Posts

July 20, 2014

+
7:40 PM | Robert Kennedy's Anti-Vaccine Craziness
Robert Kennedy is obsessed with the notion that vaccines cause autism. He’s particularly obsessed with the discredited idea that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes autism. Now Kennedy is about to publish a new book on this topic, and he’s promoting it both in the press and, as described in today’s Washington Post, in the halls of Congress. He’s recently had personal meetings with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Bernie Sanders to try to convince […]
+
1:43 PM | EID Journal: Respiratory Viruses & Bacteria Among Pilgrims During The 2013 Hajj
Credit Wikipedia   # 8852   While MERS cases have thankfully  declined over the summer months, there remain concerns that it may return this fall during the time of the Hajj (early October), when roughly 2 million devout from around the world will make the pilgrimage to the Saudi Holy sites.   Mass gatherings such as the Hajj, Chunyun (Chinese New Years-Spring Festival), Carnival in Rio, Mardi Gras, and the Super Bowl all bring together huge groups of people, and […]

July 19, 2014

+
3:50 PM | Are Influenza Pandemic Viruses Members Of An Exclusive Club?
Credit - HHS Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidence: Community Strategy For Pandemic Influenza Mitigation In the United States.   # 8851   While we watch novel avian flu strains like H5N1, H7N9, H9N2 and new upstarts like H10N8 for signs they might better adapt to humans and someday start a pandemic, there is a school of thought the holds that only H1, H2, and H3 influenza viruses have ever been known to spread efficiently in humans, and we ought to be looking more at that pool […]
+
10:45 AM | Mackay’s Interactive MERS Charts
Credit VDU Blog      # 8850     It has been a busy couple of days and I’ve been remiss in not highlighting a new set of interactive MERS-CoV charts from Dr. Ian Mackay that deal with gender and ages.  By hovering your cursor over individual elements of each chart, you are provided with additional information.   The static graphic at the top of this blog doesn’t do it justice, but you can view the fully interactive version at: […]
+
8:00 AM | News digest – Australian smoking rates, bowel cancer genes and more
It's been a busy week for cancer stories in the news - our bloggers highlight the pick of the bunch.

July 18, 2014

+
9:24 PM | The Lone Star Tick
Recently a 65-year-old female was referred to an ED in the state of Missouri complaining of fevers, chills, headache, diarrhea and vomiting occurring over the last week. 3 weeks prior she had received an orthotopic liver transplant. Her post transplant course was unremarkable and she was discharged on prograf 2mf bid, myfortic 360mg bid, prednisone tapering, Bactrim single strength daily and valcyte 450mg od. She also took thyroid replacement, Januvia, warfarin and aspirin. Past medical history […]
+
6:33 PM | To Examine or Not to Examine? That is the Question
The field of medicine has a funny way of contradicting itself. Not that it’s on purpose, mind you. Thanks to rapid-fire advances in technology and new research discoveries, medicine is in a constant state of flux, always evolving. Think about it…20 years ago, fat was the dietary demon to avoid...
+
6:07 PM | LabBook July 18, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
+
5:15 PM | Dr. Randal Kaufman, one of the world’s most influential scientific minds
Dr. Randal Kaufman named as one of the most influential scientists by Thomson Reuters
+
4:53 PM | Colorado DPH Statement On 4 Cases Of Plague
Credit CDC     # 8849   Last week in Family Pets, Zoonoses & An Upcoming COCA Call, we briefly discussed a recent story of a man, and his dog, who had contracted plague in Colorado.  While rare – the United States sees perhaps a dozen human cases each year.    But what made this case doubly unusual is that the man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague.   Bubonic Plague (Yersinia Pestis) is a bacterial infection transmitted by fleas, […]
+
3:11 PM | Come Together
What an exciting week it’s been! You know those days or moments when you see a lot of groundwork (hard work) start to pay off; like when you see the first tomato appear on the vine or the first sprig of a pepper plant pop up through the dirt? Well, we had one of those […]
+
1:00 PM | No, JAMA does not now recommend chiropractic care first for low back pain
Of all the alternative medical systems out there, chiropractic is one of the oddest. Unlike many of the others, it has a modicum of plausibility, at least for back problems due to musculoskeletal strains. After all, the science-based specialty of physical therapy uses spinal manipulation to treat back problems. Of course, the big difference between…
+
12:27 PM | WHO Statement On Loss Of Glenn Thomas Aboard Downed MH17 Flight
# 8848   We are still learning about the roughly 300 passengers & crew who were killed yesterday when Malaysian Flight MH17 was apparently shot down over Ukraine, and the scope of that tragedy will likely expand today and tomorrow.    Overnight there have been reports indicating that a number of researchers  – en route to Melbourne Australia for the AIDS Conference – were aboard that flight (see Crofsblog MH17: A statement of condolence from […]
+
12:26 PM | New Organic Farming Meta-analysis – What Does it Really Show?
The Guardian’s headline reads: Clear differences between organic and non-organic food, study finds. While this article was better than most in including some caveats, it was clearly favorable to the conclusions in the study, and failed, in my opinion, to properly put the new study into an informative context. How does this new study add to [...]
+
12:03 PM | ECDC Comment On Gain Of Function Research
Credit CDC PHIL # 8847   My thanks to Dr. Marc Lipsitch for tweeting the link to the ECDC’s comment on recent GOF (Gain of Function) work being performed on 1918-like influenza viruses.  I blogged about this particular study last month in Cell Host & Microbe: 1918-like Avian Viruses Circulating In Birds Have Pandemic Potential, where I wrote about the ongoing concerns over this type of research.   Simply put, GOF research involves laboratory manipulation […]
+
11:09 AM | USGS: Updated U.S. Seismic Risk Hazard Maps
  # 8846   Yesterday the USGS released a 243 page PDF report outlining the revised seismic hazard risks for the United States – their first major update since 2008 – and among its findings it reports a higher risk of strong quakes in the Eastern United States than previously appreciated.    Be warned, with hundreds of maps and graphics, this is a very large (113mb) download.     Documentation for the 2014 Update of the United […]
+
11:00 AM | Self-Help for Schizophrenics
In spite of the existence of stigma, the first crucial step in dealing with schizophrenia is acceptance by that individual that he or she has a mental illness. This acceptance will allow him to deal more effectively with his life and move on with a lifestyle that is perhaps different from that of an ordinary […]
+
7:00 AM | Lemons and Lyme: Bogus tests and dangerous treatments of the Lyme-literati
It’s that time of year when every day I can expect to see at least one patient with a concern about Lyme disease. In Lyme-endemic regions such as Western Massachusetts, where I practice pediatrics, summer brings a steady stream of children to my office with either the classic Lyme rash (erythema chronicum migrans, or ECM), […]
+
6:00 AM | Image of the Week: Eye Contact
We’re used to looking in windows, but what if they were able to look back? The image above captures a moment from the new window display on show at Wellcome Trust HQ – an art installation called “Eye Contact”. This artwork consists of over 650 coloured boxes lit by over 16,000 LEDs, which together form […]

