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November 16, 2014

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1:00 PM | Eminent Harvard psychologist, mother of positive psychology, New Age quack?
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. – Marie Curie’s advice to journalists Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer was on CBS This Morning News explaining plans for a psychosocial intervention study with women with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. The project would attempt to shrink women’s tumors by shifting their mental perspective back […]
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3:36 AM | SfN blogging Day 1: How to have The Talk
Wowzers! Day one of SfN was non-stop. A day of delicately (haha) balancing science/ grad student poster activities with blogging activities. The Careers Beyond the Bench session this morning was packed. Big room packed with students and postdoctoral fellows wanting to know what else is out there, career-wise, and how they can get it. I'll be writing up short posts about each of the talks and

November 15, 2014

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11:14 PM | Buprenorphine Regulations and Unintended Consequences
First Posted 8/28/2013 I realize that I am halfway through a post called ‘Suboxone Abuse Part I’.  This is poor form, but I am now going to get halfway through a second topic before finishing the first one.  Sorry. I recently came across a problem relating to the new healthcare law.  I was thinking about […]
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5:45 PM | Interview with Toni Alika Hickman – Songwriter, Singer, Stroke Survivor
Toni Alika Hickman is not only a talented singer-songwriter; she is the survivor of two brain aneurysms and a stroke. Born in New York, raised in New Orleans by the streets and a single mother who both worked and went to school, she was on her own at the age of 15. Writing poetry was […]
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4:30 PM | Fear mongering about vaccines as “racist population control” in Kenya
There are many conspiracy theories about vaccines that circulate almost continuously. Some are relatively new, but most are at least a few years ago. They all tend to fall into several defined types, such as the “CDC whistleblower” story, which posits that the “CDC knew” all these years that vaccines cause autism but covered it […]
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2:35 PM | New Research Offers First Glimpse at ‘Neglected’ Dinosaur Skull
New research published by a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology paleontologist has opened the door for future discoveries about one of the last non-avian dinosaurs to roam the […]
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2:33 PM | Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime
Stanford research reaffirms that right-to-carry gun laws are connected with an increase in violent crime. This debunks – with the latest empirical evidence – earlier claims that more guns actually […]
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12:31 PM | Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Caramelized Onion and Fennel Risotto
For vegetarians and other Thanksgiving guests who are tired of sweet potatoes and root vegetables, try this hearty risotto flavored with a taste of fall.

November 14, 2014

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10:46 PM | Taking Buprenorphine, Having Surgery
Originally Posted 8/12/2013 I will get to ‘Part II’, but today I talked with a patient about something that happens too often, that deserves to be pointed out.  The person was in the ER with an injury that resulted in tib/fib francture.  The ER doc provided no analgesia, in the ER or at discharge, telling […]
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10:37 PM | Recipes for Health: Beans for Your Thanksgiving Table
If you haven’t started thinking about vegetarian main dishes for Thanksgiving, now is the time.
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6:27 PM | Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Really Big Beets
If you want to wow your Thanksgiving crowd, serve up a really big beet as a vegan main course that even the meat-eaters will want to share.
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5:44 PM | Metabolism’s Surprising Importance in Cardiology
When you hear the word “metabolism,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably weight. You’ve likely heard people talk about having a slow metabolism or a fast metabolism, in reference to how quickly their bodies process food and burn calories. But did you know that metabolism plays an...
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4:59 PM | Dr. Oz vindicated? Chemical in coffee may help prevent obesity-related disease
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a chemical compound commonly found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity. In a paper published […]
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3:52 PM | Ask Well: How Many Eggs Can I Eat?
What is the current recommendation on eating eggs and heart health?
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2:09 PM | 7 Caveats to ‘Just Ship It’, Part 1
If you think logistics isn’t your business, think again… I often hear the phrase: “I provided you an address, just ship it, what’s the big deal?” Logistics processes are not just for logistics personnel – they should be understood by everyone involved in the process in order to avoid thousands of dollars in delays and fines. Here’s my quick take on how to keep your materials on schedule. My 7 caveats refer to key pieces of information that everyone […]
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1:39 PM | Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe
A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US […]
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1:33 PM | Cleanliness promotes ethical behavior
While feelings of disgust can increase behaviors like lying and cheating, cleanliness can help people return to ethical behavior, according to a recent study by marketing experts at Rice University, […]
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1:31 PM | People Show ‘Blind Insight’ Into Decision Making Performance
People can gauge the accuracy of their decisions, even if their decision making performance itself is no better than chance, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a […]
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1:22 PM | Fitness Basics: 8 Basics to Reach Your Goals
Exercise is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. It's not only great for you, but it makes you feel good and can improve your mood. The added benefits that you will see soon after starting... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]
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12:57 PM | Pulling together the early solar system
New study finds that a strong magnetic field whipped the early solar system into shape. Infant planetary systems are usually nothing more than swirling disks of gas and dust. Over […]
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12:56 PM | Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control
Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic […]
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12:55 PM | ‘Topological insulators’ promising for spintronics, quantum computers
Researches have uncovered “smoking-gun” evidence to confirm the workings of an emerging class of materials that could make possible “spintronic” devices and practical quantum computers far more powerful than today’s […]
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12:46 PM | EMA leaderless as tribunal forces Guido Rasi out
Court annuls appointment of executive director due to selection process concerns
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12:42 PM | Recommendation theory
Model for evaluating product-recommendation algorithms suggests that trial and error get it right Devavrat Shah’s group at MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social […]
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12:40 PM | Meteorite’s magnetic fields reveal how planets formed
The most accurate laboratory measurements yet made of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved. The measurements […]
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12:37 PM | Most patients with chronic kidney disease should take statins
A gradual loss of kidney function over time — or chronic kidney disease (CKD) — increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Two sets of cholesterol-treatment guidelines published in […]
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11:46 AM | A racy take on science and art
Saara Särmä, an international relations (IR) researcher, creates risqué collages of caricatures depicting North Korea and other nations seeking nuclear capabilities. In the middle of her collages, Särmä draws “church...
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11:36 AM | Novo's ‘virtual mannequins’ win digital award at PMEA
Med ed programme Decisions in Time was delivered with emotive
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11:29 AM | EU watchdog raps EMA for redacted AbbVie data
Issues over the redaction of clinical study reports
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10:40 AM | Diabetes puts economic growth at risk, says IDF
Comments come on World Diabetes Day
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