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February 25, 2015

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6:42 PM | Blood pressure target in diabetes mellitus
Hypertension in diabetic patients increases the risk of microvascular and macrovascular complications. It is quantitatively and qualitatively different from the non-diabetic population and characterized by disturbed circadian rhythm of blood pressure (BP) with increased variability. It also features frequent nocturnal hypertension with high 24 hour BP load and impaired auto-regulation of blood flow leading to microvascular injury. A large meta-analysis of 1 million individuals followed for 14 […]
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6:12 PM | AGBT 2015
The meeting kicks off today with Illumina's user meeting and I'm going to give "Tweeting the meeting" a go this year. Keep an eye on @CIgenomics and #AGBT15James.
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5:49 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 1 MERS Case In Riyadh
  # 9753   Saudi Arabia’s streak of consecutive days with at least one MERS case extends now to 15, with 56 cases reported in just over 2 weeks.  Today’s case hails from the nation’s Capital, and is being investigated as a possible nosocomial infection.    The ministry also announced one death, and two recoveries.  
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1:42 PM | Egypt’s Uncertain H5N1 Case Count
  # 9752   Although Egypt’s Ministry of Health stopped publicly announcing YTD case count figures more than a month ago (when the 2015’s total sat at 21 cases & 6 deaths), media reports, announcements from local Governorates, and the occasional MOH update continue to show up, giving us a rough idea of the number of cases to date. Keeping track of this – as well as is possible – is Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers, whose conservatively curated  […]
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1:09 PM | Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing
This is perhaps the first real crack in the wall for the almost-universal use of the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP). The journal, Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP), has banned the use of NHSTP and related statistical procedures from their journal. They previously had stated that use of these statistical methods was no […]
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12:12 PM | Graphene Oxide Neutralizes Cancer Stem Cells
ByThe Toombst A “super” material might be useful in other areas than engineering or electronics. New research finds that graphene oxide neutralizes cancer stem cells. Cancer stem cells, CSCs, are the horrifying equivalent to “normal” stem cells. These cancer cells have the ability to form many different types of cancers. The CSCs can survive anti-cancer treatments causing a relapse of cancer or form metastases that spreads malignant cells to other parts of the body. […]
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12:00 PM | The Determiner Wars
A and The: almost certainly the least interesting words in the English language; and quite possibly the least useful as well. In fact, many languages manage perfectly well without them (which is why – for example – Russian learners of English often struggle with them). Nonetheless, these two little words – which linguists call “determiners” […]
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11:45 AM | HK CHP Notified Of 3 New H7N9 Cases In Guangdong, 2 In Anhui
    # 9751   For reasons we can only speculate on - except for Guangdong Province – Mainland China has been very slow to report H7N9 cases this winter.  We’ve seen some batch announcements - often buried in end-of-month provincial statistical reports - but daily reporting has been rare.   Of the 16 provinces that have  reported cases during the first two waves, only about half of those have reported cases this winter.   While it […]
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11:00 AM | Finally, the State of Florida acts against Brian Clement and the Hippocrates Health Institute
Every so often, it’s good to post some heartening news regarding quackery. After all, after a decade of blogging about this, preceded by five years in the trenches of Usenet battling quackery and Holocaust denial, sometimes it’s hard for me not to become depressed. After all, there are times when it really does feel as…
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7:40 AM | Start Year 2015 with the Best Research in Diabetes
Do you know that 11.6% of adults (or 114 million) in China have diabetes? According to the findings released by the Journal of the American Medical Association last September, the number is set to increase by 40%, especially among those from 18 – 29 years old, who are on the brink to develop the diseases. […] The post Start Year 2015 with the Best Research in Diabetes appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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1:00 AM | Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen
Toni Darville from the University of North Carolina considers the potential for a successful T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia trachomatis accounts for ~100 million genital tract infections in industrialized nations annually, and continues … Continue reading »The post Chlamydia trachomatis –Urgent need for an effective T cell vaccine to combat the silent epidemic of a stealth bacterial pathogen appeared first on Speaking of […]

