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October 21, 2014

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12:44 PM | Getting the salt out
The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, […]
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11:00 AM | The Science of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. In the Western world, acupuncture has been a highly controversial therapy, mostly due to the lack of scientific explanations for its mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, acupuncture has become increasingly accepted, having spread worldwide and having become a frequently sought-after alternative therapy. In 1997, […]
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10:45 AM | FDA panel backs Novartis' secukinumab for psoriasis
Drug has outperformed Amgen’s Enbrel in clinical trials
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10:42 AM | AbbVie and Shire bring merger plans to a close
Blames tax changes in the US
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9:48 AM | EMA offers orphan drug benefits for Ebola research
Incentives to encourage development of new treatments for the virus
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8:45 AM | Salary survey now open - how will you measure up?
Take part for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD tablet
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7:45 AM | Nuffield Trust offers an insight into the costs of end of life care
This report from the Nuffield Trust is an important addition to the literature base on end of life care as it attempts to quantify the costs involved in end of life care, from the perspectives of the various services involved.  Although there are limitations to the cost estimates, which are explicitly acknowledged, the findings will [read the full story...]
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7:28 AM | Ergonomics and ME/CFS: Have You Hurt Yourself Without Knowing It?
Having a chronic illness like ME/CFS can make it hard to avoid problems that come from bad ergonomics. Jody Smith has learned some lessons the hard way … Ergonomics can help people to navigate in a healthy way through their world, so they are not slouching, bent funny or stuck in the same position for too long, and so they can avoid the aches, pains and problems that result from same. Ergonomics and ME/CFS may seem like strange bedfellows. And in fact, actual ME/CFS […]
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7:00 AM | An Overly Pessimistic View of Medicine
Sandeep Jauhar wrote Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician to express his frustration with the modern system of medical care in America. I found the book profoundly disturbing. If his experience is representative, I can understand why so many people have been criticizing doctors for only caring about money.  His experience was so different […]
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6:30 AM | Mental health anti-stigma programs are (broadly) successful
Dave Steele reports on a recent meta-analysis of mental health anti-stigma programs, which on the whole are found to be effective at reducing the stigma associated with mental disorders. The post Mental health anti-stigma programs are (broadly) successful appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:02 AM | ACN Humanitarian Award Presented to Vitamin Angels
Vitamin Angels received the American College of Nutrition’s Humanitarian Award at ACN’s 55th Annual Conference.
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5:00 AM | Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common
This review of complications following inferior alveolar nerve repositioning techniques included 24 studies the majority at high risk of bias. Initial sensory disturbance was highest with lateralisation technique but lower at end of follow up periods than transposition approach. The post Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Study Examines How Nutrition May Reduce Hospital Readmission
Study of 3,000 patients will quantify the effectiveness of nutrition care in hospital settings.
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5:00 AM | Food Supplements Europe Issues Quality Guidance
Manufacturing checklist and self-assessment tools designed to ensure product safety and quality.
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3:20 AM | Genetic Variant May Shield Latinas From Breast Cancer
A new study’s findings may explain why Hispanic women have lower rates of breast cancer than other Americans.
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3:19 AM | You Will Soon Pay More for Prescriptions Filled at Pharmacies Selling Tobacco
CVS Caremark is planning to charge an extra co-payment for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell tobacco products.
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1:12 AM | Robotic Surgery Report Card
A study found that robotic surgery for benign gynecologic procedures had a higher rate of complication than conventional surgery, and was more costly.
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12:36 AM | A Weight Loss Belief Is Tested
A new randomized trial has found no long-term difference in weight regain among people who lost the pounds slowly and those who did so quickly.
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12:17 AM | Coffee May Protect the Liver
Researchers found that compared with people who drank no coffee, those who drank three cups a day were about 25 percent less likely to have abnormal liver enzyme levels.

October 20, 2014

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11:59 PM | Stemming a Stream of Pain for Children with Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease, a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening blood disorder, is relatively rare, so doctors may not know how to treat it.
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11:48 PM | Resource Alert: Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care Providers
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a 6-part series about childhood trauma, specifically formulated for primary care providers. Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care was developed for those who might not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events.The series addresses issues like: ·         What is the role of stress? […]
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11:30 PM | Parkinson's UK appoints Arthur Roach as research director
He brings experience from Merck Serono and the Geneva Pharma Network
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11:15 PM | Red Door promotes Matt Lowe and Katy Pogson
Kate Aldous and Sarah Aldridge also move up at the Creston Health agency
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11:06 PM | Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning
A new study, which may have implications for approaches to […]
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11:05 PM | Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies
Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by […]
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11:04 PM | Researchers Untangle the Biological Effects of Blue Light
A tug-of-war is revealed in the response of the eye […]
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11:02 PM | Altering gut bacteria might mitigate lupus  
Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate, in the […]
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10:58 PM | Emory launches Ebola protocols website
Emory Healthcare has launched an external website that will serve […]
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8:57 PM | For Children With Autism, Opening a Door to Dental Care
More dentists are learning to meet the delicate challenge of caring for children with autism.
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8:11 PM | What IS a day in the life at Penn Medicine?
So tomorrow is the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Day in the Life project, and we’re pretty excited. I’ve taken photos for two previous Day in the Life projects during my time here at Penn Medicine (you can find those here and here), and both times I’ve been amazed at the...
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