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For Pain Care Race Shouldn't Matter. But It Does

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 19:06

The CDC 2106 *mandate* for prescribing of opioids has resulted in an indiscriminate hardship against millions of chronic pain patients. Or has it? The term "indiscriminate" is actually inaccurate. All pain patients are treated terribly but black and Hispanic patients are treated even worse since they are disproportionately affected by Sickle Cell Disease, a horribly painful killer. Do patients with a known, easily-diagnosed disease get a break with pain relief? No, it's quite the opposite. Disgraceful. 

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Rabies in Seattle. Tuberculosis in San Diego. Hepatitis A in Nashville. Why?

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 10:06

Unless they're eradicated smallpox-style, infectious diseases never disappear. Like an unlucky penny, they can show up at any time.

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Risk Calculators Need Maintenance Just Like All Infrastructure

ACSH - Jun 05 2018 - 09:06

Infrastructure maintenance is not just an issue for bridges and roads, sometimes the infrastructure that needs an update is how we assess risk, especially for patients where treatment continues to change.

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

ACSH - 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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Montmorency tart cherry juice lowered blood pressure and LDL cholesterol in older adults

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
Montmorency tart cherry juice helped lower blood pressure and LDL 'bad' cholesterol in older adults.
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Clear predictors of changing insulin requirements & A1C in youth with type 1 diabetes

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
20-year longitudinal study conducted by researchers from Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School identifies clear predictors of rising A1C levels in young persons, as well as ways to improve glycemic control in this population.
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Large-scale and sustainable 3D printing with the most ubiquitous natural material

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
SUTD researchers have recently demonstrated the use of cellulose to sustainably manufacture/fabricate large 3D objects. Their approach diverges from the common association of cellulose with green plants and is inspired by the wall of the fungus-like oomycetes, which is reproduced introducing small amounts of chitin between cellulose fibers. The resulting fungal-like adhesive material(s) (FLAM) are strong, lightweight and inexpensive, and can be molded or processed using woodworking techniques.
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Nutrient pollution makes ocean acidification worse for coral reefs

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
A study published recently by a team of researchers, alumni and students from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) showed that local impacts of humans -- nutrient pollution from activities on land -- may accelerate the negative impacts of global ocean acidification on coral reefs.
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Study finds aromatic herbs lead to better parenting in starlings

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
For European starlings, the presence of aromatic herbs in the nest leads to some improved parenting behaviors, according to a new study. Specifically, birds whose nests incorporate herbs along with dried grasses were more likely to attend their nests, exhibited better incubation behavior for their eggs, and became active earlier in the day.
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Major heart attacks are more deadly during colder months

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
Heart attacks are more likely to kill you in the winter than in the summer, according to new research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester today.
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You talking to me? Scientists try to unravel the mystery of 'animal conversations'

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
An international team of academics undertook a large-scale review of research into turn-taking behavior in animal communication, analyzing hundreds of animal studies.
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Bridging the gap between human and animal communication

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
Cooperative turn-taking has been suggested as an ancient mechanism of the language system bridging the existing gap between the articulate human species and our inarticulate primate cousins. A team of researchers now provides an overview of the state of the art and present a new comparative framework on turn-taking to unravel the evolutionary roots of language.
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Rigorous study finds widely used treatment for infection fails young cancer patients

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found ethanol-lock therapy failed to prevent new or recurring infections in cancer patients with central venous catheters and was associated with increased complications.
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The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology: Job strain linked to increased risk of premature death for men with cardiometabolic disease

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
Having a demanding job and little control over it is associated with an increased risk of premature death in men with coronary heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, according to an observational study tracking more than 100000 men and women with and without cardiometabolic disease from Finland, France, Sweden, and the UK for almost 14 years, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.
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Sticky situation: New process turns wood scraps into tape

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
A team of chemical engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a more sustainable way of making high-performance adhesives. Their novel new process takes a plant material called lignin -- a substance paper manufacturers throw away -- and turns them into tape. Their invention performs just as well as at least two commercially available products.
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Data discrepancies may affect understanding of the universe

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
One of the unsolved mysteries in modern science is why the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. As astrophysicists look for answers in the mountains of data gathered from astronomical observations, they are finding that inconsistencies in that data might ultimately lead to the truth.
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Mayo Clinic researchers take a step closer to developing a DNA test for liver cancer

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
A group of researchers from Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences Corporation have completed a phase II study comparing a set of DNA markers to alpha fetoprotein as a method to test for liver cancer. The researchers presented their findings today at the 2018 Digestive Disease Week conference in Washington, D.C.
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Many US women don't realize they're seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a facility that may have limited health care options due to its religious affiliation.
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Mandatory bundled-payment Medicare programs should stay, Penn study suggests

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
Hospitals that receive bundled payments for joint replacements either voluntarily or through Medicare's mandatory programs, vary by size and volume, but not in spending or quality, signaling a need for both programs, according to a new study. The results show that voluntary programs tend to engage larger non-profit hospitals, whereas some hospitals with lower volumes and fewer resources might only participate under a mandatory program.
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Study in Fiji finds that removing sea cucumbers spells trouble for shallow coastal waters

Eurekalert - Jun 05 2018 - 00:06
The sea cucumber's unimpressive appearance belies the outsized role these creatures play in converting decomposing organic matter into recyclable nutrients and keeping coastal ecosystems healthy and clean, and overfishing them can have negative impacts on coastal marine environments, according to a new study focusing on a species of sea cucumber called a sandfish in the journal PeerJ.
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