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Atrial fibrillation

Jan 16 2018 - 07:01

Atrial fibrillation is the most common irregular heartbeat, affecting 2.7 million Americans. Up to 15% of patients with atrial fibrillation can experience a debilitating stroke, so prevention is important. Unfortunately, prevention comes with its own risks so physicians have developed “risk calculators” to determine who should be treated. A paper in Journal of American College of Cardiology suggests that the current scheme can be improved – and without any more significant effort or expense.

Atrial fibrillation

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In Medicine, Words Matter (And Not In The Ways You Might Think)

Jan 15 2018 - 19:01

With Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' release of preliminary statements by the White House physician over President Trump's first routine medical exam in office, social media is going wild over word selection. But, are they using the right lens?

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Dear NY Times, Your Opioid Coverage Has Been Terrible. Here's Why

Jan 15 2018 - 16:01

The New York Times just surveyed readers to ask about the paper's coverage of the "opioid epidemic." Lots of boxes to check and pre-fab questions. Instead, I used *one* sentence from a Times article to point out what is wrong. The answer - plenty. 

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Progressive Eugenics Is Still With Us - It Has Just Politically Evolved

Jan 15 2018 - 12:01

Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II. The point was driven home yet again recently when Toby Young, appointee to the UK’s newly established Office of Students, was denounced in the House of Commons for having written favorably of “progressive eugenics”. Young resigned from the post the following day amid complaints about a series of other tweets and comments made in the past.

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The Ants Treat Infections with "Extreme Prejudice" - Destructive disinfection

Jan 15 2018 - 10:01

The flu season should remind us that as social animals pathogens can kill both individuals and large segments of our population. A recent study sheds some light on how ants, social insects, cope with infections that endanger their colony.

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Accidental or Intentional, Tide Pods Meant For Laundry Not Mouths

Jan 14 2018 - 19:01

Teens are creating a social media firestorm by posting their adverse reactions to intentionally ingesting Tide laundry pods. Is this craze a new worry?

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Your Pet And The Flu: Things To Know

Jan 14 2018 - 12:01

While the nasty flu is circling among humans this season — having claimed 27 lives already — your pets aren't immune to a certain type of flu among their kind. Here are some facts about the dog flu hitting some areas this winter, and how you can protect your furballs.

 

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V Is For Vanadium: Versatile, Valuable, And Very Colorful

Jan 13 2018 - 07:01

It is unlikely that the word "vanadium" first crosses your mind when you wake up. You probably haven't even heard of it. But it is real - a metal, which was named after the Northern-Germanic tribes' goddess Vanadis, meaning "beauty." It does not disappoint. 

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One Seriously Strange Way To Pass A Kidney Stone

Jan 13 2018 - 05:01

Scientific research, folks in white lab coats, gleaming laboratories, occasional Eureka moments interspersed with hours of work – still sounds interesting if not glamorous. But sometimes, science requires more dedication, more sacrifice. Two physicians made the effort studying the effect of Thunder Mountain, a Disney World roller coaster, on kidney stones – small crystals that form in your kidneys. 

The study

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A Man's Heart Really Does Dictate His Erection

Jan 13 2018 - 03:01

Recent research shows mounting evidence a man's erectile dysfunction (ED) can be linked to higher rates of cardiovascular events.

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Yes, Dog Flu Could One Day Spread to Humans

Jan 12 2018 - 23:01

Evidence indicates that dogs can become infected with human-adapted influenza strains. This is incredibly concerning. When two different influenza strains infect the same host, the viruses can swap genes, a process known as genetic reassortment. This can produce devastating influenza pandemics.

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Single Gene Linked to Severe Obesity in Humans

Jan 12 2018 - 19:01

Weight stigma is real. Overweight and obese people are the targets of bias at work, school, at the doctor's office, with personal relationships and in the media.

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ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells On BBC Debunking Myths About President Trump's Physical Exam

Jan 12 2018 - 15:01

Today is the day President Donald Trump will be experiencing his first medical evaluation in the White House. ACSH's Dr. Jamie Wells discussed with BBC TV's anchor Matthew Amroliwala the many misperceptions and falsehoods that have abounded in the media surrounding such an event. 

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Your Pet And The Flu: Things To Know

Jan 12 2018 - 12:01

While the nasty flu is circling among humans this season — having claimed 27 lives already — your pets aren't immune to a certain type of flu among their kind. Here are some facts about the dog flu hitting some areas this winter, and how you can protect your furballs.

 

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Federal "Junk Food" Tax is Feasible, Not Probable

Jan 12 2018 - 10:01

A federal tax on so-called junk foods is feasible, says a new review of the topic. Theoretically, such a tax could help fight the obesity epidemic, but it's more likely to help fund the government without making a dent in health risks.

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Frailty is a Better Gauge of Surgical Risk than Age

Jan 12 2018 - 08:01

Frailty helps us identify patients at risk for complications from surgery. But how to "undo" frailty remains a puzzle.

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The ABCs Of Hepatitis: What Do The Letters Mean?

Jan 12 2018 - 07:01

Illnesses and deaths from hepatitis A are making headlines daily. Last year it was hepatitis C. And what about hepatitis B? We decipher hepatitis alphabet soup.

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Good Eye: Video Testing May Help Find More 'Disciplined' Baseball Players

Jan 12 2018 - 07:01

Since its inception roughly 130 years ago, professional baseball has changed in countless ways. But perhaps one aspect of the game that's remained virtually the same is the relative unreliability of scouting, the process of identifying those top few prospects, from hundreds of thousands of global candidates each year, who will develop into bonafide stars.

Many forms of technology – computers, video, slow-motion cameras, to name a few – have helped narrow this field and minimize the frustrating and costly occurrence of that supposed "cant-miss" player becoming a "bust." 

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Is There a Wave of Republicans Retiring from Congress? Statistics Say No

Jan 12 2018 - 05:01

Midterm elections are often tough for the party in power. 1994 and 2010 were disastrous years for Democrats, and some political pundits think the Republicans may be facing a similar punishment in 2018.

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Activism Imperils Potential of Golden Rice

Jan 11 2018 - 15:01

“Their eyes tell their sad stories as ghostly white irises give way to vacant stares. We can look at them but they can’t look back at us. They’ve gone blind because of malnutrition.,” V. Ravichandran, a farmer in Tamil Nadu, India, describing children suffering from vitamin A deficiency.

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