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September 16, 2014

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2:29 PM | USDA IAV-S Surveillance Program Detects Novel H3N1 In US Swine
    # 9081   While Ebola and MERS have had the bulk of our attention recently, high up on our perennial list of concerns are the non-human influenza viruses that circulate in birds, pigs, horses and even dogs that – with a little evolutionary help – could make the jump to mankind.     The 2009 H1N1 virus was one such virus that had bounced around swine farms for years before it jumped species and sparked a pandemic.   Over the past […]
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2:19 PM | Whole Genome Sequencing of Amish Families Reveals Complexity of Bipolar Disorder
Perelman School genetics professor Maja Bucan, PhD, told me of her deep appreciation for the work going on at the clinic: “From my first visit to the clinic [Clinic for Special Children], I knew I wanted to be part of their team as a collaborator.”
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2:04 PM | Race and Genetics in Nature
My review of Nicholas Wade, Michael Yudell, and Robert Sussman leads off Nature‘s Fall Books number and is featured in the Nature/SciAm Diversity special. And it’s free–no paywall! This is the piece I was writing when the brick hit my deck, inspiring this earlier post, which is now a finalist for the 3QuarksDaily science blog prize. […]
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1:44 PM | Urugenomes
Urugenomes."El objetivo general del proyecto es el desarrollo de la capacidad local en Uruguay para el análisis de secuencias genómicas humanas, tanto en la investigación como en el apoyo a la medicina genómica y al desarrollo científico de nuevos productos y tecnologías. Como resultado, nuevas empresas y laboratorios de servicios serán creados con un claro enfoque en la exportación de servicios genómicos, que a su vez […]
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1:00 PM | Deepak Chopra tries his hand at a clinical trial. Woo ensues.
Of all the quacks and cranks and purveyors of woo whom I’ve encountered over the years, Deepak Chopra is, without a doubt, one of the most arrogantly obstinate, if not the most arrogantly obstinate. Sure, a quack like Mike Adams wins on sheer obnoxiousness and for the sheer breadth of crankery to which he ascribes,…
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12:41 PM | The Science of Acupuncture _ BBC Documentary _ Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Science of Acupuncture _ BBC Documentary _ Traditional Chinese Medicine This is an amazing BBC documentary about acupuncture, an ancient Chinese therapy. Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manuallyRead More »
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12:22 PM | The Genetics of the Schizophrenias
A new study sheds further light on the genetic basis of the group of psychiatric disorders known collectively as schizophrenia. Further, the study (actually a collection of four studies) takes a new approach that might prove generally useful in associating genetic variation with disease risk, even beyond psychiatry. Schizophrenia In popular culture the term “schizophrenic” [...]
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11:28 AM | NPM14: Disaster Preparedness For Kids
    # 9081   Growing up on the west coast of Florida in the 1950s and 1960s – and spending a good part of that time living aboard a boat – I was exposed early to idea that disasters can happen quickly and without warning. Going to bed every night with a life preserver hanging within easy reach quickly imbues one with idea that you should always have an emergency plan.   And of course, we lived in Hurricane Alley. Here are the storm tracks of the hurricanes […]
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11:00 AM | The Phantom Menace
After the amputation of a body part, patients frequently feel that the amputated area is still present. Sensation of the position and movement of the limb, as well as of heat, cold, itching, and even pain, are often described for a limb that is no longer present. Pain in a limb that has been amputated […]
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10:13 AM | Release of "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation...: A Guide for the Health Sector" Part 2
By Sharon ChinSince victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking are exposed to such extreme situations, they have higher risk of experiencing physical and/or mental illness that may require treatment. The possibility of interaction between health provider and victim places health providers in unique positions where they can provide care and assistance while victims are being exploited. The greatest barrier, however, to providing appropriate care to victims, is the health care […]
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10:00 AM | Pediatric Screening Urinalysis in the US
A Brief History of Recommendations Back in the 1980s when I trained, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended a screening urinalysis at four age points during childhood: infancy, early childhood, late childhood, and adolescence. Getting urine out of a child can be incredibly time consuming. Stick-on bags can be used in children not yet […]
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9:34 AM | WHO Statements On 2nd IHR Meeting For Ebola & China’s Ebola Response
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea     # 9080   In early August the WHO Emergency IHR Committee Declared Ebola Outbreak a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) which has helped ramp up the international response to the growing crisis in Western Africa.   Today, in one of two emails sent out by the World Health Organization, we learn that a second `virtual’ meeting is going this week to consider additional steps that can be taken, […]
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9:21 AM | At a loss: the daily challenges of a hearing aid user
Think that hearing aids solve all hearing problems? Think again. As the MRC and the EPSRC launch a package of funding worth £3.5m to improve hearing aid technology, Jean Straus […]
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8:43 AM | HPV: the whole story, warts and all
In the latest instalment of our cancer and infections series, we explore the history behind the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.
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7:00 AM | The Human Mold: Another Example of Self-Deception
José Jarimba believes that our bodies are physically molded into an asymmetric form by our mothers’ sleeping positions during pregnancy, that this has lifelong adverse impacts on health, and that shoe inserts can eliminate pain and other health problems by realigning the body. This is a silly untested hypothesis by a single individual. As such, […]

