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February 21, 2015

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4:22 AM | Drug resistant bacteria versus advanced medical technology: No contest
The duodenoscope implicated now in several deadly outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is an otherwise terrific device for management of biliary or pancreatic duct disorders. Unfortunately, the same features that allow the scope to guide fine instruments into miniscule spaces also provide sanctuary for bacterial pathogens, protecting them from all standard approaches to disinfection. To quote yesterday’s FDA safety communication: “…reports […]

February 20, 2015

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7:46 PM | New Cell Target Increases Exercise Metabolism
ByThe Toombst A new study finds that reducing the levels of a cell channel protein increases exercise metabolism, a discovery that might result in a new weight loss therapy. As the obesity epidemic continues to spread researchers are trying to find new efficient ways of losing weight. One problem with dieting is that our bodies are so adapted to starvation it can make cells more energy efficient making weight loss that much harder. Just being able to increase resting metabolism might provide […]
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7:11 PM | A Life Well-lived With Love, Compassion, Joy Reaches Denouement
Fuck cancer. Seriously. We keep losing immense numbers of good people to it; I have lost close friends and family members to it. And yesterday, I was aghast to learn that one of my most favorite scientist/authors, Professor Oliver Sacks, has fallen a prey to this scourge. As he announced yesterday in a New York Times Op-Ed: ... a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I... Read more
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6:42 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (February 16-20, 2015)
It may be too cold for school today around here, but the latest Biotech Tweets of the Week are live. The collection was curated as always with @23aloha. [...]
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6:35 PM | CDC & EID Journal On The Recently Discovered Bourbon Virus
Bourbon Virus – Credit CDC   # 9733   A couple of months ago I wrote about the Kansas DOH Statement On A New, Possibly Tickborne Virus detected in a Bourbon County man (hence the name) who died from what appeared (based on blood work and symptoms) to be a tickborne disease last summer.    After the `usual suspects’  (i.e. Ehrlichiosis , SFTS, and even the recently discovered `Heartland Virus’) were eliminated, the CDC began searching for a […]
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5:51 PM | Fighting FIT – Scotland’s pioneering change to its bowel screening programme
We look at an announcement by the Scottish Government to improve the way they carry out bowel screening
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5:24 PM | How Can Space Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Light?
A tour of the expanding, observable Universe… and what lies beyond.Continue reading on Medium »
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3:15 PM | The Latest Chapter in the Great Egg Debate
Throughout the month of February, affectionately known as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting news and stories related to cardiovascular health from across Penn Medicine. There may not be a more tortured tug-of-war in the food world as that of whether eggs are beneficial or harmful to our...
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3:13 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case, 1 Fatality
  # 9732   The Saudi MOH announced 1 more – apparently hospital acquired – MERS case this morning, from Buraydah, and another death from the Khobar nosocomial cluster, which reported two deaths yesterday.    While we’ve seen a slight drop-off in the number of new cases reported the past few days, the number of deaths have spiked, leading to numerous articles in the Arabic and English press.   The following is from AFP.   […]
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1:10 PM | Blowing the antivaccine dog whistle again
You remember Dr. Bob, don’t you? I’m referring, of course, to Robert “Dr. Bob” Sears, the Capistrano Beach, CA pediatrician who’s arguably the most famous of the antivaccine pediatricians who have been spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) about vaccines. (Sorry, Dr. Jay, but, regardless of your being Jenny McCarthy’s son’s pediatrician, I’d bet that…
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1:07 PM | Guangdong Notifies HK’s CHP Of Another H7N9 Case
Credit Wikipedia   # 9731   Although the slow reporting from the rest of China’s provinces effectively obscures the size and scope of this year’s H7N9 outbreak, Guangdong Province continues to report scattered cases, with a fresh notification to Hong Kong’s CHP today.   CHP notified of additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (February 20) […]
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12:02 PM | WHO Approves Rapid Ebola Test
  Credit Corgenix, USA   # 9730 The World Health Organization has announced their approval of the first rapid field test for Ebola, which reportedly returns a result in less than 15 minutes – and without the need for a full laboratory setup. Tests available until now (ELISA, PCR, virus isolation) require sophisticated laboratory equipment, trained technicians, and at least 12-24 hours to process. The two main measures of the accuracy of a diagnostic test are […]
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12:00 PM | Digital Dieting to Prevent Life-Destroying Internet Addiction
This picture, captured at Beijing’s military bootcamp-style Internet Addiction Treatment Center (IATC) by award-winning photographer Fernando Moleres, depicts a heavily disorientated and socially stunted 13-year-old Lu Jun Song, an internet addict having his routine cerebral dysfunction EEG check upon arrival. The center is among the hundreds of inpatient units found in China, Korea and Taiwan. […]
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8:30 AM | Image of the Week: Songs of Sexology
“[It] was the best day of my life… I’d do anything to live that day again!” – A young artist talks about Sounds of Sexology This picture shows a group of artists performing their music at Sounds of Sexology showcase earlier this week at the Roundhouse. The event was the culmination of months of hard […]
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8:27 AM | Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine Hodgepodge
As I have noted before, more is published on acupuncture and traditional Chinese pseudo-medicine than the other SCAM. Here are some of the articles that drew my attention. Captain Hook and Acupuncture Here is one of the more curious articles on acupuncture I have yet to find, Psychophysical and neurophysiological responses to acupuncture stimulation to […]
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5:44 AM | Brain Imaging in Children with Neurological Disorders Links Language Delay to Chromosome Deletion
Children born with DNA copy number deletions on chromosome 16 show measurable delays in processing sound and language.

