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Donald Trump appears to be pushing fear buttons that common wisdom says motivates conservatives. But is that really what's going on?
Most times, I feel excited to be an oncologist. Oncology research is accelerating and every week brings more news, whether it be a deeper understanding of tumor genomics, a broader understanding of cancer genetics and risk, and, it seems, more ways to provide precision therapy. Studies are coming out showing gains in survival in many […]
It was in April 2013 that University of Arizona student Laura Hopkins was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s defense system to attack itself. In rheumatoid arthritis, which disproportionately affects women, tissues around joints become inflamed, resulting in swelling, pain, joint destruction and disability. No known cure exists. H...
Marcela’s Story: A Liver Transplant Gives the Gift of Life Patient is HCV Positive, liver transplanted from a 22-year-old donor performed at age 70. Interview conducted 14 years post-liver transplant. Author: Gail S. Thornton, M.A. Co-Editor: The VOICES of Patients, HealthCare Providers, Caregivers and Families: Personal Experience with Critical Care and Invasive Medical Procedures For […...
Hospitals are often the target for ransomware attacks (see: Hospitals and Ransomware; How Should Hospitals Protect Themselves?). In a recent note, I discussed a software product that could theoretically help to protect hospitals from this threat (see: Israeli Software Designed to Protect Hospital Data from Ransomware). It has been suggested...
The question, asked to me by a new first-year medical student, seemed simple enough: “There are a lot of different types of reflex hammers out there — which one should I buy?” As with so many things in medicine, however, I knew that my answer wouldn’t be so straightforward. As I prepared to answer, I […]
On estime qu'un enfant sur 5 (ici aux Etats-Unis) vit dans une famille où « quelqu'un » abuse de l'alcool ou consomme une drogue. Cette étude très documentée du Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center et l'Hôpital pour enfants de Boston, montre tous les effets chez les enfants, de l'abus d'alcool ou de l'usage de drogues chez leurs parents. Le r...
Faut-il dire VIH ou VIS lorsqu'on évoque ces recherches ? Car cette étude de l'University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggère que certaines formes du virus pourraient toujours « passer » des chimpanzés aux humains. Des travaux présentés dans le Journal of Virology qui apportent les preuves in vivo que des souches du virus de l'immun...
Face aux dangers, notre comportement s'adapte. C'est un nouveau lien, passionnant, entre le système immunitaire et le comportement social ou plus largement les fonctions cérébrales sociales qui vient d'être découvert par ces scientifiques de l'Université du Massachusetts. Une voie de signalisation commune qui suggère que notre comportement aurait pu ...
“Where did it all go wrong?”, s'interrogent ici les chercheurs des Université de Bruxelles et de Cambridge. Ils parviennent à remonter, avec ces travaux, présentés dans la prestigieuse revue Nature, à la toute première cellule, celle qui est à l'origine du développement d'un cancer de la peau. Des travaux qui identifient les cellu...
President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill into law to address the country's ever-growing opioid epidemic, despite issues with funding. "This legislation includes some modest steps to address the opioid epidemic," the president said in a statement. "Given the scope of this crisis, some action is better than none." WASHINGTON, DC [...]
The term “old school” in many facets of life has negative connotations. We live in a modern, technologically advanced and fast-paced world — and there’s no room for certain people who appear to hold us back. Last year I wrote an article about an experience I had with an “old school” physician. That experience really […]
Science blog Alcohol is a direct cause of seven forms of cancer, says an article published in the journal Addiction. This re-affirms what we already know about the link between alcohol and cancer. And according to the review people consuming even low to moderate amounts have an increased risk. The Guardian and the Indepen
Obviously, healthcare was not the focus of the GOP Convention that just wrapped up a tumultuous four days in Cleveland. And yet, to hear the Trump campaign tell it, we face demons of Biblical proportions . . . perhaps even a plague of locusts. Perhaps it should have been mentioned [...]
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 66-year-old man is evaluated in the office after being treated in the emergency department for an exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. While in the emergency department, he was noted to have a random blood glucose level of 211 mg/dL […]
Feeling fatigued, down, or generally out of sorts? Gaining weight? Suffering from muscle or joint pains? You may want to check your thyroid.
Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components using carbon dioxide as feedstock. Researchers expect to see the new biomaterials in Ford production vehicles within five years. Formulated with up to 50 percent CO2-based polyols, the foam is showing promise as it meets rigorous automotive test standards. […]
Three Miami-area health care providers were charged today in a fraud scheme that resulted in more than $1 billion in losses. In what Department of Justice officials called the largest-ever criminal health care fraud case brought against individuals, prosecutors allege that Philip Esformes, 47, who owns more than 30 Miami-area skilled nursing and assisted living […]
If you’re an anxious person or a big worrier, you might benefit from taking a walk in a busy urban setting rather than a peaceful park, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Your level of self-control is higher in an environment that matches your personality type. A study, published by Merrie […]
On July 8, 2016, we wrote about BioMarin’s upward valuation spike. BioMarin is now close to (likely) providing answers for an important milestone. On July 27, 2016, BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) investigators will be presenting extended data on its gene therapy (BMN-270)