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Mint, a Device to Measure Oral Hygiene and Hydration (Interview) |

Going on a date? Not sure if you have bad breath? Well, a new device is hitting the market soon called Mint that may be able to tell. We were curious about  
medgadget.com
over 6 years ago
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Proteus Swallowable Smart Pills FDA Approved to Measure Medication Adherence |

Proteus Digital Health won FDA approval for what the company calls "the only device with an FDA-sanctioned claim for measuring medication adherence." Prote  
medgadget.com
over 6 years ago
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UK relaxes Ebola screening measures - BBC News

The screening measures put into place to prevent Ebola arriving in the UK are being relaxed at some airports and rail terminals.  
bbc.co.uk
over 6 years ago
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What is the most effective operation for adults with severe and complex obesity?

Accessing, undergoing, and achieving a successful outcome from surgery for “severe and complex obesity” is difficult and requires determination and effort. Here, we consider “severe and complex obesity” to mean that an individual’s health is compromised by his or her weight to the extent that surgery can be considered to be an appropriate option.1 Surgery may be offered to adults with a body mass index (BMI) of ≥40, or a BMI of ≥35 with an obesity related disease, and it can be very successful. An average 50% of excess weight may be lost in the first few years after surgery, and if this is sustained it is associated with long term reduction in overall mortality and decreased incidences of diabetes, myocardial infarction, stroke and cancer.1 2 This treatment, however, requires careful consideration and serious commitment, with the need to demonstrate full engagement in a structured weight loss programme, to have tried all appropriate non-invasive measures of weight loss, and persevered for referral to a specialist surgical team.1 Once surgery is approved it is necessary to choose which operation to undergo.  
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over 6 years ago
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Soft drink that claims to burn 200 calories a can is referred to trading standards

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has referred two companies to Trading Standards in a bid to tackle advertisers who persistently make misleading health claims.  
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over 6 years ago
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Imaging Case of the Week 163 Answer

The lateral neck x-ray has two findings. The epiglottis appears enlarged with a positive thumbprint sign. There also appears to be a widened prevertebral soft tissue space anterior to C3-C4. The prevertebral space measures 11 mm in front of C3 and 14 mm in front of C4. Is it epiglottitis or is it a retropharyngeal abscess?  
emergucate.com
over 6 years ago
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Falsely elevated capillary glucose and ketone levels and use of skin lightening creams

Hyperglycaemia associated with ketosis reflects severe insulin deficiency that mandates immediate insulin therapy. Point-of-care devices to measure capillary glucose have become essential in diabetes management.1 Management of hyperglycaemic crisis has also been improved by the measurement of β-hydroxybutyrate in a fingerprick blood specimen. The method is quick, accurate, and reliable,2 3 4 and recommended to medical care providers and patients.2 5 6 Here we report two cases of misleadingly high capillary glucose and ketone measurements that could have been prevented by careful hand washing. We also identify the chemical compound, hydroquinone, that interferes with capillary results.  
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Vector and reservoir control for preventing leishmaniasis | Cochrane

This review summarises trials evaluating different measures to prevent leishmaniasis. After searching for relevant trials up to January 2015, we included 14 randomized controlled trials.  
cochrane.org
over 6 years ago
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Brain imaging for diagnosing schizophrenia in people with first episode psychosis | Cochrane

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder which involves psychotic symptoms such as distortions in thought and perception, blunted affect, and behavioural disturbances. It is important for patients who have a first episode of psychosis to be correctly diagnosed as soon as possible. The earlier schizophrenia is diagnosed the better the treatment outcome. However, other diseases sometimes have similar psychotic symptoms as schizophrenia, for example bipolar disorder. This review looks at how accurate a type of brain imaging technique called voxel-based morphology (VBM) is at diagnosing schizophrenia in people who have a first episode of psychosis. VBM is used to measure differences in the structure of the brain in people with different types of psychosis. These differences could be used to make a diagnosis.  
cochrane.org
over 6 years ago
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Measures for preventing cold sores | Cochrane

A cold sore is an irritating recurrent viral infection with no proven cure. It gives rise to painful vesicles on the lips that form unsightly crusts, causing an unpleasant look and mental distress. We aimed to examine the effects of available measures for preventing recurrence of cold sores in people with normal immunity.  
cochrane.org
over 6 years ago
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US psychologists banned from participating in national security interrogations

The American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives has voted to prohibit psychologists from participating in national security interrogations. The measure was passed by a vote of 156-1, with seven abstentions and one recusal, on 7 August during the association’s 123rd annual convention in Toronto, Canada.1  
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over 6 years ago
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Relative risk, relative and absolute risk reduction, number needed to treat and confidence intervals - Smart Health Choices - NCBI Bookshelf

How do you interpret the results of a randomised controlled trial? A common measure of a treatment is to look at the frequency of bad outcomes of a disease in the group being treated compared with those who were not treated. For instance, supposing that a well-designed randomised controlled trial in children with a particular disease found that 20 per cent of the control group developed bad outcomes, compared with only 12 per cent of those receiving treatment. Should you agree to give this treatment to your child? Without knowing more about the adverse effects of the therapy, it appears to reduce some of the bad outcomes of the disease. But is its effect meaningful?  
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
over 6 years ago