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January 20, 2015

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9:36 PM | If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue
Although it may seem like I write only about the lies and ignorance of the antivaccination cult, I truly despise all kinds of pseudoscience. It’s just that refusing vaccines that prevent real diseases, based on antivaccine misinformation (OK, lies), relates directly to the health of real children everywhere. Most (but certainly not all) other pseudosciences are not […]Continue reading «If any of these signs are true, you might not have a gluten issue»
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8:22 PM | UChicago-based projects capture highly competitive drug-development grants for sleep apnea, asthma research
Two research teams based at the University of Chicago have received prestigious grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel medications to treat sleep apnea and asthma.
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8:00 PM | Understanding Chronic Conditions: An Infographic
Understanding and treating chronic conditions is an integral part of the job for any and all nurses, from RNs to MSNs. One such chronic condition is cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart disease. Learn the facts about CVD and how it can be prevented in our latest infographic:  Filed under: Medcetera
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7:50 PM | Antibodies Stops Blood Vessel Growth
ByThe Toombst Stemming cancer’s blood flow. New research have identified ten artificial antibodies that stops blood vessel growth close to cancer tumors. Cancer, a disease notoriously hard to cure since its made of the cells of our own body. Many new therapies is developed against the disease each year. Some recent ones’ of not includes nanoparticles of heavy metals and immunotherapy. One therapy gaining popularity in the last decade is stopping the formation of new blood vessels, […]
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7:31 PM | A new approach to treating osteoarthritis
Researchers design a nanoparticle that improves delivery of anti-osteoarthritis drugs
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5:22 PM | The gap between rich and poor: yet more misleading information from the tobacco industry
We discuss a recent report showing how the tobacco industry has misrepresented scientific evidence on health inequalities to the Government.
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5:15 PM | FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win?
Bernard Pécoul and Manica Balasegaram discuss whether drug companies have taken advantage of flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher program. It sounded like a pure global health success story. A company develops a drug for one of the most neglected … Continue reading »The post FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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5:13 PM | APHIS Statement On HPAI H5 Detection Along The Pacific Flyway
  # 9602   Over the past month we’ve been following reports of HPAI H5 viruses being spread by migratory birds in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Utah (see here, here & here).  While a few backyard flocks have been affected, thus far we’ve seen no evidence of commercial poultry farms being affected. All of this came to light after British Columbia detected HPAI H5N2 in commercial farms in the Fraser Valley last month, which led to extensive […]
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4:47 PM | Parental Guilt and Children with Developmental Disabilities
Recently, at a holiday meal with my extended family, it came to light that neither of my typically developing teenage children really knows how to tie his or her shoes. It seems that for the past decade or so, both have been using the “bunny ears” technique introduced to preschoolers for tying their shoes. My [...]
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2:56 PM | Saudi Arabia: MOH Cancels Coronavirus Contracts Over Corruption Allegations
  # 9601   Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has had a bit of a revolving door this past year, with long-time Minister of Health  Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced) last April, presumably over his inability to get control over their growing MERS problem.   On December 8th, we saw the Saudi King Appoints New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries, appointing Dr. Muhammad Bin Ali […]
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1:00 PM | No, Wi-Fi exposure is not killing your kids
Last week a blog post at Forbes on Wi-Fi devices went viral. That post, by fellow Forbes contributor Robert Szczerba, claimed that Wi-Fi exposures from cell phones, iPads, microwave ovens, and other mobile devices are "more dangerous to kids than previously thought."Szczerba claimed that Wi-Fi devices might be causing cancer, especially in children." It was illustrated with a photo of a toddler playing with a tablet PC, possibly an iPad.Well, that got some attention.The problem is, it's all […]
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12:50 PM | False Confessions
When a suspect confesses to a crime, that is a powerfully persuasive piece of evidence. People assume (reasonably) that no one would confess to a crime they didn’t commit, extrapolating from the conviction that they would never do so themselves. Of course there are legal reasons why someone accused of a crime would confess to [...]
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12:16 PM | Egypt: Government Statements On H5N1 Response & Latest Fatality
# 9600   With 20 reported H5N1 cases already in the first 3 weeks of this new year, and 5 deaths, Egypt continues to see its largest string of human H5N1 infections in its 9 year history of dealing with this avian virus.  Over a little more than 2 months they’ve reported 49 cases, and 16 deaths – and there are few signs that this outbreak is waning. Thus far, we’ve seen no credible reports suggesting community spread of the virus, and nearly all […]
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12:00 PM | Musical Training Makes You Smarter
Mozart has not only enthralled countless music lovers through the ages but also intrigued neuroscientists. In fact, his genre of music has spawned a whole body of research into the effect of classical music on cognitive development in kids. The “Mozart Effect” is the idea that children and babies (even unborn) become more intelligent if […]
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8:39 AM | Surprisingly good outcomes for people who get ME/CFS after Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever)
Sometimes ME/CFS emerges after mononucleosis, or glandular fever. Simon McGrath shares results from a long-term follow-up study from Haukeland University Hospital in Norway … “When will this end?” It’s a question that most ME/CFS patients have probably asked themselves and their doctor many times. I certainly have. Yet there is astonishingly little hard data on recovery rates from this illness or on how much patients improve, and the evidence there is […]
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8:27 AM | A tale of two unnecessarily doomed aboriginal girls with leukemia
I’m depressed and angry as I write this. The reason for this is simple. I hate it when cancer quacks claim the lives of patients with cancer, particularly patients who were eminently treatable for cure. It’s happened again, and it makes me sad. Florida cancer quack Brian Clement has claimed the life of Makayla Sault,…
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8:00 AM | Shedding Light on Unreasonable Decisions
One of the biggest frustrations for a doctor is when a patient refuses to take science-based medical advice. We would like to believe that giving a patient accurate information will lead him to make good decisions that will improve his health or save his life. But that’s not how it works. Patients reject life-saving surgery […]
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7:30 AM | Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards – enabling the partnerships of the future
After time spent listening to members of our community – Trust staff, grantholders, and researchers from around the UK and the globe – the Wellcome Trust has updated its funding schemes to make them simpler and more flexible for applicants. Today we launch our new Collaborative Awards, enabling teams of researchers to apply together and […]
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5:17 AM | Too much sitting causes health issues
ByThe Toombst   New research spells bad news for everyone with a desk-job. A recent review have found that too much sitting causes health issues. Being too sedentary increases the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, cancer and your untimely death. We all know that exercise is good for you. Moving regularly have many health benefits like lowering blood pressure, keeping your telomeres long and reduces the risk of many diseases. Now new research, or at least new-ish, show that the amount of […]
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2:27 AM | R.I.P. Makayla Sault
The First Nations girl with leukaemia who had refused to continue her course of chemotherapy and instead elected to be treated with blatant pseudoscience in Florida has passed away. She was 11 years old when the story was first reported half a year ago. The typical question one gets when criticizing wishful thinking and pseudoscience is, … Continue reading →
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12:14 AM | The Secret to Lasting Lifestyle Changes
ByThe Toombst Having a partner is good for you in more than one way… New research finds that people are more likely to successfully make lasting lifestyle changes if their partner joins them in the change. Have you ever thought about quitting smoking? Maybe lose a couple of pounds or just start eating healthy? Starting regular exercise ? All of these habit might be anything from insanely hard to very challenging. New research from UCL suggest that the first step in making lasting […]

