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Introduction A recent study report, published in the September edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, assessed whether worksite wellness programs work. The authors of the article concluded that worksite wellness programs, if well designed, consistent with evidence-based practices, effectively executed and properly evaluated, meet the doodoo test, that is, they do indeed do what they Äôre supposed to do. read more ... more

Dear FriendsLast month, many of you supported the WHO Äôs plan to call for the results of all clinical trials to be reported. Now we all need to support proposals from the US Government to improve clinical trial transparency there.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced proposals to expand requirements to register clinical trials and report results, and to make that a condition of research funding. This is a significant and pote ... more
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Dear FriendsLast month, many of you supported the WHO Äôs plan to call for the results of all clinical trials to be reported. Now we all need to support proposals from the US Government to improve clinical trial transparency there.The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced proposals to expand requirements to register clinical trials and report results, and to make that a condition of research funding. This is a significant and pote ... more
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Excess body weight was associated with almost 500,000 cases of cancer in 2012, with North America shouldering the biggest burden. Medscape Medical News ... more
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The largest meeting on breast cancer in the world always has breaking news, and symposium cochairs give a hint of what is to come this year. Medscape Medical News ... more
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The nation may be facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the coming years. Kaiser Health News ... more
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Half of the physicians in Alaska are over the age of 50 years, and very few are employed by large organizations. Kaiser Health News ... more
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The FDA announced new rules Tuesday that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus. WebMD Health News ... more
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A new study has found that levels of adiponectin, an adipose cytokine, are higher in older people with migraine, particularly men. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Most of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV infection have not achieved viral suppression. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A new meta-analysis has found mortality rates to be three times higher in epilepsy than in the general population. Future research must look beyond mortality to risk factors and mechanisms. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A novel biomarker of brain insulin resistance defective in Alzheimer's and detectable in blood shows promise for early preclinical diagnosis. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Moves by some U.S. states to isolate medical workers returning from fighting Ebola in West Africa could worsen the global health crisis by discouraging badly needed new volunteers, according to health experts at Harvard University. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 26, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

In recent months, Silicon Valley has surpassed Hollywood as America Äôs home for high-profile split ups. Last month,¬†computer security giant Symantec¬†announced its intentions to split in two. And three days before that,¬†HP announced plans to divide up into parts. In September,¬†eBay announced its intention to spin off PayPal. With enough twists and turns to fill a screenplay, the tech industry Äôs recent split-up saga raises a couple of interesting questions in the health care world. Primaril ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 26, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

More proposed Obamacare rules to improved the customer experience.The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services Nov. 21 issued a massive 324-page notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at improving the consumer experience in the health insurance marketplace by increasing pricing and plan transparency and making information more accessible to consumers, among other changes.Key among the controversial proposals is the requirement that all exchanges, qualified health plan insurers, and Web-based broker ... more
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If damaged skin exposed to peanut proteins in household dust, chances of allergy higher, researcher says ... more
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Mali Äôs Ministry of Health has confirmed an additional 2 new cases of Ebola virus disease. The first, confirmed on 22 November, occurred in the 23-year-old fianc√©e of the 25-year-old nurse who attended the Grand Imam from Guinea (the index case in this outbreak) and died of Ebola on 11 November. The young woman developed symptoms on 19 November and, on 20 November, was hospitalized in isolation at Bamako Äôs Ebola treatment centre, a new facility which opened last week. ... more
Source: WHO news Nov 25, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out ... more
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Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut ... more
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Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers ... more
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U.S. experts cite indifference, lack of access to care ... more
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A new study shows "extremely promising ÄĚ early phase 1 clinical trial results for the investigational drug AG-120 against the subset of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) harboring mutations in the gene IDH. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 25, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

