Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
Mark Thoma, MD, is a physician who did his residency in internal medicine. Mark has a long history of social activism, and was an early technogeek, and science junkie, after evolving through his nerd phase. Favorite quote: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science... is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny.'” - Isaac Asimov

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Cardiac disease linked to depression

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Since cardiac disease is the number one cause of mortality in the US, it’s important to look at these factors.
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Trollus internauticus

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Trolls were beings in Scandinavian mythology: strong, nasty and relatively slow-witted. Not much has changed.
Simvastatin

Statins may help with dementia, Parkinson’s, cancer, stroke and more

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While statins may be beneficial in a number of conditions, they are by no means benign drugs that carry no risk.
This patient was able to move his leg for the first time using implanted electrodes.

Study successfully uses electrode implants to help paraplegics move their legs

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The movements are clumsy, but considering that the patients had no prior ability to move their legs, it’s amazing.
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Study: HIV incidence 4x higher in people with mental health diagnoses

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This study points out that those patients with mental illness may not be getting screened for HIV appropriately.
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Blood tests for cancer may be possible in the near future

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Most cancers that are solid tumors (lung, breast, thyroid, bowel) can’t be detected by blood tests. Until now.
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Science is not the enemy

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When I wrote about the risks of e-cigarettes & benefits of circumcision, you’d have thought I spat on the flag.
An anti-circumcision protester stands in front of the White House in Washington DC on March 30, 2013. Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com

Circumcision may be the kindest cut of all

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Recent research confirms that from a health standpoint the benefits of circumcision outweigh the costs.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hit cyborg movie, the Terminator.

Cyborg skin, robotic space surgery, and glucose-measuring contact lenses

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A look at these and other new, and amazing, advancements in medical science such as self-sanitizing doorknobs.
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Diet soft drinks may increase cardiovascular risk

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Women who drank two or more diet drinks per day had an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease.
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