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Scripps Florida Scientists Win $2.2 Million to Expand Study of Innovative Obesity Therapy

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Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute Florida campus have been awarded nearly $2.2 million by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to advance an innovative approach to the treatment of obesity.

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Dean of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine: Precision Medicine is “Personalized, Problematic, and Promising”

- The rapidly emerging field of precision medicine is a “disruptive innovation” that offers the possibility of remarkably fine-tuned remedies to improve patient health while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects, says J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Toddler Temperament Could Be Influenced by Different Types of Gut Bacteria

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The microbiome of a toddler’s gut may influence their behavior, a new study suggests. Scientists found correlations between temperament and the presence of specific types of intestinal bacteria in both girls and boys. The researchers aren’t looking for a way to help parents modify the ‘terrible twos,’ but for clues about how - and where - chronic illnesses like obesity, asthma, allergies and bowel diseases start.

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Cancer Genetic Counselor Helps People to Look Beyond the Numbers

Shawnia Ryan, MS, CGC is the second certified cancer genetic counselor in the state of New Mexico. She helps people make sense of the statistics and genetic information to answer their personal cancer genetic questions.

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Access to Mental Health Care for Teens Improving, but Less for Communities with Disparities

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Teens in the U.S. have more availability of mental health care than they did two years ago, but access is not equal in all communities.

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Study Links Better “Good Cholesterol” Function With Lower Risk of Later Heart Disease

HDL, the “good cholesterol” helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. Yet recent drug trials and genetic studies suggest that pushing HDL levels higher doesn’t reduce the risk of heart disease. Now, an epidemiological study shows that a person’s HDL function—the efficiency of HDL molecules at removing cholesterol—may be a better measure of coronary heart disease risk and target for heart-protecting drugs.

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Changing Diagnosis Codes Will Challenge Emergency Medicine

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Emergency medicine faces special challenges during this fall's changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded. Nearly a quarter of all ER clinical encounters could pose difficulties.

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Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually protect the brain from damage following hemorrhagic stroke.

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Exposure to National Tobacco Education Campaign Increased Intentions to Quit Smoking

A national tobacco education campaign, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featuring graphic, testimonial-style advertisements increased intentions to quit smoking, according to a study by RTI International.