For many bacteria and parasites looking to get a load of the fresh nutritional bounty inside your body, the skin is the first and most important gatekeeper. Schistosomas, however, and burrow right on through. These waterborne blood flukes, responsible for 200 million total worldwide cases of Schistosomiasis, are driven by the powerful thrusts of their unique forked tails and chewing enzymes. The parasite's swimming patterns are crucial for its human-seeking chemotactic activity - and are the foc ... more
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People who regularly take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have less diversity among their gut bacteria, putting them at increased risk for infections like clostridium difficile and pneumonia, in addition to vitamin deficiencies and bone fractures, a new study has shown. ... more
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Physicians often find it hard to tell if a patient suffering from dementia or depression is capable of making sound judgements. Through a new study, researchers now aim to shed more light on this issue, developing a better way to assess a patient's decision-making capacity. ... more
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A potential weakness in cancer Äôs ability to return or become resistant to treatment has been discovered, targeting the Äėfuel Äô part of stem cells which allows tumors to grow. By observing cancer stem cells in a lab setting, researchers discovered that mitochondria are especially important for the proliferative expansion and survival of cancer stem cells, also known as 'tumor initiating cells', which would then promote treatment resistance. ... more
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A gene that protects people against one of the major causes of stroke in young and middle-aged adults has been discovered, and researchers say that it could hold the key to new treatments. ... more
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Homosexual behavior may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. Researchers found that heterosexual women who have higher levels of progesterone are more likely to be open to the idea of engaging in sexual behaviour with other women. Similarly, when heterosexual men are subtly reminded of the importance of having male friends and allies, they report more positive attitudes toward engaging in sexual behaviour with other men. This pattern is particularly drama ... more
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A new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women has been created by researchers. According to a new study, standardizing the pressure applied in mammography would reduce pain associated with breast compression without sacrificing image quality. ... more
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In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in the body's major arteries was associated with mild cognitive impairment. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which fat, cholesterol and other substances collect in the arteries, forming a substance called plaque that can build up, limiting blood flow. It can occur in any artery of the body, including the carotid, which supplies blood to the brain, coronary arteries and the aorta, which carries oxygenated blood from th ... more
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Healthy cells reduce their growth when there is a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). This makes it even more surprising that hypoxia is a characteristic feature of malignant tumors. In two publications, researchers report on how cancer cells succeed at circumventing the genetic program of growth inhibition. ... more
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Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of thousands of dollars cheaper by a Ph.D. student from England who hacked his own microscope. ... more
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Results from a Phase 2 clinical trial have been published, demonstrating that a drug candidate -- AF-219 -- reduced daytime cough frequency by 75 percent compared to placebo in patients with treatment-refractory chronic cough. AF-219 is a selective, non-narcotic, orally administered P2X3 receptor antagonist targeting the mechanism by which certain nerve fibers become hyper-sensitized. ... more
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Extreme weather events, such as El Ni√Īo, can have long-lasting effects on health, according to research. The study, in coastal Peru, shows that children born during and after the 1997-98 El Ni√Īo have a lower height-for-age than others born before the event. ... more
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A high intake of yogurt has been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research. This highlights the importance of having yogurt as part of a healthy diet. ... more
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Biochemists have identified molecular structures that allow the immune system to tell friend from foe. The researchers identified and crystallized a complex that forms the contact point between the healthy human cell and the complement system. Using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray structure analysis, they were able to solve the molecular structure of the complex. It is composed of a glycan containing sialic acid and two domains of the complement system regulator, factor H. ... more
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Experimental anti-cancer agents PF-04691502 and PD-0325901 excel in lab tests against colorectal cancer models and enter phase 1 trial, scientists report. "This study demonstrates strong potential for this combination in treating laboratory models of colorectal cancer. We hope that if we can discover biomarkers that predict which tumors respond and which don't respond to the combination that we can optimize its use," one researcher says. ... more
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Researchers have identified genetic markers that may help to identify individuals at risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) in the hospital setting. The study offers new clues about the development of AKI and could lead to potential therapeutic interventions. ... more
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Using a new imaging technique, researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. The work provides a possible explanation for how one type of DNA damage may lead to cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and lung disease, and Alzheimer Äôs disease. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 25, 2014, 6:15 pm (info)

