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Spider toxin analogue may help relieve pain
New research suggests that a compound based on a spider toxin may be effective for treating pain. (2016-03-07)

Some medications increase risk of blood vessel constriction in extremities
A recent review of the medical literature has identified 12 classes of drugs and four main pathophysiological mechanisms that can cause a side effect whereby small arteries that supply blood to the skin constrict in response to cold, limiting blood supply. (2016-03-07)

Was author of famed 'Gray's Anatomy' textbook a plagiarist?
A new survey of historical evidence demonstrates that Henry Gray plagiarized parts of the first edition of his book, 'Gray's Anatomy,' the famed textbook of human anatomy that was initially published in 1858 and is currently in its 41st edition. (2016-03-01)

Emergency departments face considerable costs related to long-term urinary catheters
Problems with long-term urinary catheters create a considerable demand on emergency departments and are very costly to health-care systems, according to a new study from South East London. (2016-03-01)

Boston University medical student receives the Permanente Journal's Service Quality Award
Justin Slade, a fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine, recently was awarded the 'Permanente Journal Service Quality Award' at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum. The award is to acknowledge excellence in quality improvement projects. (2016-02-23)

American College of Prosthodontists issues guidelines on maintaining tooth-borne and implant-borne dental restorations
Using the best level of available evidence, the American College of Prosthodontists, working with the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Dental Hygienists Association, recently published the first clinical practice guidelines for patients and dental professionals as they care for tooth-borne and implant-borne restorations. (2016-01-27)

Opioid prescribing for chronic pain -- achieving the right balance through education
In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. That growth has been associated with increasing misuse of these medications, leading to alarming increases in unintentional opioid overdose deaths. In a perspective in this week's New England Journal of Medicine, Daniel Alford, MD, MPH, recommends that prescriber education is the best approach to addressing the prescription opioid-misuse epidemic. (2016-01-27)

American Epilepsy Society awarded six-year ACCME accreditation with commendation
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has been awarded accreditation with commendation as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. To earn this accreditation, AES was resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and demonstrated compliance in all accreditation criteria, standards and policies, earning accreditation with commendation from the ACCME through Nov. 30, 2021. (2016-01-08)

Migraine triggers may all act through a common pathway
Migraines can be triggered by a variety of factors, including stress, sleep disruption, noise, odors, and diet. The findings of a new Headache review indicate that many of these factors converge on a common pathway involving oxidative stress. (2015-12-07)

Screenbased activities can't replace personal interactions
A new article stresses the importance of direct interactions with family members for infants' development and finds no scientific evidence for benefits of iPad or DVD programs, which in fact might even cause language delays. (2015-12-07)

Could hippos be meat eaters?
People often think hippos are herbivores with big smiling faces. Every now and then, reports of a hippo of hunting down prey, eating a carcass, or stealing prey from a crocodile are heard, but they're typically considered 'aberrant' or 'unusual' behavior. (2015-12-07)

How fresh is your maple syrup?
The maple syrup that's tapped from the tree may not be as fresh as you think it is. (2015-12-07)

Acetaminophen provides no benefits against the flu
Some doctors may recommend that patients with the flu take acetaminophen, or paracetemol, to relieve their symptoms; however, a new randomized clinical trial found no benefits to the over-the-counter medication in terms of fighting the influenza virus or reducing patients' temperature or other symptoms. (2015-12-07)

Reducing pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the big toe
Prefabricated foot orthoses and rocker-sole footwear (in which the sole of the shoe is curved) are effective at reducing peak pressure under the big toe in people with a condition called first metatarsophalangeal joint osteoarthritis, but new research shows that they achieve this through different mechanisms. (2015-12-07)

High levels of physical activity may worsen asthma control in young females
Among 526 adolescents and young adults who were asked about their exercise habits, those with asthma tended to report more physical activity than those without asthma. Compared with moderate physical activity, high physical activity levels were linked with poorer asthma control in females, but not in males. (2015-11-19)

Presence of female executives may negatively impact other women aspiring to senior leadearship
After analyzing 20 years of data on the S&P 1,500 firms, researchers have proposed a theory that women in top management face an implicit quota, whereby a firm's leadership makes an effort to have a small number of women on the top management team but makes less effort to have, or even resists having, larger numbers of women. (2015-11-16)

Fossil discovery shows that three previously recognized species are in fact just one
On an expedition in Scotland, researchers recently discovered the fossilized remains of a mouse-sized mammal dating back around 170 million years to the Middle Jurassic. The fossil represents a lower jaw belonging to a species of 'stem therian' mammal called Palaeoxonodon that was previously known solely from isolated teeth. (2015-11-16)

How new technologies will impact the engineering of biological systems
A new Biotechnology and Bioengineering viewpoint article provides insights on how rapid advancements in DNA reading and writing technologies will impact how researchers go about engineering biological systems, which include processes that occur within and around cells. (2015-11-16)

Could solar eclipses disrupt electricity in Germany?
Could a solar eclipse over Europe during the day affect the power generated by Germany's photovoltaic systems or solar panels, thereby challenging the reliability of the electrical supply across the country? (2015-11-09)

New curriculum teaches patient-centric practices for 21st-century docs
Medical students at Penn State are now receiving training in health systems sciences and patient navigation, along with the traditional areas of medical education. (2015-10-22)

