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August 27, 2014

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5:12 PM | Cancer policies: Still room for improvement in Illinois
How did Illinois measure up in the American Cancer Society's new report on legislative activity to fight cancer? There's good news and bad news.
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5:00 PM | Immune boosting pills: the latest snake oil?
Head into any supermarket or chemist, and you will find shelves filled with all kinds of products. Some are useful, evidence-proven medications (such as aspirin), others are more palliative like sore throat lozenges. However, in recent years there has been a rise in what I will term “Immune pills” for this article. You have probably […] The post Immune boosting pills: the latest snake oil? appeared first on MostlyScience.
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3:54 PM | The Science of Cats and Dogs
The Science of Cats and Dogs Main Episode: http://youtu.be/5jLfJ2AfR-o Get the GMM Coffee Mug! http://dftba.com/product/1bv/Good-Mythical-Morning-Mug Get the GMM Signed Poster plus the GMM T-shirt! http://dftba.com/artist/26/Rhett–Link MAIN YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink Listen to Ear Biscuits! iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/ear-biscuits/id717407884 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/earbiscuits JOIN the RhettandLinKommunity! http://bit.ly/rlkommunity LIKE us […]
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2:58 PM | Diagnostic Profile in Pathological Gamblers
Behavioral disorders like pathological gambling (PG) rarely occur alone as a single uncomplicated disorder.In a previous post, I noted the overlap of PG with personality disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.A recent study from Germany adds to our knowledge of the general diagnostic profile in the PG population.Erbas and Buchner reviewed German national data sources and other German studies to come up with a series of findings:Twelve month prevalence rates […]

Erbas B & Buchner UG (2012). Pathological gambling: prevalence, diagnosis, comorbidity, and intervention in Germany., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 109 (10) 173-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22470406

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2:45 PM | Ebola: Air France Suspends Service To Sierra Leone
Source OCHA   # 9009   Although the the World Health Organization has been urging airlines to continue to service Ebola-stricken regions, and to reassure that the risks of flying to these countries is low, this morning the French government urged all French nationals residing in Sierra Leone and Liberia to leave, and urged Air France to temporarily suspend flights to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown (see Reuters France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, […]
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1:18 PM | Mustard gas – from the Great War to frontline chemotherapy
From the Great War trenches to the frontline against cancer, mustard gas has come a long way, thanks to the outstanding research of chemist Alexander Haddow.
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12:51 PM | WHO Statement on DRC Ebola Outbreak
  # 9007   While we still don’t know which species of Ebola (Sudan, Zaire, etc.) has recently emerged in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo,  we do have an early epidemiological report that provides some details on the outbreak.  The index case appears to have contracted the virus from butchering bush meat, and there are now 24 suspected cases and 13 fatalities. At this time there is no evidence to suggest this outbreak is linked to the Ebola […]
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12:39 PM | A little cold water
I’ve had it with ice buckets. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) is the disease of the moment. Not because it’s the most important medical problem today, but because it’s got a clever bit of marketing that got lucky and went viral. Kudos to the ALS Association’s ad campaign person. The ice-bucket gimmick […]
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12:13 PM | Branswell On Canada’s Lab Team Evacuation From Sierra Leone
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9006   There is a lot we still don’t know about how a WHO deployed technician came to be infected with the Ebola virus in Kailahun (see WHO Statement On Temporary Pull Back From Kailahun, Sierra Leone), but last night Canada’s PHAC announced that they would be withdrawing their three-man mobile laboratory team from the same area as well.   A move apparently spurred by safety concerns after additional infections were identified at […]
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11:37 AM | Bad Science Journals
It’s an excellent business model. The only real infrastructure you need is a website, and you can have a custom site made for $5-10 thousand. Then you just have the monthly bandwidth charges. The rest is just e-marketing, which can be done for free, or the cost of some e-mails lists. After that, the money […]
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8:47 AM | Japan Reports 1st Locally Acquired Dengue Case In 60 Years
Global brief on vector-borne diseases pdf, 4.45 Mb # 9005   Officially Japan hasn’t seen a locally acquired case of Dengue since the late 1940s, although in January of this year the journal Eurosurveillance published a reports on a German tourist who was diagnosed with the disease upon returning home from a trip to Japan (see Autochthonous dengue virus infection in Japan imported into Germany, September 2013).   Today, however, the Japanese Ministry of Health is […]
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4:54 AM | The CDC “whistleblower” manufactroversy: Twitter parties and another “bombshell” e-mail
Remember yesterday how, I referenced the ever-awesome bit about the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and how after pulling the pin you must count to three, no more, no less, before lobbing the grenade at thine enemies? The implication was, of course, that I was on my third…

