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Platelet-Rich Plasma: An Emerging Therapy for Musculoskeletal Injuries

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Athletes engaging in sports often experience injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Due to frequent use, the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle-joints are more susceptible to musculoskeletal soft tissue injuries than other joints. Musculoskeletal injuries account for about 30 percent of annual visits to primary physicians in the United States. Traditional treatments have included(...)

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Where the Presidential Nominees Stand on Science and Technology

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During the last seven and a half years, President Barack Obama has been a reliable advocate for science and technology. Just recently, the Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report highlighting 100 achievements fostering research and promoting innovation during President Obama’s two terms. As the country prepares for a new president to take(...)

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The Biggest Loser and the Skinny on Obesity

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Many years ago when hunting and gathering was the means to survival, the ability to shore up vast amounts of caloric intake as body fat conferred an evolutionary advantage. The thinking goes that this adaptive mechanism of storing excess energy allowed some individuals to survive long enough during periods of food scarcity to pass on(...)

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Updated Department of Labor Rules Will Impact Postdoctoral Researcher Salaries This December

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The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new rules on overtime wages, raising the yearly salary limit for which overtime pay must be provided to $47,476. This executive branch decision may have broad implications for academia among other industries as postdoctoral researchers were specifically identified as being affected by this ruling. Postdoctoral researchers typically perform(...)

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The Wish for a Womb: How Uterus Transplants Can Make Pregnancy Possible

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After success in Swedish trials, the first uterine transplant was performed at Cleveland Clinic in the United States this past February. The research in Sweden had shown that these transplanted uteruses could carry babies and produce live births. The often troublesome side effects of having a uterus — namely painful or heavy periods, among other(...)

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Pursuing Social Justice Through Social Innovation

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Social justice and social innovation have recently become buzzwords in millennial circles as focal points for tackling social issues. In essence, social justice purports a world in which all people have a right to equitable treatment and fair allocation of resources without any form of discrimination. Social innovation is a new movement grounded in the(...)

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Was ‘Meaningful Use’ Meaningless?

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When I started medical school in 2009, one of my responsibilities was to write progress notes and help write out the details of patients’ conditions on their paper charts. Years later when I started residency, I walked into patients’ rooms bare-handed, carrying nothing but my stethoscope and eyeing the computer in the corner that I(...)

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