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January 17, 2015

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5:08 PM | SfSBM at NECSS. Update and More
A day of Science-Based Medicine, a weekend of science and skepticism Registration for NECSS, the North-East Conference on Science and Skepticism, is now open. Included in the program will be a day of Science-Based Medicine. Speakers will be Harriet Hall, Jann Bellamy, David Gorski, Steve Novella and Mark Crislip. NECSS will be held April 9th–12th, […]
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3:46 PM | Is Achieving a Low Blood Glucose Level In Diabetes Always Right?
Are we doing more harm than good in our preoccupation with glucose levels in diabetic treatment? Find out in this article by Dr. Kasia Lipska from The New York Times....
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3:30 PM | Egyptian Media: 2 More H5N1 Cases & Antivirals Dispersed To Clinics In Sharqia
  # 9591   Although there are no new H5N1 updates on the Egyptian Ministry of Health website, media reports out of Egypt today have announced two more human infections (17 for the year) and the release of Tamiflu stockpiles to local clinics in Sharqia governorate.   The past 8 weeks has seen more than 45 cases reported out of Egypt, a pace that far exceeds any we’ve seen before in the Middle East.   The good news is, we’ve not seen any evidence […]
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3:26 PM | Weight Loss Clinical Trials: Weekend Links
Randomized clinical trials provide one of the best ways to test new obesity interventions.These types of trials can examine effects of specific diets, new pharmacological treatment and new surgical treatments.Here are some of the recent published trials that caught my attention in the last years.Clicking on the title will take you to the PubMed abstract for more information. Additionally, some of the abstracts will have links to full-text manuscripts.Lorcaserin: Safety and efficacyThis […]
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2:58 PM | Media Reporting Unspecified `Bird Flu’ Outbreak at Israeli Farm
Photo Credit – FAO # 9590   The past few hours has seen several dozen reports of an unidentified `bird flu’ outbreak at a poultry farm in the northern Israeli city of Hadera.  So far I’ve not found anything posted on Israel’s MOAG (Ministry of Agriculture) website, however this is Shabbat and those offices are likely closed today.   Israel has seen outbreaks of H5N1 previously, with their last OIE filing in March of 2012, when roughly 40,000 […]
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2:02 PM | H5N1 Detected In Swan Die Off In Henan Province
  # 9589   With H7N9 causing most of China’s human avian flu infections over the past two years, and a plethora of recently emerged viruses (H5N8, H5N6, H5N2, H5N3) taking their toll on poultry, we don’t hear much about H5N1 out of  China these days.   The latest OIE report filed by China - Reference OIE : 16933, Report Date : 09/01/2015, Country : China (People's Rep. of) – lists 17 separate poultry outbreaks, mostly from Nov- December, spread […]
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9:00 AM | News digest – Cancer Drugs Fund, oxygen and lung cancer, breast cancer gene and more
More news on Government cancer drug funding, hyperactive gene linked to aggressive form of breast cancer and can oxygen cause lung cancer?
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7:28 AM | Flying over the Himalayas
I listened to a really interesting story on NPR this morning about new discoveries regarding the flight patterns of bar-headed geese. These birds are known for their incredible ability to fly over the Himalayas on their annual migration to central Asia. Until now, it was often assumed that the birds reached a specific altitude and then simply…

