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August 17, 2014

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11:15 PM | The death of traditional consumerism
What does it mean for pharma and how can empowering patients open up new possibilities to the industry
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7:47 PM | Public Health in the News – August 17, 2014
Global Ebola stories of the week: The World Health Organization reports an increase in the number of new Ebola cases and provides reassurances that air travel to and from affected countries is low-risk. When it comes to using experimental, unproven Ebola drugs to treat the current crisis, do the risks outweigh the benefits? A from-the-trenches […]
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3:00 PM | The false dichotomies of CAM and “integrative medicine”
A lot of medical specialties have throwaway newspapers/magazines that are supported by advertising and somehow mysteriously managed to show up for free in the mailboxes of their practitioners. In my case, I’ve found myself on the subscription list for such papers about oncology, but, given that I trained as a general surgeon. I’m Board-certified as […]
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11:00 AM | Migraine and Stroke – What’s the Link?
On the surface, strokes and migraines do not seem to have much in common except that both of them can have serious psychological effects on the sufferers. But researchers say that a complex relationship exists between the two. Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by the occurrence of throbbing and recurring headaches that can be […]
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12:13 AM | How to help fight the ebola outbreak
I've had several people ask me how they can help to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I have no particular knowledge about the answer to this question, but I felt it was worth looking into. Here is a roundup of things I have found. Feel free to add any additional information or suggestion in the comments section. Donate: this outbreak Medecins Sans Frontiers (aka Doctors Without Borders) is an NGO that, as far as I can tell, one of the primary organizations involved in fighting this […]
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12:08 AM | Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress often come with an uncomfortable condition or a problem that anyone can find it difficult to deal with, but they usually go away when the individual manages the situation or solves... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]

August 16, 2014

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12:35 PM | Do Gut Bacteria Rule Our Minds?
In an Ecosystem within Us, Microbes Evolved to Sway Food […]
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12:34 PM | Looking for origins of Alzheimer’s disease to find a treatment
Scientists at the School of Medicine are at the forefront […]
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11:50 AM | Which prenatal vitamin is best?
Vitamin supplementation is unnecessary for the vast majority of people. You wouldn’t know this walking through a drug store, where you’ll usually find an entire aisle packed with supplements. Alternative health providers like naturopaths tend to be strong supporters of supplementation, but this advice seems to be based mainly on the belief that “vitamins are […]
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7:00 AM | A balanced look at gluten sensitivity
Even though it doesn’t appear on any calendar, May 2014 will go down in history as “gluten sensitivity month.” After RealClearScience picked up on a 2013 paper that brought into question the existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), news sites were obliged to post their own analysis of the article, and the blogosphere was alight […]

August 15, 2014

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4:30 PM | Cool Summer Fish
These refreshing summer dishes include two kinds of escabeche. You can cook fish like sardines, petrale sole and Pacific cod, then allow it to cool and serve it with a robust sauce or a marinade.
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3:17 PM | One Thousand Self-Organizing Robots Emulate Elements in Nature
One Thousand Self-Organizing Robots Emulate Elements in Nature.
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3:09 PM | One Thousand Self-Organizing Robots Emulate Elements in Nature
A few months ago, in a desperate attempt to save time in cleaning up after an active toddler, we bought the Roomba iRobot, an automated vacuum cleaner. The awe we felt from watching the Roomba pick up hair and Cheerios under the bed must have been the same awe that man felt after inventing fire. […]
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2:50 PM | Bigger Government Makes for More Satisfied People
People living in countries with governments that spend more on […]
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2:41 PM | Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? Experts Disagree
A review of the dental literature found no randomized trials of brushing technique, and very little agreement on how to go about cleaning teeth.
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2:30 PM | Ebola Outbreak Increases Pressure to Start Vaccine Trials
The world's worst outbreak of Ebola is increasing pressure on researchers to accelerate the development of therapeutic interventions.
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1:30 PM | Making the Summer Count
Every summer, the news is filled with profiles of summer student programs, and those that are aimed at increased participation by minority students in STEM are no exception. The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at Penn Medicine is one such program.
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12:00 PM | Separating Fact from Fiction in Pediatric Medicine: Nocturnal Enuresis
In pediatrics, very few things are completely black and white. This is an aspect of conventional medicine in general that tends to separate the approach of science-based practitioners from that of proponents of the many forms of irregular medicine commonly discussed on SBM. They appear to experience no shame in claiming absolute certainty while doling […]
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11:27 AM | Experts nearly perfect in determining truth in interrogations using active question methods
Non-experts have high rates of success of lie detection when […]
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11:25 AM | Scientific misconduct: Calculating the personal, public costs
Much has been assumed about the private and public damage […]
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11:24 AM | Acoustic Beams Hold Promise for Imaging, Cloaking, Levitation
There’s a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying […]
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11:22 AM | Still a Lot to Learn About India’s Deadly Air Pollution
What exactly is the relationship between exposure to air pollution […]
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11:20 AM | Excessive Running or Walking May Eliminate Health Gains in Heart Attack Survivors
Heart attack survivors who exceed 30 miles of running per […]
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11:12 AM | Scientists use lasers to control mouse brain switchboard
Ever wonder why it’s hard to focus after a bad […]
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11:09 AM | Science of origin stories of Captain America and the Incredible Hulk
In the colorful pages of comic books, a swig of […]
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11:06 AM | Correlated novelties: How one thing leads to another
“One thing led to another,” people often say. Events, discoveries […]
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11:05 AM | New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images
A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if […]
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11:03 AM | Study helps prevent rhino deaths during relocation
Wildlife experts lose one to two black rhinoceros each year […]
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10:53 AM | NICE backs Gilead’s Sovaldi in hepatitis C
But health watchdog denies earlier use of Janssen’s Zytiga
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10:51 AM | US panel backs pneumococcal vaccines for seniors
Vaccines to be provided by Merck & Co and Pfizer
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