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October 14, 2014

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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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2:59 PM | CDC Q&A: Ebola & Pets
  # 9191   The decision last week of the Spanish government to euthanize a dog owned by their Ebola-infected Nurse Teresa Romero Ramos has caused huge outcries online, particularly given there was no evidence that this dog had been infected.   This week, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has promised that recently diagnosed Nurse Nina Pham’s dog will not suffer the same fate, and her pet will simply be quarantined and monitored.   Nevertheless, these recent […]
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2:34 PM | Microbirth: Why We All Need to Know About Seeding and Feeding a Baby's Microbiome | Toni Harman
Microbirth: Why We All Need to Know About Seeding and Feeding a Baby's Microbiome | Toni Harman: The preview to the movie “Microbirth” is full of folks making pretty grandiose claims about the potential of the microbiome and impending global health doom if we ignore it. Not that I’m entirely disagreeing, but there’s definitely a touch of Hollywood in it. I’ll have to add it to my movie queue.
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12:28 PM | Ebola and Human Error
It has been fascinating, and a little scary, to watch the first ever Ebola epidemic from the comfort of my Connecticut environs – about as far from the epidemic as you can get. Two thoughts keep coming back to me. The first, as this epidemic progresses and the CDC and WHO keep advancing their predictions [...]
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11:41 AM | Read: Dr. Harriet Hall Corrects What “Fed Up” Gets Wrong
The movie Fed Up, an advocacy documentary narrated by Katie Couric, is providing one more outlet for the people who love to demonize sugar. If only we removed sugar from our diet, we would all lose weight and be healthy. Does the evidence support this claim? No. Dr. Harriet Hall, blogging at Science-Based Medicine, has this to … Continue reading →
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11:11 AM | Ebola: Bloggers in the News
Last night, Dan, Mike and I sat around a table and drafted an op-ed at the suggestion of several colleagues. We would eventually like to include it here, but that will have to wait pending editorial reviews and rejections. Media requests have been frequent and we are doing our best to speak with as many reporters as we can. Dan has been very busy with SHEA duties, as he is currently the Society President. SHEA has just released a statement on infection prevention funding needs where Dan is […]
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11:05 AM | UNMC: The Complex Procedures To Don & Doff PPEs For Ebola
  # 9190   Although we don’t know by what mechanism the nurses in Texas and Madrid were inadvertently exposed to the Ebola virus, investigators are looking for possible flaws in the complex procedures of donning or doffing  PPEs as a possible point of contact.    These breaches have some experts calling for more PPEs, while others suggest less complex or cumbersome procedures may be safer.   A review is underway by the CDC, and infection […]
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10:00 AM | Quackademic medicine in Connecticut
A common topic that I’ve written about since the very beginning of this blog is the infiltration of quackery into what were formerly bastions of science-based medicine. Most recently, I lamented just how far this process has progressed at the Cleveland Clinic, as evidenced by its recent opening of a clinic devoted to the quackery…
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9:30 AM | Working life: Carol Robinson
Professor Dame Carol Robinson is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Here she tells us about her working life, from becoming fascinated with mass spectrometry to the inspirational […]
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7:24 AM | Dr. Kerr, I presume?
Clark Ellis brings us a rare interview with British researcher Dr. Jonathan Kerr who is now living in Colombia. Dr. Jonathan Kerr is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) researchers, and an expert in microbiology, inflammation and genetics.Formerly of St. George’s University of London, he is now working at the Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Rosario, Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Kerr […]
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7:00 AM | Does the Movie Fed Up Make Sense?
The 2014 film Fed Up is an advocacy documentary. Its message: There is a worldwide epidemic of obesity. It is endangering our children. Increased sugar consumption is responsible. The food industry is responsible for our increased sugar consumption because it puts hidden sugar in processed foods, bombards us with advertising, favors profits over health, and […]
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1:43 AM | SEVERE CHRONIC HYPONATREMIA: A Pathophysiological Rumination.
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October 13, 2014

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11:02 PM | A Little Furry Test for Human Toxicity
PLOS Medicine Associate Editor Laureen Connell discusses a research article from 2014 in which Gary Peltz and colleagues described a new mouse model with a humanized liver that can replicate human-specific toxicity and improve safety of clinical trials. In 1993, … Continue reading »The post A Little Furry Test for Human Toxicity appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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9:37 PM | The freedom to not vaccinate in France–a court case
This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.  Dr. Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. She is also member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and […]Continue reading «The freedom […]
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6:50 PM | Webinar Alert: Guidelines for providing mental health services to human trafficking survivors
The HEAL network is hosting a free webinar on how to provide mental health services to survivors of human trafficking. Space is limited to 1,000 participants, so register soon.Title:Mental Health Services & Models for Victims of Sex TraffickingDescription:The Direct Services group would like to extend an invitation to all HEAL members to learn from our own Becca Johnson about providing mental health for survivors of trafficking. Becca is a PhD and Licensed Psychologist and the Clinical […]
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6:09 PM | For patients with type 2 diabetes, remission is rare, but not impossible
A study by Elbert Huang, MD, shows that, while rare, remission of type 2 diabetes is possible in a real-world setting outside of surgery or special intervention programs.