January 16, 2015

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11:58 PM | Binge Science! Alcohol Affects Sleep Quality
ByThe Toombst What’s better a Friday than a news item about drinking! Researchers find that daytime drinking of alcohol affects sleep quality. Making sleep less restorative despite alcohol’s sedative qualities. Alcohol, the favorite drug of people all around the world! Alcohol have been consumed by man since the last part of the stone age. During these thousands of years we have developed hundreds of alcoholic beverages of varying popularity. Many probably already know that you can […]
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9:19 PM | LabBook: January 16, 2015
Sex after cancer, itching disorders, flu vaccines and more in this week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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7:58 PM | Fujian Province Health: 15 New H7N9 Cases
Credit Wikipedia   # 9588   Fujian province ended the second wave of H7N9 with just 22 reported cases, and until the January 7th announcement (see Fujian Province Reports 6 H7N9 Cases In December) had remained quiet throughout the fall. We saw Hong Kong’s CHP update their count for Fujian to 28 a week later.    Unfortunately, the absence of onset dates, ages and genders in these reports makes keeping a decent line-listing, and good track of the […]
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7:11 PM | One Million Deaths by Parasites
  The end of 2014 saw the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013), in which 240 causes of death were studied through a systematic analysis.  Among the important findings were that globally, parasitic diseases caused … Continue reading »The post One Million Deaths by Parasites appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:45 PM | Antibiotic Resistance: The Med, Vet Connection
Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue in America today. Infections from so-called “superbugs” that can’t be beat with our arsenal of drugs are responsible for over 23,000 deaths a year and two million illnesses. And the cost to treat these infections? About $20 billion a year in excess...
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6:37 PM | Biotech Tweets of the #JPM15 Week (January 12-16, 2015)
That 24 hours Sunday into Monday might have been the busiest news cycle I have seen since entering the biotech world. Catch up on or relive the entire week of the 2015 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference #JPM15 with this edition of the BiotechDueDiligence Tweets of the Week. Thanks as always to @23aloha for curation.Continue onward to the Tweets of the Week! [...]
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6:09 PM | Egyptian Media: 13th, 14th & 15th H5N1 Case Of 2015
    # 9587 The Egyptian Ministry of Health’s website doesn’t show an update yet, but multiple media sources are reporting that the MOH has announced the 14th & 15th H5N1 case of 2015.    The last MOH announcement was on Wednesday, when the count for the year stood at 12 cases (3 recovered, 7 cases under treatment, two deaths).   Last night several Arabic media outlets carried this report on the 13th case:   Health: the high […]
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6:07 PM | An Old Drug Treats Autism
ByThe Toombst New research finds that a century old drug used to treat “sleeping sickness” reverses autism symptoms in mice with both environmental (MIA) and genetic (fragile-X) mouse models. Autism or autism spectrum disorder affects 1% to 2% of children in the US. The risk of developing the disorder varies with genetic, environmental and metabolic factors. Researchers use two models called fragile X and MIA to study the disease in mice. These two models represent environmental and […]
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5:15 PM | Improving the gold standard for brain tumours
We explore new research from our scientists testing a modified version of a brain cancer drug that could help overcome resistance to treatment.
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3:31 PM | Rare mutations do not explain “missing heritability” in asthma
Largest study to date of rare genetic variants and asthma risk finds few associations
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3:19 PM | WHO MERS Updates – Oman & Saudi Arabia
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9586   The World Health Organization has posted details on five previously announced MERS cases;  2 from Oman, and 3 from Saudi Arabia.  While Saudi Arabia has been reporting sporadic cases since August (after a lull of a couple of months), these are the first cases from Oman in a year.   Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman Disease outbreak news 16 January 2015 Between 7 and 10 January […]
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2:58 PM | Illumina’s New HiSeq X Instruments
Ah, Illumina. You have to admire their marketing savvy. Last year at around this time, they announced the HiSeq X Ten system, a “factory installation” for human whole genome sequencing (only) at an incredible scale: 18, 000 genomes per year, at a cost of $1, 000 each (for consumables). It’s still the sequencing-by-synthesis technology employed by previous […]
