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September 09, 2014

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10:00 AM | Religious fundamentalists try to prove fetal DNA in vaccines causes autism and fail
There are some myths, bits of misinformation, or lies about medicine that I like to refer to zombie quackery. The reasons are obvious. Like at the end of a horror movie, just when you think the myth is finally dead, its rotting hand rises out of the dirt to grab your leg and drag you…
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9:34 AM | The Science Of REAL Hoverboards
The Science Of REAL Hoverboards Hank gives it to you straight about “anti-gravity technology” — basically, it doesn’t exist. But if you really want to hover, you have options! ———- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check outRead More »
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8:57 AM | Q&A: What it takes to be on an MRC board
It’s that time of year when we open up applications for new members of our boards and panels. Here Professor Moira Whyte, Head of Respiratory Medicine at the University of […]
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7:00 AM | The Reality of Ancient Wisdom: Acupuncture and TCM Weren’t So Great
A mythology has grown up around traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The ancient wisdom of the inscrutable Orient supposedly helped patients in ways that modern science-based medicine fails to understand or appreciate. A typical claim found on the Internet: “The ancient beliefs and practice of traditional Chinese medicine have been healing people for thousands of years.” […]
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4:46 AM | Release of Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: Guide for Health Care Sector_Part 1
By Sharon E. ChinThe Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has recently released an abridged version of the 2013 “Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States” specifically developed for the health care sector. The original, a dense report at 465 pages, was first created to address sexual exploitation and trafficking of minors in the United States by increasing awareness, reviewing current strategies, and providing […]
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2:41 AM | CJASN Activities
Two ASN-related activities to mention happening in the next couple of months. First, CJASN eJC will be hosting a twitter conversation about the recently published commentary "Training the Next Generation's Nephrology Workforce. This will be hosted by Amar Bansal, a fellow at UPenn who is the author of the article. It will take place on September 10th at 9pm and the hastag is #CJASNeJC.The second event is a fellows luncheon at the ASN annual meeting on November 13th from 12.45 to 1.45pm. This is […]