August 26, 2014

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8:50 PM | CDC Releases Additional Interim Ebola Guidance
  CDC Contact Tracing Infographic PDF # 9004 Although we’ve not seen any imported cases of Ebola (other than two patients evacuated from Africa), the CDC continues to create new, or updated, guidance documents on the Ebola threat.  As long as the virus continues to circulate in Africa, the possibility of seeing one or more  imported cases cannot be dismissed.   This morning we saw release of guidance on mortuary removal and handling, while  this […]
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8:33 PM | The intern life: Meet Christina Lee
High-school graduate Christina Lee has spent the last three and half months learning firsthand what it’s like to work at the lab bench in a major medical research institution. After graduating from Canyon Crest Academy in June of this year, Christina has spent this summer – before packing for college – interning in our NCI-designatedRead More
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8:01 PM | Shameless promotion dep’t.
The blog 3 Quarks Daily is running a contest for the best science-related blog post, and Genotopia has been twice nominated! Go to their voting page and vote for either #24 (Hail Britannia!) or #25 (On city life…). Voting ends 9/1 and you can only vote for one post. The top 20 vote-getters will go on to […]
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7:58 PM | Depression and its impact on prostate cancer treatment
Men who have depression are less likely to undergo more aggressive treatment for prostate cancer, and have worse overall survival rates.
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7:09 PM | Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency?
At the International Congress of Parasitology (ICOPA XIII) held in Mexico City earlier this month, we learned of a very serious and dangerous tropical disease situation now unfolding in Venezuela.   The most glaring public health failure has been a sharp …The post Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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6:24 PM | Building the evidence for innovative radiotherapy
A look at a Government announcement to help fund some of our radiotherapy trials
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6:05 PM | WHO Statement On Temporary Pull Back From Kailahun, Sierra Leone
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9003   On Sunday, August 24th in Statement: WHO-Deployed Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola we learned that an international health worker deployed for the Organization in Sierra Leone had contracted the Ebola virus while earlier today Reuters reported that  WHO pulls staff after worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone.   This afternoon the World Health Organization has emailed out the following statement on their decision. […]
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3:25 PM | UNOG: Press Briefing By The Information Service On Ebola – Aug 26th
Source OCHA    # 9002   From today’s regular press briefing from the United Nations Office In Geneva (UNOG), we get an update that touches on a number of concerns, including the impact of air traffic disruptions and border closings for the Ebola-affected nations, and the recent detection of Ebola in the DRC.   Ebola Tarik Jasarevic, for the World Health Organization  (WHO), stated that an update in the form of a situation report was expected to […]
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3:23 PM | "Happy" Women's Equality Day
94 years ago, the 19th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. Our fore-mothers fought for this right, believing that without political power any other rights could be denied. They also believed that with political voices we could achieve true equality. Their belief in the vote sustained them through public […]
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3:22 PM | The Science of Teen Drama
The Science of Teen Drama Forget raging hormones. Teen drama is all about BRAINS (to be read in a zombie voice). Share this on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/VDossO Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/4MQAk Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: […]
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3:04 PM | Icelandic Met Office: Bárðarbunga Update – Aug 26th
    # 9001   Although no surface eruption has occurred, seismic activity under and nearby the glacier-covered Bárðarbunga caldera continues to escalate, with the largest event – an M5.7 quake – hitting last night.    It is still highly uncertain what happens next, but given the history of this particular volcano, no one is ready to relax.   In today’s update the Icelandic Met Office presents three possible scenarios […]
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3:01 PM | Autism Advocacy in the Making
“September 1, 1939,” I said, narrowly eyeing the person beside me, scrunching my forehead in genuine scrutiny of the situation. Although I was not entirely certain of what was to come, the eternal optimist within geared up for an opportunity to go into raptures. “Friday,” emerged his effortless reply. And so it was. Meet my [...]
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2:30 PM | From Debi’s Desk: Winding Down the Summer
While summer winds down here in Chicago, UCMC nurses, faculty, and staff remain busy and active on a number of different fronts.
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2:25 PM | Multidisciplinary Approach to New Pathway Cuts CAUTI Rates
UChicago Medicine’s nursing staff, in partner- ship with physicians, infection control, CBIS and other departments, recently launched a new evidence-based pro- tocol that has significantly cut CAUTI rates.
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2:20 PM | New API Acuity System Launches in September
Nurses will begin using new software in September that aligns staffing with patient care needs on each unit.
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2:15 PM | Free Chinatown Health Fair Draws Crowd, Smiles
About 30 UChicago Medicine volunteers provided free lab screenings to about 100 people during the Chinatown Health Fair in late July.
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2:10 PM | Employees Walk the Fitness Walk at Billiken Parade
Nearly 200 UChicago Medicine marchers stepped lively — and counted their steps — at the 85th annual Bud Billiken Parade.
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2:05 PM | Nursing News in Brief – August 2014
From the Comer 5K to new hand lotion dispensers, here’s a roundup of other nursing-related items from across the UChicago Medicine community.
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