Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mood Swings Tracked By Twitter

Researchers from Cornell University using Twitter to monitor the attitudes of 2.4 million people in 84 countries, found that people all over the world awaken in a good mood – but globally that cheer soon deteriorates once the workday progresses. … Continue reading

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Psychological Interventions Can Improve Chronic Pain

A presentation at the “Pain In Europe“, 7th Congress of the European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Chapters in Hamburg, Germany reported yesterday that “psychological interventions can mitigate chronic pain, improve the patients’ quality of … Continue reading

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New Genetic Links Found Between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Recent research by the Psychiatric Genome-Wide Association Study Consortium in the journal Nature Genetics reveals that there are common genetic variations that contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. An international team of more than 250 researchers … Continue reading

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IBM’s Watson Computer Lands A Healthcare Job

Last February, IBM’s Watson computer thrilled “Jeopardy” audiences in February by defeating two human champs in a three-day match. Watson now has a new job. IBM is partnering with WellPoint, a large health insurance plan provider with around 34 million … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for the Treatment of Children With ADHD

Researchers from the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine conducted a meta-analysis of the use of omega-3 fatty acid as a supplement in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. PubMed searches for randomized placebo-controlled … Continue reading

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Poll: Has America Changed Since 9/11?

According to CBS News/New York Times poll released last week, more than four out of five Americans say the United States has fundamentally changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001, with about one in four saying Americans are more … Continue reading

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Report Calls for Sweeping Graduate Medical Education Reforms

A broad panel of leaders representing health care, academic medicine, and physician education called for sweeping reforms in the content and format of U.S. graduate medical education (GME) to ensure that physicians are trained more effectively and efficiently to meet … Continue reading

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Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Mortality

Two interesting research articles this week about cognition and Alzheimer’s disease. One in the Archives of General Psychiatry that found that cognitive markers at baseline were more robust predictors of conversion than most biomarkers. And a study in the Annals … Continue reading

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CME Outfitters Advocate Taking Action to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates for Leading Vaccine- Preventable Diseases

August was National Immunization Awareness Month and a perfect time to take steps to improve the nation’s immunization rates for vaccine-preventable disease. A CME Outfitters article entitled “August Is National Immunization Awareness Month” focused on adult immunization, with special attention … Continue reading

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