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Sugar politics: never a dull moment

Here are two more items on the endless disputes over sugar intake. 1.  The IOM’s 25% of calories from sugar “recommendation” I was surprised to see the Institute of Medicine’s upper limit of sugar safety cited in a JAMA commentary on sugars and heart disease. The authors disagreed with the conclusions of a study by […]

Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in...Show More Summary

Feds Admit Pot Helps Cancer Patients

The National Institute on Drug Abuse now says weed “might be useful as medicine”—a dramatic shift from its section on the drug’s “misperception of safety” just weeks ago.

Robots: Robot-Assisted Surgery

Rainer Konietschke at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Centre explains the MiroSurge project for robotic endoscopic surgery. Woung Youn Chung at the Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Korea explains using the Da Vinci surgical robot to treat thyroid cancer.

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine Plans To Launch Major New Global Health And Vaccine Institute; Building On Longstanding Worldwide Leadership In Malaria Research And Vaccine Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the School of Medicine (UM SOM) plans to establish a major new Institute for Global Health (IGH), bringing together decades of UM SOMShow More Summary

Neurosurgery Leaders Endorse Interventional Thrombectomy to Treat Acute Stroke

Henry Woo, MD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Neurological Surgery, Director of the Cerebrovascular Center and Co-Director of the Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center at Stony Brook Medicine's Neurosciences Institute, along...Show More Summary

Key Features of Possibly the Most Underserved and Underdiagnosed Disease: Do You Have It?

By: Linda Tannenbaum, Open Medicine Foundation A February Institute of Medicine report said up to 91 percent of people with chronic fatigue syndrome have not been diagnosed. These people are not receiving appropriate treatments or healthcare advice. Show More Summary

Researcher Receives NIH Grant to Study Impact of Carbon Dioxide Levels Following Cardiac Arrest

The NIH-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has awarded Brian W. Roberts, MD, of Cooper University Health Care and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), a grant to study post-resuscitation partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide and neurological outcome after cardiac arrest

Death Panels: Scathing Report Shows Advanced Care Planning Favors Rationing Care

In advance of a Friday Institute of Medicine conference in Washington, DC involving policymakers in implementation of its September 2014 report that urged promotion of “advance care planning,” the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee is issuing a report entitled, “The Bias Against Life-Preserving Treatment in Advance Care Planning.” […]

Recommendation for vitamin D intake was miscalculated, is far too low, experts say

Researchers are challenging the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine saying their Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.

Scientists Confirm Institute of Medicine Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

Researchers are challenging the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine saying their Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.

Medical News Today: Raising legal smoking age to 21 will save 'millions of lost life years' for today's children

The Institute of Medicine have produced a report on what the public health implications of raising the minimum age of legal access for tobacco products would be.

Study: Raising Legal Age To Buy Cigarettes To 21 Would Result In Fewer Smokers

By this point everyone can agree that smoking is harmful to your health, and yet there are still new smokers starting up the habit year after year. A new study from the Institute of Medicine says that swell in numbers could be curbed by raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21. Though the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t … [More]

New Leadership Model Announced for Loyola Research Institutes

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has announced a new, collaborative leadership model for four research institutes. Each institute will be led by two co-directors, a scientist and a physician.

It's About the Kids

Co-authored by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989 to1993 and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently released its 2014 Monitoring the Future survey. Show More Summary

Yale Announces ‘Blended’ Online Master’s Degree

Yale University is creating a master’s program that will hold many courses online, continuing the Ivy League institution’s foray into “blended” learning. The online program, to be offered by the Yale School of Medicine, would aim to replicate its residential program for training physicians’ assistants. Show More Summary

Health Care Run by Those "Who See the Practice of Medicine as a Set of Economic Transactions," or as a "Moral Endeavor?"

Calls are getting louder for restoring medicine and health care as a calling that puts patients first, versus a business that puts money first. For example, in the conclusion of her opening talk for the 2015 Lown Institute Annual Conference:...Show More Summary

Two-Step Treatment Improved Function and Decreased Pain Severity in Veterans

A new study by researchers from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine reports that a stepped-care strategy improved function and decreased pain severity, producing at least a 30 percent improvement in pain-related disability.

Army researchers return to Norway for nutrition, cold-stress study in Arctic extremes

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, once again partnered with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to study nutrition and physiological responses to cold-weather training. For the second time in three years, researchers from USARIEM traveled to […]

Culture Clash: How Stem Cells Are Grown Affects Their Genetic Stability

Writing in the February 25 online issue of the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with collaborators from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have definitively shown for the first time that the culture conditions in which stem cells are grown and mass-produced can affect their genetic stability.

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