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December 17, 2014

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3:12 PM | It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like . . . Flu Season
Influenza Home Care Guide – Credit CDC   # 9454 While we spend a good deal of time talking about exotics in this blog, good old-fashion seasonal influenza comes knocking every winter, and this year it shows signs it may try kicking in the door. During a `bad’ year, the potential exists for seeing  tens of thousands of flu deaths, and hundreds of thousands of flu hospitalizations across North America.   If you haven’t already heard, there’s […]
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3:09 PM | Technology & Deafness
What can the history of technology tell us about the lived experiences and cultural history of the hearing impaired? During the nineteenth century, acoustic aids became ubiquitous objects, varying in design, form, and amplification. The “Deafness in Disguise” exhibit at … Continue reading →
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2:16 PM | Sierra Leone Bans Holiday Festivities, Begins House-to-House Search For Ebola Cases
Credit CDC   # 9453   While there are some encouraging signs of progress in Guinea and Liberia, the Ebola situation in Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate with a sharp jump in cases over the past 30 days.  Roughly 800 cases have been reported out of just Sierra Leone during the first 15 days of December.   Today the country will begin the previously announced (see Sierra Leone To Impose 2-Week Regional `Lockdown’)  14 day campaign dubbed `Operation […]
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1:57 PM | A positive step forward on the road to mitochondrial donation
Today the Department of Health has laid the regulations that set out how mitochondrial donation could potentially be allowed in the UK. The regulations will be debated and voted on by parliament in the New Year, and we hope that the outcome will bring hope to the families affected by mitochondrial disease, and allow important […]
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1:37 PM | Washington: Town Hall Meeting On HPAI H5 In Wild Birds
  # 9452 While the arrival of HPAI H5 in North America has been long watched for, the outbreak in Canadian poultry of HPAI H5N2 which began just over two weeks ago and yesterday’s announcement by OIE/APHIS of HPAI H5N8 & H5N2 Detected In Washington State Wild Birds, comes nonetheless as a bit of a rude awakening for poultry owners in the Pacific Northwest.  Admittedly, biosecurity at these farms is far better than it was a decade ago when HPAI H7N3 caused […]
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1:17 PM | Communicating Health Science News
A recent study addresses the problem of sensationalism in the communication of science news, an issue we deal with on a regular basis. The study was titled “The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study“. The results show two interesting things – that university press releases frequently […]
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1:15 PM | Traditional Chinese medicine: Compare China with the U.S.
I’ve written quite a few times, both here and elsewhere, about the sham that is known as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). Basically, there is no such thing as TCM per se. There were in the distant past many “traditional Chinese medicines,” various folk medicine traditions that, contrary to what is taught now, did not form…
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12:00 PM | Predicting Seizures Amid the Chaos
We are one step closer to predicting the unpredictable. Robin Gras, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair in Learning and Simulation for Theoretical Biology, and his PhD student Abbas Golestanti have developed novel methods for long-term time series forecasting. In a Scientific Reports article, Gras and Golestanti […]
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11:56 AM | Egyptian Media: 18th H5N1 Case Of 2014
  UPDATED: 1200 hrs Egypt woman dies of H5N1-related 'complications' 17 December 2014 16:15 (Last updated 17 December 2014 16:17) Her death raises the number of bird flu fatalities in Egypt this year to nine CAIRO A young woman has succumbed to the H5N1 virus, commonly known as "bird flu," in southern Egypt, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. Her death raises the number of bird flu fatalities in Egypt this year to nine, Amr Qandil, head of the Health Ministry's […]
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11:52 AM | Eating Your Way To Longevity
With so many diets in the market these days, which one is the real deal? ...
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10:40 AM | Electricity – depicting epilepsy in a feature film
The Wellcome Trust’s first drama feature film co-funded with the BFI was released in cinemas nationwide last week. Starring Agyness Deyn as Lily O’Connor, a young woman with temporal lobe epilepsy, the film explores the condition through her eyes as she goes in search of her long lost brother. Producer Clare Duggan and Director Bryn […]
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10:10 AM | Practical science: the lab technician
Pat Edwards is a Research Support Technician in the Structural Studies Division at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. She spoke to The Long+Short about her job. […]
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1:42 AM | Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola
Michelle Mello, Maria Merritt, and Scott Halpern discuss healthcare institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. This is a pre-publication version of a manuscript that has been accepted by PLOS Medicine as a Guest Editorial. The … Continue reading »The post Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

