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The Long Term Impact of Diabetes

Feb 23 2018 - 03:02

Diabetes is a chronic disease and the longer it is present, the more it adversely impacts other body systems, especially the cardiovascular system. 

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314 Action Wants to Elect Scientists, But Only if They're Democrats

Feb 22 2018 - 20:02

314 Action's stated mission is laudable. It includes, among other things, a desire to "elect more leaders... from STEM backgrounds." Unfortunately, only Democrats are invited.

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Salmonella Confirmed in Ancient 16th Century Epidemic

Feb 22 2018 - 16:02

The media botches an incredibly interesting story about an ancient Salmonella epidemic in Mexico.

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Cutting Edge Genomic Tool Provides Clues to an Ancient Mystery

Feb 22 2018 - 16:02

Newly developed genomic sequencing techniques have the power not only to drive our future, but also to reconstruct our past. 

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Television Does Not Cause Blood Clots

Feb 22 2018 - 13:02

Without actually knowing how many hours participants watched TV, and by comparing groups with very different risks, researchers conclude TV watching is associated with clot formation. Does this mean that binge-watching is harmful to my health?

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Predicting Pandemics: We Know One Is Coming, But Not What, When, or Where

Feb 22 2018 - 03:02

We want American scientists to know as quickly as possible when an unusual case of the sniffles occurs in Africa or Asia. From there, we could be able to model the likelihood of the disease spreading beyond its origin. Such a strategy could help prevent Ebola from making a return visit to the United States.

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Anthem Now Wants Your Eye Surgeon To Double As Your Anesthesiologist

Feb 21 2018 - 17:02

New Anthem insurance carrier policies contribute to the detriment of patient safety. Their so-called "cost saving" measures create more problems than solutions with questionable financial benefits. 

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This Week, Alcohol Is Good For You

Feb 21 2018 - 15:02

You best get your drink on this week, while beer and wine consumption is good for you!

Over the years, there have mixed results on alcohol consumption and benefits to the body. This week, having two glasses of beer or wine could cut one's risk of premature mortality by 18 percent. At least that's the conclusion from one study which studied the habits of people who live past their 90s, since 2003. 

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Amyloidosis, Sudden & Deadly Heart Ailment, Has No Cure

Feb 21 2018 - 13:02

On the court in the 1970s, there was nothing small about the presence of "Tiny" Archibald. And now, the mysterious heart condition he suddenly faces has created an immense, life-threatening dilemma, one that once again belies this NBA Hall of Famer's well-known nickname.

Nate Archibald, a 14-year pro and member of the Boston Celtics championship team in 1981, learned that he suffers from an incurable heart disease. The condition, amyloidosis, can affect any organ or tissue, and there are many types. But when it affects the heart, it can shut it down at any moment.

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Anthem Continues To Practice Medicine And That Is Wrong

Feb 21 2018 - 12:02

Anthem continues to practice medicine without a license in determining which patients should have anesthesiologists providing care during cataract surgery. 

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GM Corn Is Better For You, Farmers, And The Environment. Who Knew?

Feb 21 2018 - 10:02

A high-quality meta-analysis in the journal Scientific Reports tells us what scientist have known for years - that GM foods, in this case, corn, are not only not harmful to you or the environment, but may actually be superior.

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Dieting with a New Twist — A Double Helix

Feb 21 2018 - 10:02

Would knowing more about one's genetic makeup help select the best type of diet for weight loss? Apparently not, since researchers found that information about one's DNA doesn't help when choosing between low fat and low carb diets.

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Early Medical Studies Often Do Not Reflect Real-World Outcomes

Feb 21 2018 - 09:02

We all want physicians to use evidence-based medicine, but sometimes the early evidence is literally "too good to be true." A new study demonstrates the Proteus effect when early studies are often contradictory and fail to reflect real-world practice.

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Cosmetics and Cleaners Are Not Making Air Dirty

Feb 21 2018 - 05:02

Cosmetics and cleaners are not the great Satan of atmospheric pollution that the media suggests. But why let facts get in the way of a good story?

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Measles in Europe: Italy Has 200 Times as Many Cases as U.S.

Feb 20 2018 - 22:02

In 2017, Italy had 5,006 measles cases, for an incidence of 8 cases per 100,000 people. Compare that to the U.S., which had 118 cases for an incidence of roughly 0.04 per 100,000 people. Thus, in 2017, on a per capita basis, Italy had more than 200 times as many measles cases as the U.S. Populist politicians and anti-vaxxers are to blame.

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Triclosan May Be Doing More Damage Than We Thought

Feb 20 2018 - 22:02

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are nothing short of a massive public health threat. By massive, we mean 700,000 deaths from antimicrobial-resistant infections per year.  

We know that more antibiotic use means more resistance. In an effort to try to change the course of this ship that is heading straight into the eye of the storm, some restrictions have been put on certain antibiotics in the last year or two in both clinical settings and agriculture. 

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We Have A Cancer Vaccine, So Why Aren't We Using It?

Feb 20 2018 - 08:02

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 13,000 cervical cancers will be diagnosed in 2018. Of those, more than 3,000 women will die. 

Cervical cancers stem from the Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted infection. And it can be prevented with a cancer vaccine already in place. Yet, the rates of immunization among young adults are low.

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Is It Even Ethical For A Doctor To Work At An Aetna?

Feb 20 2018 - 05:02

A media firestorm surrounding statements made by an ex-medical director for Aetna has led to multi-state investigations into the insurance carrier's practices. But, is such a job even ethical for a doctor in the first place?

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In Divorce, Nobody Wins When Hatred For An Ex Trumps Love For A Child

Feb 19 2018 - 13:02

When bitter custody battles hit the front page (e.g. the mom recently jailed for secretly baptizing her daughter), it is mostly the child who suffers.

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A Blood Test for Brain Injury Approved by FDA

Feb 19 2018 - 08:02

There are millions of traumatic brain injury (TBI) - related emergency department visits in the U.S each year.

For each one of these visits, be it from a car crash or football tackle, a two part standard examination is done to test for TBI. First is the 15-point Glasgow Coma Scale (see details below in note #1) followed by a CT scan of the head to look for the presence of intracranial lesions. 

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