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October 27, 2014

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10:10 PM | How vaccine deniers abuse the appeal to authority
Updated 27 October 2014. See another article about the Argument from Authority logical fallacy and Peter Doshi.   Science is built upon the scientific method, which is a logical process of observation, experiment, analysis, and publication. It is simple, but it requires work. Over time, after numerous experiments, nearly always published in peer-reviewed journals, followed by frequent […]Continue reading «How vaccine deniers abuse the appeal to authority»
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9:58 PM | The zombie anti-vaccine lie–Peter Doshi and the appeal to authority
A few  months ago, I wrote an article about Peter Doshi, a Ph.D. who is doing some postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the USA. Doshi is truly not very notable in science, except last year, he wrote an article about flu vaccines, basically employing the Nirvana Fallacy […]Continue reading «The zombie anti-vaccine lie–Peter Doshi and the appeal to authority»
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9:54 PM | Join us for the second cancer center open house – November 6
Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-Designated Cancer Center and the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board will host the second annual Cancer Center open house for cancer survivors, their families and friends, and research advocates on November 6 at 4:30 p.m. in La Jolla, Calif. The open house, titled “The Science Behind Melanoma,” will focus on revealing the latest discoveriesRead More
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9:12 PM | Where the Buffalo Roam: Adventures in Health Sciences Librarianship in North Dakota
I’ve been on the road a LOT this month, traveling to North Dakota and Maine and, later this week, Virginia. It’s been a full schedule and I’ve missed catching up with my blog post each week. Here’s an attempt to begin filling in the holes. Last year, I was invited by members of the Program […]
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8:33 PM | Granny’s mean pot of bushmeat stew
My Great-Grandpa and Granny Beck were, in some ways, ahead of their time. My Grandpa’s mom and step-dad, they both went through scandalous divorces and then switched partners with another couple, Granny Orpha marrying Wade and my Grandpa’s dad Lee marrying Wade’s ex-wife, Edna. Orpha and Wade raised 5 of Orpha’s boys together, and had…
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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7:48 PM | Immune dysfunction as a risk factor for long-term mortality from staph infections
Each year, more than 25 percent of patients who acquired a staph infection in the hospital die within the first year. UChicago fellow Jared Greenberg is trying to find out who's at highest risk.
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7:33 PM | How Common Myths About the Human Brain Can Be Dangerous
A paper published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience last week addressed the prevalence of neuromyths among educators. The paper has been widely reported, but the lion’s share of the coverage glossed over the impact that neuromyths have had in the real world. Your first thought after reading the neuromyths in the table below — [...]
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6:33 PM | A new vision for the NHS: what does it mean for cancer?
We take a look at what the recently published NHS 'Five Year Forward View' means for cancer care within the health service in England.
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5:51 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases (Riyadh & Jeddah)
  # 9256   It has been several months we last saw a MERS case reported from Jeddah – the site of last spring’s biggest outbreak – although Turkey’s recently imported case (see WHO MERS Update – Turkey) first developed symptoms in late September while visiting that city.   According to a statement released by WHO: Contacts of the case during his symptomatic phase (25 September - 6 October 2014) when he was still in Jeddah are […]
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5:00 PM | A little shameless self-promotion and begging
Here’s a little shameless self-promotion, which we editors at Science-Based Medicine indulge in from time to time. This time around, I’d just like to mention that I’m the guest on the latest episode of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, where I was permitted to pontificate about children with cancer whose parents deny them chemotherapy.…
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4:01 PM | BMC: H10N8 Antibodies In Animal Workers – Guangdong Province, China
Credit FAO   # 9255   Avian H10 viruses haven’t garnered a lot of attention until relatively recently, as they rarely produce symptoms in poultry, and human infections have been both rare, and mild.  All of that changed last winter when China reported three fatal H10N8 infections (see Jiangxi Province Reports 3rd H10N8 Case) in quick succession. LPAI (Low Path Avian Influenza) H10N8 had been previously reported in a duck sampled back in 2012 from Guangdong […]
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3:53 PM | Penn Researchers Begin Work to Stop Rare Eye Disorder Stealing Men’s Vision
“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” These words were made famous by singer Joni Mitchell and ring true of many circumstances in life. Perhaps nowhere more so than when we talk about our vision. In this case, I am referring to the rare eye disease known as...
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3:10 PM | Brain Imaging In Alcoholic Brain Thiamine Deficiency
Chronic consumption of large quantities of alcohol can produce severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1).This can precipitate an acute brain failure known as Wernicke's encephalopathy. Wernicke's encephalopathy is characterized by sudden onset of mental status changes, eye muscle impairment and disturbed gait or ataxia.Other illnesses can also produce this level of severe thiamine deficiency. A partial list of these non-alcoholism causes for thiamine deficiency with encephalopathy […]

Manzo G, De Gennaro A, Cozzolino A, Serino A, Fenza G & Manto A (2014). MR imaging findings in alcoholic and nonalcoholic acute Wernicke's encephalopathy: a review., BioMed research international, 2014 503596. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25050351

