexia Early?
For many, the word dyslexia represents painful struggles with reading and speech that impact their self-confidence –- 20 percent of school-aged children and over 40 million adults in the U.S. are dyslexic. Dyslexics are often very intelligent and can learn successfully with appropriate teaching methods, but early diagnosis and intervention are critical. UC San Francisco (UCSF) […]
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8:37 PM | Good practice in blood clot care recognised at awards
First winners of QiC Anticoagulation programme announced
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8:16 PM | #Hackebola The truth about contact tracing
Contact tracing is a classic public health intervention. It's no easy task even during small outbreaks - people who had physical contact with someone with an infectious disease are called or visited every day by a public health worker. If they develop symptoms, they are isolated to prevent them from spreading the disease further. When a single case of MERS-CoV was imported into the United States, over 500 people were under followup.With an outbreak as large as Ebola, the number of contacts […]
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2:09 PM | EMA to review experimental Ebola drugs
Response comes as death-toll tops 3,000
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1:23 PM | (Re)Becoming Human: what happened the day I replaced 99% of the genes in my body with that of a hunter-gatherer
AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into my bum and injected the feces of a Hadza man – a member of one of the last remaining hunter-gatherers tribes in the world – into the nether regions of my distal colon. [...]The post (Re)Becoming Human: what happened the day I replaced 99% of the genes in my body with that of a hunter-gatherer appeared first on Human Food Project.
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11:48 AM | Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves
Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking […]
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11:46 AM | Transplant drug could boost the power of brain tumor treatments
Every day, organ transplant patients around the world take a […]
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11:46 AM | ‘Deadly diarrhea’ rates nearly doubled in 10 years
Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from […]
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11:45 AM | Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions
Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression […]
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11:43 AM | An apple a day could keep obesity away
Scientists at Washington State University have concluded that nondigestible compounds […]
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11:42 AM | Gut bacteria promote obesity in mice
A species of gut bacteria called Clostridium ramosum, coupled with […]
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11:41 AM | Endoscopists recommend frequent colonoscopies, leading to its overuse
A retrospective study led by researchers at Brigham and Women’s […]
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11:40 AM | No dark matter signal yet in China-led experiment
Scientists across China and the United States collaborating on the […]
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11:38 AM | Alcohol makes smiles more ‘contagious,’ but only for men  
Consuming an alcoholic beverage may make men more responsive to […]
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11:37 AM | New way to detox? ‘Gold of Pleasure’ oilseed boosts liver detoxification enzymes  
University of Illinois scientists have found compounds that boost liver […]
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11:00 AM | The Phantom Sound Of Tinnitus
Anyone who has ever been to a loud nightclub has probably experienced that ringing in the ears that comes home with you. The feeling is uncomfortable, but it eventually disappears. Less fortunate are the 10-15% of people in the world that experience this continuously and, most likely, will experience it forever (and I am one […]
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10:20 AM | PD1 drugs could end 'decades of silence' in bladder cancer therapy
Merck's Keytruda and Roche antibody showing promise
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9:58 AM | Janssen, AZ and Roche at ESMO
Companies present promising data on new cancer drugs
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9:52 AM | Amag buys into maternal health business
Will acquire female health specialist Lumara Health
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8:57 AM | Alacrita appoints Stuart Hendry as associate partner
Joins from medical device firm Sphere Medical
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8:48 AM | Japan's Daiichi Sankyo pays $410m for Ambit Biosciences
Gains rights to cancer drug quizartinib
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7:00 AM | K2: The Vitamin, Not the Mountain
Science is complicated. Simple concepts that appear at first to be obviously true or untrue usually turn out to be more nuanced than we thought.  Newtonian physics was taken as “the truth” until we learned in the 20th century that it didn’t apply on cosmological or subatomic scales. Medicine and human physiology are more complicated […]
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