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November 17, 2014

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1:31 PM | Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time  
Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks. The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a […]
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12:24 PM | Pfizer signs $2.85bn immuno-oncology alliance
Will jointly develop Merck KGaA's lead anti-PD-L1 drug
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12:22 PM | Life sciences minister: Go digital for NHS savings
Greater use of health technology could free funds for drug spending, says George Freeman
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12:10 PM | GSK tops pharma access to medicines table
But corruption and intellectual property issues in developing nations
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12:01 PM | UK unveils digital health strategy
Plans greater use of mobile technology and will track NHS 'digital health maturity'
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11:57 AM | Sanofi persuades FDA to back its MS drug Lemtrada
But only for a limited patient population, with boxed warnings and a risk plan
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8:00 AM | Ontario fails to protect the life of a First Nations girl with cancer
A few weeks ago, Steve Novella invited me on his podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, to discuss a cancer case that has been in the news for several months now. The case was about an 11 year old girl with leukemia who is a member of Canada’s largest aboriginal community. Steve wrote about […]
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6:00 AM | Caries experience – risk higher in those from lower socioeconomic positions
This review included 155 observational studies, which although of low quality consistently found caries parameters to be significantly higher in those from lower socioeconomic positions The post Caries experience – risk higher in those from lower socioeconomic positions appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:20 AM | New Bupe News Section
Wanted to take a second or two to point out a new section to the blog, called ‘Bupe News’.  You’ll see the link at the tope of the page, along with an ever-growing list of links.  The point, of course, is to keep y’all reading, since Google knows EVERYTHING, including how many seconds each and […]
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5:00 AM | New Medical Food Combats Abdominal Obesity
Stablor provided an average of 18% fat loss and 9% weight loss in overweight and obese people.
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3:09 AM | #SfN14 Day 2: On the Origin of Sex Differences in the Brain (Theme E)
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14. […]
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2:10 AM | Chipping Suboxone
First Published 8/31/2013 One reply to my last post said I go ‘on and on’ about things that could be said with fewer words.  I asked the person to send me his/her version, and I hope he does—not to prove anything, but because I appreciate the chance to learn.  He wrote that his problem is […]
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1:56 AM | Bringing Up Bilingual Toddlers
The myths related to bilingualism range from the most curious to the most extreme. It has been commonly questioned whether attempts to encourage bilingualism in toddlers can lead to language mixing and confusion; if bilingual children perform worse academically or even if it may cause speech delays. According to outrageous and unsupported claims used in […]
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12:31 AM | UK know ‘almost nothing’ about pancreatic cancer
Celgene-sponsored survey shows 64% of people know little about the disease
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12:30 AM | EAHP find 86% of European hospitals facing medicine shortages
Report finds two thirds of pharmacists cite this as a daily or weekly problem
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12:15 AM | UK names guardian for national health data
Dame Fiona Caldicott is “people’s champion” for medical information
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12:01 AM | Company culture can be a balancing act
Sanofi's decision to replace Chris Viehbacher as CEO demonstrates the importance of culture in pharma’s evolution

November 16, 2014

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10:07 PM | Re-Entry: My confusing and overwhelming homecoming from Mozambique
I’ve been back in the U.S. just over a week, and I’m only just starting to get on top of my schedule (as much as that is ever possible, that is). The re-entry has been… I’m not sure how to describe it. In some ways it’s been rough, in others calming, in others disorienting. My […]
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8:57 PM | Public Health in the News – November 16, 2014
Global A great New York Times piece on how Mali, a country at risk for Ebola cases coming from Guinea through porous borders, successfully tracked and contained over 100 potential cases of Ebola. In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in … Continue reading →
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1:06 PM | #SfN14 Day 1: Tackling Difficult Mentor/Mentee Discussions
This post is part of my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. You can read other posts in this series here. I’m also live-tweeting some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Join the conversation at #SfN14.Greetings from D.C.! It’s nearly midnight on Saturday and my stomach is exploding from this chocolate torte I decided would be a good idea after a giant plate full of ravioli. It wasn’t a good idea, though. It was a GREAT idea.This afternoon, I attended life coach […]
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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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