Science & Medicine

  • On skepticism, pseudo-profundity, Deepak Chopra, and bullshit [Respectful Insolence]

    On skepticism, pseudo-profundity, Deepak Chopra, and bullshit [Respectful Insolence]

    Of all the slick woo peddlers out there, one of the most famous (and most annoying) is Deepak Chopra. Indeed, he first attracted a bit of not-so-Respectful Insolence a mere 10 months after this...

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  • Training pigeons to detect cancer [Life Lines]

    You are probably thinking, whose bird-brained idea was that? Well, as it turns out, a new study published in PLOS ONE shows that pigeons can be trained to accurately differentiate cancerous versus...

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  • Well that explains why cats are so picky… [Life Lines]

    Well that explains why cats are so picky… [Life Lines]

    A new study published in PLOS ONE that examined bitter taste receptors in cats may provide evidence as to why felines are such finicky eaters. Unlike my cat that seems to take after Garfield in...

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  • CDC: Between 2000–2014, measles vaccine prevented more than 17 million deaths [The Pump Handle]

    I usually shy away from getting too personal in my work. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving and as a new mom, I was thinking about things for which I’m particularly grateful. One of the first...

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  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy can stimulate evolution of breast cancer tumor

    Neoadjuvant chemotherapy can stimulate evolution of breast cancer tumor

    Russian scientists have found that neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer can stimulate evolution of the tumor. The results of the research conducted by Nicholay Litvyakov, D.Sc....

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  • Study identifies new recurrent genetic mutations involved in origin of AML

    Study identifies new recurrent genetic mutations involved in origin of AML

    Mariam Ibáñez, lecturer at Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU (CEU Cardenal Herrera University, UCH-CEU) and biologist at "La Fe" Hospital in Valencia used massive sequencing techniques to identify...

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  • Larger portion of Africa at high risk for malaria transmission

    Larger portion of Africa at high risk for malaria transmission

    A larger portion of Africa is currently at high risk for malaria transmission than previously predicted, according to a new University of Florida mapping study.

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  • Medinol introduces NIRxcell CoCr Stent System to coronary marketplace

    Medinol introduces NIRxcell CoCr Stent System to coronary marketplace

    During the recent 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Meeting held in San Francisco, CA, Medinol Ltd. continued to introduce novel stent solutions to the coronary marketplace. During a...

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  • Synthetic Biologics announces positive results from first SYN-004 Phase 2a study for prevention of CDI, AAD

    Synthetic Biologics announces positive results from first SYN-004 Phase 2a study for prevention of CDI, AAD

    Synthetic Biologics, Inc.), a clinical stage company focused on developing therapeutics to protect the gut microbiome while targeting pathogen specific diseases, announced positive topline results...

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  • St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital selects Sound Physicians to manage hospitalist services

    St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital selects Sound Physicians to manage hospitalist services

    Sound Physicians, a health care organization focused on improving quality and lowering cost throughout the acute episode of care, announced today an agreement to provide hospitalist services for...

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  • Lexicon announces top-line results from TELECAST Phase 3 study of telotristat etiprate

    Lexicon announces top-line results from TELECAST Phase 3 study of telotristat etiprate

    Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that top-line data from its TELECAST Phase 3 study showed results of telotristat etiprate in treating carcinoid syndrome in cancer patients with...

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  • AbilTo launches three-week Booster Program to address ongoing behavioral health challenges

    AbilTo launches three-week Booster Program to address ongoing behavioral health challenges

    AbilTo, Inc., the leading provider of tele-behavioral health programs proven to improve medical outcomes and lower costs for high-risk medical populations, today announced the launch of its...

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  • New device can help diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes

    New device can help diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes

    Minutes count when treating stroke, but current diagnostics take as long as three hours, careful lab work and skilled technicians to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Scientists at Cornell...

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  • Vanderbilt's Jessica Bennett offers 10 tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

    Vanderbilt's Jessica Bennett offers 10 tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietitian and certified personal trainer Jessica Bennett is asked frequently this time of year: how can I enjoy holiday parties and meals with family and not...

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  • Ben Swann returns, and this time he’s got the CDC whistleblower documents [Respectful Insolence]

    Ben Swann returns, and this time he’s got the CDC whistleblower documents [Respectful Insolence]

    When it comes to blogging, sometime’s it’s feast or famine. Some days there are more topics and stories that I’d like to blog about than I could ever get to, given that I generally only do one...

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  • Philips’ new MRI guided user interface simplifies scanning of patients with MR Conditional implants

    Philips’ new MRI guided user interface simplifies scanning of patients with MR Conditional implants

    Royal Philips today introduced ScanWise Implant, the industry's first MRI guided user interface and automatic scan parameter selection to help simplify the scanning of patients with MR Conditional...

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  • Philips unveils complete range of data driven radiology solutions at RSNA 2015

    Philips unveils complete range of data driven radiology solutions at RSNA 2015

    Royal Philips revealed a portfolio of data driven radiology solutions at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, beginning today through December 4 at McCormick Place in...

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  • Philips launches IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 platform for diagnosis and treatment of cancer

    Philips launches IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 platform for diagnosis and treatment of cancer

    Strengthening its leadership in connected healthcare informatics, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced IntelliSpace Portal 8.0 , the latest edition of its advanced data sharing,...

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  • TGen, Barrow researchers identify genetic risk factors linked to stress-induced cardiomyopathy

    TGen, Barrow researchers identify genetic risk factors linked to stress-induced cardiomyopathy

    Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and Barrow Neurological Institute have for the first time identified genetic risk factors that are linked to stress-induced...

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  • Researchers develop more precise way to control differentiation of stem cells into bone cells

    Researchers develop more precise way to control differentiation of stem cells into bone cells

    Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new, more precise way to control...

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