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April 08, 2014

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10:48 AM | Working life: Susan Gathercole
Professor Susan Gathercole is the Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. Here she tells us about her working life, from her roots in psychology to […]
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7:00 AM | Ridiculous Warning from Chiropractors About Alleged Health Effects of Texting
The United Chiropractic Association has warned that using mobile phones for texting could cause poor posture that could shorten your life. They claim that poor posture is as big a health risk as obesity and that it increases the risk of an early death, especially in elderly people. Chiropractors have said a lot of silly things, but this […]
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5:55 AM | Tenure track
This is the feeling when a tenure track professor couldn’t get his/her tenure. Lost in space!
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1:26 AM | “Technology and Pearls” – The Dichotomy of Women and Medicine throughout History
In the 19th Century, rigorous work was thought to negatively affect female fertility. It was also thought to create a masculine and angular appearance in women, thus stunting the development of femininity. These are just a sample of some of the startling yet fascinating “facts” presented by ten distinguished speakers...
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12:33 AM | The Issues of Organ Trafficking and Organ Commercialism
By William W. Bauser, Member of the Board of Stop Organ Trafficking NowThe “Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism” has been a representation of a consensus that was established to govern organ transplantation.  The principles of the Declaration established regulations of recipient safety, and also established an enforcement system of standards on organ transplantation unethical activities.  However, it is a consequence of the Declaration as […]

