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July 03, 2014

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2:01 PM | Wilson Disease – A Genetic Success Story
A woman I never met, Ingrid, has taught thousands of students about Wilson disease, an inborn error of copper metabolism. But she never knew it, and I wish I could tell her. COPPER CONTROL GONE AWRY Wilson disease is an inborn error of copper metabolism in which the body can’t mop up excess free copper.… Read the restThe post Wilson Disease – A Genetic Success Story appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:02 PM | Vision of the past
In this digital age, I just received a vintage gift…one complete issue of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia !! Although we are now used to print a pdf version of a paper that we need to read, enjoy this vision of the past…   This will help us remember what a paper looks […]
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1:02 PM | The Mail’s coverage of our pancreatic cancer story is a disservice to patients
Earlier this week, we released new stats about how pancreatic cancer – one of the most devastating and hard to treat forms of the disease – is linked to two lifestyle factors: smoking and obesity. The story appeared in several newspapers and online, and on ITV news. You can see the general gist of the […]
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12:30 PM | Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: Separating facts from fiction
One of the challenges to providing science-based medicine is managing debilitating symptoms in patients who lack a clear diagnosis. If a comprehensive workup on an ill patient reveals nothing conclusive, patients and their health care providers are equally puzzled and frustrated. A diagnosis is seen as giving legitimacy to symptoms, and can be the first […]
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12:22 PM | Hurricane Arthur, July Climatology & NHC’s New 5-Day Graphical Forecast
  # 8803   Arthur, a category one hurricane, is expected to pass very close to the outer banks of North Carolina this evening on its trek north.  While most of the worst of the weather will likely remain offshore, areas along the coastline are likely to take a pounding.    Residents in the affected areas should be completing their hurricane preparations now (see Hurricane Preparedness Week: Make A Plan).   Storms that form in June and early July […]
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11:29 AM | Vaccine Safety Systematic Review
A new systematic review of adverse events from vaccines used in the US was recently published in the journal Pediatrics: Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review. (Full text pdf) This systematic review is actually an update and expansion to the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on vaccine [...]
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11:00 AM | Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part I
In recent years, our so-called irrational behavior has become a popular topic, and research from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience has begun to be applied to marketing, finance, and political science. At the same time, many consumers and citizens, reading popular books such as Predictably Irrational, Thinking Fast and Slow, and Nudge, have begun to […]
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11:00 AM | Homeopathy was quackery in 1796, it was quackery in 1988, and it will still be quackery in 2096
This is a post about homeopathic quackery. But I repeat myself. Those of you who’ve been readers here for a while have no doubt encountered Dana Ullman. He’s been popping up from time to time as a topic of this blog for many years now, almost to the very beginning, when he began spewing the…
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11:00 AM | The Center for Inquiry weighs in on the FDA’s mishandling of Stanislaw Burzynski’s clinical trials
We interrupt our usually scheduled post for an important announcement. OK, we do nothing of the sort. Scott Gavura’s post will go live a little later this morning. In the meantime, here’s a public service announcement about a frequent topic of mine, Stanislaw Burzynski, that I’d like you to read. As you recall, last week, […]
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10:50 AM | Philippines Urges Muslims To Postpone Hajj Until Next Year
Credit Wikipedia     # 8802   While a good deal of public relations efforts have been directed towards convincing religious pilgrims of the safety of making the Hajj this year (see Tabung Haji Assures Pilgrims Not To Worry About MERS-CoV),  Saudi Arabia continues to advise that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with chronic medical conditions postpone their Hajj journey due to concerns over MERS.   Today, however, the media is reporting that […]
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10:00 AM | The Center for Inquiry weighs in on Stanislaw Burzynski
Our regularly scheduled post will go live later this morning. In the meantime, this is a public service announcement…with GUITAR! (Oh, wait.) As you recall, last week, the FDA inexplicably decided to lift the partial clinical hold on Stanislaw Burzynski’s bogus clinical trials of antineoplastons, which he’s used since the 1990s as a pretext to…
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4:10 AM | July 4th Poses Health Hazards
Sparklers, rockets and hot temperatures pose very real dangers on July 4th.
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2:21 AM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #85
Diabetes and the brain 425- Combined effects of type 2 diabetes and hypertension associated with cortical thinning and impaired cerebrovascular reactivity relative to hypertension alone in older adults – Tchistiakova et al. Exercise and the brain 426- Electromyographic, cerebral, and muscle hemodynamic responses during intermittent, isometric contractions of the biceps brachii at three submaximal intensities […]
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1:06 AM | This Sunday: Funny You Should Think That!
A show of comedy, reason, and alcohol. FUNNY YOU SHOULD THINK THAT is a monthly event (intelligently) designed to make you laugh and think. Moutons No More takes to the stage with amazing guests to talk pseudoscience, lambast religion, and get you to think more critically. It’s like the Rolls Royce of Skeptics in the … Continue reading →

