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10:02am

Fri February 1, 2013
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Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:56 am

Adam Cole NPR, Getty Images, AP Images

Super Bowl XLVII will kick off Sunday with its typical bombastic fanfare: Beyonce will wow us with her live halftime show, and "space baby" commercials will overload us with cuteness.

But this year, there's a gray cloud hanging over the Super Bowl: the mounting anger about devastating injuries to players' brains and bodies.

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7:05am

Fri February 1, 2013
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Lesson Learned: A Curb On Drugmakers' Gifts To Medical Students

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:57 am

A package of microwave popcorn promoting Johnson & Johnson's antipsychotic drug Invega back in 2008 would have been a no-no at many medical schools.
Nurse Ratched's Place

It used to be common for drugmakers to ply medical students with meals and gifts as a way to curry favor with America's next generation of doctors.

But times are changing.

To curb the influence of drug companies, most U.S. medical schools have now instituted policies that restrict or ban gifts altogether. The policies appear to have a lasting effect.

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4:21pm

Thu January 31, 2013
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Salmonella Undermines Hedgehogs' Cuteness Overload

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:19 pm

We have no reason to think this little guy isn't clean as a whistle, but some hedgehogs carry salmonella.
Flickr

Salmonella is one of the most common illnesses people get from food. Undercooked ground beef is risky. And some of the biggest recalls ever involved eggs potentially contaminated by the bacteria.

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1:27pm

Thu January 31, 2013
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How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:56 am

How does a great gray owl do that? Now we know.
Martin Meissner AP

The human neck is a delicate stem. Torque it a bit too much, and the carotid and vertebral arteries can rip, causing deadly strokes. People have torn their neck arteries riding roller coasters, doing yoga, going to the chiropractor, being rear-ended in the car – even leaning back for a beauty-parlor shampoo.

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10:43am

Thu January 31, 2013
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Should Medicare Pay For Alzheimer's Scans?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:18 pm

The loss of contrast between gray and white matter in this brain scan indicates a high uptake of Amyvid and the presence of amyloid plaques.
Eli Lilly & Co. and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals

Though increasingly common, Alzheimer's disease still isn't all that easy to diagnose, especially in its early stages.

Forgetfulness and other signs of dementia can be caused by lots of things other than Alzheimer's. Sometimes the symptoms are fleeting or normal in the context of a person's age. But at other times these symptoms mark the dark path of Alzheimer's.

Doctors' standard approach to diagnosis includes taking a medical history of the patient, assessing mental function and administering various neurological and lab tests.

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