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October 16, 2014

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5:00 AM | Connecticut “modernizes” naturopathic scope of practice
Naturopathy has been legal in Connecticut for almost 90 years, but with a scope of practice limited to counseling and a few treatments like physiotherapy, colonic hydrotherapy and “natural substances.”  There was no specific authority to diagnose and treat.  All that changed on October 1, 2014, courtesy of the Connecticut legislature, which, in the words […]
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4:52 AM | Ever wonder why some bugs die on their backs?
I have. So I surfed the web and found this neat video from Smithsonian that explains it all.

October 15, 2014

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10:16 PM | “Pulling Back the Curtain” on Lethal Injection
PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Thomas McBride, reflects on the 2007 research article that investigated whether lethal injection consistently induces a painless death. The December 7, 1982 execution of Charles Brooks Jr. in Texas marked the first use of lethal injection, … Continue reading »The post “Pulling Back the Curtain” on Lethal Injection appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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8:38 PM | Working to cure autoimmune diseases and end organ transplant rejection
Piotr Witkowski and his team are working to harness the power of immune cells called Tregs to fight autoimmune diseases and prevent organ transplant rejection.
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8:09 PM | Quantifying the Dirty Nature of War
PLOS Medicine Senior Editor, Amy Ross, discusses the potential impact of the “Dirty War Index”, a tool developed by Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks and Michael Spagat, to minimize civilian harm in areas of armed conflict. While international humanitarian treaties, such as … Continue reading »The post Quantifying the Dirty Nature of War appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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7:51 PM | Sending Love and Hope
After only seven weeks of being pregnant, Keri Heickert’s life as she knew it was no longer. Hers was a difficult pregnancy. In the fall of 2012 at only 20 weeks along, Keri – who was carrying fraternal twin girls – was admitted to monitored bed rest in Pennsylvania Hospital’s...
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4:46 PM | Dallas: Ebola Town Hall Meeting Tonight (Webcast)
    # 9200   With the events of this morning no doubt raising additional concern in Dallas, tonight ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser will join other experts in a web-streamed (WFAA TV ) event called:   Ebola: Facts Not Fear Town Hall Meeting WHAT: Facts Not Fear Town Hall Meeting: A panel will answer community questions about Ebola WHERE: Lakewood Theater at 1825 Abrams Parkway in Dallas (Click here for map and directions) WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 […]
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3:51 PM | Ebola: N=2, Now What?
A lot of us woke up again to the horrible news that yet another health care worker in Dallas has acquired Ebola from the index patient during patient care. There are a lot of accusations flying around most of which will prove misleading or unfounded and some others might be true. We do not know. My sense of the situation is that what we learned from the first transmission still applies. We have further evidence that the standard way of wearing droplet/contact precautions during routine […]
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3:47 PM | CDC: Newest Ebola Patient Flew On 13th – Passengers To Be Notified
Credit CDC       # 9199   Although the latest Ebola case, reported this morning in a Healthcare worker in Dallas, was likely asymptomatic two days ago when she flew a domestic airline (and therefore unlikely to have been infectious) the CDC is taking steps to contact fellow passengers on that flight, as we learn from the following media statement.     CDC and Frontier Airlines Announce Passenger Notification Underway On the morning of Oct. 14, the […]
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1:34 PM | Nurses Claim Lack Of Safety Protocols For Dealing With Ebola
Credit CIDRAP     # 9198   Five years ago, when the H1N1 influenza pandemic was big news, we saw a number of hospitals charged with taking shortcuts in protecting their staff by issuing surgical masks  instead of N95 respirators, despite CDC recommendations to the contrary (see Nurses Protest Lack Of PPE’s).  While the H1N1 virus proved to be less deadly than first anticipated, this led to great debate over whether Healthcare Workers (HCWs) […]
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1:20 PM | The victims of Andrew Wakefield
Things got a bit hectic the other day; so if this seems familiar, forgive me. On the other hand, I do believe that this material is probably more suited to this blog rather than other blogs, given the history here and how long I’ve been covering the quackery spawned by Andrew Wakefield, arguably the most…
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12:11 PM | Neuro-Acupuncture and Stroke
On the home page of Zhu’s Neuro-Acupuncture Center there is a video relaying a testimonial of how scalp acupuncture helped a patient recover from acute stroke. The use of testimonials is very common in the promotion of dubious health treatments. A personal story and endorsement is psychologically more compelling than dry data. Testimonials are completely […]
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11:34 AM | Dallas PD & FD On Site At Second Ebola Victim’s Residence
  # 9197   We expect a live press conference at the hospital at around 8am (EDT) this morning, which ought to be carried live by local TV stations including WFAA, regarding the second local HCW diagnosed with the Ebola virus.  Meanwhile, Dallas Police & Fire Departments are at this second HCWs residence, beginning a decontamination of their apartment and common areas, and notifying neighbors.     The follow tweets and pictures come from the […]
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11:00 AM | Antifeminism – An Online Trend
Feminism isn’t necessary anymore. At least that’s the claim made by many proponents of a growing antifeminism movement. No longer is this movement the prerogative, as it has been historically, of backwards-looking males who have no wish to see the status quo reconstructed. In fact a recent trend rocking the Internet has seen many women […]
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9:11 AM | Texas DSHS: Second HCW Tests Positive For Ebola
  # 9196     The news that no one wanted to hear – that a second Healthcare worker in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola virus – has just been released by the Texas Department of State Health Services. This will no doubt raise concerns over there having been a procedural flaw in the infection control protocol used during the care of the index patient, Eric Duncan, rather than an isolated error by a single HCW.   I expect we’ll see […]

