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Nearly half of those with glaucoma remain undetected
Nearly half of those with glaucoma remain undetected (May 16, 2013 - Insidermedicine) A new  meta-analysis of literature on glaucoma published this month in JAMA – the Journal of the American Medical Association - highlights the importance of regular screenings for glaucoma especially for those over the age of 40.

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Silently going blind - Glaucoma strikes when patients are not regularly screened
Silently going blind - Glaucoma strikes when patients are not regularly screened (May 16, 2013 - Insidermedicine)   Hi I am Dr. Sanjay Sharma and I am an ophthalmologist and epidemiologist at Queen’s University.

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A significant amount of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury
A significant amount of homeless people have suffered a traumatic brain injury (March 22, 2013 - Insidermedicine) A significant amount of homeless people have suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to a report published in BMC Public Health.

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Daily aspirin may raise risk of age-related macular degeneration
Daily aspirin may raise risk of age-related macular degeneration (January 25, 2013 - Insidermedicine) Taking a daily aspirin could increase your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, according to research published online first in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Low fat diet linked to lower BMI, weight and waist circumference
Low fat diet linked to lower BMI, weight and waist circumference (January 4, 2013 - Insidermedicine) A low fat diet is associated with lower weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference, according to an analysis of previous studies published online ahead of print in the British Medical Journal.

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New guidelines aim to streamline care for severe heart attack
New guidelines aim to streamline care for severe heart attack (January 3, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Texas - New heart attack guidelines are published in Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home are at raised risk of invasive meningococcal disease
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home are at raised risk of invasive meningococcal disease (December 10, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes face an increased risk of developing invasive meningococcal disease, according to research published online ahead of print in BMC Public Health.

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New drug shows promise for treating leukemia that is resistant to other therapies
New drug shows promise for treating leukemia that is resistant to other therapies (November 28, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A new targeted therapy known as ponatinib may offer new hope for individuals with leukemia who have developed resistance to other targeted therapies, according to early research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Are medical schools using Facebook and Twitter to evaluate applicants?
Are medical schools using Facebook and Twitter to evaluate applicants? (November 9, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Premed students be warned -- medical schools and residency programs are largely open to the notion of using the internet and social networking sites in their evaluations of applicants, according research published online ahead of print in Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Caffeine perks ability to detect positive words
Caffeine perks ability to detect positive words (November 7, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Caffeine perks up the ability to detect positive, but not negative or neutral words, according to research published today in PLOS ONE. Health effects of caffeine include: •    Increased alertness •    Increased nervousness •    insomnia Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum randomly assigned more than 60 participants aged 19 to 32 to take 200 mg of caffeine, equal to 2-3 cups of coffee, or a placebo, followed 30 minutes later by a word recognition test.

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Smoking bans in restaurants reduce heart attacks, sudden cardiac death
Smoking bans in restaurants reduce heart attacks, sudden cardiac death (October 30, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Restaurant smoking bans have been linked with drops in rates of heart attack and sudden cardiac death even though other risk factors for cardiovascular disease have not diminished, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Foods low in glycemic index can help diabetics control blood sugar
Foods low in glycemic index can help diabetics control blood sugar (October 24, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Following a diet that is high in legumes can help improve control of blood sugar and even reduce cardiovascular risk among individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Therapy that transplants stool into the gut has remarkable success vs. C.diff infections
Therapy that transplants stool into the gut has remarkable success vs. C.diff infections .

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Does chocolate produce more Nobel laureates?
Does chocolate produce more Nobel laureates? (October 18, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Countries that consume the most chocolate also produce the greatest number of Nobel laureates, according to research published in the October 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Screening colorectal cancer patients for Lynch syndrome beneficial, cost-effective
Screening colorectal cancer patients for Lynch syndrome beneficial, cost-effective (October 16, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Researchers compare strategies for identifying which patients should undergo genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, the most common form of hereditary colorectal cancer, in a study published in the October 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Markers of inflammation in the blood can help predict risk of heart attack, stroke
Markers of inflammation in the blood can help predict risk of heart attack, stroke (October 8, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Measuring markers of inflammation in the blood, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen, can help predict who will have a cardiovascular event, even after taking into account other traditional risk factors for heart disease.

