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Ghana Doctors on Strike

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says it is waiting for the written commitment of government before the striking doctors could resume work fully. The commitment letter should instruct Controller and Accountant Generals’ to restore the payment of conversion difference and refund to them the arrears with a payment schedule. A statement jointly issued by the President, Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei and the General Secretary Dr Frank Serebour and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the doctors are neither demanding for immediate payment nor one lump payment of the conversion…

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Death toll from bird flu in China rises to 13

BEIJING (AP) — Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday. The official Xinhua News Agency said the two deaths were reported in Shanghai and that three new cases were also confirmed in the financial hub. A total of 11 new cases were reported Sunday — including two in a central province that previously had been unaffected. In all, 60 cases of the virus, known as H7N9, have been reported in China. The two cases reported…

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CROI 2013: iPrEx Update—A Q&A with Dr. Robert Grant

The iPrEx trial showed that taking Truvada PrEP protected men who have sex with men from HIV infection: The risk of acquiring HIV was reduced by 99% among those with drug levels in their blood corresponding to daily use, observed iPrEx protocol chair Robert Grant, MD, MPH, in a presentation Monday at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Risk of HIV was still markedly reduced by 96% when drug levels indicated use of four PrEP pills per week, indicating there is some forgiveness if a few doses are…

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An fMRI-Based Neurologic Signature of Physical Pain-

Tor D. Wager, Ph.D., Lauren Y. Atlas, Ph.D., Martin A. Lindquist, Ph.D., Mathieu Roy, Ph.D., Choong-Wan Woo, M.A., and Ethan Kross, Ph.D. Editors Note; Below is just portions of the full research report.Click the link below for full report from the New England Journal of Medicine. BACKGROUND Persistent pain is measured by means of self-report, the sole reliance on which hampers diagnosis and treatment. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) holds promise for identifying objective measures of pain, but brain measures that are sensitive and specific to physical pain have not…

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