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December 09, 2014

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12:00 PM | How the Sense of Taste Works?
Taste, or gustatory perception, is one of our basic senses. It tells us from early childhood what is edible and what is not, what is good for our body and what can be potentially dangerous. Taking into account how important the sense of taste is for us, it is surprising how little we know about […]
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12:00 PM | Quackademic medicine marches on: Essential oils and quackademia for the poor
After having written about how the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) has promoted guidelines for cancer patients that are—shall we say?—less than scientifically rigorous, I was immediately confronted with just what we face in academic medicine when it comes to the infiltration of quackery, or, as I like to call it, quackademic medicine. It came…
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11:19 AM | Los Angeles Unveils Earthquake Retrofit & Resilience Plan
Resilient By Design PDF     # 9424   Last December, in Dr. Lucy Jones: `Imagine America Without Los Angeles’, we looked at a presentation given by noted seismologist Dr. Jones at the  annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (held  in San Francisco),  that emphasized that should the `big one’ hit Southern California, we could literally `lose’ Los Angeles.   Dr. Jones warned that the damage could be far greater, and last […]
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10:46 AM | Wising up on older people and cancer
A new report has launched looking at what we know, and what we still need to understand, about cancer and older people in the UK - we look at the findings.
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10:18 AM | CFIA Sets Bird Flu Control Zones In BC
Credit Wikipedia – British Columbia   # 9423   Last night CFIA  (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency) outlined new steps to control the spread of the HPAI (Highly Pathogenic) H5N2 virus detected last week at 5 poultry operations in southern British Columbia.      Fully half of the province – everything south of Highway 16 – becomes part of the primary control zone.   Although no new farms have been announced as infected, […]
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8:00 AM | Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?
I think everyone would agree that it would not be a good idea to put pesticides in a saltshaker and add them to our food at the table. But there is little agreement when it comes to their use in agriculture. How much gets into our food? What are the effects on our health? On […]