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients at raised risk of deadly blood clots
Rheumatoid arthritis patients at raised risk of deadly blood clots (October 2, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk developing blood clots deep in the veins, a condition known as venous thromboembolism, or VTE, which can prove life threatening if the clot breaks off and becomes lodged in the lungs.

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Heavy smoking and heavy drinking linked to earlier onset of pancreatic cancer
Heavy smoking and heavy drinking linked to earlier onset of pancreatic cancer (October 1, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Heavy smoking and heavy drinking significantly speed up the onset of pancreatic cancer, according to research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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BPA linked to childhood obesity in US children
BPA linked to childhood obesity in US children (September 19, 2012 - Insidermedicine) In a nationally representative sample of U.S. children, higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in the urine have been linked with a greater risk for obesity.

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Warfarin reduces risk of fatal blood clot following GI bleed
Warfarin reduces risk of fatal blood clot following GI bleed (September 18, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Resuming blood thinning therapy with warfarin following an episode of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract reduces the risk of experiencing a potentially fatal blood clot, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Researchers develop breath test with potential to identify lung cancer
Researchers develop breath test with potential to identify lung cancer (September 17, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A simple breath test might one day reduce or eliminate the need for computed tomography (CT) and invasive testing to identify lung cancer among high risk individuals, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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Mini-stroke can cause permanent disability, needs immediate treatment
Mini-stroke can cause permanent disability, needs immediate treatment (September 13, 2012 - Insidermedicine)  Transient ischemic attacks, known as TIAs or “mini-strokes” can cause disability if not treated quickly and aggressively, according to research published in the journal Stroke.

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No evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements help prevent heart attack, stroke
No evidence that omega-3 fatty acid supplements help prevent heart attack, stroke (September 11, 2012 - Insidermedicine) There is currently no clear evidence that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements will reduce the risk of dying or having a major cardiovascular event, according to a synthesis of several studies that was published in the September 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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High intensity exercise provides the most health benefits for children
High intensity exercise provides the most health benefits for children (September 10, 2012 - Insidermedicine) For youth to obtain the most health benefits from physical activity, it needs to be high intensity, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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Undetected heart attacks more frequent among older people than previously thought
Undetected heart attacks more frequent among older people than previously thought (Septebmer 4, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Older people may experience undetected heart attacks more often than previously suspected, according to research published in the September 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Giving infants antibiotics raises their risk of obesity later in childhood
Giving infants antibiotics raises their risk of obesity later in childhood (August 23, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Giving young babies antibiotics may promote weight gain later in childhood, according to research published in the August 21 issue of the Journal of Obesity.

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Increasing the size of graphic warnings on cigarette packs can have a great impact
Increasing the size of graphic warnings on cigarette packs can have a great impact (August 2, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A comprehensive tobacco control strategy in Uruguay has had great results, according to a report released by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project.

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Giving birth to a large baby significantly raises risk of breast cancer
Giving birth to a large baby significantly raises risk of breast cancer (July 17, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Women who give birth to large babies are at increased risk of breast cancer, according to a report published in PLoS ONE. Here are some complications that arise from gaining too much weight in pregnancy: -Excessive weight gain during pregnancy has been shown to increase risk of birthing a very large baby -Large babies sometimes follow a growth trajectory to become large in preschool, adolescence and adulthood -Risks for the mother include gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and increased likelihood of cesarean section Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch examined data on over 24,000 women from two large studies--the Framingham Offspring Birth History Study and the First and Second Trimester Evaluation of Risk for Aneuploidy (FASTER) trial.

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Dr. Christine Suess says OHIP cuts mean worse care for eye patients
Dr. Christine Suess says OHIP cuts mean worse care for eye patients (Friday, 13 July, 2012 - Insidermedicine)  Dr. Christine Suess MD, chief of ophthalmology at the Cornwall Community Hospital, highlights the impacts of recently announced OHIP cuts on the eye health on the people of Ontario.

