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New clinical trial policy by National Institute of Health (NIH) raises concerns from basic behavioural researchers

Scientists who conduct basic behavioural research are bracing for a policy kicking that will impose new rules on their federally funded studies, many of which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, will now consider clinical trials. Although many researchers maintain that the policy makes no sense and will hinder their work, recent revisions by NIH officials have eased some fears. “There’s still a problem, but the problem is less dire than the original set of concerns that we had,” says cognitive psychologist Jeremy Wolfe of the Harvard University–affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who is also the immediate past president of the Federation of Associations in Behavioural & Brain Sciences (FABBS) in Washington, D.C. The changes, which take effect for proposals with due dates of 25 January 2018, or later, are part of a new clinical trials definition that NIH released in 2014 but only began implementing in 2017. That was when scientists who use tools such as MRI scans to explore how the normal brain works realized that their studies, which they never thought of as clinical trials because they don’t test drugs or other treatments, fell under the new definition. The change imposed several new requirements on researchers, such as submitting proposals in response to a formal funding opportunity for clinical trials and registering the studies in clinicaltrials.gov, the federal trials database. Researchers and university groups have since flooded NIH with emails and comments, especially after NIH published a set of case studies confirming that basic studies would be included. More than 3500 scientists signed an open letter last September asking NIH to delay the policy. Source: Sciencemag
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New OB/GYN ultrasound innovations by Royal Philips

Royal Philips, a global leader and health technology company, has announced new OB/GYN innovations. aBiometry AssistA.I, TouchVue and Tilt[1], as well as the eL18-4 transducer[2] available on Philips EPIQ 7 and 5 and Affiniti 70 ultrasound systems.
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FRIENDS OF TIME

We have all heard the popular quote, “Time is not your friend”. Laura Weiss writes: time is not your friend, it doesn't care if you live fast or die slow, if you are or if you aren't. It was here before you arrived and it will go on after you leave. Time doesn't care who wins or who loses, if your life span is full or empty, honorable or shameful. Time is indifferent. It simply doesn't give a shit.
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Psychotherapy

  WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY   Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. Depending on the approach used by the therapist, a wide range of techniques and strategies can be used. However, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.
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Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins - Canada

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced the launch of a Canadian Phase I clinical trial for Canada's Ebola vaccine (VSV-EBOV). The trial will be led by the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) and will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Inspiring Truths about Yoga

Renowned yoga guru, Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar died today, at the age of 95. While countless teachers undoubtedly played a role in ushering yogic traditions from their Eastern roots to the West, Iyengar is the most well-known.
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THE MEDICAL TOURISM SECTOR

The Medical Tourism Industry is open for business and at your service! The boarders are open and people are traveling abroad for various reasons. TOP 5 REASONS WHY MEDICAL TOURISM IS SO APPEALING:1. Uninsured or desired medical procedure not covered and could not otherwise be afforded.
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RED ALERT: CHOLERA UPSURGE

The Lagos State Government says it is taking precautions against the spread of cholera which has already killed one person in adjoining Ogun. The Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos that residents need not be apprehensive but should also be on the alert.
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Stroke: Why skipping blood pressure medicines is dangerous

Daily intake of blood pressure medications drugs is absolutely necessary in people with hypertension. Doctors have long known that high blood pressure cannot be known from the face and adherence to medication is important to prevent stroke, reports Sade Oguntola. Doctors have long known that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is among the most important risk factors for stroke. Now a new study has found that patients with hypertension who don't take their prescribed blood pressure-lowering medications may be placing themselves at risk for both fatal and nonfatal strokes.
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