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November 21, 2014

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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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7:30 AM | Lifestyle changes for cognition and dementia: better than a new drug?
Should all molecular research institutes looking at neurodegenerative diseases be replaced by parks, playgrounds and cycle paths? Mark Horowitz highlights a recent systematic review of modifiable risk factors associated with cognition and dementia, which suggests that from a public health perspective, there may be some sense in this idea. The post Lifestyle changes for cognition and dementia: better than a new drug? appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:59 AM | Primary tooth trauma may be associated with developmental disorders in the permanent successors suggests review
Trauma to primary teeth is relatively common. As the developing permanent teeth are closely related and trauma to primary teeth could adversely affect the permanent successor. This review looked for studies to assess this relationship. Only 17 low quality studies were identified and while they suggest a relationship the low quality means that the findings should be interpreted with caution. The post Primary tooth trauma may be associated with developmental disorders in the permanent successors […]
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5:00 AM | Omega-3s Coalition Increases Sales in Test Market
In just four weeks the integrated marketing campaign increased sales 5.8%
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5:00 AM | BASF Sells Omega-3 Production Plant to Marine Ingredients
With the acquisition, Marine Ingredients will gain control of omega-3 production, which is central to its business.
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5:00 AM | U.S. Tea Sales Increase 5.9% in 2013
The American Botanical Council's first tea market report shows sales of herbal and other teas may set record in 2014.
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4:26 AM | Praise from Science Borealis
Thank you to the Science Borealis blog for making Science-Based Pharmacy an Editors’ Pick for 2014! The blog won in the category of “Health, Medicine and Veterinary Science“. Given the output and quality of other Canadian health professionals and colleagues that blog, I’m surprised and very grateful for the recognition. I’m a strong supporter of […]
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3:44 AM | Naturopathy and “biomedical” treatments for autism
For the past several months I’ve been contrasting the advice from naturopaths against the scientific evidence, in a series I’ve been calling “naturopathy versus science”.  In past posts I’ve looked at the naturopathic perspectives on fake diseases, infertility, prenatal vitamins, vaccinations, allergies and even scientific facts themselves. From a blogging perspective, naturopathy is a fascinating […]
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3:00 AM | DA Asks ‘Why Still On Suboxone?’
First Posted 10/13/2013 A person in my practice was stable on Suboxone/buprenorphine for several years, until he developed a painful injury.   During the time the injury was treated, the person experienced significant pain.  I worked with his surgeon to provide adequate pain relief, which for patients on buprenorphine or Suboxone  consists of a high dose […]
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1:45 AM | Suboxone Detox is a Sucker’s Bet
First Posted 10/6/2013 I attended the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress meeting last week and actually attended the meetings (the event was held in Las Vegas), but I was disappointed by the absence of lectures about addiction.  There are other mental health groups geared more toward addiction, but one would think that psychiatry would maintain […]

