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November 24, 2014

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5:59 PM | PCOS: An Infertility Issue That Is Little Understood
Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, but its underlying cause is not fully understood and misdiagnosis can result in ineffective treatment.
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5:39 PM | Low Vitamin D Tied to Higher Death Risk
A new study provides persuasive evidence that low serum vitamin D itself increases the risk of death.
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5:17 PM | Why Do Patients With Schizophrenia Smoke So Many Cigarettes?
For sound neurological reasons, that's why. (Originally published May 2, 2012, by The Dana Foundation)For mental health workers, it is well known that an overwhelming majority of psychiatric patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are heavy cigarette smokers. Surveys have shown that at least 60 percent of patients exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia are smokers, compared with a national average that hovers just above 20 percent. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, researcher Judith […]
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4:58 PM | Facebook – Are We Over-Connected?
The evolution of the human brain is deeply intertwined with our experience as social beings, and the ability we have to bond with others through co-operative activities. According to Dunbar’s study of human brain size and complexity in relation to those other species, humans can manage at most around 150 people as part of their […]
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2:30 PM | SfN14 Art of Neuroscience: Artologica
This post is part of my coverage of the Art of Neuroscience Exhibit, which was held in Washington DC during the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, November 15 - November 19, 2014. Figure 1: Mitosis paintings were her  first foray into science art. Michele Banks is an artist interested in human nature and what it means to be alive, which naturally includes science. She started her
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2:29 PM | Give Thanks for Healthy Sleep this Thanksgiving Weekend
A traditional Thanksgiving is often filled with parades, football, long travel commutes, and sharing time with relatives and friends -- all culminating with a great feast in reflection of giving thanks. It’s this great feast – including a day of snacking and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a large dinner and...
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1:30 PM | Selective pressures on alternative medicine
(Editor’s note: I was away at Skepticon over the weekend, where I gave a talk entitled “The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine”. (When the talk’s up on YouTube, I’ll provide a link, of course.) Because of all the fun and travel delays I didn’t get a chance to turn my slides and notes into a […]
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12:28 PM | Lundbeck CEO resigns after rule breach
Ulf Wiinberg accepted gift of shares in Stratified Medical
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10:48 AM | Orphan drugs in latest CHMP recommendations
EMA advisers back new products from Genzyme, Boehringer and others
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10:21 AM | Novartis gets EU nod for rare disease drug Signifor
Long-acting formulation of drug approved for growth disorder acromegaly
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10:18 AM | What day of the week do you weigh the most?
Monday. According to a recent study by Orsama and colleagues, that’s the day when most people experience their maximum body weight. And your lowest body weight? That’s most likely to be recorded on Friday. The weekend certainly seems to play … Continue reading »
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9:59 AM | EMA recommends two AbbVie treatments for hepatitis C
Exviera and Viekirax approved for use in Europe
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7:30 AM | It’s not what you say: Examining the non-verbal behaviours of psychiatrists and patients
Chris Pell considers the findings of a recent observational study of non-verbal behaviour and communication in meetings of psychiatrists and patients with schizophrenia. The post It’s not what you say: Examining the non-verbal behaviours of psychiatrists and patients appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:28 AM | Public Health in the News – November 23, 2014
Global India’s Prime Minister has created a new ministry to support traditional health practices. However, many of these practices are not evidence-based. OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced global map, was used by many volunteers in the Philippines to chart damage after a … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Orthodontic aligners: little evidence to assess their effectiveness
The use of clear orthodontic aligners is increasing, despite searching a wide range of databases this review only identified a limited number of small studies. The quality of the studies was not sufficient to draw any evidence-based decisions on the effectiveness of orthodontic aligners so better quality studies are needed. The post Orthodontic aligners: little evidence to assess their effectiveness appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Pinnacle Foods to Acquire Garden Protein International
Move will bring Gardein brand under Pinnacle’s Birds Eye umbrella.

