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Court decision to stop further cuts in 340B reimbursements protects patient care

The Dec. 27 federal court injunction stopping further cuts in 340B reimbursements for Medicare Part B drugs to some participating hospitals is a critical step in preserving the role that academic health centers play in providing HIV, viral hepatitis, and other infectious disease treatment and prevention services to patients who otherwise lack care options.
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Study: Low wages, poor benefits leave many female health care workers below poverty line

A study carried out by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania finds that low wages and poor benefits leave many female health care workers living below the poverty line.
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Nature-based antibiotic molecules for treatment of infections

New developments in antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) with antibiofilm properties are rapidly materializing.
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ERADA launches first diagnostic saliva test for malaria

ERADA Technology Alliance Ltd, pioneers of innovative, rapid diagnostic solutions for early detection of infectious diseases, have announced the imminent launch of a world first diagnostic saliva test for malaria.
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Scientists cast new light on function of long-mysterious PCSK9 mutation

High levels of low-density lipoproteins, parcels of lipids and protein that carry cholesterol, are a leading risk factor for heart disease. Many cholesterol medications lower LDL, some of them by targeting the protein PCSK9. In the January issue of the Journal of Lipid Research, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, report on an investigation into why experiments on PCSK9 give different results in a test tube and in liver cells.
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Study provides new insights into how genes are activated

In a study in Nature, researchers at Karolinska Institutet present a new method for analyzing how instructions in the genome control how our genes are activated in individual cells.
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En route to Congress, California Democrats hit wall on ‘Medicare-for-all’

Each of the seven California Democrats who flipped Republican congressional seats in the midterm election campaigned for more government-funded health care — with most of them calling for a complete government takeover.
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Rockefeller scientists uncover genetic mutation responsible for tuberculosis vulnerability

If you live in the United States, you are unlikely to come into contact with the microbe that causes tuberculosis. Your odds of encountering the microbe are so low, in fact, that risk factors for the disease can easily go unnoticed: If you happened to carry a gene that predisposed you to tuberculosis, you likely wouldn't know.
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Hyperactive immune system implicated in aging brain disorders

In a study of fruit flies, NIH scientists suggested that the body's immune system may play a critical role in the damage caused by aging brain disorders. The results are based on experiments in which the researchers altered the activity of Cdk5, a gene that preclinical studies have suggested is important for early brain development and may be involved in neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
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Scientists solve mystery of Yemen cholera epidemic

The most likely source of the cholera epidemic in Yemen has been discovered by scientists. Through the use of genomic sequencing, scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Institut Pasteur estimate the strain of cholera causing the current outbreak in Yemen - the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history - came from Eastern Africa and entered Yemen with the migration of people in and out of the region.
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Study identifies possible new strategies to treat silent seizures in children

As early as 3 months of age, infants with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome start having convulsive seizures, during which their arms and legs jerk repeatedly. As they become toddlers, another type of seizure begins to appear.
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Medical school isn’t like an Instagram feed

For some reason, social media does a good job with sculpting our lives into perfectly organized displays that are available to look at during every breathing second of our lives thanks to the revolutionary invention called the smartphone. I look at pictures of people studying with beautifully organized desks, smiles, intricately designed planners and captions […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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On Being a Friend: Seeing Someone with Depression — and Seeing Myself

I am a friend. Therefore, these words are my own stories, opinions, impressions, and thoughts on having a friend with depression in this moment. They are not concrete or bible or forever — they are my truth right now. I am a friend. I think a damn good one. That is all, but sometimes it is a lot. As I think back, depression was always a part of our relationship. But at 18, 21, 24 we didn’t call it that. We didn’t know it was that. It was “caving” or “winter blues” or just, “I need a break”...
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The myths and truths about med-peds physicians

Yes, med-peds is a real residency! It is a real specialty! And it is a practicing profession by many physicians today! It can open doors for so many wonderful professional opportunities. It is a discipline that can provide patients and communities extremely comprehensive medical care. People need to know more about this unique and sometimes […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Web-Based Exercise as an Effective Complementary Treatment for Patients With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Intervention Study

Background: Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Exercise-based prevention interventions for improving cardiorespiratory fitness are a recommended complementary treatment for NAFLD. Achievement of minimally effective physical activity to improve cardiorespiratory fitness among patients typically involves high personal and financial expenses in face-to-face settings. We designed an eHealth approach for patients with NAFLD to improve the cardiore...
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ALKALINE OR ACIDIC FOODS FOR FERTILITY?

