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October 19, 2014

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6:50 PM | Ebola Preparedness and the Lab
By Lab, of course, I mean my yellow lab Mindo, pictured above during this morning's walk along the Iowa River. Look carefully and you’ll note a few important things: (1) she is alert, poised, vigilant for any potential threat (including, in her case, a random squirrel or rabbit); (2) she nonetheless appears calm—she understands that loud barking, tail-chasing, and similar behaviors are wastes of energy, counterproductive, foolish; and finally, (3) she is a dog, and probably […]
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6:46 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 More MERS Cases
  # 9217 The Saudi MOH Announced two more MERS cases today, including the 11th recent case from Taif.   Unless I’ve lost count, this makes 22 cases reported since this uptick began on  September 12th.     With half of those cases hailing from Taif, and few details released, it begs the question whether these are mostly community acquired cases or part of a nosocomial outbreak.
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6:24 PM | News from our research topic on cerebral oxygenation #15
Another update regarding our research topic on cerebral oxygenation. The last three papers (#16 to 18) of our research topic now available at Frontiers in Physiology ! Ventilatory strategy during liver transplantation: implications for near-infrared spectroscopy-determined frontal lobe oxygenation by Henrik Sørensen, Hilary Grocott, Mads Niemann, Allan Rasmussen, Jens Hillingsø, Hans Frederiksen and Niels Secher […]
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5:51 PM | Ebola fears at Kent State
Though I haven’t had a chance to write about this here, I have an article at Mic.com on Kent’s experience with Ebola exposure in our area. Amber Vinson, the second Ebola-infected nurse in Texas, is a Kent State alumna and has relatives that work here. Our experience on campus so far is described here in…
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4:49 PM | NIH: `More Stringent’ PPE Standards For Ebola On The Way
Old CDC Ebola PPE Recommendations http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html   # 9216   When Thomas Duncan arrived at a Dallas hospital last month the CDC’s recommended PPEs for HCWs dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case included contact (gloves, gown) and droplet protection (surgical masks, eye protection), but full skin covering and the use of  respirators (ie. PAPR, N95) were not for patient care not […]
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1:05 PM | Ebola: Ohio Public Health Monitoring 29 Individuals
Contact Risks – Summit County Ebola FAQ   # 9215   The good news is that out of more than 150 people exposed to Thomas Duncan and the two-Ebola infected nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, none have shown signs of infection to date.  (Note: This number does not include passengers on Frontier Airlines flights).   About a quarter of those contacts come off `quarantine watch’ at midnight tonight, having gone 21 days without symptoms. […]
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12:40 PM | Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s Open Letter To The Community
    # 9214   While we tend to think of Ebola in terms of the tragic number infected, and the number of deaths, the damage done by this epidemic also includes impacts on society, the economy, and even personal and corporate reputations.    One small example – Yesterday ABC News reported that the Ebola Scare Turns Dallas Hospital Into a 'Ghost Town', a response to the initial misdiagnosis of America’s index imported Ebola case, and the subsequent […]
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11:00 AM | Life After Death – The Science of Near Death Experiences
For millennia, we have wondered what happens after death. This October 2014, scientists at Southampton University have published the largest ever study looking into what happens when patients return from death’s door. The outcomes seem to confirm the incredible – that consciousness continues on after you are considered clinically dead. Classical near death experiences are […]
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7:00 AM | Questions and Answers about Chiropractic: The Bottom Line
I am often asked, “What do chiropractors do?” That’s not an easy question to answer. The answer is usually expected to be, “They treat back trouble.” But as alternative medicine practitioners, chiropractors do a lot of things, and they treat a variety of ailments, based largely on a scientifically invalid vertebral subluxation theory which proposes […]

