How ‘Muscle Confusion’ Might Help Your Workouts

Here are a few questions to consider as you plan your 2020 exercise routines: Are your muscles confused? Should they be? And just how do we confuse our muscles, anyway? These concerns are at the heart of a timely new study of what happens when we add variety to our gym workouts and, in the…

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The Perfect Cake for Your Coffee Break

“Coffee and” was an expression I heard all the time as a kid. From early morning until late in the afternoon, the aroma that filled the kitchen, wafted through the living room and wisped its way up the stairs was coffee, Chock Full o’ Nuts specifically. The coffeepot burbled steadily in our house, always ready…

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Beiersdorf and Insilico employ AI technology in computer-simulated skin research

Beiersdorf uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the discovery of novel and safe active ingredients New molecules for a specific skin indication to be generated and analyzed using next-generation artificial intelligence developed by Insilico Medicine Beiersdorf is a leader in the development and application of novel AI technologies to skincare and is collaborating with an…

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Outbreak science: Infectious disease research leads to outbreak predictions

Infectious diseases have a substantially growing impact on the health of communities around the world and pressure to both predict and prevent such diseases is ever-growing. LSU Assistant Professor of Biological Science Tad Dallas and colleagues developed a simple approach to accurately predict disease outbreaks by combining novel statistical techniques and a large dataset on…

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An often-made claim that e-cigarettes are ‘95% safer’ is not valid

The frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are «95% less risky» or «95% less harmful» than combustible cigarettes is outdated, misleading and invalid — and should no longer be made in discussions on the dangers of vaping, according to an editorial published today in the American Journal of Public Health by six leading experts on e-cigarettes…

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Probability of dying from road injury has dropped worldwide in all but 5 nations

SEATTLE — Road injuries have become more frequent but less fatal over the past three decades, according to a new scientific study. The probability of dying from a road accident increased in only five nations since 1990 — Central African Republic, Jamaica, Somalia, Swaziland, and United Arab Emirates. Disability from road injuries is multifactorial, and…

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In health care, does ‘hotspotting’ make patients better?

The new health care practice of «hotspotting» — in which providers identify very high-cost patients and attempt to reduce their medical spending while improving care — has virtually no impact on patient outcomes, according to a new study led by MIT economists. The finding underscores the challenge of reducing spending on «superutilizers» of health care,…

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Study: Early intervention of hyperkalemia cuts mortality in half

STONY BROOK, NY, January 8, 2020 — In a new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Adam Singer, MD, et al reported that quickly correcting high potassium levels, a condition known as hyperkalemia, in emergency department patients cut mortality in that population by half. In the study, Singer, professor and vice chair…

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This drug could save their lives, but less than 2% of them get it

Only a tiny minority of people at risk for an opioid overdose actually are prescribed a drug that could save their lives, a new study suggests. And the odds of having a dose of the rescue drug were very low among some of the most at-risk groups, including those who had already survived a previous…

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Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles

January 8, 2020 — Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately, the prevalence of alcohol declined slightly from 40 percent…

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