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October 06, 2014

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5:24 PM | The tricky costs of school-based vaccination programs
Schools are an ideal place to provide vaccinations for kids, but experiences from a Chicago-based program show how it's tough to make them financially-sustainable.
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4:53 PM | Pull-Ups or Chin-Ups?
When I train my clients one of the questions I often get asked by them is, when performing a pull-up, does the grip (or orientation of the hands on the bar) matter? Specifically, they are asking the difference between having their palms facing away from them versus having their palms facing them. The palms facing … Continue reading »
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4:45 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 7th Recent MERS Case In Taif
# 9152   Although the overall number of new MERS cases reported in Saudi Arabia remains far below the kind of level we were seeing last spring, today the Saudi MOH announced their 7th case from Taif since September 12th.     Two have involved health care workers, and at least two have reported animal (camel) exposure. Of particular concern, Taif is located just 60 miles to the east of Mecca, where 2 million religious pilgrims have gathered for the […]
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4:12 PM | The WHO Weighs In On The Modes Of Ebola Transmission
  Credit Dr. Ian Mackay’s  VDU Blog    # 9151 A topic we’ve revisited often over the past couple of months are the ways that Ebola might be transmitted among humans.   While clearly not an airborne virus in the classic sense – else we’d have seen this virus already spread to every continent – there are potential routes of infection that do not involve actual direct physical contact with an infected, symptomatic individual. […]
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2:11 PM | Guest Post: The Danger of Ebola
This is a guest post by Philip Lederer, an ID fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and has also worked in Mozambique as clinical director of the UCSD-Maputo Central Hospital Educational Collaboration.The danger of Ebola goes well beyond the thousands of cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and neighboring countries. It goes beyond the models which estimate that up to 1.4 million […]
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1:00 PM | 2014 Fishman Fund Awards announced
Three gifted and promising young postdoctoral researchers were presented the prestigious Fishman Fund Award at the annual ceremony on October 2.
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12:29 PM | Researcher Spotlight : Dr Helen Lee
Dr Helen Lee is  the Director of Research at the Diagnostics Development Unit at Cambridge University, where she leads the development of diagnostics for diseases such as HIV and chlamydia. She is also President and CEO of spin-out company Diagnostics for the Real World , which  takes these diagnostics  to market. This week she tells us about […]
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12:19 PM | Italy Smacks Down “Rogue” Stem Cell Clinic
Cases such as this highlight for me the need to have a clear understanding of the actual issues that underlie controversies. With regard to medicine, there is a clear need for a standard of care in order to protect the public from snake oil, charlatans and incompetence. Promoters of therapies and health products that do [...]
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11:30 AM | The Dog Mom’s Brain
When people ask me if I have kids, my standard answer is, “I have a dog.” My husband …
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11:00 AM | Swear Your Pain Away
Who wouldn’t swear after slamming a finger in a door (not to mention giving birth without anesthesia)? I certainly would. A lot. Swearing is a very common instinctive reaction to pain but it’s not a very common research topic, with most studies focusing on the psychology of swearing. Although there is very little research on […]
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9:45 AM | Understanding how cells divide – the story of a Nobel prize
In 2001, our researchers Tim Hunt and Paul Nurse won a share of the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. We look back at their achievements.
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9:09 AM | Brief Hiatus
    Into every life a little jury duty must fall, and this week, it has fallen into mine.   I don’t know whether I’ll be away for just  a day, or two or all week.   If I’m able, I’ll try to squeeze a blog or two in after hours, or before I report in the morning, but I’m not very hopeful on that score.  While I’m away (or even when I’m here), I’d encourage you to visit Crofsblog, Dr. Ian […]
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7:52 AM | Phoenix Rising Adds Two New Board Members
Mark Berry introduces the new President of Phoenix Rising, Dr. Gary Solomon, and welcomes Professor Jonathan Edwards to the Phoenix Rising Board of Directors. On behalf of the Phoenix Rising Board of Directors, I’m delighted to announce the appointment of two new board members. Regrettably, I also have to say goodbye to one. Karen Luoto has stepped down as President. I would like to express my profound gratitude to Karen for the vital work she has done in the last two years to stabilize […]
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7:00 AM | Breast cancer myths: No, antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer
Four 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 much […]
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4:05 AM | It’s official! Brian Hooker’s “reanalysis” of MMR data is retracted.
These things always seem to happen on Friday. Well, not really. It’s probably just confirmation bias, but it seems that a lot of things I’d like to blog about happen on a Friday. That leaves me the choice of either breaking my unofficial rule not to blog on the weekend or waiting until Monday, when…
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1:50 AM | Ojos que no ven… celular que sí
Vamos a ver cómo podemos probar si funciona nuestro control remoto
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1:39 AM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (Sept 29 - Oct 3)
Enjoy the latest round-up of the top tweets of the week that drove and captured the conversation this week. Thanks as always to @23aloha for the heavy lifting on the curation. Featured tickers: $AKBA $ANTH $BMY $NWBO $RHHBY $RTRX $SLXP $TKMR $TNXP Even with the placebo group crossing over to pertuzumab, the OS w/ combo is still fantastic #CLEOPATRA #esmo14 pic.twitter.com/rCoPwyf82B— Sally Church (@MaverickNY) September 28, 2014 @Jerry_DurhamPT absolutely, health first, […]

