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July 23, 2014

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8:34 PM | Shaping Our Nursing Identity
A new branding effort will identify and define UCM’s nursing brand.
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8:20 PM | Nurses Sound Off On New Professional Practice Model
Hear what UChicago Medicine nurses are saying about the new PPM.
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6:07 PM | Nursing Announcements, Accolades and Presentations, July 2014
Click here to read more about presentations and awards from across the UCM nursing community.
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6:04 PM | EID Journal: H3N2v Swine To Human Transmission At Agricultural Fairs – 2012
    # 8860   I hadn’t planned on writing another swine variant influenza-related blog again so soon (see yesterday’s blog CDC: Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2014), but today the CDC’s EID Journal has posted an analysis of the 2012 outbreak of H3N2v associated with attendance of agricultural fairs in Ohio in 2012.   Although only 19 swine variant flu infections were reported last year,  in 2012 more […]
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5:51 PM | Interactive Patient Care Conference Visitors Tune Into UCM’s Get Well Network
The University of Chicago Medicine’s on-demand patient TV system garnered a prime-time audience of visiting nurses and hospital leaders during a trip to the Center for Care and Discovery.
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5:40 PM | Cultural Competence Training Sessions Set For Fall
A new six-session course on cultural competence is being offered to all employees in a new effort to advance the University of Chicago Medicine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The training is part of the five-year, enterprise-wide strategic plan.
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5:32 PM | Emergency Department Teamwork Prompts Changes, Slashes Diversion Time
University of Chicago Medicine’s Adult Emergency Department is dramatically reducing ambulance diversion thanks to a cultural shift that’s taken place following three years of teamwork.
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5:15 PM | Focus on Skin Care Drives Down Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Rates
A closely watched quality metric, high hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) rates have been an organizational focus and one of the challenges in the medical center's march to Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. But thanks in part to a new multidisciplinary approach to treatment and education, HAPU rates fell 70 percent by the end of last year.
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5:05 PM | New Professional Practice Model Sets Foundation for Exemplary Care
After more than a year of thoughtful consideration of evidence-based practices and input from hundreds of nurses, the University of Chicago Medicine Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) is now complete.
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4:44 PM | From Debi’s Desk: Looking Back UCM Nursing’s History-making 2014
In many ways, the last several months have been history in the making for University of Chicago Medicine Nursing. In this issue of Nursing Edition, we look back at some of the significant accomplishments that made fiscal 2014 a milestone year.
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2:54 PM | NASA: The Solar Super Storm Of 2012
Credit NASA     # 8859   Although it sounds like science fiction, two years ago today the earth narrowly (by cosmic standards) missed being hit by a massive solar storm that had the potential to knock our technology-dependant society back a hundred years.    Back in 2010 we looked at the granddaddy of all known solar storms, the Carrington Event of 1859, and have revisited the topic a number of times since then, including:   NASA: Solar Max Is […]
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12:40 PM | Legal thuggery directed at Steve Novella and Science-Based Medicine
If there’s one characteristic of supporters of dubious medicine, it’s that they hate criticism. Whereas your average skeptic might not like criticism—sensitivity to criticism being a human trait and all—science- and evidence-based criticism tends to drive dubious medical practitioners and promoters of pseudoscience into paroxysms of anger. Frequently, because they can’t refute such criticisms with…
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12:35 PM | West Nile Virus, Dengue & Chikungunya Update
Credit CDC # 8858   With MERS cases dwindling, and H7N9 and H5N1 basically in hibernation until fall, our attentions this summer have been focused largely on vector borne diseases that tend to flourish during warm weather months.   And three we are watching closely – WNV, Dengue & Chikungunya – are all relatively recent arrivals to the United States.   West Nile Virus arrived in North American in 1997 and has since become endemic across the United […]
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12:07 PM | “I couldn’t believe how much things had moved on” – Nicola’s story
Find out how, with thanks from Cancer Research UK scientists, bowel cancer treatment has "phenomenally" improved from when Nicola's mother had the disease.
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11:58 AM | Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM
I suppose it was inevitable. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long. SGU Productions, the Society for Science-based medicine, and I are being sued for an article that I wrote in May of 2013 on Science-Based Medicine. My SBM piece, which was inspired by an article in the LA Times, gave this summary: [...]
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11:36 AM | Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM
I suppose it was inevitable. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long. SGU Productions, the Society for Science-based medicine, and I are being sued for an article that I wrote in May of 2013 on Science-Based Medicine. My SBM piece, which was inspired by an article in the LA Times, gave this […]
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5:21 AM | bush – The Chemicals Between Us – The Science Of Things
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4:50 AM | A compendium of awesomeness
Posting has been light this month, for several good reasons. My own schedule has been full with seeing patients, attending HICPAC, and most recently riding a bike across northwest Iowa during the first couple days of RAGBRAI with my mom (the route this year went through her hometown of Hull, Iowa). The photo above was taken on Sunday during a stop in beautiful Boyden, Iowa. I’m back at work now, and marveling at the complete online release of the SHEA/IDSA Compendium of […]
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4:32 AM | Most Risk for Autism Comes from Common Genetic Variation, Not Rare Genes
Most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous glitches.

