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November 10, 2014

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5:17 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 MERS Case In Riyadh
  # 9304   After two days without reporting a new MERS case, the Saudi MOH announced a single case in Riyadh today.
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4:40 PM | Bird Flu Spread: The Flyway Or The Highway?
Major Global Migratory Flyways – Credit FAO   # 9303   The announcement last week that a highly pathogenic avian influenza, only previously seen in Eastern Asia, had turned up at a turkey farm thousands of miles away in central Europe (see Germany Reports H5N8 Outbreak in Turkeys), raises serious questions about how far this emergent virus has already spread in the wild, and elevates concerns over the spread of other novel influenza sub-types as well.   The […]
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4:33 PM | Librarians: Perfectly Aligned to be Opportunity Makers
I subscribe to a couple of TED Talks feeds and thanks to that, I found a link in my email this morning to a talk by Kare Anderson, a columnist for Forbes who writes about how and why people make connections with one another. I took the 10 minutes required to watch the talk and […]
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3:56 PM | Chicago Biomedical Consortium announces $3 Million Infrastructure Initiative
Funding makes high-impact, next-generation instrumentation available to CBC research community
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3:05 PM | Eating Disorders Linked to Higher Autoimmune Disease Rates
There is increasing evidence for inflammation contributing to risk for a variety of psychiatric disorders.I previously summarized research supporting use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of depression.A recent study from Finland supports an inflammation link to the eating disorder categories.The key elements of the design of this study included:Subjects: 2342 subjects admitted for treatment in the Eating Disorders Unit at the central hospital in Finland. Four controls were identified […]
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2:02 PM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 10.11.14
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Researchers re-construct the early stages of embryo development Scientists supported by the Wellcome Trust have assembled mouse embryonic stem cells that behave like an embryo during the early stages of development. The way that cells divide and differentiate when an embryo develops is distinctive, […]
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11:37 AM | Bound by Flesh
Bound by Flesh (Leslie Zemeckis, 2012)
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8:00 AM | Retconning the story of traditional Chinese medicine
Retcon (shortened form of RETroactive CONtinuity; first made popular in the comic book world): (original meaning) Adding information to the back story of a fictional character or world, without invalidating that which had gone before. (more common usage) Adding or altering information regarding the back story of a fictional character or world, regardless of whether […]
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5:06 AM | Better late than never: Conspiracy theories about the CDC and Ebola
Medical conspiracy theories tend to involve “someone” hiding something from the public. I like to refer to this as the fallacy of “secret knowledge.” That “someone” hiding the “secret knowledge” is usually the government, big pharma, or other ill-defined nefarious forces. The “secret knowledge” being hidden comes invariably in one of two flavors. Either “they”…
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1:31 AM | Interested in Biosimilars? Check out the inaugural Biosimilarz blog podcast
BiotechDueDiligence is pleased to continue an occasional collaboration with Dr. Duncan Emerton and The Biosimilarz Blog by hosting the latest feature, a podcast highlighting recent developments in the world of biosimilars. Click here to access the podcast audio.  [...]

November 09, 2014

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10:03 PM | Nephrology fellows events at ASN #KidneyWk14
Welcome Reception: Nov 12th: 6-7PMMarriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom, Salon HFellows In Training Bowl (Mystery Case Debate): Nov 14th 2-3PMConvention Center, Room  119AFellows In Training Bowl (Jeopardy game Nephrology Challenge): Nov 14th 3-4PMConvention Center, Room  119AMeet the Experts Session Nov 15th  9:30AM - 10:30AM (Meeting the ASN Award Winners)Convention Center, Hall DFellows Forum Nov 15th 10:30-11:30AMConvention Center, Room 203Fellows Poster Discussion Section Nov
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6:34 PM | No Failure Of Imagination: Sabine’s Diaries
    # 9302   When Flublogia was relatively young - eight years, and more than 9,000 blogs ago – I wrote about a couple of Pandemic Fictional Scenarios – the best known of which were the imaginings of how a pandemic might play out by CanadaSue on the old Flu Wiki (Old Yeller). A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Peter Sandman & Dr. Jody Lanard wrote about a `failure of imagination’ regarding our current Ebola epidemic which leads officials from […]
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5:00 PM | Blaming breast cancer on autism
Gayle DeLong has been diagnosed with what she refers to as “autism-induced” breast cancer.” She’s even given it an abbreviation, AIBC. Unfortunately, as you might be able to tell by the name she’s given her breast cancer, she is also showing signs of falling into the same errors in thinking with respect to her breast […]
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1:50 PM | Home Alone . . . With The Flu
My `under-the-bed’ flu kit   # 9301   Although you can never really know what kind of flu season lies ahead, early indications are that the H3N2 virus is leading the pack and that a new strain – not covered in this year’s vaccine – may have an impact (see A `Drift’ In A Sea Of Influenza Viruses).    Years in which H3 viruses dominate often produce more severe flu seasons – particularly among those over the age of 65. Like […]
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9:00 AM | It’s lung cancer awareness month
November is lung cancer awareness month, so we've pulled together key information about the disease and what we’re doing to improve survival.

