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April 15, 2014

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7:00 AM | Risk of Intussusception with Rotavirus Vaccines
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea in infants and children worldwide, leading to more than half a million deaths each year in children under the age of 5. Before the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, almost all children in the US were infected by the age of 5, and rotavirus infections were responsible […]
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12:19 AM | Events
Grab your calendar, plan ahead — biotech events through June, including the annual BIO Convention.  Read more

April 14, 2014

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10:23 PM | Are you mindful of your pregnant mind?
April 14, 2014. Dr. Marta Wegorzewska, PhD , in collaboration with Dr. Seth Bokser, MD. I am terrified of giving birth one day. As a twenty-eight year old woman who is planning to have a child in the foreseeable future, … Continue reading →
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7:26 PM | More Photos from Around Penn Medicine
In late February, Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center joined forces with the City of Philadelphia to wrap up American Heart Month by offering free cardiovascular screenings for city employees. The screenings, which included blood pressure screenings, cardiac risk assessments, peripheral vascular screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm screens, are preventive...
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6:14 PM | Join us for the National High-5-A-Thon for Cancer Research
Thursday, April 17, 2014, is the National High-5-A-Thon for Cancer Research. Join in the celebration and show your support for the incredible work being done to fight cancer here at Sanford-Burnham! Take a photo or shoot a video of how you participate in the National High-5-A-Thon and post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hash tag #NH5D and @sanfordburnham.
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5:49 PM | Postcards (aka Sketchnotes) from Texas
As I reported in my last post, I was off to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in San Antonio last week. In a nutshell, it was a terrific meeting. As I usually spend my meeting and conference times with other medical, science, and/or academic librarians, the chance to mix and mingle with LOTS of […]
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5:03 PM | WHO GAR Update On MERS-CoV – KSA & UAE – April 14th
Photo Credit WHO   # 8475   The World Health Organization has posted an update this afternoon covering some (but not all) of the recently announced MERS cases from the Middle East.    Not included are the 6 paramedics infected in the UAE (see UAE Ministry Of Interior Announces 6 MERS-CoV Cases (1 Fatality)), yesterday’s Yemen Reports 1st MERS-CoV Case, or cases reported from Saudi Arabia over the past 48 hours.   Earlier today the Saudi MOH […]
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4:37 PM | Hepatitis C cure on the Horizon: Implications for Nephrology
You have probably noticed the flurry of articles published this week in the NEJM, coinciding with the International Liver Congress meeting in London, reporting incredible results with new direct-acting antiviral agentsin Hepatitis C. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest medical stories of the year and a triumph for science, coming just 25 years after the discovery of the RNA virus. The studies were in patients with genotype 1 HCV although apparently the response is equally as good in other […]
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3:56 PM | EU Tobacco Products Directive: 10 reasons why it’s good news for public health
In a guest post, Linda McAvan MEP outlines what the EU Tobacco Products Directive is and what it means for public health.
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3:42 PM | The Molecular Future of Neurosurgery
A recent symposium delved into how neurosurgeons plan to move beyond scalpels and steel to treating brain conditions with viruses, genes and proteins.
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3:30 PM | I Got Rhythm, I Got Kidneys
Did you know that kidneys can tell time? Don’t trash your watch just yet. This phenomenon involves relative time, not what the clock says. A number of nephro-centric body functions vary throughout the day. Blood pressure normally dips at night, and salt and water excretion also drop while we sleep. When the latter gets dysregulated, […]
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3:12 PM | Learning from the South: influenza immunization in pregnancy
Writing from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jocalyn Clark celebrates the impact of a paper by Bangladeshi researchers on Western medical provision. When two worlds collide in global health it can be a marvelous thing. Take for example the fact that although countries …The post Learning from the South: influenza immunization in pregnancy appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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1:59 PM | Saudi Govt. Prohibits `Unauthorized’ Media Coverage Of MERS
    # 8474   Earlier today in The Battle To Control Online MERS Messaging, I wrote about attempts by the Saudi and UAE governments to control the flow of information in the media, and on twitter, regarding their MERS outbreaks.   It now appears that the Saudi Government has decided to impose even more restrictions on media coverage, by restricting the media to only publishing `official’ statements from the MOH. Two reports.  First from the […]
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12:49 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 5 New MERS Cases In Jeddah
  # 8473   The `lull’ in MERS reports out of Saudi Arabia didn’t last very long, as this morning they have announced 5 new cases in Jeddah, one of which has proved fatal. Once again, we are seeing mild or asymptomatic cases along side severe ones.  At least two of these cases are described as Health Care Workers.   Today’s announcement moves the number of cases in this Jeddah cluster to 27 cases, making it the largest known outbreak to […]
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12:36 PM | The Battle To Control Online MERS Messaging
    # 8471   While we’ve a (possibly brief) lull in new MERS reports out of the Middle East one of the fascinating sideshows to the past 72 hours has been watching the attempts to control the MERS message  in newspapers, on twitter, and in other social media outlets.   On Saturday, in MERS-CoV: The Twitter Of Their Discontent, I described what appeared to be orchestrated `shout downs’ of MERS rumors, where scores of twitter accounts would tweet […]
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11:56 AM | Navy Process to Make Fuel from Seawater
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced that they have successfully tested a process to convert seawater into jet fuel. They can extract CO2 both dissolved and bound from the water as a source of carbon, and can extract H2 through electrolysis. They then convert the CO2 and hydrogen into long chain hydrocarbons: [...]
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11:30 AM | Trouble in Haven: Resolving conflicts in academia
Sharing a laboratory with others is typically rewarding – peers in close quarters become a sounding post for new ideas and a support network for the highs and lows of research life. But you don’t choose your desk mates and things can go wrong. Regular Naturejobs contributor Shimi Rii recently experienced how small disagreements can escalate quickly. Finding the right way to deal with conflict is not easy but necessary in order to ensure a harmonious work environment.  Read more
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10:44 AM | Turning cancer genomics into an app for your kids phone
Cancer Research UK science has been turned into a game for your mobile: Genes in Space. The aim is to collect space rocks; to do this you need to map a route through the densest regions in space then fly though and catch as many as possible. The great thing is each time you play you're actually navigating through segmented breast-cancer copy-number data from the METABRIC project.The video has a great "Frankie Goes to Hollywood backing track and the unforgettable strapline "You don't have to […]
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10:10 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up
The Wellcome Trust research round-up brings you news from our research community every fortnight. Young male smokers could have fatter sons Men who start smoking in their childhood could be more likely to have fat sons, according to new research published in the European Journal of Human Genetics. The sons of men who started smoking before […]
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10:00 AM | CRTKL: The Barriers to Critical Thinking
If you missed my talk entitled “CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture”, here’s a clip from it: Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet
Trigger warning: I’m going to avoid triggering language as much as possible, but I will be discussing eating disorders and body image in this post. ==== We’ve all seen those photos. The inspirational quote, set to a background of a …The post Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet appeared first on Public Health.
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7:12 AM | Jenny McCarthy thinks in shades of gray, or so she thinks
Never look a blogging gift horse in the mouth, I always say. Well, sort of. It just figures that I could only do two posts that weren’t about vaccines before circling back around to the topic of the antivaccine movement. For that, I have Jenny McCarthy to thank. McCarthy, as anyone who pays attention to…
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7:03 AM | Bill and Hillary Clinton go woo with Mark Hyman and “functional medicine”
Dug the Dog strikes again. I was all set to write about a mass of pseudoscience published in a prominent online news/comment site, one that addressed a topic near and not-so-dear to my heart, mainly EMF and cell phone radiation as an alleged cause of cancer and many health problems. Ready to rip into it […]
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7:03 AM | Bill and Hillary Clinton go woo with Dr. Mark Hyman and “functional medicine”
Dug the Dog strikes again. I was all set to write about a mass of pseudoscience published in a prominent online news/comment site, one that addressed a topic near and not-so-dear to my heart, mainly EMF and cell phone radiation as an alleged cause of cancer and many health problems. Ready to rip into it […]
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2:14 AM | “Recombinant Gold” teaser
Had a request for a teaser of my recent review of Nic Rasmussen’s Gene Jockeys from Nature (April 10). If you want the whole thing, log in to Nature or shoot me an email.   In 1969, the molecular biologist Gunther Stent published one of the most spectacularly inaccurate predictions in the history of modern science. In The Coming of […]

