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January 27, 2015

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8:00 AM | Another Misguided Cancer Testimonial
An economic analyst, Mike “Mish” Shedlock, wrote a blog post to describe how he beat prostate cancer. When laymen and patients write about cancer, they are likely to get some things wrong. Mish’s story is full of typical misunderstandings and misinterpretations. He interpreted his experience in his own way and did his own research into […]
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5:48 AM | Discovery of fish living UNDER 740 meters of ice!
An unexpected find and very exciting moment for researchers exploring what lies beneath 740 meters of ice in Antarctica…fish! An amazing find given the perpetual darkness and cold. In an expedition sponsored by the National Science Foundation, scientists and ice drillers bored a hole through the Ross Ice Shelf near the coast of Antarctica, 850…
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1:48 AM | High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients’ Kidney Health
Acute kidney injury often arises after major surgery because the kidneys can be deprived of normal blood flow during the procedure. The use of contrast media, or dyes, can contribute to this problem. In patients undergoing coronary angiography or percutaneous coronary intervention, which are heart procedures that use dyes to help surgeons visualize the arteries, […] The post High-Dose Statin May Protect Heart Surgery Patients’ Kidney Health appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Wu, H., Li, D., Fang, M., Han, H. & Wang, H. (2015). Meta-analysis of short-term high versus low doses of atorvastatin preventing contrast-induced acute kidney injury in patients undergoing coronary angiography/percutaneous coronary intervention, The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 55 (2) 123-131. DOI: 10.1002/jcph.411

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1:32 AM | Toxoplasma gondii parasite controls the mind by changing how key brain DNA is read
Toxoplasma gondii is a mind-commandeering brain parasite that is known to possess the uncanny ability to change a human being’s personality, making individuals more neurotic post-infection. More disturbingly, single-celled Toxoplasma has been linked to an increased risk of suicide in women and a higher chance of having children that will later go on to develop schizophrenia. […]
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12:05 AM | Common Prescription Drugs Increase Dementia Risk
ByThe Toombst Researchers find that using certain common prescription drugs increase dementia risk. Regularly taking anticholinergic drugs means you are at a higher risk of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia, losing your sharp wit and cognitive abilities as you age are probably at the top of the list of: “diseases I don’t want”, for many of us. Dementia is getting more common across the world as the population lives longer. Many previous news items have touch […]
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12:05 AM | Within Reason Episode 206 – (Bad) Science
Originally posted on Moutons No More:Jonathan Jarry hosts another edition of Within Reason, the podcast that looks at contentious issues from a rational perspective. This month, is scientific research inefficient or have we grossly oversimplified the situation? We begin with a mad comedic dash through the life of a young scientist to the sound of…

