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August 24, 2014

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2:48 PM | Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Ethiopia
Woyessa A, Deressa W, Ali A, Lindtjorn B. Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Butajira area, south-central Ethiopia: complex samples data analysis. BMC public health 2014; 14: 99. BACKGROUND: Despite the encroaching of endemic malaria to highland-fringe areas above 2000 meters above sea level in Ethiopia, there is limited information on […]
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1:44 PM | NCSS Probability Report On California Aftershocks
  # 8995   I’m watching the live feed from KGO-TV, and there does appear to be some significant damage from this morning’s earthquake in Napa, California.   Several house fires, some buckling of roads, and power outages.   KGO-TV is reporting that one local hospital is treating 70 injuries.   The Northern California Seismic System (NCSS) has prepared the following report on the probability of aftershocks in the coming weeks.   […]
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1:20 PM | Statement: WHO-Deployed Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL     # 8994   Although proper PPEs and stringent infection control protocols have been shown to protect Health care workers during this – and previous – Ebola outbreaks there is no denying that there still remains some risk of infection – particularly on the ground in Africa where facilities are not always optimal. Today the World Health Organization has announced the first instance of one of their deployed personnel being infected […]
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11:49 AM | M6.0 Quake Rattles Region North Of San Francisco
    # 8995   Thus far, there are reports of minor damage and scattered power outages in the Vallejo and Napa Valley regions, and a few injuries, but at this time this doesn’t appear to have been a hugely damaging quake.  There is a good chance, however, of seeing numerous aftershocks in the 4.0 - 5.0 range, and a much slimmer (5%)  chance of seeing a larger quake in the next couple of weeks.   While it may not tell us much about what comes […]
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11:19 AM | Referral : Mackay On Fake/False Ebola Images
Credit VDU Blog      # 8993   One of the tools we bloggers use to glean `real-time’ information is to filter twitter using a #hashtag, so as to view only those tweets dealing with particular subject. If you want Ebola-specific tweets, you search using #Ebola.    Yesterday I spent most of my time searching #Bárðarbunga, which some wag aptly pointed out was technically an #ashtag.  But more on that later.   While you can […]
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9:43 AM | Shell V-Power: The Science of Driving Excitement in a Ferrari 458
Shell V-Power: The Science of Driving Excitement in a Ferrari 458 Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen take part in a first of its kind experiment to measure driving excitement ahead of the 2014 Shell Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari 458 Speciale.
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2:31 AM | Updated: Compilation of Biotech/Pharma R&D Pipelines
I am pleased to report that the Pipelines page has been completely updated over the past couple days. This feature highlights the latest links and files related to clinical research and development pipeline progress for major biotech and pharmaceutical companies. More and more, I am trying to host PDF files of the pipeline status rather than just a website link, in order to better preserve the historical context. I hope you find this resource useful and I welcome any feedback. […]
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1:52 AM | City life makes bigger spiders
A new study from researchers at the University of Sydney shows that golden orb-weaving spiders (Nephila plumipes) that live in the city are larger and produce more offspring as compared to country living. When they say the spiders are big, they mean really big. The females can reach up to 20-25mm (males are only ~5mm).…

August 23, 2014

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3:12 PM | Bárðarbunga Volcano Aviation Alert Raised To Red
# 8991     Over the past week Iceland’s second tallest (and arguably, most powerful) volcano has begun to stir after roughly a century of somnolence.  The Icelandic Met Office  upgraded the volcano’s aviation alert status to Orange on Monday, and since that time we’ve seen almost non-stop tremors indicating magma movement.   After a slowdown in tremors yesterday, overnight we’ve seen another spike in activity.   In the past […]
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12:04 PM | CDC Updated Interim Guidance On Ebola
Credit CDC   # 8990   Over time, as the CDC gathers new evidence, their guidance documents on the handling of various diseases evolves.  We saw rapid evolution of advice during the first couple of months of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and we are seeing it now with the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.    Often these changes are minor adjustments or clarifications, designed to make earlier guidance clearer.   Just over two weeks ago we saw the CDC […]
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11:00 AM | Diabetics in Distress
Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States and remains one of the leading causes of death. The disease is associated with a myriad of complications and comorbid conditions, but mental health issues are often overlooked. “Diabetes distress” is a relatively new term that describes the psychological manifestations of diabetes management. A recent report […]
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9:09 AM | The science of spiciness – Rose Eveleth
The science of spiciness – Rose Eveleth View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-science-of-spiciness-rose-eveleth When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire — because that’s essentially what you’ve told your brain! Rose Eveleth details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some peopleRead More »
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8:00 AM | News digest – ‘top four’ death rates drop, Bob Marley, Botox and more
Falling death rates for the top four cancer killers, new research on the skin cancer that killed Bob Marley and could Botox be used to treat stomach cancer?
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1:05 AM | Nightmare in Liberia
I posted yesterday on the nightmare unfolding in Liberia, as the health care system has collapsed under the weight of the Ebola outbreak, with civil order breaking down as entire sections of Monrovia are placed under quarantine. Last night I spoke with a friend of ours, Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, the Executive Director of miraclefeet, an organization dedicated to treatment of clubfoot in developing countries, including Liberia. As you might imagine, the Liberia clubfoot treatment clinics have […]

