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July 10, 2014

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5:00 AM | Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine research conference disappoints even NCCAM
In May, the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) conference was held in Miami. In the words of its website, theconference was “convened by” the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), “in association with” the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research. As CAHCIM chirped in this tweet: “Three days, […]

July 09, 2014

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6:22 PM | New study sheds more light on the health status of Chicago’s South Side
Stacy Tessler Lindau, principal investigator of the University of Chicago Medicine South Side Health & Vitality Studies discusses new findings on health, technology use and awareness of community resources among residents of Chicago’s South Side.
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4:47 PM | Florida: Miami Reports 1st Locally Acquired Dengue Case Of 2014
    # 8819   Although details are scant at this time, and a press conference is promised for 1:30 this afternoon, local media in Miami Florida (and now the local health department) are reporting the first locally acquired case of Dengue in Florida for 2014.  First the report, from the local NBC News affiliate, followed by a link to the health department announcment:   Miami-Dade Dengue Fever Case is 1st of 2014 Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014  |  […]
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4:06 PM | Brain Hippocampus Atrophy in Traumatic Brain Injury
Understanding the specific brain regions vulnerable to traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important for assessment and intervention research.Two areas of active research include studies of brain white matter using diffusion tensor imaging and assessment of regional brain atrophy using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Two recent MRI studies have suggested the brain hippocampus may be a region of vulnerability to TBI.A Canadian study by Robin Green and colleagues used brain MRI to examine a cohort […]
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3:54 PM | Better than the BBB
Our bathroom needs some work on the walls. We have some peeling and chipped paint, some holes that need repair. The toilet paper holder was not appropriately anchored. It looks like our predecessors in the house glued one bracket to the wall when it pulled out. Its now unstable, to say the least. I got […]
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3:06 PM | WHO Update On Recent (Fatal) Egyptian H5N1 Case
    # 8818   My thanks to Lisa Schnirring for tweeting the link to this latest WHO update, which provides some details on the Egyptian H5N1 case we first heard about nearly 2 weeks ago (see Egypt Reports H5N1 Case). Despite the marked drop in human cases reported out of Egypt over the past 12 months, we continue to see numerous reports of H5N1 in poultry in that region.    New case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Egypt   8 […]
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2:23 PM | Abu Dhabi HAAD Statement On Two New Coronavirus Cases
UAE’s Proximity to Saudi Arabia   # 8817   My thanks to Crof for the head’s up on the announcement of two new coronavirus cases being reported by the the Abu Dhabi Health Authority.  Here is  the barebones statement that has been posted on the HADD website.     Health Ministry announces two new cases of Coronavirus ABU DHABI, 9th July, 2014 - The Ministry of Health, MoH, has announced two new cases of Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Abu […]
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2:07 PM | BMJ: The `Hawthorne Effect’ On Hospital Hand Hygiene Compliance
Credit WHO     # 8816   One hundred and sixty-six years ago, a Hungarian physician named Ignaz Semmelweis published a controversial medical book called Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever.  Semmelweis demonstrated that infections could be greatly reduced by simply having doctors wash their hands before performing gynecological exams.   While that makes sense today, at the time his theories were considered radical (Pasteur wouldn’t come […]
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1:20 PM | Bedsheets, boats and biology: James Lovelock and the MRC
Think James Lovelock, and most people think about Gaia theory, his idea that the Earth is a self-regulating system that keeps the conditions for life in a delicate equilibrium. But […]
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1:00 PM | Leaving on a jet plane…
Today, I’m winging my way to sunny Las Vegas. Yes, in the middle of summer, when southern Nevada’s weather is most like an oven, I will be there. The reason? I’ll be doing a workshop and a panel with fellow supporters of science-based medicine at The Amazing Meeting. I don’t know how many of my…
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1:00 PM | Texas: Two Recent Hantavirus Cases
Credit CDC     # 8816   Two weeks ago, in Hantaviruses: Of Mice And Men, we looked at a recent Hantavirus fatality in Saskatchewan, and reviewed some of the history of the these rare – but often fatal – rodent borne diseases.  You may recall that in the fall of 2012, we followed an outbreak at Yosemite National Park (see MMWR: Yosemite Hantavirus) which resulted in 10 infections, and 3 deaths.   Hantavirus infections (aka HPS or Hantavirus […]
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12:12 PM | Out Of The Darkness
  # 8815   Five days after former hurricane Arthur (downgraded to a post-tropical storm) struck Nova Scotia, tens of thousands of customers are still without power, according to a report this morning by CBC News (see Storm Arthur leaves 45,000 still without power). And based on a phone call I received this morning from a friend in Quebec, there are substantial additional – unrelated – power outages overnight being reported by Quebec Hydro.   […]
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11:00 AM | Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease – What’s The Link?
Diabetes mellitus is an emerging global epidemic that affects millions of people worldwide. This systemic disease affects the blood sugar level causing far-reaching consequences for the human body. Diabetes affects the blood vessels and nerves of the body and causes long-term complications. During the early stages of disease, the damage caused by the high blood […]
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5:39 AM | Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Scabies, polio, tuberculosis, malaria, and a host of other diseases have been blamed on the penurious conditions that refugees are often forced to live in when in transitional shelters or refugee camps. In an “online ahead of print” report published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, which is run by the CDC, another disease has…
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2:37 AM | A blast from the past
Don’t you hate it when you’re rooting through your storage closet, looking for some old high school yearbooks, and you stumble across a few vials of smallpox you forgot to destroy? Yes, smallpox—declared eradicated 34 years ago—is serious. But there is irony here. Recall the year 2002, when our political leaders used the threat of “hostile groups or governments” in order to implement a smallpox vaccination campaign (one that failed miserably, achieving […]

