Medical schools could drop grades for poorer students

Medical schools could drop their grades for students from poorer backgrounds, meaning those with better results miss out, under a project which has sparked concern from academics. The project hasbeen launched by the Medical Schools Council Photo: Getty   By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent 10:00PM BST 02 Jul 2013 A national scheme promising “rapid progress” to…

Physicians’ brain scans indicate doctors can feel their patients’ pain — and their relief

Contact: Bonnie Prescott bprescot@bidmc.harvard.edu 617-667-7306 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Novel experiment illuminates the importance of the doctor-patient relationship BOSTON – A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually…

No standard for the placebo? ” placebo ingredients for pills were disclosed in fewer than 10 percent of cases “

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Debra Kain ddkain@ucsd.edu 619-543-6163 University of California – San Diego Much of medicine is based on what is considered the strongest possible evidence: The placebo-controlled trial. A paper published in the October 19 issue of  Annals of Internal Medicine – entitled “What’s In Placebos: Who Knows?” calls into question…

Compound found in rosemary protects against macular degeneration in laboratory model

Contact: Heather Buschman, Ph.D. hbuschman@sanfordburnham.org 858-795-5343 Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Sanford-Burnham researchers discover that carnosic acid, a component of the herb rosemary, promotes eye health in rodents—providing a possible new approach for treating conditions such as age-related macular degeneration       IMAGE:   Left: This shows control cells exposed to hydrogen peroxide. Right: This shows cells…

The brain may feel other people’s pain

2009 study posted for filing   By Amy Norton Amy Norton   NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – If you’ve ever thought that you literally feel other people’s pain, you may be right. A brain-imaging study suggests that some people have true physical reactions to others’ injuries.   Using an imaging technique called functional MRI, UK…

Common herbal medicine may prevent acetaminophen-related liver damage, says Stanford researcher : S-methylmethionine

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Krista Conger kristac@stanford.edu 650-725-5371 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — A well-known Eastern medicine supplement may help avoid the most common cause of liver transplantation, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding came as a surprise to the scientists, who…

Radioprotection and extracts of Ginko biloba

Contact: Chang-Mo Kang kangcm@kcch.re.kr Inderscience Publishers Herbal tonic for radiotherapy Antioxidant extracts of the leaves of the Gingko biloba tree may protect cells from radiation damage, according to a study published in the International Journal of Low Radiation. The discovery may one day be used to help reduce side effects in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.…

Rich people don’t need friends

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Steve Pogonowski steve.pogonowski@f1000.com Faculty of 1000: Biology and Medicine In a paper evaluated by f1000 Medicine, six studies tested relationships between reminders of money, social exclusion and physical pain. In The symbolic power of money: reminders of money alter social distress and physical pain published in the journal Psychological…

Study Shows Common Pain Cream Could Protect Heart During Attack: 85 percent reduction in cardiac cell death

2009 study posted for filing Study Shows Common Pain Cream Could Protect Heart During Attack     CINCINNATI—New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that a common, over-the-counter pain salve rubbed on the skin during a heart attack could serve as a cardiac-protectant, preventing or reducing damage to the heart while interventions are administered.…

New evidence that popular dietary supplement may help prevent, treat cataracts: Carnosine

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Michael Woods m_woods@acs.org 202-872-6293 American Chemical Society Biochemistry Researchers are reporting evidence from tissue culture experiments that the popular dietary supplement carnosine may help to prevent and treat cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye that is a leading cause of vision loss worldwide. The study is…

Probiotics help gastric-bypass patients lose weight more quickly, Stanford study shows

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Diane Rogers donut@stanford.edu 650-723-3900 Stanford University Medical Center STANFORD, Calif. — New research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics suggests that the use of a dietary supplement after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can help obese patients to more quickly lose weight and to…

Powerful nutrient cocktail can put kids with Crohn’s into remission

2009 study posted for filing Contact: George Hunka ghunka@aftau.org 212-742-9070 American Friends of Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv University researcher promotes liquid nutrition to combat inflammatory bowel disease Treating children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) usually involves the same steroids-based medication prescribed to adults. But such treatments can have negative side effects for kids and…

Support for adjunctive vitamin C treatment in cancer

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Amy Gleason Quarshie agleason@liebertpub.com 914-740-2149 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News New Rochelle, NY, March 5, 2009—Serious flaws in a recent study, which concluded that high doses of vitamin C reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic drugs in the treatment of cancer, are revealed in the current issue of Alternative…