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April 11, 2015

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12:00 PM | Nurturing The Brain – Part 3, Red Wine
Have you ever heard of the “French paradox”? This concept originated in the 1980s and refers to the epidemiological observation that French people have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular diseases despite having a diet rich in saturated fats. Although it has been argued that the French paradox may be an illusion due to statistical […]
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11:17 AM | Saudi Arabia Replaces Minister Of Health (Again)
Saudi Arabia   # 9928   It was just shy of a year ago that long-serving  Minister of Health  Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah  was abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced), presumably over the Ministry’s lack of progress in controlling the MERS outbreak.   Dr.Faqih’s reign ended in early December (see Saudi King Appoints New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries), with the instatement of Dr. Muhammad […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – pensioners’ risk of melanoma, mimicking blood vessels, clam cancer and more
Package holiday boom and increased skin cancer rates, breast cancer cells may mimic blood vessels to spread and clams can catch cancer from clams.

April 10, 2015

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8:53 PM | Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other?
Jocalyn Clark (@JocalynClark) describes the challenge of achieving and maintaining basic cleanliness and sanitation in a children’s cancer ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A couple of years ago I wrote about a talk Wendy Graham gave at the Maternal Health conference … Continue reading »The post Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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8:01 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (April 6-10, 2015)
Enjoy the latest edition of the Biotech Tweets of the Week, courtesy of @23aloha as always.Featuring $QURE $BMY $OCUL $DYAX $TRIL $ADXS $XBI $IBB and more [...]
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7:15 PM | Minnesota: Four More Farms Hit By HPAI H5N2
  # 9927   The number of commercial turkey operations in Minnesota hit by the HPAI H5N2 avian flu continues to rise, with 4 new farms announced today, making a total of 13. The hardest hit county has been Stearns, which reports its 4th infected farm today. The three new areas reporting this avian flu virus are Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan counties, all clustered in the southwestern part of the state.    According to media reports a team of USDA  […]
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5:44 PM | SHEA 2015: *New* Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Track
 This is a special guest post by Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, Enterprise Epidemiologist at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society and the Department of Medicine. She is co-directing the new SHEA Certificate Track in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care at the 2015 SHEA Meeting in Orlando.In healthcare, we are in the process of transforming our approach from caring of an isolated individual to caring for the population as a whole. Similarly, we are slowly […]
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3:34 PM | Do you REALLY want it all?
There’s a billboard across the street from my office building, promoting the hospital that’s affiliated with the medical school where I work. It features a friendly looking young woman with the words above her head, “I want it all.” The implication, of course, is that the medical center can meet all of the health needs […]
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2:29 PM | Nationwide Study Reports Shifts in Americans’ Use of Natural Products
A national survey shows that natural product use in the US has shifted since 2007, particulary for fish oil (omega 3) and probiotics.
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2:10 PM | ADHD Clinical Trial Research: Reading Links
In the upcoming week I will be reviewing a few recent clinical trials in ADHD.Here are a few of the studies that caught my eye as recent and important research.Clicking on the title will take you to the research abstract and for some studies a link to the free full-text manuscript.Behavioral treatment for sleep problems in children with ADHDSleep problems are a common contributing factor to the clinical profile in ADHD. In this study, 244 children with ADHD received a standard behavioral […]
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1:22 PM | Measles Outbreaks and Vaccinations: Does it Change Anything?
In most communities in the United States today, the measles vaccination rate is a relatively high 94 percent. But some areas fall short of that average for various reasons: lack of awareness, lack of access, and a growing vaccine refusal movement. With one of the lowest vaccination rates, Pennsylvania currently...
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12:00 PM | March Madness: Basketball, Brackets and Psi! Oh my!
In 2011, psychologist Daryl Bem published a highly controversial series of nine experiments designed to tease out the potential existence of precognition, the ability to experience future events. In order to isolate the potential influence of future events on the present, Bem’s experimental design reversed the standard order of psychological investigations. In one experiment, for […]
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12:00 PM | Are We All Schizophrenic? Part 1, Delusions
The ignorance in the public understanding of schizophrenia and related disorders is shockingly poor, with a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness indicating that 64% of Americans are unable to recognize its symptoms or incorrectly think the symptoms include split or multiple personalities. Misunderstanding schizophrenia is a key driver of the stigmatization of […]
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11:55 AM | CDC: Updated Interim Guidance On Handling & Treatment Of Novel Flu Infections
Photo Credit – Wikipedia     # 9926     Although HPAI H7N9 and HPAI H5N1 human infections remain almost exclusively an Asian or Middle Eastern problem, the potential for seeing an imported case (as we already have with two H7N9 & 1 H5N1 cases in Canada) certainly exists, as does the possibility of infection by one of the recently arrived (and reassorted) HPAI H5 viruses in North America. This winter’s unprecedented H5N1 outbreak in Egypt, in […]
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11:05 AM | Hong Kong Notified Of Additional H7N9 Cases On The Mainland
    # 9925   On Wednesday, in FluTrackers: Zhejiang Province Reports 10 H7N9 Cases In March, we saw the belated announcement of 10 additional H7N9 cases from Zhejiang province (buried in an EOM spreadsheet).    This winter we’ve witnessed a disappointing lack of timely and detailed avian flu reporting out of both Egypt and China (see More Than One Way to `Contain An Outbreak’).   Today, Hong Kong’s CHP takes note of those […]
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10:46 AM | J. Virology: Genetics, Receptor Binding & Virulence (in Mice) Of Avian H10N8
Flu Virus binding to Receptor Cells – Credit CDC   # 9924   With all of the attention being given to the H7 and H5 avian flu strains this winter (see The Transmission Potential Of A(H7N9) In China & WHO: H5 Currently The Most Obvious Avian Flu Threat) it is easy to forget there are other avian subtypes on our radar as well.    We’ve seen a handful of scattered H9N2 infections over the years, and even a one-off H6N1 in Taiwan in 2013. […]
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10:12 AM | This week in animal research 100415
Gibbons speak, mice model baldness, and more
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8:48 AM | Image of the Week: Endangered Mountain Gorilla
Our image of the week this week is of a young gorilla called Nyanjura, part of a small population of mountain gorillas from the Virunga volcanic mountain range in Africa. In 1981 the population size had been drastically reduced to around 253 as a result of hunting and the destruction of their habitat. There were concerns that such a small […]
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6:52 AM | New Research from Shizuoka Cancer Center Hospital in Japan
      Local recurrence is a major clinical issue following surgical resection in head and neck cancer, and the dissemination and lymph node metastasis of minimal residual disease is relatively difficult to treat due to the lack of suitable therapeutic approaches. A group of researchers from Shizuoka Cancer Center Hospital in Japan have developed […] The post New Research from Shizuoka Cancer Center Hospital in Japan appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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5:00 AM | Pretoria
I am listening Pretoria! Since there have been so many wonderful discussions led by students from the University of Pretoria over the last couple of years (refer to the comments), I thought I would recognize this wonderful place.  First of all, thank you for being so actively involved in the blog for your classes. I am…
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2:55 AM | Are you !@#$$ing me?
Can you believe this? A family correlation taken as a genetic link–for a predisposition to crime. This is so simplistic it’s like 1910 all over again. It’s not back to the future–it’s ahead to the past. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32221589 h/t Alexandra Stern