April 07, 2014

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11:59 PM | A re-SMARCable finding
On March 23, Nature Genetics published 3 related papers reporting the finding that SMARCA4 is frequently mutated in a rare ovarian cancer type, small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type (SCCOHT) [Jelinic et al 2014, Ramos et al 2014, Witkowski et al 2014]  … Read more
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10:19 PM | The use of Rituximab in Kidney Disease
Rituximab, the monoclonal chimeric anti-CD20 antibody, is an effective B-Cell depleting agent and continues to gather data for its use in a wide range of conditions relevant for the Nephrologist. It was also a pre-season favourite in the recent NephMadness event run by our friends at eAJKD, so I figured a quick recap was timely. As the literature is vast and grows by the week, I will only give a brief review on the current data, much of which is weak consisting of small observational reports. […]
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8:34 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 4 More MERS-CoV Cases
  # 8446   It’s been a confusing couple of days, trying to decipher the announcements coming out of Saudi Arabia on their latest MERS cases.  Yesterday, they announced 5 people tested positive (albeit 4 were asymptomatic), yet they only incremented their case count by 1 (see Saudi MOH Adds 1 New MERS-CoV Case & 2 Fatalities).   Roughly 10 hours ago, the KSA MOH site updated their case count, adding four new cases (TTL=171), but posted no […]
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8:13 PM | If you weren't at SHEA, here's what you missed...
Jon Otter, who blogs at Micro Blog, summarizes last week's Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America meeting here. I'll just add that the topics were interesting, the speakers were excellent, and it was a fun gathering. Next year: Orlando, May 14-17.
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7:49 PM | EID Journal: Stability Of MERS-CoV In Milk
Photo Credit Wikipedia   # 8445     Although limited human-to-human transmission of the MERS Coronavirus has been established, and there’s pretty good evidence to suggest repeated introduction of the virus to humans via camels (see CIDRAP NEWS report WHO sees camels as MERS source, but route uncertain), the full ecology of this virus remains murky at best.    Today we’ve a letter that appears in the CDC’s EID Journal that looks at […]
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7:30 PM | Candida CAUTI: An oxymoron
While I was attending the SHEA Meeting last week, a list-serve that I follow had some disturbing comments regarding how some hospitals are addressing CAUTIs that are due to Candida spp. I'll address those comments a little later, but first want to address the concept of Candida CAUTI.To meet the NHSN definition of CAUTI, a patient could have fever + 100,000 CFU/mL of Candida in the urine, or fever + 10 WBCs/mL + 1,000 CFU/mL of Candida. While this definition is appropriate for bacteria, it […]
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6:12 PM | Study: Chikungunya’s Growing Threat To The Americas
One of two highly competent vectors in the Americas   # 8443   Up until about a decade ago,Chikungunya (CHKV) - a mosquito-borne virus - was only seen in central Africa.  In 2005 it jumped to  Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, where it sparked a major epidemic infecting tens of thousands. Since then it has spread rapidly to counties such as India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and others in  Asia and  the Western Pacific.   […]
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5:45 PM | Talking “rubbish” with the environment minister
Sitting down with Minister of Environment Laila Iskandar at Alexandria’s ongoing Biovision conference, she talked to Nature Middle East about going back to the basics in terms of solid waste sorting and recycling–a thing that was overdue, according to her.  Read more
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4:38 PM | Nurses Help Investigate Alternatives To X-Ray Verification Of Feeding Tubes In Pediatrics
Nurses at Comer Children's Hospital are helping find a better way to make sure feeding tubes are inserted properly without using x-rays.
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3:37 PM | The Genetics of Religious Belief
In the next few posts, I will review some of the recent brain-related research related to religious belief.Religious belief and religious affiliation run in families. This effect is not surprising as parents influence their children's type of religious experience during development.However, there is increasing evidence that adult religious belief and behavior is also influenced by genetic factors independent of family environment experience.Twin studies represent a powerful research model to […]
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3:15 PM | Chili’s gets burned by an antivaccine group posing as an “autism advocacy” group
Here I am, sitting on the balcony of my hotel room in sunny San Diego, as I get ready to head over to the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The sun is rising over the mountains, and the only sound I hear is that of running water in the swimming…
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1:49 PM | Making ChIP-seq a little more robust
I had a fun time at Jason Carroll's group retreat in sunny Cromer a few weeks ago. I was invited to present some work we'd been doing on using Thruplex for ChIP-seq library prep and there was a lot of great science being discussed. One of the presentations that stood out to me was from Kelly Holmes in Jay's group, she presented some simple steps all users can take to improve the quality of their ChIP-sequencing experiments: Quantify your Chromatin, Check your sonication, Standardise […]
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1:22 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Dr Colm Cunningham
On the Wellcome Trust blog we like to celebrate the people and the work that define who we are. In our new Researcher Spotlights series we will introduce you to some of the great people that we fund, and give you a peek into the work they are doing. Dr Colm Cunningham is a Wellcome […]
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12:25 PM | Crowdfunding Pseudoscience
Indiegogo is rapidly earning a reputation for not caring whether or not they fund pure pseudoscience. This, in my opinion, is a bad business model, not to mention morally dubious. I wrote previously about an Indiegogo campaign to fund a free energy device – a “home quantum energy generator.”  Indiegogo claims to have a process [...]
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11:50 AM | Microglia in Mice and Men
A hot debate has broken out among scientists who study microglia, the glorious cells best known as the …
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11:36 AM | Raw milk enthusiasts want you to drink a bacterial stew. Yum.
Sometimes it is astonishing how ignorant people can be. Now it's the turn of fans of "raw milk," a new fad that is sweeping the U.S.I still remember reading milk cartons as a kid, and asking my parents what "pasteurized" meant. While I don't remember exactly what they said, I'm sure they told me that it made the milk safe by killing bacteria. Even as a kid, I understood that bacteria in my milk were probably a bad thing.Louis Pasteur is one of the most famous scientists in history, and rightly […]
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11:30 AM | How to break out of a scientific career rut, Part 3: Investigate internal barriers
 Contributor, Ben Thomas  … Read more
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11:30 AM | Using Neurofeedback to Treat Substance Use Disorder
A recent article suggests the possibility that neurofeedback (NFB) can be useful in the treatment of those experiencing substance use disorders (SUD). In this article, I articulate these possibilities further. From the referenced article, I have extracted the following quote attributed to Dr. Othmer. Dr. Sigfried Othmer is director of the EEG Institute and is […]
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11:27 AM | Referral: VDU Charts The Ebola Outbreak
Photo Credit - CDC   # 8442     Dr. Ian Mackay, after a well-deserved week’s respite from blogging, has returned with a summary and case chart on the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.   Follow the link below to read:   Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa: chart of cases to 04-Apr Credit Dr Ian Mackay VDU Blog. The Ebola virus disease (EVD) case chart adjacent is based on the latest Disease Outbreak News (DON) from […]
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11:07 AM | WPRO World Health Day Video: Small Bite, Big Threat
Global brief on vector-borne diseases pdf, 4.45 Mb     # 8441   Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that one out of two people are at risk of contracting a vector-borne illness; diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, and freshwater snails.  Globally Malaria infects more than 200 million people each year - killing over 600,000 - while 40% of the world’s population is now at risk of Dengue.    Add in the considerable […]
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11:00 AM | 19th Century Indian Women in U.S. Medical School Part II
“It is not more difficult to prove that Asiastic women have made good as Christian physicians. In India we point to Dr. Karmarkar and Dr. Joshi…”[1] Since my original posting on three Indian women who attended the Women’s Medical College … Continue reading →
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10:36 AM | When muscle turns to bone – clues for treating deadly childhood brain tumours
What links a rare form of childhood brain tumour and an even rarer disease that turns muscle into bone? Our researchers have just discovered the answer.
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10:18 AM | Nature Futures Competition: The Winners Revealed
At the start of this year, Futures ran a competition challenging readers to write a science-fiction story in just 200 characters. After a difficult judging session, we’re pleased to award first prize to Catherine Rastovski, who wins a year’s subscription to Nature plus a gift voucher for the Futures 1 eBook. Five runners up — Adam Flanders, Arran Frood, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Anssi Sajama and Chaim Schramm— also receive gift vouchers for Futures 1.  Read more
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10:00 AM | Mammography and the acute discomfort of change
As I write this, I am attending the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego. Basically, it’s one of the largest meetings of basic and translational cancer researchers in the world. I try to go every year, and pretty much have succeeded since around 1998 or 1999. As an […]
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6:30 AM | Science to Patients: Talking ME, Exercise and the Mitochondria – with Dr Charles Shepherd
The latest video release from the Dutch group ME/cvs Vereniging, with Dr Charles Shepherd from the UK ME Association, and announcing a live chat session to be held Thursday, April 10, 2014… Dutch group ME/cvs Vereniging present their latest video followed by a chat session with Dr Charles Shepherd from the UK ME Association ME/cvs Vereniging launched a series of broadcasts from expert clinicians and researchers in January 2013, as part of a government subsidized project called, […]
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