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+ - Secondary Thyroid Cancer Kills More Than Primary, Study Says->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester (2492316) writes "If you thought primary thyroid cancer was deadlier than secondary thyroid cancer, think again. It might sound like it, but the latest study shows that the latter can prove much more lethal especially in case of adolescents. Published in a journal by the name CANCER, the study reports that adolescents and young adults with secondary thyroid cancer have 6 times more chances of death than those who suffer from primary thyroid cancer. What makes this even remotely possible and what measures must be taken to avoid such occurrences?"
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+ - Doctors Say New Pain Pill is 'Genuinely Frightening'

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Stephanie Smith reports at CNN that a coalition of more than 40 health care, consumer and addiction treatment groups is urging the Food and Drug Administration to revoke approval of the new prescription pain drug Zohydro, a hydrocodone-based drug set to become available to patients in March. "You're talking about a drug that's somewhere in the neighborhood of five times more potent than what we're dealing with now," says Dr. Stephen Anderson, a Washington emergency room physician who is not part of the most recent petition to the FDA about the drug. "I'm five times more concerned, solely based on potency." The concerns echoed by all groups are broadly about the drug's potency and abuse potential. They say they fear that Zohydro — especially at higher doses — will amplify already-rising overdose numbers. "In the midst of a severe drug epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid (PDF)," the coalition wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. But Zohydro's maker, Zogenix, and the FDA say the drug's benefits outweigh its risks and in their petition to the FDA for approval, Zogenix representatives say the drug fills a critical need for people suffering from chronic pain who are at risk for liver toxicity and cited examples of patients who might benefit from Zohydro: a 46-year-old male with chronic back and leg pain who had two failed back surgeries; a 52-year-old female with metastatic breast cancer experiencing diffuse pain; a 32-year-old woman with multiple orthopedic fractures. "There's a lot of misinformation being put out there by people who don't have all the facts," says Dr. Brad Galer, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Zogenix. "We're talking about patients that are in bed, depressed, can't sleep, can't work, can't interact with their loved ones — it's a very significant medical health problem that is being ignored.""

Comment: Small folding knife (Score 1) 303

by Chocolate Teapot (#43124313) Attached to: I most look forward to flying with ...
I always carry a Swiss Army knife, and on at least three occasions I have remembered it just before reaching airport security. I simply informed them about it and handed it in, and it has always been waiting for me to collect on my return. Actually, it has often distracted them from my other transgressions.

+ - Bill Nye (Science Guy) Booed For Teaching Science->

Submitted by gfreeman
gfreeman (456642) writes "Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected."

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+ - Apple Updating iOS to Address Privacy Concerns->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Apple today responded to several of the common questions it has recently received about the gathering and use of location information by its devices.

The company also said that over the next few weeks it would release a software update for iOS that would reduce the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone, cease backing up the cache, and delete the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off. Additionally, Apple said that in the next major iOS software release the cache would be encrypted on the iPhone, though a timeline for that was not provided."

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Comment: Let me see if I understand this correctly (Score 4, Funny) 96

by Chocolate Teapot (#33621312) Attached to: How Your Brain Figures Out What It Doesn't Know

The ability to introspect about self-performance is key to human subjective experience, but the neuroanatomical basis of this ability is unknown. Such accurate introspection requires discriminating correct decisions from incorrect ones, a capacity that varies substantially across individuals. We dissociated variation in introspective ability from objective performance in a simple perceptual-decision task, allowing us to determine whether this interindividual variability was associated with a distinct neural basis. We show that introspective ability is correlated with gray matter volume in the anterior prefrontal cortex, a region that shows marked evolutionary development in humans. Moreover, interindividual variation in introspective ability is also correlated with white-matter microstructure connected with this area of the prefrontal cortex. Our findings point to a focal neuroanatomical substrate for introspective ability, a substrate distinct from that supporting primary perception


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