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OVER THE COUNTER: Genetic testing can open new windows to health

One of medicine’s most quickly advancing specialties, genetic testing, can mean many things to many people.For some of us, when we think of genetic testing, we think of discovering our ancestry, possibly as far back as the Neanderthals. For others, the testing is equated with spotting chromosomes that could cause …

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New Year’s baby tradition special for families, hospitals

On average, there are roughly 200 babies born each day in Massachusetts, keeping doctors and nurses constantly busy across the commonwealth.Each delivery comes with its own set of routines, challenges, joys and sometimes sorrows, but New Year’s Day babies come with unique significance.”New Year’s is fun because we get couples …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? New Year’s safety

It’s almost the New Year, and I thought I would dedicate today’s column to quoting some sobering statistics.More Americans have been killed in alcohol/other substance abuse related car accidents than in all the wars our country has ever fought in.Over a million people are arrested each year for driving under …

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FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Managing tendon troubles in the hand

When a person uses their hands in repetitive ways, either at work or during leisure activities, several injuries can occur. Two of the most common injuries include Trigger Finger and DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. Both injuries have some similarities in that they are more common in women than men, often occur between …

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WHAT’S UP DOC? Fire safety for the holidays

The holidays are coming up, and so I thought some general holiday safety tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all would be in order. Today I will discuss fire safety for the holidays.The holiday season is an especially dangerous time of year and is usually marred by …

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Knit One, Purl One: The Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting is both process- and product-oriented, encompassing repetitive tasks that can exercise physical and cognitive skills

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Telemedicine Shows Promise to Improve Geriatric Psychiatric Care

Telepsychiatry services for elderly patients may increase access to geriatric specialists, reduce travel time for both providers and patients, and reduce healthcare costs.

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THINC-Integrated Tool Measures Cognition in Depression Disorder Screenings

The use of a recently developed computerized screening tool, THINC-it, provides both objective and subjective measures of cognitive function in adults with major depressive disorder.

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Painting Ketamine in a Bad Light

Studies of the use of ketamine for depression revealed that the agent induces a rapid reduction in depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in most patients.

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Long-Term Lithium Use: More Evidence Needed to Associate With Cancer Risk

The European Medicine Agency has reported that there may be an association between long-term lithium use and reports of both renal tumors and thyroid cancer.

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Sleep Deprivation Not Schizotypy Validated as Model System of Psychosis

Researchers aimed to validate sleep deprivation and schizotypy as putative models of psychosis by replicating their effects on cognitive performance.

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Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator’s Guide to Crowdsourcing

With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of “e-health” sources.

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Follow-Up Care After First Emergency Department Visit for Youth With Psychotic Disorders

Adolescents and young adults who visit emergency departments for psychotic disorder for the first time often do not receive timely follow-up care.

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Overcoming the Barriers to Including Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials

Pregnant women are considered a “vulnerable” population in the eyes of clinical researchers.

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NOTHING BUT THE TOOTH: Oral cancer screenings should be routine

Q. My simple request is that you please educate readers through your column about the OralID tool and test and the importance of asking for it once a year since it’s so inexpensive for the patient. Thank you. — Ms. E. W.A. I am very happy to comment on your …

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Evzio Authorized Generic Soon to Be Available

An authorized generic version of Evzio is expected to be available next year at a price of $178 per carton.

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Sleep Problems Influence Peer Victimization Outcomes in Older Adolescent Girls

Study demonstrated that the effects of peer victimization on depressive symptoms in adolescent girls were in part due to sleep problems.

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