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March 23, 2015

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2:51 PM | Ebola One Year On: a Wellcome Trust Research Round-Up Special
A year ago today (23 March 2014), the World Health Organization confirmed what many in the global health community had already feared. An outbreak of a deadly haemorrhagic fever that had emerged a few months earlier in Guinea was caused by the Ebola virus. What followed was an epidemic on a previously unimaginable scale, which […]
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1:27 PM | OIE Notification: H5N8 In Sweden
Sweden In Relation to Europe   # 9855     In a follow up to Friday’s report (see Stockholm: Two Dead Swans – H5N8 Suspected), we have the official OIE Notification, which indicates the two swans were found in different locations, roughly 5km apart.      Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Unknown or inconclusive Epidemiological comments Ten mute swans found dead in central Stockholm (two batches of […]
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1:00 PM | The youngest cancer researcher? – Oscar’s story
Oscar Sawyer is on his way to become a promising young researcher after suggesting a clever idea to tackle cancer.
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12:50 PM | No, Lawrence Solomon, UNICEF and WHO are not trying to sterilize women with tetanus vaccines!
There are some antivaccine lies that just never die. Well, actually, most of them are very much like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger in that, just when you think you’ve killed them at the end of the latest confrontation, they always come back. Always. As an example of this, let’s go back four…
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11:47 AM | Sting Shows Supplement Regulation Worthless
It seems that the regulation of supplements, homeopathy, and “natural” products in Canada is as bad as the US. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC, the equivalent of NPR and PBS in the US) recently conducted a demonstration of just how worthless and deceptive the regulations are. They created a fake treatment called “Nighton” which they [...]
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11:44 AM | Tsunami Preparedness Week - 2015
  # 9854   Since they don’t happen very often, the threats from great earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are often under appreciated, particularly in North America and Europe.    Yet history is replete with accounts of devastating seismic events in such seemingly unlikely places as Basil, Switzerland and Lisbon, Portugal (see A Look At Europe’s Seismic Risks), Charleston, S.C. and Vancouver, B.C. (see Just A Matter Of Time).   […]
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11:00 AM | 20 Useful Sites for Medical Students In 2015
Whether you are a graduate, an undergraduate or a continuing student, the web is one resource material that you can’t do without, and there is a plethora of dedicated student websites available. This piece will attempt to highlight 20 of the most useful websites that medical students can use to make their life easier. Medical […]
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10:09 AM | HK Notified Of Human H5N1 Case In Yunnan
Credit Wikipedia   # 9853     Although China has been strangely silent on H7N9 cases for the past two weeks (see H7N9: No News Is . . . . Curious, Hong Kong has been notified this morning of their third H5N1 case for 2015.      CHP notified by NHFPC of one human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Yunnan The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (March 23) received notification from the National Health and Family […]
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10:00 AM | On the “right” to challenge a medical or scientific consensus
The major theme of the Science-Based Medicine blog is that the application of good science to medicine is the best way to maintain and improve the quality of patient care. Consequently, we spend considerable time dissecting medical treatments based on pseudoscience, bad science, and no science and trying to prevent their contaminating existing medicine with […]
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1:45 AM | Projection
The patient was hacking sputum into a tissue when the resident and I entered his room. “How long have you had that cough?” “Oh this? As long as I can remember.” “But it’s been worse lately?” “Yeah.”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 22, 2015

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10:58 PM | Cartoon – 3 to 4 Cups of Coffee A Day Cardioprotective?
A team of researchers from Korea asked over 25,000 individuals without heart disease how many cups of coffee they consume per day and measured their coronary artery calcium by a heart CT scan as a marker of coronary atherosclerosis. They found that those who consumed 3 to 4 cups daily had significantly less coronary atherosclerosis […]
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1:30 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases
#9852   Saudi Arabia announces 2 new MERS cases this morning – one in Riyadh and one in Najran – using the the abbreviated format unveiled yesterday. While no longer providing hospital or animal exposure histories, a footnote indicates more details will be forthcoming in their recently instituted weekly update.    
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12:54 PM | Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs – Much Promise But Limited Progress
The Problems of Opioids During roughly the past two decades there have been significant increases in the prescription of opioid analgesics for helping millions of patients with pain disorders. At the same time, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of misuse of these drugs and related abuse, addiction, overdose, and deaths. […]
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12:48 AM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (March 16-20, 2015)
Our apologies for being a bit late with this weeks Biotech Tweets of the Week, but on the plus side we were better able to capture the crazy Friday headlined by the early morning $BIIB BIIB037 Alzheimer's Disease data, exuberance, discussion and dissection. Thanks as always to @23aloha for curating this feature.Featuring: $SLXP $AMGN $REGN $ESPR $GILD $RTRX $BIIB $ACAD $TRIL $PRTA $ICPT $CNDO and more $XBI $IBB [...]

