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April 24, 2015

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5:00 AM | FDA Declares BMPEA Is Not a Dietary Ingredient
Supplements containing the stimulant are thereby misbranded under the law.
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5:00 AM | HORN Nutraceuticals Expands Sales Team
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2:21 AM | Less benefit and more risk. What you assume about health care may be wrong.
I’m a health professional, but sometimes a patient as well. And like most patients, I generally don’t want health decisions being made without my input. Yes, I want the best medical information, and the advice of medical professionals, but ultimately I want to make my own decisions about my care. That’s the norm in health […]
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1:10 AM | F.D.A. Warns Supplement Makers of Stimulant Dangers
The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to the makers of eight dietary supplements on Thursday warning them that their products contain a synthetic, amphetaminelike stimulant that medical experts say is potentially dangerous.

April 23, 2015

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11:17 PM | MRC Technology names finance director
Andrew Mercieca took up the role on April 1
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10:48 PM | Correlates between the Science of Learning and the Practice of Teaching
The phenomenon of human learning is not a unitary construct, rather it comprises a gamut of cognitive traits including memory, attention, decision making and social functioning. According to David Ausubel, an eminent educational psychologist: “The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows. Ascertain this and teach him accordingly”. What we […]
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8:22 PM | Tanning Salons Play Down Hazards, Lawsuits Claim
New York’s attorney general filed lawsuits against two popular indoor tanning salon chains accusing them of playing down the hazards associated with indoor tanning and promoting the practice as healthful.
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7:13 PM | Sugar as a Stress Reliever
Sugar appears to reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, a new study has found.
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5:26 PM | Roberts Proton Therapy Center Celebrates 5 Years (Photos)
Congratulations to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center on its five year anniversary! On Wednesday night, the department of Radiation Oncology held an event in the Smilow Center for Translational Research to celebrate this significant milestone with faculty, staff, Penn Medicine leadership, patients and their families, and the Roberts family, including...
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1:30 PM | Vaccine hesitancy after the measles outbreak: Where do we go from here?
The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December is officially over, the CDC reported last week. Between that announcement and this week’s European Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week in the U.S., it’s an opportune time to reflect on what the winter measles outbreak might mean in a broader social context in the […]
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1:30 PM | Less benefit, more risk. Our assumptions about health treatments are probably wrong.
I’m a health professional, but sometimes a patient as well. And like most patients, I generally don’t want health decisions being made without my input. Yes, I want the best medical information, and the advice of medical professionals, but ultimately I want to make my own decisions about my care. That’s the norm in health […]
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10:43 AM | Boehringer's sales drop after 'intense and challenging' year
US operations hit hard by healthcare reforms and insurance consolidation
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9:49 AM | Saxenda debuts in US with $1,000-a-month price tag
It is the first market for Novo Nordisk’s obesity therapy
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9:40 AM | Inducing Labor at Full Term May Have Benefits
Inducing labor in normal full-term pregnancies has generally been frowned upon, but a new study suggests that induction causes no apparent harm, and may have advantages.
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9:13 AM | Roche adds kidney cancer to anti-PD-L1 programme
Inhibitor already indicated for lung, bladder and breast cancer
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7:00 AM | Can variations be used to spot disinvestment opportunities?
Alison Turner reports on a recent study that explores a method for spotting opportunities for disinvestment and local perceptions of how disinvestment works in practice. The post Can variations be used to spot disinvestment opportunities? appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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6:30 AM | Another negative trial of cognitive bias modification: a case for Occam’s razor
Ioana Cristea reviews a recent RCT that found no effects of positive imagery-based cognitive bias modification, delivered as a web-based treatment for people with depression. The post Another negative trial of cognitive bias modification: a case for Occam’s razor appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Study Supports Digestive Health Benefits of Green Kiwifruit Ingredient
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4:59 AM | Periodontal disease: no clear evidence that full-mouth scaling superior to conventional treatment approaches
This updated Cochrane review now includes 12 trials. However, there is no clear evidence that full-mouth scaling or full-mouth disinfection provides additional benefit compared to conventional scaling and root planing. The post Periodontal disease: no clear evidence that full-mouth scaling superior to conventional treatment approaches appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:30 AM | Health related quality of life after total hip replacement
Do you know that over 1 million hip replacements are carried out each year? The majority of Total Hip Replacements are for people with severe arthritis of the hip that causes pain and reduction in function. We elves wanted to know for someone with osteoarthritis of the hip what are the medium term health related [read the full story...] The post Health related quality of life after total hip replacement appeared first on The Musculoskeletal Elf.

April 22, 2015

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11:01 PM | Can we do more?
Using behavioural framing to market desirable behaviours
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8:13 PM | Kidney Transplant Patients Bound by Chains of Love
Four years ago, Matt Crane was devastated when he learned that he was not a kidney donor match for his wife Michele, who was on dialysis after a long struggle with type 1 diabetes. Fortunately for Michele, 52, her brother was a match. But, after only a year and a...
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7:30 PM | Tau Ceti: The next Earth? Probably not
As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows. In […]
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7:29 PM | It’s a mystery: DNA of bacteria crucial to ecosystem defies explanation
Scientists have found something they can’t quite explain in one of the most barren environments on Earth: a bacterium whose DNA sequence contains elements usually only found in a much […]
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7:28 PM | New class of 3D-printed aerogels improve energy storage
A new type of graphene aerogel will make for better energy storage, sensors, nanoelectronics, catalysis and separations. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have made graphene aerogel microlattices with an engineered […]
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7:27 PM | Sugary drinks boost risk factors for heart disease
Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even when consumed for just two weeks by young, healthy men […]
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7:27 PM | Better social media techniques increase fan interest, engagement
Due to the ever-increasing number of people using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, businesses and organizations, such as professional sports teams, are expanding their marketing and communication […]
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7:26 PM | How breast milk protects against severe intestinal disease in preemies
The immune-boosting properties of breast milk have long been known. Now a team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins pediatric surgeon-in-chief David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., says experiments in mice reveal […]
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7:18 PM | Will exercising during pregnancy cook the baby?
A few weeks ago Dr Zach Ferraro presented an excellent guest lecture via Google Hangout for my students on the topic of exercise during pregnancy.  Zach is no stranger to this blog, taking part in a podcast last year on … Continue reading »
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4:55 PM | Bibliography Section numbering using bibtex + article class
Today I spent a long time trying to convince LaTeX that I wanted my bibliographies to have section numbers, and to appear in my table of contents. Apparently bibtex and the article class do not allow this option. None of the solutions I found online were working with my multi-file compiled document, until I found a cached copy of a deleted blog post from 2007.The solution is actually pretty simple:\renewcommand{\bibsection}{\section{Bibliography}}The original author says to put […]
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