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(NYT): Technology, While Not a Fountain of Youth, Can Make Aging Safer

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JEAN DICKOW, 78, never wanted the latest whiz-bang technology. But her gadget-friendly daughter, who lives in Norway, was worried that Ms. Dickow would fall in her apartment and no one would know. So Ms. Dickow was persuaded to put on an Apple Watch look-alike called the Lively safety watch, which …

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Dude, where’s my doctor? Ashton Kutcher-backed NYC health startup lands $14M

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Doctor-on-demand service Pager raised the funds from the movie star’s venture-capital fund and another investment group. Pager a Manhattan-based doctor-on-demand service, has raised $14 million in Series A funding from Maryland-based New Enterprise Associates and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures. The funding will be used to expand to cities outside New …

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NYT: How CVS Quit Smoking and Grew Into a Health Care Giant

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Michael Gaffney’s throat was scratchy for days, and lemon tea was not helping. So he dropped into a MinuteClinic above a CVS store in Midtown Manhattan on a lunch break. Within minutes, a nurse practitioner tested him for strep throat (negative), suggested lozenges and a regimen (ample fluids, no spicy …

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Therapy to Go

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Stanford Magazine   New app puts psychologists a tap away.   COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that teaches patients to identify and manage the thoughts that give rise to negative emotions and unhealthy behaviors. It’s been shown to be highly effective in treating mood and …

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Music Cuts through the Fog of Alzheimer’s

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Listening to music that evokes happy memories can change the tenor of lives debilitated by dementia. And with no new medical treatments since the approval of memantine in 2004, helping some of the 5-million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease feel better with music therapy sounds good to Joshua Grill, PhD, director …

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Can Knee Cartilage Be Regrown?

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Stanford Magazine   STANFORD WILL SHINE ANOTHER SPOTLIGHT on the curative potential of stem-cell technology this year with an innovative approach to treating damaged cartilage and osteoarthritis. Already enthused by results from the lead-up work, Jason Dragoo, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, is preparing to launch a human trial for …

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Differences in Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis and Cancer-Specific Survival by Race and Ethnicity in the United States

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork   ABSTRACT ABSTRACT | INTRODUCTION | METHODS | RESULTS | DISCUSSION |CONCLUSIONS | ARTICLE INFORMATION | REFERENCES Importance  Women with early-stage breast cancers are expected to have excellent survival rates. It is important to identify factors that predict diagnosis of early-stage breast cancers. Objective  To determine the proportion of breast …

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Researchers Look to MRI and Biomarkers to Help Improve Detection of Aggressive Prostate Cancers

follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA A patient’s wife once told urology surgeon Peter Pinto, MD, that there was no way she’d agree to have a dozen biopsy needles stuck blindly into her breast just because a blood test suggested she might have cancer. But that’s exactly what happens with many men whose cancer screening …

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Gut Bacteria Combined With Poor Diet May Promote Childhood Malnutrition

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA April 21, 2015, Vol 313, No. 15 M. J. Friedrich A recent study reported that bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of undernourished infants from Malawi promote development of kwashiorkor, shedding light on how gut microbes interact with diet and the immune system to contribute to severe childhood malnutrition (Kau …

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