January 19, 2015

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8:43 PM | Can the United States Achieve Health Care Equity?
As part of the Perelman School of Medicine’s 250th anniversary celebration, last week’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium treated a packed auditorium to a group of health disparity and policy experts who addressed the question, “Health Equity: A Dream or Achievable Goal?” The day featured a keynote...
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7:09 PM | El trabajo de la Sección Clínica del Departamento de Genética en 2014
Con el equipo del Departamento de Genética que tengo el placer de coordinar realizamos tareas de asistencia, docencia e investigación, centrados en el Hospital Pereira Rossell.El equipo lo integramos:Prof. Dra. Leda RocheProf. Agdo. Dr. Víctor RaggioProf. Adj. Dra. Rosario GueçaimburúAsist. Dra. Alejandra TapiéDra. María BoidiDr. Nicolás CurbeloNota: LR es la directora del Departamento, pero no participa directamente en las actividades […]
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6:48 PM | An antibody to beat staph at its own game
UChicago microbiologist Olaf Schneewind is working on an antibody that can turn the tables on staph infections, with the potential to help thousands of premature infants.
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6:04 PM | Cancer ‘the best way to die’? You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried
Larry is 59 and has advanced pancreatic cancer. Here, he responds to a recent article claiming that cancer is ‘the best way to die’. As an oesophageal cancer survivor of 9 years – and now a terminal pancreatic cancer patient – I was deeply offended by Dr Richard Smith’s recent article in the BMJ in […]
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5:42 PM | Gut bacteria causes autoimmune diseases ?
ByThe Toombst Gut bacteria causes autoimmune diseases? Researchers discover that young mice colonized by a certain type of gut bacteria can develop auto immune disorders later on. Gut bacteria have many roles in our body. From being able to make the body tolerate certain allergens like peanuts, causing food cravings, reducing breast cancer risk by breaking down estrogen. All gut bacteria isn’t cut from the same cloth though. Being colonized by the “wrong” type can cause […]
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4:16 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 MERS Case In Riyadh
    # 9599 For the second day in a row the Saudi MOH is reporting a MERS case in Riyadh, this time a 67 y.o. male.  Officials are investigating the possibility of nosocomial exposure.  
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3:10 PM | Golden Rice Follow Up
There is a major anti-golden rice smear and disinformation campaign underway, spearheaded by Greenpeace with other anti-GMO activists on board. They themselves consider golden rice to be a “Trojan horse” for GM technology in general, so they essentially admit that their motivation is to oppose GM technology, even if that means opposing a technology that [...]
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3:09 PM | Mediterranean Diet and Aging
There is a growing research body of evidence to support beneficial effects of a Mediterranean diet on brain health.In previous posts I have reviewed research on the Mediterranean diet and:Cognitive DeclineAlzheimer's Disease PreventionA recent study adds an important element in potential mechanisms for the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet.Marta Crous-Bou and colleauges from Harvard University and the University of Washington published a study of the Mediterranean diet and chromosome […]
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2:32 PM | OIE Report: H5N1 In Israel
Credit OIE   # 9598   On Saturday, in Media Reporting Unspecified `Bird Flu’ Outbreak at Israeli Farm, we saw early reports of what appeared to be a return of HPAI H5N1 to Israel after an absence of several years.  Today the OIE has published a filing, indicating that preliminary testing found H5N1 at a turkey farm in northern Israel.   Epidemiology Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Unknown or inconclusive Epidemiological […]
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