July 08, 2014

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11:22 PM | Lessons from the Akita mouse
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of ESRD worldwide. While many attempts have been made to develop reliable animal models that mimic human disease—ob/ob, db/db obese diabetes type 2 diabetes models, NOD1 mice, streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes model etc., current mouse models still do not display full spectrum of functional and pathological process of human DN (JASN 2009). In addition, it was revealed recently that genetic background has an important effect on the development […]
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10:55 PM | The skeptical subjects of your desire
Another poll. This time, about this blog. I’ve written over 640 articles over the past 2 ½ years, 3-4 a week. It’s fun, mostly. About 360 of those articles are on vaccines, vaccination, and you know, those who don’t like vaccines. When I started, I wanted to write about all kinds of topics that always […]Continue reading «The skeptical subjects of your desire»
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10:05 PM | HPV vaccine is unrelated to venous blood clots in another huge study
Anecdotally, it has always seemed like the HPV quadrivalent vaccine, known as Gardasil or Silgard, was the most despised vaccine on the market. Although I write about almost every vaccine, I seem to write more about Gardasil, countering all kinds of silly claims. Despite several large case-controlled epidemiological studies, some of which I’ve discussed previously, there […]Continue reading «HPV vaccine is unrelated to venous blood clots in another huge study»
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5:35 PM | The Brain and Human Behavior: A Q&A with John Maunsell, Director of the Grossman Institute
Despite all we've learned about the brain, it remains profoundly mysterious. From how it processes pain to why it becomes diseased to the origins of consciousness, questions remain about virtually all of its structures and functions. We spoke with John Maunsell, PhD, distinguished neuroscientist and inaugural director of the Grossman Institute, to learn more about his vision for neuroscience research at the University of Chicago.
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5:30 PM | Evidently it’s Cholera Season
Just when the oppressive summer heat and humidity in South Asia seem no longer tolerable, especially to this Northern expatriate new to Bangladesh, the rains come, bringing relief in the form of cooler temperatures, fresh air, and sparkling trees and …The post Evidently it’s Cholera Season appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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4:49 PM | CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens
  Smallpox Virus – Credit Wikipedia   # 8814   In 1979 smallpox was officially certified as eradicated and it was agreed that all remaining stocks of the virus would either be destroyed or passed to one of two secure laboratories – one in the United States and one in the USSR. Since then no other laboratories are supposed to have had possession of the virus. Well, in theory anyway . . . .   Today we learn that the NIH discovered several vials […]
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3:10 PM | Millions Lack Level I Trauma Care Access in the U.S.
Trauma results in 180,000 deaths per year in the U.S. and disproportionately affects children and young adults. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently published a review highlighting unintentional injury and violence as the leading cause of death in the U.S. for those in the one to 30 year old age group. Additionally, trauma produces significant disability through residual effects such as like that often seen following traumatic brain injury.Trauma centers are […]
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2:42 PM | Skin Stem Cells to Advance Medical Research