November 20, 2014

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10:30 PM | Most Heavy Drinkers Are Not Alcoholics
Most people who drink too much are not alcoholics, suggesting that they can be helped more easily than previously believed, a new government study shows.
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9:19 PM | A nuclear power station produces as much carbon dioxide as a gas-fired power station
Nuclear power is dirty.http://gsihn.blogspot.com.au/  3 Nov 14, Mining process of nuclear power creates serious environmental problems. Nuclear power is not free from carbon emission. Rowell claims that fossil fuels are required for mining uranium, building a nuclear power station, and disposing of radioactive waste; therefore “a nuclear power station produces as much carbon dioxide as a […]
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6:46 PM | Living With Cancer: Gravy Days
This November I am a lucky woman, reveling in the unearned bounty of more time and a thicker earthly existence than I had ever expected.
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5:57 PM | WIPP: Wrong Cat Litter Used
There was a recent post about the explosion at the WIPP faculties.  They were to be the repository of toxic material from Los Alamos, but it caught fire and was forced to shut down.    The post  stated that: More than three months after the leak, LANL chemist Steve Clemmons compared the ingredients of the […]
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5:23 PM | #SfN14 Day 4: “It’s Not the Stress that Kills Us; It’s Our Reaction to It” –Hans Selye (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.Day 4 winding down. You wanna know what a stressful situation is?Being surrounded by 30,500+ people for five days. Whew!For the most part, I like to think I handle stressful situations fairly well. I take a few deep breaths, tell myself the stressor is really not that big […]
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5:00 PM | Ebola data from situation reports vs patient database
This morning the World Health Organization released downloadable, machine-readable data (yay!) of the number of Ebola cases at the county level (available here). This release is particularly special, because it includes both the number of cases according to the situation reports and the counts as reported by the patient database. The patient database (also known as a line list) is usually considered the gold standard for outbreak data. Until this release, the public had no data from the […]
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3:01 PM | Pretty poison pods pose pediatric problems
Okay, so I admit I had a little fun with the headline, but that’s about all the fun I can have with this issue since the study I’m writing about is far from amusing. Research in Pediatrics last week investigated poisonings involving laundry detergent pods, and the numbers are a bit staggering, even to me. […]
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2:02 PM | How do you solve a problem like obesity?
Making headlines this morning (Thursday 20th November) has been the report by McKinsey Global Institute, an offshoot of the management consultancy McKinsey, on the global economic impact of obesity. This report estimates that $2.0 trillion is spent annually worldwide as a result of obesity, which it compares to the global burden of smoking and armed conflict; […]
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2:00 PM | Naturopathy vs. Science: Autism
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. My blogging plan was to take a break from my series of naturopathy versus science posts, where I’ve been contrasting the advice from naturopaths against the scientific evidence. From a blogging perspective, naturopathy is a fascinating subject to scrutinize as there is seemingly […]
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12:00 PM | Economists should focus on the economy, not public health
We get it.  Maclean’s Editor-at-Large Peter Shawn Taylor thinks that public health people (e.g. myself) should stay away from chronic disease (I guess it’s time to wrap up my research program and call it a career!).  And he thinks that … Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | Does Your Social Network Shape Your Weight?
According to scientific studies, your wellbeing, your opinions and even your weight are shaped by your social networks. Now many of these factors are broadcast online. How do they affect us? Nicholas Christakis, physician, social scientist and professor at Yale University, has explored how our face-to-face social networks affect everything we think, feel, and do. […]
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8:33 AM | Join the National PR Campaign for ME: Power to the Patient (P2tP)
Have you had enough of all the neglect and abuse of ME/CFS patients?  Gabby Klein says now is the time for a National PR Campaign for ME/CFS to impress a change. Join the Patient Revolution to restore power to ME patients … Thirty years of neglect, incompetence and malfeasance by the Department of Human services (HHS) have rendered ME patients angry, frustrated and disgruntled.  They remain invisible, misunderstood and very sick. Any possible advance in the science of the […]
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7:30 AM | Improving mental health literacy in the classroom: new HeadStrong RCT
Lisa Burscheidt reports on an RCT of the Headspace mental health literacy intervention and the impact it has on the mental health literacy, stigma, help-seeking and mental health of a group of young people in Australia. The post Improving mental health literacy in the classroom: new HeadStrong RCT appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:00 AM | Lidocaine: trial suggests that buffering may not improve success of inferior alveolar nerve block
A 2010 Cochrane review that was not able to include any dental studies did find that buffering lidocaine decreased pain on injection and augmented patient comfort and satisfaction. This new dental trial included 80 patients with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis but found no significant difference with success rates with buffered lidocaine. The post Lidocaine: trial suggests that buffering may not improve success of inferior alveolar nerve block appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:00 AM | Rep. Pallone to Replace Waxman on House Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. to replace vocal supplement industry critic Rep. Henry Waxman.

November 19, 2014

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5:28 PM | Physician Activism May be Bad for Healthcare
The growing trend of physician-backed legal challenges against patient and family health decisions is not good healthcare.
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5:21 PM | Using Neural Tissue Engineering to Restore Brain Function and Form Bionic Connections
Restoring Brain Connections using Micro-Tissue Engineered Neural Networks (TENNs): Micro-TENNs are miniature preformed capsule-like constructs (shown above) that consist of neurons spanned by long axon tracts. These are grown outside the body and mimic the anatomy of axon pathways in the brain. They can then be implanted in the brain...
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2:52 PM | AZ seeks leg up in antiplatelet market with Brilinta antidote
Reversal agent has been developed by company's biotech subsidiary Medimmune
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