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September 19, 2014

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1:53 PM | The Social Brain: Weekend Reading Links II
This month I have focussed on social neuroscience topics relevant to cognition and social function. Here are a few interesting abstracts culled from over 200 that I have reviewed from PubMed.Abstract links will have links to free full-text articles.I will be picking a few from this list for more discussion in posts for the remainder of September.Social Learning in HumansThis review examines the existing research on social learning in both humans and other animals. Social learning appears […]
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1:30 PM | In which Orac, amazingly, publishes an article on integrative oncology in Nature Reviews Cancer
Over the years, my goals in doing this blog have evolved. Now, I want to do more than just blog about the issues of science and pseudoscience in medicine that are this blog’s primary raison d’être (along with the occasional post on more generalized areas of skepticism or the even more occasional political rant). I…
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1:00 PM | Announcement: “Integrative oncology” – Really the best of both worlds?
One of our goals here at SBM is to do more than just blog about the issues of science and pseudoscience in medicine that are our raison d’être. We also want to publish our science-based critiques in the peer-reviewed medical literature. Our first crack at this was an article by Steve Novella and myself published […]
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12:23 PM | How To Be a Science Denier
This Week Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave an excellent lesson on how to be a science denier. Unfortunately, this was not a faux demonstration, he was sincere. If you recall, in 2012, Jindal advised Republicans to stop being “the stupid party.” This was a provocative statement. I wondered at the time if this signaled a shift [...]
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11:50 AM | NPM14: Your Daily Threats Assessment Briefing
Photo Credit- NOAA Know your Risk   Note: Today is day 19 of National Preparedness Month, and this is one of a series of updated blogs and articles about personal preparedness that I am featuring this month. # 9095   Every day the President of the United States, along busy CEOs, investors, emergency planners, and public health officials receive specialized Daily Intelligence briefings outlining current or anticipated threats, along with other vital information. […]
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11:14 AM | Guinea: Ebola Health Team Members Killed By Villagers
  # 9094     Details continue to emerge on the horrific slaying of (reports range from 7 to 9) members of an Ebola health team this week in Wome - a small village near Nzerekore in the southern part of Guinea - with this latest report from the BBC.   19 September 2014 Last updated at 04:58 ET Ebola outbreak: Guinea health team killed Nine members of a team trying to raise awareness about Ebola have been killed by villagers using machetes and clubs in […]
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11:00 AM | Apologetics for chelation therapy in The Atlantic
As I sat down to do my final post for this week, I perused my list of posts thus far and was amazed to discover that I hadn’t done a single post on vaccines. After all that nonsense the other week, where I spent more than a week blogging about nothing but the antivaccine movement,…
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11:00 AM | Fighting Mental and Physical Illness by Reshaping Cities
A recently published study in The Lancet estimated that 40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime – a trend which is largely due to obesity and inactivity. Since the 1990s, some public health professionals have turned their attention to the potential offered by environmental modifications to fight obesity and improve population health. The same environmental modifications might positively […]
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10:05 AM | Saudi MOH: Review Finds 19 `Historical’ MERS Cases Prior to June 2014
Saudi Arabia   # 9093   Yesterday there were 732 MERS cases reported by the Saudi MOH, and today that number climbs to 748: all  stemming from of an audit of cases from before June 3rd of this year, and mostly arising from Jeddah.     While 19 cases were added to the tally - 1 duplicate case, and 2 false positives were removed -  resulting in a net gain of 16 cases.   While the number of identified MERS cases has remained reassuringly […]
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8:28 AM | THE SCIENCE OF GODZILLA
THE SCIENCE OF GODZILLA Subscribe to join the Zoneheads! ► http://bit.ly/Sub2TWZ More Warped Humor! ► http://bit.ly/1mndHEA More Godzilla Fun! ► http://bit.ly/Ri9neu Two scientists try to explain how Godzilla could scientifically exist with science. STARRING Davis Schroeder Nathan Kitada Written by Michael Adams Davis and Michael Schroeder Camera by Brian Fisher Edited by Shawn Lebert SoundRead More »
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7:03 AM | Rationalizing the Ridiculous
I remain flummoxed. How do physicians and health care systems, trained in all the sciences that lie at the heart of medicine, justify the use of pseudo-medical interventions with no basis in reality? Rationalization. Making excuses: a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical […]
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6:00 AM | Image of the Week: Ebola vaccine trial
This week’s image of the week is shows Dr Felicity Hartnell administering the first dose of a trial Ebola vaccine to volunteer Ruth Atkins. Ms Atkins, who has previously worked as a nurse in the NHS, said: “I volunteered because the situation in West Africa is so tragic and I thought being part of this […]
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5:39 AM | Deadly distrust
Gregg Mitman’s article in the September 17th New England Journal of Medicine, “Ebola in a Stew of Fear,” is unfortunately all too prescient. Dr. Mitman highlighted “the ecology of fear” in Western Africa. Fear is present on both the part of Westerners (scared of Africa’s yellow fever, malaria, Ebola, its mere “different-ness”), and by native Africans (of…
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3:59 AM | A beautiful video on the origin story of microbiology from the...
A beautiful video on the origin story of microbiology from the NYTimes.