December 08, 2014

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10:57 PM | Genetically engineered insulin does not cause cancer in diabetics
I have a lot of issues with the pseudo-medicine pushed by many many websites whose sole purpose is to push woo, or nonsense, to their readers. Then they have links to buy junk medicine from their website. Natural News, Mercola, and others have become multimillionaires with this business model. These “entrepreneurs” deceive their readers with […]Continue reading «Genetically engineered insulin does not cause cancer in diabetics»
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10:12 PM | MAP-ping Networks That Control Cell Movement: Implications for Understanding Metastasis
Xiaoyang Wu and his team identify a cellular protein that plays a key role in metastasis, or how cancer cells spread to another part of the body.
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8:49 PM | 5 Things Fitness Experts Wish You Would Stop Doing in the Gym
I was a guest contributor on a recent top.me article surveying fitness experts about what they would wish people would stop doing when they go to the gym. I weigh in on #3 and #4. You can read the article here.
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8:40 PM | Médicos contra computadoras 2
Tarda pero llega. Sigo con la discusión del artículo: Do We Need Doctors or Algorithms? de Vinod Khosla, ¡que había empezado en febrero de 2012! En aquel entonces había prometido una segunda parte. El tema es vastísimo y claramente no me iba a dar para abordarlo de una,  pero fue quedando para atrás y recién ahora lo encaro de nuevo.Pueden leer la primera parte aquí (con algunas correcciones actuales, pero esencialmente […]
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8:36 PM | This year’s flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but you should still get a shot every year
After the CDC reported that this year's flu vaccine doesn't protect against some strains, we round up what our experts are saying about how the vaccine works, and why you should always get a shot anyway.
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8:31 PM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #91
Migraine and brain blood flow 472- Migraine and cerebral blood flow in the general population – Loehrer et al. Orthostatic hypotension and the brain 473- Influence of nocturnal and daytime sleep on initial orthostatic hypotension – Lewis et al. Cerebrovascular regulation 474- Rapid pressure-to-flow dynamics of cerebral autoregulation induced by instantaneous changes of arterial CO2 […]
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5:09 PM | Young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia benefit from treatments developed for children
Results from a large clinical trial by Wendy Stock, MD, add to mounting evidence that adolescent and young adult patients ALL tend to fare better when treated with high-intensity pediatric protocols.
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4:32 PM | The FaLaLaLa Fallacies about Holiday Weight Gain
Despite the joy and festivity of the holiday season, this time of year has a bad reputation for people who are trying to lose weight—or even just avoid gaining weight. Amid the office parties, the family gatherings and all the baked goodies, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day...
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4:07 PM | Candy Canes 6, 7, and 8!
 December 6 - Share and Share Alike! One of the best characteristics of our profession is sharing. Librarians share things freely and openly. Unfortunately, I’m as guilty as anyone in too often forgetting this fact. Libraries, library organizations, and the like are GREAT places to find archives of useful materials. One of these is the archives […]
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3:40 PM | Saudi King Appoints New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries
Saudi Arabia ****  UPDATED ****   # 9422   It was only last April that the long-standing  Minister of Health  Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah  was abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced), presumably over his inability to get control over their growing MERS problem.   Today we’ve word of a massive reshuffling of Cabinet Ministers in Saudi Arabia that includes replacements for the Ministers of Health […]
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3:14 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 1 MERS Case In Najran
  # 9421 Although not as big a focus point for MERS cases as Riyadh or Taif, Najran - near the Yemen border – has reported 1 or 2 cases a month since late in the summer.     The last case we saw reported was 6 days ago (link) – that of a 28 year old ex-pat with `animal exposure’.   Today, the MOH is reporting another case – a 61 year old male in critical condition.   While a source of infection has not been […]
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2:37 PM | A welcome review of how treatments get to patients
The UK Government has announced it will review the process for getting new cancer treatments to patients more quickly - so what happens next?
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12:10 PM | Genomes, exomes or amplicones: what's best for the clinic?
Clinical sequencing is looming and recently I've heard more, and better, arguments for using whole genomes. These have mainly focused on the quality of PCR-free genomes, which have uniform coverage and few regions of missing or very low coverage. Compared to the PCR and hybridisation-capture artefact's in exomes, or the focus on a biased set of genes a genome can sound very convincing (especially if you ignore the analysis/storage issues). Until recently the cost has still been too high, but […]
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12:04 PM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 08.12.14
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Competition and climate change may help exotic parasites spread to UK honeybees Scientists have found that an exotic parasite out-competes its native relative when introduced into UK honeybees, which may lead to disease spreading in bees as our climate changes. The research, published in […]
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12:00 PM | Is the DSM-5 A “Book of Woe”?
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the first version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1952. Its ongoing aim is to establish a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. Since the APA published the fifth edition of the DSM in May 2013, there has been […]
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10:05 AM | Molecular ‘safety-net’ stops tumour cell DNA being torn apart
We explore new research on how cancer cells divide, and a potential weakness that could be exploited to kill them.
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8:29 AM | Old wine in a new skin: The Society for Integrative Oncology promotes integrating pseudoscience into oncology
Last week, I discussed a monograph published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs entitled Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer. As you might remember, I was completely unimpressed. However, those guidelines were not the only thing in that particular JNCI…
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8:00 AM | Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” finally responds to critics
It’s no secret that we here at Science-Based Medicine (and many scientists and skeptics with a knowledge of basic chemistry and biology) have been very critical of Vani Hari, better known to her fans as The Food Babe. The reasons for our criticisms of her are legion. Basically, she is a seemingly-never-ending font of misinformation […]
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12:57 AM | Your Liver: The Ultimate Dextox
'Tis the holiday season and I'm happily imbibing in seasonally appropriate gustatory delights. Is this healthy you ask? To which I reply, I have to eat and drink every day to maintain homeostasis, I may as well ingest pumpkin-spice, peppermint-chocolate, and apple-cinnamon flavored sustenance while I can. With carrots on the side, of course.Though my "everything in moderation" dietary school of thought keeps me from suffering much angst when confronted with the holiday smorgasbord, I'd say I'm […]

December 07, 2014

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9:35 PM | Infectious Diseases and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Match
Here we go again. Another internal medicine subspecialty “match day” and another record (bad) day for ID. How bad? The previous record (set last year) for unfilled ID programs was 54. This year 70 programs went unfilled, meaning that for the first time ever there were more programs that didn’t fill than that did. Almost 100 funded ID training positions unfilled in a single year!We’ve blogged about this trend before, here and here, and discussed some of the reasons […]
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5:44 PM | Anthrax in Odisha: Time for One Health in India?
An outbreak of anthrax in Koraput, Odisha, and the lack of public health information around it prompts advocacy on the adoption of the One Health framework in India as well.
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4:58 PM | Trichinella Outbreak in Belgium: How Infections Cross International Borders
Pork, infected with larvae of Trichinella, imported from Spain, has led to an outbreak of Trichinellosis in parts of Belgium. Though the outbreak focus has been identified and preventative measures adopted, this goes to show we have very poor control over how infections spread.
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4:08 PM | Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections
A novel adenovirus potentiates the species jump of Chlamydophila psittaci from birds to man, causing atypical pneumonia (psittacosis). Viruses, in addition to jumping the species barrier themselves, now are helping other bacteria to do the same: is this the beginning of the age of microbes?
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3:53 PM | The Year Of Spreading Dangerously
  # 9420 In addition to providing the usual scourges of malaria, dengue, seasonal influenza, antibiotic resistant bacteria and pneumonia, 2014 has provided us with a number of new, or sometimes simply transplanted, disease threats around the world.     A reminder that in our highly mobile and interconnected world, a disease threat anywhere can easily become a disease threat everywhere.    The tone for the new year was set during the opening days […]
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