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Free CME

This four-video free CME program is designed to briefly review current adult vaccine recommendations and introduce specific communication concepts, including cognitive style-based strategies and motivational interviewing (MI), to help clinicians communicate effectively with their adult patients about the need for vaccination. Participants will be encouraged to consider how to integrate these strategies into their practice setting.

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BPA Studies

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Many people seek to avoid certain products containing bisphenol A (BPA) such as cans and bottles, but you may be exposed to the chemical every time you make a purchase and receive a receipt, CBS News reports. A study published in PLOS One tested blood and urine samples of people who used a hand sanitizer and touched cash register receipts, finding that the BPA in the receipts seeped into the skin. Despite being linked to developmental problems such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, Steven Hentges, spokesman for the American Chemistry Council assures that the chemical is safe, referencing the FDA statement that says BPA is safe for use in food containers.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in PLOS One.

Battling Ebola

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In the fight against the Ebola virus, technology may play a key role, The New York Times reports. Replacing humans with robots in handling waste and burial of the deceased has the potential to save many lives, and now, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is assisting scientists in taking these ideas further. Suggestions include programming robots to provide interactive checklists to medical personnel and assisting language interpreters interacting with patients. While these ideas may be helpful, scientists are currently brainstorming a way to surmount the challenge of programming the dexterity of a human into a robot for clinical patient care.

Read it in The New York Times.

Infectious Diseases

According to CNN Health, a curable infectious disease has done far more damage than the much-feared Ebola virus. In fact in 2013, over 300 times as many deaths were reported as a result of Tuberculosis (TB) with 1.5 million killed despite the availability of four approved drug regimens for treatment. According to the WHO, 95 percent of TB cases are in developing countries where pharmaceutical companies generally overlook due to the limited profits available. Additionally, funding needed to treat the disease falls about 25 percent shy each year, resulting in a weakened response. 15 vaccines for the disease are currently being developed worldwide, one of which the WHO hopes will mark the demise of the fatal disease.

Read the article published by CNN Health.

Alzheimer's Disease

According to CBS News, a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease can instantly double if they are carriers of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). A study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia looked at plasma samples from 360 patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and 360 patients who were free of the disease. The samples were taken roughly 10 years prior to the diagnosis, and upon investigation revealed that being a carrier of HSV roughly doubled a person’s risk for the disease. The hypothesis is that a weakened immune system in older patients allows for the spread of the virus to the brain, which may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.