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August 18, 2014

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5:29 PM | Struggling to the Finish: An Insider’s Guide to CrossFit
What makes CrossFit appealing to members and confusing to outsiders is that it’s more than a workout — it’s a cultural identity. A new book on the subject may also only appeal to the initiated.
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1:26 PM | When To Think Less About Your Choices
Smart people have a tendency to think hard about the choices they make. Who are you going to marry? What house are you going to buy? What flavor of gelato should you get? Some make lists of pros and cons, some try to think about the most important features of the choices, and some make […]
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12:23 PM | Study identifies factors that contribute to food trucks’ fast spread
They’re not your father’s lowbrow roach coaches serving up greasy […]
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12:22 PM | Middle-aged women missing passion (and sex) seek affairs, not divorce
When middle-aged women seek extra-marital affairs, they are looking for […]
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12:21 PM | Virginity pledges for men can lead to sexual confusion — even after wedding
Bragging of sexual conquests, suggestive jokes and innuendo, and sexual […]
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12:20 PM | Law to combat ‘club drugs’ has done more harm than good
A federal law enacted to combat the use of “club […]
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12:19 PM | 8,000-year-old mutation key to human life at high altitudes
In an environment where others struggle to survive, Tibetans thrive […]
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12:16 PM | FDA-approved drug restores hair in patients with alopecia areata
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified the […]
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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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