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April 09, 2015

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11:00 AM | The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 15: California SB 277, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and the vaccine “holocaust”
Later today, I’ll be on my way to New York City to take part in the Science-Based Medicine portion of NECSS. I’m very much looking forward to it, not the least because I haven’t been to New York in five years but even more so because I look forward to meeting up with the rest…
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11:00 AM | Supplements are the Wild West of health. One Attorney General is out to change that.
Bold moves from the New York State attorney general’s (AG) office are shaking up the supplement industry. In February, the AG accused four retailers (GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens) of selling supplements that failed to contain their labelled ingredients. Using a testing method called “DNA barcoding“, the AG’s office concluded that few of the products […]
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10:30 AM | Every scientist has a voice
Should researchers wait until they’re senior before talking about science in public? No, says Michaela Mrschtik, a PhD student at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, every scientist can make […]
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5:14 AM | Talking To Dr. Howard Bauchner, Editor-In-Chief of The Journal of The American Medical Association (Part 2)
Dr. Howard Bauchner is the Editor-In-Chief of The Journal Of The American Medical Association, one of the top medical journals in the world. Join us as he shares with Synapse Magazine his experience of running the journal in this second portion of a two-part interview. ...
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2:48 AM | Current Controversy in Epilepsy: SUDEP
Sudden unexpected death from epilepsy (SUDEP) has attracted considerable attention in the past several years, and there is increasing pressure from the epilepsy community to encourage medical professionals to tell their patients about it. In a Scottish coroner’s inquest after the SUDEP deaths of two girls, a recommendation was made that “The vast majority of […] The post Current Controversy in Epilepsy: SUDEP appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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1:10 AM | SURVEY RESULTS: Use of Medical Marijuana in Treating Epilepsy
Fewer Specialists Support Using Medical Marijuana and CBD in Treating Epilepsy Patients Compared with General Medical Professionals and Patients: Result of Epilepsia’s Survey The survey opened May 20, 2014 and closed September 1, 2014. The web site was visited 3,466 times with 776 individuals starting the poll and 529 (68%) completing all of the questions. […] The post SURVEY RESULTS: Use of Medical Marijuana in Treating Epilepsy appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

