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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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Role of Genes in Obesity and Body Fat Distribution

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA Tracy Hampton, PhD Lab Reports | April 7, 2015 By analyzing genetic samples from 224 459 individuals, researchers identified 49 genomic loci associated with waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), 33 of which are novel (Shungin D et al. Nature. 2015;518[7538]:187-196). Of these 49 loci, 19 showed significant sex-specific differences, suggesting that genetic regulation of fat …

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Want rice with HALF the calories? Cook it with coconut oil and refrigerate it overnight before eating

follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Scientists say cooking the rice this way can cut the calories by up to 60% The method increases the amount of resistant starch (RS) in the rice RS is indigestible to the human body and so is not turned into sugar or fat However, doctors have warned reheating rice can …

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Why the “No-Brainer” HPV Vaccine Is Being Ignored

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA Rodney Willoughby, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, can’t help thinking about the future—a future in which thousands of men and women develop precancerous or cancerous lesions that could have been prevented had they been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) as 11- …

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Folate Supplements for Stroke Prevention

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA Targeted Trial Trumps the Rest Editorial | April 7, 2015 The effect of folate supplementation on cardiovascular disease has been studied in many observational studies and randomized trials and has been a topic of debate for a number of years. In this issue of JAMA, Huo and colleagues1 provide results …

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Toward Primary Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA April 21, 2015, Vol 313, No. 15 > The incidence of type 1 diabetes has been progressively increasing during the past several decades, particularly among children younger than 5 years.1 At the same time, there has been substantial progress in understanding the pathogenesis of the disease and identifying those …

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Electronics for the Human Body

 follow us on twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork JAMA SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE The human body is soft, curvilinear, and continuously evolving; modern electronic devices are rigid, planar, and physically static. Recent research has yielded a complete set of advanced materials, manufacturing approaches, and design layouts that eliminates this profound mismatch in properties. The resulting …

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New Diagnostic Device May Help End Africa’s Struggle With Malaria

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork For over two decades, the quest to develop a working malaria vaccine has proven largely fruitless. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 3.2 billion people worldwide are at risk of being diagnosed with malaria. Every year, nearly 198 million cases are identified. WHO says a significant number of the almost 200 million …

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