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Maya Healers’ Conception of Cancer May Help Bridge Gap in Multicultural Settings Care

Understanding and integrating patients’ cultural beliefs into cancer treatment plans may help improve their acceptance of and adherence to treatment in multicultural settings. Researchers examined traditional Maya healers’ understanding of cancer and published their findings online today in the Journal of Global Oncology.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Chemo Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier with Sound Waves; Virtual Press Conference

Principal Investigator Takes Questions and Demonstrates Procedure with Video and Animation via Virtual Press Conference Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET

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Take the Sting Out of Summer: Combat the Perils of Mother Nature

Montefiore expert provides tips to avoid common summertime maladies.

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Cancer Research, Environment and Climate Change, Nutrition, and Mental Health - Upcoming Newswise Theme Wires

Newswise invites press release submissions from new and current members for inclusion in our Theme Wires on a variety of topics, including; Cancer Research, Environment and Climate Change, Nutrition, and Mental Health. Each wire is also open for sponsorships to promote your organization’s campaign, product, service, or news.

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Experts and Research Needed: Spreading Flu Outbreak

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Results of Medication Studies in Journals May be Misleading

Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results. The journals are the NEJM, JAMA, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, the British Medical Journal and the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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One More Way Plants Help Human Health

A tiny plant called Arabidopsis thaliana just helped scientists unearth new clues about the daily cycles of many organisms, including humans. This is the latest in a long line of research, much of it supported by the National Institutes of Health, that uses plants to solve puzzles in human health.

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Loyola Launches New Master of Physiology Program

New courses will be taught by faculty at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

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Telemonitoring May Not Offer Improved Outcomes for Critically Ill Patients

Telemonitoring may offer promise for patients in remote locations without access to specially trained intensive care physicians. However, a recent study indicates telemonitoring does not offer improved clinical outcomes compared to patients who receive standard care.

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Research Deepens Understanding of Most Common Gastrointestinal Disorder in U.S., Linking It to Bacterial Overgrowth, Food Poisoning

Cedars-Sinai researchers have reported two advances in the understanding of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 30 million people.

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Lowering Cost Doesn’t Increase Hearing Aid Purchases

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Lowering the cost of hearing aids isn’t enough to motivate adults with mild hearing loss to purchase a device at a younger age or before their hearing worsens, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. Simply lowering the cost of hearing aids – even by as much as 40% – does not improve hearing aid purchase for patients with partial insurance coverage or those who need to cover the entire cost out of pocket.

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Researchers Find New Treatment for Constipation

Constipation is definitely not a glamorous topic. In reality, it affects nearly 30 million Americans and costs more than $1 billion annually to evaluate and treat.

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DNA from Common Stomach Bacteria Minimizes Effects of Colitis

DNA from Helicobacter pylori, a common stomach bacteria, minimizes the effects of colitis in mice, according to a new study by University of Michigan Medical School scientists.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is Not Related to XMRV Retrovirus

New findings from University of Utah School of Medicine researchers show that the retrovirus called XMRV is not present in the blood of patients who have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). These findings contradict a widely reported 2009 Science study that linked CFS to XMRV.

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Study Targets Treatment for Serious ACE Inhibitor Side Effect

A new Henry Ford Hospital study takes a closer look at one of the lesser known, but potential most serious side-effects of ACE inhibitor use – facial, tongue and airway swelling – and identifies a successful and less invasive course of treatment.

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New Biomarker Improves Acute Kidney Injury Diagnosis

A multi-center study to be published April 26 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports a new biomarker is more effective than current best practice for early detection of adverse outcomes after acute kidney injury (AKI) – fatal for an estimated 50 percent of the critically ill patients who get the condition

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A Dose of Art Good for Medicine

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Using the arts and humanities to inspire multi-layered understandings of the experience of illness and health is the primary focus of Dalhousie University Medical School’s Medical Humanities Program. For the past five months, the Program’s Artist in Residence, Julie Adamson Miller has embraced this challenge by engaging the hearts and minds of Dal medical students in a variety of innovative ways.

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Technology Used to Assess How People View Faces with a Cleft Lip and Palate

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The impact of physical attractiveness on social communication is a truth universally acknowledged. It is not surprising, therefore, that individuals with a cleft lip and palate have experienced social isolation and poor self-esteem. But how people really see faces affected by this anomaly has not been studied. Researchers are now seeking a more scientific evaluation of how people look at faces with a cleft lip and palate through the use of an eye-tracking camera.