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6:02 PM | Happy Birthday to PLOS Medicine
On the 10th anniversary of our first issue, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on some of our most interesting and influential articles. This week PLOS Medicine celebrates the 10th anniversary of our first issue. Don’t worry, you don’t need to … Continue reading »The post Happy Birthday to PLOS Medicine appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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4:11 PM | Sparking the Imaginations of the Next Generation of Scientists
Did you know that there is a Canadian educational CHARITY that has the largest student reach of ANY youth education organization, museum or science centre in Canada? And that it has been a going... Let me take you behind today's and tomorrow's headlines and show you the kinds of research progress we are making in fighting cancers. Go to the web site for more...
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4:02 PM | Marathon Monday: How to recover after running 26.2 miles
Whether it’s a runner’s first marathon or their 50th, covering 26.2 miles requires recovery time too. We asked University of Chicago Medicine sports medicine specialist Ryan Hudson, MD, for his best tips for recovering from the big race.
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4:00 PM | Listen to What I Say
Strengthening the Nurse-Patient Connection Advances in health treatment and technology have improved patient outcomes, but this fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment can take a toll on the nurse-patient relationship. Much of nursing now centers more on technology, often in the areas of collecting and monitoring. Sometimes that means that nurses...
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3:50 PM | Live Streamed Johns Hopkins Ebola Symposium – Oct 14th
Image Credit: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)     # 9189   Considering the line up of experts, this live-streamed event looks like it will be very much worth watching.     Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Sommer Hall Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a symposium on the Ebola […]
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3:26 PM | Saudi Arabia Reports MERS Case In Riyadh
    # 9188   For the third day in a row Saudi Arabia has announced a new MERS infection, this time being treated in a hospital at the Capital Riyadh.   While not exactly a deluge, this makes the 18th case reported by the MOH over the past month.
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1:00 PM | Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare
Wi-Fi, smartphones, and all associated phenomena have permeated lives all around the globe. We are just seeing the first generation of humans to grow up with these things – the first of the ‘digital natives’. The health implications of virtual … Continue reading »The post Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare appeared first on Public Health.
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12:28 PM | WHO Issues Ebola Home Care Advice For Sierra Leone
# 9187   Given the need to isolate patients in order to reduce the spread of the Ebola virus, the news on Saturday that due to badly overburdened Ebola treatment centers - Sierra Leone’s Ebola Battle Shifts To Facilitating Home Care - is considered to be a major (although hopefully, temporary) setback.   While more assets are being sent to the region, the number of patients continues to rise faster than beds can be set up and staffed, which has led today to […]
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12:24 PM | Anomaly Hunting and the Umbrella Man
This is not a new story, but it is worth repeating. At the moment that bullets were being fired into JFK’s motorcade, a man can be seen standing on the side of the road near the car holding an open black umbrella. It was a sunny day (although it had rained the night before) and [...]
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11:05 AM | A Dire Ebola Assessment By The WHO
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea   # 9186   The World Health Organization has circulated the following text of a keynote speech delivered to the The Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Sixty-fifth session in Manila, Philippines, on  13 October 2014.   Of particular note, the speaker’s choice not to provide current numbers (which are quickly changing and highly suspect), and stressing instead their exponential growth.  […]
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8:13 AM | Study Alert: The Health Consequences of Sex Trafficking and Their Implications for Identifying Victims in Healthcare Facilities
By Sharon E. ChinCan victims of sex trafficking be identified?The usefulness of training U.S. healthcare providers to identify victims of human trafficking has long been debated. As ongoing – slim – research reveals more information about shared characteristics and symptoms among victims, the debate is understandable. Are health providers coming into contact with victims? Would the use of current anti-trafficking efforts be most optimized by including training for health providers? […]
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7:19 AM | Evidence Update: Preventing type 2 diabetes at the population and community level
With the rate at which new evidence is published, it’s impossible for guidelines or even systematic reviews to keep pace.  That’s why NICE Evidence Updates are so, err, nice!  They summarise what’s new in relation to existing NICE guidelines since they were published. The NICE guidance This Evidence Update relates to NICE guideline 35 on [read the full story...]
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7:00 AM | Andrew Wakefield, the MMR, and a “mother warrior’s” fabricated vaccine injury story
As the time came to do my usual weekly post for this blog, I was torn over what to write about. Regular readers might have noticed that a certain dubious cancer doctor about whom I’ve written twice before has been agitating in the comments for me to pay attention to him, after having sent more […]
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7:00 AM | Antiperspirants: Not a cause of breast cancer
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post in which I explained why wearing a bra does not cause breast cancer. After I had finished the post, it occurred to me that I should have saved that post for now, given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The reason is that, like clockwork, pretty…
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