April 08, 2015

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11:06 PM | Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High Priority in Disease Elimination Efforts
Serap Aksoy, co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, comments on the importance of training young scientists in the Tropical Infectious Disease community. There is a lot of excitement in the NTD community around the “E” words. After the many investments made by … Continue reading »The post Training the Next Generation of Scientists from Disease Endemic Countries Should be a High Priority in Disease Elimination Efforts appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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10:54 PM | Questions for Authors of Study on Benefits of Electro-Acupuncture After Brain Radiotherapy
The April 1 issue (-giggle-) of PLOS ONE published an article on the alternative medicine modality of electro-acupuncture (EA) by a group of investigators from Shanghai, China (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122087). The basic premises of the study are sound: Certain types of brain tumors require radiation therapy or 'radiotherapy' as a treatment option; this therapy uses high-energy radiation beams to destroy the cancerous cells in a targeted manner. However, even in case of successful tumor […]
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9:06 PM | Scientific theories are really scientific facts
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Time to move away from the scientific facts of GMO safety, vaccine safety and efficacy, and whatever else stimulates my brain. Actually, if I were to start a new blog, it would be about baseball, so there’s that. I was watching some nonsense on TV, when the pseudoscience-pushing fool stated that evolution is “just a … Continue reading Scientific theories are really scientific facts →Continue reading […]
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8:38 PM | CFIA: Ontario HPAI Outbreak Identified As H5N2
  # 9916   We’ve been awaiting the results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) which is investigating a farm in Southern Ontario, near Woodstock, which tested positive for an HPAI H5 virus on April 6th.   This afternoon the verdict was announced, and not unexpectedly it is HPAI H5N2. This is the same strain that appeared in British Columbia in December and has hop scotched across a dozen American states over the past several months, infecting […]
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8:37 PM | Rise of the Nanopore
Nature Methods recently carried a News & Views article from Nick Loman and Mick Watson: “Successful test launch for nanopore sequencing”, in which they discuss the early reports of MinION usage; including a paper in the same issue of Nature Methods (Jain et al). They recall the initial “launch” by Clive Brown at AGBT 2012; this caused a huge amount of excitement, which has been tempered by the slightly longer wait than many were hoping for. Nick ‘n’ Mick […]
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7:19 PM | APHIS: 9th Minnesota Turkey Farm Hit By H5N2
  # 9015 Today APHIS announced that Meeker becomes the 6th Minnesota County to report an HPAI H5N2 outbreak, as the 9th commercial turkey farm in the state has been hit by the virus.   While migratory birds are being eyed as having brought the virus to Minnesota, exactly how this highly pathogenic avian virus is entering, and infecting these farms hasn’t been determined.   According to media reports a team of USDA  epidemiologists arrived today to […]
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3:34 PM | Interview with a Primate Researcher
In the last few months, Italian animal rights activists have conducted a campaign against animal research, in particular against primate research. This is despite the important role that primates have played in breakthroughs in stem cell research and neuroprosthetics, among … Continue reading →
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3:16 PM | Adult ADHD and Brain White Matter Deficits
In my last post I reviewed a recent diffusion tensor imaging study of ADHD in children. This study found evidence for brain white matter deficits in several ciruitry regions including frontal, temporal and occipital areas.To follow up on this post, I want to highlight a recent study of DTI in adults with ADHD.This study from Brazil recruited 22 drug treatment-naive subjects between the ages of 18 and 50 years of age.This study excluded subjects with a history of substance dependence or other […]
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2:28 PM | Catching Up With Egypt’s H5N1 Case Count
      # 9914   Egypt’s Ministry of Health has been less than enthusiastic about publicly releasing details on their (now historic) H5N1 outbreak, and updates have only sporadically appeared (without YTD totals) on their website since late January.   They have even publicly downplayed a study that appeared last week in the Journal Eurosurveillance (see Emergence Of A Novel Cluster of H5N1 Clade 2.2.1.2) – denying that any changes have appeared in […]
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1:00 PM | Humans carry one to two lethal recessive mutations on average, study estimates
Humans carry on average one to two mutations that, if inherited from both parents, can cause severe genetic disorders or death before reaching reproductive age, report scientists from the University of Chicago and Columbia University.
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12:30 PM | Get out the popcorn: Science Babe vs. The Food Babe
I’ve spend considerable time documenting the utter pseudoscience, misinformation, and downright idiocy about “chemicals” in food regularly inflicted on the public by the misguided “food activist” named Vani Hari, who is better known by the moniker she chose for herself “The Food Babe.” Indeed, in decade-plus that I’ve been running this blog and the few…
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12:27 PM | FluTrackers: Zhejiang Province Reports 10 H7N9 Cases In March
Zhejiang Province – Credit Wikipedia #  9913   With the exception of a couple of cases reported out of Shanghai over the past week, we’ve heard almost nothing out of China regarding H7N9 cases since early March (see H7N9: No News Is . . . . Curious).  Compared to the first two waves, reporting this year has been more sporadic and less detailed, and so the hope has been that some end of month `bulk announcements’ might be forthcoming.   Today […]
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12:00 PM | The Link Between Breastfeeding and IQ
It is indeed a pity that in recent times, breastfeeding has grabbed headlines for a slew of controversial reasons. Remember the ruckus some people made about women breastfeeding in public? Well, they got rightly trounced by the saner and the more considerate members of the public. But the flurry of mud-slinging and Twitter rants brought […]
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11:53 AM | Wikipedia vs Quackery – Standards vs Chaos
Wikipedia, an online open-source encyclopedia, can boast 470 million visitors each month, making it one of the most popular websites on the internet. It is an incredibly useful resource – I think it’s fair to say it is the online reference of record. For that reason people care how topics important to them are represented […]
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11:42 AM | EID Journal: Rapid Emergence Of Novel HPAI H5 Subtypes
How viruses shuffle their genes (reassort)   # 9912   After more than 17 years of relative stability (1996-2013) - during which time we only had one major HPAI H5 avian virus (H5N1) to concern ourselves with - we’ve seen a sudden and unprecedented expansion of highly pathogenic H5 avian subtypes around the globe. The first minor crack in H5’s veneer appeared in 2008, when two mallard ducks in Eastern China tested positive for a new subtype H5N5 (see Novel […]
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11:11 AM | Screening, Decolonization and Environmental Decontamination for MRSA in Nursing Homes Doesn't Work
Just in the past couple of weeks, we've written about pneumonia prevention bundles, MDRO prevention bundles, and spread of S. aureus - all in nursing homes.  It's like no one cares about acute care facilities any more! (humor) And there is now more awesome data for those charged with managing infection control in nursing homes.Cristina Bellini and colleagues from Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland just published the results of cluster-randomized trial of an MRSA prevention bundle […]
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10:54 AM | Sharing Research Data to Improve Public Health
An international workshop recently held in Stellenbosch, South Africa explored the opportunities and challenges for enabling greater access to (and use of) data generated by public health and epidemiological research in Africa. David Carr, Policy Adviser at the Wellcome Trust, describes some of the key themes that emerged from the productive and lively discussions… Over […]
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10:44 AM | Mouse cage enrichment
A new video shows experiments in cage enrichment.
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9:44 AM | Hong Kong Stands Down From `Serious’ Influenza Response Level
# 9911   On December 27th, 2014 we saw Hong Kong Raise Influenza Pandemic Response Level to Serious after their first detection of an imported H7N9 case from the Mainland for the 2014-15 winter season.  This made the 11th such case detected since the virus emerged in the spring of 2013, and would be the first of three cases imported this year.   From the Preparedness Plan for Influenza Pandemic The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2014) […]
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1:20 AM | Virtual Issue on Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
In light of Head & Neck Awareness Month in April, we present research in this Virtual Issue on the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and outcomes of the various types of head and neck cancers. Feel free to read, cite, and share! Key Journal ArticlesHead and neck cancer recurrence: a prospective analysis of 401 follow-up visits to […] The post Virtual Issue on Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