November 08, 2014

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9:02 PM | Homeopath threatens public health with fake flu clinic
As pseudoscience goes, homeopathy takes the cake for absurdity. It is an elaborate placebo system,  based on nonsensical ideas about biology, biochemistry and medicine. A decision to use homeopathy is a decision to do nothing at all, because homeopathic “remedies” have no medicinal ingredients in them at all. They are inert. Homeopathy is based on […]
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2:31 PM | Back To The Camel `Shed’
  # 9300     Sometimes studies are published, and for whatever reason, they don’t get the immediate attention they deserve.  Often, it is because we are otherwise occupied with a bigger story, such as the media was during the last week of September when Ebola was the only infectious disease story people were really interested in.   Little noticed at the time, was the publication in the CDC’s EID Journal of an important study on MERS-CoV […]
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9:00 AM | News digest – cancer conferences, military metaphors, off-patent drugs and more
Here's our round-up of the week's developments in cancer research, as covered by the media.
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1:55 AM | “The Theory of Everything” – Review
I had some expectations when I learned there was to be a feature film on the life of Stephen Hawking. Like many others, I felt pretty confident that I was in for an experience filled with scientific terms I couldn’t spell, much less find engaging. Like a lot of the arguments currently flooding the blogosphere […]
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1:35 AM | Comedy Quiz Show on Pseudoscience in Montreal
If you like this blog and would like to see me host a comedy quiz show on pseudoscience, come to Pub St-Paul on Sunday, November 16 at 5PM for a fun evening of comedy, reason, and alcohol! Andrew Cody, from Within Reason, will be a panelist and will be joined by Montreal-based stand-up comedians Darren Henwood, … Continue reading →

November 07, 2014

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8:00 PM | LabBook November 7, 2014
Lung cancer, diabetes, binge eating and more in this week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians:
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6:48 PM | Mind the Deadly gaps
Grania Brigden (@TBBrigden) discusses the urgent need to close the gaps in the TB response. The 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Barcelona last week opened with the Health Ministers of South Africa and India making bold … Continue reading »The post Mind the Deadly gaps appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:46 PM | CDC Stockpiling Ebola-Specific PPE Kits For Rapid Deployment
Packing PPE Container – Credit CDC   # 9299   The type (and quantities) of PPEs that are required to care for Ebola cases here in the United States are rarely stockpiled by regular hospitals, which makes it a challenge to ensure that all 5,000+ hospitals in this country can adequately handle an `Ebola walk-in’.   Although states and larger facilities are ordering extra PPE supplies, many are on backorder, and supplies are likely to be limited for […]
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6:19 PM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #89
Brain autoregulation 452- Baroreflex and Cerebral Autoregulation Are Inversely Correlated – Nasr et al. 453- A comparison of dynamic cerebral autoregulation across changes in cerebral blood flow velocity for 200 s – Müller and Osterreich 454- Static autoregulation in humans: a review and reanalysis –  Numan et al. 455- Monitoring of Cerebral Autoregulation – Czosnyka […]
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6:19 PM | UK: Defra Preliminary Assessment On Germany’s H5N8 Outbreak In Poultry
# 9298   Yesterday’s surprise announcement (see Germany Reports H5N8 Outbreak in Turkeys) that an only recently emerged  subtype of avian flu has somehow turned up in Northern Germany has agricultural agencies scrambling to try to determine how it arrived in Europe, and just how much of a risk it poses to other poultry operations in the region.   Last spring we watched this new H5N8 virus emerge in South Korea, and spread to dozens of poultry farms, resulting in […]
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5:42 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases & Taif MERS Awareness Campaign
  # 9297   The pattern with MERS infections in Saudi Arabia appears to be the virus first jumps from a reservoir animal (almost certainly camels) to humans, and from there it spreads in a limited fashion in the community.  Family members, and those who are exposed when these infected individuals are hospitalized appear to be at greatest risk of contracting the virus.  For now, sustained and efficient community spread has yet to be documented, although some […]
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5:29 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (November 3-7)
It seems like each week is crazier than the next in bio-land! Catch up on an action-packed week with the tweets of the week, curated by @23aloha. You can also catch up on previous editions of this feature. Featured tickers: $ACAD $ACHN $ACRX $ACT $AEGR $AET $AEZS $AGIO $ASPX $AVNR $BIOL $BLUE $BMY $CEMP $CLDX $CLVS $CYNAF $DEPO $EPZM $FMI $GNVC $HUM $ICPT $MOH $MRK $NYMX $OXGN $RMTI $RPRX $SLXP $SRPT $TARO $UNH $WLP Note you can use the search box at the upper right to find all BiotechDueDili […]
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5:26 PM | Standard measures of diabetes care in the US could be masking greater racial disparities
Standard measures of diabetes care in the United States underestimate racial and ethnic disparities when monitoring a patient’s blood sugar and other clinical indicators and could mean management of the disease in the country is actually worsening, according to a new study by University of Chicago Medicine researchers.
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4:59 PM | ctDNA in triple negative breast cancer: a study comparing Illumina & 454 sequencing
A recent circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) paper describes a comparison of ctDNA to CTC's with respect to TP53 mutations in 40 triple negative breast cancer patients. See: Circulating tumour DNA and circulating tumour cells in metastatic triple negative breast cancer patients in the International Journal of Cancer.The group published a paper earlier in the year (Bidard et al Lancet Oncol 2014) where they counted CTCs before and during treatment in 2000 breast cancers, and reported a high […]
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4:50 PM | Eating Disorders: Weekend Reading Links
I am focusing on recent research in eating disorders this month on Brain Posts.Here are some of the research abstracts I will be reviewing for upcoming posts.Clicking on the title will take you to the PubMed abstract and also to a link for the free full-text manuscript.Higher parental education as a risk factor for eating disordersThis study of the Swedish population examined the effect education and social class on risk for eating disorders. Individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder were […]
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