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New communication strategies can help spread the word about cancer screening

Is there ever a truly good time for a colonoscopy? Even with the recommendation of a primary care physician, it's easy to procrastinate or simply forget to schedule an appointment with your friendly neighborhood endoscopist.
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European scientists aim to identify causes of dementia

Dementia is common to a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson disease and Down syndrome. This common symptom is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people.
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Study finds how pyruvate helps improve cardiac output in pediatric patients with LCOS

Can pyruvate, the end product of glycolysis, help improve cardiovascular function in children who have cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and suffer from low cardiac output syndrome? This question is one that Rafael Jaimes, Ph.D., a staff scientist at Children's National Heart Institute, a division of Children's National Health System, is studying, thanks to a two-year grant from the American Heart Association.
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Researchers synthesize new compound that inhibits replication of hepatitis C virus

A new compound that inhibits the replication of hepatitis C virus in several stages of its lifecycle - and is also capable of acting on bacteria, fungi and cancer cells - has been synthesized by researchers at São Paulo State University in Brazil.
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Tau protein reduces neural activity in Alzheimer's mouse models

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital investigators sheds new light on how the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease - amyloid-beta (A-beta) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles containing the protein tau - produce their damaging effects in the brain.
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New study uses intracranial recordings to investigate memory development

Declarative memory -- memories that can be consciously recalled -- is critical to everyday life. Throughout childhood and adolescence, declarative memory improves remarkably. However, until most recently, there was a critical gap in our understanding of how maturation of the prefrontal cortex drives memory development.
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Study uncovers initial folding mechanism of membrane proteins, key in design of new drugs

An international team coordinated by the Interdisciplinary Research Structure in Biotechnology and Biomedicine of the University of Valencia has proved how the folding of membrane proteins begins before they are inserted into biological membranes, a fact that has been central to the biochemical research for decades.
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Why this physician doesn’t dress down when rounding on weekends

I’ve always believed in looking the part as a physician. So much so that I even write about it! You may have read my piece that became widely circulated online, about why physicians should always dress to impress. The article generated quite a response, and I received a lot of interesting comments and emails. Of course, […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Marlboro Maker Reportedly Poised to Flood Juul With Nearly $13 Billion in Big Tobacco Cash

Following reports last month that Juul was in talks with Big Tobacco for a possible minority stake in its company, it seems that nicotine-fueled train is chugging right along.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, Cigarettes, Juul, Altria, Big Tobacco, Big Tobacco Cash


Why we need more physician entrepreneurs

Three years ago, I had a massive, life-changing event. It passed with little notice; it was beyond banal and happened while eating sushi with a colleague in a landlocked state. Here I am with a young patient at the direct primary care practice I opened in Kansas City, Kansas, after residency. We were in our […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Type 2 diabetes drug may be used to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, might also be used to treat heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, a condition that is predicted to affect over 8% of people ages 65 or older by the year 2020.
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MUSC researchers identify potential therapeutic target for lung fibrosis

In an article published online by Frontiers in Endocrinology, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina report that they have identified a potential therapeutic target for lung fibrosis or scarring.
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Viral hepatitis: Liver failure caused by defects in the vascular system

In severe cases, a viral hepatitis infection can result in liver failure. A team from the Technical University of Munich has now discovered how this occurs: by immune cells attacking cells in the vascular system, which disrupts the organ's blood and nutrient supply.
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Study investigates why mammals' sense of smell deteriorates in old age

As mammals age, their sense of smell deteriorates. In a study published in the journal 'Cell Reports', an interdisciplinary research team at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Medical Centre Mainz investigated why this is the case.
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Women who were born small may be at increased risk of pregnancy complications

Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have been affected by unfavorable intrauterine conditions, and the physiological demands of pregnancy may act as a "second hit" leading to pregnancy complications.
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Obesity help on the front line

The Australian National University (ANU) has developed a new program to be rolled out across the country to help GPs treat patients with obesity.
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Walking for only 6 months can reverse cognitive decline, study says

Moderate walking three times a week improved thinking skills in people with existing cognitive decline, while adding a heart-healthy diet improved the brain even more, study says.
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Vaping surges among American teenagers says new report

A latest report finds that United States teenagers are increasingly using e-cigarettes also known as vapes. These electronic cigarettes were initially targeted towards adults who were willing to quit smoking.
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Charges levelled over nitrous oxide baby death at Sydney hospital

Newborn died after gas mix-up at Lidcombe-Bankstown hospital in 2016The people allegedly responsible for fatally giving a newborn baby nitrous oxide at a Sydney hospital two years ago will face criminal charges.Baby John Ghanem died after he was accidentally given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen at Lidcombe-Bankstown hospital in July 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia news, New South Wales, Sydney, Crime - Australia, Lidcombe Bankstown, Baby John Ghanem


