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Old Drug (Warfarin) Might Have A New Trick — Preventing Cancer

Nov 09 2017 - 10:11

Warfarin, a drug that prevents blood from clotting, has been used for years in people who are at high risk of blood clots and thus at an increased risk of stroke and other ills. A recent study indicates that not only is warfarin effective for that purpose, its use might also protect against cancer.

 

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Alzheimer's Disease - Searching for a Blood-Borne Fountain of Youth

Nov 09 2017 - 10:11

Alzheimer’s Disease is so frustrating to its victims, caregivers, and scientists looking for effective treatments. In what at first glance is a "Dracula moment" Silicon Valley start-up Alkahest is reporting on the effects of infusing the plasma of younger, healthier individuals into patients with Alzheimer's.

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Infections, Complications and Safety: Why Patients Need Better Data On Hospitals

Nov 09 2017 - 06:11

Australia’s health system is an information industry – it is awash with data. Tragically, though, the data is not well collated, not put into the hands of the people responsible for acting on it. Nor is it shared with patients.

Multiple “data sets” measure the safety of hospital care in Australia, but they are rarely linked, sometimes incomplete, and almost always delayed. We have lots of data about hospital safety, but it’s not used to make us safer when we have to go to hospital.

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Why It Took Over 20 Years To Get Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes - And Then Get EPA Approval

Nov 08 2017 - 19:11

A salmon that grows slightly faster than other salmon, an apple that doesn't start turning brown the minute you cut it into pieces and a way to use nature to keep mosquitoes from giving developing nations horrific diseases. What they all share in common is onerous development that become onerous approval cycles despite the fact that there is obvious upside (fish is healthy, wild stocks won't be depleted, food waste will be reduced if apples don't look rotten, and less Dengue) and no real risk.

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Stephen Hawking Now a Doomsday Prophet

Nov 08 2017 - 16:11

Dr. Hawking's recent turn toward morbid pessimism is unfortunate. He is saying things that, if they weren't coming from him, most scientists would laugh at. It's sad that such a great physicist and science communicator is tainting his legacy with nonsense.

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Sleep Loss Causes Brain Activity to Slow, Study Shows

Nov 08 2017 - 15:11

A small but enlightening study shows what is physically taking place in the brain when the body is deprived of sleep, while reinforcing the idea that regular, sufficient sleep is required to think clearly.

The research, which actually was being conducted for a different purpose – to learn more about treating epilepsy – revealed that brain neurons fire more slowly when someone's operating on reduced sleep, with the end result being delayed response time to stimuli. And the more sleep that was lost, the worse the condition became.

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Soup To Nuts of Testosterone Replacement - An Endocrine Disruptor That Should Give Every Man Pause

Nov 08 2017 - 15:11

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has turned into a multi-billion dollar business.  Treating a condition propagated by marketers as "low T" or "manopause," carries the risk of serious adverse cardiovascular outcomes and other concerning side effects.

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Tramadol: How Dangerous Is It And Where Is It Illegal?

Nov 08 2017 - 13:11

An Englishwoman named Laura Plummer is in jail in Egypt on suspicion of drug trafficking 290 tramadol tablets. The tablets (available on prescription in the UK) were found in her suitcase when it was examined at Hurghada international airport on Egypt’s Red Sea coast on October 9.

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Mental Health Counselling Doesn't Work Long Term

Nov 08 2017 - 12:11

Person-centered counseling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. Often just shortened to “counseling”, the approach focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a therapist interprets their unconscious thoughts. And the patient takes the lead in finding solutions to their own problems.

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IARC's Game of Chicken With Congress

Nov 08 2017 - 10:11

The World Health Organisation group International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is suffereing through a period of critical upheaval. Thanks to investigative work spearheaded by independent blogger David Zaruk, Ph.D., the ethical breaches of IARC environmental activist Chris Portier, Ph.D., who massaged Working Group criteria to exclude experts with any industry experience while exempting his paychecks from Environmental Defense Fund, have been exposed.

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How Statistics Came to Be - A Woman and A Cup of Tea

Nov 08 2017 - 09:11

Statistics are an essential piece of scientific experimentation. Here, we discuss an almost 100 year old landmark experiment that separated a guessing game from a proven ability. In doing so, it established the statistical standard that scientists still use today. 

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Sham Surgery's role in the Controversy over Coronary Stenting

Nov 07 2017 - 13:11

The world of interventional cardiology was rocked last week when optimal medical management was found to be as effective as opening the artery with a stent. But a significant factor in the study, overlooked by the media, was that the patients serving as controls underwent sham surgery - all of the cutting and none of the cure.

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Don't Freak Out About Monkeypox

Nov 07 2017 - 13:11

Before media outlets start scaring you about another infectious disease, learn some important facts.

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Arthritis Follows 50% of Knee Surgeries Performed on Teens, Young Adults

Nov 07 2017 - 12:11

Arthritis is not only for old folks. If you badly injure your knee, regardless of age, you stand a significant chance of being afflicted with the condition, too. Based on new research soon to be published, the chance of developing arthritis within a decade of tearing a tendon or a ligament is greater than 50 percent.

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"The Dancer's Sixth Sense: Interoception"

Nov 07 2017 - 11:11

Can dancers teach us something about how we experience ourselves and others? Do they possess a special sense of themselves through their bodies?

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Advil Works As Well As Opioids For Acute Pain? Not So Fast

Nov 07 2017 - 11:11

A new study in JAMA indicates that people who visit the emergency room for pain do just as well with Advil as they do with an opiate. Or do they? The pain devil is in the details. 

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Sen. Rand Paul Was Assaulted, Sustains Rib Fractures

Nov 06 2017 - 21:11

Senator Rand Paul was assaulted and sustained multiple rib fractures. Why do such injuries cause significant problems?

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Teens' Regular Marijuana or Alcohol Use Threatens Later Success

Nov 06 2017 - 13:11

As the nation moves more and more, state by state, towards normalizing recreational marijuana use, there's a continuing need to better understand how the drug affects different segments of society. 

One key demographic is adolescents, and researchers studying teens and young adults have some disquieting news about those whose pot use is heavy, chronic or dependent: Life's "successes" – economic potential and educational achievement, among them – are threatened. The same goes for those who regularly consume alcohol.

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Well-Done Meat Better For Older Folks

Nov 06 2017 - 11:11

If you're inviting gramps over for a steak dinner, don't give him the rare part. French researchers found that protein from beef is best assimilated by older folks when it's well-done.

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'The Lancet' Praises Karl Marx in Bizarre Editorial

Nov 06 2017 - 08:11

It is time to call out academia's fascination with Karl Marx for what it really is: a pernicious form of historical revisionism that is nearly identical to Holocaust denial.

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