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August 14, 2014

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12:00 PM | Naturopathy vs. Science: Prenatal Vitamins
This is another post in the naturopathy versus science series, where a naturopath’s medical advice is assessed against the scientific evidence. Today’s topic is brought to you by Toronto naturopath Shawna Darou, who recently published her evaluation of prenatal vitamins. Vitamin supplementation is unnecessary for the vast majority of people. You wouldn’t know this walking […]
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11:00 AM | The Hollywood Medical Reporter – House M.D
Unless you’ve been distracted by an opiate-induced cloud, you’ll be familiar with Dr. Gregory House and his Sherlock Holmes-like ability to riddle his way through a web of peculiar symptoms to find the right, and usually unbelievable, diagnosis. By season three (out of eight, spanning from 2004-2012), House M.D had reached its peak Nielson rating […]
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10:49 AM | The Spark Died | The Science of Love
The Spark Died | The Science of Love How many times have you heard someone say, “the spark just went out?” Is that normal? Is there anything you can do about it? This week we brought in real couples to investigate what you can do to keep the spark alive. The Science of Love isRead More »
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10:45 AM | How Ebola Kills
“That’s not Ebola!” I said to the vendor standing beside a display of boxer shorts festooned with pathogens, at a biology teachers conference a few years ago. “No, that’s Ebola. Read the tag.” “The tag’s wrong.… Read the restThe post How Ebola Kills appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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8:00 AM | The cruel sham of “right to try” comes to Michigan
There are times when supporting science-based health policy and opposing health policies that sound compassionate but are not are easily portrayed as though I’m opposing mom, apple pie, and the American flag. One such type of misguided policy that I’ve opposed is a category of bills that have been finding their way into state legislatures…

August 13, 2014

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10:30 PM | Obesity and cancer – adding more weight to the evidence
Here we explore a new study looking at the link between obesity and the risk of 22 of the most common cancer types.
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8:33 PM | Unintended Benefits of Antibiotics: Why antimicrobial stewardship is difficult
We frequently highlight the unintended consequences of antibiotic use, such as C. difficile or adverse drug events, as reasons to discourage inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and advance antibiotic stewardship. Avoidance of unintended consequences is also a major factor in physician selection of antimicrobials. Anecdotally, physicians prefer to avoid clindamycin because it's linked to CDI. In an old study, Jessina McGregor and I found that physicians were approximately twice as likely […]
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5:36 PM | Gulf States Meet To Discuss Ebola Precautions For The Upcoming Hajj
Credit Wikipedia   # 8951   Even before MERS emerged in 2012, and the Ebola outbreak began to sweep across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this summer, preparing for the public health needs during the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia was a big job.    More than two million pilgrims – many of an advanced age and coming from regions of the world with relatively poor health care – make the journey each year and Saudi Arabia spends millions preparing to deal […]
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4:41 PM | Sen. Durbin meets with UChicago scientists in push for increased biomedical research funding
Durbin recently sponsored the American Cures Act, which seeks $150 billion over 10 years to support research leading to improved treatment of disease, calling it "the smartest investment we can make."
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4:06 PM | WHO Ebola Update – August 13th
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea # 8950     The World Health Organization has published their latest Ebola update, showing 128 new cases reported over the two day period of August 10th-11th, including 56 deaths.   The WHO also released a clarification on country classifications (category 1, 2, or 3)  via email to journalists, which you’ll find after the GAR (Global Alert & Response) update.   Ebola virus disease update - […]
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3:36 PM | The Science of Love
The Science of Love TWEET IT – http://clicktotweet.com/s36dT It turns out the brain in love looks strikingly similar to one on drugs like cocaine! Find out what drives love, and why we simply love being in love. Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE MitchellRead More »
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1:16 PM | Truth and consequences: Building a game to fight the rural HIV epidemic
UAB researcher Comfort Enah is developing a video game to help high-risk teens and pre-teenslearn vital lessons about HIV prevention. An early graphic concept is shown above.Comfort Enah, Ph.D., a researcher in the UAB School of Nursing, can't build a time machine to help teens avoid making bad decisions in the future. So she's creating the next best thing: a video game.Working with a team from the School of Engineering, Enah is crafting a simulation of the challenges […]
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12:10 PM | A Statement on Cervical Manipulation and Dissections
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association recently published in the journal Stroke a thorough analysis of the evidence for an association between cervical manipulative therapy (CMT) and both vertebral artery dissection (VAD) and internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD). The full article is online: “Cervical Arterial Dissections and Association With Cervical Manipulative Therapy: […]
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12:10 PM | PNAS: Receptor Usage & Cell Entry Of Bat Coronaviruses
More than one way to jump species   # 8949   In 2011 Hollywood director Stephen Soderbergh brought his pandemic thriller `Contagion’ to the big screen, with a fictionalized  MEV-1 bat virus as the viral villain (see Why You Should Catch `Contagion’). The following summer we became aware of a new, often deadly, respiratory virus in the Middle East – apparently also with bat origins – called MERS-CoV.   While one might simply assume […]
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9:48 AM | Behind the picture: Leonard Hill and the divers
Leonard Hill wasn’t the type of researcher to confine his research to the laboratory, as this picture shows. Here Julie Clayton, author of a new history of the MRC National Institute for […]
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7:25 AM | Antivaccine cranks in Michigan: MLive.com gives Mary Tocco a platform
I come across antivaccine editorials all the time. Usually, some editor ignorant of the issues involved is duped by antivaccine arguments or succumbs to the annoying journalistic fallacy (with respect to science) of “telling both sides.” Either that, or the editor has antivaccine proclivities himself. Either way, the result is an op-ed by someone like…

