Excess Vitamin B12 May Be Deadly

High levels of Vitamin B12 may be too much of a good thing. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient, important in nerve and blood cell health, and most people obtain enough of it in food. Those with B12 deficiency, or an inability to absorb it, can use supplements. But a study in JAMA Network Open…

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You’re Not Listening. Here’s Why.

“You’re not listening!” “Let me finish!” “That’s not what I said!” After “I love you,” these are among the most common refrains in close relationships. During my two years researching a book on listening, I learned something incredibly ironic about interpersonal communication: The closer we feel toward someone, the less likely we are to listen…

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As Foreigners Flee China, Pakistan Tells Its Citizens to Stay

NEW DELHI — For days, Nadeem Bhatti, a university student in Wuhan, China, watched as his foreign classmates fled the center of the coronavirus outbreak — lines of Indians, Nepalis and others filed somberly onto buses as their governments evacuated them from the hot zone. But Mr. Bhatti, like hundreds of other Pakistani students, was…

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Young men unaware of risks of HPV infection and need for HPV vaccination

Young sexual minority men — including those who are gay, bisexual, queer or straight-identified men who have sex with men — do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers researchers. A Rutgers study published in the Journal of Community Health,…

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Trial shows using two drugs not better than one when treating MRSA blood infections

Researchers attempting to improve the treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood infections have discovered the combination of two antibiotics was no better than one, and led to more adverse effects. MRSA bloodstream infections have a mortality rate between 20 and 25 per cent and cause around 1000 infections a year in Australia. In what…

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Research points to potential brain marker of stress and its effects on problem solving

Stress response is the body’s normal physiological reaction to a situation that it perceives as threatening. However, stress can also impact important aspects of thinking, including problem solving. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have discovered a potential indicator of how stress…

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Replacing animal testing with synthetic cell scaffolds

In the field of cancer research, the idea that scientists can disrupt cancer growth by changing the environment in which cancerous cells divide is growing in popularity. The primary way researchers have tested this theory is to conduct experiments using animals. Smitha Rao’s cell scaffolding research aims to replace animal testing in cancer research with…

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Frailty can affect how well older adults fare following emergency surgery

Frailty is the medical term for becoming weaker or experiencing lower levels of activity/energy. Becoming frail as we age increases our risk for poor health, falls, disability, and other serious concerns. This can be especially true for older people facing surgery, up to half of whom are classified as frail. Studies show that frail people…

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Medical societies join ACR to oppose policy limiting access to in-office treatments

ATLANTA — In comments submitted to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, medical societies representing rheumatology, ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology and urology specialists joined the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to raise grave concerns about a recent insurance trend that requires providers to obtain physician-administered treatments through mail-order specialty pharmacies. Providers are concerned the mandate adds additional layers…

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