Penn Study Reveals New Evidence Showing Medical Student Perceptions of Health Policy Education are Improving, but 40 Percent are Still Not Satisfied

Students graduating from U.S. medical schools in 2012 feel they’ve received a better education in health policy issues than graduates surveyed in 2008, according to a multi-center study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and published online this month in Academic Medicine. The study applied a new framework for teaching and evaluating perceptions of training in health policy, first proposed by the authors in a 2011 perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania |23-Jul-2014 4:45 PM EDT

Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

Researchers are working to protect consumer data by using companies spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project.

– University of Texas at Austin|23-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Drug Approved to Treat Rare Disorder Associated with Anesthesia

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Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ryanodex® (dantrolene sodium) for injectable suspension indicated for the treatment of malignant hyperthermia (MH), along with the appropriate supportive measures. MH is an inherited and potentially fatal disorder triggered by certain anesthesia agents in genetically susceptible individuals. FDA had designated Ryanodex as an Orphan Drug in August 2013. Eagle has been informed by the FDA that it will learn over the next four to six weeks if it has been granted the seven year Orphan Drug market exclusivity.

– Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS)|23-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Monitoring Pulse After Stroke May Prevent a Second Stroke

New research suggests that regularly monitoring your pulse after a stroke or the pulse of a loved one who has experienced a stroke may be a simple and effective first step in detecting irregular heartbeat, a major cause of having a second stroke. The study is published in the July 23, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)|23-Jul-2014 4:00 PM EDT

How Honey Bees Stay Cool

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Research also supports the theoretical construct of the bee hive as a superorganism—an entity in which its many members carry out specialized and vital functions to keep the whole functioning as a unit.

– Tufts University|23-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

The Real Price of Steak: New Research Reveals the Comparative Environmental Costs of Animal-Based Foods

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute and the U.S. created a tool to analyze the environmental costs of agriculture, with the goal of determining which types of animal-based food one should eat, environmentally speaking. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, they came up with answers both expected and surprising.

– Weizmann Institute of Science|23-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Wake Forest Baptist Offers Tips on How To Stay Cool When It’s Hot

Working out when it’s hot isn’t such a hot idea. Just ask Bret Nicks, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|23-Jul-2014 2:45 PM EDT

Dog Jealousy: Study Suggests Primordial Origins for the ‘Green-Eyed Monster’

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Dogs exhibit jealous behaviors. The first experimental test of jealousy in dogs supports the view that the emotion evolved to protect social bonds from interlopers.

– University of California, San Diego|23-Jul-2014 2:00 PM EDT
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