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1:42 PM | Jiangxi Reports 1 H7N9 Case
Jiangxi Province – Credit Wikipedia   # 9585   As noted previously, we don’t seem to be getting the kind of proactive reporting on H7N9 cases out of China this year that we saw during the first two epidemic waves.  Some cases are not announced until days or even weeks after the fact (see Jiangsu Province’s Uncertain H7N9 Count), and often without the kind of detail we’ve seen in the past. While some reports filter through the Chinese media, […]
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1:34 PM | No, the CDC did not just apologize and admit that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t work, part 2
It looks like this year’s going to be a bad flu season. Hard as it is for me to believe, it was only five weeks ago when I discussed an announcement by the CDC that this year’s flu vaccine would likely be less effective because it isn’t a good match for the influenza strains in…
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1:14 PM | Trans-Neptunian Objects
My mental map of our solar system has evolved over the years, as I have learned more about astronomy and as astronomers have learned more about our solar system. When I was younger that mental map ended with Pluto, the ninth and outermost planet of our system. I then learned that Pluto’s orbit takes it [...]
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1:00 PM | Does a Common Treatment for Childhood Constipation Cause Autism?
Last week an article published by the New York Times entitled “Scrutiny for Laxatives as a Childhood Remedy” made the rounds. The article raised the question of a possible link between the use of a popular over-the-counter laxative, PEG (polyethylene glycol) 3350, and neurological or psychiatric problems in children. This wasn’t the first time this […]
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12:43 PM | Image of the Week: The Beagle had landed!
11 years after it was officially declared “lost”, the British-made Mars lander Beagle 2 has been located on the red planet. Beagle 2, whose name honours the HMS Beagle ship that took Charles Darwin to explore new lands, was due to land on the surface of Mars on Christmas day, 2003. Its call-signal, composed by […]
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11:58 AM | Referral: VDU On MERS In HCWs
Credit Dr. Ian Mackay VDU Blog    # 9584     Dr. Ian Mackay has a new post up today that looks at the unusually high number of Health Care Workers infected with the MERS coronavirus over the past three years.    As he points out, HCWs are considered `canaries’ in the coalmine, and when those who are supposed to be taking special care not to get infected continue to fall prey to the virus, it is considered a potential red flag. Along with […]
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11:57 AM | Is Torture As Ineffective As It Is Abhorrent?
Known as torture by some and the shameful euphemism “enhanced interrogation” by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the American Psychological Association (APA), is currently under investigation for their putative aiding and abetting of the CIA in such programs. The effectiveness of torture as a post-9/11 intelligence gathering tool has been questioned in a damning report […]
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11:16 AM | HPAI H5 In Okayama - Major Culling Ordered
Credit Wikipedia   # 9583   Meanwhile, in Japan, their avian flu woes continue with another farm – this time in Okayama – testing positive for the highly pathogenic H5 (and likely H5N8) virus.  Roughly 200,000 birds will be culled over the next few days – far more than all three earlier outbreaks this winter combined (see Japan: H5 Confirmed in Miyazaki Poultry – Testing In Yamaguchi). .   First, the notification on Japan’s MAFF […]
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10:56 AM | Taiwan Now Reporting Novel H5N3 In Poultry
  # 9582   Taiwan’s multi-subtype outbreak of avian influenza across scores of poultry farms becomes even more complex today with the announcement that novel H5N3 has been detected on two goose farms in Kaohsiung and Pingung, in Southern Taiwan.   While I’m sure we’ll get a more detailed analysis in the next few days, this is being reported as a new reassortment between the Korean H5N8 virus and an N3 strain previously reported in Thailand and […]
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6:46 AM | Lower Mortality Rates Among Asian and Hispanic Lupus Patients
A new study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts reveals that Asian and Hispanic patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have lower mortality rates compared to Black, White, or Native Americans with the disease. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology,a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), indicate that the […] The post Lower Mortality Rates Among Asian and Hispanic Lupus Patients appeared first on Wiley […]

Gómez-Puerta, J., Barbhaiya, M., Guan, H., Feldman, C., Alarcόn, G. & Costenbader, K. (2014). Racial/Ethnic variation in all-cause mortality among U.S. medicaid recipients with systemic lupus erythematosus: An Hispanic and asian paradox, Arthritis & Rheumatology, DOI: 10.1002/art.38981

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