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Teaching preschoolers self-control around food, combined with obesity prevention messaging, may not reduce obesity

Reuters (4/11, Brooks) reports that research indicated “teaching preschoolers to regulate their own behavior around food, combined with obesity prevention messages, did not reduce obesity or most obesity-related behaviors.” Researchers came to this conclusion after testing “two interventions, alone and in combination, embedding the experiment within the federally-funded Head Start program.” The findings were published in Pediatrics.

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Chiari malformation may be more common than previously thought

The AP (4/11, Corwin) reports Chiari malformation may be more common than previously thought, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The article explains that “the diagnosis actually covers a wide range of conditions and symptoms but is characterized by an inadequate amount of space at the back and base of the skull that can force part of the brain called the cerebellum through an opening for the spinal cord and press on the brain stem, and can sometimes block the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid.”

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In search of euphoric high, some opioid addicts turning to loperamide

USA Today (4/11, Bowerman) reports some opioid addicts are turning to the anti-diarrhea medicine loperamide “in search of a euphoric high or to manage withdrawal symptoms.” This can be dangerous, because “large quantities can cause serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythm and cardiac arrest, according to the” Food and Drug Administration.

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Mid-life vascular risk factors may be tied to brain changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s, study indicates

Reuters (4/11, Rapaport) reports, “Middle-aged people with risk factors for heart attacks and stroke are also more likely to develop changes in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers concluded after examining “data from 346 adults who had been evaluated for vascular risk factors since the late 1980s, when they were 52 years old on average and none of them had dementia.” Then, more than 20 years “later, when participants were around 76 years old, they had brain scans that looked for evidence of Alzheimer’s” in the form of…

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FDA approves valbenazine to treat tardive dyskinesia in adults

The AP (4/11, Johnson) reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Neurocrine Biosciences’ Ingrezza (valbenazine) for the treatment of tardive dyskinesia in adults. The company “didn’t disclose the drug’s list price, but said it will when it begins offering the once-a-day capsule for sale in May.” Another drug intended to treat tardive dyskinesia made by Teva Pharmaceuticals “is expected to win FDA approval in late August.”

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Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, researchers find

HealthDay (4/11, Dotinga) reports, “Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients,” investigators found after researching “the daily habits of nearly 500 US” physicians. According to HealthDay, “the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and other organizations have complained about the administrative burden physicians face.” The findings were published in Health Affairs.

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USPSTF releases draft guidelines on PSA testing

The Washington Post (4/11, McGinley) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) “has dropped its controversial opposition to routine screening for prostate cancer, and now says that men between the ages of 55 and 69 should discuss the test’s potential benefits and harms with their” physicians “and make decisions based on their own ‘values and preferences.’” The group said in proposed new guidelines on Tuesday morning, “The decision about whether to be screened for prostate cancer should be an individual one.” … The New York…

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Data Shows More Physicians Using Mobile Devices, iPhone and iPad remain most used platforms

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (March 20, 2013) –New data from BulletinHealthcare shows that more than five in 10 healthcare professionals access medical news and information on smartphones and tablets. BulletinHealthcare, which is the leading provider of daily eNewsBriefings to more than 550,000 healthcare professionals, including 400,000 physicians, belonging to 25 leading medical associations, examined mobile device usage among its audience from January 2012 to January 2013. The analysis found that doctors’ mobile consumption of medical news grew by more than 25%. Today, more than 52%…

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Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Honors BHC Marketing Manager Stephanie Kassab as a Rising Star

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (May 14, 2013) –BulletinHealthcare Marketing Manager Stephanie Kassab was honored as an industry Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association at its 24th annual Woman of the Year event in New York City on Thursday, May 9. HBA Rising Stars work across several sectors of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, marketing, advertising, medical education, scientific discovery and several others. The award recognizes the outstanding performance and commitment to excellence of the Rising Stars, who contribute every day to their…

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Bulletin News Changes Its Name To Bulletin Intelligence

RESTON, VA – (June 18, 2013) – Bulletin News, which locates and analyzes open-source intelligence for the nation’s most demanding executives, including the White House and Fortune 500 C-Suites, today announced that it is changing its name to Bulletin Intelligence. The name change reflects the fact the company’s clients are increasingly asking for information contained not just in news stories – which remains a core competency for the company – but also in various other forms of open-source intelligence such as financial-analyst reports, think-tank studies…

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