August 22, 2014

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9:48 PM | Sanford-Burnham hosts the Titan Microscope Inauguration Symposium and Reception
Dorit Hanein, Ph.D., professor in the Bioinformatics and Structural Program hosted the Titan Microscope Inauguration Symposium and reception August 21 at our La Jolla, California campus. The Titan Krios, a state-of-the-art electron microscope, will help our scientist visual cells, viruses, and bacteria at the atomic level. The symposium was held to inaugurate the new TitanRead More
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9:20 PM | To CDC or not CDC - That is the Ebola Question
It's been a busy couple weeks out here in infection control land. We had our SHEA 2015 planning committee meeting in DC. There's an exciting program planned - can't wait to share it with you. While I've been planning Ebola symposia for the May meeting in Orlando, Dan and Mike have been very busy discussing and implementing Ebola management plans. If you haven't had a chance to read their excellent posts, you can peruse them all here.The debate over the CDC droplet+contact precautions guidance […]
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8:55 PM | The evolution of sequencing technology
Un excelente poster con datos históricos y una buena visión general del tema (para los no iniciados):http://www.sciencemag.org/site/products/posters/SequencingPoster.pdf
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8:49 PM | The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long?
Mark J. Siedner of Harvard Medical School and John D. Kraemer of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, discuss the impact of the delayed global response to the Ebola epidemic. On August 8, twenty weeks …The post The Global Response to the Ebola Fever Epidemic: What Took So Long? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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7:09 PM | Final Friday Thoughts
I just read a post about the sexual and racial politics of the latest videos from Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. The author saw waaaaay more in these presentations than I did, although I found both songs and videos entertaining. "Shake it Off" is pretty much what you would expect from Taylor Swift if you […]
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6:24 PM | Ebola Prompts Extraordinary Precautions in Hospitals
We’ve all seen the vivid footage on the news these past few weeks: Two hospital workers donned in full body hazmat suits and respirators helping the Americans who fell victim to the Ebola virus out of an ambulance and into air-tight rooms. To many, it seems like the best way...
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6:14 PM | WHO Ebola Update – Aug 22nd
# 8989     Ebola virus disease update - west Africa Disease outbreak news 22 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance Between 19 and 20 August 2014, a total of 142 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 77 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response Questions have been received in WHO Headquarters about the original proposed budget for the response […]
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5:14 PM | LabBook August 22, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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4:28 PM | Top 10 things about doing a summer internship at the Wellcome Trust
Each year, the Wellcome Trust offers a number of paid summer internships at Trust HQ. These are aimed at giving current undergraduates the chance to experience working an area of the Trust that interests them, and we hope to inspire, support and develop the next generation of people who can make a difference. As the […]
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3:17 PM | WHO Ebola Messaging – Shadow Zones & Uncounted Cases
Credit CDC   # 8988   In every serious disease outbreak – in every nation of the world – there are always uncounted cases.  Sometimes, as with the H1N1 pandemic of 2009 or with our yearly seasonal flu, there are simply too many cases to test or count, and so we rely on estimates based on mathematical models.     Often, mild cases of some diseases simply don’t seek medical help, and fall through the cracks, as the pyramid chart below […]
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2:46 PM | Repeat After Me
Reproducibility is the ability of an entire experiment or study to be reproduced, either by the researcher or by someone else working independently. It is one of the main principles of the scientific method and relies on ceteris paribus. Wikipedia I was going to start this post with a similar statement in my own words, […]
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2:06 PM | Meanwhile, Back In Vietnam . . . .
Credit FAO     # 8987     The FAO is reporting a third outbreak of the newly emerging avian H5N6 virus – this time on a Pheasant farm in Lao Cai Province.  This latest outbreak is nearly 300km distant from the closest of the two outbreaks reported last week (see  Vietnam Gears Up To Detect, Fight Avian H5N6), suggesting the virus is already widely dispersed.     Like the H5N8 avian virus, which appeared in South Korean poultry last […]
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1:45 PM | Brian Hooker proves Andrew Wakefield wrong about vaccines and autism
Here we go again. If there’s anything that ignites the fevered brains (such as they are) of antivaccine activists, it’s a good seeming conspiracy. Indeed, as we’ve seen before, if they can’t find a legitimate one, they’ll either exaggerate one or make one up out of whole cloth. This week, an “alleged” conspiracy has been…
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12:42 PM | Ireland: HSE Statement – Suspected Ebola Case Tests Negative
Credit Wikipedia     # 8986   Yesterday (see HSE Statement: Ireland Testing Deceased Traveler From West Africa) we saw an investigation launched into the death of a recently arrived traveler from West Africa.  Today, the HSE has announced that tests have come back negative for Ebola.   22nd August 2014 HSE Statement The HSE has confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for […]
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12:21 PM | What’s The Harm – Ebola Edition
A common defense of implausible treatments is the question – “what’s the harm.” In other words, implausible therapies might help and can’t hurt, so there is no harm in trying. Is this a valid argument, however? In trying to assess which side of a controversy has the better position I look toward logic and evidence. [...]
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12:02 PM | AP: Nigeria Reports Two Secondary Ebola Infections
    # 8985   With the passage of time, hopes had begun to climb that Nigeria had dodged a bullet, and had successfully prevented any secondary transmission of the Ebola virus beyond the immediate contacts of Patrick Sawyer – the Liberian index case who arrived in that country in late July.  Two days ago, there were hints that a couple of the contacts of the first group infected – family members – were showing signs of illness.  […]
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