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August 20, 2014

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1:48 PM | Hong Kong Launches Ebola Preparedness & Response Plan
  #8976   Although there have been dozens of suspected Ebola infected travelers tested in countries outside of Africa, thus far, none of them have tested positive for the virus. Although I’m not attempting to keep track all of these media reports, for the best day-to-day coverage, I would highly recommend checking in with Crofsblog several times a day.    Despite our current lucky streak, governments around the world are understandably preparing for the day […]
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1:28 PM | The Discoverability Challenge – How Can We Make Research Data Easier to Find and Use?
Enhancing the discoverability of public health and epidemiology research data is a key to ensuring that it gets more widely used. This was the topic of a recent workshop hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where researchers and data experts explored the findings of a recent Wellcome Trust report on data […]
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1:10 PM | Dr. Frank Arguello doesn’t much like science-based criticism of his atavistic chemotherapy
As I happened to be out last night at a function for my department, I didn’t have the time necessary to lay out a 2,000 word bit of Insolence. I did, however, have time to note that yet another practitioner unhappy with being criticized over his scientifically questionable treatment, in this case, Dr. Frank Arguello,…
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12:09 PM | Vitamin K Refusal – The New Anti-Vax
A small but increasing number of parents are refusing vitamin K injections for their newborns, an intervention recommended since 1961. This is yet another example of the difference between a science-based and philosophy-based approach to medicine. Science has given us the tool of knowledge, and in medicine that knowledge can have very practical applications. The […]
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11:38 AM | PNAS: A Vaccine Evading Variant Poliovirus
Photo Credit WHO   # 8975   For those born after 1960, it is probably difficult to understand the kind of fear that Polio generated in the United States and around the world during the 1950s.  While only one infection in a hundred resulted in paralysis or death, polio was extremely infectious, and the United States routinely saw between 18,000 and 25,000 paralytic cases each year – mostly among young children.   Hospital wards were filled with paralyzed […]
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11:00 AM | Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part III – The Monty Hall Problem
To wrap our minds around human behavior it’s helpful to consider why certain behaviors may have evolved. Natural selection tells us that behaviors that increase our chances of passing along our genes will continue to show up in future generations. It therefore follows that aspects of our behavioral tendencies at some point likely conferred an […]
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10:15 AM | The Science of Depression
The Science of Depression What’s going on inside of a depressed person? Watch ‘Do Dogs Get Depressed?’: http://bit.ly/1pb2GZi Get Your FREE Audiobook: http://bit.ly/XIcZpz SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 —Links to follow us below— Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit Clickable: http://bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fjWszw Twitter: http://bit.ly/1d84R71 Tumblr: http://bit.ly/1amIPjF Vine: Search […]
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9:24 AM | Bob Marley, genomics, and a rare form of melanoma
Our researchers in Manchester are using the power of DNA technology to study the genetic faults in the rare type of melanoma that killed Bob Marley.
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9:18 AM | CDC Interim Ebola Guidance: Environmental Infection Control In Hospitals
Credit CDC PHIL     # 8974     The CDC continues to roll out new interim guidance documents for health care professionals and facilities that at some point may be called upon to deal with an imported Ebola case in the United States.  As always, these are `works in progress’, and are subject to revision over time as more is learned about dealing with this virus.   Although laboratory experiments have shown that the Ebola virus can remain viable on […]
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7:31 AM | New Exercise Study Brings Both Illumination and Questions
Simon McGrath looks at new objective evidence of abnormal response to exercise in ME/CFS patients, and the questions that researchers are still trying to answer … Exercise testing at Dr. Keller’s lab Given the doubt, scepticism and even denial of benefits that often confronts ME/CFS patients, it’s not surprising that many patients crave clear-cut, objective evidence of physiological problems in the illness. Preferably something that will explain at least some of the […]
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7:00 AM | Blood lust and the mosquito
Today is World Mosquito Day, marking the 1897 discovery by the British doctor, researcher and military officer Sir Ronald Ross that the female Anopheles mosquito spreads malaria. Here our senior […]

