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April 23, 2014

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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:00 PM | Away from home: Making graphene flakes in a kitchen blender
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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1:05 PM | Theileria parasites
Parasites, in all their forms, artfully exploit their unwitting host. Theileria is similar to Plasmodium but infects cattle and is spread by ticks rather than mosquitoes. Here, a white blood cell infected with Theileria (labelled green) is dividing into two daughter cells and the parasite has adopted a cunning disguise to get itself copied in […] The post Theileria parasites appeared first on MostlyScience.
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1:00 PM | Blocking the build-up of toxic free radicals in the brain could prevent Alzheimer’s disease
New insights into how harmful molecules accumulate in neurons could lead to novel drug interventions for the most common cause of dementia in older adults.
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12:16 PM | Herbal Center at Cleveland Clinic
The infiltration of pseudoscience and simply bad medicine into mainstream medicine continues. Hospitals are an easy breech point because they are run by administrators who may have more talent and interest in marketing than in science. Many hospitals in my area, for example, proudly display their “integrative” centers, offering nutrition advice and massage alongside more […]
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11:30 AM | WHO MERS-CoV Update – UAE
Photo Credit WHO   # 8516     This morning the World Health Organization has released an update detailing an additional 9 MERS cases from the UAE, adding to the 16 cases previously announced by WHO over the past 2 weeks.    As to the total case count with this cluster, the numbers are murky at best (more on that in a later post), given the `blind’ announcements from the HAAD (Abu Dhabi Health Authority) providing numbers, but no details, making it […]
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11:07 AM | CIDRAP News: Antibody study hints at MERS-CoV in African camels
Photo Credit Wikipedia     # 8515   While the debate over the role of camels in the carriage, and potential spread of the MERS coronavirus rages in Saudi Arabia (see Saudi MOA Spokesman: Camel Link Unproven, MERS-CoV Is MOH Problem) the scientific evidence continues to accumulate that camels are a large part of the MERS equation. Some recent examples include: EID Journal: MERS Coronavirus In A Saudi Dromedary Herd CIDRAP NEWS report WHO sees camels as MERS […]
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10:13 AM | Science Learning+: New Funding Scheme to Focus on Informal Learning
The Wellcome Trust has launched Science Learning+ to support collaborations between researchers and practitioners of informal learning. This new scheme will provide £9 million of funding to help us better understand the value and impact of science learning outside the classroom. Holly Story from the Wellcome Trust Education and Learning Team gives an insight into […]
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10:00 AM | Taiwan CDC: Epidemiological Follow Up On Imported H7N9 Case
    # 8514   Yesterday’s announced imported H7N9 case in Taiwan remains hospitalized and in serious condition, and Taiwan’s CDC is actively involved in monitoring 96 of her contacts – including members of her family, members of her tour group, airline passengers seated near her, and medical staff who were potentially exposed before her diagnosis.   Of these, all remain well except one who is complaining of fatigue and fever, and who is […]
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9:27 AM | What is the Medical Research Foundation?
Did you know that the MRC has an independent charity? While we are funded by taxpayers via Government, the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is funded directly by charitable giving. Here […]
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9:15 AM | Saudi Arabia Announces 11 New MERS Cases
  # 8513   The  first MERS update under the management of the newly appointed Minister of Health in Saudi Arabia finally appeared in the wee hours of the morning (EDT), when around 3am (mid-morning Saudi Time) the MOH updated their  Coronavirus Page.   We are informed of 11 new cases, 4 from Riyadh, 6 from Jeddah, and 1 from the `Holy City’ – which I take refers to Mecca.   Ages range from 13 to 81, and of these 11 cases 8 are listed in […]
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7:52 AM | Criticism is not “hate speech”
I sense a new disturbance in the antivaccine force. I hadn’t planned on blogging about the antivaccine movement again, but I felt that I needed to do a follow up to yesterday’s (hopefully) amusing little takedown of the antivaccine stylings of new member of that group personification of the Dunning-Kruger effect and arrogance of ignorance,…
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1:00 AM | Who are you gonna call….
…when active surveillance cultures reveal MRSA colonization to be rampant in your doll collection?Contact Precautions Barbie!h/t to @FoxyContinRN and to Neil Fishman for passing the link along.