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have long held great promise in medical research because they are pluripotent—able to differentiate into any of the more than 100 types of tissue in the body. In 2001, ethical concerns over obtaining these cells from human embryos led the U.S. government to limit the use of hESCs. The discovery [...]
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2:26 PM | WHO Ebola Update – July 7th
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea     # 8813   Today the World Health Organization has posted an update the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, dated July 7th. While there is some encouraging news -  no new cases have been reported in Guinea over the past week - Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported a total of 50 new cases since July 3rd, indicating that viral transmission of the Ebola virus continues in the Community.   Ebola virus disease, […]
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1:47 PM | Video Post – Wrist Pain in the Overhead Position
In today’s video post, I address an issue that many new weightlifters and CrossFitters have – wrist pain in the overhead position. Ultimately wrist strength and flexibility need to be improved to properly address this issue, but there are a few things to consider while these are being developed. Be sure to go to Science … Continue reading »
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1:40 PM | mBio: Debating The Dromedary - MERS Coronavirus Connection
Credit FAO   # 8812   For nearly a year we’ve watched the evidence mount up that camels play a major role in the hosting, and probable spread, of the MERS coronavirus which was first discovered two years ago in the Middle East.  Dromedaries aren’t viewed as being the only possible animal reservoir of the virus, nor are they believed responsible for he majority of human cases.   But the virus (or antibodies to the virus) have certainly been found in […]
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12:00 PM | The cult of anti-GMO: A lot like the cult of antivaccine
Over the years I’ve been studying science versus pseudoscience, medicine vs. quackery, reason versus crankery, I’ve noticed one thing. The cranks, pseudoscientists, and quacks of the world have a hard time dealing with legitimate criticism. Now, I know I sometimes get a bit—shall we say?—frisky with my criticisms. OK, obnoxious. I have, however, mellowed considerably…
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10:41 AM | MMWR: CDC Interim Guidance On Polio Vaccination For Travelers To/From Countries With WPV
Credit MMWR # 8811     Two months ago (May 5th) the World Health Organization -  after convening a meeting of their Emergency Committee on the recent spike in polio cases in the Middle East and parts of Africa- Declared  Polio Spread A Public Health Emergency Of International Concern (PHEIC).   A month later, the CDC published a HAN (Health Alert Network) Advisory with New Vaccination Requirements For Travel To Countries With Active Polio.   […]
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9:54 AM | CHP Notified Of Additional H7N9 Case In Hunan Province
Two Waves of H7N9  - Credit Hong Kong’s CHP   # 8810   As the graph above indicates, summer is the `off season’ for avian flu, although sporadic cases occasionally crop up, reminding us that theses viruses continue to circulate in wild birds and poultry.   Today, for the first time in more than a week,  we’ve a report from Hong Kong’s CHP indicating that they’ve been notified of an addition H7N9 case, this time in Hunan […]
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7:00 AM | An Egregious Example of Ordering Unnecessary Tests
Last week I wrote about doctors who order unnecessary tests, and the excuses they give. Then I ran across an example that positively flabbered my gaster. A friend’s 21-year-old son went to a board-certified family physician for a routine physical. This young man is healthy, has no complaints, has no past history of any significant […]
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