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Want to Sell Your DNA? 2 Firms Are Buying (Sort Of)

Jun 05 2018 - 07:06

There are instances when people choose to sell their own blood. Sperm banks transact business based on a different bodily fluid. And it's not unheard of for those desperate enough to sell an organ, such as a kidney, despite the moral implications.

So, in this realm of being paid for pieces of our own body, what about DNA? We pose this because we're seemingly on the cusp of a brand new industry hoping to do just that.

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Anus & Rectum: Objects In Orifices

Jun 04 2018 - 17:06

The tale of an eggplant's exit from the body.

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Home and Heroes: My Speech at the North Penn- Liberty High School Commencement

Jun 04 2018 - 09:06

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, I gave the commencement speech for the North Penn-Liberty class of 2018, 35 years after I graduated. While much has changed, the basic challenges young people will face have not. A number of attendees asked me for a copy and I didn't have a clean one, mine was half-typed, half hand notes, so it is presented below. At least as it was written. I went off book in a few spots, including at the end. So even at my age I have new things to learn: Like always listen to the experienced speechwriters.

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Chemotherapy Found Unnecessary For Some Breast Cancers

Jun 04 2018 - 07:06

A large study of breast cancer treatment demonstrates that for estrogen responsive, HER2 negative cancers, the majority of women do not require chemotherapy in addition to hormonal manipulation. 

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How Synthetic Marijuana Can Make You Urinate Blood and Die

Jun 04 2018 - 05:06

Synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes mixed with rat poison, which causes uncontrollable bleeding. As it turns out, the neighborhood drug dealer might not be a completely trustworthy individual.

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Patient Privacy Threatened By End of Legal Decency

Jun 03 2018 - 18:06

When lawyers and marketing firms can directly target patients, via their mobile phones, while in the ER, the time is yesterday to preserve once presumed protected health information.

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20% of Young-Adult Deaths Opioid Related, Study Finds

Jun 01 2018 - 16:06

Reviewing statistics relating to all deaths in the United States during a recent 16-year period, researchers determined that fatalities of young adults from opioid abuse have increased nearly 300 percent over that time.

They also found that in 2016, the last year studied, 20 percent of all deaths in this age group were opioid related.  

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European Cardiologists Offer To Treat Strokes. Is That Good?

Jun 01 2018 - 06:06

Both Dr. Wells and I often write, as clinicians, about the changing landscape in healthcare, bemoaning how administrators or technologies break the patient-physician relationship. But sometimes there is a self-inflicted wound when physicians for a variety of reasons move away from caring for patients to providing procedures. A presentation at the recent European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions is, unfortunately, a perfect example. (The inclusion of intervention in their title is the first clue that we may have a problem)

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Wanna Get The Opioid Mess All Wrong? Ask Keith Humphreys

May 31 2018 - 20:05

Keith Humphreys, a psychologist, writes about opioids for the Washington Post. But he has an unusual take on the matter. Does Humphreys know what he's talking about? Let's see. 

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Reductionism Gone Awry

May 31 2018 - 10:05

Sometimes a study leaves you gobstruck – and not in a good way. A current article in Circulation: Heart Failure looks at how dietary protein intake impacts the risk of heart failure. Basically, this is a study of 2441 Finnish men age 42 to 60 studied over a mean period of 22 years looking at the incidence of heart failure based on the amount of protein in their diet. Their finding

“In middle-aged men, higher protein intake was marginally associated with increased risk of HF (heart failure).”

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