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September 08, 2014

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2:51 PM | Researchers discover a key to making new muscles
Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged muscles. The technique also creates a sustainable pool of muscle stem cells needed to support multiple rounds of muscle repair. The study, published September 7 in Nature Medicine, provides promise for a new therapeutic approach to treatingRead More
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2:12 PM | “We’re really struggling to match the demand for cancer treatment”
We caught up with our chief clinician, Professor Peter Johnson, about the findings of a new report looking at the state of NHS cancer services.
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2:00 PM | ICAAC Video: How Quickly A Virus Can Spread In A Building
  # 9051   The 54rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) runs through September 9th in Washington D.C. , and this morning we’ve an absolutely fascinating video sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology showing just how quickly a single introduction of a virus into an office environment can spread to contaminate an entire building.   Of particular interest, this conversation explores how their results relate to […]
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12:49 PM | Mapping The Zoonotic Range Of Ebola Virus In Africa
Mapping the zoonotic niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa   # 9050   In most cases, it is assumed the the index human infection in each of Africa’s Ebola outbreaks have come as the result of exposure to an infected animal, most commonly through the hunting, preparing, or consuming of bush meat.    Bats are believed to be the primary host of the four known African species of Ebola (plus Marburg), but other mammals may serve as intermediate hosts as well. […]
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11:43 AM | Internet Echochambers
I recently came across a post on the skeptic subreddit pointing to the rules of the 9/11 truther subreddit: Welcome to 911truth! The purpose of this subreddit is to present and discuss evidence showing that the US Government’s version of the events of 9/11 cannot possibly be true. Submissions or comments supporting the official version, [...]
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11:40 AM | NPM14: In an Emergency, Who Are You Going To Call?
National Preparedness Month   # 9049   One of the ironies of our increasingly connected world is that many of our closest friends need not live anywhere near us.  Facebook, Twitter, email, and texting have allowed us to interact at a distance as never before.   And during a disaster, that can be both a problem, and a blessing.   The blessing is that since many disasters are local, if you are hit by a tornado, or an earthquake, or a flood . . . having […]
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11:30 AM | A Chamber of the Stillness of Death: Phyllis M.T. Kerridge’s Experiments in the Silence Room
I’m beginning a new project on the historical contributions of women to otology, many of whom have been overlooked in scholarship. My current article investigates the physiological work of Dr. Phyllis Margaret Tookey Kerridge, who died on June 22, 1940, … Continue reading →
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11:19 AM | Researcher Spotlight: Professor Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett is Professor of Biochemical Parasitology and Director of Glasgow Polyomics at the University of Glasgow. His work involves interpretation of enormous datasets, with a core focus on drug action and resistance in protozoa. We asked Michael to explain his work and share some of the highlights of his career… What are you working […]
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10:30 AM | “Dr. Bob” Sears profiled: A cynical vaccine-averse pediatrician who accepts no blame for the results of his antivaccine message
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I don’t much like “Dr. Bob” Sears. Actually, I rather detest the guy. The reasons are obvious. There isn’t an antivaccine trope Dr. Bob won’t repeat in the service of pandering to the vaccine-averse parents base who bring him patients. They’re all there in his The…
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9:47 AM | The Science of the Spy’s Invisibility Cloak | Gnoggin
The Science of the Spy’s Invisibility Cloak | Gnoggin The science of invisibility is both complicated and very interesting, let’s apply it to Team Fortress! Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/lmqr4zm Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lockstin Second Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Lockstin1 Ending Music is Metropolis by Traktion
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7:00 AM | One more time: No, wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer
Besides being a researcher and prolific blogger, I still maintain a practice in breast cancer surgery. It’s one of the more satisfying specialties in oncology because, in the vast majority of cases I treat, I can actually remove the cancer “cure” the patient. (I use the quotes because we generally don’t like to use that […]
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1:11 AM | New feature: Biotech "Tweets of the Week"
Please continue reading below for a new feature that we are excited to roll out here at BiotechDueDiligence. Conceived and curated by biotech trader @23aloha this blog series captures the tweets that best capture the biotech / pharma conversation on Twitter. The conversations here include reaction to and analysis of key market events and trends, as well as observations that in some cases go on to influence biotech stock trading. Feel free to offer any comments as we roll out this new effort! […]

