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August 26, 2014

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11:50 AM | Vietnam Orders Intensified H5N6 Surveillance
Photo Credit – FAO     # 9000   Given that HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) H5N6 was only first identified four months ago in China  our understanding of the threat posed by this upstart H5 virus is fairly limited.    We know that it has produced at least one fatal human illness in China, and that the virus was contemporaneously identified in local poultry (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu).   […]
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11:00 AM | The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Artistic License
What is more important, for a show to be compelling or medically accurate? The answer is not simple. I certainly believe that absurd inaccuracies in medical dramas, as I discussed in last week’s post on House M.D, have helped produce a public that is tragically and dangerously misinformed. However, I know we must not lose […]
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10:17 AM | CDC Interim Ebola Guidance: Mortuary Removal and Handling
Disinfecting a body bag of an Ebola patient in Kikwit, DRC, 1995. Source CDC PHIL # 8999   Ebola patients only become infectious once they become symptomatic, and so it follows that the more symptomatic they become - the more virus their body is shedding - and the more dangerous having contact with them becomes.  Ebola patients are the most contagious just before – and immediately after – death.   Which explains why burial rites in Africa – […]
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7:00 AM | Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating
This will be shorter than my usual book reviews and is something of an afterthought. I just finished writing a long article on “Food Myths” that Michael Shermer had asked me to write as a cover article for an upcoming issue of Skeptic magazine, and while researching the subject I read a book that someone […]
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4:07 AM | Hey, where is everybody? The “CDC whistleblower” manufactroversy continues apace
Here it is, Tuesday already, and the antivaccine underground is still on full mental jacket alert over the biggest story the antivaccine movement has seen in a while. Fortunately, it’s a story that’s been largely ignored by the mainstream media, which tells me that maybe, just maybe, the mainstream media has figured out that it…
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3:25 AM | Pharmacists and the pharmacy profession must move with the times
It’s time for community pharmacy to stop selling quackery, argues pharmacist Anthony Cox: Pharmacists have long been providing advice to prescribers based on evidence. Before EBM became widely used in the 1990s, pharmacists ran medicine information centres and answered complex drug queries using the best available evidence. Pharmacists were involved in the development of EBM […]

August 25, 2014

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9:23 PM | Great CDC Coverup–suppressing evidence that MMR vaccines cause autism?
Oh no, here we go again. The antivaccination cult, lacking any real evidence, grabs onto the flimsiest of stories, disregarding the foul and corrupt individuals promoting the story–using it all to scream “GOTCHA” to anyone involved with vaccines. Last year, it was laughably jumping on some comments of Dr. Diane Harper, who was promoted by the […]Continue reading «Great CDC Coverup–suppressing evidence that MMR vaccines cause autism?»
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9:09 PM | Making History and Progress with the National Veterans Wheelchair Games
This year marked the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest games yet, with over 650 men and women competing in softball, quad rugby, basketball, power soccer, and other events in Philadelphia and South Jersey. I had the opportunity to attend part of the games a few weeks ago and see...
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8:24 PM | Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified
UChicago researchers have identified a common gut bacteria that prevents sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.
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7:13 PM | Hypothesis on evolution of PMS attracts hostility
Researcher suggests premenstrual syndrome prompts women to leave infertile partnerships ScicuriousPsychology,Health,Evolution by Bethany Brookshire 3:14pm, August 25, 2014 A new hypothesis posits that PMS is evolutionarily useful for making women leave an infertile partnership. But other scientists question whether the hypothesis is reasonable or, in fact, even […]
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5:32 PM | Plagues and Peoples: Why MRSA hasn’t gone away
UChicago Medicine is hosting an international conference on MRSA, with nearly 500 physicians, scientists and others from 31 countries in attendance. In this summer of Ebola, we asked Robert S. Daum, MD, chair of the organizing committee for the conference: Why does this meeting have such global appeal?
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4:10 PM | Another Topic to Video: Thrombotic Microangiopathies
My conversion of resident lectures to self-study videos continues with Thrombotic Microangiopathies. These disorders are characterized by consumption of platelets and red blood cells with resulting anemia and blood clotting problems. Other organs can be affected, particularly the kidneys (duh-why else am I talking about it?). These disorders include hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic […]
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3:00 PM | Genetics of Pathological Gambling
There is growing evidence that genetic factors play a key role in the risk for the development of pathological gambling.Two recent studies have demonstrated some key features of the genetics of pathological gambling.These two studies also highlight the overlap between pathological gambling and other psychiatric and substance dependence disorders.Don Black and colleagues at the University of Iowa conducted a classic family study of DSM-IV pathological gambling.In family studies, probands with a […]
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1:18 PM | Referral: Mackay On DRC’s Ebola Outbreak
    #  8998     Yesterday’s announcement that the  DRC Reported Two `Positive’ Ebola Cases was followed overnight by reports (as yet, uncorroborated) that one of these samples was identified as Ebola Sudan, and the other (a bit perplexingly) was described as a `hybrid’ between Ebola Sudan and Ebola Zaire.   This excerpt from Reuters’  UPDATE 1-Congo declares Ebola outbreak in northern Equateur province.   Numbi […]
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1:10 PM | The Benjamin Franklin Effect | The Science of Love
The Benjamin Franklin Effect | The Science of Love In order for a relationship to be successful, both partners need to feel invested. This theory was proven by the one and only Benjamin Franklin, who stated that the more time, effort, or work you put towards a person, the more you’re personally investing in themRead More »
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1:04 PM | In honor of the Monday morning blues, here is a sleepy Celsius quiz
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1:00 PM | Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that.
  In the late 1990’s, my grandmother who lived with my family was diagnosed with celiac disease. The experience of planning meals became mildly traumatic for all of us. My most vivid recollection that of is breakfast time: my grandmother …The post Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that. appeared first on Public Health.
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12:24 PM | Nassim Taleb, The Precautionary Principle, and GMOs
Nassim Taleb is a serious scholar of risk assessment, especially in the world of economics. So when he and two co-authors published a paper on the precautionary principle as it applies to genetically modified organisms it is worth taking seriously. That does not mean I have to agree with his conclusions, however. What I found [...]
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11:01 AM | Liberian Doctor Who Received ZMapp Treatment Dies
    # 8997   There’s sad news overnight, as one of the three Ebola stricken Liberian doctors who received a dose of ZMapp – an experimental monoclonal antibody cocktail produced in the United States  – has suddenly died.   Doctor Abraham Borbor, Deputy Chief of Medicine at John F. Kennedy Medical Centre in Monrovia, appeared to be improving after receiving the drug a little over a week ago, and was described as `walking around’  […]
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7:52 AM | Nitric oxide and its possible implication in ME/CFS (Part 1 of 2)
Andrew Gladman explores the current and historic hypotheses relating to nitric oxide problems in ME/CFS. Part 1 of a 2-part series puts nitric oxide under the microscope and explores what it is, what it does and why it is so frequently discussed in the world of ME/CFS. Part 1 focuses on what nitric oxide is, how its produced and what exactly it does … Over the years there have quite a number of proposed disease mechanisms relating to nitric oxide (NO) problems of patients suffering […]
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4:01 AM | The central conspiracy theory of the antivaccine movement
Occasionally, there are issues that come to my attention that need more than just one blog post to cover. One such issue popped up last week, and it’s one that’s kept you all very engaged, with the comment count on the original post rapidly approaching 200. I’m referring, of course, to the alleged CDC “whistleblower”…
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4:01 AM | Did a high ranking whistleblower really reveal that the CDC covered up proof that vaccines cause autism in African-American boys?
Here we go again. Regular readers who pay attention to the antivaccine movement almost can’t help but have noticed that last week there was a lot of activity on antivaccine websites, blogs, and Facebook pages, as well as Twitter and Instagram feeds. For all I know, it’s all out there on Pinterest (which I’ve never […]
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2:33 AM | Is It Fair to Regulate E-Cigarettes?
Just by reading the title, it may seem to you that this article is biased -- and written to encourage the use of e-cigarettes. Well, it is not! I've written this article to discuss why this smokeless... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]

