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September 23, 2014

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3:02 PM | Poster Sessions and Pivotal Decisions for Young Scientists
EDITORS’ NOTE: Choosing a research lab is a pivotal decision in the trajectory of a biomedical sciences graduate student or physician scientist. After two or three laboratory rotations, Ph.D. candidates (at the end of the first year) and M.D./Ph.D. candidates (at the end of the second year) determine which labs are exploring the scientific questions [...]
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1:24 PM | Flavors of Nonsense
I, like most people, like to categorize things. It helps me keep my mental space organized and tidy. A good system of categorization is also like a framework on which I can hang specific facts and details. Categories are most useful when they reflect underlying reality, rather than superficial or arbitrary features. Categories are therefore often [...]
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12:15 PM | Publication Bias – Null Results Are Rarely Published
Publication bias is something that continually plagues science. It is most apparent in the types of data the get published. Data that is not positive (that did not prove the researchers’ hypothesis) is rarely published. Such “null result” data indicates that no effect was found or no difference exists (within the study’s design limitations of … Continue reading »
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11:35 AM | CDC: EV-D68 Now Confirmed In 27 States
  # 9004   It has been less than a month since we saw the Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68, and since that time this emerging enterovirus has continue to spread across the nation, and has sparked a CDC HAN Advisory On EV-D68, a CDC COCA Call, and an early release MMWR Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With Enterovirus D68. While most people who contract this virus will endure only mild to moderate `flu-like’ symptoms, some percentage […]
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10:43 AM | Lanard: In Anticipation Of Scoffing & Debate About CDC Ebola Numbers
     Exponential Growth on first half of a chessboard – Credit Wikipedia   # 9003   Later today the CDC will officially unveil their estimates on the potential growth of the Ebola epidemic over the next four months if effective actions aren’t taken - and if it matches the leaked numbers published over the weekend in the Washington Post - it will run somewhere around 500,0000 cases.   For some, seeing that it took 6 months to reach the first […]
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8:00 AM | Quackademic medicine now reigns supreme at the Cleveland Clinic
Quackery has been steadily infiltrating academic medicine for at least two decades now in the form of what was once called “complementary and alternative medicine” but is now more commonly referred to as “integrative medicine.” Of course, as I’ve written many times before, what “integrative medicine” really means is the “integration” of quackery with science-…
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7:00 AM | Bad News and Good News from Down Under: Science-Based Medicine in Australia
The bad news: in a disturbing attempt to woo customers, some Australian pharmacists are offering in-store consultations with naturopaths. The good news: Australian skeptics and supporters of science have had a lot of recent successes in combatting quackery. Non-Doc in a Box In an article in the Australian magazine The Skeptic, Loretta Marron reports on […]
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2:11 AM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (September 15-19)
Sorry for the brief delay, but continue reading below for another edition of the biotech tweets of the week. As usual, most of the curation credit goes to @23aloha. Enjoy! Featured tickers: $AGTC $AMRN $ARWR $AVNR $IMGN $PETX $PIP $RTRX $SIGA $SRPT @adamfeuerstein Seems like the last time I read about agitation in AD pts, it was due to billions in off-label sales of antipsychotics $AVNR— John Alan Tucker (@JohnTuckerPhD) September 15, 2014 @Sport234a never seen a […]
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1:18 AM | The Paradox of unhappy liberals and happy conservatives, in happy welfare states
A new paper titled The Subjective Well-Being Political Paradox: Happy Welfare States and Unhappy Liberals published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, has found that people living in more liberal countries rate themselves as happier than do people living in more conservative countries; but paradoxically, people who consider themselves to be liberal [...]

