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March 18, 2015

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11:55 AM | A brief bit of shameless self-promotion…The Prince of Wales edition
In an effort to expand the Gorski empire almost to the level of the Crislip empire and to try to make it to somwhere within two or three orders of magnitude of the Novella empire, I’ve published an article on Slate.com about Prince Charles’ visit to our fine country entitled Prince of Pseudoscience. Consider this […]
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11:00 AM | In which a certain box of blinky lights is published in Slate.com pontificating about Prince Charles
After a busy and late day yesterday, I didn’t have any gas left in the tank, if you know what I mean, to produce Insolence as epic as my posts about The Food Babe and cries of antivaccine activists of “Help, help! I’m being repressed!” Or maybe I should say that Orac’s power supply is…
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11:00 AM | 5 Things I Learned About Serious Mental Illness While Caring for My Brother
Over the past year since I published my memoir about caring for my brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia, I have encountered several misguided but firmly held beliefs that get in the way of understanding our fellow humans who suffer from a severe brain disorder. Here are just a few. 1. Probably the most common […]
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10:17 AM | Media Reports: H5N6 Reported In Thanh Hóa Poultry
Thanh Hoa Province – Credit Wikipedia   # 9839   One of the `second generation’ of HPAI H5 viruses to appear over the past 18 months – H5N6 – is one that that, unlike H5N8 and H5N2, has shown an ability to infect and seriously sicken humans. We first saw it appear, infecting poultry and killing one person, last April in Nanchong City (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu).    Once the threat was identified, local […]
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9:27 AM | Food Recommendations: How did we get it wrong?
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently stated in their recommendations that dietary cholesterol is no longer an improtant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. With the rapid changes in dietary guidelines, Andrew Sayampanathan explores if the guidelines can ever be believed. Dietar...
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12:14 AM | Believe it or not, “learning styles” don’t exist
What false belief is held by 93% of British teachers? Read the rest of this post at the Big Think.