September 18, 2014

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10:38 PM | No more “debates” about GMO safety–thanks to trillions of data points
As I’ve written a few hundred times before, there’s really no such thing as a “debate” in science, at least in the sense that two sides argue in front of the public, and then there is vote on who is “right” or “wrong.” All that matters in science is the quantity and quality of evidence, that’s […]Continue reading «No more "debates" about GMO safety–thanks to trillions of data points»
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10:05 PM | Ebola: a blind outbreak
Grazia Caleo of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK describes her experiences as a medical epidemiologist during the Ebola outbreak in Kailhun, Sierra Leone. In José Saramago’s book, Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to …The post Ebola: a blind outbreak appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:52 PM | New Research on Earlier Intervention in Autism : A Q&A with Dr. Lisa Shulman
Last week, findings from a small but notable University of California–Davis study showed that intervening earlier than usual with infants who show signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can help prevent them from developing the disorder by the time they reach age 3 or 4. For perspective, we spoke with Einstein’s Dr. Lisa Shulman, a [...]
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6:32 PM | Screening Urinalysis in Practice
Guidelines based on evidence or expert opinion, even when available, seem to be followed only occasionally. What do pediatricians do in practice with screening UAs? Pediatricians’ screening urinalysis practices. J Pediatr 147:362-5, 2005  doi:  10.1016/j.peds.2005.05.009 This survey study examined the self-reported practices of general pediatricians in the US at a time when UA was recommended […]
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5:27 PM | CDC: 18 States With Confirmed EV-D68
    # 9092   Over the past two days four more states have confirmed cases of EV-D68 – a respiratory virus that has recently begun to spread widely in the United States.  In yesterday’s update -  WHO GAR Notice On Enterovirus D68 – we also looked at confirmed and suspected cases in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada.   While only a small percentage of those infected are made ill enough to require hospitalization, this virus has sent […]
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5:00 PM | Mike Adams and “natural biopreparedness” against Ebola and pandemics
This one will be much shorter than usual, mainly because I was out late last night for a dinner function at which I was on a panel of breast cancer experts. I must admit, even after having been an attending surgeon for 15 years, it never ceases to make me feel a bit weird to…
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3:50 PM | Sanford-Burnham welcomes five new Trustees
Sanford-Burnham today announced the election of 5 new Trustees to our Board.
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3:11 PM | Genetics of Social Skills: Oxytocin Receptor Gene
Social neuroscience is an emerging emphasis in the field of neuroscience research.Social cognition is the subset of cognitive functions related to social processes and includes factors such as facial recognition, social memory and ability to form friendships and other social bonds.Impairment in social cognition is a known feature in autism, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. This type of impairment can produce significant problems in life adjustment, employment and human […]
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2:52 PM | Genetic Testing For All: Is It Eugenics?
In recent weeks, there’s been talk of three types of genetic testing transitioning from targeted populations to the general public: carrier screens for recessive diseases, tests for BRCA mutations, and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to spot extra chromosomes in fetuses from DNA in the maternal bloodstream.… Read the restThe post Genetic Testing For All: Is It Eugenics? appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:45 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – Sept 18th
    # 9091 Although it has been two days since their last update, today’s Ebola roadmap appears to only add one day’s worth of data to the case count tally, with a jump of 372 cases between September 13th and 14th.   Deaths over the same period jumped by 167 cases.   The good news is that the situations in both Nigeria and Senegal appear to have stabilized, with no new cases reported in the month of September.  Several hundred contacts […]
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1:25 PM | Emotion Is Not the Enemy of Reason
This is a post about emotion, so — fair warning — I’m going to begin with an emotional …
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1:15 PM | The Science of Identifying Jack the Ripper!
The Science of Identifying Jack the Ripper! Support more videos like this at http://patreon.com/rebecca The full 30-min discussion will be available to + Patrons shortly! Daily Mail links: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746321/Jack-Ripper-unmasked-How-amateur-sleuth-used-DNA-breakthrough-identify-Britains-notorious-criminal-126-years-string-terrible-murders.html […]
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12:18 PM | BiotechDueDiligence Journal Watch
An overview of FDA-approved new molecular entities: 1827–2013Kinch et al. Drug Discovery Today. A Good Death — Ebola and SacrificeMugele and Priest. NEJM.Open Access to Clinical Trials DataKrumholz and Peterson. Journal of the American Medical Association.Analysis of “Real World” Sovaldi® (sofosbuvir) Use and Discontinuation RatesBrennan et al. Published by CVS Health $CVSAngiotensin–Neprilysin Inhibition versus Enalapril in Heart FailureMcMurray […]
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12:18 PM | CIDRAP Commentary: Health workers need optimal respiratory protection for Ebola
Credit CIDRAP   # 9090   Last night CIDRAP published what I suspect will become a highly controversial commentary, which urges a higher standard of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Healthcare Workers (HCWs) dealing with suspected or confirmed Ebola cases.     In doing so, they also revive the `airborne’ transmission debate.   As things stand now, contact (gloves, gown) and droplet protection (surgical masks, eye protection) are […]
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12:12 PM | Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes
A new study published in Nature is getting a lot of press, and it seems making a lot of people worried. The Nature News article discussing the study has the headline: Sugar substitutes linked to obesity. I think this headline is misleading. Here’s a breakdown of what the study does and does not tell us. [...]
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12:00 PM | In Honor of Dr. Elisabetta Ullu
Kasturi Haldar, PLOS Pathogens Editor-in-Chief, reflects on Elisabetta Ullu’s pioneering contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms of RNAi in T. brucei. On the eve of 25th anniversary of the premier Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM) held at the …The post In Honor of Dr. Elisabetta Ullu appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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