February 19, 2015

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10:22 PM | Neither Snow nor Rain…
We’ve all heard it – or at least part of it – the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. As Philadelphia experiences what is slated to go...
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9:12 PM | There’s more than one way to persuade people to vaccinate
ScicuriousHealth by Bethany Brookshire 4:14pm, February 19, 2015 Some research suggests that the language doctors use affects parents’ willingness to vaccinate their children. But exposure to antivaccine views and other psychological tricks combine to keep some parents undecided.  Iofoto/ShutterstockMeasles used to sound like such an old-fashioned disease. But the current […]
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6:04 PM | An Antibacterial Coating of Nanoparticles Equals Better Bandages
ByThe Toombst   Scientists have developed an antibacterial coating containing gold nanoparticles useful in anything from sportswear to bandages. Bacterial infections are a major problem even in our “age of antibiotics”. Resistant bacteria aren’t the only serious problem, even non-resistant bacterial infections can cause serious complications. Developing new materials and routines to prevent bacterial infections could reduce suffering and save millions in health care costs […]
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5:31 PM | New study helps explain links between sleep loss and diabetes
Lack of sleep can elevate levels of fatty acids in the blood, leading to temporary pre-diabetic conditions in otherwise healthy young men, according to new research by UChicago sleep expert Esra Tasali, MD.
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5:26 PM | Data sharing: a patient perspective
Genomic data from patients is a rich source of information for research into how our genes affect our health and here at the MRC we are keen to harness its […]
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5:01 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases, 2 Recoveries, 5 Deaths
# 7929   Khobar’s healthcare related outbreak continues with another hospital acquired case, while Riyadh adds a new case (hospital exposure is under investigation), as the February’s case total reaches 54.    The MOH also announced 5 deaths of previously reported cases,
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3:59 PM | Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
Over the last decade, opioid use, addiction, and overdose have been dramatically increasing. While much of this increase in opioid use has been driven by increases in the use of prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Percocet, heroin use also has increased.  As a result, deaths attributed to heroin jumped 39 percent from 2012 to [...]
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3:42 PM | Physician to the Gene Pool
Physician to the Gene Pool: Genetic Lessons and Other StoriesBy James V. Neel. 436 pp., illustrated. New York, John Wiley, 1994. $24.95. ISBN: 0-471-30844-7Si bien el libro tiene más de 20 años, me hice con una copia recién ahora. Tanto autobiografía como historia de varios aspectos de la genética y legado intelectual de un científico preocupado por el futuro de la raza humana.Lo más interesantes desde el punto de vista histórico son los […]
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3:12 PM | mBio: Ebola Virus Transmission (What We Know, What We Don’t)
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9729   The open access journal mBio has published an impressively detailed look at what we know about the transmission of the Ebola virus, penned by lead author Michael Osterholm of CIDRAP (along with an impressive international array of co-authors), that also asks a number of questions regarding what is not known about the virus.   Labeled as both an `Opinion’ piece, and a `Hypothesis’, this article also questions some of the […]
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2:09 PM | A Factory Farmer Strikes Back at the Company He Farms For
A factory farmer who let animal-welfare activists film inside his barns files for whistleblower protection so he can keep farming. The post A Factory Farmer Strikes Back at the Company He Farms For appeared first on WIRED.
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1:42 PM | Saudi MOH Statement On Early Start To MERS Season
Credit Dr. Ian Mackay’s VDU Blog  – MERS Cases by Month     # 9728   With its first known outbreak occurring in the spring of 2012, and minor bump up in cases (n=21) in May of 2013, there were some early hints that MERS might have some degree of `seasonality’.  The following spring (Apr-May-Jun 2014) saw more than a 10-fold increase over the previous year, further elevating concerns over the spread of this emerging  coronavirus. […]
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1:33 PM | GAN Gene Therapy Trial Gets Green Light
Last Friday, February 13th, Lori Sames couldn’t stop crying as she stared at her screen in a coffee shop near her home in Rexford, New York. The announcement had just gone up at clinicaltrials.gov: NCT02362438: Intrathecal Administration of scAAV9/JeT-GAN for … Continue reading »The post GAN Gene Therapy Trial Gets Green Light appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:15 PM | Phantom Acupuncture
There are two basic schools of thought when it comes to acupuncture, which is the practice of placing thin needles into alleged acupuncture points in order to have a therapeutic or symptomatic effect. The “traditional” interpretation is that the needles are stimulating a physiological response of some kind at the acupuncture points. Within this school [...]
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12:47 PM | Alley Galli Biennale: Art is good for you
Dharavi in Mumbai, India, is one of the largest informal settlements in the world. This month, it was transformed into the Alley Galli Biennale, a festival of art, health and recycling. The festival is the culmination of two years of passionate collaboration and has been supported by the Wellcome Trust. Helen Latchem looks after the […]
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