Monthly Archives: October 2011

Studying Bias in Evaluations of Doctors

According to an article in the British Medical Journal, official assessments of a doctor’s professionalism should be considered carefully before being accepted due to the tendency for some doctors to receive lower scores than others, and the tendency of some … Continue reading

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Headache Significant Cause of Attrition in Deployed Military Personnel

In a study by Cohen and colleagues to evaluate the impact of headache on personnel deployed in war zones and to identify factors associated with return to duty (RTD), only 33% of the 985 participants (mean age, 29.6 years; 87.5% … Continue reading

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Can Social Networks Change Our Brain?

Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, … Continue reading

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Better Communication = Better Care. 10 Questions You Should Know

In support of patients taking a more active role in their healthcare, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has provided patients with “10 Questions” every healthcare consumer should have the answers too regarding their disease and/or care. “Quality … Continue reading

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Different Brain Rhythms In Healthy And Ill

Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report. The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms – the oscillating … Continue reading

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Persistent negative symptoms in first-episode schizophrenia

A study published in Schizophrenia Research describes that negative symptoms, which are a core feature of schizophrenia, are generally understudied. Researchers evaluated the prevalence and stability of primary negative symptoms, and factors associated with persistent primary negative symptoms in a … Continue reading

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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011: Oct. 2-8, 2011

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the … Continue reading

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