March 21, 2015

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11:28 PM | Close Proximity Interaction and S. aureus Spread in Long-Term Care
There is little doubt that S. aureus is transmitted between patients via contaminated hands, white coats or fomites carried by healthcare workers. Fortunately, that doesn't curb the enthusiasm of scientists seeking to understand the mechanisms of transmission in clinical settings. A case in point is a recent study in PLOS Computational Biology by Thomas Obadia and colleagues that tracked healthcare worker (HCW) and patient close proximity interactions (CPI) via small wireless sensors and […]
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5:09 PM | #NephMadness Increased MAP in Sepsis Haiku Deck
Increased MAP in Sepsis - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspiresPost by Hector Madariaga. Go to the AJKD blog NephMadness critical care in nephrology region to read more. Make your picks before March 22nd
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4:42 PM | Starting a Journal the way to go
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2:22 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 1 New MERS Case, 3 Recoveries
# 9852   After three days with no new MERS cases reported, KSA is back reporting 1 case and 3 recoveries.   There is also a major change in the reporting format, with checkboxes for recent animal contact and healthcare related infections noticeably missing from today’s report.  
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2:03 PM | HK SCEZD: Management Of Contacts of Human Avian Flu Cases
  # 9851   With 13 imported H7N9 cases over the past two winters, several brushes with H5N1 over the years, and even an occasional H9N2 infection popping up, Hong Kong has a good deal of experience dealing with avian flu cases.   They have also followed up on hundreds of close contacts of these cases, and have even set aside a holiday camp as a quarantine facility (see Hong Kong: Epidemiological Update On Imported H7N9 Case).   Yesterday Hong Kong’s SCEZD […]
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9:00 AM | News digest – Google draws some pictures, misleading smartwatch claims, obesity and more
Google files a patent for a theoretical cancer cell-killing wristband, a misleading article on smartwatches, plus obesity and cancer risk in women.
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5:37 AM | NECSS and SfSBM: A weekend of science and skepticism
A day of Science-Based Medicine, a weekend of science and skepticism Registration for NECSS, the North-East Conference on Science and Skepticism, is open. Included in the program will be a day of Science-Based Medicine. Full Conference schedule here with Bill Nye as the Keynote speaker. SfSBM speakers will be Harriet Hall, Jann Bellamy, David Gorski, […]

March 20, 2015

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11:46 PM | Food and Health Through the Lens of Entertainment: Funny You Should Think That!
A little plug for the show I’m hosting in a week. It’s all about science… and entertainment! A show of comedy, reason, and alcohol. FUNNY YOU SHOULD THINK THAT! is a monthly event (intelligently) designed to make you laugh and think. Moutons No More takes to the stage with amazing guests to talk pseudoscience, lambast … Continue reading →
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8:18 PM | What Should the Doctor – or Would-Be Doctor – Know?
Students applying to medical school today can expect to have grappled with chemistry and organic chemistry, biology, and physics. The MCATs test their knowledge of physical sciences and biological sciences, considered essential for the profession. But 250 years ago, when John Morgan, MD, was presenting his ideas for what would...
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6:30 PM | Sinai Trafficking: New Form of Human Trafficking
By: Sharon E. ChinThe imagery of ancient slave trades trekking across desert expanse may still be contemporary. Within the historic land mass lying between Egypt and Israel, sinister accounts reeking of torture and death have been proliferating. Since 2009, traffickers have been kidnapping hostages of varying East African backgrounds for torture and ransom. Due to various political and social dissension, Eritrean refugees have fled the country, many en route to Israel for asylum. The mass […]
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5:25 PM | One Week to Boston #ExpBio
This time next week I will be in an aircraft nearing the end of my first segment to Boston for Experimental Biology 2015 (#ExpBio is the official hashtag). I am beginning to plan my packing list, and the weather in the northeast is completely depressing. At least the attendees will be warm, and the science […]
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5:19 PM | Total Recall: Power Naps Improve Memory
ByThe Toombst   New study finds that power naps improve memory. Taking a nap after a memorization task improved memory performance five times over controls watching a DVD. Power naps can be heaven, but sometimes it leaves you drowsy and uncomfortable. Earlier research have shown that taking a nap might actually be beneficial, increasing motor learning, boosting memory and enhancing creativity. Now a new study from Saarland University finds that power naps improve memory, increasing […]
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3:52 PM | The challenges of diagnosing cancers earlier: a GP’s perspective
A GP shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of diagnosing cancer earlier.
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1:20 PM | Stockholm: Two Dead Swans – H5N8 Suspected
Sweden In Relation to Europe     NOTE:  I’ll be away from my desk for most of the next 48 hours.  While I’ll have my laptop with me, I may not be able to do much blogging until I return on Sunday.  In the meantime check Crofsblog, FluTrackers, and VDU Blog for any important updates.     # 9850 The Swedish Board of Agriculture has released the following statement on the discovery of what they believe to be two dead swans with […]
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12:21 PM | Oxford Nanopore MinION for ctDNA sequencing
A great poster at AGBT was presented by Boreal Genomics and available on the Nanopore wiki for MAPpers. In A nanopore liquid biopsy Patrick Davies describes their combination of the Boreal On-Target with ONT MinION sequencing to detect mutant allele fractions in ctDNA of sub 0.1%. I spoke briefly to Andre Marziali (Boreal Founder & CSO) about the work and summarise the poster here.In the poster they describe the construction of a test sample made by mixing control plasma DNA and plasma DNA […]
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12:01 PM | Titius-Bode Law and Exoplanets
A recent Washington Post headline reads: Most stars in the galaxy have planets in the habitable zone, according to new research. Some version of this headline was attached to every mainstream media reporting on this story. Not just the headlines were this hyped – most of the time the reporting presented this new research as [...]
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