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Report finds connection between biological clock and diabetes, obesity
Report finds connection between biological clock and diabetes, obesity (July 13, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A compound that plays a role in the regulation of the body’s day/night rhythm has also been found to be implicated in how the liver produces glucose, offering a biological link between the body’s biological clock and metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

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Healthy diet may help eliminate menopause symptoms
Healthy diet may help eliminate menopause symptoms (July 11, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Losing weight by following a healthy diet can help reduce or even eliminate symptoms of menopause, according to research published online ahead of print in Menopause.

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Acadesine does not improve outcomes of open heart surgery, though safety of operation has improved
Acadesine does not improve outcomes of open heart surgery, though safety of operation has improved (July 10, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A drug designed to protect the heart during heart bypass surgery does not reduce risk of serious events, stroke or death, though the surgery itself has become much safer, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections
Cranberry juice prevents urinary tract infections (July 9, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Drinking cranberry juice to prevent a urinary tract infection, or UTI, is not just an old wives’ tale.

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MRSA rates decline by 10% since 2005
MRSA rates decline by 10% since 2005 (July 3, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Rates of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bugs known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are on the decline, according to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Researchers successfully use stem cells to reverse diabetes in mice
Researchers successfully use stem cells to reverse diabetes in mice (June 27, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Transplanting human stem cells into diabetic mice successfully reversed the condition in research published online ahead of print in Diabetes.

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Adding new blood test to screening can help predict heart attack, stroke
Adding new blood test to screening can help predict heart attack, stroke (June 19, 2012 - Insidermedicine) New blood tests that help identify specific features of cholesterol molecules can help improve the ability to predict who will have a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, but the change is only slight, according to research published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Avastin Riskier than Lucentis in Eye Injections for Macular Degeneration
Avastin Riskier than Lucentis in Eye Injections for Macular Degeneration (June 18, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Recent research in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology shows that those treated with Avastin have a 12 times higher risk of developing severe inflammation in the eye when compared to patients who received Lucentis.

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The Policy Debate: Lucentis vs Avastin - The Value of Safety
The Policy Debate: Lucentis vs Avastin - The Value of Safety (June 18, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A new study by Dr. Sanjay Sharma at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario looked at the relative safety of Lucentis (retail price $1700)  and Avastin (retail price $100) -  two drugs used to treat wet macular degeneration (AMD).

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Past 15 years have seen substantial increase in radiation-exposing imaging tests
Past 15 years have seen substantial increase in radiation-exposing imaging tests (June 12, 2012 - Insidermedicine) The use of advanced diagnostic imaging tests, which exposes patients to considerable levels of radiation, has increased dramatically over the past 15 years even in healthcare settings in which there is no direct financial incentive for ordering such tests.

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Phone calls help glaucoma patients follow doctors advice, make appointments
Phone calls help glaucoma patients follow doctors advice, make appointments (June 11, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A little encouragement can help individuals with glaucoma follow their doctors’ recommendations and get to their medical appointments, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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Investigational drug shrinks tumors in metastatic basal cell carcinoma patients
Investigational drug shrinks tumors in metastatic basal cell carcinoma patients (June 6, 2012 - Insidermedicine) An investigational new drug with a novel mechanism of action known as vismodegib may provide new hope individuals suffering from locally advanced or metastatic basal-cell carcinoma, a condition that currently has no effective treatment.

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Most effective way to treat atrial fibrillation?
Most effective way to treat atrial fibrillation? (June 4, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Do drugs that control heart rhythm or heart rate do a better job of treating atrial fibrillation? It turns out the answer to that question depends on when you ask, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Simply Reducing TV Time and Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Improves Weight Loss
Simply Reducing TV Time and Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Improves Weight Loss (May 30, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Dr. Bonnie Spring, PhD, from Northwestern University, discusses how simple lifestlye changes can bring weight loss, develop and maintain healthy habits.

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Running May Reduce Psoriasis Risk in Women (Interview with Dr. Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital)
Running May Reduce Psoriasis Risk in Women (Interview with Dr. Abrar Qureshi, MD, MPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital) (May 22, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Vigorous activity, such as running or aerobics, may help stave off psoriasis in women, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Dermatology.

