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April 07, 2014

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11:30 AM | How to break out of a scientific career rut, Part 3: Investigate internal barriers
 Contributor, Ben Thomas  … Read more
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11:30 AM | Using Neurofeedback to Treat Substance Use Disorder
A recent article suggests the possibility that neurofeedback (NFB) can be useful in the treatment of those experiencing substance use disorders (SUD). In this article, I articulate these possibilities further. From the referenced article, I have extracted the following quote attributed to Dr. Othmer. Dr. Sigfried Othmer is director of the EEG Institute and is […]
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11:27 AM | Referral: VDU Charts The Ebola Outbreak
Photo Credit - CDC   # 8442     Dr. Ian Mackay, after a well-deserved week’s respite from blogging, has returned with a summary and case chart on the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.   Follow the link below to read:   Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa: chart of cases to 04-Apr Credit Dr Ian Mackay VDU Blog. The Ebola virus disease (EVD) case chart adjacent is based on the latest Disease Outbreak News (DON) from […]
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11:07 AM | WPRO World Health Day Video: Small Bite, Big Threat
Global brief on vector-borne diseases pdf, 4.45 Mb     # 8441   Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that one out of two people are at risk of contracting a vector-borne illness; diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, and freshwater snails.  Globally Malaria infects more than 200 million people each year - killing over 600,000 - while 40% of the world’s population is now at risk of Dengue.    Add in the considerable […]
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11:00 AM | 19th Century Indian Women in U.S. Medical School Part II
“It is not more difficult to prove that Asiastic women have made good as Christian physicians. In India we point to Dr. Karmarkar and Dr. Joshi…”[1] Since my original posting on three Indian women who attended the Women’s Medical College … Continue reading →
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10:36 AM | When muscle turns to bone – clues for treating deadly childhood brain tumours
What links a rare form of childhood brain tumour and an even rarer disease that turns muscle into bone? Our researchers have just discovered the answer.
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10:18 AM | Nature Futures Competition: The Winners Revealed
At the start of this year, Futures ran a competition challenging readers to write a science-fiction story in just 200 characters. After a difficult judging session, we’re pleased to award first prize to Catherine Rastovski, who wins a year’s subscription to Nature plus a gift voucher for the Futures 1 eBook. Five runners up — Adam Flanders, Arran Frood, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Anssi Sajama and Chaim Schramm— also receive gift vouchers for Futures 1.  Read more
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10:00 AM | Mammography and the acute discomfort of change
As I write this, I am attending the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego. Basically, it’s one of the largest meetings of basic and translational cancer researchers in the world. I try to go every year, and pretty much have succeeded since around 1998 or 1999. As an […]
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6:30 AM | Science to Patients: Talking ME, Exercise and the Mitochondria – with Dr Charles Shepherd
The latest video release from the Dutch group ME/cvs Vereniging, with Dr Charles Shepherd from the UK ME Association, and announcing a live chat session to be held Thursday, April 10, 2014… Dutch group ME/cvs Vereniging present their latest video followed by a chat session with Dr Charles Shepherd from the UK ME Association ME/cvs Vereniging launched a series of broadcasts from expert clinicians and researchers in January 2013, as part of a government subsidized project called, […]
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5:37 AM | Post-operative check
It’s okay that you don’t remember me. My name is Shara, and I’m part of the surgical team. I’m checking to see how you’re doing after your surgery. Do you know where you are right now? Actually,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:01 AM | Logical Fallacy Question Time
Recently a reader asked us the below question-   “I would like to know what fallacy this is: It cannot be proven that there are not other life forms living in the caves of Mars, therefore I cannot believe that there is no life on Mars.”   This is known as the “Argument from Ignorance” […] The post Logical Fallacy Question Time appeared first on MostlyScience.

April 06, 2014

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6:36 PM | Of “Ground-Breaking” and “Breakthrough” and “Blockbuster”: Endpoints Matter
This week in San Diego the American Association for Cancer Research is holding its annual meeting. When I was an active cancer researcher this was one of the premier meetings that I made sure I... Let me take you behind today's and tomorrow's headlines and show you the kinds of research progress we are making in fighting cancers. Go to the web site for more...
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5:20 PM | Saudi MOH Adds 1 New MERS-CoV Case & 2 Fatalities
    # 8440   The Saudi MOH has updated their MERS-CoV graphic today, incrementing the number of cases by 1, and adding 2 additional deaths.    They have also posted a `clarification’ which, unfortunately, doesn’t quite live up to its billing. As best as I can gather from perusing two syntax challenged translations, is the 27-year-old nurse we learned about 9 days ago (see Saudi MOH Announces A New MERS-CoV Case In Jeddah) has died, as has […]
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11:52 AM | WHO Updates On West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak
Ebola Testing Now Done locally – Twitter picture Promoted by WHO   # 8437   It may be an early Sunday morning, but the World Health Organization (@WHO) and their spokesperson Gregory Hartl (@Haertlg) have been very busy the past few hours providing updates on the latest developments in Africa’s Ebola outbreak via their respective twitter accounts.    With more than 1.2 million followers, the WHO now routinely dispenses breaking news and […]
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5:28 AM | The evolutionary capacitor
Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) helps keep proteins in the body folded properly and is thought to compensate for variations that occur in proteins over time. In a study published in Science magazine, Dr. Nicolas Rohner and colleagues showed that stress can affect the ability for HSP90 to do its job thereby unmasking these alternative…

