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Article ID: 610549

Blood Test Accurately Diagnoses Concussion and Predicts Long Term Cognitive Disability

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new blood biomarker correctly predicted which concussion victims went on to have white matter tract structural damage and persistent cognitive dysfunction following a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). If validated in larger studies, this blood test could identify concussion patients at increased risk for persistent cognitive dysfunction or further brain damage and disability if returning to sports or military activities.

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19-Nov-2013 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 610552

Smartphone Apps Lack Proven Strategies to Help Smokers Quit

George Washington University

An estimated 11 million smokers in the United States own a smartphone and increasingly they’re turning to apps in an attempt to quit. But many of the most popular anti-smoking apps for iPhones or Androids lack some basic strategies that are known to help smokers quit, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Article ID: 610541

Liberal Uniqueness, Conservative Consensus are Both Ideological Illusions

New York University

Liberals tend to underestimate the amount of actual agreement among those who share their ideology, while conservatives tend to overestimate intra-group agreement, researchers in NYU’s Department of Psychology have found.

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19-Nov-2013 9:00 AM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 610521

Brain Imaging Reveals Dynamic Changes Caused by Pain Medicines

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A study in the December issue of Anesthesiology suggests a role for brain imaging in the assessment and potential treatment of chronic pain. University of Michigan researchers are the first to use brain imaging procedures to track the clinical action of pregabalin, a drug known by the brand name Lyrica® that is prescribed to patients suffering from fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.

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19-Nov-2013 8:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 610539

How Poor Mental Health and Casual Sex Reinforce Each Other

Ohio State University

A new study suggests that poor mental health and casual sex feed off each other in teens and young adults, with each one contributing to the other over time.

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19-Nov-2013 6:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 610537

Biologists ID New Cancer Weakness

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Biologists from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT have found that tumor cells with mutated p53 can be made much more vulnerable to chemotherapy by blocking another gene called MK2.

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18-Nov-2013 6:20 PM EST
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Article ID: 610531

In Pandemic, Parents Who Get Reminders More Likely to Get Kids Vaccinated

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new University of Michigan study found that the state immunization registry – the public health database that tracks vaccinations– can be an effective tool to encourage influenza vaccinations during a pandemic.

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18-Nov-2013 4:45 PM EST
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Article ID: 610324

Rural and Southern Regions Lack Annual Training in CPR

Duke Health

Annual rates of CPR training in the United States are low and vary widely across the country, but the communities most in need of training are the least likely to be trained, according to a new study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

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14-Nov-2013 4:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 610248

Promiscuous Mouse Moms Bear Sexier Sons

University of Utah

University of Utah biologists found that when mother mice compete socially for mates in a promiscuous environment, their sons play hard and die young: They attract more females by making more urinary pheromones, but smelling sexier shortens their lives.

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13-Nov-2013 2:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 610472

Gene Plays Major Role in Suppressing Cancer

University of Adelaide

Adelaide researchers have found that a specific gene plays an important role in suppressing lymphoma, a type of blood cell cancer.

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18-Nov-2013 9:00 AM EST
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