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Alan Berger MD refutes claims about the effects of OHIP cuts by Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews (video)
Alan Berger MD refutes claims about the effects of OHIP cuts by Ontario Minister of Health Deb Matthews (video) (Insidermedicine, May 18 2012) Dr. Alan Berger, Ophthalmologist-in-chief at St.

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Tim Hillson MD discusses the effects of OHIP cuts to healthcare on Ontario seniors (Insidermedicine Op-Ed video)
Tim Hillson MD discusses the effects of OHIP cuts to healthcare on Ontario seniors (Insidermedicine Op-Ed video) (Insidermedicine, May 17 2012) Dr. Tim Hillson MD discusses the effects of the recently announced OHIP cuts to eye healthcare in Ontario, and in particular the impact these cuts will have on seniors.

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Parkinson's Disease May Be Detectable Through Colonoscopy (Interview with Dr. Kathleen Shannon, MD, Rush University Medical Center)
Parkinson's Disease May Be Detectable Through Colonoscopy (Interview with Dr. Kathleen Shannon, MD, Rush University Medical Center) (May 16, 2012 - Insidermedicine)  Parkinson’s disease may actually start in the intestines, causing changes in the nerve cells that may be detected years before motor symptoms begin, according to research published in Movement Disorders.

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No Benefit in Routine Exercise Echocardiography for Some Heart Patients (Interview with Dr. Thomas Marwick, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic)
No Benefit in Routine Exercise Echocardiography for Some Heart Patients (Interview with Dr. Thomas Marwick, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic) (May 14, 2012 - Insidermedicine) There does not appear to be any benefit to routine exercise echocardiography for patients who have undergone a procedure to improve blood flow to the heart and are not experiencing any troublesome symptoms, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Two Proteins May Enable Prediction of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer's Disease (Video)
Two Proteins May Enable Prediction of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer's Disease (Video) (May 11, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Measuring levels of two proteins, known as amyloid-ß and tau, which are known to be associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, can help predict which adults will experience cognitive decline over time, according to a report published online ahead of print in the Archives of Neurology.

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Survival of Multiple Myeloma Patients Greatly Improved with Lenalidomide (Interview with Dr. Philip McCarthy Jr., MD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute)
Survival of Multiple Myeloma Patients Greatly Improved with Lenalidomide (Interview with Dr. Philip McCarthy Jr., MD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute) (May 9, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Taking lenalidomide, a medication popularly known as Revlimid, can help stave off the progression of multiple myeloma following a stem cell transplantation, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Pessimistic Personality Worsens Health in Heart Disease Patients (Video)
Pessimistic Personality Worsens Health in Heart Disease Patients (Video) (May 8, 2012 - Insidermedicine)  Having a personality type in which you dwell on negative emotions but fail to share these bad feelings with others may make you prone to worse health when faced with heart disease, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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Environment Causing Dramatic Increase of Near-Sightedness in East Asia (Video)
Environment Causing Dramatic Increase of Near-Sightedness in East Asia (Video) (May 4, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Environment trumps genes when it comes to myopia, and environmental pressures are dramatically increasing rates of myopia in Eastern Asia, according to a Series published in The Lancet.

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Brachytherapy as Treatment for Breast Cancer May Do More Harm than Good (Interview with Dr. Benjamin Smith, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Brachytherapy as Treatment for Breast Cancer May Do More Harm than Good (Interview with Dr. Benjamin Smith, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) (May 1, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A type of treatment called brachytherapy is increasing in popularity for breast cancer, but new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that it actually does more harm than good.

