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April 30, 2015

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7:30 PM | The bad science checklist of GMO opponents
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 30 April 2015 One of my favorite science websites is at Science or Not, the author of which, Graham Coghill, claims that “this website will help you separate real science from nonsense that’s masquerading as science.” Most real scientific skeptics have that goal, but Coghill does a great job in formalizing science into a readable, logical … Continue reading The bad science checklist […]
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7:03 PM | Join us for the third annual cancer center open house – June 11
Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board will host the third annual Cancer Center open house for cancer survivors, their families and friends, and research advocates on June 11 at 4:30 p.m. in La Jolla, Calif.
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7:03 PM | ST398 carriage and infections in farmers, United States
I’ve been working on livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus and farming now for almost a decade. In that time, work from my lab has shown that, first, the “livestock-associated” strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that was found originally in Europe and then in Canada, ST398, is in the United States in pigs and farmers; that it’s present…
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5:57 PM | New Hope for Girls Released From Sex Trafficking
By: Sara KimSex trafficking occurs more frequently in America than many people assume, and takes form in diverse ways and areas throughout the country. One of the problems that sex trafficking victims face lies in the justice system, which does not differentiate the victims from commercial sex workers. Commercial sex workers, or prostitutes, are adults who to choose to sell sex and receive part of the payment, while most sex trafficking victims are forced into the crime and do not receive any […]
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5:48 PM | Brazen Smuggling Business Profiting From Fleeing African Migrants
By: Charmaine SantosLibyan militias, tribesmen, and bandits are responsible for the deaths of over 1,000 Italy-bound migrants in the Mediterranean in just the last two weeks. A number of armed groups in Libya are advertising their services of boat transport to people in search for a better life by presenting the economic collapse in Libya as the perfect opportunity to escape conflict and secure safe transport. However, these boats are highly unsafe and these armed groups are setting innocent […]
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5:40 PM | Clinical trial for guanabenz as treatment for Multiple Sclerosis begins enrollment
Patients are now being enrolled in a clinical trial conducted to study guanabenz, an FDA-approved drug to treat high blood pressure identified by teams of scientists including UChicago researchers as a potential therapeutic to reduce loss of myelin in multiple sclerosis patients.
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5:01 PM | ECCMID 2015 - "Best Of" Infection Control Literature (Part 1)
Every year it seems that one of us at the University of Iowa is roped into giving one of these "Best of Infection Control" talks at an annual conference. This year it seems that almost all of us have been asked and for some inexplicable reason, we all said yes! I was the lucky one to kick off the 2015 season with this talk I gave last week at ECCMID in Copenhagen. I covered S. aureus, MRSA, VRE, VRSA, surgical site infections and hand hygiene. I look forward to Mike's talk at SHEA. Loren […]
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4:35 PM | AACR 2015: Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients
Dozens of University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center investigators were featured at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia.
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4:18 PM | Homeopathic Insect Repellent? Live Chat Tomorrow on “Man vs. Princess”
  My post on Mozi-Q from 2013 has drawn the attention of a new show called “Man vs Princess”. Join me (Sara) live on Friday, May 1st at 2:00 pm EST with hosts Luke Tipple and Aria Johnson. Tweet your questions in advance using the hashtag #ManvsPrincess You can watch the show live by following […]
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2:35 PM | Bupropion: A Non-stimulant ADHD Drug Treatment
Stimulant drugs including dextroamphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) remain among the most common and effective drug treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).Alternative to stimulant drugs are needed to expand treatment options for clinicians and patients.One problem with the stimulants is the potential for misuse and diversion of prescription drugs to illicit drug use.One non-stimulant FDA approved drug (atomoxetine/Strattera) is available in the U.S.An […]
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2:30 PM | Altering Genetic Material: A Line That Must Not Be Crossed
In my work as a bioethicist, I have very rarely taken an “absolutist” position regarding the use of a biomedical technology. But when I read an article titled “Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns,” my reaction was that this should not be done. I am not alone. The technique mentioned enables genes [...]
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1:32 PM | Hong Kong: Oriental Magpie Tests Positive For H5
Photo Credit- Wikipedia   # 9995     You may recall that just two weeks ago, HK authorities reported their first Wild Bird Found Infected With H5N6 – a peregrine falcon – and over the past decade they’ve seen scores of (mostly migratory) birds carrying the H5N1 virus. Hong Kong is one of the few places in the world where public health authorities take notice of something as seemingly inconsequential as a single dead bird.   To understand why, […]
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1:31 PM | We are the 98%
Check out my new review in Nature’s Spring Books issue. Three books on the genome and junk DNA. Even though it’s a couple of weeks late, it’s full of easter eggs. Highest density of wordplay I’ve ever gotten away with in print. It also contains a serious thesis about how we think about the genome. Enjoy!
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1:13 PM | Measuring What Matters
Measuring What Matters In 2013, an estimated 1.5 to 1.61 million patients received hospice services, and 1.1 million Americans spent their final days in hospice care. Hospice patients suffer from serious and progressive illnesses – such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Whether they are cared for in...
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12:48 PM | Guest Post: Animal models in research are necessary and ethical
The following post was originally published in The Daily of the University of Washington on April 26, 2015. It has been reproduced with permission from the newspaper and the original author. Benjamin Cordy is a neurobiology student at UW, he … Continue reading →
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12:18 PM | Neonicotinoids, GMOs, and Colony Collapse Disorder
A new propaganda point has entered the anti-GMO repertoire – that GMOs are killing the honey bees. This claim, like many of their claims, is highly misleading, as the actual cause is incidental to the technology of genetic modification or even its use. This hasn’t stopped headlines like this one from organicconsumers.org: GMOs Are Killing [...]
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12:00 PM | Acceptance with Resilience – Living with Chronic Pain
Several years ago, I happened to be reading a research article about people who had lost limbs in landmine explosions, when I ran across a psychological distinction that I’ve seen validated many times since then. It seems that one of the major factors determining the quality of recovery for someone who has suffered this kind […]
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11:50 AM | EID Journal: Extensively Drug Resistant NDM Bacteria In The Environment – Dhaka, 2012
E. coli – Photo Credit CDC   # 9994   It’s been nearly 5 years since The Lancet published a study (see NDM-1: A New Acronym To Memorize)  by Walsh, Toleman, Livermore, et al. that awakened the world to the emergence and growing prevalence of the NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase) enzyme that can make many types of bacteria resistant to a wide spectrum of antibiotics - including Carbapenems.   Carbapenems are newer generation beta-lactam […]
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11:00 AM | The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 16: Felonious assault, deadly ordnance, and “vaccine violence,” oh, my!
If there’s one thing that will annoy an antivaccinationist, it’s to call her what she is: Antivaccine. While it’s true, as I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, that there are some antivaccinationists who are antivaccine and proud, unabashedly proclaiming themselves antivaccine and making no bones about it, the vast majority of antivaccinationists deny they are…
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10:35 AM | NIMR scientists find the inner artist
The MRC National Institute for Medical Research closed at the end of March, with much of its research and scientists moving to the new Francis Crick Institute. Dr Qiling Xu, […] The post NIMR scientists find the inner artist appeared first on insight.
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8:28 AM | Marion Coutts wins Wellcome Book Prize 2015
Last night in the packed out Wellcome Collection Reading Room, Marion Coutts was revealed as the winner of the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize for her book The Iceberg. Coutts’ memoir of the 18 months leading up to her partner’s death of a brain tumour was described by Chair of Judges Bill Bryson as “beautifully written, painful to […]
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5:00 AM | Legislative Alchemy: Naturopathic licensing and practice expansion 2015
Naturopathy is chock-full of quackery. No doubt about it. Here at SBM and elsewhere, the seemingly limitless nonsense that can be incorporated into naturopathic practice has been documented time and again: detoxification, food “sensitivities,” anti-vaccination ideology, fake diseases (chronic yeast overgrowth, adrenal fatigue, chronic Lyme disease), bogus tests (also here ), homeopathy, chelation therapy, assorted other odd-ball treatments, […]
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4:28 AM | Why Isn’t Sex Ed Preparing Students for Adulthood?
When I was in high school, I took a class that taught me how to dissect a worm. We were not expected to go home and dissect worms or somehow put to use our newly found expertise on worm anatomy. … Continue reading »The post Why Isn’t Sex Ed Preparing Students for Adulthood? appeared first on Public Health.

