Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty

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Can Gene Therapy Generate a Cardiac Pacemaker?

Gene therapy has been used to develop a biological pacemaker in a pig model; if the same process is successful in humans, it would indeed be a huge benefit for patients of heart block in need of a pacemaker. h3What is gene therapy?/h3 Several medical conditions have been found to be due to a href="http:www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/genetic_testing_disorders.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink" alt="Information about Genetic Disorders" ...

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Pfizer's 2015 forecast disappoints, crimped by generics, dollar

The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in New York (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results as sales of vaccines and cancer drugs increased, but the company forecast 2015 earnings below Wall Street expectations, citing patent expirations and the stronger dollar.

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Medical News Today: 'Learning while you walk beats learning while you sit,' say university students

A university lecturer carried out a small study to show that his students engaged more in discussions and felt better after taking part in walking seminars conducted outdoors. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Medical News Today: High use of common drugs linked to dementia, Alzheimer's

Higher dosage or long-term use of common drugs with anticholinergic effects is linked to significantly increased risk of dementia - including Alzheimer’s - says large study. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Feeling Sleepy? Take an App!

A fascinating flurry of sleeping apps has hit the market this year. You might think that sleep is the one time you certainly don’t need to use your phone, but these app providers are daring to try to prove that perception wrong… and they’re doing a pretty good job.

There are some pretty impressive sleep suite packages out there now. The best all-rounder I’ve seen on the market is Sleep Genius , which claims to be the world’s number one sleeping app. Based on sleep research designed to help NASA astronauts to get a good night, it contains some powerful features.

First of all it has a sophisticated program for measuring your optimal sleep cycles and encouraging you to go to sleep within a target 15 minute period to achieve best rest. In-built acoustic musical programs are offered to aid relaxation and drifting off to sleep. A personalized sleep report event gives a guide to the night you’ve just had, indicating quantity, quality and efficiency of your sleep.

For those looking for something that bit more academically rigorous, there’s a new app which was designed by Professor of Sleep Medicine, Colin Espie, from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. His app Sleepio was launched by an initiative called Big Health, and is designed to help the millions of people who suffer from poor sleep by providing cognitive behavioral therapy programs to assist them in altering their sleep schedule, thought processes and lifestyle choices.

Sleepio claims to be a new form of “digital medicine” backed by clinical evidence, and in placebo-controlled clinical trials has assisted users roughly as well as face-to-face therapy in falling asleep faster, waking up less frequently during the night, and enhancing daytime concentration. The app does come with a range of costs for full usage, but features a totally free seven day trial and ongoing free use of some features.

Then there are the sleeping apps which are focused on the wonderful but little-known capacity of the human mind to lucid dream. That is, to realize that we are dreaming and thus alter or choose the course of a dream. Such experiences may be used for fun or for a wealth of profound purposes; from exploring our own unconscious minds, to learning skills we wish to improve in real life, interacting with deceased relatives, or simply fulfilling our fantasies.

Awoken is one of the better known lucid dreaming apps and comes with a range of excellent features. A dream journal is provided as well as a mechanism to encourage reality checks. These is the act of performing “checks” of reality during waking life, in order to get in the habit of doing so whilst dreaming as well. A check might be something as simple as reading some words in a book or turning the lights off and on, simple things which tend to seem distorted in our dreams. Awoken also has low level audio and light dream cues designed to trigger during the night at times when we are most likely to be REM dream sleep.

The Singularity Experience is one of the most ambitious lucid dreaming apps, and with a complex interface it takes some commitment. Its principal function is to assist users in achieving a WILD, or wilfully induced lucid dream. These are also known as dream re-entries, and they occur when we wake from a dream, turn over and return to sleep but manage to re-enter the same dream or just remain lucid. The app contains light and audio cues, a sophisticated sleep cycle measurement system and a stunning astro-biological clock encouraging us to sleep in circadian rhythms!

A social app with a funny twist deserves an honorable mention here. Wakie is for those of us who’d rather be woken up by a person than an alarm clock. It is designed to be totally anonymous, and links users across the globe to one another’s phones for a time limit of 60 seconds.

Numbers are hidden, and users phone each other to provide a wake-up call on request. You can simply list your desire for a wake-up at a certain time, and someone random will call you from somewhere on this good Earth for a 60 second chat to wake you up! Alternatively you can play the awakener, and scan a list of those needing wake-up calls right now. A brilliant idea rapidly gaining attention and used across 80 countries, Wakie is certainly humanizing the waking process in a really special and very global way.


Espie, C., Kyle, S., Williams, C., Ong, J., Douglas, N., Hames, P., & Brown, J. (2012). A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Insomnia Disorder Delivered via an Automated Media-Rich Web Application SLEEP DOI: 10.5665/sleep.1872

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GPs are losing interest in CCG roles

Double-chin jab approval sought

US drug regulators are considering approving an injection designed to combat chin fat. via BBC News - Health Read More Here..

U.N. agency says runs out of money to repair Gaza war-damaged homes

Palestinian boys attend Friday prayers as they sit at the remains of a house in the Shejaia neighbourhood east of Gaza City By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The main U.N. aid agency in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday a lack of international funding had forced it to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to homes damaged in last summer's war. "People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia," Robert Turner, Gaza director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said in a statement. He said UNRWA received only $135 million of the $720 million pledged by donors to its cash assistance program for 96,000 refugee families whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 50-day conflict between the Hamas Islamist movement and Israel. "While some funds remain available to begin the reconstruction of totally destroyed homes, the agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies." So far, he said, UNRWA has provided more than $77 million to 66,000 families to repair their homes or find temporary alternatives, but now due to a lack of funds the agency "has been forced to suspend its cash assistance program".

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Five Genetic Variants Influencing the Size of Human Brain Discovered

A team of international researchers has discovered five genetic variants that influence the size of structures within the human brain. The findings were published this week in the journal Nature. The study was led by Drs. Sarah Medland, Margie Wright, Nick Martin and Paul Thompson of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia. In the study, nearly 300 researchers analyzed genetic data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from ...

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High cholesterol in 30s raises heart disease risk

Mental Health - Neurosis vs Psychosis

Mental well-being is a concern and abnormal coping of emotions can lead to neurosis or psychosis. Mental illnesses can range from depression, anxiety, phobias to schizophrenia and affective disorders.

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GPs to issue ‘information prescriptions’ for diabetics

German Regulator Hails EMA's Generic Drugs Suspension on GVK Bio Data

German drug regulator has hailed the European Medicine Agency's decision to suspend the marketing authorisation of more than 700 generic drugs subjected to clinical trials by India's GVK Biosciences. The decision is being seen as the EU's determination to maintain high ethical and medical standards for approval of medicines. The EU drug regulator's announcement is also an endorsement of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices' (BfArM) ...

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Medical News Today: Severe child neglect linked to changes in brain structure

A new study found abandoned children who had been put into institutional care showed white matter changes in their brain, but early placement into foster care reversed this effect. via Featured Health News from Medical News Today Read More Here..

Experts predict almost 1.4m cancer deaths in EU in 2015

Indian Medical Association Wants ESIC to Continue Medical Education

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sent a letter to the Union Government asking it to rescue the students studying in various medical colleges that come under the Employment State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). The Corporation had recently announced its decision to exit the field of medical education. The association says that this decision will put at stake the educational future of students and job security of the faculty at these institutions ...

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