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Disparities In The Funding Of Science

Jul 25 2018 - 04:07

Funding science through the National Institute of Health is a highly competitive process. It is also highly skewed towards those who have been "successful" in the past. Does past performance predict future performance?

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Changes Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes

Jul 24 2018 - 11:07

Monitors that continuously measure glucose levels have been recently approved for clinical use by the FDA. They are making patients' lives better, and they may provide us with a new way to better understand the dysregulation of glucose metabolism.

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Jul 24 2018 - 11:07

Continuous glucose monitors have been recently approved for clinical use by the FDA. They are making patient's lives better, and they may provide us with a new way to understand the dysregulation of glucose metabolism.

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5 Myths About Older Workers Debunked

Jul 24 2018 - 09:07

Legislation to outlaw discrimination on the basis of age was first introduced in the UK in 2006. It was designed to protect people of all ages from discrimination, but older workers are more likely to be adversely affected by age-related stereotypes. It seems there are a number of unfair assumptions about the ability of older workers, which in turn influences how people behave towards older job applicants.

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In Making Some Antibiotics Bacteria Put Organic Chemists To Shame

Jul 23 2018 - 23:07

I recently wrote about three of the deadly neurotoxins being produced by cyanobacteria (aka blue-green algae) during an ongoing algae bloom in South Florida (See Florida's Deadly Algae Bloom - Why Is It So Dangerous?). The toxins range from structurally simple and easy for organic chemists to synthesize in the lab to moderately complex and not simple at all.

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"Let me listen to me and not to them."

Jul 23 2018 - 12:07

Physicians, according to a new study, exemplify that quotation from Gertrude Stein, interrupting their patients within the first 11 seconds of their visit, not allowing them a chance to share a patient-centered goal, “their agenda.” I was prepared to say this was not an issue but when my wife began to tell me about the news, I interrupted her within six seconds to say that I already knew about the findings.

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Is It Checkmate For Pharma's Epic Gaming Of Patents?

Jul 23 2018 - 11:07

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit just delivered another blow to a rather clever-but-cunning play by pharmaceutical giant Allergan to game the patent system.

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We Testified At EPA, Alex Berezow Gets A Theme Song, And More Outreach Last Week

Jul 23 2018 - 07:07

1. Jamie Wells, MD, testified at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week in favor of more transparency in science. The debate over putting an end to "secret science" and "sue-and-settle" agreements is solely a political one, but that has not prevented some scientists from circling the wagons defending a lack of transparency at the agency.

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Naloxone Remains Controversial, But It Shouldn't Be

Jul 23 2018 - 06:07

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves thousands of lives each year and is more widely available today than ever. So why do overdose deaths across the U.S. continue to rise?

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Cats and Dogs: The Superbug Risk

Jul 22 2018 - 06:07

We’re all well aware of the growing threat of superbugs. There are plenty warnings about how we encourage these antibiotic-resistant bacteria by either overusing antibiotics or not finishing a prescribed course of treatment. But while this has hopefully made people more cautious about misusing these drugs, few probably give it a second thought when it comes to their pets. As it turns out, this is going to have to quickly change.

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Do-Gooderism: A Religious Cult for Millennials

Jul 20 2018 - 20:07

For do-gooders, the ends justify the means. Do-gooders believe they are saving the world, therefore any tactic is completely defensible. In Santa Barbara, selling a drink with a plastic straw could result in a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. 

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Cancer Patients Who Use Complementary Medicine (Refuse Conventional) Twice As Likely To Die, Says Study

Jul 20 2018 - 15:07

Complementary medicine (CM) ranges from authentic stress relieving massage and well-meaning, but expensive placebo to outright spurious healing claims. Researchers decided to study its impact on patients with curable cancers.

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Toxic Chemical Cocktails - Where Endocrine Disruption Starts To Sound Like Homeopathy

Jul 20 2018 - 12:07

Paracelsus famously noted that the dose makes the poison.

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Aspirin Dosage, to Battle Heart Disease, May Depend on Your Weight

Jul 20 2018 - 07:07

While aspirin has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular events, there have previously been no dosage recommendations tailored to a person's weight. But a new study indicates that a weight needs to be considered to improve helpful outcomes and prevent any harmful effects from occurring.

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Suicides Increase During Heat Waves

Jul 19 2018 - 20:07

For every 1o C. increase in temperature, the risk of suicide also increased by 1% to 37%. In general, heat tends to exacerbate previously existing mental illness and drug misuse.

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For Older Chinese-Americans, Loneliness & Depression Curtail Cognitive Function

Jul 19 2018 - 07:07

As minority groups in the United States are concerned, Asian-Americans are viewed as the one that has, in general, done best for itself in terms of socioeconomic status, overall health and socialization. This perceived advantage is known as "model minority" status.

However, a team of researchers, prompted by some skepticism that this status was ill-fitting or misplaced, set out to challenge the concept by better understanding and studying older Chinese-Americans, a representative subset of that larger, multi-cultural ethnic population.

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Much Needed Congressional Hearing Examines Rise In Drug-Impaired Driving

Jul 19 2018 - 05:07

More American drivers are dying in car crashes where drugs are detected than they are from those involving only alcohol.

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Show No Savings

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Bundled Payments For Medical Conditions Shows No Savings

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

Bundled payments, paying one fee for hospitalization and the next 90 days of care, reduce the cost of surgical care, but for a medical hospitalization, there is no evidence of cost savings. Why?

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Are Doctors Overprescribing Statins?

Jul 18 2018 - 20:07

50% of men and 38% of women aged 60 and older are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Is that really necessary?

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