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    Using Data to Map the Human Brain

    August 14, 2017

    In 2009, the NIH awarded The Human Connectome Project to prominent researchers help them collect detailed imaging data to map connections in the human brain along with extensive behavioral and heritability measures. Researchers are using this archived, freely available data to better understand how the normal human brain processes functions like reason, memory, and emotion.

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    Coaching the Pros

    August 11, 2017

    Even professionals need coaching. It’s why the best major league pitchers still need a coach to visit the mound from time to time. Sometimes another experienced set of eyes can spot something even the pros missed, hopefully heading off problems before they become bad habits. In medicine, it works much the same way.

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    College Grad's Return Flight from Thailand Lands Her in the Hospital

    August 09, 2017

    Julie Park graduated this year from Rowan University, but she almost didn’t make it to graduation. Last January, she sprained her ankle. A week later, she flew from her South Jersey home to Thailand for vacation. Although her ankle hurt during the trip, she didn’t think it merited going to a hospital while out of the country. What she didn’t realize at the time was that such indecision could have cost her life.

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    “Snowflakes” and Selfies: Misconceptions of Millennial Self-Care

    August 07, 2017

    Between “killing” entire industries (chain restaurants, breakfast cereal, napkins, etc.), documenting the aforementioned murders via Snapchat, and finding new ways to combine healthcare and the arts, us Millennials are rather busy—but we leave plenty of time in our full schedules to worry. So I took to Twitter to ask my peers about the health concerns that keep them up at night.

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    The Complicated Issue of “See Something, Say Something” in Science

    August 04, 2017

    Mobile technology provides researchers with new cost-effective ways to gain a much more nuanced understanding of risky behaviors. However, the “big data” collected from these technologies in real time also opens up a plethora of ethical questions and challenges that plague health care professionals and medical ethicists alike.

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    Ferreting Out Causes of Resistance to Cancer Drugs

    August 02, 2017

    According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the number of people beating a cancer diagnosis reached nearly 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to almost 19 million by 2024. Now, that’s good news, but it doesn’t mean that cancer researchers — in the lab or clinic — are resting on any laurels.

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    To Weigh or Not to Weigh?

    July 31, 2017

    When it comes to health advice, the internet tends to contradict itself. The benefits of food get flipped around, and longstanding fitness tips can suddenly be deemed ineffective. Self-weighing is another one. Don’t jump on the scale – it’s counterproductive and will drive you crazy. Or, step on it – it’s motivating and keeps you in check. So, which is it?

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    Life Inside the OR: An Outsider’s Perspective

    July 28, 2017

    When I started my career seven years ago, it hadn’t crossed my mind that at some point I would spend nearly 12 hours – overnight hours, to be exact – inside an operating room for anything other than a potential surgery of my own. That is, until I had the opportunity to don paper scrubs, a facemask and hair net, and observe a life-changing procedure –with a film crew in tow.

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    Identifying Food Insecurity, Even in Pennsylvania's Wealthiest County

    July 26, 2017

    Chester County is the wealthiest county among all 67 counties in Pennsylvania — and yet, more than 25,000 county residents received over $3 million in SNAP (food stamp) benefits because they do not have enough money to consistently put food – let alone healthy food – on the table each night.

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    Modeling Migraines

    July 24, 2017

    There are still questions waiting to be answered about exactly how and why migraines are generated: What are these things? Why are they so difficult to treat? Why are they different for everybody? Research is ongoing, though, and several different models are helping physicians shed new light on what makes migraines tick — which could, in turn, lead to new and more effective treatment options down the line.

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