July 02, 2014

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9:30 PM | Exploring the Human Microbiome
Like many people, I have gone through life without paying much attention to my gut –- except, that is, for the times my stomach gave unmistakable indications that it was upset. Most of the time, what was happening inside said stomach remained unknown. On the whole, it was out of...
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6:02 PM | CDC West Nile Virus Update – July 1st
    # 8801   The West Nile Virus season is really only just getting started, but so far in 2014 the CDC has been notified of human infections in six states:  Arizona, California, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota, and Tennessee.   WNV infections in mosquitoes, birds, sentinel animals, or veterinary animals have been reported to CDC’s ArboNET from sixteen additional  states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, […]
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5:01 PM | Why Do Some Teens Become Binge Drinkers? Algorithms Answer.
Using brain scans and genetic screens, researchers are able to guess which 14-year-olds will become binge drinkers by 16. …
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4:16 PM | Summer Brings More Ticks—and a New Fight Against Them
Ticks of Pennsylvania beware. A new bill expected to be signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett will educate potential victims about you and the Lyme disease you carry, track cases, and pinpoint where you like to hang out. It’s not looking good. The bill—named the Lyme and Related Tick-Borne...
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4:03 PM | Football Fans in Training: from sofa to stadium
As we get older, it’s easy to fall into the habit of watching sport rather than playing it. Dr Chris Bunn from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing […]
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2:33 PM | Meet our team: Rhiannon Bruni
This is an interview with Rhiannon Bruni, senior communications specialist at our La Jolla, Calif., campus.
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1:15 PM | Yet more evidence that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism
Can we just say that vaccines are safe, already? Can we just say that, of all the medical interventions ever conceived by the minds of humans, vaccines have almost certainly saved more lives and prevented more illness? Can we finally way that vaccines do not cause autism? Of course not, unfortunately. I ask the same…
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12:11 PM | Beware The P-Value
Part of the mission of SBM is to continually prod discussion and examination of the relationship between science and medicine, with special attention on those beliefs and movements within medicine that we feel run counter to science and good medical practice. Chief among them is so-called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) – although proponents are […]
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10:28 AM | Canine H3N2 Reassortant With pH1N1 Matrix Gene
    # 8800   When we think about `mixing vessels’ for influenza reassortment, our thoughts first go to avian or swine hosts, since both have a long track record of producing new hybrid strains of influenza.   The H5N1, H5N8, H7N9 and H10N8 avian viruses are all products of avian reassortment, while the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus emerged from swine after years of `fine tuning’ as it passed through generations of pigs.   But practically any species […]
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1:27 AM | From Twitter: On Being Insulting
  To listen to the episode in question, head over here and download episode 106. Continue reading →

July 01, 2014

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11:34 PM | Vaccine adverse events are rare–vast benefits outweigh risks
Like all medical procedures, devices and pharmaceuticals, vaccines are not perfect. What matters is that the benefits, not only medically but also economically, outweigh any risks. As far ask I know, no perfect medical procedures, devices or pharmaceuticals, none, that are perfectly safe or perfectly effective. Sometimes the ratio is small. For example, there are […]Continue reading «Vaccine adverse events are rare–vast benefits outweigh risks»
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9:08 PM | Have you checked out the menu at your local long-term care facility?
I recently came across the work of Paul O'Toole, of University College Cork (in Ireland). The centre he is involved with, the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, focuses on developing "bench-to-bedside solutions focusing on gut health". O'Toole was interviewed about one of his recent presentations here.Some of O'Toole's recent work has to do with the relationship between diet and gut microbiota in elderly people. As I recently wrote an article about nutrition for seniors that piqued interest […]
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9:03 PM | John Maunsell takes helm of neuroscience institute at University of Chicago
Distinguished neuroscientist assumes role of inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior
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8:55 PM | New Discoveries in Cancer and Heart Disease
    Larry M. Weisenthal, M.D., Ph.D.   MCAD: A newly-discovered mechanism of endothelial cell death   read more
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6:14 PM | Do you have a question?
IDWeek abstract dispositions were just emailed last week. Hopefully you received good news and have already started planning your trip to Philadelphia! IDweek discounted registration closes July 25th.For those also attending SHEA2015 in Orlando, this will be the first SHEA meeting in three years where we will be accepting abstracts (kinda like the old days but with competitions, voting and awards). So get busy making science - abstract submission closes January 16, 2015.Whether you are […]
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5:40 PM | WHO Ebola Update – July 1st
MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward. Credit CDC Ebola Webpage     # 8799   In advance of this week’s sub-regional ministerial meeting on Ebola (see WHO To Convene Emergency Meeting On Ebola) tomorrow and Thursday, we get the following update adding 22 new cases between June 25th and June 30th.     Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update Disease outbreak […]
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