That lovin' feeling: It only lasts a year. "The powerful emotions that bowl over new lovers are triggered by a molecule known as nerve growth factor (NGF), according to Pavia University researchers.

The Italian scientists found far higher levels of NGF in the blood of 58 people who had recently fallen madly in love than in that of a group of singles and people in long-term relationships.

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HIV-infected babies are often abandoned in Russia. "Most children of women with HIV aren't born infected, but they cannot be reliably tested for the virus until they are 15 to 18 months old, and many mothers abandon them in the belief that they and the babies will soon be dead. Other mothers are drug users and cannot take proper care of their children.

Russian law requires abandoned children to ...

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American College of Radiology to Tom Cruise: "The ACR is concerned that Tom Cruise has been badly advised regarding the use and potential abuse of ultrasound. There are many abnormalities that may be missed by the untrained eye. Also, if it is not medically necessary, the use of ultrasound raises unnecessary physical risk to the fetus." (via KidneyNotes)

The third Vioxx trial: "It didn't matter what the dose was. It doesn't matter how long you took it."

News to me. (via PointofLaw.com)

Why is it that doctors will never tell you up front that something is going to hurt? Michelle reveals what doctors really mean.

$36.5 million. Still wonder why C-section rates are so high? "The jurors found Doelger failed to interpret strips from a monitoring device that indicated the fetus was in distress, court records show. The difficult delivery continued so long, the fetus suffered from a dangerous increase in blood acidity; the child should have been delivered by Caesarean section long before it was, the jurors concluded.

The hospital was deemed ...

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You're fired: A Long Island hospital is going to replace most of its ER staff. "The hospital's 20 full-time emergency room doctors specialize in non-emergency fields, including internal medicine, surgery, gynecology or pediatrics. Only two doctors have the training and certification in emergency medicine that would now allow them to stay.

Asked whether the doctors would be offered other jobs in the hospital, Kane said, 'I don't know that ...

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A physician who treated bin Ladin says he would treat anyone. "Aziz bristled when asked whether he knew the al-Qaida leader's whereabouts.

'I have no idea, and I couldn't care less,' he said. 'If you treat somebody just once, you don't become his doctor. The majority of the people in the world hate George Bush, and if I was asked to treat him, I would do that. I ...

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Increasing Medicaid reimbursement is a positive step in improving access.

Miss HIV: Russia is considering holding a beauty contest for HIV+ women.

When is the best time to persuade smokers to quit? Right after a cancer diagnosis:

Studies show that using the moment of diagnosis to initiate smoking cessation programs can help up to 70% of patients quit, she and her colleagues wrote, compared with the 20% success rate that is usual in the general population, the researchers argue.
I wonder if the same is true after a heart attack.

Some with spinal cord injuries are travelling to China for experimental surgery. "Paralyzed in May 2003 while performing a backward flip in a cheerleading stunt, Laura, 16, underwent experimental surgery in China late last year and pursues therapies she and her parents, Daryl and Melody, find promising.

Her story illustrates how some people with spinal cord injuries and their families are devising their own solutions and remedies, even building ...

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Some are questioning the findings of this radiologist, who solely reads x-rays for asbestos lawsuits:

According to the transcript of a deposition in 2004 , Dr. Harron graduated from New York Medical College in 1957, completed an internship at the United States Marine Hospital in New York in 1958, was a radiology resident in New Orleans and then moved to West Virginia in 1961, where he practiced as a ...

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over my med body! hosts Grand Rounds this week. Come get the weekly best of the medical blogosphere.

Fat buttocks require longer needles: They needed a study for this? "Fatter rear ends are causing many drug injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach buttock muscle, researchers said on Monday.

Standard-sized needles failed to reach the buttock muscle in 23 out of 25 women whose rears were examined after what was supposed to be an intramuscular injection of a drug.

Two-thirds of the 50 ...

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retired doc wonders about FPs giving CME drug talks. "So why are they chosen to speak about certain topics to a group that typically consists of FPs, NPs and internists? Maybe they believe that if primary care docs listen to another primary care doctor who is apparently very comfortable in managing bipolar patients,they will have fewer qualms in prescribing the latest atypical antipsychotic medication for the next bipolar patient. ...

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"Shy pee". "Some four million people in the UK are unable to urinate in public toilets because of a social phobia commonly called "shy pee", it is claimed.

Experts have called on the medical profession to be more aware of the condition as sufferers can wait decades before seeking treatment."

10 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have "obvious" psychiatric illness.

A little bit of research can be far more dangerous when taken out of context. "Research is complicated and, often, in boiling it down to a few easily digested sound bites, the full complexity and meaning of the information is lost in the media. It is worth remembering that
sometimes a little bit of knowledge can be far more dangerous than the
very crisis it concerns."

Nominations are underway for the 2005 Medical Weblog Awards. "Welcome to the second annual Medical Weblog Awards! These awards are designed to honor the very best in the medical blogosphere, as decided by you--the readers of these fine medical blogs.

It's been another year filled with explosive growth, stirring debate, and excellent writing -- in a number of fields. Our categories reflect this diversity. The categories for this ...

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