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May 03, 2015

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1:36 PM | Media Reports: Bird Flu (H5N1?) In Turkish Poultry
  # 10,002     It has been seven years since Turkey last reported HPAI H5N1 to the OIE (see Immediate notification), but Turkish officials well remember the impact the virus had in the years between 2006 and 2008, when roughly 200 outbreaks were recorded, along with a dozen human infections and four deaths.   When H5N1 began its big expansion out of Southeast Asia in 2005-06, Turkey was one of dozens of countries suddenly thrust into the battle against bird flu, […]

May 02, 2015

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6:57 PM | Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health: Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Depression
By: Kristine AlarconOn the TEDMED stage, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris quoted Dr. Robert Block saying, “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” Dr. Harris’s career as a pediatrician changed once she discovered research conducted by Dr. Vince Felitti and Dr. Bob Anda called the “Adverse Childhood Experience Study.” The research focused on ACEs, which are adverse childhood experiences. ACEs include […]
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12:00 PM | How Does Meditation Make You Smarter?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you don’t need to be told about the relaxing effects of meditation. The practitioners vouch for it; and those who don’t, do not dispute it either. Those in the Far East have known for centuries that meditating brings mental peace and spiritual bliss. Now scientists claim that meditation […]
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10:43 AM | HK CHP Notified Of An Additional Mainland H7N9 Case
Location of Jiangxi Province – Wikipedia   # 10,001   Despite the abrupt slowdown in H7N9 reporting out of China beginning the first week of March (see H7N9: No News Is . . . . Curious), the Mainland has still managed to post nearly 200 cases since November of 2014.  Based on limited, and often delayed reporting to date, this third wave appears to have been less active than the 2nd wave.   Note: Many provinces have elected tor release bulk information in […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – exercise and bowel cancer, ‘DNA-detecting toothbrush’, the ‘test’ that isn’t a test and more
Keeping active among bowel cancer patients, misleading reports of a ‘DNA-detecting toothbrush’, plus hype around another non-existent ‘test’ for cancer.

