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NEWLY DEVELOPED NANOPARTICLES CAN DESTROY DIFFERENT TYPES OF VIRUSES

Viral infections kill millions of people worldwide every year, but currently available antiviral drugs are limited in that they mostly act against one or a small handful of related viruses. A few broad-spectrum drugs that prevent viral entry into healthy cells exist, but they usually need to be taken continuously …

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RESEARCHERS CREATE SKELETAL MUSCLES FROM STEM CELLS

UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step towards developing a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne Muscular …

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Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients

Medical appointments are getting shorter by the year. Sometimes it feels like doctors have no time to spend with their patients. What’s to blame for these brief clinical interactions? It could be the electronic health record, or EHR. Because of changes in how insurance companies and the government pay for …

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Female doctor suspended for having sex with patient

An outback doctor who suggested sex with a patient after examining his genitals, and had sex with a different patient soon after treating his wife and step-daughter has been suspended for three months. General practitioner Dr Biljana Nikolova-Trask, from Broken Hill in NSW, has had her medical registration suspended for three …

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7 Things Doctors Hate to Hear

“I’m on that little white pill, you know which one I mean.” There are hundreds of little white pills, and that’s not even counting all the generics out there. In our clinic, we ask patients to bring their prescriptions (and non-prescription medications) in with them at every visit. It’s amazing …

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How to do a Breast Self-Exam

A breast self-examination (BSE) is a technique which allows an individual to examine his/her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes. It is often used as an early detectionmethod for breast cancer. Both men and women should perform a BSE at least once each month beginning at age 18. Breast Self-Exam …

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Breast Lump: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

What Causes Breast Lump? Most breast lumps are noncancerous, which means they are benign. You might be surprised to find a breast lump, but it’s important to remember that it may not affect your long-term health. However, a breast lump can be a sign of cancer. It’s wise to always seek …

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What is Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder?

What is Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder? Non-24 is a serious, chronic circadian rhythm disorder that’s very common in people who are totally blind. It causes nighttime sleep problems and a wide range of daytime difficulties, including an overwhelming urge to sleep during the day that may lead to decreased function at …

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Glimepiride: uses & side effects

Glimepiride (original trade name Amaryl) is an orally available medium-to-long-acting sulfonylurea antidiabetic drug. It is sometimes classified as either the first third-generation sulfonylurea, or as second-generation. Uses of Glimepiride: It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes). What do I need to tell my …

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Important information about Metformin: Uses and side effects

What is metformin? Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels. Metformin is used together with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metformin is sometimes used together with insulin or other medications, but it is not for treating type 1 diabetes. Important …

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