April 05, 2014

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7:42 PM | Egypt: Media Reports Of Another H5N1 Case
  # 8436   Just over two weeks ago (see Watching Egypt Again . . .) the newshounds at FluTrackers picked up several Arabic media reports regarding a pair of H5N1 cases; a 56 years old housewife in Beheira (Damanhur) and a 4 year-old child in Damietta (Annaana).  Six days later the World Health Organization  confirmed those reports here. Today the Arabic media is once again carrying reports (h/t Gert van der Hoek  on this FluTrackers Thread)  of […]
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7:21 PM | bunsenb: Incredible work by Betty Busby
bunsenb: Incredible work by Betty Busby
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11:30 AM | Dental Anxiety’s Past and Its Lucrative Future
Dental horrors abound in literature, artwork, and dental museum exhibits. Throughout most of the world’s history, dentistry, like childbirth, has been associated with intense pain. Yet in our modern era of preventive maintenance, restoration, and local anesthesia, the prevalence of dental anxiety remains persistently high. This widespread dental angst has created a ripe market for […]
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10:24 AM | NEJM: Lessons Learned From The 2009 Pandemic
Credit NEJM   # 8435     Although it seems like just yesterday, it’s been nearly five years since we first received word that a new swine-origin H1N1 virus had been identified in both San Diego and Imperial County, California and in San Antonio, Texas (see CDC Issues Outbreak Notice On Swine Flu).  Soon it became apparent that an outbreak had been ongoing for several weeks in Mexico, and early reports suggested a worrisome morbidity and mortality rate.   […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – Chantler review on standard packs, revolutionary bowel cancer trial, laser popped ‘nanoballoons’ and more
From the Chantler review on standard packs for cigarettes, to lasers and popping ‘nanoballoons’. Catch up on the week's cancer news.

April 04, 2014

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10:10 PM | Perils of Estimating GFR in Patients with Cirrhosis
In my attempt to highlight nephrology content in non-renal journals I will this month focus on a series of articles in Hepatologyconcerning eGFR in cirrhotic patients. We are all aware of the concerns using creatinine-based tools for estimating GFR in this patient cohort given their malnourished, low muscle-mass state. The use of Cystatin-C based equations may theoretically be more informative as this protein is not influenced to the same degree by non-renal factors. However, Cystatin-C is far […]
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9:25 PM | Trying to Stop a Disruptive Train
My week involved a lot of work with patients as some hemolytic-uremic syndrome came to town. While driving to and fro and using the restroom, I have read some tweets. At one point in a discourse, we talked about "antique" portions of the physical exam. For example, in medical school they taught us to percuss […]
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8:50 PM | Minnesota: Rare Imported Case Of Lassa Fever
Credit CDC’s Lassa Information Page     # 8433   Although its lethality is nowhere in the same league as Ebola Zaire, Lassa fever is another Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) which is endemic in Western Africa. The Lassa virus is commonly found in multimammate rats, a local rodent that often likes to enter human dwellings.   Exposure is typically through the urine or dried feces of infected rodents, and roughly 80% who are infected only experience mild […]
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7:19 PM | Dr Janet Dancey Appointed as Director of Canada’s Pre-Eminent National Clinical Trials Group
After the departure last summer of Dr. Ralph Meyer as the Director of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) (which I wrote about in these pages), the search has been on to find a new Director for... Let me take you behind today's and tomorrow's headlines and show you the kinds of research progress we are making in fighting cancers. Go to the web site for more...
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4:33 PM | If It Ain’t Broke…
There’s a world that exists independently of your presence. Sounds, lights, people – there is an entire space that functions quite well without you. It is necessary to see and understand that which already exists to know what contribution you can make. (Livingston Taylor, Stage Performance) A friend recommended Livingston Taylor’s book to me. He […]
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2:58 PM | HK CHP Investigating 8th Imported H7N9 Case
  H7N9 Awareness Campaign Summer 2013 - Photo credit Hong Kong’s CHP   # 8432 Despite the recent slow down in reported cases from the mainland, we continue to see the occasional H7N9 case show up in Hong Kong, as is reported today by their Centre For Health Protection.    In this case, it is a 65-year old man who fell in in Shenzhen on March 31st, after purchasing pigeons at a wet market, and who subsequently traveled to Hong Kong on April 3rd. […]
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1:59 PM | Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission discusses evidence-based policy and nurturing and supporting a European scientific culture
Professor Anne Glover joined the European Commission as Chief Scientific Adviser to the President in January 2012, and is the first person to hold this position.  Read more
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1:41 PM | Lunar dust mission still chasing mystery of ‘horizon glow’
NASA is preparing one last blast for its expired Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft — a controlled crash into the Moon’s surface, probably on 21 April. But before it goes, LADEE will take a final shot at unraveling one of the top mysteries it went to the Moon to uncover.  Read more
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1:21 PM | European Commission report urges legal reform to help scientists text-mine research papers
European copyright law should change to help researchers use computer programs to extract facts and data from published research papers, legal experts have urged in a report [pdf] for the European Commission published today.  Read more
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1:00 PM | Remodelling skeletons to create pluripotent stem cells
Tariq Rana publication on barrier kinases that block cytoskeletal development to make iPSCs
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