April 29, 2015

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10:11 PM | HPAI H5: Minnesota Reports 11 More Farms, Iowa Reports 4 More As `Probable’
  # 9993   Although we don’t have a good count on the number of birds affected, tonight the Minnesota Board of Animal Health has announced an additional 11 farms have been hit with the HPAI H5N2 virus since yesterday’s update – putting the total at 67 farms across 19 counties. https://www.bah.state.mn.us/avian-influenza All of the counties – except 1 (Steele) – have reported previously outbreaks.   Meanwhile Iowa – which has seen […]
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9:05 PM | Misinformation, lies, and memes from the anti vaccine cult
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 29 April 2015 I do yeoman’s work reading the stupidity on the internet so you don’t have to do it yourself. Some of it makes me feel unclean–I hate that I contribute to the google rankings of some of these websites by even clicking on these websites. The Age of Inventing Stuff about Autism … Continue reading Misinformation, lies, and memes from the anti vaccine cult →Continue reading […]
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8:07 PM | Pepsi and aspartame – an unscientific decision
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Unless you’re a follower of the junk science presented by the pseudoscience shill, Joe Mercola and other crackpots, you probably didn’t think much of the artificial sweetener called aspartame (or by its more common trade name, Nutrasweet). You might have wondered if it was safe, but your skeptical mind probably rejected any safety issue not because … Continue reading Pepsi and aspartame – an […]
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6:43 PM | Church-based diabetes education program leads to healthier lifestyles among Latino adults
Latino adults with diabetes who participated in a church-based education program reported eating less high-fat food and exercising more following a trial intervention program run by researchers from University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine.
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5:53 PM | A Place Where Kids Can Be Kids
The warm and welcoming children’s room at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse (PHAR) features a huge colorful mural painted across two of its walls – complete with meandering vines and jungle creatures big and small. There are bean bag chairs-- just the right size for little ones to relax –as well...
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5:37 PM | Our milestones: the discovery of the NRAS signalling gene
We go back to the 1980s, and the crucial discovery of a fundamental cancer gene by our researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research
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5:03 PM | Former Sex Slave Helps Trafficking Victims Through Fashion
By: Luis GayIndia native Anna Malika, 29, was adopted by an American family in which she “experienced sexual abuse as a child that led to self-harm, eating disorders and alcohol abuse later in life.” During her teen years, Malika was also in a “deceptive relationship with an older man” who sold pornographic pictures of her and other girls. Eventually escaping these traumatic experiences, Malika “entered a rehabilitation program through Mercy Ministries,” […]
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