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Are Concussions Worse for Dyslexia, ADHD Sufferers?

Dec 12 2017 - 07:12

Brain trauma, and the cognitive damage it can cause, is awful enough on its own. But what's the impact of a concussion on those with learning disabilities, such as ADHD and dyslexia? 

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Scott Gottlieb's FDA Revamps Regulations on Medical Software

Dec 11 2017 - 16:12

As part of regulatory reform and in the face of increasing use of computer algorithms in patient care, the FDA has released draft guidelines for software that aids physicians and patients.

   
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Gene Therapy Effectively Treats Hemophilia B

Dec 11 2017 - 14:12

Scientists report they have successfully treated hemophilia B by giving sufferers gene therapy. When they infuse a gene for the correct blood clotting factor, it is taken up by the patient who then can produce it on their own. This means they no longer have to inject clotting factor to avoid the sometimes crippling or fatal effects of their disease.

         
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General Anesthesia Works on Plants Too

Dec 11 2017 - 08:12

Today, surgery and anesthesia go hand in hand. For many medical procedures, being both unresponsive and unconscious is a luxury that did not always exist. Anesthesia was used for the first time during a surgical procedure in 1846 to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient.

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Lying Politicians Is One Thing. Lying Scientist Is Another

Dec 09 2017 - 08:12

What is going on in the science world? Scientists are generally regarded as ethical and honest -- the polar opposite of politicians. But there is a disturbing trend in science world: retracted papers, often due to fraud. Now we have another in Science and it's a doozy. A paper about harm to fish because of tiny plastic particles was not only wrong, it was fraud. This is something that we've been writing about all along. 

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Jelly Fish - Natural Born Killers

Dec 09 2017 - 03:12

Jellyfish have a diverse range of eating interests and locations, much like us. They are also a fearsome predator, who knew?

     
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My Christmas Wish: A Day of Sanity

Dec 08 2017 - 19:12

I met a friend at a coffee shop in Seattle today. We covered a lot of ground in the short time we had together -- politics, the state of our nation, the state of our city.

We don't see eye-to-eye on many issues. But what we have in common is a respect for each others' intelligence and intentions. We also share a desire for truth rather than ideology to prevail. By doing our best to rely on facts and to acknowledge our own sources of bias, we can have productive conversations despite our disagreements.

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All I Want for Christmas is Golden Rice

Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Golden rice lives up to its name in both its color and in the beneficial effect it can have on people (especially children) with vitamin A deficiency. The main thing that holds up its dissemination is the disinformation about genetically engineered foods that's spread by anti-GMO Luddites. 

     
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In Rough Flu Season, 7 States Reporting 'Widespread' Activity, CDC Says

Dec 08 2017 - 15:12

Montana just reported its first flu-related fatalities of the season. And considering the potential wallop of the strong influenza strain making its way around the globe, the state and the nation at large may be in for a difficult winter.

Two adults over the age of 65 died "due to complications from influenza," said the Dept. of Public Health and reported by the Associated Press. These elderly adults are representative of one of several primary groups most vulnerable to this viral exposure. Another prime target: children under the age of 5.

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A Long Time Coming: Two Swedish Scientists are Found Guilty of Scientific Misconduct

Dec 08 2017 - 11:12

A story of misconduct surrounding a paper published last year in Science has been unraveling for over a year. The case can now be considered closed with the recent ruling that the two primary investigators involved did, indeed, commit scientific misconduct. 

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Science Skepticism - It takes a village of concerns

Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

 

 
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Medical Students Learn From Patients

Dec 08 2017 - 10:12

Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?

   
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If We Disagree, Should I Destroy Your Career?

Dec 07 2017 - 22:12

If we can tune out, move away from, and shun people with whom we disagree, why not put them out of a job, too?

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NYC Rats on Moving: Fuhgeddaboudit

Dec 07 2017 - 17:12

I have lived in Manhattan for five years. In that time, I have gotten used to the constant hoards of people, waiting on line for 30 minutes to buy a half gallon of milk, paying $7.00 for said half gallon of milk, and the constant smell of urine (which gets worse in the summer). (1) There is one thing, though, that I have not gotten used to - the rats. 

They lurk, hide and scurry and they are everywhere. And, it turns out they don't like to venture out from their neighborhoods. 

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All I Want for Christmas is Golden Rice

Dec 07 2017 - 15:12

Golden rice lives up to its name in both its color and in the beneficial effect it can have on people (especially children) with vitamin A deficiency. The main thing that holds up its dissemination is the disinformation about genetically engineered foods that's spread by anti-GMO Luddites. 

     
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The Farce of The Self-Described ‘World-Renowned’ Medical Expert

Dec 07 2017 - 15:12

When words like world-renowned are used in the medical realm, especially when self-described by those selling something, routinely an unnecessary product or procedure, be wary with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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Chasing Added Sleep Using Zeeq, a High-Tech Pillow

Dec 07 2017 - 07:12

I'm a big believer in sleep. That's because it provides the foundation for being productive and healthy each day. When you get a good night's sleep you wake up refreshed and clear-headed, benefits that are widely known – so I'm not breaking any news here.

I'm also – if I may say – pretty good it. So I feel I have the necessary credentials (in a layman's sort of way) to go down this road.

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Sonic Attack: Cuba Playing Us for Fools

Dec 06 2017 - 19:12

It has been a few months since news broke of a suspected "sonic attack" against American diplomats and their staff at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Unfortunately, we seem to be nowhere closer to solving the mystery behind what happened.

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Brewing Up A Better Gasoline Additive With Beer?

Dec 06 2017 - 16:12

It takes gasoline additives to ensure that a car engine runs properly. Otherwise, the engine will knock and you'll be knocking on your mechanic's door holding a whole bunch of your favorite dollars. But a group from Bristol University has figured out how to make isobutanol, an excellent gas additive, from beer. Here is the chemistry. 

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DNA Isolation in 30 Seconds is a Dream Come True for Scientists

Dec 06 2017 - 14:12

The ability to extract DNA from cells is a cornerstone of molecular biology. Without the ability to isolate pure DNA, there is no ability to sequence, clone or manipulate that DNA. 

Back when I started at the bench, isolating DNA was a chore. I worked in a neuroscience lab and part of my job was genotyping the mouse colony. In order to know whether a mouse pup had received one or two copies of the gene that we were studying from its parents, I had to analyze it's DNA. First, I had to get it's DNA. 

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