April 22, 2014

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6:16 PM | Susan Cohn, MD, Named New Dean for Clinical Research
Pediatric oncologist and the leading authority on neuroblastoma Susan Cohn, MD, has been named dean for Clinical Research at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences.
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4:30 PM | Taiwan Announces 3rd Imported Case Of H7N9
    # 8512   Even though the number of H7N9 cases being reported on the Chinese mainland has decreased markedly over the past month, we continue to see exported cases turning up in places like Hong Kong, Malaysia, and today - for the third time – Taiwan.   This report from Focus Taiwan.   Taiwan confirms 3rd imported H7N9 case (update) 2014/04/22 23:17:38 Taipei, April 22 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control confirmed Tuesday the third […]
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4:01 PM | Gebhard Schumacher, 1924-2014
Gebhard Schumacher, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a former section chief of reproductive biology at the University of Chicago, was a pioneer in the fields of infertility, contraception, and the immunology of reproduction.
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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2:21 PM | Religious Belief Linked to Brain Cortex Thickness
In a previous post, I reviewed a longitudinal study of religious belief and major depression.This study by Lisa Miller and colleagues found a reduced risk of depression in subjects who rated religious belief or spirituality as an important factor in their lives.Reduction in depression risk with religiosity/spirituality was largest (90% smaller risk) in those with a family history of depression.This correlation may not be causal and may be explained by some common third factor between religion […]
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1:53 PM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #75
Cerebral autoregulation 376- The Upper Limit of Cerebral Blood Flow Autoregulation is Decreased With Elevations in Intracranial Pressure – Pesek et al. 377- Pressure autoregulation monitoring and cerebral perfusion pressure target recommendation in patients with severe traumatic brain injury based on minute-by-minute monitoring data – Depreitere et al. Regulation of brain blood flow 378- Influence […]
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1:32 PM | Media Report: Saudi Hospitalized With MERS In Jordan
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL   # 8511 It is probably neither practical, or wise, for me to try to post every media report of a MERS case.  But when the story involves what appears to be an exported case from Saudi Arabia, and the source is generally reliable, it is probably worth doing.    At least while such cases are relatively rare.   Although the media report states that the story comes from the Jordanian Ministry of Health, thus far I can […]
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1:00 PM | Meet our team: Carol Cox
This is the first Beaker post in a new series to introduce the members of our External Relations team. Today, we spoke with Carol Cox, who joined Sanford-Burnham as Senior Vice President of External Relations a few weeks ago.
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12:17 PM | Motivated Memory
I have had the following experience many times, and so I suspect that it is a near-universal experience. You are in a heated conversation with one or more other people who have differing opinions on the topic of discussion. Perhaps it’s just a fight over personal matters. After the heat has died down and calmer [...]
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12:01 PM | Ask Peggy Mason Anything!
Join Peggy Mason, PhD, professor of neurobiology on Reddit as she answers questions about empathy in rats, her massively open online course in neuroscience and neuro-evangelism.
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11:30 AM | Why Can’t We Stop Eating?
We have long known the simplest recipe for weight loss: eat less and exercise more. Yet despite our understanding of the causes of weight fluctuation and the serious health risks associated with obesity, our collective weight continues to rise. Researchers have suggested several potential culprits for the ‘obesity epidemic,’ including genetic predisposition, lack of education, […]
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11:24 AM | MERS: Osterholm On NPR Shots & The Nightly CIDRAP Recap
  # 8510     With news of the MERS virus coming at us from multiple countries, and often in piecemeal fashion, it is easy to be overwhelmed trying to divine the signal from the noise.  I know by the end of the day, I’ve become punchy, and I suspect that feeling is shared by my fellow flublogians. Luckily we get a terrific recap of the day’s MERS developments via CIDRAP NEWS, which usually hits their site around 7pm EDT. At the end of the […]
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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10:19 AM | Reminder: America's PrepareAthon! – April 30th
    # 8509   While our attentions have been understandably focused on the evolving MERS outbreak in the Middle East, I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind my readers that this year, Ready.gov & FEMA are introducing a new initiative to get communities and individuals to take concrete steps towards better preparedness.   The focus for this first PrepareAthon is on some of the more common disaster themes; Tornadoes, Wildfires, Floods, and Hurricanes. […]
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8:01 AM | Referral: VDU Blog - Watching Zoonoses Evolve
The acceleration of MERS Cases – VDU Blog # 8508   I’m not quite sure how I missed it (I can only plead a recent lack of sleep & Arabic-twitter-reading induced psychosis) – but only now have I stumbled upon Saturday’s terrific guest blog by @influenza_bio on Dr. Ian Mackay’s VDU blog, that discusses the ever present threat posed by zoonotic diseases.   After providing a suitable background, and a quick overview of recent MERS […]
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7:38 AM | An antivaccine “Thinker” calls for a boycott
There is a perception that strikes me as common enough to be considered “common wisdom” that antivaccine views are much more common on the “left” of the political spectrum than they are on the “right.” I’ve discussed on multiple occasions how this perceived common wisdom is almost certainly wrong, or at least so incomplete as…
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7:30 AM | The Chronic Fatigue Initiative and Interview with Mady Hornig
In a follow-up article to the recent IACFS/ME conference presentation in San Francisco, and after speaking at length with Dr. Mady Hornig, ‘searcher’ delves deeper into the impressive work being completed by the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, and focuses in on those cytokine results … Members of the Chronic Fatigue Initiative (CFI) and Scott Carlson, the executive director of the Hutchins Family Foundation, gave a talk at lunch-time on the second day of IACFS/ME to share […]
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