Posts

October 21, 2014

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9:39 PM | Which came first, the sleepiness or the culture? Is there more narcolepsy in Japan?
I’ve been reacquainting myself with sleep-related issues of late, as half of my current placement is in a sleep disorders team. When looking into narcolepsy, I was intrigued to note that rates of narcolepsy are about four times higher in Japan according to self report than they tend to be elsewhere. This got me thinking […]
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9:33 PM | Dangerous Dietary Supplements Return to Store Shelves
The Food and Drug Administration frequently recalls dietary supplements that are found to contain banned substances, but many of these products are back on the market months later, a new study found.
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3:43 PM | What is a Virus?
Typical Bacteria (Wikipedia) With the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, I’ve had a number of individuals question me as to what exactly a virus is. When I ask them what they think it is, they usually say a very small organism related to a bacteria. In actuality viruses are quite a bit different from bacteria … Continue reading »
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3:23 PM | Physicists build reversible tractor beam
Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel […]
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3:20 PM | What Americans fear most
Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on […]
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3:02 PM | It’s Time to Try Nutty, Sour Trahana
No matter which type of trahana you use, I think you will want it in your pantry once you have tried it.
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1:00 PM | Do physical activity interventions also decrease sedentary time ?
Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince, discussing her important new paper published in Obesity Reviews (available free here).  More on Stephanie can be found at the bottom of this post.  And if you happen to be … Continue reading »
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12:53 PM | Antibiotics may help Salmonella spread in infected animals
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others […]
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12:51 PM | Designing tomorrow’s air traffic control systems
On a good day, flying can be a comfortable and […]
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12:49 PM | Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?
Choosing between two good things can be tough. When animals must […]
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12:48 PM | New tracers can identify frack fluids in the environment
Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic […]
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12:46 PM | Memory decline could be next target of hypnotherapy
Memory decline — a frequent complaint of menopausal women — […]
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12:44 PM | Getting the salt out
The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, […]
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11:00 AM | The Science of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the Western world, acupuncture has been a highly controversial therapy, mostly due to the lack of scientific explanations for its mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, acupuncture has become increasingly accepted, having spread worldwide and having become a frequently sought-after alternative therapy. In 1997, […]
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10:45 AM | FDA panel backs Novartis' secukinumab for psoriasis
Drug has outperformed Amgen’s Enbrel in clinical trials
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10:42 AM | AbbVie and Shire bring merger plans to a close
Blames tax changes in the US
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9:48 AM | EMA offers orphan drug benefits for Ebola research
Incentives to encourage development of new treatments for the virus
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8:45 AM | Salary survey now open - how will you measure up?
Take part for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD tablet
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7:45 AM | Nuffield Trust offers an insight into the costs of end of life care
This report from the Nuffield Trust is an important addition to the literature base on end of life care as it attempts to quantify the costs involved in end of life care, from the perspectives of the various services involved.  Although there are limitations to the cost estimates, which are explicitly acknowledged, the findings will [read the full story...]
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7:28 AM | Ergonomics and ME/CFS: Have You Hurt Yourself Without Knowing It?
Having a chronic illness like ME/CFS can make it hard to avoid problems that come from bad ergonomics. Jody Smith has learned some lessons the hard way … Ergonomics can help people to navigate in a healthy way through their world, so they are not slouching, bent funny or stuck in the same position for too long, and so they can avoid the aches, pains and problems that result from same. Ergonomics and ME/CFS may seem like strange bedfellows. And in fact, actual ME/CFS […]
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7:00 AM | An Overly Pessimistic View of Medicine
Sandeep Jauhar wrote Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician to express his frustration with the modern system of medical care in America. I found the book profoundly disturbing. If his experience is representative, I can understand why so many people have been criticizing doctors for only caring about money.  His experience was so different […]
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6:30 AM | Mental health anti-stigma programs are (broadly) successful
Dave Steele reports on a recent meta-analysis of mental health anti-stigma programs, which on the whole are found to be effective at reducing the stigma associated with mental disorders. The post Mental health anti-stigma programs are (broadly) successful appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:02 AM | ACN Humanitarian Award Presented to Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels received the American College of Nutrition’s Humanitarian Award at ACN’s 55th Annual Conference.
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5:00 AM | Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common
This review of complications following inferior alveolar nerve repositioning techniques included 24 studies the majority at high risk of bias. Initial sensory disturbance was highest with lateralisation technique but lower at end of follow up periods than transposition approach. The post Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Study Examines How Nutrition May Reduce Hospital Readmission
Study of 3,000 patients will quantify the effectiveness of nutrition care in hospital settings.
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5:00 AM | Food Supplements Europe Issues Quality Guidance
Manufacturing checklist and self-assessment tools designed to ensure product safety and quality.
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3:20 AM | Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer
A new study’s findings may explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other Americans.
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3:19 AM | You Will Soon Pay More for Prescriptions Filled at Pharmacies Selling Tobacco
CVS Caremark is planning to charge an extra co-payment for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell tobacco products.
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1:12 AM | Robotic Surgery Report Card
A study found that robotic surgery for benign gynecologic procedures had a higher rate of complication than conventional surgery, and was more costly.
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12:36 AM | A Weight Loss Belief Is Tested
A new randomized trial has found no long-term difference in weight regain among people who lost the pounds slowly and those who did so quickly.
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