July 17, 2014

+
11:45 PM | When School’s Out, Hungry Kids Miss their Meals
By: Mariel MatzeFor many American children, summer is about barbecues, corn on the cob, watermelon, and drippy ice cream cones. For others, it’s about hunger. During the school year, children from low-income families qualify for federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and sometimes the School Breakfast Program through their public schools. Under these programs, a family of four earning less than $31,005 can receive free meals and those earning under $44,123 receive […]
+
9:21 PM | A hint at the genomes impact on our social lives
GWAS is still in the news and still finding hits, the number of GWAS hits has increased rapidly since the first publication for AMD in 2005. Watch the movie to see the last decade of work!A recent paper in PNAS seems to have got people talking: in Friendship and natural selection Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler describe their analysis of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) data; specifically the data of people recorded as friends by participants. The FHS recorded lots of information about […]
+
9:21 PM | CDC Statement On 1st Locally Acquired Chikungunya In United States
  # 8845   Building on the earlier report from Florida’s Department of Health (See Florida DOH Announces 1st Locally Acquired Chikungunya Cases In U.S.) we have the following statement from the CDC regarding the potential for additional spread of this mosquito borne virus which only arrived in the Americas 7 months ago.   After the CDC report, I’ll be back with a bit more.   First Chikungunya case acquired in the United States reported in Florida […]
+
9:02 PM | Courses
A bit of housekeeping here - I noticed that all of our current course announcements were out of date. These have now been updated with the most recent versions of each course including the following courses coming up shortly:ASN Board Review Course - August 2-8 2014HD University - August 15-16 2014Brigham Renal Board Review Course - August 4-8 2014Medstar Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Course - October 11, 2014Ultrasonography for Nephrologists - October 25-26 2014 (which I recently […]
+
8:13 PM | Florida DOH Announces 1st Locally Acquired Chikungunya Cases In U.S.
One of two highly competent vectors in the Americas   # 8844 Although it has been expected for several months, it is now official.  Chikungunya has been locally acquired in the United States, with Florida’s Department of Health reporting two recent cases in South Florida.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DOH Communications July 17, 2014 (850) 245-4111 FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CONFIRMS FIRST LOCALLY ACQUIRED CASES OF CHIKUNGUNYA FEVER ~ Drain […]
+
7:55 PM | Stop teaching calculus in high school
Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. The list of high school math courses in the U.S. hasn’t changed for decades. My daughters are taking the same courses I took long ago: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. These are all fine subjects, but they don’t serve the needs of the 21st century. What math courses do young people really need? Two subjects are head-smackingly […]
+
6:42 PM | Check out this flying dinosaur
The discovery of  this non-avian dinosaur, Changyuraptor yangi, that lived 125 million years ago suggests that flight came before birds. The fossil was discovered in the Liaoning Province of northeastern China by Luis Chiappe from the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA. At nearly 4 feet long, it is the largest so-called 4-winged dinosaur discovered. The term “4-winged”…
+
6:20 PM | Poll: how do you pay for your immunizations?
Until recently, I didn’t think there was much of an issue about patients or parents paying for vaccines. My perspective is certainly USA-based, but it would be interesting to see how people are paying for their vaccines.              Continue reading «Poll: how do you pay for your immunizations?»
+
6:05 PM | What do a hummingbird and chicken have in common?
Brandy Velten (doctoral student) and Dr. Kenneth Welch (Comparative Physiologist) from the University of Toronto wanted to know whether birds with very different speeds at which they flaps their wings (i.e. wingbeat frequencies) had correspondingly varying types of myosin proteins in their muscles. Their findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology last month.…
+
5:43 PM | ECDC Epidemiological Update On Ebola – July 17th
MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward. Credit CDC Ebola Webpage     # 8843   While stressing that the risk to travelers visiting Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia remains very low – and that their previously published Risk Assessment for the EU remains unchanged – the ECDC today has published their latest epidemiological assessment of the ongoing Ebola Outbreak in Western […]
+
5:37 PM | Registration Now Open for the Comer Children’s Hospital RBC Race for the Kids
This year's Comer RBC Race for the Kids will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
123456789
415 Results