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October 13, 2014

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7:00 AM | Antiperspirants: Not a cause of breast cancer
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I explained why wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer. After I had finished the post, it occurred to me that I should have saved that post for now, given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason is that, like clockwork, pretty…
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6:00 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 13/10/14
Our fortnightly round-up of news from the Wellcome Trust research community… Identifying the genetic factors of height is a tall order An international collaboration of scientists has identified a fifth of the genetic factors that cause height to vary between individuals. A study which examined data on DNA from more than 250,000 people, published in […]
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12:01 AM | Ebola: What can we learn from an N of 1?
Most of us woke up to the very unsettling news that a health care worker had acquired Ebola during the care of the index patient in Dallas. Those following the blog know that we've been worried about just this type of event since July, when Mike provided an Ebola primer. Specifically, we've been worried about the complexity of the PPE required and how this could paradoxically increase risks to health care workers. We've also highlighted the massive WHO budget cuts, CDC cuts and […]

October 12, 2014

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8:41 PM | CDC Confirms Texas HCW Ebola Infection
  # 9185   There wasn’t a whole lot of doubt, but confirmatory tests were carried out today by the CDC, and the CDC has announced that they have come back positive for the Texas nurse currently being treated for Ebola in Dallas (see  CDC Press Conference & Media Statement On New Texas Ebola Case). This press release from the CDC.     CDC Confirms Healthcare Worker Who Provided Care for First Patient Positive for Ebola Patient isolated and […]
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7:25 PM | Bound by Flesh Official Trailer (2014) - Conjoined Twins Documentary HD
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7:11 PM | Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections : Shots // NPR
Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections : Shots // NPR
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6:14 PM | KUNA: Qatar Announces MERS Case
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL   # 9184   Technically, this is a Qatari who fell ill while visiting Saudi Arabia, and was air-ambulance evacuated back to Qatar for treatment.   Crof has another version of this report in his blog  Qatari man in hospital after contracting MERS. Over the past 30 days Saudi Arabia has reported 17 MERS infections, 9 of which were from the Taif region.   Qatar announces first MERS-CoV case for '14 […]
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5:06 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases (1 today, 1 Yesterday)
    # 9183   While reassuring that the Hajj went off without seeing any MERS cases among pilgrims (the incubation period is still running), the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has announce two new MERS cases over the past two reporting days. Yesterday’s case: And yet another case from Taif, the 9th over the last month from that city.
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4:38 PM | CDC Press Conference & Media Statement On New Texas Ebola Case
  # 9182   The CDC held a press conference this morning to address reports of a Health care worker who has been infected while providing hospital care to Eric Duncan in Dallas (see Dallas Ebola Press Conference & Hospital Statement).  The CDC has been pretty quick to get the transcripts and audio files up on these pressers – and so I expect to see those later today on the CDC’s  Media Website. First stop, however, is the CDC’s statement […]
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1:30 PM | Brain-Based Learning, Myth versus Reality: Testing Learning Styles and Dual Coding 
Ed. Note: Today we present a guest post from Josh Cuevas, a cognitive psychologist and assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia. Enjoy! Breaking the Cycle Since early on in graduate school when I began studying cognition, I’ve followed the learning styles movement because it was such a powerful […]
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1:29 PM | Dallas Ebola Press Conference & Hospital Statement
  # 9181   A clearly subdued Dallas County Judge (highest ranking county official in the state of Texas) Clay Jenkins, in a press conference this morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, provided additional details on the first nosocomial transmission of Ebola in the United States. What we know (some details are being withheld to protect the family, and observe HIPAA regulations), is that a healthcare provider at Texas Presbyterian Hospital – who was involved in […]
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11:00 AM | Poor Social Judgment – An Aspect of Schizophrenia
There are three components that generally typify an individual emerging with schizophrenia: alienation, introversion and divergent thinking. Together, these characteristics diminish the schizophrenic individual’s capacity for exercising good judgment in social situations. Alienation People with emerging schizophrenia are generally socially impaired and isolated. As stated by Burns (2006), “premorbid developmental and social impairments have been […]
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10:12 AM | Secondary Transmission: Dallas HCW Tests Positive For Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL    NOTE:  A press conference is scheduled for 8:30 EDT, where we hope to learn more details.   # 9180   We don’t have a lot of details yet, particularly regarding when this hospital worker was exposed (before or after the index case was isolated), but the State of Texas sent out the following statement a few minutes ago to regarding the first secondary transmission of the Ebola virus in the United States.     Texas […]
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4:00 AM | SCID-X1 Gene Therapy, Take 2
Beneath all the bad news about viruses this week lies a good virus: the one that underlies gene therapy for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), Altered viruses are the vehicles that transfer healthy human genes into the cells of people in whom the genes aren’t working, providing a slew of new “forever fixes.” Nearly 100 gene transfer protocols are now in late-stage clinical trials.
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2:40 AM | Pharmacy pulls homeopathy after Advertising Standards complaint
  Kudos to the New Zealand-based Society for Science Base Healthcare for taking a pharmacy sale of a homeopathic remedy to the Advertising Standards Authority: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint regarding advertising of the homeopathic product “No-Jet-Lag“” in an Auckland pharmacy. The complaint, which was lodged with the ASA by the […]

October 11, 2014

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12:29 PM | Sierra Leone’s Ebola Battle Shifts To Facilitating Home Care
  # 9179   In some of the bleaker flu pandemic scenarios that floated around during the middle of the last decade – with 30% (or more) of the population expected to fall ill with a comparable-to-1918  flu – at some point hospitals would be overrun, healthcare worker infections (and defections) would degrade their ability to provide services, and 90% of those infected would end up being treated in their homes by family and friends (see Alabama Pandemic Drill & […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – lung cancer evolution, Nobel Prizes, green tea and more
New research showing lung cancer may lie dormant for 20 years, this year’s crop of Nobel Prizes, and can green tea fight cancer?

