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November 04, 2014

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1:59 PM | The Mail and Telegraph’s coverage of new cancer survival figures was misleading
We clarify some misleading reporting of new cancer survival statistics.
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1:57 PM | Upcoming meetings – Cerebrovascular physiology
There are two upcoming meetings that will definitely be of interest for those interested in cerebrovascular physiology research… The Brain and BrainPET 2015 meeting will take place in Vancouver, Canada, from June 27th-30th, 2015. For more information: Brain 2015 The Fifth International Meeting on Cerebral Haemodynamic Regulation (CARNet meeting) will be held in Southampton, UK, […]
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1:37 PM | The Primeval Code
Conspiracy theories, pseudoscientific belief systems, and urban legends are fascinating in that they provide a window into culture and the human psyche. Essentially these are stories that are disconnected from reality, and therefore represent common narratives, beliefs, and fears in the culture. I recently came across a conspiracy theory I had not heard of before, [...]
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12:49 PM | UK PHE: Revisiting Influenza Antiviral Recommendations
Credit UK PHE   # 9283   Last spring the Cochrane group made headlines (again) for their less-than-sparkling review of the influenza antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®), which cast doubts on its efficacy and on the wisdom of governments around the world stockpiling the drug. (see Revisiting Tamiflu Efficacy (Again)).   The Cochrane Summary is available at: Neuraminidase inhibitors for preventing and treating influenza in healthy adults and children […]
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10:44 AM | NCRI conference summary – day 2
Here’s our round up from day two of the NCRI cancer conference in Liverpool.
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10:43 AM | Bugs are us
There is growing recognition that the microorganisms which live in and on us ― our microbiome ― are crucial to our health. Anything that disrupts the delicate balance in which […]
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8:00 AM | Tooth Fairy science about traditional Chinese medicine, promoted in the Wall Street Journal
They are winning. I’ve spent nearly ten years on this blog and nearly seven years at my not-so-super secret other blog (where I will likely crosspost this over the weekend) discussing the infiltration of quackery into medicine, both in academic medical centers and, increasingly, even in community medical centers. There’s a term that I wish…
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8:00 AM | Can Airrosti Really Resolve Most Chronic Pain in Just Three Visits?
A correspondent asked me to look into Airrosti because her employer’s insurance company had started covering it, and she was skeptical. She had tried to look up its effectiveness and safety record on the Internet and hadn’t found much. The information on their website didn’t tell me what I wanted to know, so I did […]
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6:33 AM | Resource Alert: New Trauma Tool Helps Narrow The Gap Between Research and Practice
By Eileen Elias, M. Ed and Sherry Peters, MSW, ACSW Trauma is pervasive. We know that anyone can experience trauma, regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economic status. Over the past two to three decades we have learned a lot about trauma – its immediate and long-term impact but also what treatments and organizational practices are effective for helping individuals heal and build resilience. In a widespread effort to become more trauma-informed, all of us need to take […]
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4:10 AM | Geography
Courtesy of Anthony England, via the Washington Post.
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3:05 AM | Biotech Reading List
The 100 most highly cited papers of all time: Tools, not ideasAsh Jogalekar (The Curious Wavefunction)Selling Imported Medicines in Maine, Mostly Viagra: O’Brien ExplainsEd Silverman (Pharmalot / WSJ)High Drug Prices Could Increase Industry InnovationJohn LaMattina (Forbes)Secret of healthy ageing discovered in ground-breaking 35-year studyThe Telegraph (UK)There Is No ‘Healthy’ MicrobiomeEd Yong (New York Times)A plutocratic proposal: If mega-rich people could buy places […]
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1:00 AM | THIEVES Essential Oil – Crimes against public health
As discussed in one of my previous posts, the promotion of quackery is so ubiquitous in my town it’s become white noise for me. I mostly tune it out unless I’m personally asked my opinion. Often this promotion comes in the weekly newspaper, in the advertising-disguised-as-advice page “Ask the Expert.” Occasionally there are columns by […]

