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Patients Far More Likely to Have Imaging Scan if Seen by Non-Physician Provider

Advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 34 percent more likely than primary care physicians to prescribe an imaging exam for patients, according to a Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Grasshoppers Signal Slow Recovery of Post-Agricultural Woodlands, Study Finds

By comparing grasshoppers found at woodland sites once used for agriculture to similar sites never disturbed by farming, UW-Madison Philip Hahn and John Orrock show that despite decades of recovery, the numbers and types of species found in each differ, as do the understory plants and other ecological variables, like soil properties.

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Muscle Relaxant May Be Viable Treatment for Rare Form of Diabetes

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Loius has discovered that a commonly prescribed muscle relaxant may be an effective treatment for a rare but devastating form of diabetes. The drug, dantrolene, prevents the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells in animal models of Wolfram syndrome.

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Obese Children Burdened by More Than Weight

High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity. In a recent study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine sought to determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in children with NAFLD, which places them at risk for premature cardiovascular disease.

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Study Shows Mental Health Impact of Breast Size Differences in Teens

Differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls, affecting self-esteem, emotional well-being, and social functioning, reports the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Shared Medical Appointments Increase Contact Time Between Women Considering Breast Reduction and Their Surgeon

For women considering breast reduction surgery, initial evaluation at a shared medical appointment (SMA) provides excellent patient satisfaction in a more efficient clinic visit, reports a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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What Online Gaming Can Tell Us About Organizational Trust

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Dr. Rolf Wigand's article, “The Dynamics of Shared Leadership: Building Trust and Enhancing Performance,” was published as the lead story in volume 99, issue 5 of the Journal of Applied Psychology. The article’s publication is a direct result of Dr. Wigand’s $400,000 National Science Foundation’s research grant, which supported the study of a virtual organization using data collected from a massively-multiplayer online game (MMOG).

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