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March 24, 2015

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1:01 PM | Our Milestones: A recipe for success – the birth of combination chemotherapy
In the latest Our Milestones series post, we look at the role we played in the advent of a 1970s cancer treatment revolution: combination chemotherapy.
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12:49 PM | Saudi Arabia: 3 New MERS Cases
  # 9858   After a brief lull in activity, we are beginning to see another uptick in MERS reports from Saudi Arabia, with three new cases announced today, along with 3 recoveries, and 1 death.  
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12:02 PM | CDC: HPAI H5 Viruses In The United States
  Note: As I was away over the weekend, I missed this update posted late Friday on the CDC’s website.   # 9857 With several highly pathogenic H5 avian flu strains being reported in North America for the very first time, and good prospects that they will continue to spread via wild and migratory birds beyond the 10 states already reporting cases, the CDC has published a number of new guidance documents. First a link to the H5 Summary (follow the links […]
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11:56 AM | Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s Disease
A new study published in Science Translational Medicine concerning a possible new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is getting quite a bit of play on social media. While it is an interesting study, and excitement over any scientific study is great to see, I also think it’s important to always put such studies into a reasonable [...]
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11:42 AM | MDRO Prevention Bundle in Nursing Homes: A Randomized Trial
In keeping with our long-term care theme (more on this later in the week), there is a new trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Lona Mody and colleagues at the University of Michigan. The team completed a cluster-randomized trial of a bundled intervention to prevent MDROs in nursing homes. Specifically, residents with indwelling urinary catheters, feeding tubes or both in 6 nursing homes were randomized to a targeted infection program (TIP) bundle that included (1) preemptive barrier […]
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11:00 AM | Sexnology – Sex Technology That Gets You Off
While the more serious in tone are opting for “sextech”, personally I find the term “sexnology” irresistible. While not strictly erotic, it certainly rolls of the tongue in an odd, fun, arguably even kinky manner. Certainly as technology continues to race ahead, the degree to which it relates to our daily lives, physical selves and […]
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11:00 AM | Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs
On World TB day, Grania Brigden (@TBbrigden) of Médecins Sans Frontières (@MSF) calls for improved global access to MDR-TB drugs. World TB Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made in beating this ancient disease. … Continue reading »The post Time for a jumpstart: accelerating access to new and promising DR-TB drugs appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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11:00 AM | HK CHP Avian Flu Report: 2 Weeks Without An H7N9 Case Report
  # 9856   Compared to the first two waves of H7N9 in China, where we saw daily reports from affected provinces which included both case counts and rudimentary epidemiological information, this year’s reporting has been less detailed and far more haphazard.    Some provinces have just reported an aggregate total in their end of month infectious disease reports, while others have dumped `bulk’ case announcements at irregular intervals (see Jiangsu […]
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10:37 AM | World TB Day: what next for prevention and treatment?
TB remains a global problem with 1.5 million deaths and 9 million cases per year. On World TB Day, Wellcome Trust Senior Science Portfolio Developer Marta Tufet looks back at the history of TB prevention and treatment, explains what the Wellcome Trust is doing to support research in this area, and asks what more needs […]
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10:00 AM | Dr. Hidaeka Tsuda demonstrates that antineoplastons don’t work against colon cancer
Two things have reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve written about Stanislaw Burzynski, nearly five months, to be precise. First, on Wednesday evening I’ll be heading to the city where Burzynski preys on unsuspecting cancer patients, Houston, TX, to attend this year’s Society of Surgical Oncology meeting to imbibe the latest research…
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7:01 AM | Ken Burns Presents Cancer
Note: I wrote two posts today to alert readers to two upcoming television events in time for them to plan their viewing. See the second post for an announcement about a film on scientology, along with an article about Scientology’s War on Medicine that I wrote for Skeptic magazine. Ken Burns has made a lot […]
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7:00 AM | Scientology’s War on Medicine
Note: The film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief will be available on HBO starting March 29th. I haven’t seen it yet, but apparently it profiles former members who reveal details that have elicited a very angry response from the Church of Scientology. I thought I would use the occasion to reprint a […]
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2:05 AM | Less Aggressive Treatment = Favorable Prostate Cancer Survival
ByThe Toombst A new study finds favorable prostate cancer survival in patients opting for more conservative treatments. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey finds favorable […]
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2:05 AM | Prostate Cancer Treatment Options : Less is More
ByThe Toombst   A new study finds favorable survival in patients opting for more conservative prostate cancer treatment options. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, the risk being exceedingly high in old age. Some more aggressive treatments for the disease can cause serious side-effect like incontinence and impotence which is why it isn’t the preferred option in slow-growing forms of prostate cancer. A new study from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey […]

