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August 12, 2014

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1:27 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Professor Scott Waddell
Professor Scott Waddell is a Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Oxford and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. Scott studied biochemistry as an undergraduate and completed a PhD in cancer biology before taking a leap across the atlantic and in to the field of neuroscience for his post-doctoral research. He studied at the Massachusetts […]
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1:24 PM | 10 tips to keep the children healthy this summer holiday
Summer is officially here, so we've put together a few suggestions for how you can keep children healthy this summer holiday.
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12:35 PM | Tocco’s Anti-vaccine Narrative
Part of the scientific approach to knowledge is to integrate information at various levels. It’s important to get the tiny facts correct, but you also have to put those facts into progressively broader and deeper frameworks. Theories are informed by facts which in turn make sense only in the context of the theory. I try [...]
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10:56 AM | WHO Ebola Update – August 11th
  # 8943   The World Health Organization this morning has released new Ebola case counts, with 69 new cases reported between August 7th and August 9th, bringing the number of deaths to over 1,000.   While these latest increases are smaller than some we’ve seen in recent weeks, it is far too soon to draw any inferences regarding the rate of spread of this epidemic.   Given the limits of surveillance and reporting, and a reluctance of some who may be […]
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10:25 AM | WHO Statement: Ethical Use Of Experimental Drugs In Ebola Outbreak
  # 8942   While a press conference is scheduled for later this morning (EDT), the World Health Organization has released the following statement basically saying  – `Yes’  – untested experimental drugs can be ethically used in this Ebola outbreak provided it is done under specific conditions and guidelines.     Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola viral disease (EVD) Summary of the panel discussion […]
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10:10 AM | Evacuated Spanish Priest Dies From Ebola
    # 8941   The Ebola infected priest evacuated 5 days ago from Monrovia to a Madrid hospital – and who received one of the five available doses of the experimental monoclonal antibody cocktail called ZMapp -  has died overnight according to hospital officials.   Father Pajares is reportedly the 4th fatality in the past 10 days among the staff at the (now closed) Saint Joseph Hospital in Monrovia, which had been treating Ebola cases.     […]
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7:00 AM | Homeopathy for Ebola virus disease: Too quacky even for Mike Adams!
Over the last decade that I’ve been at this blogging thing, I’ve come across some incredibly irresponsible quackery, but what I saw about a week and a half ago took the cake. I’m referring to practitioners of The One Quackery To Rule Them All, homeopathy, demonstrating a sense delusion that was as massive as the…
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7:00 AM | Antibiotics vs. the Microbiome
In 1850, one in four American babies died before their first birthday, and people of all ages died of bacterial infections that could have been successfully treated today with antibiotics. Unfortunately, treatments that have effects usually have side effects, and we are seeing problems due to the overuse of antibiotics. They are given to people […]
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12:53 AM | Good for Her, Good for Him, Bad for Both
We make decisions based on the data we see. One restaurant serves higher-quality food than another. One presidential candidate aligns more appropriately with our values. One surgical technique yields better outcomes. One applicant submits a stronger job application than a competitor. From these data, we decide what course of action to take. In many cases, these […]

