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Trainee demographics tied to passage of U.S. surgical boards

(HealthDay)—Resident race, ethnicity, sex, and family status at internship are associated with surgical board passage rates in the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in JAMA Surgery. Heather L. Yeo, M.D., from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, and colleagues evaluated whether trainee sociodemographic factors are associated with passage rates

Rural practice linked to junior doctors being more satisfied

A comprehensive study has found junior doctors in regional and rural Australia are more likely to be satisfied than their metropolitan counterparts. Junior doctors in regional and rural Australia are more likely to be satisfied than their metropolitan counterparts, with better work-life balance and more varied work the main positive factors at play, new research

Competitive people are more prone to drug consumption

Hostile and competitive people are more likely to give in to drug consumption, according to a study published by a research group at the University of Cordoba (Spain). When a person faces a decision regarding these kinds of substances, multiple factors come into play, such as social environment, family history and past experiences. Now, this

Dopamine agonists tied to higher risk for psychiatric events

(HealthDay)—Patients with primary restless leg syndrome who begin dopamine agonist (DA) therapy may be at increased risk for adverse psychiatric events, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Cheryl Hankin, Ph.D., from BioMedEcon in Moss Beach, California, and colleagues evaluated the association between DA initiation and

Teenager with TWO vaginas says it took doctors eight years to spot

Teenager with TWO vaginas, wombs and cervixes says it took doctors eight years to spot her unusual anatomy after they repeatedly dismissed her excruciating period pains Molly-Rose Taylor, 19, from Gillingham, was diagnosed with uterus didelphys  For years medics failed to spot the 2cm-thick wall of tissue dividing her vagina  Two periods caused the nanny excruciating period

Mothers-to-be who are stressed are more likely to have a daughter

Mothers-to-be who are stressed are more likely to have a daughter, finds study Only 31% of women showing physical stress, such as comfort eating, had a boy Only 40% psychologically stressed, experiencing anxiety, have a boy Scientists said male foetuses are more vulnerable to stress hormones  If you’re trying to get pregnant and want to have

Low intelligence linked to suicide risk later in life

People with low scores on intelligence tests in adolescence run a higher risk of suicide and suicide attempt later in life. That is according to a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden that followed almost 50,000 Swedish men from the 1970s until recently. The study is published in the journal Psychological Medicine. Prior studies have

Sorry To Break It To You, But Not All Pretzels Are Vegan

If you’re vegan, you already know to scrutinize labels for hidden animal products. (Hello, sneaky additions of eggs and dairy.) Some foods are pretty clear-cut—that handful of raw almonds is a solid bet. But others…not so much. Take pretzels for example—are they vegan? Well, the short answer is: yes. And the longer answer is: sometimes

Survey: many U.S. adults not planning to get flu vaccine

(HealthDay)—Many U.S. adults, including some at the highest risk for the flu and pneumonia, do not plan to get preventive vaccines, according to a survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago on behalf of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The survey was conducted between Aug. 15 and 18, 2019, to better understand

Girl with ‘Alzheimer’s’ defies death sentence to start pre-school

Girl, four, with ‘childhood Alzheimer’s’ defies her death sentence to start pre-school and ballet classes after taking a trial drug Marian McGlockin diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) aged one  Cruel disease causes organ damage, muscle stiffness, seizures and dementia  Child, from California, has taken part in clinical trial of drug known as VTS 270 Youngster now

4 Easy, Delicious Ways to Eat More Protein

You know protein is important for a healthful diet. It builds and maintains muscle. It helps you fill up faster and stay full longer. It is delicious. Yet despite the fact that 55 percent of American households report that high protein is an important factor when buying groceries, they’re confused about what actually constitutes a