March 23, 2015

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11:06 PM | Microbioma Intestinal Y Desarrollo Infantil
Dependiendo de las características de la dieta, alimentos ricos en carbohidratos complejos o de proteínas y grasas de origen animal el microbioma intestinal puede variar en un individuo (1, 2); este microbioma que ya posee factores predisponentes a su composición como son la carga genética y modo de nacimiento del individuo, tienen una alta dependencia en la dieta para tomar su estructura final (3).Podemos considerar como establece Darwin que la especie más […]
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8:56 PM | Health care workers and the flu: When checking for a fever isn’t enough to decide who stays home from work
The CDC says health care workers with respiratory symptoms but no fever can go to work. But mandatory testing at UChicago Medicine last year showed that half of workers who did have the flu never had a fever.
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6:03 PM | 10 facts about multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disease in young adults, usually striking between the ages of 20 and 40 years.
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5:16 PM | Match Day at Perelman: The University of Virginia. Home.
On Friday, March 20, 159 students from the Perelman School of Medicine found out, one by one, where they are headed for residency training during an emotional event filled with lots of cheering, hugs and more cheering. What an exhilarating day! For our last blog, Anna Jesus shares her Match...
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4:19 PM | La genética médica como laburo
Todos los que tenemos la desgracia de tener que trabajar para vivir queremos un trabajo interesante, con condiciones adecuadas, con un mínimo de reconocimiento y que nos permita ganar lo suficiente como para vivir aceptablemente bien. Eso como mínimo.En otras partes he escrito sobre el trabajo en general (aquí, aquí y aquí), sobre cómo fue mi trayectoria para convertirme en genetista en Uy o sobre aspectos varios de la genética médica como […]
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4:10 PM | Remarkable Discoveries of Water: Moons Hiding Vast Oceans
ByThe Toombst Astronomers continue to discover water in new places all across the solar system, more and more of this alien water is found on moons hiding vast oceans under frozen surfaces. These discoveries increase the likelihood we’ll find life on another planetary body in the solar system. Since our statistical sample of planets with life is severely limited (still just the one) we’ve adjusted our search to rely on substances, and properties, we know are required for life on […]
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4:10 PM | Moons with Water : The Solar System is Wet
ByThe Toombst Astronomers continue to discover new moons with water in the solar system, what else is hiding in the vast oceans below their frozen surfaces? Could we find life on another planet in our solar system… Since our statistical sample of planets with life is severely limited (still just the one) we’ve adjusted our search to rely on substances, and properties, we know are required for life on earth. One thing we believe essential for life, as far as we know, is water. The […]
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3:01 PM | Smoking in Pregnancy and Child Brain Development
Smoking during pregnancy produces significant and diverse effects on prenatal development.These adverse effects include dysfunction in prenatal and early childhood brain development.Hanan El Marroun and colleagues from the Netherlands recently published an important childhood brain imaging study of smoking during pregnancy.One hundred and thirteen children exposed to tobacco during pregnancy were compared to a control group of unexposed children.Both groups of children between 6 and 8 years of […]
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3:00 PM | Ultrasound to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease?
The media is buzzing after recent publication of an article in the journal Science: Translational Medicine, which suggests that we can treat Alzheimer’s disease non-invasively with ultrasound. As usual though, they may be making more hype than is warranted given a thorough look at the data; or if they would have read the last paragraph, where the […]
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2:51 PM | Ebola One Year On: a Wellcome Trust Research Round-Up Special
A year ago today (23 March 2014), the World Health Organization confirmed what many in the global health community had already feared. An outbreak of a deadly haemorrhagic fever that had emerged a few months earlier in Guinea was caused by the Ebola virus. What followed was an epidemic on a previously unimaginable scale, which […]
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1:27 PM | OIE Notification: H5N8 In Sweden
Sweden In Relation to Europe   # 9855     In a follow up to Friday’s report (see Stockholm: Two Dead Swans – H5N8 Suspected), we have the official OIE Notification, which indicates the two swans were found in different locations, roughly 5km apart.      Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Unknown or inconclusive Epidemiological comments Ten mute swans found dead in central Stockholm (two batches of […]
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1:00 PM | The youngest cancer researcher? – Oscar’s story
Oscar Sawyer is on his way to become a promising young researcher after suggesting a clever idea to tackle cancer.
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12:50 PM | No, Lawrence Solomon, UNICEF and WHO are not trying to sterilize women with tetanus vaccines!
There are some antivaccine lies that just never die. Well, actually, most of them are very much like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger in that, just when you think you’ve killed them at the end of the latest confrontation, they always come back. Always. As an example of this, let’s go back four…
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11:47 AM | Sting Shows Supplement Regulation Worthless
It seems that the regulation of supplements, homeopathy, and “natural” products in Canada is as bad as the US. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC, the equivalent of NPR and PBS in the US) recently conducted a demonstration of just how worthless and deceptive the regulations are. They created a fake treatment called “Nighton” which they [...]
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11:44 AM | Tsunami Preparedness Week - 2015
  # 9854   Since they don’t happen very often, the threats from great earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are often under appreciated, particularly in North America and Europe.    Yet history is replete with accounts of devastating seismic events in such seemingly unlikely places as Basil, Switzerland and Lisbon, Portugal (see A Look At Europe’s Seismic Risks), Charleston, S.C. and Vancouver, B.C. (see Just A Matter Of Time).   […]
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11:00 AM | 20 Useful Sites for Medical Students In 2015
Whether you are a graduate, an undergraduate or a continuing student, the web is one resource material that you can’t do without, and there is a plethora of dedicated student websites available. This piece will attempt to highlight 20 of the most useful websites that medical students can use to make their life easier. Medical […]
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