September 08, 2014

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10:40 PM | Free HPV vaccine causes 61% drop in female genital warts in Australia
As I’ve written on many occasions, the HPV quadrivalent vaccine is one of the great achievements of medical science. It protects young men and women against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are over 170 subtypes of HPV; however, HPV subtypes 16 and 18 not only cause approximately 70% of cervical cancers, but they are […]Continue reading «Free HPV vaccine causes […]
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10:13 PM | Enterovirus 68: Talking Points
Yesterday, I discussed the recent emergence of EV68 in the US and its association with respiratory illness in children. Naturally, there has been a lot of media interest and parental concern. In addition, CDC released a new MMWR earlier today that describes the two best characterized EV68 outbreaks in Kansas City and Chicago. Of note, the CDC report necessarily describes only the sickest patients with EV68, those admitted to the hospital and tested. Like most viral illnesses, we […]
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7:23 PM | Update to the LeRoy (NY) teenagers’ mystery neurological illnesses
Over the past couple of years, I had written a few articles about a mystery neurological ailment that had struck about 20 teenagers, most of whom were students in high school at that time in LeRoy, NY, a small town about 30 minutes from the city of Rochester. The teens suffered tics and other neurological symptoms that […]Continue reading «Update to the LeRoy (NY) teenagers' mystery neurological illnesses»
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6:56 PM | Two Diseases Can’t Keep ACC Patient off His Bike
Abramson Cancer Center patient Marc Barag started training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer about two years ago—he just didn’t know it. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and enduring 96-hour sessions of chemotherapy, Barag decided to jump on an exercise bike he spotted on the infusion center floor one day to...
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6:54 PM | MMWR: Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With Enterovirus D68
Credit CDC     # 9056   As promised earlier during today’s CDC press briefing, the MMWR has published an early release detailing initial findings from their investigation of two EV-D68 outbreaks. As  Dr. Schuchat explained, the situation is evolving and dynamic, and we should have a better idea about the level of illness and spread in the comings days.    Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 — Missouri and Illinois, […]
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6:30 PM | WHO: Liberia, Ebola Cases Increasing `Exponentially’
# 9055 On top of the news that a WHO doctor in Sierra Leone has contracted the virus , we’ve a somber assessment in today’s Situation Report from the World Health Organization , one that warns that `thousands’ of new cases are expected in Liberia alone over the next three weeks. Ebola situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed Situation assessment - 8 September 2014 During the past weeks, a WHO team of emergency experts worked together […]
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6:19 PM | WHO Doctor Infected With Ebola, To Be Evacuated From Sierra Leone
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9054   We’ve a brief emailed statement from the World Health Organization announcing that one of their doctors has become infected with the Ebola virus, and will be evacuated shortly.   WHO doctor to be evacuated after testing positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone FREETOWN, Sierra Leone ¦ 8 September 2014 – A WHO doctor working in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease. To ensure the […]
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6:08 PM | CDC Press Briefing On HEV-D68
Credit CDC – Non Polio-Enteroviruses     # 9053   The Human Enterovirus – Delta 68 outbreak which I’ve been writing about for the past 10 days (see Enterovirus D-68 (HEV-D68) Update) has continued to spread, and over the weekend led many newscasts. Today, the CDC held a press briefing on this emerging viral threat, featuring Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Anne Schuchat, (RADM, USPHS) and Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and […]
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4:43 PM | To study attention, pay attention to bats
A review proposes bats as a model for how our brains make an object stand out ScicuriousNeuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 1:03pm, September 8, 2014 Studying how bats’ brains find prey using echolocation could help scientists understand how human brains pay attention. Daniel Neal/Flickr  (CC BY 2.0)When you’re driving a car, you pass by people, places, […]
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4:32 PM | CDC Guidance: Compliance with Select Agent Regulations For Labs Handling Specimens Containing Ebola Virus
  # 9052   `Select agents’ are those  pathogens that have been deemed to pose a significant biological hazard, and among those, Tier 1 select agents are considered `biological agents and toxins present the greatest risk of deliberate misuse with significant potential for mass casualties or devastating effect to the economy, critical infrastructure, or public confidence, and pose a severe threat to public health and safety:’ As you might have already […]
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3:53 PM | Why Jurors and Policemen Need Stress Relief
I’ll be sitting on a jury tomorrow for the first time. The logistics are annoying. I have to …
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3:50 PM | Product Recommendations Page Launches
If you haven’t checked out the Product Recommendations page, which had a soft launch several months ago, have a look now. Today is the official launch of the page which has been created in response to numerous requests from my readers. The page gives the rationale behind my offering this service, the initial two companies … Continue reading »
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3:49 PM | Everything is Made of Chemicals
What contains more chemicals, apples or love hearts?If, like many people your instinctive response is “love hearts… of course”, you might benefit from a new guide by the group Sense about Science, which debunks common myths about chemicals (you’ll find the correct answer at the end of this blog…Read the [...]
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3:34 PM | New study using telemedicine to combat anorexia recruiting patients
Scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine Eating Disorders Clinic seeks adolescents with symptoms of anorexia nervosa and their families to participate in a new study that tests the effectiveness of family-based treatment through video conferencing technology.
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2:51 PM | Researchers discover a key to making new muscles
Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) have developed a novel technique to promote tissue repair in damaged muscles. The technique also creates a sustainable pool of muscle stem cells needed to support multiple rounds of muscle repair. The study, published September 7 in Nature Medicine, provides promise for a new therapeutic approach to treatingRead More
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2:12 PM | “We’re really struggling to match the demand for cancer treatment”
We caught up with our chief clinician, Professor Peter Johnson, about the findings of a new report looking at the state of NHS cancer services.
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2:00 PM | ICAAC Video: How Quickly A Virus Can Spread In A Building
  # 9051   The 54rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) runs through September 9th in Washington D.C. , and this morning we’ve an absolutely fascinating video sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology showing just how quickly a single introduction of a virus into an office environment can spread to contaminate an entire building.   Of particular interest, this conversation explores how their results relate to […]
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12:49 PM | Mapping The Zoonotic Range Of Ebola Virus In Africa
Mapping the zoonotic niche of Ebola virus disease in Africa   # 9050   In most cases, it is assumed the the index human infection in each of Africa’s Ebola outbreaks have come as the result of exposure to an infected animal, most commonly through the hunting, preparing, or consuming of bush meat.    Bats are believed to be the primary host of the four known African species of Ebola (plus Marburg), but other mammals may serve as intermediate hosts as well. […]
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11:43 AM | Internet Echochambers
I recently came across a post on the skeptic subreddit pointing to the rules of the 9/11 truther subreddit: Welcome to 911truth! The purpose of this subreddit is to present and discuss evidence showing that the US Government’s version of the events of 9/11 cannot possibly be true. Submissions or comments supporting the official version, [...]
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11:40 AM | NPM14: In an Emergency, Who Are You Going To Call?
National Preparedness Month   # 9049   One of the ironies of our increasingly connected world is that many of our closest friends need not live anywhere near us.  Facebook, Twitter, email, and texting have allowed us to interact at a distance as never before.   And during a disaster, that can be both a problem, and a blessing.   The blessing is that since many disasters are local, if you are hit by a tornado, or an earthquake, or a flood . . . having […]
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11:30 AM | A Chamber of the Stillness of Death: Phyllis M.T. Kerridge’s Experiments in the Silence Room
I’m beginning a new project on the historical contributions of women to otology, many of whom have been overlooked in scholarship. My current article investigates the physiological work of Dr. Phyllis Margaret Tookey Kerridge, who died on June 22, 1940, … Continue reading →
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11:19 AM | Researcher Spotlight: Professor Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett is Professor of Biochemical Parasitology and Director of Glasgow Polyomics at the University of Glasgow. His work involves interpretation of enormous datasets, with a core focus on drug action and resistance in protozoa. We asked Michael to explain his work and share some of the highlights of his career… What are you working […]
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10:30 AM | “Dr. Bob” Sears profiled: A cynical vaccine-averse pediatrician who accepts no blame for the results of his antivaccine message
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I don’t much like “Dr. Bob” Sears. Actually, I rather detest the guy. The reasons are obvious. There isn’t an antivaccine trope Dr. Bob won’t repeat in the service of pandering to the vaccine-averse parents base who bring him patients. They’re all there in his The…
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9:47 AM | The Science of the Spy’s Invisibility Cloak | Gnoggin
The Science of the Spy’s Invisibility Cloak | Gnoggin The science of invisibility is both complicated and very interesting, let’s apply it to Team Fortress! Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/lmqr4zm Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lockstin Second Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Lockstin1 Ending Music is Metropolis by Traktion
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