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09/10/2015

Beth Tarini, associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, is launching a study to see whether the martial art of tae kwon do could be an effective therapy - or even an alternative to prescription medication - for kids with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Tarini is working with Master Dan Vigil on the “Martials Arts as ADD/ADHD Treatment Trial (aka the MAAT Trial)”

She is using the online crowdfunding site Crowdrise to raise money  for the research.

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09/09/2015

Raymond De Vries is quoted in a Dutch national newpaper, Volkskrant, regarding a recent AMC Netherlands and University of Amsterdam study comparing infant mortality in mid-wife led versus obstetrician-led care in the Netherlands. Dr. De Vries provides a positive review of the methodology and the colloborative nature of the study (which includes both midwives and obstetricians).

The Volkskrant article is in Dutch, but the study published in the journal "Midwifery" is in English.

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05/08/2015

The vaccine appears to slow spread in those with advanced breast cancer. Sarah Hawley was quoted, "The preliminary finding that the vaccine improved progression-free survival in patients with metastatic cancer [when the disease has spread to other parts of the body] is especially exciting because of the lack of good treatments for metastatic breast cancer... If the authors can replicate this result in future trials in metastatic and non-metastatic or newly diagnosed patients, this will represent an important direction for the field of breast cancer treatment research."

05/08/2015

Ken Langa discusses how brain crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other brain games are not an evidence-based way to maintain mental sharpness and there is a lack of research in this area.

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