Opioid prescribing rates higher in US compared with other countries

AURORA, Colo. (July 24, 2019) — Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to a recently published study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The study reviewed prescribing practices at…

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Immune therapy takes a ‘BiTE’ out of brain cancer

BOSTON — Building on their research showing that an exciting new form of immunotherapy for cancer has activity in patients with glioblastoma, the most common and most deadly form of brain cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have created a new method that could make immune therapy more effective again brain tumors and expand its…

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Microrobots show promise for treating tumors

IMAGE: An artist’s illustration of microrobots inside the gut. view more  Credit: Caltech Targeting medical treatment to an ailing body part is a practice as old as medicine itself. A Band-Aid is placed on a skinned knee. Drops go into itchy eyes. A broken arm goes into a cast. But often what ails us is inside…

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UMass researchers receive $10 million grant to study jail-based opioid addiction treatment

IMAGE: Assistant professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are among the scientists at a dozen institutions nationwide that will form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), an ambitious, $155 million…

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America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

IMAGE: Distribution of health star ratings by major food category for foods that were and were not classified as ultra-processed. view more  Credit: Northwestern University About 80% of Americans’ calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods, beverages Food supply plays a central role in the development of obesity, cardiovascular disease Compared to other western countries, U.S. has…

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3D printed pill samples gut microbiome to aid diagnosis and treatment

IMAGE: Bacteria in the gut are pulled into the helical channels by an osmotic ‘pump’ in the pill. view more  Credit: Nano Lab, Tufts University MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (July 24, 2019) — A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the…

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Frog in your throat? Stress might be to blame for vocal issues

IMAGE: Maria Dietrich is the director of the Vocal Control and Vocal Well-Being Lab at MU. She recently found that there is more to vocal issues than just feeling nervous and… view more  Credit: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. — Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, often comes up in lists of greatest fears. Such…

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An apple carries about 100 million bacteria — good luck washing them off

To the heroes among you who eat the whole apple: besides extra fiber, flavonoids and flavor, you’re also quaffing 10 times as many bacteria per fruit as your core-discarding counterparts. Is this a good thing? Probably. But it might depend on how your apples were grown. Published in Frontiers in Microbiology, a new study shows…

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Active pharmaceutical ingredients can persist in the environment

IMAGE: Private water wells are a vital source of drinking water in Pennsylvania. They provide water to nearly one million rural homes and farms. view more  Credit: Chad Voorhees Homeowners who rely on private wells as their drinking water source can be vulnerable to bacteria, nitrates, and other contaminants that have known human health risks. Because…

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Neil Armstrong’s Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement

When Neil Armstrong died in a Cincinnati hospital two weeks after undergoing heart surgery in 2012, his family released a touching tribute addressing the astronaut’s millions of admirers around the globe. “Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty,” they wrote, telling fans of the first man to walk on the moon that “the next…

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