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January 24, 2015

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5:38 PM | Upcoming Toronto talk: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Business Ethics Perspective
I’ll be joining Professor Chris MacDonald on January 28 for a discussion about the ethics of selling complementary and alternative medicine: Is it ethical to market complementary and alternative medicines? Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are medical products and services outside the mainstream of medical practice. But they are not just medicines (or supposed medicines) […]
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5:29 PM | Upcoming talk: Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Business Ethics Perspective
I’ll be joining Professor Chris MacDonald on January 28 for a discussion about the ethics of selling complementary and alternative medicine: Is it ethical to market complementary and alternative medicines? Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are medical products and services outside the mainstream of medical practice. But they are not just medicines (or supposed medicines) […]
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12:00 PM | How Does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Change the Brain?
Child abuse. Rape. Sexual assault. Brutal physical attack. Being in a war and witnessing violence, bloodshed, and death from close quarters. Near death experiences. These are extremely traumatic events, and some victims bear the scars for life. The physical scars heal, but some emotional wounds stop the lives of these people dead in their tracks. […]

January 23, 2015

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9:54 PM | Tonal languages require humidity
The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics in […]
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9:53 PM | Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking — awareness of dreaming
To control one’s dreams and to live out there what is impossible in real life – a truly tempting idea. Some persons – so-called lucid dreamers -can do this. Researchers […]
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9:52 PM | A 3-D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history
Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a […]
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9:52 PM | The latest fashion: Graphene edges can be tailor-made
Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene […]
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9:21 PM | Training the immune system to fight cancer
  The potential to harness the body's immune system to fight cancer may finally prove itself on a large scale in the next couple of years. Scores of new immunotherapy vaccines and other immune system modifiers are being tested against a variety of cancers. At least a dozen therapies are set to have key late- or mid-stage trial data. read more
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8:46 PM | Founders . . . and Feuders
The names are often linked: John Morgan and William Shippen Jr. They were the first two professors of medicine in the College of Philadelphia in 1765, the beginnings of what would become the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school. Today’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania includes the Founders’ Pavilion --...
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7:03 PM | New Treatment extends Telomeres of Cells
ByThe Toombst A new treatment extends telomeres of cells! New research have found a way to extend telomeres on the ends of our chromosomes by using strands of mRNA coding for an enzyme. Telomeres are the protective caps on the end of DNA making up our chromosomes. These protective caps gets smaller and smaller with every cell division until they become too short to fulfill their purpose, protecting information. When telomeres becomes too short cells enter a stage called senescence, unable to […]
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5:39 PM | Get Your Freekeh On
Chefs are coming up with all sorts of inspiring ideas for grains.
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5:26 PM | The Losing Battle For Perpetual Reward
Or why you can't stay high forever. The amphetamine high, like the cocaine high, is a marvel of biochemical efficiency. Stimulants work primarily by blocking the reuptake of dopamine molecules in the synaptic gap between nerve cells. Dopamine remains stalled in the gap, stimulating the receptors, resulting in higher dopamine concentrations and greater sensitivity to dopamine in general. Since dopamine is involved in moods and activities such as pleasure, alertness and movement, the primary […]
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3:09 PM | GSK set 'to cut 1,000 jobs' in China
Pharma company's troubles in the country reportedly continue
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2:10 PM | Antibiotics among 7 new drugs backed by EMA
The Medicines Company’s Orbactiv and Cubist’s Sivextro set for European approval
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1:54 PM | Low-income boys fare worse in wealth’s shadow
Low-income boys fare worse, not better, when they grow up alongside more affluent neighbors, according to new findings from Duke University. In fact, the greater the economic gap between the […]
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1:52 PM | Pictured together for the first time: A chemokine and its receptor
Researchers at University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California report the first crystal structure of […]
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1:50 PM | Scientists set quantum speed limit
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a “quantum speed limit” on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical […]
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1:47 PM | Lucky charms: When are superstitions used most?
It might be a lucky pair of socks, or a piece of jewelry; whatever the item, many people turn to a superstition or lucky charm to help achieve a goal. […]
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1:45 PM | New ‘systems genetics’ study identifies possible target for epilepsy treatment
A single gene that coordinates a network of about 400 genes involved in epilepsy could be a target for new treatments, according to research. Epilepsy is a common and serious […]
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1:44 PM | Gene may open door for improved keloid, scar treatment
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have identified a gene that may offer a better understanding of how keloid scars develop and potentially open the door to improved treatment […]
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12:00 PM | Invisibilia – Interview with the Co-Hosts of NPR’s Latest Show
“What were you just thinking?” “Are your thoughts related to your inner desires?” “Do they reveal who you REALLY are?” These are the questions Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explore in NPR’s new show, Invisibilia (Latin for “all the invisible things”). With the first episode, The Secret History of Thoughts, we are introduced to a man […]
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11:11 AM | CHMP thumbs up for Novo's obesity drug Saxenda
Diabetes drug liraglutide on course for new indication in EU
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11:09 AM | Challenging the translation industry
Finnish researchers challenge the translation industry with a new user-centered approach. “From the translator’s perspective, the translation industry currently emphasises volume and overlooks the readability and high standard of translated...
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11:07 AM | FDA panel backs new antifungal Cresemba
Basilea/Astellas drug tipped to become a $500m product
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10:30 AM | Ask Well: The Best Time of Day to Exercise to Lose Weight
There is some evidence that working out on a completely empty stomach prompts the body to burn more fat and potentially stave off weight gain, compared to exercising at other times.
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10:30 AM | NICE heart attack recommendation for Xarelto
Bayer drug on course for another blood clot indication in England and Wales
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10:23 AM | Pfizer strikes genetic research deal with 23andMe
Lupus study and research community forms just one part of their collaboration
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8:44 AM | Gut Check
I always cringe when I see an acupuncture headline with ‘needle’ or ‘point’ in the title. Can’t the writer avoid the clichéd pun? I had an editor who commented that the titles of my essays are often obtuse. Probably true. In going back over my essays on SBM I often can’t tell from the title […]
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7:30 AM | Social determinants of mental health: how our societies are making us mentally unwell and what we can do about it
Mark Horowitz summarises the new WHO and UCL Institute of Health Equity (Michael Marmot) report and research paper on social determinants of mental health. He concludes that it's time to focus on the root causes of mental distress, namely poverty, unemployment, poor education and social isolation. The post Social determinants of mental health: how our societies are making us mentally unwell and what we can do about it appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:00 AM | Dentine hypersensitivity following periodontal treatment reduced by use of desensitising paste
In this small trial the use of either an 8% arginine desensitising paste or prophy paste reduced dentine hypersensitivity after scaling but the arginine base paste was significantly better than the standard prophy paste. The post Dentine hypersensitivity following periodontal treatment reduced by use of desensitising paste appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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