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April 23, 2015

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7:00 AM | The parrot is still dead, and MMR still doesn’t cause autism
So busy was I writing about America’s quack Dr. Mehmet Oz and, of course, the FDA hearing on regulating homeopathy that I didn’t take note of a story that came out the other day examining a study looking at the association between MMR vaccination and autism. More correctly, the study examines the lack of association…

April 22, 2015

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10:13 PM | APHIS: 13 More Minnesota Turkey Farms Hit By H5N2, 2 More In Wisconsin
  # 9969   The news keeps getting worse coming out of Minnesota, where now 44 turkey farms have reportedly been hit by the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus. Thirteen of those farms were announced today on the APHIS website, and while the count of birds on several of the farms is pending, the known number of birds affected increases by at least 400,000.     Meanwhile there are reports, not yet appearing on the APHIS website, of two more farms in Wisconsin being hit by […]
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8:57 PM | CDC Website & USDA Statement On HPAI H5
HPAI H5 Detections In North America # 9968   Earlier today the USDA, in conjunction with the CDC, held a 45 minute press conference on recent developments surrounding the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses across the western half of the country.   As this presser was well attended by the mainstream media, it has already received a lot of press coverage.  Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers live-tweeted the event, and her notes are available at […]
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8:29 PM | Autism and MMR vaccines – still not linked
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. A new study was published recently that showed, once again, that there is no link between autism and MMR vaccines. Are we still wasting good research dollars on showing that there is not one single link between autism and MMR vaccines (to prevent mumps, measles and rubella)? Apparently, we are going to do this until the evidence … Continue reading Autism and MMR vaccines – still not linked →Continue […]
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8:13 PM | Kidney Transplant Patients Bound by Chains of Love
Four years ago, Matt Crane was devastated when he learned that he was not a kidney donor match for his wife Michele, who was on dialysis after a long struggle with type 1 diabetes. Fortunately for Michele, 52, her brother was a match. But, after only a year and a...
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6:32 PM | Guest Blog: Physiological Plasticity of Tenrecs
Dr. Frank van Breukelen is an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was invited to tell us about a new research project in this laboratory about some really cool mammals called tenrecs. Here is the post: In a recent post, Dr. Dolittle mentioned a talk…
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4:13 PM | Brain EEG and the Genetics of ADHD
Twin studies in ADHD demonstrate a significant genetic contribution to the disorder.Linking this genetic influence to specific biomarkers may provide a better understanding of the pathophysiology of ADHD.Grainne McLoughlin and colleagues at the University of California San Diego and King's College London recently published a twin study of brain EEG and the genetics of ADHD.In their study 67 twin pairs (34 monozygotic and 33 dizygotic) between the ages of 12 and 15 years completed tasks […]
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1:28 PM | Image of the Week: Sequencing Ebola genomes
  Our image – or in this case video – of the week is a time-lapse video of Professor Ian Goodfellow installing viral genome sequencer machines in Sierra Leone. Professor Goodfellow and his colleagues from Cambridge University are working towards sequencing the viral genomes from infected Ebola patients. By making this sequence data available worldwide, […]
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12:38 PM | The HPAI Poultry Vaccine Dilemma
Poultry Vaccination - Photo Credit OIE   # 9967   Overnight Reuters (see U.S. could use vaccines being developed to fight bird flu in poultry) and the AP (see With bird flu spreading, USDA starts on potential vaccine) have issued reports that echo and update a story we saw from CIDRAP News several weeks ago (see USDA at work on poultry vaccine for H5N8, H5N2) – that the United States may need to reconsider its policy on the use of HPAI H5 poultry vaccines.   It […]
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11:38 AM | Still No Association Between MMR and Autism
A new study published this week in JAMA, “Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism”, puts one more nail in the claim that the MMR is associated with autism. You may wonder why, after years and multiple studies showing no association between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) […]
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9:19 AM | Call for Frontiers Innovators
Frontiers meetings stimulate innovation and provocative discussion about the future of health, helping to shape the Wellcome Trust’s strategy. The first in this year’s Frontiers series – ‘One Science: Life at the Interface’ – will explore new opportunities for convergence between the health, life, engineering and physical sciences that underpin biomedical research. We’re keen to […]
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8:00 AM | Read: Does Being Short Mean a Higher Risk for Bad Heart Juju?
Short people are at a higher risk for adverse cardiac events. Tall people are at a higher risk for heart attacks. Short people live longer. Tall people live longer. Which is it? A new study came out (in the much revered New England Journal of Medicine) apparently showing that short people are at an increased risk … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: The sabotage of poor reporting and false balance
Well, it’s over. I’m referring to the two day hearing held by the FDA in Bethesda seeking public comment regarding how it should modernize its regulation of homeopathic products. Actually, as I discussed before (as did Jann Bellamy over at my favorite other blog, Science-Based Medicine), in fact it’s arguable wither there is currently much,…
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2:19 AM | The ‘worm’ with the potential to determine elections by manipulating your vote
It has become commonplace to see a “worm” based on the reactions of a tiny sample of audience members running across our screens during televised presidential debates. Psychologists tested whether the worm can influence our voting intentions and the results are worrying in the extreme.  Read the rest of this post [...]