The search for a living laboratory model of Alzheimer Äôs disease (AD) ÄĒ the so-called ÄúAlzheimer Äôs in a dish ÄĚ ÄĒhas a new candidate. Researchers report success in creating induced neurons that model Alzheimer Äôs by starting with fibroblasts taken from skin biopsies. ... more
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After mining the genetic records of thousands of breast cancer patients, researchers have identified a gene whose presence may explain why some breast cancers are resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used hormone treatment generally used after surgery, radiation and other chemotherapy. ... more
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Researchers have shed light on a gene mutation linked to autistic traits. The team already knew that some people with autism were deficient in a gene called neurexin-II. To investigate whether the gene was associated with autism symptoms, the Leeds team studied mice with the same defect. They found behavioral features that were similar to autism symptoms, including a lack of sociability or interest in other mice. ... more
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Epilepsy surgery is a safe, effective and low-risk procedure, research shows. Nevertheless, few Swedes have the operation, and those who are interested may have to wait a long time for presurgical counseling. ... more
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Barriers to the sharing of public health data hamper decision-making efforts on local, national and global levels, and stymie attempts to contain emerging global health threats, an international team of researchers has announced. ... more
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Public health researchers in Philadelphia looked at how neighborhood and community-level factors -- not just individual factors like diet, exercise and education -- influence people's diabetes risk. Their new study adds insight into the role of the physical and social environment on diabetes risk, zip code by zip code throughout the city. ... more
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Scientists have found a simple method to convert human skin cells into the specialized neurons that detect pain, itch, touch and other bodily sensations. These neurons are also affected by spinal cord injury and involved in Friedreich's ataxia, a devastating and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that largely strikes children. ... more
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A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn Äôt measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies. The technology is a biomedical advancement that could help unleash the potential of DNA vaccines, which despite two decades of research, have yet to make a significant impact in the treatment of major illnesses. ... more
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The healthcare work of providing care at Emergency departments is medicalized and result-driven. As a consequence of this, patients are regarded as Äúsymptoms ÄĚ, and are shunted around the department as Äúproduction units ÄĚ, new research suggests. ... more
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Parasites use Trojan horse subterfuge to suppress the immunity of their victims when causing infection, according to a study. Scientists have shown that parasites are able to secrete tiny sealed packages of genetic material into the cells of their victims, in order to suppress the immune response to infection. ... more
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A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the US. ... more
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With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increase production. ... more
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What are the risks and benefits of screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in the general adult population? An expert has published an invited commentary on this issue. ... more
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A higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called 'winner effect,' is not actually related to winning, suggests a new study of intercollegiate cross country runners. ... more
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The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments. ... more
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Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase ... more
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Researchers in human genetics have known that long nucleotide repeats in DNA lead to instability of the genome and ultimately to human hereditary diseases such Freidreich's ataxia and Huntington's disease. Scientists have believed that the lengthening of those repeats occur during DNA replication when cells divide or when the cellular DNA repair machinery gets activated. Recently, however, it became apparent that yet another process called transcription, which is copying the information from DNA ... more
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Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure or mandibular advancement devices can lead to modest improvements in depressive symptoms, according to a study. ... more
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Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study. "The findings highlight the power of expectations to drive changes in the brain," said a co-author of the study. "The research highlights important links between psychology and medicine." ... more
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Symptoms of PML may include: progressive weakness on one side of the body or clumsiness of limbs; disturbance of vision; and changes in thinking, memory and orientation. The progression of deficits can lead to severe disability or death. ... more
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Verbal training done while patients are receiving repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) improves chronic aphasia after stroke, researchers from Taiwan report. Reuters Health Information ... more
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Topical lidocaine beats both intravenous acetaminophen and ice for relieving the pain of a scorpion sting, researchers have found. Reuters Health Information ... more
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Dr. Megan McInerney, a physician at Indiana University, did not anticipate a conflict this summer when she asked to be allowed to pump breast milk for her infant son during a ten-hour licensing examination. Reuters Health Information ... more
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An antiviral agent shown to enhance sensitization to chemoradiation in HPV-expressing tumor cell lines in the laboratory may translate into clinical benefit in patients with HPV-related cervical cancer. Medscape Medical News ... more
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A draft U.S. bill is circulating in Washington D.C. that would curb the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulatory oversight over electronic medical records and some clinical support software, according to a copy of the legislation seen by Reuters. Reuters Health Information ... more
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Psychosocial issues have a much bigger role to play than hormones when it comes to sexual desire among women in their 40s and 50s, a new study reveals. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Among obese people with diabetes undergoing gastric-sleeve procedures, there is likely more to be gained from having surgery at an early stage in the disease course, new data show. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Gaps in clinical care for gout can lead to hospitalizations, which could be shortened or avoided altogether, with a rheumatology consult, report researchers. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Anticipated guidelines will recommend the consumption of probiotics by pregnant and lactating women and by breast-fed infants to prevent atopic dermatitis. Medscape Medical News ... more
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The numbers about skin cancer incidence and costs in the United States are worse than anyone expected. That #8217;s the message that comes from a report published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on research from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Cancer Institute. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media gu ... more
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Much has been made about physicians Äô tendencies to interrupt patients.¬†Studies¬†have shown that patients are permitted¬†12 to 18 seconds¬†of talk time before they are redirected (or interrupted) by their doctor. This leads to patients feeling that the physician didn Äôt listen or didn Äôt care. I believe that there is a way to solve the problem without wasting time or being rude. I have used this technique with great success over the years and it¬†works especially well in the inpatient settin ... more
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Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut ... more
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Expert advises protective gear, and baseline concussion testing for athletes ... more
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Full-time program for youngest tots boosts test scores, attendance: study ... more
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Background: Hemorrhage is undoubtedly one of the main factors contributing to morbidity and mortality in liver resections. Vascular occlusion techniques are effective in controlling intraoperative bleeding, but they cause liver damage due to ischemia. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of using a combined technique for hepatic parenchymal transection without liver inflow occlusion. Methods: Three hundred and thirteen consecutive patients who underwent liver resection in four hepato-pancre ... more

Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report ... more
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Less pain was reported in study, while image quality was still preserved, researcher says ... more
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Study found modest effect against the disease, but experts say overall healthy diet is still best approach ... more
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But finding is too preliminary to say it causes the deadly condition, experts say ... more
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Study finds that people with sleep apnea - where breathing starts and stops during sleep - appear to have a lower peak oxygen uptake during aerobic exercise. ... more

NIH-funded study may offer alternative to surgical diagnosis. ... more

Damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases. ... more

Electronic cigarette makers are racing to design and buy variations of a technology that has lit a billion-dollar boom, created a new vocabulary, and prompted a backlash from health officials worried about the impact of the new smokeless devices. Reuters Health Information ... more
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Tumor immunity signatures differ significantly between Asian and non-Asian gastric adenocarcinomas, particularly regarding T-cell function, according to a new meta-analysis. Reuters Health Information ... more
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Initiating antiretroviral therapy for patients with HIV on the basis of time, rather than CD4+ counts, could help more patients achieve immunologic normalization. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism are at increased risk for poor pregnancy outcomes when compared with euthyroid women, a new study has confirmed. Medscape Medical News ... more
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Many hemodialysis patients remain poorly prepared for inclement weather and natural disasters, warn researchers. Medscape Medical News ... more
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One option is to thaw in the fridge Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Food Safety ... more
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Danish study finds multiple sessions help prevent repeat attempts at ending lifeSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Suicide ... more
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For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts saySource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Eczema ... more
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Data suggests that gentler, thoughtful approach helps boost patient outcomes, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Talking With Your Doctor ... more
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Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Nail Diseases, Stem Cells ... more
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Study found that the high-aerobic activity of running helped people walk more efficiently Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Exercise for Seniors ... more
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High blood pressure, liver problems and heart disease risk upped in heavy kidsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Liver Diseases, Obesity in Children ... more
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Study highlights risks associated with all-terrain vehicles Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Child Safety, Motor Vehicle Safety ... more
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Many eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs based on age alone, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cholesterol, Statins ... more
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Good CPR, getting to hospital fast resulted in better outcomes than using sophisticated methods Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cardiac Arrest, Emergency Medical Services ... more
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Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Child Nutrition, School Health ... more
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I spent this past week worrying that my in-laws were going to divorce me. For sure. No getting out of it this time. I do not keep a neat house. There are piles everywhere. Piles of books. Piles of papers. Piles of clean-but-unfolded laundry. Piles of mail. Piles of music. Piles (believe it or not) of instruments. Piles of shoes. Piles of coats (it Äôs cold these days, but varying degrees of cold). There Äôs a drum set in the living room (because that Äôs where the piano is). Did I mention the bo ... more
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We have heard ad nauseum that the data collection mandated by Medicare and Medicaid is to improve quality of care. Significant taxpayer dollars have been expended as bonuses in the name of PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System). With all this investment and mandating, one would assume that the PQRS must be highly indicative of better quality of patient care, right? Not so fast. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A soc ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Andy was new to me. He told me he had seen several doctors over the past few years for various pains in his right arm. Some months ago, he had right shoulder pain that went away on its own, but for the past few weeks, he had pain in the middle of his upper arm. Last year he had tennis elbow and forearm pain for many months. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Last month, we questioned whether the Much Vaunted National Health System© was worth saving (assuming it could be, of course). Thanks to co-blogger Bob, we have more evidence supporting the "No" position:"The NHS in England has repeatedly missed a key target for rapidly treating cancer patients ... Cancer charities said thousands of patients were being failed."Of course, that pre-supposes the the actual goal was saving lives, not pounds sterling.So how does that translate into real-world, real- ... more
Source: InsureBlog Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

