New research suggests failure to retrieve relevant details from memory may underlie face blindness

The ability to recognize faces is a complex neurocognitive skill with important social implications. The disorder, which, according to some estimates, affects more than 2 percent of the population, can lead to isolation and anxiety and impair personal and work relationships. The traditional view of face blindness—prosopagnosia in scientific parlance—has held that the disorder arises from deficits in visual perception. […]

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Electronic health records fail to detect many medication errors

(HealthDay)—There is wide variation in the safety performance of electronic health record (EHR) systems used in U.S. hospitals, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open. David C. Classen, M.D., from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues used data from the National Quality Forum Health IT Safety Measure EHR computerized physician order entry safety […]

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U.S. House Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting Wild Horses and Burros

Today, we’re happy to share that the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations maintained critical protections for wild horses and burros in the FY21 Interior Appropriations bill. The approved language continues to call for more responsible and humane herd management by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).   Although the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act outlines strong federal protections for […]

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‘Aerosol boxes’ meant to protect COVID health teams might harm them: study

Aerosol boxes meant to protect health care workers when they intubate COVID-19 patients may actually increase their exposure to airborne virus particles, an Australian study warns. Intubation is done when patients are placed on a ventilator. Aerosol boxes have been touted as a quick, simple way to protect workers, but their effectiveness and safety were never clinically tested. No international […]

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Researchers study if nerve cells evolved to talk to microbes

Various diseases of the digestive tract, for example severe intestinal inflammation in humans, are closely linked to disturbances in the natural mobility of the intestine. What role the microbiome—i.e. the natural microbial community colonizing the digestive tract—plays in these rhythmic contractions of the intestine, also known as peristalsis, is currently the subject of intensive research. It is particularly unclear how […]

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Lung cancer proteome builds on genetic findings to reveal therapeutic strategies

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, killing more per year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Over the years, studies of the lung cancer genome have fueled the development of drug therapies that target mutations in specific genes and pathways. But despite these advances, survival among lung cancer patients […]

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How to Get Away Without Showering After a Workout

In a perfect world, we would all be able to squeeze in a workout at lunch or in stolen sneaky time midday  so we could sleep in or have more free time in the evenings — but powering through a running sesh and leaving time to shower and recover before returning to work or carrying on with a million other […]

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Sodium found to regulate the biological clock of mice

A new study from McGill University shows that increases in the concentrations of blood sodium can have an influence on the biological clock of mice, opening new research avenues for potentially treating the negative effects associated with long distance travel or shift work. The findings, published in Nature by former McGill Ph.D. student Claire Gizowski and Charles Bourque, a professor […]

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Medical cannabis put to test in first ever real-world evidence clinical trial led by UHN

Medical cannabis is finally being put under the microscope, in a first-of-its-kind real world evidence study led by Dr. Hance Clarke, Director of Pain Services, Toronto General Hospital, and a recognized leader in educating Canadians about chronic pain management and the risk factors of continued opioid use. The Medical Cannabis Real-World Evidence (MC-RWE) clinical trial will allow patients to select […]

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