October 05, 2014

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6:16 PM | How to stop Ebola: ban air travel from West African countries
Countries in which Ebola virus has appeared in the past.I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. But this week, Governor Jindal called for a ban on air travel to the U.S. from the countries where the epidemic is present. He’s right: a flight ban is the best way to keep Ebola from spreading. In the world of infectious diseases, we often hear the phrase that the next epidemic is “one flight away” from the U.S. That’s […]
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4:28 PM | Uganda Reporting Apparent Marburg Outbreak
      # 9150   We've word today of what appears to be an outbreak of Marburg Virus – another hemorrhagic fever similar to  Ebola  – coming out of Uganda. That country saw a similar outbreak in 2012 which involved a total of 20 cases, including 9 deaths from 4 districts in Uganda (Kabale, Ibanda, Mbarara, and Kampala) (see Marburg haemorrhagic fever in Uganda – update). First a couple of press reports on the current outbreak, then […]
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2:47 PM | Ebola and WHO budget cuts
Anthony Harris used to (and may still) include this New Yorker cartoon in his antibiotic resistance talks. I've always thought it summed up the resistance crisis quite well. We don't have effective antibiotics, so we must resort to the ridiculous. One of the major reasons we lack new classes of antibiotics is the lack of public funding for basic research of bacterial pathogens. It's pretty simple really. Years of ignoring the problem have us in this situation and it will take many years of […]
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10:52 AM | CDC Updated Guidance: Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9148   The CDC continues to roll out interim guidance documents for dealing with possible introduction of Ebola cases into the United States, and on Friday updated and reworked their previously published Hospital Environmental Infection Control guidance.   As always, these are `works in progress’, and are subject to revision over time as more is learned about dealing with this virus.   While laboratory experiments have shown that the […]

October 04, 2014

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5:20 PM | Saudi MOH Announces Another MERS Case In Taif
# 9147   Over the past three weeks Saudi Arabia has announced a dozen new cases of MERS, with six of those cases coming from Taif – located about 60 miles east of the Holy City of Mecca where 2 million pilgrims are gathered for the Hajj.   Today’s case is a 60 year old male who reportedly had recent contact with camels.   In the most recent WHO DON Update On MERS from Saudi Arabia, 4 of the past 15 cases reported contact with camels, sheep, or camel […]
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2:54 PM | Whither infectious diseases?
One morning in October 1983, when I was a 22-year old second year medical student just recovering from infectious mononucleosis, I arrived for my medical microbiology lecture. Several weeks into that course, I found myself with no real affinity for the subject matter. The lectures seemed to focus on the minutiae of biochemical tests for various bacteria that I would memorize for the exam then forget forever. But that October morning we were scheduled to have a clinical correlation lecture. I […]
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1:28 PM | Ebola Risk Communications
      # 9046   The debate over what is meant by Ebola not being `airborne’ and what constitutes `direct contact’  continues, with a growing chorus of discontent in the media, and online, as to how the CDC describes the risks of transmission to the general public.    Last night, a clearly frustrated Dr. Ian Mackay wrote What words would you use to separate influenza spread from Ebola virus disease spread?    Thoughtful and […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – imaging boost for neuroblastoma, Stoptober, mantis shrimps and more
Testing a more accurate imaging technique for neuroblastoma, 11 million work days lost to smoking, plus mantis shrimp eye technology and more.
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4:15 AM | Ebola: Hospital Epidemiologists in the News
It's been amazingly active week for hospital infection control with adult deaths and paralysis in children linked to Enterovirus 68 and there have also been some issues with Ebola. Practically every Hospital Epidemiologist* has been called upon to explain the transmissibility of Ebola and describe how they've been planning to protect healthcare workers and the community. Of course, I can't possibly list all of the mentions in local, national and international media, but if you have a […]

October 03, 2014

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9:12 PM | Poll: what’s scarier than Ebola
There are actually more worrisome public health issues than Ebola. What worries you?Continue reading «Poll: what's scarier than Ebola»
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8:41 PM | Lions, tigers and ebola–oh my!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is admittedly difficult), you might be aware of the Ebola virus. And that it has entered the USA–one patient, not exactly an epidemic. And, according to public health officials, about 10 people are at risk from the disease from contact with this “patient zero” in the USA. […]Continue reading «Lions, tigers and ebola–oh my!»
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7:58 PM | LabBook October 3, 2014
Anxiety in the ER, pulmonary risk and more in this week's rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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5:49 PM | Detecting Lung Cancer Before It's Too Late
Anil Vachani, MD, director of the Lung Nodule Program and assistant professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center; Attending Physician, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers, and cigarette smoking causes 85 percent of...
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