According to racist-in-chief Barack Obama, the Ferguson situation cries out for criminal justice reform, that the situation isn't just an issue for Ferguson, this is 'an issue for America.' His AG Eric Holder, no stranger to seeing racism in virtually everything, says "This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve.". Both are about as far away from the truth than one can possibly be. The ... more
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Study found modest effect against the disease, but experts say overall healthy diet is still best approach ... more
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Birds' guts have evolved, allowing them to consume dangerous bacteria, experts say ... more
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About 96 percent of patients need medical care within two hours ... more
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Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers ... more
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Six hours a week of household chores or commuting seem protective, study finds ... more
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Frequent causes of allergic conjunctivitis ... more
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Less pain was reported in study, while image quality was still preserved, researcher says ... more
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But finding is too preliminary to say it causes the deadly condition, experts say ... more
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Phoenix VA Medical Center Director Fired Regenerative Medicine Pioneer Being Investigated /div ... more
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ... more
Source: Food and Drug Administration--Press Releases Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ... more
Source: Food and Drug Administration Press Releases Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

To implement the section of the Affordable Care Act related to nutrition labeling, FDA is publishing final rules that require calorie information to be listed on menus and menu boards, and near self-serve foods and foods on display in certain chain restaurants, food stores, entertainment venues, and vending machines. The goal is to help consumers make more informed choices about what they eat away from home. ... more
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Diabetes can cause significant complications during pregnancy that may be averted if preconception care could be made widely available and fully utilized by women. ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 pm (info)

Lung Foundation Australia has launched new guidelines to help primary care health professionals to diagnose and manage one of the leading burdens on t ... more
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Researchers at Griffith Universityrsquo;snbsp;Institute for Glycomicsnbsp;have moved a step closer to identifying a treatment for the dreaded Human ... more
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New Canadian guidelines on prostate cancer testing that recommend against use of the PSA blood test could, if followed by practitioners and men, ultim ... more
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A new study investigates the links between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and childhood obesity, and emphasizes the importance of blood pressure control for at-risk children. ... more

Almost one third of male adolescents inaccurately perceive their weight. This can influence their eating habits and, consequently, their health, according to a study led by the UAB and conducted with... ... more

Patients affected by Parkinson's disease often show marked changes in body weight: they may gain or lose a lot of weight depending on the stage of the disease, or they may put on up to ten kilos... ... more

A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health shows that obesity costs the U.S. $8. ... more

The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. ... more

Fast facts: The study shows that obesity leads to subclinical heart muscle injury and increases the risk for heart failure even among people without overt heart disease and independently of... ... more

From MedPage Today: FDA Advisers Tackle Epidural Steroid Shots. An FDA advisory committee is meeting Monday and Tuesday to discuss adverse neurologic effects following the use of epidural steroid injections for pain management. FDA Stiffens Warning on Power Morcellators. The FDA has warned against using power morcellators during hysterectomy or treatment of uterine fibroids and ordered new contraindications and a boxed warning for the devices #8217; labeling. Former HHS Official Calls For #82 ... more
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital have found the cellular origin of the tissue scarring caused by organ damage associated with diabetes, lung disease, high blood... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