Expanded education for women in Malawi does not lead to later childbearing
The age at first birth in Malawi has remained constant from 1992 to 2010, despite expanded access to education for girls. Social demographer Monica Grant explores this finding in a new Population Development and Review paper, noting that it does not imply that women would have been better off in the absence of recent education policies. (2015-09-24)

Eye-tracking glasses reveal the learning process
Using eye-tracking glasses, Queen's University professor Adam Szulewski (Emergency Medicine) has developed a new method to determine how novice medical students learn compared to more experienced medical professionals. (2015-09-21)

Reports on US geoscience education published by AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society
The Center for Geoscience and Society is pleased to release two reports concerning geosciences education in the United States. (2015-08-18)

Traditional Chinese exercises may help patients with COPD
In a new Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in remission who were randomized to LQG demonstrated marked improvements in their lung function, general health, mental health, and quality of life. (2015-07-14)

UK doctors to help shape the future of medical revalidation
A national team of health education and profession experts, led by researchers from Plymouth University and commissioned by the General Medical Council, are surveying the UK's doctors to evaluate medical revalidation. The exercise will give doctors the opportunity to help shape the future of medical revalidation. (2015-07-05)

Lack of research funding could leave health care training 'to chance,' says BMJ editorial
Health care education researchers, led by Dr. Julian Archer from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, have penned a heartfelt editorial in The BMJ calling for more research funding to support the evidence base for medical training. (2015-06-30)

Students' unions attempts to oppose consumerism are rarely successful, new research finds
A new study, published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education, has found that while students' unions often try to oppose the rise of consumerism at their universities, they are rarely successful. (2015-06-15)

Study on simulated stroke wins major neurology award
A study performed by Loyola University Medical Center resident neurologists has won a prestigious 2015 Safety and Quality Award from the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that using a high-fidelity patient simulator (mannequin) and other simulation-based education techniques can significantly improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of first-year neurology residents treating stroke patients in the emergency department. (2015-04-23)

A call to US educators: Learn from Canada
In contrast to the contentious debates over education reform in the US, the Canadian province Ontario has taken a cooperative route to improving schools that often rank among the top performers on international assessments, according to a Boston College expert on educational change. (2015-04-18)

CCNY's Theresa Montini awarded $300,000 for tobacco cessation study
Despite significant decreases in Americans' tobacco use, approximately 70 percent of homeless people use tobacco. In a bid to stymie this, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $300,000 to Dr. Theresa Montini, assistant medical processor in The City College of New York's Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, for a four-year research study to test a nicotine cessation approach that she developed. (2015-04-09)

New neurologists receive stroke training with mannequins and other simulation techniques
Using mannequins and other simulation techniques can significantly improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of first-year neurology residents treating strokes in the ER, according to a study presented at the International Stroke Conference 2015. (2015-02-13)

Levitts endow scholarship for medical education at Tel Aviv University
With a generous commitment of more than $2.8 million, Dr. Morton H. Levitt and Cynthia Levitt have established the Dr. Morton H. Levitt and Cynthia Levitt Endowed Scholarship for Medical Education at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. TAU's Sackler Faculty of Medicine is the largest medical and research training complex in Israel, serving two million people annually. (2015-01-15)

ASTRO recognized with distinguished 'Accreditation with Commendation' status from ACCME
The American Society for Radiation Oncology's education credentials have been recognized and upgraded by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education from Accreditation to Accreditation with Commendation, approved at the ACCME's December 2014 meeting. (2014-12-12)

Number of medical schools with student-run free clinics has more than doubled
There has been a doubling during the last decade in the number of US medical schools that have student-run free clinics, with more than half of medical students involved with these clinics, according to a study in the Dec. 10 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on medical education. (2014-12-09)

Study finds provider-focused intervention improves HPV vaccination rates
Changing the way doctors practice medicine is difficult, however a new study has shown that combining traditional education with quality improvement and incentives improves Human Papilloma virus vaccination rates in boys and girls. The study, which appears on-line in the journal Vaccine, has the potential to produce sustained improvements in these vaccination rates. (2014-11-24)

Boston physician receives AMA Award for Health Education
Daniel Alford, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the office of Continuing Medical Education and associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at Boston Medical Center, received the American Medical Association Foundation Award for Health Education. (2014-11-14)

PIDS supports IDSA statement on involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries
The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society endorses a statement from the Infectious Diseases Society of America regarding involuntary quarantine of healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries. (2014-10-28)

Early intervention could boost education levels
Taking steps from an early age to improve childhood education skills could raise overall population levels of academic achievement by as much as 5 percent, and reduce socioeconomic inequality in education by 15 percent, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide. (2014-10-22)

ASHG and NHGRI award first genetics and education fellowship
The American Society of Human Genetics and the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, have named Elizabeth P. Tuck, M.A., Upper School Science Teacher at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio, the first ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Education Fellow. The 16-month appointment begins today. (2014-09-02)

Study reveals medical students believe health policy education is improving
Students graduating from US medical schools in 2012 feel they've received a better education in health policy issues than graduates surveyed in 2008, according to a multi-center study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and published online this month in Academic Medicine. The study applied a new framework for teaching and evaluating perceptions of training in health policy, first proposed by the authors in a 2011 perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2014-07-23)

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