December 16, 2014

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11:21 PM | Superconductivity Temperature Record
ByThe Toombst A new study report that they’ve broken the superconductivity temperature record using a simple compound called hydrogen sulphide. If confirmed this discovery can have far-reaching consequences. Superconductivity is the term used for a compound that have zero resistance when conducting electricity. This means you wont lose any energy to heat in a circuit making it 100% effective. Researchers have seen this effect when they come near absolute zero temperatures, the lowest […]
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9:53 PM | Sidney Crosby, the NHL, and mumps–separating myth from science
Yesterday, I posted an article about the recent mumps outbreak in the National Hockey League, which has hit 13 players (there’s no official number, it varies depending on the source) including one of top stars of the league, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A fourteenth player, also on the Pittsburgh team, may also have the virus, depending on the test […]Continue reading «Sidney Crosby, the NHL, and mumps–separating myth from […]
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9:44 PM | GBV-C Co-Infection Associated with Improved Ebola Survival
GB virus C (GBV-C or Human Pegivirus - or even Hepatitis G) is associated with high viremia but there is little evidence that it causes disease in humans. Back in 2001, Jack Stapleton and colleagues (including Dan) showed that GBV-C co-infection significantly improved survival in HIV+ patients. The thought behind this association is that GBV-C attenuates aberrant immune activation.Given that GBV-C infects between 10-28% of individuals in the three countries that have experienced the […]
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8:48 PM | OIE/APHIS: HPAI H5N8 & H5N2 Detected In Washington State Wild Birds
  # 9450   File this under the heading of. . . if you look for it, you just might find it . . .   With British Columbia’s HPAI H5N2 outbreak just a few miles above the American border, surveillance of wild birds and poultry operations on the American side of the border have been increased,  and today Washington state has reported to the  OIE on the discovery of two wild birds carrying highly pathogenic H5 flu subtypes.   My thanks to […]
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6:15 PM | Is sex safe after a heart attack? Study finds most doctors don’t offer advice
Only 12 percent of women and 19 percent of men get advice from their doctors about resuming sex after a heart attack, according to a new study by Stacy Lindau, MD, and Rupa Mehta Sanghani, MD.
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5:27 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases
  # 9449   After 7 days without a new MERS case reported by the Saudi MOH we’ve got a pair of cases announced today; a 29 year old female from Taif, and a 70 year old male from Jubail.    The 29 year old is reportedly a Health care worker who was exposed in a hospital setting.
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5:26 PM | Dances with Pharma: part 1 – why are drugs so expensive?
In this first in a two-part series, we take a look at how cancer drugs get to patients, and at some of reasons behind the spiralling costs.
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4:24 PM | SwAM: European Seal Deaths Continue From H10N7 Flu
Credit Wikipedia   # 9448   A couple of months ago in  Avian H10N7 Linked To Dead European Seals, I wrote about the recent die off of seals in Denmark and Germany and the determination that their deaths were the result of a combination of avian H10N7 influenza, pneumonia, and bacterial infection, which I followed up last month with a report in Eurosurveillance: Avian H10N7 Influenza In Harbor Seals.   In  2011 we saw a similar die off of seals in New England […]
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3:49 PM | Discussion as Support: A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects
When the media hysteria around the Ebola outbreak first hit its peak, I found it impossible to ignore. This story was unfolding in a way that rejected the values of empathy and social justice that had motivated me to begin medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine just a few months earlier. In an [...]
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3:22 PM | Changing your Internal Clock using Light Therapy
ByThe Toombst In part one we talked about the circadian rhythm, the body’s own way of knowing if it’s night or day. Here in part two we will discuss what strategies are useful when resetting your internal clock. What is the science in changing your internal clock using light therapy ? All findings are from a review article, looking at all available science in this area. Called Manipulating melatonin in managing mood published in Acta Psychiatr Scand 2013: 128. Melatonin and […]
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3:00 PM | National Academy of Inventors names two Sanford-Burnham researchers as Charter Fellows
Vuori and Ruoslahti were recently announced as Fellows of the NAI
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2:06 PM | H5N8 Confirmed In Germany, Now Reported In Italy
# 9447   As expected, according to the FAO EMPRES report filed on Germany’s latest bird flu outbreak, the subtype has now been identified as H5N8.   At the same time, Reuters is reporting that the H5N8 virus has now turned up at a poultry farm in Northern Italy, near Venice.   Italy reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in Venice region - OIE PARIS Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:54am EST Dec 16 (Reuters) - Italy reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 […]
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1:28 PM | CIDRAP On The GOF Research Pause Debate
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9446   One of the topics we’ve revisited frequently over the past several years has centered around  the wisdom and safety of creating new and/or enhanced viruses in the laboratory.  Areas of research commonly called either  `Gain of Function’ (GOF) or DURC (Dual Use Research of Concern).    Some earlier blogs on this topic include:   mBio: The Risks & Benefits Of `GOF’ Experimentation On Pathogens […]
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12:40 PM | Neurosurgeon Thinks the Brain Doesn’t Store Memories
It has been six years since I have written a blog post deconstructing the nonsense of our favorite creationist neurosurgeon, Michael Egnor. In case you have forgotten, he is a dualist writing for the intelligent design propaganda blog, Evolution News and Views. He delights in ridiculing what he calls “materialist metaphysics,” or what scientists call, [...]
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12:12 PM | Bird Flu Updates From Japan, Germany & South Korea
South Korean H5N8 outbreaks – Credit MAFF   # 9445   We’ve updates this morning on two (now confirmed) suspected bird flu outbreaks I wrote about yesterday in Germany and Japan (see here, and here) , along with an update on the ongoing H5N8 outbreaks in South Korea.  H5N8 first appeared in South Korea 11 months ago, and since then has forced the culling of nearly 14 million birds across wide swaths of that country.   While some media reports are […]
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12:00 PM | The Concept of Race in Science – A Debate
Race is a label. Race does not exist. Race is still an issue. These are some of the apparently contradictory statements that we can find in the debate, a subject with renewed tension in the US after a series of shootings of unarmed “black” men in the US by “white” policemen. Race is a slippery […]
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12:00 PM | Jess Ainscough finally admits her condition is deteriorating
Not being Australian and, for some reason, never having encountered her promotion of “natural health” online before, I first encountered Jessica Ainscough, also known as “The Wellness Warrior” over a year ago when I learned that her mother Sharyn Ainscough had died of breast cancer. Her mother, it turns out, had rejected conventional treatment for…
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