Archive: 11/30/2009

Does a placebo gene exist?

A short time ago, Swedish scientists published a paper suggesting the existence of a genetic disposition to respond to placebo, thus giving rise to debate in the media about a possible "placebo gene." In the current issue ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Genetics
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Elastography reduces unnecessary breast biopsies

Elastography is an effective, convenient technique that, when added to breast ultrasound, helps distinguish cancerous breast lesions from benign results, according to an ongoing study presented today at the annual meeting ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Cancer
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Beverage can stay-tabs pose swallowing risk

Three decades ago, a study revealed that beverage can pull-tabs were being swallowed by children, prompting a switch by U.S. manufacturers to stay-tabs. But a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Health
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Don't bet newspapers will get rich shunning Google

(AP) -- There's an intriguing idea floating around the media: Microsoft Corp. wants to undercut Google so badly in Internet search that it might pay newspapers to withhold their content from Google. Just don't count on that ...

dateNov 30, 2009 in Internet
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