September 22, 2014

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11:20 PM | Cracked Science Video 1: Dogma
It has begun. I am starting a series of public science videos in which I will be explaining scientific concepts, criticizing bad science, and debunking pseudoscience. You can think of it as a video version of this blog. Before you watch the first video, a few caveats born of my self-awareness and perfectionism: 1. I … Continue reading →
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8:44 PM | The anti-GMO bad science checklist
This article is a substantial update of the original one published last year.  One of my favorite science websites is at Science or Not, the author of which, Graham Coghill, claims that “this website will help you separate real science from nonsense that’s masquerading as science.” Most real scientific skeptics have that goal, but Coghill does a great […]Continue reading «The anti-GMO bad science checklist»
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6:59 PM | Book Alert: Flying on Broken Wings
Back Cover Synopsis“Carrie Bailee fled Canada and came to Australia when she was twenty... Carrie stood before the Refugee Review Tribunal and revealed the dark underbelly of child sexual abuse and organized crime rings in our privileged, first-world neighborhoods. This is the story of one young woman’s heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.”PrologueMy birth […]
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6:32 PM | PLOS Medicine launches a new Collection on Universal Health Coverage
A new PLOS Medicine collection, Monitoring Universal Health Coverage, provides technical details and country-level experience of the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Universal Health Coverage, adding much needed insight to the global conversation on this topic. Universal Health Coverage …The post PLOS Medicine launches a new Collection on Universal Health Coverage appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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5:53 PM | Vandana Shiva and GMOs
A recent New Yorker article by Michael Specter does an excellent job of putting the activism of anti-GMO campaigner, Vandana Shiva, into perspective. Shiva has since written a very critical response to Specter, and The New Yorker has responded to Shiva. The exchange is very enlightening. Shiva is a dedicated anti-GMO activist, perhaps the most [...]
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5:48 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – September 22nd
  # 9102   While the news continues to run good out of Nigeria and Senegal, where earlier introductions of the Ebola virus appear to have been successfully contained, today’s report shows a jump of over 500 cases since last Thursday’s report from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The `reporting through’ date for each country varies (20th for Guinea, 17th for Liberia, and 19th for Sierra Leone), and it isn’t clear how much of the outbreak in […]
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5:00 PM | Side effects of your supplement may include liver failure
“Safe and natural.” It’s a marketing phrase attached to dietary supplements that’s often accepted as self-evident. The marketing works. Supplements have a strong health halo. But evidence suggests that this reputation may be undeserved. Not only are there continued questions about whether most supplements have any health benefits whatsoever, there is also evidence that they […]
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3:46 PM | Unique gene machine opens new pathways to personalized medicine
In the UAB Nanostring Laboratory, researchers such as Eddy Yang are taking advantage of the nCounter Analysis System's novel digital profiling technology to examine specific signaling pathways in cancer and other diseases. That work could lead to new insights to improve diagnosis and treatment decisions. Cancer is a devious enemy. In lab tests, researchers have identified plenty of exciting genetic targets — weak links that should allow them to destroy tumors by halting production of a […]
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3:43 PM | Saudi MOH Announces HCW Infected With MERS In Taif
  # 9101   The worrying uptick in MERS cases in Saudi Arabia, which began just 10 days ago, continues with the report of a 37 y.o. Healthcare Worker in Taif now infected.     This comes on the heels of 3 other cases recently reported out of Taif – which lies just about 60 miles to the east of the Holy City of Mecca – which in two weeks will be the primary destination for hundreds of thousands of pilgrims going to the Hajj.   Yesterday […]
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3:36 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Professor Helen McShane
Professor Helen McShane is a Professor of Vaccinology and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at Oxford University, where she leads a programme of research to develop a new vaccine for Tuberculosis (TB).  Here she gives an insight into the international nature of TB research and her motivations for starting, and continuing, research in this field. What are you working […]
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3:33 PM | Good Morning! It’s time to take the Celsius Quiz.
Celsius Quiz on National Cholesterol Awareness Month
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3:18 PM | 12 Questions About The Future Of Genetic Counseling
Si bien la profesión (genetic counselor) como tal no existe en Uruguay, acá se plantean varias preguntas interesantes para todos los que nos dedicamos a la Genética Humana.Who The Hell Do We Think We Are? 12 Questions About The Future Of Genetic Counseling.
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1:01 PM | It’s not over till it’s over. And it’s over.
I get some flak for criticizing biomedicine. But science is not–and should not be–a sacred cow. Withstanding criticism and becoming stronger for it is one of the qualities that unites scholarship and science. My critique of science is about hype, oversell, and corporatization, not evidence. When it’s a matter of evidence vs. politics or superstition, I stand arm-in-arm […]
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11:22 AM | WHO: Statement On 2nd IHR Emergency Committee Meeting On Ebola
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea # 9100   In early part of August the WHO Emergency IHR Committee Declared Ebola Outbreak a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern), and last week announced their intention to hold a second IHR committee meeting (via email) to discuss the current situation (see WHO Statements On 2nd IHR Meeting For Ebola).   Although an announcement was expected last  Friday, the WHO emailed journalists to let them know […]
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11:05 AM | FAO Warns On H5N6
Photo Credit – FAO   #9099   Last April a new strain of HPAI H5N6 appeared in poultry, killing one person in Nanchong City (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu).  Once the threat was identified, local poultry was culled, and we heard nothing more for several months.   While Low Pathogenic H5N6 had been identified previously in wild birds  in Taiwan, Germany, Sweden and the United States this new strain was classified as […]
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11:00 AM | Medicine of the past versus the present: Star Trek versus The Knick
Regular readers know that I’ve been a big Star Trek geek (more or less) ever since I first discovered reruns of the original Star Trek episodes in the 1970s, having been too young (but not by much!) to have caught the show during its original 1966-1969 run. True, my interest waxed and waned through the…
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7:49 AM | BBC Documentary – The Science of Chance – Science Documentary
BBC Documentary – The Science of Chance – Science Documentary BBC Documentary – The Science of Chance – Science Documentary Caution : NOT HD BUT YOU CAN WATCH IT AT 720 Vusit our: Web Site = http://hdyoutubedocumentaries.blogspot.com/ facebook = https://www.facebook.com/hdyoutubedocumentaries twitter = https://twitter.com/nigmatube google+ = https://plus.google.com/b/111918399289299602626 Pinterest = http://www.pinterest.com/nigmatube/ #documentary #documentaries […]
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7:32 AM | Do doctors pay attention to negative randomized clinical trials?
We at the Science-Based Medicine blog believe that all medicine, regardless of where it comes from, should be held to a single science-based standard with regards to efficacy, effectiveness, and safety. We tend to focus primarily on “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), now more commonly known as “integrative medicine,” because (1) we believe it to […]
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4:15 AM | What are the Symptoms of Asthma?
Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, causes breathing difficulty in affected people. There is no cure for asthma; the only thing you can do is keeping it under control. While the... [[To read the full story, visit my website.]]
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3:27 AM | The truthiness of naturopathic “facts”
This is another post in the naturopathy versus science series, where a naturopath’s advice is assessed against the scientific literature. It’s a cross post from Science-Based Medicine, where the original post has (at last count) 436 comments: When you think medicine, your first thought may be “physician”. But the practice of medicine today is a […]
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12:00 AM | Saving lives and averting costs? The case for earlier diagnosis just got stronger
A guest post from Incisive Health's Mike Birtwhistle, who has just produced a new report for Cancer Research UK on the economic impact of early diagnosis.
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