August 19, 2014

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8:29 PM | Human Trafficking and Healthcare: A Historical Perspective
By: Jeffrey J. Barrows, D.O., M.A. In a landmark article on child abuse entitled "The Battered Child Syndrome" published in July of 1962 in JAMA, Dr. Henry Kempe and his coauthors attempted to estimate the incidence of child abuse in America. A survey of 71 hospitals uncovered 302 cases. At the same time, they surveyed 77 District Attorneys who had knowledge of 447 cases across the country. While certainly not a scientific nationwide survey, this article represented the best estimation of child […]
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7:25 PM | Taking lab mice back to their roots
Wild traits are bred back into lab mice, revealing a new gene function on the way ScicuriousBiomedicine by Bethany Brookshire 4:12pm, August 19, 2014 This wild mouse has some behaviors, such as aggression toward other mouse pups, that aren’t present in its soft, docile lab counterpart. A new study shows that breeding lab mice back to the wild could uncover new […]
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5:01 PM | Sanford-Burnham announces next CEO
Sanford-Burnham's Board of Trustees today announced that it has appointed Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D., as chief executive officer. Dr. Nisen joins Sanford-Burnham from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.
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4:32 PM | How a microscopic ‘pump’ could get drugs into cancer cells
We explore a new US study that could be used to help spot where tumours are in the body and deliver drugs to cancer cells more efficiently.
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4:07 PM | Why the ice bucket challenge is different
When something starts to show up enough on your Facebook or Twitter feed, you get sick of it. I get it. The ALS ice bucket challenge is now so big that TV news shows, while reading tweets to fill time …The post Why the ice bucket challenge is different appeared first on Public Health.
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3:30 PM | NPPTL N95 Day Webinar: Respirator Preparedness in Healthcare
  # 8973     A follow up to yesterday’s post (CDC Guidance: Donning & Removing PPEs), two weeks from this coming Friday (Sept 5th), NIOSH and NPPTL (The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory) will hold a webinar designed for Health care workers on Respirator Preparedness as part of their annual  N95 day promotion.   For details on how to register (attendance is limited), and for more on other N95 day activities, here are some excerpts from […]
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3:17 PM | Ebola: What if? How worried should we be?
The current Ebola outbreak, the largest ever for this virus, is far from under control. We asked infectious disease specialist Emily Landon, MD, hospital epidemiologist, to help us determine the appropriate level of anxiety.
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2:31 PM | Nutrition Lessons in the Bronx: “What Would LeBron James Eat?”
When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives. No question, it seems [...]
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2:30 PM | What are the most common marathon training injuries?
We spoke to sports medicine specialist Ryan Hudson, MD, recently about the most common injuries facing runners preparing for a marathon, how to prevent them, and how to tell if it’s something serious, or something you can push through for the big race.
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12:54 PM | VDU Blog: How To Support Ebola Relief Efforts
    # 8972   Dr. Ian Mackay has just posted a blog on how you can help to get PPEs and other needed supplies to those on the front lines battling the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.   I’ll not delay you any further, and simply ask that you go visit – and then take to heart – his appeal.     Protect the healthcare workers>>save lives>>stop Ebola virus disease
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12:33 PM | The Reid Technique of Investigation
If you like crime dramas, you have probably seen this countless times. The officer interrogating a suspect chums up to them, says they understand, and then offers them a face-saving version of guilt to which they can confess. It’s compelling drama. What is being depicted is known as the Reid Technique, developed by John Reid [...]
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12:10 PM | WHO Ebola Assessment – Guinea & Nigeria
Credit CDC     # 8071     Although it is hard to find anything other than apocalyptic doom and gloom coming out of media reports on the Ebola outbreak in Western  Africa, the World Health Organization reports some encouraging signs – at least in Guinea and Nigeria – as outlined in the following statement mailed to journalists this morning.   Ebola assessment 19 August 2014 Ebola virus disease Situation in Nigeria […]
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11:41 AM | CMI: The Globalization Of Chikungunya
Chikungunya’s Spread in the Americas – Credit PAHO   # 8970   Up until 2005, Chikungunya was an obscure mosquito-borne disease that only sporadically caused outbreaks in Eastern and central Africa.  Then, in an unexpected plot twist , a mutation in the envelope protein gene (E1-A226V) of the virus allowed Aedes Albopictus or `Asian tiger’ mosquito to transmit the virus more efficiently (see A Single Mutation in Chikungunya Virus Affects Vector […]
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11:26 AM | The Science of Sweetness
The Science of Sweetness Sugar, honey, listen up. Humans love the sweet taste of sweetness, but have you ever wondered why? What’s the evolutionary purpose behind our love for sweets? Why can we taste sweet anyway? What are those sugar substitutes really made of? And will this diet cola give me cancer? Hank and SciShowRead More »
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9:34 AM | WHO Ebola Update – August 19th
  # 8969   The World Health Organization has released a new Ebola update, this time adding cases reported between August 14th and August 16th.  Theses numbers are believed to only partially represent the situation on the ground in West Africa, as limited reporting and surveillance in many regions, and the public’s fear of reporting illness, likely influence the count.    Of note, after more than two weeks of seeing relatively low counts – […]
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7:00 AM | Pass the Salt (But Not That Pink Himalayan Stuff)
Humans, like many other animals, crave the taste of salt. Animals frequent salt licks, humans have traded salt for equal weights of gold, and the word “salary” comes from the Roman soldier’s allowance for purchasing salt. Salt appears in our language in idioms like “worth its salt” and “salt of the earth.” Shakespeare’s play King […]
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7:00 AM | USA TODAY flubs it big time over right-to-try laws
I hadn’t expected to write about this topic again so soon, but then I didn’t expect a major newspaper to have written such a boneheaded editorial about it. In a way, I hate to write this post, because USA TODAY did great things once. There, Liz Szabo wrote the single best science-based report on cancer…

August 18, 2014

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9:54 PM | Mimicking geckos
Researchers at DARPA are using geckos to create biologically inspired methods of scaling vertical walls. Check out this video demonstration of “Geckskin”:
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9:14 PM | $1000 genomes = 1000x coverage for just £20,000
It strikes me that if you can now sequence a genome for $1000, then you could buy 1000x coverage for not much more than a 30x genome cost a couple of years ago! Using a PCR-free approach I can imagine that this would be the most sensitive tool to determine tumour, or population, heterogeneity. I’m sure that sampling statistics might limit the ability to detect low-prevalence alleles but I’m amazed by the possibility none-the-less. 1 X-Ten run costs $1,000 1000x requires 33 X-Ten […]
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