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A Blood Test for Suicide?

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.

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Acupuncture Provides Significant Quality of Life Improvements Among Breast Cancer Patients Taking Drugs to Prevent Recurrence, Penn Study Shows

Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer. The results of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial examining the intervention led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania are published online this week in the journal Cancer. The study is the first demonstration of EA’s efficacy for both joint pain relief, as well as these other common symptoms.

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New products from Diatron for the AACC Show

The new, bench top P500, medium throughput, clinical chemistry analyzer and the Abacus 3CP hematology analyzer with cap piercing feature are shown on Diatron booth Nr. 1118.

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Beware of Claims about Cosmetic Stem Cells Procedures, Says Review in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Advertising claims for cosmetic procedures using stem cells are running far ahead of the scientific evidence for safety and effectiveness, according to a review in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Good Outcomes with Multiple Limb Salvage After Severe Combat Injuries, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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For survivors of severe combat injuries threatening more than one limb, reconstructive surgical procedures using tissue flaps have a good record of safety and effectiveness in avoiding amputation, reports a paper in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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World’s Smallest Propeller Could Be Used for Microscopic Medicine

A team of scientists in Israel and Germany have created robots that are only nanometers in length, small enough to maneuver inside the human body and possibly inside human cells.

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Confidential Discussions Are Key to Improving Teen Health Visits

Teens who have the option to privately and confidentially discuss health concerns with their doctor are more likely to talk about reproductive health, mental health, issues at school, and some self-care topics than they would be in discussions where a parent is present, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Short Sellers Not to Blame for 2008 Financial Crisis, Study Finds

Contrary to widespread media reports, the collapse of several financial firms during the 2008 economic crisis was not triggered by unsettled stock trades, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

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Amherst College Professor’s Bold Experiment Takes Aim at Malnutrition in India

Amherst College economics professor Prakarsh Singh been awarded a competitive $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to run an ambitious 18-month experiment evaluating the use of monetary incentives to combat childhood malnutrition in India.

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Mass. Eye and Ear/HMS Department of Ophthalmology Awarded Research to Prevent Blindness Grants

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) has awarded several grants to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Ophthalmology, including three Mass. Eye and Ear/HMS researchers to support studies into the causes, treatment and prevention of blinding diseases.

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