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Pain-Free Blood Tests

This prototype device is being developed into a fool-proof, almost painless way to draw blood samples by Tasso, formed by students of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Source: David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison

A company with deep roots at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wants to make blood sampling less painful and more convenient. Tasso Inc. is perfecting a device the size of a pingpong ball that extracts a small sample while held against the skin for two minutes. During this time, a slight vacuum in the device enables […]

Study Finds Autism Awareness Among Future Healthcare Workers Still Has Room For Improvement

Skott Freedman, assistant professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College.
Source: Ithaca College

April is National Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the developmental disability among Americans. But a recent study that examines knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among undergraduates in healthcare-related majors shows there is still room for improvement in spreading accurate information. The study was conducted last year by Skott Freedman, an assistant […]

Your Pain Reliever May Also Be Diminishing Your Joy

Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in the United States, found in more than 600 medicines, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.
Source: © Tyler Panian / Fotolia

Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen reported less strong emotions when they saw both very pleasant and very disturbing photos, when compared to those who took placebos. Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in the over-the-counter […]

Wristband That Measures Rest, Activity Schedule May Help Predict Response To Antidepressants

This image shows Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Source: Phil Jones

A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are today’s mainstay for depression treatment, but patients and their physicians may go through many months, […]

8 Reasons The US Surgeon General Should Announce That UV Tanning Causes Skin Cancer

Source: University of Colorado Cancer Center

A July, 2014 Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer by acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak points out that indoor tanning is “strongly associated with increased skin cancer risk,” but stops short of reporting that tanning causes cancer. A University of Colorado Cancer Center opinion published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine […]

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