October 10, 2014

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11:13 PM | Wednesday: Grand Challenges in Physiology
Wednesday was the last day of the meeting that culminated in a closing banquet with an awards session to honor students who had exceptional presentations. What an impressive group of young comparative physiologists!  The plenary lecture was given by Dr. Steven Chown (Monash Univ, Australia). He spoke about climate change forecasts and continuing environmental changes…
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8:00 PM | LabBook October 10, 2014
Energy drinks, MDMA and more in this week's rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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4:52 PM | "Fall is Here" Biotech Reading List
FDA Issues Draft LDT Guidance Documents; Provides 120-Day Comment Period and will Host October Public MeetingWolszon et al. (FDA Law Blog) $FMIHedge Funds Listen In on Patient Chats for Pharma BetsCaroline Chen (Bloomberg)'60 Minutes' Just Attacked High Drug Prices. Here's What You Should KnowMatthew Herper (Forbes)‘Financial Toxicity:’ Who’s Really to Blame for High Cancer Drug Prices?Ed Silverman (Pharmalot / WSJ)Setting the Record Straight on GRAS: Part 2Carvajal and McColl […]
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4:44 PM | The Help We’ll Need to Fight Ebola
With the Ebola epidemic continuing to grow – the World Health Organisation reports 10,000 cases and expects a further 10,000 before the epidemic is over – Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust and Dr Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, call for unprecedented action to be taken with regards […]
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4:42 PM | E-Cat Cold Fusion Claims are Back
For years Andrea Rossi has claimed that he has invented a method for generating cold fusion, but has been unable to convince an appropriately skeptical scientific community. Fusion is the nuclear process of combining lighter elements into heavier elements, such as fusing hydrogen into helium. Fusion is what powers stars – in fact, the only [...]
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4:18 PM | ECDC Ebola Epidemiological Update – Oct 10th
  # 9178   The ECDC has produced another of their data and graphic rich epidemiological updates on the Ebola outbreak, which includes a listing of all cases evacuate to the United States & Europe, the most recent stats, and a listing of key events in this outbreak since it first made headlines last March.   Follow the link below for the full update, including an impressive selection of maps and charts.   Epidemiological update: outbreak of Ebola virus […]
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2:00 PM | NIH Grant to support broadening career options for young scientists
BEST grant Principal Investigators (clockwise from top left) Erin Adams, Victoria Prince, Julian Solway, Alan Thomas. myChoice Executive Director Ellen Cohen, Navigator Michael Tessel. By Greg Borzo The University of Chicago has been selected to receive a National Institutes of Health grant that will support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars pursuing career options outside of academia, including entrepreneurship, business, and teaching. Non-academic jobs are playing an increasingly […]
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1:39 PM | Early Season Flu Fatalities In NC, SC & ID
  # 9177     Although flu season often doesn’t get started in earnest until after Thanksgiving, some years we see earlier starts than others.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen a smattering of flu reports from New Mexico, California, and New Hampshire – but this week we’ve seen several flu fatalities announced – including among children.   A reminder that influenza is a genuine killer – claiming thousands of lives in […]
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1:00 PM | Delaying School Start Times for Sleep Deprived Teens
In August of this year, a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics was published which tackled the widespread problem of insufficient sleep in our adolescent population. They even went so far as to label insufficient sleep as “one of the most common, important, and potentially remediable health risks in children.” The statement, […]
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12:47 PM | EID Journal: Avian Influenza (H7N9) Virus Infection in Chinese Tourist in Malaysia, 2014
Itinerary Of Chinese Tourist With H7N9 In Malaysia – Feb 2014   # 9176   Last February, in Malaysia Reports Their 1st Imported H7N9 Case & Malaysian MOH Statement On Imported H7N9, we looked at the third country (or autonomous region) to see an imported case of human H7N9 infection (the other two being Taiwan and Hong Kong) from Mainland China.   The patient – a 66 year-old woman - had purchased 3 chickens from a live market in Guangzhou, Guangdong […]
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12:00 PM | 10 facts you should know about breast cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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11:29 AM | WHO Marburg Update – Uganda
  # 9175 Five days ago, in Uganda Reporting Apparent Marburg Outbreak, we learned of what appeared to be the first case of Marburg virus infection since 2012, involving 1 `confirmed’ case in Kampala, Uganda, along with a number of contacts under observation. Marburg hemorrhagic fever (Marburg HF) is normally found in parts of eastern and central Africa, and is less commonly reported than its more famous Ebola cousins.   Today we’ve an update from […]
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11:09 AM | UK Statement On Airport Screening For Ebola
Credit UK.gov   # 9174   Three days ago the UK government was still openly resisting the idea of screening inbound passengers for Ebola symptoms  (see Ebola surveillance and contingency planning ongoing in UK) - but between public and media pressures to `do something’, and seeing the United States and Canada announce targeted enhanced screening (see Airport Screening Fact Sheet) – the decision to go ahead has finally been made.   While airport […]
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