April 13, 2014

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8:00 PM | Regenerating muscle in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: age matters
Muscle Regeneration by HDACis in mouse model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at early stages of Disease
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5:56 PM | Gefilte Fish: Why, Oy Why?
Why on earth do Jews eat gefilte fish? …
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4:02 PM | Hong Kong Detects Their 10th Imported H7N9 Case
H7N9 Awareness Campaign Summer 2013 - Photo credit Hong Kong’s CHP       # 8470           While our attentions are understandably focused these past few days on the MERS-CoV outbreaks in the Middle East,  the H7N9 virus continues to circulate in Eastern China, occasionally infecting humans.   Today, for the third time in the past 9 days, Hong Kong’s CHP is reporting an imported case – their 10th to date. […]
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3:42 PM | IPCC report calls for climate mitigation action now, not later
The world is heading towards possibly dangerous levels of global warming despite increasing efforts to promote the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in its latest report today.  Read more
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2:47 PM | Dr. Mackay On HCWs & MERS Infection Rates
Credit Dr. Ian Mackay VDU BLog       # 8470   One of the `red flags’ we’ve looked for over the years with disease outbreaks like SARS and Avian Flu is the number of Health Care Workers (HCWs) that contract the illness.  While HCWs are far more apt to come in contact with infectious patients during an outbreak, they are also (presumably) following infection control protocols that should help to protect them.   I say `Presumably’ […]
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