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AICAR Exercise Pill Benefits: It Prevents Heatstroke?

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AICAR Exercise Pill Benefits: It Prevents Heatstroke?: Here’s good news for athletes who are raring to compete in, say, Tucson, Arizona on a hot summer day or cocky soldiers wanting to go on this summer’s tour of duty to Afghanistan, but who are barred from doing so because of an extreme heat sensitivity called malignant hyperthermia.

New research shows that the compound dubbed the AICAR exercise pill or “couch potato pill” because it slows muscle fatigue and improves muscle endurance without exercise may also be used to prevent heatstroke—at least in mice. The findings are found in a paper published by the journal Nature Medicine.

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Norovirus Vaccine for Cruise Ship Virus? Hope For Future Treatment?

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Norovirus Vaccine for Cruise Ship Virus? Researchers may soon roll out a vaccine to prevent people from catching the norovirus, the “winter vomiting bug” or “cruise ship virus,” blamed worldwide for outbreaks on cruise ships or on planes and in hospitals, schools and prisons during the winter.

That is, if the researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are able to improve an experimental vaccine developed for the first time against the highly contagious virus that brings sudden cramping, vomiting and diarrhea to three million people across the world every year.

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Patient Bar Codes in the UK: Good or Bad? Useful or Scary?

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Patient Bar Codes in the UK: Good or Bad? Useful or Scary? It may seem like a scene straight out of sci-fi movie, but yes, all patients in the United Kingdom will be processed with barcodes by 2013.

The National Health Service announced this week that patients in all four publicly funded health care systems across the U.K. will be given barcoded wristbands. Like product barcodes, these will be read by handheld scanners.

The nationwide barcoding system is meant to cut down the risk of patients being mistaken for someone else or of being given the wrong medication—mix-ups that are common in clinics and hospitals throughout the world.

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