March 17, 2015

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10:16 PM | Erectile Dysfunction Drug Relieves Nerve Damage
ByThe Toombst New study finds that an erectile dysfunction drug relieves nerve damage in diabetic mice. Erectile dysfunction is a common condition, especially in middle-aged men. But there are treatments in the form of vasodilating drugs like sildenafil (viagra). Sildenafil’s mechanism of action also make it suited to treat other conditions, one being the rare condition, pulmonary arterial hypertension. Finding an off-label use for an already approved drug isn’t uncommon. Now new […]
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10:16 PM | New Use for Viagra, Relieving Nerve Damage
ByThe Toombst   New study finds a new  use for viagra, relieving nerve damage in diabetic mice. Erectile dysfunction is a common condition, especially in middle-aged men. But there are treatments in the form of vasodilating drugs like sildenafil (viagra). Sildenafil’s mechanism of action also make it suited to treat other conditions, one being the rare condition, pulmonary arterial hypertension. Finding an off-label use for an already approved drug isn’t uncommon. Now new […]
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8:55 PM | Plants’ defensive responses have downstream effects on nearby ecosystems
Chemical changes that occur in tree leaves after being attacked by insects and mammals can impact nearby streams, which rely on fallen plant material as a food source, report scientists from the University of Chicago Department of Ecology and Evolution.
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7:20 PM | Gardasil researcher is against the vaccine–another myth debunked
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.   Revised 17 March 2015 Because vaccine deniers lack any scientific evidence supporting their unfounded belief system about immunizations, they tend to rely upon unscientific information like anecdotes, misinterpretation of data, or ignorant Italian provincial courts to make their case. It’s rather easy to debunk these claims, but because of the nature of the internet, old … Continue reading Gardasil […]
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6:28 PM | 13 things that shaped our campaign for standardised cigarette packaging
After last week's success, we look back on the ups and downs of our campaign to see plain, standardised packaging for tobacco introduced in the UK.
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5:48 PM | Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections
In celebration of the MHTF-PLOS Maternal Health collaboration we take a look back through the collections and highlight some of the most influential and interesting articles included in the collections. In November 2011, the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and … Continue reading »The post Reflecting on the Maternal Health Collections appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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4:30 PM | Diet sodas Linked to Increase in Belly Fat
ByThe Toombst   New research finds diet sodas linked to increase in belly fat. Older people who regularly drank diet sodas had more belly fat compared to people not consuming artificially sweetened beverages. Artificial sweeteners are compounds that replace sugar in drinks and food, giving drinks and food a sweet taste without adding many calories. Though the substances are mostly safe some recent research indicating that sweeteners that go through the GI system unchanged could alter the […]
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3:56 PM | Physical Exercise Effects on Brain EEG
There are a variety of methods to study the effects on exercise on brain function. Brain imaging techniques such as fMRI provides a new tool to search for regional effects of acute and chronic exercise.Another tool that has received less attention is the electroencephalogram or EEG. One EEG measure of brain function is the individual alpha peak frequency or iAPF.The iAPF is positively correlated with arousal, attention and speed of information processing. Higher iAPF is linked to faster […]
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3:50 PM | 2015 Facts & Figures: The Nuts and Bolts of Penn Medicine
Did you know that Penn Medicine has a $6.5 billion impact on the state of Pennsylvania each year? Or that it maintains nearly 2,000 licensed hospital beds to care for patients throughout the greater Philadelphia region? The latest edition of Penn Medicine’s 2015 Facts & Figures has been released and...
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3:10 PM | A healthy society is a disaster resilient society
Today, we warmly welcome to the blog Professor Shinichi Egawa from the Division for International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine, International Institute of Disaster Science at Tōhoku University. His bio can be found at the bottom of this post. Disasters are usually measured … Continue reading »The post A healthy society is a disaster resilient society appeared first on Public Health.
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2:55 PM | A Medical Student’s Journey to Match Day
Editors’ Note: This week is Match Week, the long-awaited yearly event when graduating medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and, if so, where they’ve been accepted. This week we hear from two students with a different take on Match Day, held on Friday, March 20. On January 13, while [...]
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2:55 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case, Reiterates Warnings On Camel Contact
  # 9838   The Saudi MOH announced 1 new MERS case in Riyadh, and in a statement published on the MOH site, again warned that (particularly young) camels posed an infection risk, and emphasized the need for better hospital infection control and reporting.   While camel contact appears responsible for only a small percentage of overall human infections (see Dr. Tariq Madani: 97% Of MERS Cases From Human-to-Human Transmission), it is believed responsible for […]
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2:41 PM | IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Professor Jackie Y. Ying from the A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology was recently elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows....
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12:46 PM | ECDC: Tuberculosis Rates Declining, But Not Fast Enough
Credit ECDC Tuberculosis monitoring and surveillance 2015     # 9837 Although we tend to focus mostly on new and emerging health threats, old scourges like Tuberculosis continue to impact global health, and claims over a million lives each year.   Each March, we observe World TB day on the anniversary when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in 1882.   First some quick facts about TB from the World Health Organization, […]
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12:38 PM | Dioxins and cancer – another piece of the chemical puzzle
We look at new research showing no link between dietary dioxins and breast cancer - but how does this fit into the wider debate on chemicals and cancer?
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11:45 AM | Assessing the research potential of access to clinical trial data
Access to the data generated by clinical trials is key to realising the full benefits of trials of new health interventions, and a valuable opportunity to generate new insights. There has been much recent discussion of how to maximise the impact of sharing of data from clinical trials, and with our track record of encouraging […]
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11:13 AM | Virology: Pathogenesis Of Avian A/H5N8 In Ferrets
  # 9836   Despite being closely related to avian virus subtypes (H5N1, H5N6) that have produced serious morbidity and mortality in humans, the recently emerged H5N8 virus which has spread to both Europe and North America (see EID Journal: Novel Eurasian HPAI A H5 Viruses in Wild Birds – Washington, USA)  has never been linked to human infection or illness.  Although not currently considered a serious threat to human health threat, the CDC has issued […]
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10:45 AM | Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” doubles down on the misinformation in her response to the New York Times
To put it mildly, I’m not a big fan of Vani Hari, who has achieved Internet notoriety as a highly misguided “food activist” better known as The Food Babe. As The Food Babe, Hari has improbably become a minor celebrity by attacking food companies over various ingredients their products and, unfortunately, seems poised for more.…
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7:00 AM | Shred360: The Weight Loss Product with the Stupidest Hype Ever
There was a half-page ad in my local paper, thinly disguised as a “Special Report” by a Health and Fitness Editor, for a new fat-melting pill that “could put diet industry out of business by 2016.” I have seen a lot of ridiculous ads for weight loss products, but this one takes the cake. It’s […]
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1:43 AM | The Drawback of Immortality
ByThe Toombst The Drawback of Immortality Image Credit: ZEISS Microscopy via flickr.com This is a post from GiefScience.com The Drawback of Immortality
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1:43 AM | #NephMadness Norepinephrine in Sepsis Haiku Deck
Norepinephrine in Sepsis - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspiresPost by Hector Madariaga. Go to the AJKD blog NephMadness critical care in nephrology region to read more. Make your picks before March 22nd

March 16, 2015

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7:57 PM | The results are in – homeopathy is water, overpriced water
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. I intensely dislike all forms of medical quackery. Of course, my passionate, full-throated, defense of the scientific consensus on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines is fairly obvious. There are literally mountains of evidence that support my skepticism of the antivaccine beliefs. But there’s more junk medicine out there than the pseudoscience pushers running around … Continue reading The results are in […]
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7:11 PM | Egypt’s H5N1 Bird Flu Beat Goes On . . . .
Credit WHO   # 9835   Despite the fact that Egypt is more than 4 months into the worst H5N1 outbreak since the virus emerged in the mid-1990s, with at last count – 115 human cases since November 1st – we get very little day-to-day information about the crisis.     Unfortunately, no news doesn’t always equal good news.   The Egyptian Ministry of Health stopped reporting publicly on a regular basis in late January (see The Silence Of […]
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5:31 PM | So Fresh, So Green
If you noticed an inordinate amount of green things — clothing, party favors, fast food milkshakes — floating around this past weekend, then you’re probably well aware tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. I attended an Irish wedding on Saturday, and while the ceremony was very traditional and reserved, the reception...
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