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September 22, 2014

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5:00 PM | Side effects of your supplement may include liver failure
“Safe and natural.” It’s a marketing phrase attached to dietary supplements that’s often accepted as self-evident. The marketing works. Supplements have a strong health halo. But evidence suggests that this reputation may be undeserved. Not only are there continued questions about whether most supplements have any health benefits whatsoever, there is also evidence that they […]
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2:43 PM | New ‘star’ shaped molecule breakthrough
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new […]
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2:41 PM | Brief intervention may prevent increased risk of depression in teens  
A low-cost, one-time intervention that educates teens about the changeable […]
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2:40 PM | Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars
New model describes overlooked prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity, […]
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2:39 PM | From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation
Physicists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have succeeded in […]
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2:39 PM | Scientists discover an on/off switch for aging cells
The switch controls the growth of telomeres, the timekeepers of […]
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2:36 PM | Arctic sea ice helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere
Climate change is a fact, and most of the warming […]
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2:35 PM | Evidence supports deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder
Bilateral stimulation is effective for OCD that doesn’t respond to […]
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2:34 PM | Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success
Women who are about to be released from prison need […]
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2:32 PM | Fungi Eyed to Tackle Weedy Menace of American West
Beneficial fungi could become microbial marshals tasked with wrangling a […]
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2:30 PM | First study examines lifetime health of college athletes
USC’s investigation reflects the modern landscape of sports, including the […]
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7:32 AM | Do doctors pay attention to negative randomized clinical trials?
We at the Science-Based Medicine blog believe that all medicine, regardless of where it comes from, should be held to a single science-based standard with regards to efficacy, effectiveness, and safety. We tend to focus primarily on “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), now more commonly known as “integrative medicine,” because (1) we believe it to […]
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6:30 AM | CBT in primary care is cost-effective for treatment-resistant depression
Elf economist Chris Sampson reports on the economic evaluation of the CoBalT RCT, which finds that CBT is cost-effective for treatment resistant depression in primary care. The post CBT in primary care is cost-effective for treatment-resistant depression appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:01 AM | Orthodontic treatment: Does it improve quality of life for patients?
Orthodontic treatment is considered to have an impact on an individuals quality of life. This review focuses on the studies using the Oral Health Impact Profile-14 as a measurement tool. A small number of studies were included in a meta-analysis which identified significant improvement in the OHIP-14 scores. The post Orthodontic treatment: Does it improve quality of life for patients? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:15 AM | What are the Symptoms of Asthma?
Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, causes breathing difficulty in affected people. There is no cure for asthma; the only thing you can do is keeping it under control. While the... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]
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4:01 AM | A Better Baby I.C.U.
By many measures, a neonatal intensive care unit with single-family rooms produces better results than one with a shared, open-bay arrangement, a new study found.
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3:27 AM | The truthiness of naturopathic “facts”
This is another post in the naturopathy versus science series, where a naturopath’s advice is assessed against the scientific literature. It’s a cross post from Science-Based Medicine, where the original post has (at last count) 436 comments: When you think medicine, your first thought may be “physician”. But the practice of medicine today is a […]
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12:41 AM | #HackEbola Guinea data has been located! Here's what you need to know
Thanks to the spectacular work of James Freeman, we now have Guinea data! However it is locked in PDF... in French...in irregular tables, so it is not yet digitized. Fear not, I can offer a preview from the most recent situation report, which was published on Sept 17 for data through Sept 16, 2014.The very first sentence says, "The resistance continues in Forest Guinea with respect to awareness of health and administrative authorities on the Ebola virus Wamey in the Health District Nzerekore." […]

September 21, 2014

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11:31 PM | Bruce Peacock joins Dicerna from Ophthotech
He is appointed to its board of directors and audit committee
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11:30 PM | NHS launches MyNHS transparency site
Allows public to view performance data and shape services
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11:30 PM | Apple's HealthKit-enabled apps delayed by bug
May take two weeks to fix new software
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11:15 PM | Publicis Groupe replaces existing management board
And Maurive Levy to stay on as CEO and chair until 2017
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8:57 PM | Public Health in the News – September 21, 2014
Global Induced pluripotent stem cells, also known as iPS cells, are formed when researchers take adult cells and cause them to turn into stem cells. It has long been thought that iPS cells may be useful for new types of therapies, and now for the first time a Japanese group has used these cells in […]
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11:00 AM | Weighing On Your Mind? Obesity, Cognition and Dementia
Obesity in mid-life is associated with a higher risk of dementia- including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – later in life. Though age is still the primary risk factor for dementia, lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity may play an important role in the onset of cognitive impairment and dementia. Now, weight loss surgery is […]

September 20, 2014

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5:21 PM | #HackEbola 2: A first look at Sierra Leone
If you're just joining the #HackEbola series, check out the introduction, and see the other posts by clicking on the Ebola category. All this data is available at github.com/cmrivers/ebola. Let's skip over to Sierra Leone for a bit. Although there are fewer cases in Sierra Leone, it's still suffering widespread transmission. Kailahun and Kenema counties in particular are hard hit, with 601 and 438 cases respectively, as of Sept 17. However, these counties are relatively populous. Comparing the […]
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2:23 AM | #HackEbola part I: The basics
Read about my motivation for this series here.The number of Ebola cases is growing. Roughly exponentially, in fact. Cases in Liberia continue to grow exponentially (2,712 as of Sept 17). Sierra Leone is a bit slower, but not slow enough (1,603 cases). Guinea looked like it was getting under control until the last several weeks, when case counts have begun to climb again (861 cases). The World Health Organization produces updates about twice a week, but the data are usually several […]
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12:19 AM | #HACKEBOLA Introduction
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first recognized in March of 2014, but it likely crossed over from animals to humans in late 2013. In the intervening months, it has grown to an epidemic of unprecedented severity. It has infected more people than every other known Ebola outbreak combined - around 5,500 recognized cases, as of this writing. This species of Ebola has a case fatality risk of 70-90%, so the number of human lives lost already truly astounding. Despite the severity of […]

September 19, 2014

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10:34 PM | Research predicts possible 6,800 new Ebola cases this month
Rate of rise in cases significantly increased in August in […]
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5:57 PM | Research results
Research results This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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3:19 PM | No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new “sleep node” in the brain
A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has […]
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