September 15, 2014

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10:44 PM | Infografía de GSK sobre enfermedades raras
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10:00 PM | Dumb Asses who don’t get the flu vaccine
Every flu season, I resurrect this hysterical and snarky by Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Mark Crislip which was originally published in A Budget of Dumb Asses, which accurately states that healthcare workers who refuse to get a flu vaccine are Dumb Asses. Yes, complete and utter Dumb Asses. Even though this broadside against vaccine deniers is about the flu vaccine, it’s all right […]Continue reading «Dumb Asses who don't get the […]
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9:07 PM | Are PCR-free exomes the answer
I'm continuing my exome posts with a quick observation. There have been several talks recently that I've seen where people present genome and exome data and highlight the drop-out of genomic regions primarily due to PCR amplification and hybridisation artefacts. They make a compelling case for avoiding PCR when possible, and for sequencing a genome to get the very best quality exome.A flaw with this is that we often want to sequence an exome not simply to reduce the costs of sequencing, but […]
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9:00 PM | No truth for science, just the quest
In Karl Popper’s seminal book, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, the Austrian philosopher of science makes the case for deductive logic in the scientific enterprise. It is a challenging read, but I want to leave you with his last three paragraphs, which are more accessible and a beauty to read. Translation by the author with assistance … Continue reading →
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8:42 PM | How the brain finds what it’s looking for
A new study reveals how the brain processes color and motion, providing a new understanding of attention.
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5:00 PM | Only two months until Skepticon
I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this before, but I will be speaking at Skepticon in November. (Holy crap, that’s just over two months away. I’d better get my talk ready. It’ll be about the central dogma of alternative medicine. Or some such medically-related topic.) In any case, now’s crunch time, the time of year […]
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5:00 PM | A request for Skepticon 7 from Orac
I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this before, but I will be speaking at Skepticon in November. (Holy crap, that’s just over two months away. I’d better get my talk ready.) In any case, now’s crunch time, the time of year when Skepticon’s fundraising needs to go into high gear, given that the bills are…
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4:34 PM | Happy Monday Morning! It’s the Celsius Quiz.
Celsius Quiz Sept 14 Blood Cancer Awareness Month
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4:04 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case
    # 9079   As usual, the Saudi MOH is providing minimal information, but after a summer with very few MERS cases reported, KSA has announced four widely scattered infections over the past 8 days.    Previous cases have hailed from Taif, Riyadh, and Jubail while today’s case comes from Najram near the Yemen border.   With in excess of two million visitors expected to arrive for this year’s Hajj – which begins in less than 3 weeks […]
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4:00 PM | The Science of Procrastination – And How To Manage It
The Science of Procrastination – And How To Manage It We’ll write a description later…. Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE Music by Mitchell Moffit http://www.mitchellmoffit.com http://www.twitter.com/mitchellmoffit http://www.facebook.com/mitchellmoffit Art by Gregory and Mitchell […]
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3:11 PM | Experiences of a Deaf Man
From The Albion Magazine (1907): When a man suddenly becomes deaf there is little or nothing he would shrink from if it afforded, or seemed to afford, the smallest chance that he would recover the enjoyment of a sense which he never … Continue reading →
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2:25 PM | MSF Interactive: Inside An Ebola Treatment Center
@MSF Twitter Feed # 9078     Anyone who watched last week’s PBS Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak saw several areas inside an MSF Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone.  Today Médecins Sans Frontières has published an interactive graphic (hover over areas to pop up pictures and descriptions) showing the individual components of a facility operating in a high risk area.   Follow this link to the fully interactive graphic of the static picture […]
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1:15 PM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 15/09/14
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Risk of Ebola emergence mapped A new map identifies areas where animals are likely to be infected with the Ebola virus. The map is a first step towards understanding where future outbreaks of the disease may occur. The map, based on a model created […]
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1:00 PM | Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?
Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed …The post Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on? appeared first on Public Health.
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12:47 PM | CDC: EV-D68 COCA Call Tomorrow
  # 9077     The EV-D68 virus has only been confirmed in six states, but another 15 states are reporting clusters of respiratory illness they suspect may be due to this rarely seen enterovirus, and are awaiting test results (see CDC EV-D68 Update & FAQ). EV-D68 is not a `reportable’ illness, and so it is likely the virus is more widespread than official reports thus far indicate.   While most who contract this respiratory infection will experience […]
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