Feb

24

2017
Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

[embedded content] Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Spirit Of Inquiry. About Kevin Jones’ TED Talk Sometimes, doctors just don’t have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine. About Kevin Jones Kevin Jones a professor at the University of Utah and surgeon at Primary Children’s Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where he…

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Feb

23

2017
Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Enlarge this image Lucia Adeng Wek holds her 3-year-old son, Wek Wol Wek, who suffers from malnutrition. They’re at a clinic in South Sudan run by Doctors without Borders and were photographed on October 11, 2016. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing — fueled by…

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Feb

23

2017
Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

Tired teens 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes as adults

Teenagers who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting. Now, research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of York, in the United Kingdom, shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first study to our knowledge to show…

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Feb

22

2017

Safe Sleeping for Babies

February 22, 2017 To the Editor: Re “Baby in a Box? Free Bassinets Encourage Safe Sleeping” (news article, Feb. 13): I was glad to hear that my state is in the forefront of encouraging safe sleeping conditions for babies. While parents probably put their baby to sleep safely at home, it’s imperative that they make sure their day care provider does the same. Sleep experts…

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Feb

22

2017
Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Enlarge this image Robert Hanson/Ikon Images/Getty Images Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. The groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths. Sudden cardiac death…

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Feb

22

2017
GOP Seeks Reduction In Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits

GOP Seeks Reduction In Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits

Enlarge this image Seema Verma, who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said that maternity benefits should be optional rather than required. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, many suggest that shrinking the list of services…

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Feb

22

2017
Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

New UCL research has found no link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms, casting doubt on previous suggestions that people who grew up with cats are at higher risk of mental illness. Recent research has suggested that cat ownership might contribute to some mental disorders, because cats are the primary host of the common parasite Toxoplasma Gondii (T. Gondii), itself linked to mental health problems…

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Feb

21

2017
Anti-epilepsy medicine taken by pregnant women does not harm the child’s overall health

Anti-epilepsy medicine taken by pregnant women does not harm the child’s overall health

Children whose mothers have taken anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy, do not visit the doctor more often than children who have not been exposed to this medicine in utero. This is the result of a new study from Aarhus. Previous studies have shown that anti-epilepsy medicine may lead to congenital malformations in the fetus and that the use of anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy affects the development…

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Feb

21

2017
Family focused interventions for at risk children and youth

Family focused interventions for at risk children and youth

Children and youth who experience adversity during childhood may suffer serious psychological and psychiatric difficulties as a result. Adversity may range, for example, from chronic poverty to parents’ mental health problems. A new special section published in the journal Child Development includes articles from 12 sets of experts on how interventions can be developed to maximize resilience among children experiencing adversity and improve outcomes for…

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