Thinking about Dumping Your Psychiatrist? Examine Your Expectations

We’ve all seen the television psychiatrists. My personal favorite is Dr. Sydney Freedman from M*A*S*H. For those of you old enough to have seen the program or anyone who watches the program on cable, Sydney Freedman is the perfect psychiatrist. As a child growing up with two severely mentally ill parents, I was certain that Dr. Freedman was going to knock on our door and magically rescue me. He had it all, the perfect bedside manner, empathy, wisdom, vast clinical knowledge, and as a bonus,...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Psychiatry, Freedman, Peer Support, Sydney Freedman, Freedman He, Guterson, Yaakov Guterson


Six weeks since being brought to Australia for treatment, Nauru refugee yet to see doctor

Hazara woman Narges, who is at risk of hearing loss and cerebral abscesses, says she was handcuffed en route to appointment which was cancelled A young woman, transferred to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment six weeks ago, is yet to see a specialist and claims she was handcuffed for a medical appointment which was then cancelled.According to medical reports, Narges, an Afghan Hazara refugee in her 20s, is in danger of permanent hearing loss, and risks developing meningitis and skull inf...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Sydney, Refugees, Nauru, Peter Dutton, Narges


Physicians have an obligation and an opportunity to reach out and speak out about guns

Many of us working in the “Gun Sense” field – that is, finding a middle ground position to advance firearm safety and reduce preventable injury in our patients – had an “a-ha” moment that led us to toil in these fields. Mine was on Nov. 2, 1981, when my friend and co-resident Dr. John C. Wood […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Always tired? Your immune system may be overactive.

Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of people worldwide, but scientists still aren't quite sure what causes it.A new study tracked people suffering from Hepatitis C (HCV) as they underwent a treatment course.The results showed that people with overactive immune responses developed chronic fatigue months following the treatment, and that the fatigue persisted even after their immune responses returned to normal. None A new study builds upon previous research showing that an overactive immun...
Tags: Health, London, Sleep, Medical Research, Innovation, University of Oxford, King s College, Sharpe, Human body, Michael Sharpe


Health Literacy in Web-Based Health Information Environments: Systematic Review of Concepts, Definitions, and Operationalization for Measurement

Background: Health literacy research seems to lack a consensus on what aspects to include into literacy in the context of health and on how to operationalize these concepts for measurement purposes. In addition to health literacy, several other concepts, such as electronic health (eHealth) literacy and mental health literacy, have been developed across disciplines. This study examines how these different concepts are used when studying health-related competencies in Web contexts. Objective: This...
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Decision Support Tools for Regenerative Medicine: Systematic Review

Background: Decisional tools have demonstrated their importance in informing manufacturing and commercial decisions in the monoclonal antibody domain. Recent approved therapies in regenerative medicine have shown great clinical benefits to patients. Objective: The objective of this review was to investigate what decisional tools are available and what issues and gaps have been raised for their use in regenerative medicine. Methods: We systematically searched MEDLINE to identify articles on decis...
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10 atheist quotes that will make you question religion

Belief systems arise to address the time and social conditions of each era and culture. Your relationship to your community and environment is very influential in what you believe. Neuroscience explains many of the questions as to why we believe in the first place. None When I was studying for my degree in religion, I was most fascinated by what people believe. The fact that members of the same species could invent such diverse ideas about the invisible speaks volumes about the human imaginatio...
Tags: Psychology, Biology, Religion, America, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Consciousness, Atheism, God, Mind, Derek, Buddhist, Bach, Stephen Batchelor, Stanislas Dehaene


The Best Fitness Posts of 2018

This year we challenged ourselves to blaze new trails in lifting, cardio, yoga and more. Along the way we upgraded just about every aspect of our fitness, from achieving near-transcendence on a running path to working around that one asshole at the gym. Here are our best fitness posts of 2018.Read more...
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A minor obsession with the word, “pipeline”

In family medicine, there’s a minor obsession with the word “pipeline.” The term makes me want to scream. Just think about a pipeline. The “line” part is superfluous. A pipeline is actually just a pipe. Our goal is to stuff prospective mission-driven family physicians into a big pipe, confine them there and apply large amounts […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says sign-ups for Affordable Care Act coverage next year are better than expected, with 8.5 million enrolled. That’s despite low expectations and a recent court ruling that “Obamacare” is unconstitutional. Wednesday’s numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are not final, so the count will go higher. At […]
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Washington state teens are toking less since cannabis was legalized, new study says

Researchers are encouraged by the numbers, but they say more studies and data need to be collected to get a better understanding of the impact of legal marijuana on teenagers.
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