‘Alarmingly high’ risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care

Public Release: 24-Apr-2017 Wolters Kluwer Health April 24, 2017 – Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published by…

Odds of being misdiagnosed?

We briefly review the Mayo Clinic Study ” The value of second opinions demonstrated in study ” In which they find the initial diagnosis was right only 12% of the time. Citation- Extent of diagnostic agreement among medical referrals. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, April 2017 DOI: 10.1111/jep.12747

Daily consumption of sodas, fruit juices and artificially sweetened sodas affect brain

Public Release: 20-Apr-2017   Boston University Medical Center   (Boston)–Data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) has shown that people who more frequently consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volumes and smaller hippocampal volumes–an area of the brain important for memory. Researchers…

Lutein essential for working memory in older adults

We review the research ” Study links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adults ” in regard to maintaining crystallized intelligence ” – the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime”. Citation: Parahippocampal Cortex Mediates the Relationship between Lutein and Crystallized Intelligence in Healthy, Older Adults. Frontiers…

Magnesium could prevent fractures by 44%

We briefly review the study “Low serum magnesium levels are associated with increased risk of fractures: a long-term prospective cohort study” in regard to decreasing bone fracture risk by 44%. Citation: Low serum magnesium levels are associated with increased risk of fractures: a long-term prospective cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology, 2017; DOI: 10.1007/s10654-017-0242-2

No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem. – MIT Technology Review

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI by Will Knight April 11, 2017 Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn’t look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated…

Ralph Turchiano Clinical Review

Stevia helps control blood sugar levels even in the presence of antibiotics

We review the recent research ” Researchers unravel how stevia controls blood sugar levels ” in addition to how stevia can still help maintain blood glucose control with a disrupted microbiome Citation” Steviol glycosides enhance pancreatic beta-cell function and taste sensation by potentiation of TRPM5 channel activity. Nature Communications, 2017; 8: 14733 DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS14733 “

Two in 5 GPs to ‘quit within 5 years’

Public Release: 11-Apr-2017   Large scale survey exposes severity of impending GP shortfall University of Exeter   Around two in every five GPs in the South West have said they intend to quit within the next five years, exposing the magnitude of the region’s impending healthcare crisis suggesting that the picture for the UK may…

New tool can help estimate genetically modified pollen spread

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017   University of British Columbia Okanagan campus   Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study directed by the University of British Columbia. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family. “Trying to figure out…

Cellular Aging Reversed

We review the ground breaking study ” Reversing aging now possible! “. Were researchers we able to actually restore cell division to a healthy state. * Chemical screening identifies ATM as a target for alleviating senescence Nature Chemical Biology (2017) doi:10.1038/nchembio.2342