April 21, 2015

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9:47 PM | APHIS: 3 More Minnesota Farms, 1 In S.D. Hit by H5N2
HPAI H5 Detections In North America   # 9966   APHIS updated their current listing of poultry farms  hit by the HPAI H5 virus shortly after 5pm today, adding three more turkey operations in Minnesota, and a turkey farm in South Dakota to the rapidly growing list.   Today’s announcement brings to 31 the number of farms hit in Minnesota, involving more than 2.1 million turkeys.  This is South Dakota’s 6th farm to be hit, with roughly 286,000 […]
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9:34 PM | Breathless: How blood-oxygen levels regulate air intake
A UChicago team unravels the mysterious process of how the body detects oxygen levels in the blood to regulate breathing rates.
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7:50 PM | Multiple vaccinations weakens the immune system – a myth
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 21 April 2015 If you explore the dark and myth filled back alleys of the antivaccination movement, you will find a wide variety of myths that try to convince people that vaccinating children is dangerous. I’ve covered and refuted many of the myths, although the vaccine deniers tend to rely on zombie myths that … Continue reading Multiple vaccinations weakens the immune system – a myth →Continue […]
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7:13 PM | Viseo Post – Clip from “Health & Fitness During Aging” Seminar at UCONN
Below is a video clip from my recent seminar at UCONN. The audience was older and the seminar therefore dealt with health and fitness during aging. It examined, from a scientific perspective, the theme of death and rebirth at the organ and tissue level and how these processes are influenced by modifiable lifestyle factors such … Continue reading »
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7:11 PM | Yes, herd immunity works
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines (generally, but sometimes moving to other areas of medicine), social policy and the law. Her articles usually unwind the complexities of legal … […]
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4:15 PM | Immune cells support good gut bacteria in fight against harmful bacteria
An immune cell protein helps good bacteria fight harmful pathogens in the gut, reports UChicago's Yang-Xin Fu, which could lead to new treatments that fight infections by promoting a healthy gut microbiome.
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3:32 PM | Viral Creep In Second Decade Of The 21st Century
Photo Credit- CDC   # 9965     Eleven years ago the Report of the WHO/FAO/OIE Joint Consultation on Emerging Zoonotic Diseases, convened in Geneva, defined an emerging zoonosis as ‘a zoonosis that is newly recognised or newly evolved, or that has occurred previously but shows an increase in incidence or expansion in geographical, host or vector range’   Last year, in Emerging zoonotic viral diseases  L.-F. Wang (1, 2) * & G. Crameri wrote: […]
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3:20 PM | Parenting Children with Developmental Disabilities: “Developing” into the Role through Community
Editors’ Note: Last week, Einstein neurodevelopmental pediatrician Lisa Shulman wrote about the tough experience of telling parents their child has autism. The news is often life-altering. This week, Dr. Shulman shares how the attitudes and priorities of parents change over time. I am fortunate as a clinician to have the opportunity to follow long term [...]
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12:04 PM | Recent Death from Diet Supplement
Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, died on April 12 after taking 8 diet pills she bought online. The pills contained 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), which is essentially an illegal weight loss aid. The case illustrates the failure of current regulations to protect the public from potentially dangerous drugs. There are many factors that contribute to this failure. First, [...]
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12:00 PM | New Wikileaks release peeks behind the scenes of America’s quack
It would appear that some people got the impression that, just because I questioned whether a recent publicity stunt in which ten doctors and researchers, led by a well-known pro-GMO activist working for the Hoover Institution, Dr. Henry Miller, sent a letter to the dean at Columbia University in essence asking him to fire Oz…
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11:41 AM | Mental health: how much does the UK spend on research?
Mental health issues affect millions of people in the UK, but comparatively little is spent on research into these conditions. Wellcome Trust funding helped establish the charity MQ, with the aim of supporting much needed research into mental health. Neil Balmer, Head of Communications at MQ, explains the findings of their recent report ‘UK Mental […]
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11:02 AM | AJTMH/NIH: The Threat From Fake & Substandard Pharmaceuticals
  # 9964   A topic we’ve touched on in the past, and coincidentally mentioned last Saturday (see Early Signs Of Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria In Africa), is the proliferation of fake or substandard pharmaceuticals around the globe; everything from antimalarials, to antibiotics, to chemotherapy agents.   Three years ago, in Interpol & FDA: Operation Pangea V, we looked at a consortium of 100 nations engaged in a crackdown on illegal pharmaceutical sales via […]
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7:00 AM | Dr. David Villarreal’s “Holistic Dentistry:” Full of Holes?
I get a lot of e-mails from publicists offering suggestions for articles and interviews with their clients. I quickly delete most of them, but one recently caught my eye. It said that patients travel from as far as Europe and Africa to have California “holistic dentist” Dr. David Villarreal remove the old silver fillings that […]
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4:35 AM | A Microbiome Three-Conference Summary
During the month of March, I've been pleased to cover three great microbiome-related conferences for the Gut Microbiota for Health website. I heard about interesting things happening in the field -- research both deep and broad -- and talked to scientists and clinicians from around the world.Here are the conferences I attended:Keystone Symposium - Gut Microbiota Modulation of Host Physiology: The Search for MechanismGut Microbiota for Health World Summit 2015Experimental Biology 2015It's hard […]
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2:12 AM | Images that changed your perspective on Haematology
Almost 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing (Merieb, E. N. & Hoehn, K.,2007). Researchers has found that color visuals increase the willingness to read by 80% (Green R. 1989). Test out this theory and guess what does the below images represent. Please scroll down to learn more.     Bone marrow aspirate in metastatic clear […] The post Images that changed your perspective on Haematology appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

April 20, 2015

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9:58 PM | H5N2 Impacts 5.3M Chickens In Iowa, Two More Farms In Minn. - APHIS
      # 9963 APHIS updated their current listing of poultry farms to be hit by the HPAI H5 virus shortly after 5pm today, and a farm in Iowa – with 5.3 million chickens either infected or exposed – singlehandedly more than doubles the number of birds on the culling block since the virus began to spread across the United States last December.   With the exception of 200,000 chickens affected 10 days ago in Wisconsin, the H5N2 story in American […]
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