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Two Hundred Years of Hospital Costs and Mortality

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.nejm.org

Feeling compelled to document MGH’s care in order to justify ongoing philanthropic support, the hospital’s trustees sought to eval uate the quality of care from the day the hospital opened in 1821 (after a 10-year delay attributable to the exigencies of the War of 1812 and the difficulty of securing financing).

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′Three-parent babies′ cure for illness raises ethical fear Science The Guardian

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.guardian.co.uk

Mitochondrial disease, passed from mother to child, is incurable. Scientists see a way to eliminate it using donor DNA but this has set off a debate about ′three-parent babies′

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An Alzheimer’s Gene - One Family’s Saga - NYTimes.com

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.nytimes.com

Though as much as 99 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases are not a result of a known genetic mutation, researchers have determined that the best place to find a treatment or cure for the disease is to study those who possess a mutation that causes it.

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The future of medicine: Squeezing out the doctor The Economist

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.economist.com

Demand for health care looks unlikely to be met by doctors in the way the past century’s was. For one thing, to treat the 21st century’s problems with a 20th-century approach to health care would require an impossible number of doctors.

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Tales of poppy-heads

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Medicine

From www.the-tls.co.uk

The fascination of opium lies in its Janus face. The fact that it has, as Dormandy writes, “destroyed, degraded, corrupted and killed individuals, families, communities and even whole nations” is countered by its kindly qualities as a sedative.

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Pain-Killing Transplants The Scientist

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Medicine

From the-scientist.com

Neurons injected into mice help treat chronic pain at its roots, rather than simply alleviating its symptoms.

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Hidden Epidemic: 
Tapeworms Living Inside People′s Brains Infectious Diseases DISCOVER Magazine

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Category: Medicine

From discovermagazine.com

Theodore Nash sees only a few dozen patients a year in his clinic at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s pretty small as medical practices go, but what his patients lack in number they make up for in the intensity of their symptoms.

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A Life Worth Ending

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Medicine

From nymag.com

This is not just a drawn-out, stoic, and heroic long good-bye. This is human carnage. Seventy percent of those older than 80 have a chronic disability, according to one study; 53 percent in this group have at least one severe disability; and 36 percent have moderate to severe cognitive impairments; you definitely don’t want to know what’s considered to be a moderate impairment.

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Is the Purpose of Sleep to Let Our Brains “Defragment,” Like a Hard Drive? The Crux Discover Magazine

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Medicine

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

We spend a third of our lives doing so, and all known animals with a nervous system either sleep, or show some kind of related behaviour. But scientists still don’t know what the point of it is.

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