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2:29 PM | Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases
# 9254   Last week, in Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif, we saw a promise by the Ministry of Health to take action to combat a steady rise in MERS cases reported in Taif, and strong suggestions that at least some of the cases contracted the virus while being treated at a local hospital dialysis center. Since the beginning of September, at least 35 MERS cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, with roughly half of them emanating from Taif.   […]
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2:00 PM | Antivaccine wingnuts, stay away from my Halloween Kit Kats and Reese’s!
Grant deadline today, which means I didn’t have time to produce yet another scintillating epic for my not-so-super-secret other blog. I did, however, have time to take note of a highly annoying thing on Facebook that was brought to my attention last night and is worth a brief mention here, so that the blog doesn’t…
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12:43 PM | 7 Propaganda Talking Points Against GMOs
After reading about genetically modified organisms for years, it seem pretty clear to me that the anti-GMO activist position is not an objective science-based position. Rather it has all the features of a political/marketing campaign. The campaign has talking points that are all spin and propaganda. Like a slick car commercial, it is selling a [...]
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12:16 PM | China: H5 AI Rising
Credit ECDC – 125 years of  Pandemic  History   # 9253   Despite its horrific impact on West Africa, Ebola – since it is not an `airborne virus’ – is unlikely to spark the next great pandemic.  None of which is to sell the impact of this virus short.  If it is not contained soon, it could wreak considerable havoc around the globe  -  particularly in the developing world.    But respiratory viruses – […]
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11:00 AM | Psychotherapy for Paranoid Schizophrenia
Often psychotherapy is not considered to be effective with individuals dealing with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. But a cognitive-relational psychotherapy approach helps form a warm, trusting and detached relationship, conveys an understanding and concern for one’s client, and involves the therapist telling that individual their own empathic views about what that individual is dealing with. Often […]
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9:55 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-Up: 27.10.14
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Treating diabetes with light-activated drugs A new method of treating type 2 diabetes has been developed by researchers at Imperial College London and LMU Munich. They have adapted currently used drugs so that they can be selectively activated using blue light. The hope is […]
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7:00 AM | Mirror Neurons and the Pitfalls of Brain Research
[Ed. Note: I realize that I normally post on Monday, but thanks to an R21 grant deadline tomorrow, I will not be able to post new material today (although you might have noticed some "familiar" material posted yesterday.) Harriet has graciously agreed to cover for me today, and we have a special guest post for […]
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4:01 AM | A little shameless self-promotion and a plea
Here’s a little shameless self-promotion here, which we editors at Science-Based Medicine indulge in from time to time. This time around, I’d just like not mention that I’m the guest on the latest episode of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, where I was permitted to pontificate about children with cancer whose parents deny them […]

October 26, 2014

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9:54 PM | Sex Differences in Stress Responses
A recent study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology presents evidence that altering the sex of just the fat body in heads of fruit flies (Drosophila) causes them to have stress responses similar to the opposite sex. Males and females vary in their response to stress. It turns…
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7:49 PM | Postmodern public health
An absurd situation has unfolded in New Jersey, where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from Sierra Leone, is being quarantined. While she certainly could be incubating Ebola virus disease given her work with Ebola infected patients, she is asymptomatic, has had two negative Ebola tests, and currently poses no public health risk. To make matters worse, she was escorted to the hospital by a caravan of police cars and is being held in a tent (see photo) with no shower or flushable […]
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6:08 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 More MERS Cases In Riyadh
  # 9253   The steady trickle of MERS reports continues to come out of Saudi Arabia, with two new cases announced from Riyadh (1 fatal), along with the announcement of a the death of a previously announced case from Taif.     The surviving case in Riyadh is reported to be a healthcare worker. After a relatively quiet summer, since the first week of September we’ve seen 35 MERS cases announced out of Saudi Arabia, with the most cases coming from […]
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4:44 PM | Sello personal
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4:33 PM | SHEA Supports Evidence-Based Measures to Prevent Ebola Transmission, Opposes Mandatory Quarantine for Healthcare Personnel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: October 26, 2014 Kristy Weinshel, 703-684-1008 kweinshel@shea-online.orgARLINGTON, Va. (October 27) – The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) remains deeply concerned about the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. The recent news about Dr. Craig Spencer’s infection, along with the infections of the many other healthcare personnel (HCP) who have risked their lives to provide care during this tragic outbreak, […]
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4:00 PM | Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield accuse the CDC of scientific fraud. Irony meters everywhere explode.
[Editor’s note: I realize this post might look familiar to some. It has been tweaked and updated, though, and will be new to most. In any case, there is a grant deadline Tuesday, meaning no time to produce original content up to the standards of SBM that readers have come to expect. At the same […]
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3:00 PM | Halloween Game: #scarybooks
As the night for ghosts and goblins approaches, more people have been discussing scary movies online. As an alternative, I think we should talk about scary books. Sure, there's Poe and the like to give your spine a tingle. But the scariest book I ever read had nothing to do with the macabre or the […]
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2:49 PM | CDC Ebola Guidance: ER Protocols To Identify, Isolate & Inform
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9252   Although only a very small number of Ebola-infected individuals are likely to ever make their way to the United States, it is imperative that Emergency Rooms around the country be alert of the possibility of having a case walk in.   They must also know how to identify a possible infected individual, what to do to minimize the risk to the staff and other patients - and once a suspected case is identified -  who to inform.   […]
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