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Bypass Surgery May Be Better For Some Heart Disease Patients than Less Invasive Procedure (Interview with Dr. William S. Weintraub MD, FACC, Christiana Care Health System)
Bypass Surgery May Be Better For Some Heart Disease Patients than Less Invasive Procedure (Interview with Dr. William S. Weintraub MD, FACC, Christiana Care Health System) (April 18, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Over the long-term, some individuals with complex cardiovascular disease may fare better with bypass surgery than the less invasive angioplasty, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Helicopter Transport Saves Lives in People With Severe Injuries (Interview with Dr. Adil Haider MD, MPH, FACS,Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Helicopter Transport Saves Lives in People With Severe Injuries (Interview with Dr. Adil Haider MD, MPH, FACS,Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) (April 17, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Helicopter transportation helps improve the chances of survival compared with ground transportation for individuals who sustain severe injuries, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Lack of Sleep Affects Metabolism, Insulin Production (Video)
Lack of Sleep Affects Metabolism, Insulin Production (Video) (April 11, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Sleep deprivation and disrupted day/night cycles, like those experienced by shift workers, can slow metabolism and suppress the body’s production of insulin, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine.

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ECG May Help Predict Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack in Older Adults (Video)
ECG May Help Predict Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack in Older Adults (Video) (April 10, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) findings among older adults may be a sign of increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) events such as heart attack or stroke, according to research published in the April 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Rivaroxaban Video: New Oral Medication May Be As Safe, Effective as Infusion in Treating Pulmonary Embolism
Rivaroxaban Video: New Oral Medication May Be As Safe, Effective as Infusion in Treating Pulmonary Embolism (April 4, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A simple oral medication appears to be as safe and effective for the treatment of pulmonary embolism as more complex infusions of standard blood thinners in research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Heart Attack Video: Moderate Drinking May Protect Reduce Death in Men With Previous Heart Attack
Heart Attack Video: Moderate Drinking May Protect Reduce Death in Men With Previous Heart Attack (March 28, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Moderate drinking is associated with a reduced risk of death among men who have experienced a first heart attack, according to research published in the European Heart Journal.

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GIK Solution in People with Acute Coronary Syndrome Reduces Severity of Heart Attack (Interview with Dr. Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Tufts Medical Center)
GIK Solution in People with Acute Coronary Syndrome Reduces Severity of Heart Attack (Interview with Dr. Harry Selker, MD, MSPH, Tufts Medical Center) (March 27, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Giving individuals suffering from chest pain caused by acute coronary syndrome, or ACS, an infusion of glucose, insulin, and potassium, known as GIK, does not reduce the likelihood that they will have a full-blown heart attack but may help improve their overall outcomes, according to research published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Chocolate Eaters Weigh Less (Video)
Chocolate Eaters Weigh Less (Video) (March 26, 2012 - Insidermedicine) More frequent indulgence in chocolate is associated with having a lower body mass index, or BMI, according to a research letter published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Report Questions Use of Epinephrine After Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Video)
Report Questions Use of Epinephrine After Sudden Cardiac Arrest (Video) (March 20, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Using epinephrine to help restore circulation among patients who have experienced sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting may not be warranted, since it may reduce the likelihood of surviving with all faculties intact, according to research published in theJournal of the American Medical Association.

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Report Strongly Recommends Brain Surgery for Epileptics Who Don't Respond to Drugs (Interview with Dr. Jerome Engel Jr., MD, PhD, UCLA)
Report Strongly Recommends Brain Surgery for Epileptics Who Don't Respond to Drugs (Interview with Dr. Jerome Engel Jr., MD, PhD, UCLA) (March 6, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Individuals suffering from epileptic seizures despite trying at least two antiepileptic drugs should be evaluated for their eligibility to undergo brain surgery without delay, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Slow Growth of Baby's Head (Video)
Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Slow Growth of Baby's Head (Video) (March 5, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Use of popular antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, during pregnancy may be associated with a slight slowing of the growth of the baby’s head and an increased risk for preterm birth, according to research published online ahead of print in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Cancer Rates in EU Dropping; Hearing Loss Linked to Risk of Falls; Heat-Related Football Deaths in the US Have Tripled (Week in Review)
Cancer Rates in EU Dropping; Hearing Loss Linked to Risk of Falls; Heat-Related Football Deaths in the US Have Tripled (Week in Review) (March 4, 2012 - Insidermedicine) From Italy - Research published in the Annals of Oncology predicts that cancer death rates will decline this year in the European Union.