October 18, 2014

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10:24 PM | Varias actividades en noviembre
En noviembre, avalancha de jornadas y congresos.Con mis compañeros de la Sección clínica del Departamento de Genética vamos a participar de las siguientes actividades:María Boidi expondrá en la presentación de casos clínicos de las Terceras Jornadas de Perinatología: "Ética y desafíos en las conductas perinatales complejas". Lunes 3/11/2014, 11:15 hs.Víctor Raggio integrará la mesa de discusión […]
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9:09 PM | Saudi MOH Announces Another MERS Case In Taif
    # 9213   The Saudi MOH today announced the 10th MERS case reported out of Taif over just less than 5 weeks, although we’ve heard virtually nothing about the circumstances surrounding this cluster.   Today’s case is described simply as:     The MOH also announced one death (in Taif) and one recovery in Riyadh.   Earlier today we saw Turkey Announces MERS Fatality – ex KSA, which followed an earlier case reported a […]
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7:21 PM | CHP: Mainland China Reports Two H7N9 Cases
  # 9212   Via Hong Kong’s CHP (h/t Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers) and Taiwan’s CDC, we’ve announcements of two previously unreported H7N9 cases on the Chinese mainland, although very little detail is provided on either case.  While it is still early in the fall, this should serve to remind us that `avian flu season’ is just around the corner. The first case is that of a 44 year-old woman from the far western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, […]
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5:20 PM | MCQ #1: Trachoma
MCQ #1: Trachoma and its control.
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4:00 PM | Ebola conspiracy theories: Same as it ever was
Does anyone remember the H1N1 influenza pandemic? As hard as it is to believe, that was five years ago. One thing I remember about the whole thing is just how crazy both the antivaccine movement and conspiracy theorists (but I repeat myself) went attacking reasonable public health campaigns to vaccinate people against H1N1. It was […]
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3:27 PM | What I learned this week
It's Saturday morning and I'm sitting at my dining room table trying to reflect on and process the events of the last week. Without a doubt, this week will go down in the annals of infection prevention as a pivotal time point. Hospitals across the country furiously raced to prepare for Ebola, propelled by the unfortunate news of transmission of the virus to two nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. I'll share with you the lessons of this incredibly interesting week:Texas Presbyterian […]
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3:25 PM | Ebola: Fear and Loathing (Part 1 in a series)
Ebola virus. Photo, BBC NewsAs I type this, I am sitting in an airport cafe. The waiter just loudly announced that there are two ebola cases in Virginia. I have no idea if that is true or not. Either way, his tone of voice speaks volumes. I read this week that in a recent US poll, over 50% of Americans are concerned that there will be a serious ebola outbreak in the US. Nearly 60% think we should ban flights from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. I don’t know about the subtleties of […]
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2:00 PM | Disappointment @Fitbit
For several years I have been wearing a Fitbit of one sort or another. Currently I have a One clipped to my bra, measuring various activity parameters. I love my One and the Fitbit dashboard, enough that when my scale went bad I bought the Aria wifi scale. Having my weight and activity data in the same database has […]
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11:56 AM | Terceras Jornadas de Perinatología
Voy a estar en una de las mesas de las jornadas sobre "Ética y desafíos en las conductas perinatales complejas": "Avances y aspectos bioéticos del diagnóstico prenatal", en la que expondrá la Dra. Carmen Astete (Chile).3 y 4 de noviembre de 2014.UMP - CHPRMás información: Pocos días para las Terceras Jornadas de Perinatología.auperuruguay@gmail.com
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11:47 AM | CDC: Review of Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9211   My reasoning behind why I don’t believe that Ebola is an `airborne’ virus in the `classic sense’ (although short-distance droplet transmission appears possible) is pretty simple:    If it was truly airborne, we’d be digging mass graves all around the globe by now.   Whether it could someday achieve airborne transmissibility is a debate I’ll leave to real scientists to wrangle over. While I […]
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11:46 AM | XXII Congreso Latinoamericano de Patología Clínica
Voy a estar en la mesa de Diagnóstico Prenatal el sábado 8/11 a las 14:30.http://www.personas.com.uy/alapac2014/
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11:00 AM | Can Brain Imaging Detect Risk Takers?
Risk-taking seems to come naturally for some people – from those who don’t hesitate asking for a new promotion, to those who don’t flinch before artfully diving off a cliff into the ocean below. Others play it safer. While upbringing may have some role in our risk-taking probabilities, there are plenty of cases where siblings […]
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10:50 AM | Turkey Announces MERS Fatality – ex KSA
  # 9210     Overnight ProMed Mail carried a brief reports on a reported fatality in Turkey from the MERS virus (see MERS-COV (38):TURKEY ex SAUDI ARABIA, FATAL, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION), with the following brief announcement:   MERS-CoV, Ankara, Turkey, New Death --------------------------------------------- MoH Turkey announced the laboratory results as MERS-Cov positive for a recently dead patient in Ankara. The Turkish-originated male patient, […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – melanoma ‘breadcrumb trail, blood cell treatment, fashion and more
A melanoma ‘breadcrumb’ trail helps the disease spread, promising experimental blood cell treatment, plus what happens when science and fashion combine?

October 17, 2014

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9:31 PM | I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists
PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lord High Executioner has, sadly given lists a bad name. … Continue reading »The post I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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8:49 PM | Penn Med Alum is the ‘Mama Doc’ of Health Bloggers
The Fall 2014 issue of Penn Medicine, redesigned for a more contemporary look, includes a very contemporary feature that would have been unimaginable when I became editor of the magazine. The article about Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, who earned her medical degree and master’s degree in bioethics from Penn in...
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6:41 PM | What happens after the truth puts its boots on?
Researchers working on a new project at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University have begun tracking, in real time, cases of false news and the stories debunking them as they travel across the internet. The project will culminate in a paper due for publication in 2015. So far the project appears to be [...]
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6:39 PM | Satire is under attack, but are the fears justified?
Facebook recently announced that it will display warnings beside satirical content. In this post we look at the flaws and implications of recent research on the spread of false information on Facebook…. Read the rest of this post at the Big Think. [...]
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5:15 PM | Hey! You don’t want to miss that intensive course: Cardiovascular Ultrasound in Health & Exercise Sciences
Are you a grad student, postdoc or researcher who would like to develop/improve vascular, cerebrovascular and/or cardiac ultrasound skills ? Well, you cannot miss that intensive course during which you will gain knowledge and practical skills related to the use of ultrasound applications. This summer school will be held from July 13th to 17th 2015 […]
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4:58 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (October 13-17)
Part 2 of this week's double dose of biotech / pharma Twitter highlights here at BiotechDueDiligence. Thanks for checking out this new feature, and we welcome any feedback! Major credit as always due to @23aloha. Featured tickers: $ABBV $AGIO $ALNY $AMRN $ARWR $CEMP $CRDC $ESPR $FMI $GILD $ISRG $NSPH $PPHM $PSDV $SHPG $SNSS @ashishkjha Amazing thing about 'missteps in medicine' is that it tends to cluster and cascade. Just like excellence.— Amitabh Chandra (@amitabhchandra2) […]
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4:43 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – Oct 17th
  # 9209   Although there are quite obviously huge gaps in surveillance and reporting from the three hot zone countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the numbers collected by the WHO continue to rise at a staggering rate.  Last Friday the total number of cases sat at 8376 and today that number is 9191 – an increase over more than 800 cases in 7 days.   The real number is anyone’s guess, although many estimates put it at double or triple the […]
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