According to researchers, a higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that it could play an important role as part of a healthy diet. ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Drug manufacturer's dossier provided no suitable data for any subindicationThe fixed combination of canagliflozin with metformin (trade name: Vokanamet) has been approved since April 2014 for... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps us safe from a barrage of viruses, bacteria and even precancerous cells, we mainly notice it when... ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

A special type of fat found in some people could be used to manage type 2 diabetes. ... more
Source: Diabetes News From Medical News Today Nov 25, 2014, 6:14 am (info)

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by... ... more

A recently discovered protein complex known as STING plays a crucial role in detecting the presence of tumor cells and promoting an aggressive anti-tumor response by the body's innate immune system... ... more

Liver cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in the world, and with the worst prognosis; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2012, 745,000 deaths were registered worldwide due to... ... more

Changes to the structure of the protein histone H3.3 may play a key role in silencing genes that regulate cancer cell growth, according to a study led by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine... ... more

The possibilities for personalised vaccines in all types of cancer were revealed in a lecture from Dr Harpreet Singh at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. ... more

The failure of experimental liver cancer therapies directed specifically against the EGFR protein is presumably the result of insufficiently specific patient selection. ... more

High-dose interleukin-2 can be effective in selected metastatic renal cell cancer patients pre-treated with VEGF-targeted agents, reveals research presented at the ESMO Symposium on Immuno-Oncology... ... more

Although serrated polyps usually are associated with colorectal cancer, it turns out that such polyps are themselves not dangerous, according to a Norwegian study released this week in BMJ Gut, a... ... more

Oncologists treat cancer, neurologists specialise in brain disorders, immunologists diagnose infectious diseases, and a host of other specialists tack ... more
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Research at the University of Adelaide is offering new insights into how to prevent bone loss and regrow bone material, leading to hopes that the effe ... more
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High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent study, researchers sought to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in children with NAFLD, which places them at risk for premature cardiovascular disease. ... more
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Differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls, affecting self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning, report researchers. ... more
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Schools offering Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) had higher participation in the national school breakfast program and attendance, but math and reading achievement did not differ between schools with or without BIC, according to a study. ... more
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A larger percentage of patients with human immunodeficiency virus achieved normalization of CD4+ T-cell counts when they started antiretroviral therapy within 12 months of the estimated dates of seroconversion rather than later, according to a report. ... more
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Patients who had cardiac arrest at home or elsewhere outside of a hospital had greater survival to hospital discharge and to 90 days beyond if they received basic life support vs. advanced life support from ambulance personnel, according to a report. ... more
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Neurophysicists studying a key brain region where Alzheimer's disease begins have discovered how the brain processes virtual reality. 'The pattern of activity in a brain region involved in spatial learning in the virtual world is completely different than in the real world,' said the professor of physics, neurology, and neurobiology. ... more
Source: ScienceDaily: Health Medicine News Nov 25, 2014, 12:15 am (info)

Melanoma in Focus: Update on Novel Therapy, Emerging Agents, and Optimizing Patient Care ... more
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A simple grip-strength test might someday help doctors identify patients' risk for potentially disabling conditions later in life, but interventions likely would differ for men and women, a new study suggests. Reuters Health Information ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

The interleukin-17 inhibitor is effective for patients with ankylosing spondylitis, including those who failed on TNF inhibitors, and for patients with psoriatic arthritis, new phase 3 studies show. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

An editorial accompanying the paper suggests going "back-to-basics " when treating out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. That means rapid transport, chest compressions, bag masks, and automated defibrillation. Heartwire ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Work environments that are more stimulating may help people retain their thinking skills long after they retire. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

The elusive target of an optimal level of vitamin D and lack of standardized screening tool cloud evidence needed to support a recommendation for routine screening, says the USPTF. Medscape Medical News ... more
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines Nov 25, 2014, 12:14 am (info)

Ezekiel Emanuel wrote an article for the Atlantic on #8220;Why I Hope to Die at 75: An argument that society and families #8212; and you #8212; will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly. #8221;  As an oncologist and ethicist, he says he speaks for himself but implies not so subtlety that avoiding our declining years may be in our best interest #8212; and that it may be best to avoid the consequences of aging and declining health (which probably really begins around ... more
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Study found that in head-on collisions, lowest death rate was seen among those aged 15-24 ... more
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