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Severe Obesity Prevalence Among Poor Kids Down Slightly

Jan 09 2018 - 10:01

Obesity, especially severe obesity is a harbinger of numerous health problems, and the longer a person is obese, the greater the chance of developing such problems. Thus, there is great concern about the prevalence of obesity among the very young. The good news is that severe obesity prevalence among children in the WIC program has come down, compared to that seen at the turn of this century. 

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In A New York State Of Pain

Jan 09 2018 - 07:01

New York State is proposing a change in the rules that determine what drugs workers compensation patients may receive and when. The new rules are nonsensical and harmful to patients. American Council friend Dr. Aric Hausknecht weighs in.

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Weighing the Cost of 'Better' Sleep

Jan 09 2018 - 07:01

The business of sleep continues to break new ground. To what end, that's hard to say.

And it's a good thing the Boston Celtics learned about the latest sleep-enhancing technology just before they jet off to London later this week. Cause who knows how they would have fared without it.

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The Steady Demise of Pediatrics

Jan 09 2018 - 05:01

New study confirms trend that adult care is more available than definitive pediatric hospital care. The declining capability is surging interhospital transfer rates and regionalizing care with even common conditions.

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Google Searches Correlate with Suicides

Jan 08 2018 - 20:01

A 1% increase in suicide-related search terms resulted in 54 additional suicides in the United States. Do search engines like Google or social media outlets like Facebook have any responsibility to monitor the mental health of their users?

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Media Discloses Mitt Romney's Health Info from Sources; Why is That Okay?

Jan 08 2018 - 15:01

Why would the media release personal health information based on so-called sources? If without Romney's consent, then this is quite disturbing and unethical.

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Media Discloses Mitt Romney Health Info From 'Sources.' Why Is That Okay?

Jan 08 2018 - 15:01

Why would the media release personal health information based on so-called sources? If without Mitt Romney's consent, then this is quite disturbing and unethical.

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Boy or Girl? There May Be More to Sex Determination than We Thought

Jan 08 2018 - 13:01

Sex determination, or whether someone has a boy or girl, is not a commonly understood phenomenon. Just ask anyone who has been pregnant after having a string of boys. It's hard to count the number of times that she will hear, "oh - this one must be a girl!" (trust me on this one.) 

Why, exactly, must this one be a girl? 

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To Gain Muscle Eat Whole Eggs, Not Just the Whites

Jan 08 2018 - 09:01

Some new research may fuel a diet craze — for whole eggs of all things. A study in young men indicates that after resistance exercise, eating whole eggs promotes new muscle formation better than just eating egg whites — even when the amount of protein is the same.

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A Swallowed Pill Could Monitor Your Gas

Jan 08 2018 - 06:01

A swallowable capsule may be useful in identifying transit time in the gut as well as the bacteria present. It is a new, simpler way to investigate our gut microbiome. 

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Blowing in the Wind

Jan 08 2018 - 06:01

A swallowable capsule may be useful in identifying transit time in the gut as well as the bacteria present. It is a new, simpler way to investigate our gut microbiome. 

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Self-Exam Avoidance Linked to Breast-Size Issues, British Study Finds

Jan 07 2018 - 15:01

Critical self-perception plays a significant role in why women choose not to engage in breast self-examinations, an essential tool in breast cancer prevention.

That's the conclusion of a new study of British women, which found that dissatisfaction with breast appearance leads to an avoidance of self-exams, and consequently, a delay in seeking a medical evaluation. Researchers wrote that this dynamic tends to occur "because it involves exposing one’s physical and emotional self to others."

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Hey CDC, Please Stop Pathologizing Infancy

Jan 06 2018 - 23:01

When it comes to infant feeding, recent survey data from the CDC does more to add to the guideline burden than benefit a baby--let alone the parent. 

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Putrescine and Cadaverine: Two Chemicals That Earned Their Names

Jan 06 2018 - 08:01

Organic chemists are mostly deranged on a good day. But this is not entirely our fault. Simply learning how to name the chemicals we work with is tough enough. But every so often we'll see a name that has little to do with chemistry. Two of these are putrescine and cadaverine. If they seem descriptive and ghoulish there is a reason. Welcome to the crazy world of organic nomenclature. 

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Anti-Vaxx, Quackery, and Rape: What Is Going on at Cleveland Clinic?

Jan 05 2018 - 20:01

The Cleveland Clinic is held in extremely high regard. If there was an Ivy League of hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic would be in it. At about this time last year, however, the scientific community's faith in the Cleveland Clinic was shaken.

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Eating Fiber Might Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Jan 05 2018 - 16:01

The nutrients that typically come to mind in connection with osteoporosis are calcium and vitamin D. But if a mouse study is translatable to humans, we may have to add dietary fiber to that list. Fiber is broken down by some gut bacteria to form short chain fatty acids that prevent bone breakdown.

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Build It and They Will Come ?- Food Deserts and the Entry of New Supermarkets

Jan 05 2018 - 15:01

Food deserts are communities that lack a supermarket. Does a supermarket entering this neighborhood improve nutritional purchases? Food policy experts say yes, but our purchases say no. 

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UV Light Could Save the Bats by Ending White-Nose Syndrome

Jan 05 2018 - 14:01

If bats had a recurring nightmare, white-nose syndrome (WNS) is it.

WNS is caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, and causes death in a somewhat torturous way. The fungus colonizes and grows on body parts (wings, ears and snouts) of hibernating bats. This growth is irritating and causes the bats to wake during their normally hibernation-dominated winter.  

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Food Additive May Be Worsening Clostridium Difficile Epidemic

Jan 04 2018 - 21:01

Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes a life-threatening infection. According to the CDC, it is responsible for about 500,000 infections and 15,000 to 29,000 deaths every year in the United States.

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With So Many Guidelines, How Does a Physician Practice Evidence-Based Medicine?

Jan 04 2018 - 14:01

You would think a physician could advise a patient about screening using guidelines. But what if the guidelines are good for society, but not necessarily as good for the patient sitting in front of you. Three separate articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine clarify the dilemma, but not the solution.

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