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2/16/2018

Some types of exercise, including running, could protect the brain and reduce the effects that chronic stress can have on memory, according to a study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. The study in mice found exercise improved long-term potentiation, or the formation and strengthening of synapses, which is tied to memory formation.

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2/16/2018

CDC researchers reported that the batch of flu vaccine distributed this year cut risk of serious illness by 36% overall, 59% among children ages 6 months to 8 years and 33% among adults ages 18 to 49. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed this year's vaccine cut risk of serious cases of H3N2 -- the dominant strain of the season -- by 25%; risk was reduced 67% for H1N1 and 42% for influenza B strains.

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2/16/2018

Speakers lose their charm when they are bogged down by too much detail, which can be because they're trying to show off or going too far into specifics for the audience, writes Anett Grant. "If someone asks, 'Could you give me an update on that project?' that's not an invitation to go through your work step by step," she writes.

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2/16/2018

Every work culture has its pros and cons, so if yours is experiencing too much stress from competitiveness, it may be time to borrow concepts from a collaborative culture, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. When red tape and dullness inhibit performance in a bureaucratic workplace, adopt approaches from startups, such as allowing more individual initiative, she writes.

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2/16/2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar vowed the agency would increase efforts to address untreated mental illness in response to a school shooting in Florida this week. Azar also said the CDC has the authority to conduct studies on gun violence and its causes, and he suggested this research will be a priority at the CDC.

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2/16/2018

Research published in the journal Health Promotion Practice found 53% of 66 parents who received a BMI report card on their child did not believe it was accurate. The survey found 33% of parents said the report card caused them to consider their family's health habits, and 22% said it led them to contact a health care professional about their child's weight.

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2/16/2018

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything within his authority to prevent drugmakers from "gaming the system" to thwart competition and said he wants to accelerate the generic- and biosimilar-drug approval processes.

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2/16/2018

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., met with Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to discuss how they can reconcile House and Senate measures designed to stabilize Affordable Care Act markets. Alexander said he hopes the ACA fix measures will be included in the upcoming omnibus spending bill due next month.

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The Hill
2/16/2018

An analysis of claims data showed almost 60% of women who sustained an injury at work had a prior behavioral health condition, such as depression, anxiety or fatigue, compared with 33% of men, and workers who had a previous injury were more likely to be injured again, researchers wrote in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Lead author Dr. Natalie Schwatka said keeping workers safe requires an "integrated approach that connects health, well-being and safety."

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Psych Central