April 07, 2015

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9:54 PM | A Peek Under the Counter of Pennsylvania Hospital’s New Outpatient Pharmacy
Apothecary. Drug Store. Pharmacy. No matter what you call them, they do the same, vitally important thing: prepare and dispense medicine. Over course of time the local pharmacy has become a community staple, expanding to provide more and more health care and retail services. And in today’s world, hospital pharmacies...
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8:43 PM | The River of Knowledge
While at Experimental Biology, I wrote here about a number of presentations of interest. These studies revolved around cool animal models and very basic mechanisms of disease. None of them will result in a change in patient care in the next year (nor perhaps in the next 5 years). All of them are essential to […]
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6:48 PM | Professor of Astro-what?
Today, the Library of Congress and NASA announced my new gig for next year, as the Baruch Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology at the LC. From October 2015 through September 2016, I’ll be resident at the Library. Why astrobiology? My next project is a biography of DNA. One key part of the book will be the […]
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6:12 PM | APHIS: HPAI H5N2 At 8th Minnesota Turkey Farm
# 9910   The USDA’s APHIS has announced that another Minnesota farm has been hit by the Highly Pathogenic H5N2 virus, bringing to 8 the number commercial flocks hit so far in that state.   This is the second outbreak reported in the past 24 hours from Kandiyohi county.   Although Minnesota has been the hardest hit, with 8 commercial poultry operations infected, H5 viruses (including H5N2, H5N8 and H5N1) have now been reported in 12 states, and 2 Canadian […]
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