January 26, 2015

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10:39 PM | Targeting protein could improve diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma
Researchers develop new probe to measure MALT1 activity that may improve diagnostic and therapeutic tools for autoimmune disorders.
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9:26 PM | No Context Like Snow Context
We're going to venture a little bit off the beaten path for a second. See, you might've noticed we've had history on the mind a lot lately. Naturally, we're excited about the Perelman School of Medicine's 250th year, and it's helping us put a lot of things into perspective we...
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8:56 PM | Poll–healthcare workers and vaccination
  I just wrote a typical Skeptical Raptor screed against vaccine deniers who are supposed to be protecting patients. What do you think?Continue reading «Poll–healthcare workers and vaccination»
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8:38 PM | Healthcare workers who don’t vaccinate–nothing but dumbasses
I caught a cold. And I don’t just write about infectious diseases because it’s some intellectual pursuit, but I hate viruses, bacteria, and parasites. I make the worst possible patient when I have a cold, calling and texting every healthcare worker I know for advice. By the way, I know it’s not the flu, not […]Continue reading «Healthcare workers who don't vaccinate–nothing but dumbasses»
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8:25 PM | PHAC Statement On Canada’s Imported H7N9 Case
Photo Credit- CDC   # 9631   In a case smacking of deja flu - just over a year after North America’s first imported case of H5N1 (in a traveler recently returned from China) - we learn of our first imported case of H7N9, this time in the Vancouver area.   Crof has a report from the Globe and Mail (see Canada: BC resident confirmed with H7N9; relative may be a second case),  and Helen Branswell has a little bit more in her report Canada finds case of H7N9 bird […]
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6:47 PM | Microbioma y Dieta en la Vejez: Amotinamiento del microbioma
Hemos hablado que dependiendo del origen de los alimentos el microbioma intestinaldel individuo varía, que la dieta es uno de los principales factores con relación a la modulación del microbioma intestinal (1).Que los alimentos de origen animal tienden a generar bacterias que son resistentes a los ácidos biliares, y que estos tienden a ser ricos en grasas y originan una cierta endotoxemia en el organismo que facilita el desarrollo del síndrome […]
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6:02 PM | The Future of Cancer Care Starts Here
What will the future of cancer care be like, and how will we get there? The 2014 Annual Report of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a glimpse into the large and bold-scale initiatives that are ushering in a new era of personalized medicine.
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5:04 PM | New Effective Radiation Sickness Treatment
ByThe Toombst A new treatment against radiation poisoning! Researchers find a new effective new effective radiation sickness treatment , that works even when given days after radiation exposure. Recent nuclear accidents like that at Fukushima have highlighted the need for a way to treat radiation exposure after it occurs. Today there isn’t a treatment that can wind back the damage of radiation. Today the only treatments available mitigate further damage from radiation. Lysophosphatidic […]
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4:44 PM | Astronomers Catch A Quasar Shutting Off
Last week, astronomers at Yale University reported seeing something unusual: a seemingly stedfast beacon from the far reaches of the…Continue reading on Medium »
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4:41 PM | Low-input RNA-seq: ever wondered how much of your total RNA is of any real interest
The amount of RNA used in an RNA-seq library prep is often listed as a competitive advantage by kit manufacturers. As late as 2004 I used up to 30ug of RNA in a microarray prep, and even a couple of years ago 100ng was considered "low". Nowadays kits are available for picogram quantities, but have you ever considered how much of the total RNA you measure is actually going to be informative?The answer is not a lot! Stopping to think about this is important as the amount of something in a sample […]
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3:02 PM | Obesity, Inflammation and Cognitive Decline
The rate of cognitive decline with aging is quite variable. Identifying important components of this process is needed for developing interventions to reduce the burden of Alzheimer's and other dementias.Excess inflammation has been linked to obesity as well as aging-related cognitive decline.Archana Singh-Manoux and colleagues recently published a study of the association between blood markers of inflammation and cognitive decline.This study used data from the U.K. Whitehall II cohort, a […]
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2:43 PM | Guangdong Province Reports Two More H7N9 Cases
Credit Wikipedia   # 9630 A hat tip to Sharon Sanders of FluTrackers for the link to this Guangdong Emergency Management Office report on two more cases of H7N9 in Guangdong Province.     Added two cases of H7N9 cases in our province 2015-01-26 19:36:00 Ben According to the Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission report, January 26, 2015, the province Shanwei, Jieyang City, one case of H7N9 cases were new. Shen patients (female, 20 years old), […]
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2:32 PM | 10 Science-Backed Tips to Help Prevent Hip Fractures