November 23, 2014

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10:58 PM | Two sisters’ Kilimanjaro climb raises awareness for at-risk newborns
As I write this, two businesswomen are somewhere along the long trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Although I don’t typically write about awareness campaigns, I wanted to give a shout out on this one because Kilimanjaro has a special place in my heart, and the women’s cause does as well. Sisters […]
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7:13 PM | A New Way to Stop Suboxone?
Originally Posted 10/27/2013 I usually have my wife/business partner review my posts and provide her opinion whether my arguments are sound.  For the record, she tells me that this post is technical and boring.  I disagree, but we aren’t planning to separate over the issue.  A valid criticism, I think, is that I’m doing a […]
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12:00 PM | Sleep and Obesity
Thanks to the obesity epidemic, we’ve seen an explosion of research on the problem of excess weight and the physiological mechanisms of weight control. It has turned out that body weight balance is far from the simple arithmetic of “calories in” and “calories out”. What has surprised many researchers, however, is the clear connection between […]
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7:42 AM | Resource Alert: Revamped National Human Trafficking Resource Center
By Sharon E. ChinIn lieu of the non-profit agency’s – formerly known as Polaris Project – transition to simply “Polaris”, their National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) has also matured. NHTRC has left the parent nest of Polaris and moved into their very own domain (name). Polaris has been one of the biggest forerunners to bring awareness to the growing issue of modern-day slavery in the United States. Their hotline has been used by victims, […]

November 22, 2014

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5:49 PM | Suboxone Patient Needs Surgery, Refused Pain Control
First Posted 10/21/2013 I have received MANY messages over the years from patients on buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) who required surgery, but whose doctors refused to provide post-op analgesia.  Those of you not on Suboxone– can you imagine having surgery, and being told that ‘it is too much hassle to give you any medicine for pain relief’? […]
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12:00 PM | Improve Cognition With A Trip Down Memory Lane
The human brain can concentrate on externally focused tasks, such as answering a question or solving a puzzle, or internally focused tasks, such as daydreaming. Until recently, these activities were believed to be mutually exclusive. That is, activating one suppressed the other. But now, evidence suggests that engaging the internally focused brain network actually improves […]

November 21, 2014

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7:27 PM | Dieta y Disbiosis
El desarrollo del microbioma intestinal es programado intrauterino en nuestro organismo, pero los factores externos modifican la colonización intestinal, siendo de estos uno de los mas importantes la dieta que recibe el infante al nacer (1).Durante los primeros 6 meses de vida se estipula que le infante reciba lactancia materna exclusiva debido a los beneficios que esta promueve; prevención contra enfermedades infecciosos, adecuado crecimiento y desarrollo, protección […]
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5:45 PM | Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Skyping the Holiday Meal
A technology-assisted holiday meal has become a cherished Thanksgiving memory.
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4:37 PM | #SfN14 Day 5: Reflections on a Neuroscient-astic Week
This is the final post in my series on the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. It's been fun! You can read other posts in this series here. I live-tweeted some sessions @GainesOnBrains. Re-live the experience by exploring the hashtag #SfN14.Taking some time away from the hubbub (and warmth, apparently) to sightsee.What a week. Neuroscience 2014 was completely overwhelming, exhausting, inspiring, invigorating, and fruitful (I'm kind of sad that last one didn't […]
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3:35 PM | Apples From Thanksgiving Start to Finish
Apples will see their way from the beginning to the end of my Thanksgiving meal.
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3:17 PM | Antibiotics During Pregnancy May Increase Child’s Obesity Risk
A new study reports that antibiotic use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for obesity in the child.
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1:06 PM | Riina Sarkanen from FICAM awarded for a developmental vascular model
Dr. Riina Sarkanen, a scientist at the FICAM (the Finnish Centre for Alternative Methods), which is an expert centre for alternative methods for animal testing, is the recipient of the...
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1:00 PM | Energy Drinks are Risky, Especially for Kids
Last month I wrote a post on the causes of poor sleep in adolescents, as well as the myriad problems that can result in this high-risk population. Fortunately there is a system-wide public health measure proven to work, and now groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics are fully endorsing it. In that post, I […]
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12:00 PM | An Equation for Happiness?
It’s no secret that the level of personal happiness isn’t directly linked to the material things in life. This is well illustrated by the fact that this year, the crown of the happiest nation in the world went to Panama, according to the Gallup and Healthways Global report. In comparison, the UK is ranked 76th […]
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