October 14, 2014

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10:03 PM | A stressful youth makes for a devoted finch dad
ScicuriousAnimals,Neuroscience BY Bethany Brookshire 9:30am, October 15, 2014 Male zebra finches stressed during development turn out to be better dads, a new study shows.David Cook Wildlife Photography/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)Stress is our coping response.  Whether emotional or physical, stress is how […]
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9:39 PM | Outing Wyeth and Their Hired Ghosts
Margaret A. Winker, MD, Senior Research Editor for PLOS Medicine, reflects on the 2010 Policy Forum by Adriane Fugh-Berman that explored the medical literature manipulation behind hormone “replacement” therapy. The results of the Heart Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and Women’s … Continue reading »The post Outing Wyeth and Their Hired Ghosts appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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8:15 PM | Johns Hopkins Ebola Symposium Video Now Online
    # 9195   A quick note, today’s Ebola Symposium at Johns Hopkins – featuring a terrific Keynote address by CIDRAP’s Dr. Michael Osterholm – plus a lot of other not-to-be-missed content, has now been posted (in two parts) online.   http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/webcast.html   The first video runs about 3 hours, and features the individual presentations.  Dr. Osterholm’s remarks come at about the 2 hr 24 […]
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8:04 PM | CDC Announces A Faster EV-D68 Lab Test
  # 9194   The number of confirmed Enterovirus D68 cases sits at 691 people from 46 states, but due to the complex and lengthy testing process, there has been a huge backlog of samples awaiting testing. Anecdotal reports from around the nation suggest the actual number of infections is many times higher, but patients with mild or moderate symptoms rarely get tested. Today the CDC has announced their development of a faster, more streamlined lab test, which should help […]
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7:58 PM | Resource Alert: Trauma Informed Care - A comprehensive web-based, video-enhanced resource tool
Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and ResourcesA comprehensive web-based, video-enhanced resource toolFrom the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human DevelopmentThis tool comprised of issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists tells a story of implementation of trauma informed services and offers guidance and resources to help you on your implementation journey. The video interviews are of national, state, tribal, and local leaders in many child-serving systems; […]
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6:05 PM | Dr. Daniel Johnson on the enterovirus outbreak
Pediatric infectious disease specialist Daniel Johnson, MD, discusses the enterovirus outbreak affecting children across the country.
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6:00 PM | A chemical ‘breadcrumb trail’ helps melanoma spread
Our scientists have found that melanoma cells follow the ‘trail’ of a naturally-occurring molecule in the body, encouraging them to spread.
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5:46 PM | PLOS Medicine’s Big Food Series: Shining a Spotlight on Industry’s Influence on Health
PLOS Medicine Deputy Editor, Paul Simpson, reflects on the PLOS Medicine Series on Big Food, which was published in 2012. ‘The Food Industry is Ripe for Scrutiny’ is the clarion call of the lead editorial that announced PLOS Medicine’s Big … Continue reading »The post PLOS Medicine’s Big Food Series: Shining a Spotlight on Industry’s Influence on Health appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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5:06 PM | A new map to navigate the epigenetic landscape
Yingming Zhao from the Ben May Department of Cancer Research at UChicago is working to catalog the telltale genetic modifications that could contribute to cancer.
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5:00 PM | Uprooted, Again
For me, the hardest part of writing a story is finding the end. It often feels arbitrary, or …
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4:56 PM | Forget Me Not
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death among African Americans. Once patients have the disease, there is no treatment available that can stop its progression. The Penn Memory Center seeks to change that. Last month, the Penn...
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4:31 PM | Saudi MOH Reports Another MERS Case In Riyadh
  # 9193   For the 4th day in a row the Saudi MOH has announced a fresh MERS case, and for the second day in a row this case hails from Riyadh.     As we’ve seen with several other recent cases, today’s case has a history of contact with camels or camel products, although that doesn’t necessarily nail down the mode of transmission.   This is the 19th case announced by the Saudi MOH in just over a month.
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4:25 PM | Ebola: The questions keep coming
The progression of the Ebola epidemic, particularly the recent episodes of transmission to healthcare workers who wore appropriate personal protective equipment, raises interesting questions. Certainly we need to continue to work on learning everything we can about the best approach to personal protective equipment and minimzing the risk of transmission during the process of care. But it’s also time to rethink some of the rituals surrounding care that have persisted in […]
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3:26 PM | CDC COCA Call : What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory & UNMC On Ebola
    # 9192   We’re having a busy day for online streaming on Ebola issues,  with the Johns Hopkins symposium this morning, and later this afternoon we’ll have a COCA Call entitled:   Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) Participate by Phone: Registration is not required. 888-603-9630 […]
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3:01 PM | Medical Librarians: Improving Research Quality, Reducing Bias
A recent Viewpoint column by Melissa L. Rethlefsen et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles,” examined the value medical librarians bring to the research process. Librarians’ expertise includes selecting databases, employing advanced search skills, refining topics, developing search strategies and managing results. [...]
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