November 03, 2014

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10:15 PM | Not all scientific articles are equal in science
In evaluating a scientific claim made by anyone, the only thing that matters is the quality and quantity of evidence. It does matter who is making the claim, it does not matter if you believe their claim, and it does not matter if they make a powerful emotional argument–absent real evidence, it is nothing but […]Continue reading «Not all scientific articles are equal in science»
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7:26 PM | Sanford-Burnham’s Steven R. Smith leads clinical study on new weight-loss treatment
Steven R. Smith leads weight-loss clinical trial.
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7:18 PM | WHO Update On MERS: Saudi Arabia – Nov 3rd
  # 9282   The World Health Organization has published an update on the 1 dozen new MERS cases reported by Saudi Arabia between October 18th and the 26th.   Note: Since that cutoff date, we’ve seen 14 additional cases announced out of KSA.   While recent reports have often mentioned camels as a likely source of infection, in today’s report none of the cases reported direct contact with camels or camel products. However 2/3rds had contact with […]
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6:44 PM | EMA’s Release of Regulatory Data: Possible Fall out for Journals and Research Synthesis
On 2 October the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) published the final version of its policy on prospective release of clinical study reports (CSRs) of trials submitted by sponsors in support of Marketing Authorisation Applications (MAAs). I have summarized its content … Continue reading »The post EMA’s Release of Regulatory Data: Possible Fall out for Journals and Research Synthesis appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:38 PM | Why Do Obese Women Earn Less Than Thin Women (and Obese Men)?
For more than two decades, economists have noticed that obesity has a, well, weighty impact on income, particularly …
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5:46 PM | From Debi’s Desk – Superior Quality and Safety Results
What a month! I want to start off by thanking everyone for the exemplary work of caring for our patients during a period of many competing priorities.
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5:26 PM | Anorexia Nervosa Research Links
In November I will be looking at some research research in eating disorders.On my first look at some of important research these five studies stood out for more review.I will be posting more on several of these studies in the next few weeks.You can click on the manuscript title to go to the abstract.  All studies have free full-text manuscripts that can be access through the abstract link.The Neuropsychology of StarvationOne of the key problems in studying anorexia nervosa is the isolation […]
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5:00 PM | Tanz family gives $1 million to Sanford-Burnham and the University of Toronto
A $1-million gift from Karen and Stuart Tanz of Toronto, Canada, will establish an international collaboration between Sanford-Burnham and the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto to accelerate the development of new therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative diseases.
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4:38 PM | ECHO Chicago expands its geographic reach and training offerings
Patients who receive care at community health centers often have limited access to subspecialists, research shows, and Institute for Translational Medicine Pilot awardee ECHO-Chicago is changing that by expanding what started as medical training for six federally qualified health centers on Chicago’s South Side to working with 22 different organizations across Chicagoland. “We’re translating the changes in medicine more rapidly out to community providers,” said Daniel […]
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4:08 PM | Adult Milk Consumption – Too Much of a Good Thing?
Milk (Wikipedia) A friend posted an article from the Washington Post to my Facebook feed the other day. The article discussed a scientific study examining milk consumption, mortality and fracture risk. As web articles go, the Washington Post’s discussion of the scientific study was pretty good. But, as a parent of a young girl, my … Continue reading »
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3:21 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases In Riyadh
    # 9281 After a weekend without any new cases reported, the Saudi MOH has announced 2 new cases in Riyadh.  Last week, more than a dozen new cases were reported across the Kingdom – the biggest week of case announcements since the end of last spring’s outbreak.   While we continue to see reports suggesting both camel (or camel product) exposure, and nosocomial spread (particularly in dialysis units) are helping to drive outbreaks, we are […]
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2:34 PM | Sanford-Burnham’s 36th Annual Symposium: The Microbiome and Human Health
36th Annual Sanford-Burnham Symposium on Microbiome
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2:00 PM | Incorporating false discovery rates into genetic association in autism
This guest post was contributed by Joseph Buxbaum, Mark Daly, Silvia De Rubeis, Bernie Devlin, Kathryn Roeder, and Kaitlin Samocha from the Autism Sequencing Consortium (see affiliations and details at the end of the post). Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable condition characterized by deficits in social communication, and by the presence of repetitive behaviors […]
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1:25 PM | As I Walk Through the Valley of Death
The term “valley of death” is a colorful (and biblical) reference to the difficulty of bringing scientific advances to the market. Researchers make a discovery in the lab that has a potential practical application. They then create a start up company to translate their discovery into a marketable product or service. The valley of death [...]
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1:17 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Dr Lindsay Hall
Dr Lindsay Hall wants to understand what’s going on in your guts. She’s a senior lecturer in gastrointestinal science at the University of East Anglia and holds a Wellcome Trust New Investigator grant. By understanding the communities of bacteria in the gut – especially how they develop in early life – she hopes it will […]
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1:15 PM | Sierra Leone Reports 5th Doctor To Succumb To Ebola
  # 9280   As I pointed out yesterday in French MOH Statement On UN Employee Evacuated From Sierra Leone With Ebola, as of Friday’s WHO Ebola Response Situation Report:   A total of 523 health-care workers (HCWs) are known to have been infected with EVD up to the end of 29 October: 82 in Guinea; 299 in Liberia; 11 in Nigeria; 127 in Sierra Leone; one in Spain; and three in the United States of America (two were infected in the USA and one in Guinea). A total of […]
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12:30 PM | “Shocking Report” on flu vaccines is neither shocking nor correct
Flu season is coming, and once again it’s time to get your flu shot (or snort, if you prefer FluMist). It’s not perfect, but the vaccine is your best protection against the influenza virus.So I was surprised to stumble upon an article titled “Johns Hopkins Scientist Reveals Shocking Report on Flu Vaccines,” which popped up on an anti-vaccine website two weeks ago. Johns Hopkins University is my own institution, and I hadn’t heard any shocking new findings. I […]
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12:28 PM | Jiangsu Province Reports H7N9 Case
Two Waves of H7N9  - Credit Hong Kong’s CHP   # 9279   Although it  emerged less than two years ago (Feb 2013), the H7N9 avian influenza virus has already sparked two sizable human outbreaks in Eastern China – both peaking in late winter – and has shown that it is evolving in worrisome ways, prompting this warning last June from Eurosurveillance: Genetic Tuning Of Avian H7N9 During Interspecies Transmission.   Overall, due to the genetic […]
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