SHOULD YOU BE EATING ALKALINE OR ACIDIC FOODS TO GET PREGNANT? Many of my readers have asked about the connection between fertility, cervical mucus and the type of foods that you should eat.  Fertility is enhanced by eating more alkaline type foods. Many women and couples have also heard that a more acidic environment will help them conceive a girl. There does not seem to be scientific proof of this, but proponents of this theory believe that sperm that determine a female gender are hea...
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Short men are indirectly aggressive toward taller men, study finds

A recent study examined the Napoleon complex through economic games.The results showed that shorter men are more likely than taller men to keep a disproportionate amount of resources for themselves, but only when the other player can't retaliate.The study suggests that the Napoleon complex is most likely to manifest in situations where the shorter man has all the power. None In the early 19th century, Napoléon Bonaparte was perhaps best known for leading successful military campaigns and serving...
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Go quiet into the night

I know what you’re thinking: She’s cold-hearted, cruel, and unkind. But am I? Or are you? Grandma Lilly is 87-years-old and in the ICU. She’s on a ventilator with her wrists restrained to the side of the bed. Grandma can barely see because her eyes are puffy: scleral edema. And her heart races: 140 beats […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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My family was traumatized twice by the death of my dad

Part 1 of a series. The battle I walk into my parents’ home to pick my mom up for a family gathering. And like most days over the past few weeks, palpable sorrow greets me at the door. Our old dog lies sleeping on the couch, heavy with years, she’s difficult to rouse. She finally […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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The Best of The Upgrade 2018

Another year in life hacks come and gone! We’re celebrating our favorite moments, hacks, guests and episodes of 2018 with this, our annual Best of The Upgrade episode. Whether you’re a lifelong listener taking a trip down memory lane, or new listener looking to dip a toe in the magic that is The Upgrade, we’re here…Read more...
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Sexual function in women with vulva pain improved with oral nerve pain medication

Women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva showed improved sexual function with an oral nerve pain medication used to treat pain caused by a previous herpes infection as well as fibromyalgia, according to a Rutgers study.
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Study reveals heart cell defect as possible cause of heart failure in pregnancy

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare form of heart failure that affects women in their last month of pregnancy and up to five months after giving birth. PPCM can be difficult to detect because its symptoms -- swelling in the feet and legs and shortness of breath -- mimic many of those of third trimester pregnancy.
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Child deaths from opioids rising, say Yale researchers

In the mist of all the news on the opioid epidemic, details of how children are affected can be buried.A new report from Yale shows us the scope of the problem, and little we are doing about it. While the study is grim, it does show us that progress is possible and offers a few solutions.The United States is in the middle of one of the worst drug crises on record. In 2017 alone, 72,000 adults died from opioid overdoses. Let that number sink in, its higher than the death toll of the Vietnam war, ...
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Atypical fractures may indicate abuse in children

Physical abuse in children often remains undetected. Atypical fractures may indicate such abuse. Everything that doctors should be particularly alert to and aware of in this setting is the subject of an article by Oliver Berthold and colleagues in the current issue of the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.
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MMA fighter teaches doctor with multiple sclerosis how to battle back

The surgeon lost his hands. He couldn’t operate anymore. He lost his practice. Surgeon Jim Jackson, right, works out with MMA fighter John Mercurio in Westminster, CA, on Friday, Dec 21, 2018. Jackson lost his medical license after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. One day, he walked into a gym and began training with MMA fighter John Mercurio. Three years later, both guys are happy and Mercurio has now expanded his training to dozens of people with MS and Parkinson’s (Photo by Jeff...
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The generational differences of physicians

It is a known fact, but every generation feels that they had it worst and that other generations have it made. “When I went to school we had to walk uphill in the snow both ways!” says every grandparent I identify myself with the Generation X physicians, finishing medical school in 1997 and my radiology […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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RAD Tips for a Mindful Year

At the beginning of a new year, many of us start thinking about or have already planned several new year resolutions. These resolutions can be anything from exercising more, eating healthier, working less, more social time, or more time with loved ones. How have these resolutions worked out for you? What resolutions did you make at the beginning of 2018? Were you able to follow through with them? What did you learn about yourself while working toward accomplishing these resolutions? When we...
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The Worst Barrier To Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight is hard enough without this problem. → Enjoying these psych studies? Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month (includes ad-free experience and more articles). → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: NEW: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You D...
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Pro-choice activists hope Ireland’s success can be replicated in North

Campaigners vow to join with MPs to force UK government to support end to abortion banWomen’s rights campaigners in Northern Ireland have vowed to join forces with pro-choice activists in the Irish Republic and MPs at Westminster to force the UK government to address the “denial of human rights” in 2019 by supporting moves to end the region’s abortion ban.Activists urged Theresa May’s government not to sacrifice the rights and health of women at the altar of Brexit, and back potential legislatio...
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2018 Mileage Review and 2019 Goals

ImageParty / Pixabay One of my goals for this year was to faithfully log my bike and swim mileage (as well as my run mileage) so that I could set 2019 goals. Until this year, I had no idea how far I biked or swam in a year. This year’s bike miles include outdoor miles and Zwift miles, so it’s not an exact science, but it’s data nonetheless. So how did I do? Final 2018 Mileage Swim – 58.1 milesBike – 1651 milesRun – 314 miles And you know what? I’m pretty proud of those miles....
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