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A better look at the brain

The challenge of Dr. Mark Ellisman's life is understanding how the brain works. He wants to know how the interplay of structural, chemical, and electrical signals in and between cells of nervous tissue gives rise to behavior. To ...

Aug 23, 2011
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Bioethicist challenges Bachmann on vaccine claim

(AP) -- A prominent bioethicist has offered $10,000 to charity if Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can prove her claim that a vaccination caused mental retardation.

Sep 16, 2011
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English court in landmark right-to-die ruling

An English judge ruled on Wednesday that a brain-damaged, minimally conscious woman should not be allowed to die, in a landmark case about the right to life-supporting treatment.

Sep 28, 2011
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Study questions value of glycemic index

(Medical Xpress) -- Potatoes and other reportedly high-GI foods might not be the dietary villains that recent publicity, books and health-based programmes would claim them to be, a new University of Otago study suggests.

Oct 11, 2011
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New buzzwords 'reduce medicine to economics'

Physicians who once only grappled with learning the language of medicine must now also cope with a health care world that has turned hospitals into factories and reduced clinical encounters to economic transactions, two Beth ...

Oct 12, 2011
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Boston hospital performs double hand transplant

(AP) -- A quadruple amputee who received new hands through a transplant operation says he is looking forward to doing ordinary things again: getting dressed, taking a shower, making coffee and, sweetest of ...

Oct 14, 2011
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Hospital patients suffer in shift shuffle

Patient handovers have increased significantly as a result of the restrictions on the number of hours residents are allowed to work. Multiple shift changes, and resulting consecutive sign-outs, during patient handovers are ...

Oct 20, 2011
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