Schober, W., Szendrei, K., Matzen, W., Osiander-Fuchs, H., Heitmann, D., Schettgen, T., Jörres, R. & Fromme, H. (2014). Use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) impairs indoor air quality and increases FeNO levels of e-cigarette consumers, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 217 (6) 628-637. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2013.11.003

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August 24, 2014

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10:59 PM | mTOR Pathway in Anti-phospholipid Syndrome
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune hypercoagulable disorder characterized by small-to-large vascular (both arterial and venous) thrombosis with end-organ damages, in presence of circulating antibodies against phospholipid binding proteins.Kidney transplantation in patients with APS is challenging because  post-transplant thrombosis, vascular complications and requirement of anticoagulation during peripoperative period. Let’s start with a brief review of recent […]
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10:50 PM | Quashing the hollow “polio vaccine causes cancer” myth
The interesting thing about social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Google, reddit) is that it’s fairly easy to push pseudoscientific beliefs. The first problem is that many people read the headlines, and never the underlying discussion. If it can be said in 140 characters, or a misleading infographic, many individuals will share that across the internet […]Continue reading «Quashing the hollow "polio vaccine causes cancer" myth»
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6:45 PM | DRC Reporting Two `Positive’ Ebola Cases
    # 8996   On Thursday I blogged about an outbreak in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) of a `hemorrhagic’ illness that had reportedly infected more than 500 people, and by some accounts, had killed scores of people.    At that time, the best information available was that it was  `something other than Ebola’ (see WHO: DRC Outbreak `Definitely Not Ebola’), with  `hemorrhagic gastroenteritis’ being offered as a likely […]
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2:48 PM | Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Ethiopia
Woyessa A, Deressa W, Ali A, Lindtjorn B. Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Butajira area, south-central Ethiopia: complex samples data analysis. BMC public health 2014; 14: 99. BACKGROUND: Despite the encroaching of endemic malaria to highland-fringe areas above 2000 meters above sea level in Ethiopia, there is limited information on […]
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1:44 PM | NCSS Probability Report On California Aftershocks
  # 8995   I’m watching the live feed from KGO-TV, and there does appear to be some significant damage from this morning’s earthquake in Napa, California.   Several house fires, some buckling of roads, and power outages.   KGO-TV is reporting that one local hospital is treating 70 injuries.   The Northern California Seismic System (NCSS) has prepared the following report on the probability of aftershocks in the coming weeks.   […]
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1:20 PM | Statement: WHO-Deployed Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL     # 8994   Although proper PPEs and stringent infection control protocols have been shown to protect Health care workers during this – and previous – Ebola outbreaks there is no denying that there still remains some risk of infection – particularly on the ground in Africa where facilities are not always optimal. Today the World Health Organization has announced the first instance of one of their deployed personnel being infected […]
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11:49 AM | M6.0 Quake Rattles Region North Of San Francisco
    # 8995   Thus far, there are reports of minor damage and scattered power outages in the Vallejo and Napa Valley regions, and a few injuries, but at this time this doesn’t appear to have been a hugely damaging quake.  There is a good chance, however, of seeing numerous aftershocks in the 4.0 - 5.0 range, and a much slimmer (5%)  chance of seeing a larger quake in the next couple of weeks.   While it may not tell us much about what comes […]
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