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The Impact of Diet on Neurological Disease

The Impact of Diet on Neurological Disease

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Diet—what and how people eat—is becoming a powerful potential intervention for a variety of debilitating neurological diseases. The ketogenic diet, in particular, has been a well-established treatment for epilepsy for the past century. Yet, even now, physician-scientists are discovering new indications for the ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diet as a promising treatment for severe intractable epilepsy(...)

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Breaking Down Where the Money Goes: Personal and Public Health Care Spending in the United States

Breaking Down Where the Money Goes: Personal and Public Health Care Spending in the United States

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The United States spends more money on health care than any other country — $2.9 trillion in 2014, or about $9,110 per person. Spending continues to increase. With the arrival of the new Trump administration, the debate on health care costs is heightening. In preparation, let’s take a closer look at U.S. health care costs(...)

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Controversy Over Male Contraceptive Study

Controversy Over Male Contraceptive Study

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Today, adult women have a wide variety of choices of birth control methods, including daily pills, implants, IUDs and others. However, there is still no equivalent method of birth control for men, who have historically been limited to withdrawal, condoms and sterilization, placing the burden of pregnancy prevention on females. A recent study, co-sponsored by(...)

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An iPad Game Helps Children with Amblyopia Improve Their Vision

An iPad Game Helps Children with Amblyopia Improve Their Vision

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“She needs to see an eye doctor,” the pediatrician told the parents of a preschool child. I, a first-year medical student at the time, was shadowing a community pediatrician to learn more about medicine. During a physical exam, the pediatrician had noted that the child’s eyes were misaligned — one eye turned slightly inward toward(...)

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Cancer Drug Shows Surprising Potential as Parkinson’s Treatment

Cancer Drug Shows Surprising Potential as Parkinson’s Treatment

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra, which leads to disruptions in neural circuits controlling motor function. Although the cause of this inappropriate cell death is largely unclear, one hypothesis is that it is due to the abnormal aggregation(...)

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