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Atrial Fibrillation May Raise Risk of Mental Decline, Dementia (Interview with Dr. Koon Teo, PhD, LRCP, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPC, McMaster University)
Atrial Fibrillation May Raise Risk of Mental Decline, Dementia (Interview with Dr. Koon Teo, PhD, LRCP, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPC, McMaster University) (February 28, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Individuals suffering from an irregular heartbeat, a condition known as atrial fibrillation, may be at increased risk of developing dementia, according to a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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Weight Loss Counseling in Doctor's Office Helps Obese Men Lose Weight (Interview with Dr. Robert Ross, PhD, Queen's University)
Weight Loss Counseling in Doctor's Office Helps Obese Men Lose Weight (Interview with Dr. Robert Ross, PhD, Queen's University) (February 27, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A physical activity and diet program implemented by health educators in primary care physicians’ offices benefitted obese men but not women in research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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H1N1 Slowed by School Closures (Interview with David Earn, PhD, McMaster University)
H1N1 Slowed by School Closures (Interview with David Earn, PhD, McMaster University) (February 23, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Closing schools for summer break successfully limited the spread of H1N1 pandemic flu in Alberta, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Young Women More Likely to Suffer a Heart Attack Without Chest Pain (Video)
Young Women More Likely to Suffer a Heart Attack Without Chest Pain (Video) (February 22, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Women, particularly younger women, are less likely than men to experience chest pain as a symptom of a heart attack.

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Physical Activity Improves Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Waist Size in Children (Video)
Physical Activity Improves Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Waist Size in Children (Video) (February 14, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Among children, greater amounts of moderate to vigorous physical activity are associated with better cardiometabolic risk factors regardless of sedentary time, according to research published in the February 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Those with Inherited Blindness (Video)
Gene Therapy Improves Vision in Those with Inherited Blindness (Video) (February 8, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Gene therapy is helping those suffering from a hereditary congenital eye disease regain their vision.

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Exemestane, Breast Cancer Prevention Drug, May Accelerate Bone Loss (Video)
Exemestane, Breast Cancer Prevention Drug, May Accelerate Bone Loss (Video) (February 7, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A drug that can help high-risk women stave off breast cancer has been shown to accelerate bone loss in research published online ahead of print in The Lancet Oncology.

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Ulipristal May Improve Treatment of Painful Uterine Fibroids (Video)
Ulipristal May Improve Treatment of Painful Uterine Fibroids (Video) (February 1, 2012 - Insidermedicine) A therapy that modulates the effects of the hormone progesterone can help reduce bleeding and shrink fibroid size among women with symptomatic fibroids, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Heart Defect Video: Being Overweight and Smoking During Pregnancy Raises Baby's Risk of Heart Defect
Heart Defect Video: Being Overweight and Smoking During Pregnancy Raises Baby's Risk of Heart Defect (January 30, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Both being overweight and smoking during pregnancy work synergistically to increase the risk that babies will be born with heart defects, according to research published online ahead of print in Heart.

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PFC Exposure Greatly Reduces Children's Immune Response to Vaccines (Video)
PFC Exposure Greatly Reduces Children's Immune Response to Vaccines (Video) (January 24, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Exposure to industrial pollutants known as perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, at levels currently found in some children has been associated with a substantial reduction in the children’s immune system response to vaccinations, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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New Intervention May Ensure High Blood Pressure Patients Take Their Medications (Video)
New Intervention May Ensure High Blood Pressure Patients Take Their Medications (Video) (January 23, 2012 - Insidermedicine) An intervention aimed at bringing small joys to patients and helping them translate those joys into self-affirmation helped improve their adherence to blood pressure lowering medication in research published online ahead of print in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Shortages of Life Saving Drugs in the US May Create Public Health Emergency (Video)
Shortages of Life Saving Drugs in the US May Create Public Health Emergency (Video) (January 20, 2012 - Insidermedicine) Shortages of potentially life-saving anti-infective drugs in the U.S. may put patients at risk or even present a public health emergency, according to a review article published online ahead of print in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Hepatitis C Video: New Drug Combo May Help Treat Chronic Hepatitis C