September 07, 2014

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7:57 PM | E is for...Enterovirus 68
Never a dull moment. Just as facilities have begun wrapping up their Ebola preparation plans, there's gathering evidence that several US states may be facing large clusters of acute respiratory illness associated with human enterovirus 68 (EV68).Last week the Missouri Department of Health released an Alert describing increased cases in St. Louis and an outbreak of over 300 acute respiratory illnesses in a Kansas City pediatric hospital with 15% requiring ICU care. 19 of 22 specimens sent […]
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2:17 PM | The Science of Character (a new 8 min “Cloud Film”)
The Science of Character (a new 8 min “Cloud Film”) Global Film Premiere March 20, 2014, #CharacterDay. directed by @tiffanyshlain produced by sawyer steele animated by una lorenzen writen by tiffanyshlain, sawyer steele, ken goldberg sound design: dave nelson & outpost studios Original Soundtrack written by DJ Spooky. Ending Music Courtesy of Extension Music, LLC:Read More »
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12:40 PM | Johns Hopkins Live Stream (Monday Sept 8th): Ebola & Ethics Panel
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9048     There are tremendous challenges ahead as the international community attempts to help affected nations bring their Ebola epidemic under control. Tomorrow, a panel of experts from Johns Hopkins will discuss the ethical issues surrounding this response, which will be live streamed over the internet.   Ebola & Ethics Panel at Johns Hopkins -- live stream Monday, September 8, 12:15 PM Ebola & Ethics Panel at […]
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11:00 AM | The Hollywood Medical Reporter – The Land of Oz
Ethics are murky when it comes to the depiction of medical science on television shows and films. Despite a growing consensus that many of these shows dangerously misinform the public, there is no clear consensus for a solution. The primary reason for this situation: these forms of media are designed as entertainment, not education. As […]
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10:26 AM | ICACC 2014 Videos: Antibiotic Stewardship, Peramivir Study & More
Antibiotic Stewardship: Saving Drugs, Saving Money   #9047   The 54rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) runs through September 9th in Washington D.C. , and once again we’re fortunate to have videos of press conferences being webcast live and archived via MicrobeWorld’s Youtube channel.   On Saturday two videos were live streamed, and the schedule calls for 3 more today (Sunday) and four on Monday (Sept 8th).  […]

September 06, 2014

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6:47 PM | Vesalius
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2:37 PM | Forty-Six
It's been a dry week. Zer0. Zip. Nada. Today, the urine output box shows 46 mL overnight. Less than an ounce, but an important sign of the return of kidney function. Keep it up, kid. Urine is golden.
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1:32 PM | Surviving Ebola
Here is an interesting interview with Dr. Kent Brantley, the Ebola survivor, and his medical providers at Emory University Hospital. Key messages in this piece regarding the illness are:Diarrhea is very severe (cholera-like)Severe electrolyte imbalances result from the massive fluid lossesSome patients are probably dying of arrhythmias due to the electrolyte disturbancesPhoto: TruNews
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12:38 PM | CDC Ebola Travel Messaging: A Signage of The Times
  # 9046     Last spring, when MERS-CoV began to spread aggressively across the Middle East, we saw some informational signs go up in International Airports (see MERS Advisories Go Up In Some US Airports) warning travelers about the risks, and what symptoms to watch for, with that emerging coronavirus. Yesterday, as part of their Communication Resources for Use by International Partners, the CDC unveiled similar signage for the rapidly progressing Ebola epidemic in […]
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12:04 PM | The Science of Orgasms
The Science of Orgasms TWEET IT – http://clicktotweet.com/V75eb Everything you wanted to know about orgasms, but were too afraid to ask. Who knew science could be so sexy? Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE Music by Mitchell Moffit http://www.mitchellmoffit.com http://www.twitter.com/mitchellmoffit […]
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11:12 AM | Enterovirus D-68 (HEV-D68) Update
States reporting suspected or confirmed HEV-D68     # 9045   Although lab confirmation is still awaited in some areas, the outbreak of severe respiratory illness in kids that we saw pop up N.W. Missouri a little over a week ago (see Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68), and then a few days later in St. Louis (see Missouri Health Alert On Enterovirus 68), has now been reported in at least four more states. This week we’ve seen media reports of […]
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11:00 AM | We made the finals!
Genotopia’s article “On city life, the history of science, and the genetics of race” has made the top 10 in the 3QuarksDaily science blog contest! Finalists will be judged by the distinguished primatologist and popular author Frans de Waal. Bite your fingernails for me–and stay tuned for further details.
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8:00 AM | News digest – childhood cancer death rate drop, e-cigarettes, electric power lines and more
A fall in childhood cancer death rates, discussions around e-cigarettes rumble on, plus do electric power lines cause cancer?
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2:09 AM | Cracked Science Videos: Here’s a Tease
As I wrote earlier, I am producing an on-going series of educational videos based on the content of this blog (i.e. science education, science criticism, and pseudoscience). The first two videos will be released later this month. For now, please enjoy this outtake. Special thanks to Stephen De Four-Wyre.   Continue reading →

September 05, 2014

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11:03 PM | Department of Health and Human Services training for HEALTH PROVIDERS on human trafficking
Department of Health and Human Services training for health providers on human trafficking. Please forward widely.--------SOAR to Health and Wellness Traininghttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking/initiatives/soar/pilot-sitesWho is in your waiting room?  Learn the signs of Human Trafficking.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks a broad range of health care providers to participate in a free, two-hour training on human trafficking. This training will […]
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8:17 PM | Old Brains, New Tricks
I recently had a very odd health scare that landed me in the hospital for a couple of days. That was a first. Lots of tests later, I’m pronounced A-OK. Hooray! One of the tests I had was an MRI of my brain. In his notes back to me via my health record, my doc […]
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7:16 PM | LabBook September 5, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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5:12 PM | WHO Statement: Consultation On Potential Use of Ebola Therapies & Vaccines
# 9044   The WHO press conference is still ongoing, but the World Health Organization has emailed out a statement (see below) that summarizes the findings of the two-day consultation on the use of experimental Ebola drugs and vaccines. Audio files on the press conference (and later video) should be available later this afternoon at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/en/   For now, the most immediately available experimental therapy – at least in some facilities […]
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