August 11, 2014

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10:34 PM | Borderland's Children: Health Vulnerabilities of Immigrant Children (Part 1)
By Sharon E. Chin More than thirty thousand unaccompanied immigrant children have been rehomed across the US out of the seventy thousand-plus border children seized this year. The influx of women and children seeking asylum in the US is alarming as the numbers increase each year. Furthermore, the lagging response from immigration policy and services – originally intended to support 10% of those entering illegally – has been fuel for border controversy. Growing gang recruitment and […]
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10:28 PM | The Brain’s Got It All: a Q&A with John Maunsell, Director of the Grossman Institute, part II
What could be more challenging and more interesting and more important than understanding the human brain? In the second part of our Q&A with John Maunsell, PhD, Director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior, we discuss his motivations as a young neuroscientist and the one question about the brain he'd really like to know the answer to.
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5:36 PM | Ebola: Parsing The CDC’s Low Risk vs High Risk Exposures
# 8940   Five days ago (Aug 7th)  the CDC released a revised Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which I covered here. As has been pointed out before, case definitions and other guidance documents are based on the CDC’s current understanding of a particular pathogen  – but they not static – and they can be expected to evolve as more is learned about any given threat.   In this latest guidance, the CDC set forth three […]
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5:16 PM | The Science of Dust
The Science of Dust All we are is dust in the (cosmic) wind. SUBSCRIBE, it’s FREE! http://bit.ly/iotbs_sub ↓ More info below ↓ Some of the universe’s biggest action is a result of its smallest stuff. The Secret Life of Dust by Hannah Holmes: http://amzn.to/1hCuwtT More dusty science: Space dust and dirty cars: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/65443038570/space-dust-dirty-car The ScienceRead More »
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5:11 PM | Penn Medicine News: Now in Video Form!
One of the things I love most about technology — and specifically, the Internet — is that it has made the dissemination of information easier than ever before. I’m typing this on a laptop that is only slightly larger than a textbook but could, in no time at all, download...
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4:21 PM | New grant program gives more than $250,000 to groups working on Chicago’s South Side
Six community-based organizations serving at-risk and underserved populations in adult diabetes and pediatric asthma selected for awards.
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4:07 PM | What I Am Reading: Blast From My Past
First, Some Background I come from a family of non-athletes. In high school, my interest in sports mostly involved cute boys playing them. I had to learn about basketball in gym class, but watching my tiny high school football team taught me little about the game. I then left for Kansas City. As part of […]
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3:59 PM | Happy Monday! Now take CELSIUS
August 11 Celsuis quiz
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3:42 PM | Clinical Drug Trials for Pathological Gambling
Several drug classes hold promise for reduction in pathological gambling behavior.However, there are very few published randomized and controlled clinical drug trials in gambling subjects.Searching clinical trials and gambling on PubMed yields only one small open-label proof of concept trial for the drug tolcapone within the last year.This study found evidence that this COMT inhibitor drug reduced gambling symptoms and was accompanied by fronto-parietal activation on fMRI imaging.However, on […]
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3:16 PM | CDC Quarantine Stations: Not What You May Think
    # 8939   There’s a scaremongering meme running on the Internet – usually accompanied by the above map – suggesting that the CDC has set up massive quarantine `centers’ around the country ready to forcibly house people who may have been exposed to Ebola, MERS, or Avian Flu.    These stories are often accompanied by unattributed pictures of barbed wire enclosed facilities, and dire warnings about the recent Revision In the List Of […]
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2:25 PM | Tooth-Organ Relationships
Several months ago my mother started feeling out of it and began to develop lower back pain around her sacroiliac (SI) joint. She’s always fairly active, tap dancing and going to the gym, but she had no choice other than to take it easy. After a month or so I visited her and examined her … Continue reading »
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1:20 PM | Public health’s biggest weakness, as illustrated by e-cigarettes
Recently, I was sitting in a meeting with some people, and during a lull in the conversation, they asked me: “Hey, you’re in public health. What is the biggest problem you face?” I paused. That’s a tough question. The Western …The post Public health’s biggest weakness, as illustrated by e-cigarettes appeared first on Public Health.
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12:48 PM | CDC Guidance: Ebola Disease Information For Clinicians In U.S.
Credit CDC PHIL   # 8938   The CDC continues to roll out new guidance and information on Ebola for Health Care and other sectors, with the most recent posted yesterday on their Ebola Information website:   Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with the World Health Organization and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by […]
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12:22 PM | Nigeria: 10th Ebola Case Confirmed
    # 8937   The tragedy of healthcare workers exposed to Ebola continues to evolve in Nigeria as that country reports their 10th positive case – all apparently as a result of  contact with the index case, a Liberian named Patrick Sawyer who fell ill while flying to Lagos 22 days ago.    Media reports suggest he told HCWs he had malaria, and became both erratic and combative when he was told he might have Ebola, thereby exposing more to the […]
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12:03 PM | Another Carrington Event Inevitable
On September 1, 1859, a massive solar flare struck the Earth, resulting in beautiful auroras but also inducing currents in telegraph wires causing them to spark and start fires. Hours earlier amateur astronomer Richard Carrington was observing the sun and noticed large sunspots giving off a brief bright flare. In 1859 the telegraph was about the [...]
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11:00 AM | Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part II
The idea that we are irrational stems from several observations where our decisions are inconsistent with those that would maximize gains. In other words, we often choose options that appear less beneficial than alternative options. Though irrationality implies lack of logic or order, the behaviors we deem irrational actually have order and follow reliable patterns. […]
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10:26 AM | A £6 million commitment to prevent more cancers
A look at our new £6 million initiative to support cutting-edge research into lifestyle and behavioural changes that can prevent cancer.
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7:22 AM | Our patients don’t practice evidence-based medicine? That doesn’t justify doctors embracing quackery!
One of the most annoying phenomena when it comes to “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), which its advocates are more and more insistent on calling “integrative medicine” is how little the average doctor cares that pseudoscience is infiltrating medicine. The reason, of course, is that CAM advocates don’t like the “alternative” part of the term…
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7:02 AM | Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 2: Cannabis does not cure cancer
About a month ago, I finally wrote the post I had been promising to write for months before about medical marijuana. At the time, I also promised that there would be follow-up posts. Like Dug the Dog seeing a squirrel, I kept running into other topics that kept me from revisiting the topic. However, over […]
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2:52 AM | Robots – Hi-Tech Help or Freaky Fiction?
Robots cause a polarizing effect in the minds of people. We only have to look to Hollywood to illustrate this. They’re either portrayed as endearing characters like Star Wars’ C-3PO and R2D2 and the adorably-animated WALL-E – or they’re killing machines as seen in Terminator and iRobot. The fact is...

August 10, 2014

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11:07 PM | Vida lenta. Espectacular time-lapse submarino
En el video se puede apreciar cómo se manifiesta la vida de un arrecife coralino en time-lapse
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