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Which weight-loss plan is best for you — the British Dietetic Association weighs in.

December 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Which weight-loss plan is best for you — the British Dietetic Association weighs in.

Some help with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight: The UK National Health Service has posted an analysis by the British Dietetic Association of a dozen of the most popular weight-loss plans. The analyses give you the pros and cons of each approach and renders a verdict on which are best. 

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Why do people with Asian heritage get flushed after drinking alcohol?

December 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why do people with Asian heritage get flushed after drinking alcohol?

If your face goes red when drinking alcohol, you’re not alone. More than one in three people with East Asian heritage (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) experience facial flushing when drinking beer, wine or spirits.

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Neuroscience in pictures: the best images of the year from the Queensland Brain Institute

December 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Neuroscience in pictures: the best images of the year from the Queensland Brain Institute

To understand how the healthy brain works and what occurs in brain disease, neuroscientists use many microscopy techniques, ranging from whole-brain human MRIs to imaging within a single neuron (brain cell), creating stunning images in the process.

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The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

December 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time. But, in fact, the last two months of the year in the United States are typically among the lowest in average daily suicide deaths during the year.

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Arthritis drugs show how US drug prices defy economics

December 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Arthritis drugs show how US drug prices defy economics

Since the first RA drug came to market a decade ago, nearly a dozen have been added. If basic economics prevailed, RA treatments and patients would have benefited from competition. But, because of industry price-setting practices, legal challenges and marketing tactics, they haven’t. The first RA drug cost $10,000 a year. It now lists for more than $40,000 — even as alternatives have entered the U.S. market.

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Severe complications for women during childbirth are skyrocketing — and could often be prevented

December 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Severe complications for women during childbirth are skyrocketing — and could often be prevented

The rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. has more than doubled in two decades due to preexisting conditions, medical errors and unequal access to care.

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Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

December 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite compressed sign-up period, ACA enrollment nearly matches last year’s

A day after President Donald Trump said the Affordable Care Act “has been repealed,” officials reported that 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange in 2018 — nearly reaching 2017’s number in half the sign-up time.

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A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

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Unregulated herpes experiments expose ‘black hole’ of accountability

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Unregulated herpes experiments expose ‘black hole’ of accountability

Recent revelations that a U.S. researcher injected Americans with his experimental herpes vaccine without routine safety oversight raised an uproar among scientists and ethicists. Not only did he vaccinate Americans offshore, he injected other participants in U.S. hotel rooms without Food and Drug Administration oversight or even a medical license.

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Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) , leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. Why? The virus has a high mutation rate, which makes it possible for the virus to quickly develop resistance to antiretroviral therapies.

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