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August 18, 2014

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12:14 PM | New home for an ‘evolutionary misfit’
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in […]
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12:13 PM | DNA methylation involved in Alzheimer’s disease
First large-scale study using EWAS to look at brain’s chromosomal […]
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11:01 AM | Stem Cells Show How Illness-Linked Genetic Variation Affects Neurons
In this image, cell nuclei are shown in blue and synapses in red and green.Credit: Zhexing Wen/Johns Hopkins MedicineA genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports.The study, led by Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., and Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and described online Aug. 17 in the journal Nature, used stem cells […]
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10:36 AM | FDA approves Biogen Idec's long-acting MS therapy
Plegridy gets US nod just weeks after EU approval
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10:03 AM | Valeant extends Allergan bid deadline to end of 2014
Acquisition saga carries on beyond original August 15 deadline
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9:39 AM | “We must all work together in the interests of patients” says the NHS Commissioning Assembly
This comprehensive resource has been written for all the organisations involved in delivering quality services, in particular commissioners and local authorities, who “are responsible for commissioning social care services for adults and children.” The document starts off by explaining what the NHS means by quality, looking at three dimensions, as defined by Lord Ara Darzi [read the full story...]
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8:05 AM | What to expect when you’re expecting a book…
The past several weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I’ve taken on a new semi-regular client, and I’ve written a number of exciting stories that pulled my time away from the blog (and which I’ll share below). But the next few months will be even more of a whirlwind as I […]
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7:16 AM | “Atavistic oncology” revisited: Dr. Frank Arguello responds
The following post will be of a type that I like to refer to as “taking care of business.” That’s not to say that it won’t be, as my posts usually are, informative and entertaining, but it does say that I’m doing it instead of what I had originally had in mind because something came […]
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6:30 AM | Interpersonal counselling for depression: RCT shows some promise
Mark Smith summarises an RCT which compares SSRI antidepressants with interpersonal counselling for depression. The trial explores moderators of remission with interpersonal counselling or drug treatment in primary care patients with mild-moderate depression. The post Interpersonal counselling for depression: RCT shows some promise appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:31 AM | New York health department in HPV drive
New campaign will highlight the cancer-prevention benefits of the HPV vaccine
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5:00 AM | High Sodium Linked to Nearly 2 Million Cardiovascular Deaths Each Year
The estimated 1.65 million deaths represent nearly one in 10 of all deaths from cardiovascular causes worldwide.
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4:59 AM | Patients with stroke have poorer oral health
This systematic review of observational studies found that patients with had a poorer clinical oral health status than health older patients. The post Patients with stroke have poorer oral health appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:01 AM | Picking Apart Objections to Eating Fish
Fish is good for you, better than heart-damaging red meat and even better than lean poultry. Even so, it is not a popular choice in the kitchen — but there are ways to overcome opposition to it.

August 17, 2014

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11:16 PM | Alcon names president EMEA
Riad Sherif joins from Novartis’ Canada business
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11:16 PM | Acura must provide FDA more info on pain drug
Regulator questions abuse-resistant ability of Aversion
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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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