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October 30, 2014

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2:30 PM | The Risks And Rewards Of Two Popular Gastric Bypass Procedures
A recent study compared two of the most commonly performed bariatric surgery procedures. There are tradeoffs between the two surgical approaches in potential risks and benefits and so there has been an ongoing debate about which can achieve weight loss, with conflicting results in systematic reviews.  The two procedures were laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and adjustable gastric banding (AGB). The result was that RYGB resulted in much greater weight loss than AGB but had […]

October 27, 2014

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3:31 PM | E. Coli: Bacterial Diarrhea Vaccine Candidate Highly Efficacious
Each year, nearly 600,000 children die from severe, dehydrating diarrhea and millions more are hospitalized. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) may be the first enteric illness encountered by many infants, and it causes several hundred million cases of diarrhea each year, mainly in children. read more
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3:10 PM | Brain Imaging In Alcoholic Brain Thiamine Deficiency
Chronic consumption of large quantities of alcohol can produce severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1).This can precipitate an acute brain failure known as Wernicke's encephalopathy. Wernicke's encephalopathy is characterized by sudden onset of mental status changes, eye muscle impairment and disturbed gait or ataxia.Other illnesses can also produce this level of severe thiamine deficiency. A partial list of these non-alcoholism causes for thiamine deficiency with encephalopathy […]

Manzo G, De Gennaro A, Cozzolino A, Serino A, Fenza G & Manto A (2014). MR imaging findings in alcoholic and nonalcoholic acute Wernicke's encephalopathy: a review., BioMed research international, 2014 503596. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25050351

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October 23, 2014

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12:31 PM | Q&A: The ins and outs of the Clinical Research Capabilities and Technologies Initiative
Today Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the recipients of our Clinical Research Capabilities and Technologies Initiative, with 23 projects receiving a total of just over £170m. But what […]

October 20, 2014

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2:56 PM | Persistent Insomnia and Alcoholism
Sleep problems complicate the treatment and recovery in alcoholism. Heavy alcohol consumption modifies the nature of sleep architecture.A high blood alcohol concentration at bedtime may promote sleep early in the sleep cycle.However, as alcohol levels decline, sleep is often interrupted with limiting rapid eye movement (REM) sleep duration.Shortened total sleep time with alcohol can produce a lack of feeling well rested on awakening.For those with alcoholism or alcohol dependence, […]

Brower KJ, Krentzman A & Robinson EA (2011). Persistent insomnia, abstinence, and moderate drinking in alcohol-dependent individuals., The American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions, 20 (5) 435-40. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21838842

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October 12, 2014

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2:55 PM | Is EV-D68 causing mysterious polio-like symptoms in children?
Bubble fun at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair © EEG One of the twists in my latest book, Gene Cards, is an unknown pathogen threatening the fictional city of Liasis. I confess that when I came up with the idea I was a little nervous. My story is set in the future, and with all the state-of-the-art technology we already have, is it feasible to think that we will still deal with diseases without a known causative agent? The thing is, new viruses and new pathogens arise all the time. Take […]

Kim H, Kang B, Hwang S, Lee SW, Cheon DS, Kim K, Jeong YS & Hyeon JY (2014). Clinical and enterovirus findings associated with acute flaccid paralysis in the Republic of Korea during the recent decade., Journal of medical virology, 86 (9) 1584-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24114945

Zangwill KM, Yeh SH, Wong EJ, Marcy SM, Eriksen E, Huff KR, Lee M, Lewis EM, Black SB & Ward JI & (2010). Paralytic syndromes in children: epidemiology and relationship to vaccination., Pediatric neurology, 42 (3) 206-12. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20159431

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2:55 PM | Is EV-D68 causing mysterious polio-like symptoms in children?
Bubble fun at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair © EEG One of the twists in my latest book, Gene Cards, is an unknown pathogen threatening the fictional city of Liasis. I confess that when I came up with the idea I was a little nervous. My story is set in the future, and with all the state-of-the-art technology we already have, is it feasible to think that we will still deal with diseases without a known causative agent? The thing is, new viruses and new pathogens arise all the time. Take […]

Kim H, Kang B, Hwang S, Lee SW, Cheon DS, Kim K, Jeong YS & Hyeon JY (2014). Clinical and enterovirus findings associated with acute flaccid paralysis in the Republic of Korea during the recent decade., Journal of medical virology, 86 (9) 1584-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24114945

Zangwill KM, Yeh SH, Wong EJ, Marcy SM, Eriksen E, Huff KR, Lee M, Lewis EM, Black SB & Ward JI & (2010). Paralytic syndromes in children: epidemiology and relationship to vaccination., Pediatric neurology, 42 (3) 206-12. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20159431

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October 10, 2014

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3:22 PM | The Obesity Paradox—Seriously?
Obesity is a significant risk factor for the development of a number of diseases, but the first that comes to mind is type 2 diabetes.  read more

October 07, 2014

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2:29 PM | Uterus Transplant Leads To First Successful Baby Delivery
Seven Swedish women have had embryos reintroduced after receiving wombs from living donors and now one has delivered a healthy and normally developed boy, reveals the case study in The Lancet. The uterus transplantation research project at the University of Gothenburg started in 1999 and the goal has been to enable women who were born without a womb or who have lost their wombs in cancer surgery to give birth to their own children. Nine women in the project have received a womb from live donors […]

October 06, 2014

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3:49 PM | Toothbrushes are up to 95% less effective after 3 months and hugging your children regularly can raise their risk of anxiety, alcoholism, or depression by up to 95%
It sounds impossible, but this statistic is true: Hugging your child regularly can raise his or her risk of anxiety, alcoholism, or depression by up to 95%. I don’t even need a citation. Does it mean parents should stop hugging their children? No. You’d think that it couldn’t possibly be right, but the truth is […]
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