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Hope for Rare, Fatal Genetic Disorder, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

An international clinical trial published in the Lancet focuses on preserving muscle function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare but fatal genetic disorder. Caused by...

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Resolving the Pill Crisis: Prescription Opioids and Chronic Pain

A new consensus report released last week by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine urges a broad-based rethinking of our approach to chronic pain management, which would require...

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Alternatives and Guidance: Overcoming Barriers to Palliative Care

In a recent article, "Getting It Right at the End of Life," author Dina Keller Moss, lead researcher for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, relates a personal experience on the value of palliative care as a route to...

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Antibiotics Used in Late Pregnancy and Risk for IBD in Offspring

Researchers from University of Chicago School of Medicine report evidence from a study in mice that antibiotics administered in late pregnancy and early nursing can increase the risk for...

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The Role of Psychology and Behavior in Treating Chronic Pain

The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an intervention for chronic pain may be enhanced through the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), according to new research conducted at Kings College, London. ACT includes...

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JFK's History of Back Pain: What Can We Learn from Medical Records?

We offer a somewhat different selection for today's Daily Dose, in the form of an interesting examination of the etiology and treatment of President John Kennedy's chronic back pain. Authors T. Glenn Pait, MD, and Justin Dowdy, MD, reviewed case notes from...

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Blood Tests Improve Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury Effects

Identified: 3 inflammatory biomarkers that may be useful in assessing the likelihood of secondary effects from traumatic brain injury, according to new research from...

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More Errors With Handwritten Electronic Prescriptions for Opioids?

A report published earlier this year in Journal of Opioid Management concludes that handwritten prescriptions for opioids are significantly more error-prone than are electronically created orders for the medications. Researchers conducted...

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An Unexpected Link: Can Tears Predict Diabetic Neuropathy, Risks?

A new study conducted by researchers from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, suggests that the measurement of substance P in tear samples may provide a reliable marker for diabetes related neuropathy. Substance P is a...

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