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The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

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Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe.  ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]

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Caring for the Patient When the Patient Doesn’t Care

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In medical school, we learn that our job is to help our patients. This point seems so obvious that we take it for granted; we tell ourselves that this is the purpose served by the endless hours in the library and late nights on the wards. In the abstract, it seems like a simple concept. [...]

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Midlife Patients Could Benefit by Updating Doctors on Family Medical History

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It’s not unusual to fumble when trying to recall one’s family medical history—especially in the absence of integrated electronic health records (EHRs). But those cumbersome forms and recitations help doctors to predict patients’ risks for disease later in life, especially for partially heritable afflictions, such as breast or colorectal cancers. However, once the new-patient querying [...]

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Your MRI is calling: FDA approves first medical iPhone app

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A medical smart phone app that allows doctors to view and assess medical images has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time. The program, called Mobile MIM, pops CT, PET, MRI and other scans directly to portable screens with sufficient quality to enable clinical decisions, the agency concluded in [...]

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Heart disease treatment costs set to triple to $818 billion annually by 2030

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More than one in three people in the U.S. currently have some form of heart disease, and it remains the leading cause of death in the country. Treating all of our coronary heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke and other conditions last year cost about $272.5 billion. In 20 years, that price tag [...]

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Just How Fishy Are You? More About Your Inner Animal

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Last night the final episode of the 3-part series of PBS’s adaptation of Neil Shubin’s book Your Inner Fish aired in most of the country (although some PBS stations have delayed the last episode until next week… If you didn’t catch the series, you can stream them online for a short period here.) If tweets [...]

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Happiness on a Chain: Is That An Oxymoron?

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Scientists are, in general, a rebellious bunch. But Raven Hanna, the brains behind Made With Molecules, may be more rebellious than most. After completing a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and doing a post-doc at UC Berkeley, she left the well-trodden path to the Ivory Tower to live off the grid and [...]

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