August 12, 2014

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11:59 PM | OIE: Two Outbreaks Of H5N6 In Vietnamese Poultry
Location of Outbreaks – Source OIE     # 8947     Last May the H5N6 virus made headlines (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu) when it was detected in samples taken from a 49 year-old man who had been exposed to dead chickens and died of pneumonia.   Subsequently the China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Veterinary Bureau filed an OIE report on the local outbreak in poultry, where more than 1300 birds were culled. […]
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11:56 PM | To Infinity… and Beyond!
A new study digs into kids' understanding of infinity by testing their understanding of fractals. …
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10:24 PM | Team Sanford-Burnham Happy Hour Success
On July 24, Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe hosted a special happy hour in support of Team Sanford-Burnham and Pedal the Cause. 15 percent of all proceeds raised from the happy hour went directly to help Team Sanford-Burnham reach their fundraising goal.
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9:49 PM | Branswell: Canada To Donate Experimental Ebola Vaccine
    # 8946   Literally hours after the World Health Organization announced the consensus of their expert panel on the  Ethical Use Of Experimental Drugs In Ebola Outbreak, Canada’s Public Health Authority (PHAC) has offered to donate the bulk of their limited supply of – as yet untested – experimental Ebola vaccine to the afflicted African nations.   Helen Branswell of the Canadian Press has the details, so follow the link below to read: […]
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9:01 PM | Covert Operations vs. Public Health: What is the Government Thinking?
My attention having been riveted by Ebola, I missed this startling news last week: U.S. Agency for International Development sent young people undercover to Cuba to incite anti-government activism. Their cover was an HIV prevention workshop. This short-sighted idiocy was apparently aimed at making Cuba more “democratic,” by overthrowing Raul Castro, though that small nation [...]
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6:32 PM | Webinar: Ebola & The Law
  # 8945   This afternoon The Network for Public Health Law, CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP), and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) held a 90 minute webinar on legal issues surrounding the possible importation of Ebola into the United States.    Among the topics discussed were legal issues that might arise when infected individuals enter the United States, and the powers and duties health department personnel would have if an Ebola […]
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5:59 PM | Reflections on feces and its synonyms
As medical parasitologists we tend not to be too squeamish when discussing human feces. They represent one of the “five F’s” of parasitology – feces, fingers, flies, food, fomites – and indeed, most of the world’s poor living below the …The post Reflections on feces and its synonyms appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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5:30 PM | Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
[This is not an ordinary post for this blog, but this is not an ordinary day.]    Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014 His death is a shock. The tributes from the many people who knew and/or loved him continue to spread across every form of media. People are sad. I am […]
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4:39 PM | UChicago Medicine and Advocate receive NIH grant to establish Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet center
The $1.2 million grant will establish the first Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Clinical Center in Chicago, to identify people at risk or in the early stages of type 1 diabetes and offer them the chance to participate in clinical studies.
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4:33 PM | The Science of Chocolate
The Science of Chocolate While you unwrap that luscious truffle, let Hank explain the science of chocolate — where it comes from, what its active ingredient is, and how it works. Also learn the difference between chocolate, cocoa, cacao and coca, so you really know what you’re talking about the next time you pas theRead More »
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3:47 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2nd MERS Case In 2 Days
  # 8945   Yesterday the Saudi MOH announced a new MERS case – the first such announcement in more than 3 weeks – along with the death of what appeared to a previously announced case.   Today, we’ve another case reported – this time from Wadi Aldwarsir.  No information on the source of infection for either of these cases has been provided, other than to say they are not Health care workers.  
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2:56 PM | Welcoming Einstein’s M.D. Class of 2018
Med school orientation is here again! How can it be happening so soon? Even though I’ve been at this now for decades (yes, decades), the same questions play out in my head: Do we have everything ready? What will this class be like? How will it do academically? How will it adjust to life at med [...]
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2:55 PM | mBio: The Pathogenicity Of Avian H7N9 In Cynomolgus Macaques
Credit CDC   # 8944   The open access journal mBio today has published a study today looking at the replication, and pathogenicity of, the avian H7N9 virus in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts of cynomolgus macaques.    Although ferrets and other non-primate animals are often used for influenza transmission  research, when you want to study the pathogenicity of a virus, non-human primates offer the closest analog to humans. The […]
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1:27 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Professor Scott Waddell
Professor Scott Waddell is a Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Oxford and a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. Scott studied biochemistry as an undergraduate and completed a PhD in cancer biology before taking a leap across the atlantic and in to the field of neuroscience for his post-doctoral research. He studied at the Massachusetts […]
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