February 24, 2015

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8:52 PM | House of Lords votes to approve mitochondrial donation techniques in UK
After four hours of intense debate in the House of Lords, peers have voted to approve regulations that will allow mitochondrial donation to be licensed for use. The techniques, pioneered by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research at the University of Newcastle, give hope to families suffering from mitochondrial disease. Wellcome Trust […]
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8:45 PM | Designing a better clinical trial to sort out complex tumors
Oncologist Daniel Catenacci designed a "supercontinent" of clinical trials to find the best treatments for patients with esophageal and gastric cancers.
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8:41 PM | Mussels and Muscles: Supplement Reduces Exercise Muscle Damage
ByThe Toombst   New research finds that a marine oil supplement reduces exercise muscle damage in untrained male subjects. Go into a sports nutrition store and you’ll see mountains of supplements that supposedly help you recover and perform better. Many of these products have questionable or non-existing scientific evidence to support the claims made or simply word claims vaguely to avoid liability. In this mountain there are supplements with measurable positive effects. New research […]
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7:52 PM | What Kills Little Kids?
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington recently released its global mortality numbers for the year 2013. We find the under-five childhood deaths particularly … Continue reading »The post What Kills Little Kids? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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7:24 PM | HPAI Reported At Hungarian Duck Farm
Credit NÉBIH   # 9750   Although the Hungarian translations are somewhat tortured, a report posted on Hungary’s National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) appears to be reporting an HPAI (likely H5N8) outbreak at a duck farm in Füzesgyarmati (see map above), in the southeastern part of the country.   Assuming this gets confirmed by the FAO/OIE, Hungary would be added to the short but growing list of European nations (UK, Netherlands, Germany […]
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7:10 PM | Hacedores de la Revolución
Desde hace un buen tiempo tengo la idea de escribir algo así como “una historia conceptual de la genética” (más o menos desde la publicación de Historia de la Genética Clínica en el Uruguay está dando vueltas en mi cabeza, pero recién el año pasado empezó a tomar forma que es lo que quiero escribir).Dado que es un proyecto demasiado grande para mis posibilidades actuales (trabajo + familia + otros proyectos) ha […]
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6:53 PM | What may be bad habits for humans are protective for bees
  AMHERST, Mass. – Researchers studying the interaction between plants, pollinators and parasites report that in recent experiments, bees infected with a common intestinal parasite had reduced parasite levels in their guts after seven days if the bees also consumed natural toxins present in plant nectar. In this early and most comprehensive study of its…
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6:47 PM | Supercomputer model helps explain electrical shock
Researchers at the Computation Institute are using the Beagle supercomputer to understand the harmful effects to the body from electrical shocks.
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5:31 PM | A peculiar feeling of worms: giving voice to the shell-shocked
In November 1914, a young Belgian solider called Adolf arrived in London. He was unable to move his legs but had no apparent physical injury that could explain his condition – he was shell-shocked. Adolf was admitted to what was then the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, in Queen Square, London (now the […]
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3:55 PM | Marking Progress in Medical Education and Research
Editors’ Note: A recent study that appears in the journal Academic Medicine proposes a new way to rank medical schools. If this methodology were formally adopted, Albert Einstein College of Medicine would place in the top 10 percent of all U.S. medical schools. Besides educating the next generation of doctors, Einstein strongly values basic science, [...]
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2:21 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 5 New MERS Cases
    # 9749   Riyadh’s recent MERS woes continue today, with new of 4 new cases in the Saudi Capital (3 being investigated as possibly nosocomial in nature), along with a fifth ( hospital acquired) case reported in Hofuf.    Today’s report raises February’s total to 67 cases.   You’ll find two other MERS-Centric reports already posted this morning; Postcards From The MERS Twitterverse & ECDC: 14th Rapid Risk Assessment On […]
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1:42 PM | Postcards From The MERS Twitterverse
# 9748   Between the rising case counts of the past couple of weeks, yesterday’s WHO Mission statement which cited critical lapses in our understanding of how the MERS coronavirus transmits, a new report that suggests 90% of camels in the region may be infected, and a new statement by the Saudi MOH on diagnosing the virus – Arabic twitter traffic  (hashtag  كورونا  aka `Corona’) is really humming this morning. […]
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1:11 PM | Anti-GMO Propaganda
There is so much anti-science propaganda out there I often feel like I am emptying the ocean with a spoon. Just today I was faced with an array of choices for my post – should I take on anti-vaccine, anti-GMO, or anti-AGW propaganda? For today, anyway, anti-GMO won. I’ll get to the others eventually. This [...]
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12:21 PM | What is the Best way to Prevent Peanut Allergy ?
ByThe Toombst If you want to prevent children from developing peanut allergy, what’s best ? Avoidance or eating peanuts at an early age? New research finds that peanut consumption at an early age is the best way to prevent peanut allergy. Peanut allergy is a food allergy that can cause anything from itching and swelling to more severe even lethal symptoms. The number of children affected by peanut allergy have doubled in the past 10 years. But it’s not all bad news, children with […]
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12:15 PM | If a patent is rejected, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Why is a psychologist claiming “patent rights” for a basic psychological technique that he did not invent and does not own the patent for? Read the rest of this post at the Big Think.
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12:00 PM | Brains Aren’t Fooled By Virtual Reality
The scenes and the environments in World of Warcraft games appear so real that, for a moment, you forget you are staring at the screen. Technology has advanced so much that we can not only recreate reality but also engage with it. But however real the virtual may seem, the brain knows the difference! According […]
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11:55 AM | ECDC: 14th Rapid Risk Assessment On MERS-CoV
    # 9747   Although the MERS coronavirus has yet to be declared a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency Of International Concern), it is nonetheless a worrisome, high-mortality virus that after nearly three years - and more 1,000 cases -  we still know far too little about.     Recently  we’ve seen assessments from the World Health Organization (see Saudi Arabia: WHO MERS Mission Summary & WHO Summary & Risk Assessment On MERS-CoV) […]
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11:45 AM | Pathways of resistance: from mercury to methicillin
In a climate of rising fear over the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics, Wellcome-supported microbiologists have looked back at the bacteria-killing substances of the pre-antibiotic era – toxic metals. Jemima Hodkinson looks at how resistance to these metals may be linked to drug resistance in bacteria… Dr Jon Hobman, University of Nottingham, and Dr Lisa Crossman, […]
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11:03 AM | Hong Kong: Update On 3rd Imported H7N9 Case
  # 9746   We’ve an update from Hong Kong’s CHP this morning on their epidemiological investigation into this seasons’ 3rd imported H7N9 case. This is the 13th known importation into Hong Kong since H7N9 emerged two years ago, and authorities have contact tracing and surveillance pretty much down to a science.    While human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus has only rarely been reported, the incubation period is thought to be up to 10 days, […]
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