April 09, 2015

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10:30 PM | Read: Do We Have Too Many Postdocs in the Biomedical Sciences?
My answer: yes. Nature published a very lengthy and well-written piece by Kendall Powell on the postdoctoral fellowship. If you don’t know, the next step for many Ph.D. graduates is not a tenure-track position in a university but a sort of poorly paid specialization called the postdoctoral fellowship, whose funding is often uncertain and whose length … Continue reading →
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10:01 PM | Serotonin and the science of sex
Three research groups wrestle over what mouse mounting means ScicuriousNeuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 8:00am, April 10, 2015 Does serotonin control whether mice prefer to snuggle up with males or females? Studies vary on that point and show the complicated role of a single chemical in animal behavior.Kuttelvaserova Stuchelova/ShutterstockIn 2011, a group of scientists […]
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8:23 PM | Stephanie Palmer: A (real) theoretical neuroscientist
As a chemical physics major in college and Rhodes Scholar in theoretical physics at Oxford, Stephanie Palmer, PhD, didn’t exactly seem destined for a career in neuroscience. But Palmer now works understand how brains recognize and predict things about the world around us. If that weren't enough, she also runs neuroscience student workshops (and yes, that is a dissected cockroach leg dancing to Uptown Funk)
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8:20 PM | A review of religion and vaccinations
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Revised 9 April 2015. A while ago, I wrote an article about a father who is suing the New York Department of Education to force a school to allow his unvaccinated son into school. The basis of his lawsuit is that vaccination is against his religious beliefs. The father is a Roman Catholic, and as far … Continue reading A review of religion and vaccinations →Continue reading «A review of religion and […]
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7:20 PM | Cancer rates are increasing in the USA–another myth debunked
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 9 April 2015. One of the enduring zombie tropes of the junk science world is that cancer rates are increasing in the USA (and across the world), and that deaths from cancers are higher today than it was in the past. Depending on the one screaming this myth, this rate of cancer increase is a result … Continue reading Cancer rates are increasing in the USA–another myth debunked →Continue […]
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6:07 PM | APHIS: 2nd South Dakota Turkey Farm Hit By HPAI H5N2
  # 9923   APHIS HPAI avian flu notifications continue to come in on practically a daily basis (8 farms hit in 9 days), with a second farm in South Dakota now reporting the virus.  This makes the 16th commercial poultry operation in the United States to be hit by either HPAI H5N2 or HPAI H5N8 in 2015.   Mashup of Commercial Farms only – Source USDA Here is the APHIS notification on the latest outbreak, in Kingsbury County SD.   USDA Confirms […]
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5:55 PM | Way Back When -- and Right Now
When it comes to longevity, no other American medical school can beat the Perelman School of Medicine. As the year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the school’s founding continues, the Spring 2015 issue of Penn Medicine has the good fortune of running a dozen pages from its new history,...
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5:45 PM | OIE: Mexico Reports HPAI H7N3 In Two States
  # 9922   During late June of 2012 we saw the first report in nearly 2 decades of an HPAI in Mexico (see Mexico: High Path H7 In Jalisco), an outbreak that quickly spread among neighboring poultry farms, leading Mexico To Declare a National H7N3 Animal Health Emergency in early July.   During the next few months 22 million birds either died from the virus, or were culled to prevent its spread. Sporadic outbreaks continued well into the summer of  2013 (see OIE […]
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3:50 PM | WHO MERS Update – Saudi Arabia
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL   # 9921     The World Health Organization has posted an update on 12 recently reported MERS cases (between March 24th-31st) from Saudi Arabia.  While the epidemiological investigation continues on some of these cases, from the synopsis we learn that:   5 Cases have no known Risk Exposure 4 Cases had some camel and/or sheep contact but their actual source of infection is not known 2 Cases had direct contact with […]
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