May 01, 2015

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8:41 PM | Iowa Governor Declares State-Wide Bird Flu Emergency, MN reports 2 More Farms Hit
Credit Wikipedia     # 10,000   During a 4pm (EDT) press conference today, Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad announced the declaration of a statewide state of emergency due to the ongoing avian flu outbreak affecting millions of chickens and turkeys in his state.    This afternoon, Iowa Agriculture officials are also reporting four more farms with probable H5N2 infection, raising the total to 21 farms, across 10 counties.   Roughly 16 million birds […]
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7:57 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (April 27 - May 1, 2015)
A couple weak days can't get us down! Enjoy the latest edition of the Biotech Tweets of the Week from @23aloha.Featuring: $CLDN $RGLS $BMRN $BIIB $ARIA $QURE $VRTX $AMGN $CLDX $GILD $TRIL $RTRX $CEMP $JUNO $MDCO $ESPR $XBI $IBB [...]
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7:10 PM | Trafficked Boys Overlooked
By: Janice Tjeng50% of sexually exploited victims are males. However, this fact is often overlooked due to the following reasons. Firstly, it is because of the social stigma towards males as victims of sexual exploitation. Summar Ghias, a program specialist for the Chicago-based International Organization for Adolescents, mentions that anti-trafficking movements primarily identify victims as females. Moreover, law enforcements often see males as the perpetrators while females as the victims due […]
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5:44 PM | Effective sleep apnea treatment lowers diabetes risk
Using a simple device for eight hours a night to treat sleep apnea can also help people with prediabetes improve their blood sugar levels and may reduce the risk of progressing to diabetes.
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5:23 PM | The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations
Does dropping a few brain-related words into an argument cause people to lose the capacity for critical thought?  Read the rest of this post at the Big Think. Follow Neurobonkers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or join the mailing list.
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4:24 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 1 MERS Case
# 9999   After an unexpected and prolonged drop in MERS case reports out of Saudi Arabia (10 days without an announcement), the Saudi MOH has posted scant details on a 35 year-old male who is in critical condition.    The source of this patient’s exposure is not mentioned.
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4:16 PM | EID Journal: The Stability Of The Ebola Virus On Surfaces & In Fluids
October 15th  Outside Nina Pham’s Apartment   # 9998   One of the critical issues that emerged during the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa is how little we actually knew about the stability and persistence of the virus in the environment, and how that might vary across different climates and settings.    Variations in temperature, humidity, duration and strength of UV exposure, the types of fluids (including their pH), and the types of surfaces were […]
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3:27 PM | Biotech Reading List
First baby born from IVF technique which eliminates inherited diseaseSarah Knapton (The Telegraph UK)Mark Cuban Should Take The Cigar Out Of His Mouth And Stop Giving Health AdviceLarry Husten (Cardio Brief / Forbes)The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of ShitYvette d'Entremont (Gawker)Tumor-Only Genetic Sequencing May Misguide Cancer Treatment in Nearly Half of All Patients, Study Showsvia Victor Velculescu et al (Johns Hopkins)NASH Drug Development Derby II: Mechanism of Action and Brief […]
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2:58 PM | Pint of Science 2015: from cows to cancer clinical trials
Fancy hearing about the latest developments in cancer research? Well some of our scientists might be gathering in a venue new you to tell all.
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2:45 PM | Citizens’ initiative could endanger animal research
More than one million people have signed a petition which threatens to repeal European regulations for animal research. Dr Sherie Wright, Senior Corporate Governance and Policy Officer at the MRC, […] The post Citizens’ initiative could endanger animal research appeared first on insight.
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1:42 PM | This week in animal research 010515
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12:15 PM | FDA Calls For Better Evidence On Health Care Antiseptics
# 9997   In this age of increasing HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) the number of times a HCW must stop and wash (or sanitize) their hands has grown exponentially over the past decade.   As the chart above illustrates (credit WHO), every patient contact can instigate as many as five hand washings.     It is not unusual for HCWs to stop and sanitize their hands a hundred times during a single shift, often utilizing one of several antibacterial products […]
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12:00 PM | Brain Teasers: Cracking the mind’s toughest riddles [video]
How can we instill robotic arms with a sense of touch? What causes us to choke under pressure? How can a misfolded protein cause so much harm to our brains? And is empathy something shared across species, not just humans? Speaking to a packed crowd at the Logan Center on April 1st, neuroscientists from the University of Chicago discussed these questions and more in a series of TED-style talks.
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11:20 AM | Tesla Introduces the Home Battery
Innovative billionaire, Elon Musk, is introducing the first product designed to be a home battery for the average home - the Powerwall by Tesla. This is a large but shallow and stylish lithium ion battery meant to be attached to the wall of a garage or basement. There are two versions, a 10kWh for $3,500 and a [...]
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11:00 AM | What’s the harm? An Australian child dies while undergoing a particularly cruel form of quackery
A common criticism aimed at those of us who are highly critical of various alternative medicine treatments and, in particular, of the “integration” of such treatments into conventional medical treatment is: What’s the harm? What, they ask, is the harm of homeopathy, acupuncture, iridology, or traditional Chinese medicine? They argue that it’s pretty much harmless,…
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10:51 AM | Image of the Week: Nature’s Switch
  This Image of the Week was contributed by Dr Erinma Ochu, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.  Our image – or in this case video – of the week is an extract from Nature’s Switch, a film exploring the relationship between light, and specifically, wavelengths of red light, and plants. The film is a collaboration between Wellcome Trust […]
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9:43 AM | Referral: CIDRAP NEWS Recaps The Latest Avian Flu Outbreaks
    # 9996   I was away from my desk for a few hours yesterday, and wasn’t able to to my usual summary of the latest H5N2 news, but luckily we have an excellent overview from CIDRAP NEWS Editor Robert Roos.     Minnesota reports three additional farms infected, and their first detection of the virus in a wild bird, but the worst effects are being felt in Iowa.     Avian flu taking big toll in Iowa; virus found in Minnesota hawk […]
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7:35 AM | What Should We Do in the Absence of Evidence?
For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple—and wrong. – H.L. Mencken Despite my multiple personalities, it seems that only the OCD doctor gets anything done. The Goth cowgirl persona? Lazy. And the NBA playoffs are sucking up an inordinate amount of time. Go Blazers. Just not very far. Sigh. But […]
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2:27 AM | When a Company Drops a Controversial Ingredient, They’re Not Doing It For Your Health
This week, Pepsi announced they were dropping aspartame from their flagship diet drink in the US. Last week it was Chipotle swearing off GMO ingredients. Before that, Kraft dropped certain dyes, Subway took the “yoga mat chemical” out of its … Continue reading »The post When a Company Drops a Controversial Ingredient, They’re Not Doing It For Your Health appeared first on Public Health.

April 30, 2015

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10:29 PM | Protected: Wedding Images: The “First Couple” of Community Medicine
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9:43 PM | AGTC Tackles 3 Eye Diseases with Gene Therapy
September will be 25 years since the first gene therapy experiment, and FDA approval is finally in sight. Several gene therapies are approaching the finish line, awaiting results from comparisons to existing therapies and analyses of long-term efficacy. Among the … Continue reading »The post AGTC Tackles 3 Eye Diseases with Gene Therapy appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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7:55 PM | Colon cleansing – myth vs. science
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Listen to the radio for a few minutes. Or watch late night television for a bit. Through the commercials hawking insurance with talking geckos, promoting treatments for erectile dysfunction, and, exhibiting the coolest, fastest, most fuel efficient car, you will run across the reason for all that ails you: your improperly cleaned colon. The treatment … Continue reading Colon cleansing – myth vs. science […]
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7:30 PM | The bad science checklist of GMO opponents
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 30 April 2015 One of my favorite science websites is at Science or Not, the author of which, Graham Coghill, claims that “this website will help you separate real science from nonsense that’s masquerading as science.” Most real scientific skeptics have that goal, but Coghill does a great job in formalizing science into a readable, logical … Continue reading The bad science checklist […]
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7:03 PM | Join us for the third annual cancer center open house – June 11
Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board will host the third annual Cancer Center open house for cancer survivors, their families and friends, and research advocates on June 11 at 4:30 p.m. in La Jolla, Calif.
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7:03 PM | ST398 carriage and infections in farmers, United States
I’ve been working on livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus and farming now for almost a decade. In that time, work from my lab has shown that, first, the “livestock-associated” strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that was found originally in Europe and then in Canada, ST398, is in the United States in pigs and farmers; that it’s present…
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