My latest article appears as a guest post on LIVESTRONG.com. The article presents 10 tips that may help prevent hip fracture and gives scientific studies in support of each. Click here to read the article.
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2:16 PM | China MOA: H5N6 Outbreak In Hunan Province Poultry
  # 9629 Although HPAI H5N8 and H5N2 have garnered most of the headlines this fall with their extensive spread out of Asia into Europe and the Pacific Northwest, another freshman virus has been on our radar since last May as well; the H5N6 virus.   Unlike H5N8 and H5N2, this emerging virus has already shown some ability to infect humans, with tragic results. We are aware of at least two human cases last year, both fatal (see WHO GAR Update – H5N6 In China). […]
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1:17 PM | SHEA 2015 Update: Abstract Deadline (January 30th), Pro-Con Session and Certificates
SHEA - Orlando, May 14-17, 2015The SHEA spring meeting in Orlando is really coming together. With the abstract deadline approaching (January 30th) and the full agenda finalized, I wanted to highlight a few things that you should know as you rush to register before the February 13th early registration deadline.1) Register before February 13th and save $100. If you aren't already a SHEA member - become a member at least 48 hours before registering for the meeting to save even more! Hope to see […]
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1:08 PM | Egyptian MOH Statement On NAMRU-3 & H5N1
  # 9628   A little over a week ago, in Egypt MOH: Three H5N1 Statements & Confirmation Of 17th Case, we learned that the Egyptian Ministry of Health had formally invited our Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3), stationed in Cairo, to assist in their current H5N1 outbreak.    Billed as the `largest DoD overseas laboratory, with biosafety level 3 biocontainment space and field and hospital study sites located throughout Egypt.’ , NAMRU-3 is […]
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12:45 PM | The Brains of Lucid Dreamers
Lucid dreaming is a very interesting phenomenon that perhaps gives us a peek into the inner workings of the human brain. I have had about a dozen lucid dreams in my life that I can remember. Normally while dreaming we are not aware of the fact that we are dreaming. Our dreaming selves accept the [...]
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12:14 PM | Taiwan CDC: Genetic Analysis Of H5N2/H5N8
Credit FAO      # 9627   Despite the fearsome reputation of H5N1 as a threat to human health, other H5 avian viruses have demonstrated a wide range of pathogenicity in people. Even among H5N1 clades, not all viruses are created equal. We’ve seen considerable variability in that subtype’s ability to infect, and kill around the globe (see Differences In Virulence Between Closely Related H5N1 Strains).   In Bangladesh, only 1 (14%) of  7 known […]
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12:00 PM | Nurturing The Brain – Part I, Caffeine
Overall, more than 85% of children and adults consume caffeine regularly. But what does it do to the brain? Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. According to Euromonitor, the United States is the country with the highest amount of total coffee consumption (971 tons per year), closely followed by Brazil […]
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11:44 AM | Wellcome Research Round-up: 26.01.15
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… New insight into genetics of antimalarial drug resistance A global research collaboration has identified 20 mutations in the kelch13 gene – a known marker for artemisinin resistance – that appear to work with a set of background mutations in four other genes to support […]
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11:26 AM | Behind the picture: Marjory Stephenson and bacterial biochemistry
January 2015 marks 130 years since the birth of Marjory Stephenson, a researcher who pioneered the study of biochemistry in bacteria and was one of the first two women to […]
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8:30 AM | Quackademic medicine tightens its hold on the Cleveland Clinic
It’s no secret to my regular readers that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever be getting a job at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) any time soon. After all, I’ve written posts about the CCF in which I’ve criticized its promotion of reiki, its establishment of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbal medicine clinic, complete…
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8:30 AM | An aboriginal girl dies of leukemia: Parental “rights” versus the right of a child to medical care
One topic that keeps recurring and obligating me to write about it consists of critically analyzing stories of children with cancer whose parents, either on their own or at the behest of their child, stop or refuse chemotherapy or other treatment. It is, sadly, a topic that I’ve been discussing for nearly a decade now, […]

January 25, 2015

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8:58 PM | Magia a la luz de la Luna – Otra de chantas
Hace un par de días pude ver la película "Magia a la luz de la luna" (Magic in the Moonlight). Escrita y dirigida por Woody Allen y protagonizada por Emma Stone (El Sorprendente Hombre Araña, Zombieland) y Collin Firth (El Discurso del Rey, El Diario de Bridget Jones), esta película entra de lleno con la temática de este blog: los chantas y charlatanes Posts Relacionados: Luces Rojas y cómo detectar chantas Algunas citas de Luces […]
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