July 22, 2014

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10:11 PM | California’s vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering effects
All 50 US states (along with several territories and DC) require mandatory vaccination for children entering public (and frequently, private) schools. This system has essentially ended most vaccine preventable diseases in the USA, including measles, polio, chickenpox, and many others. It is considered one of the 10 greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines should probably be […]Continue reading «California's vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering […]
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8:46 PM | For rats, a break from stress isn’t worth the relief
ScicuriousNeuroscience,Psychology by Bethany Brookshire 4:51pm, July 22, 2014 This rat might look like he needs a weekend, but a few days off might make him more anxious in the face of stress.Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier/Wikimedia CommonsEven when we love our jobs, we all look forward to some time away. During the week, as stress builds up and deadlines accumulate, Friday looks better and […]
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7:32 PM | Napoleon’s Legacy
I’m on vacation this week, so here’s a fun story from my archives about Napoleon’s genes. It was …
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6:40 PM | What Does It Mean When 2 Billion People Share Their Brain With A Parasite?
We asked a leading authority on toxoplasmosis, Rima McLeod, medical director of the toxoplasmosis center at the University of Chicago, a big question: What do we think happens when billions of people go through life with a parasitic brain infection?
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5:12 PM | Tick borne diseases for the nephrologist - Babesiosis
The following few posts are a summary of tick borne illnesses that can cause renal failure and/or electrolyte problems. BabesiosisFirst identified on Nantucket Island in 1969 and was initially know as Nantucket fever.Endemic areas.CDC map. Reported cases in 2012Cases have been reported in Europe (Croatia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland)(Babesia divergens). The tick. Ixodes scapularis. The Blacklegged tick.The pathogen.Babesia […]
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2:51 PM | Comforting Hospitalized Kids with Science
When a child is admitted to the hospital, you can usually count on three things. Time seems suspended. There’s often apprehension. And there’s seldom enough to keep a child’s curious mind occupied and his or her spirits lifted. Family members are present and the hospital’s medical staff is focused on providing medical care—both of which [...]
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2:23 PM | CDC: Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2014
Credit Wikipedia   # 8857   A little over three weeks ago, in Keeping Our Eyes On The Prize Pig, I wrote about the upcoming county & state fair season, and concerns that we could see a resurgence in Swine Variant Influenza infections in fairgoers this year.  Although only 19 such cases were identified in 2013, the previous year more that 300 cases were reported.   The CDC describes Swine Variant viruses in their Key Facts FAQ. What is a variant […]
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1:30 PM | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Still an antivaccine crank after all these years
Only really long time readers will remember this, but back in the day (June 2005, to be exact), I discovered Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his antivaccine nuttery when he published his epically bad piece of antivaccine conspiracy mongering, Deadly Immunity, both in Salon.com and Rolling Stone (the latter of which doubled down on it…
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12:48 PM | Hong Kong: Two Hospital Clusters Of MDR Acinetobacter Infections
Credit CDC PHIL   # 8856   Because it is such an international city, and boasts one of the most diligent (and open) public health agencies in the world (Centre For Health Protection), Hong Kong has become a terrific  barometer for the growth of multiple drug resistant infections from around the world.   One of the toughest bacteria that hospitals must deal with is called multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii, which in recent years has made headlines […]
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12:21 PM | Aliens are Sinners
To paraphrase Carl Sagan: in one unremarkable galaxy among hundreds of billions, there is an unremarkable star among hundreds of billions of stars in that one galaxy. Around that star revolves a world with life. Some people who live on that world believe they are the center of the universe. Sagan nicely puts into perspective [...]
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12:01 PM | Video Post – How to Make Almond Milk
In today’s video post, I team up with Nieves, owner of Sexy Batch Baking Company to show you how to make your own Almond Milk. It’s quick, simple and healthy. Be sure to go to Science for Fitness’ YouTube channel and subscribe if you haven’t already.
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