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September 25, 2014

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5:01 PM | The Cancer Patient Experience Survey – questions have been asked…now what?
It may seem as though we’re constantly asked to give feedback – but what’s more important is knowing what’s happened as a result of our comments – have we learnt anything? What’s changed? The Cancer Patient Experience Survey – published today – has been incredibly useful in finding out what is happening on the ground […]
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4:18 PM | NACCHO Webinar: Hospital Checklist Preparedness For Ebola
Credit Wikipedia    # 9112   While it is by no means certain when, or even if, an unidentified Ebola case will enter the United States – the longer the Ebola epidemic rages in West Africa – the greater are the odds of seeing that happen.  As we saw with MERS this spring, and with Canada’s H5N1 case last January, infected patients can show up at emergency rooms practically anywhere.   The CDC, along with NACCHO (National Association Of County […]
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4:16 PM | DNA and Dating: Buyer Beware
Last week’s post dealt with three very serious types of DNA tests. But not all DNA tests detect health-threatening conditions. A few years ago “Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene” ran on the front page of the New York Times, above an arresting image of a preschooler having his mouth swabbed for DNA.… Read the restThe post DNA and Dating: Buyer Beware appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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4:09 PM | Balancing the excitation and inhibition tightrope in depression
ScicuriousPsychology,Neuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 12:17pm, September 25, 2014 A brain region called the lateral habenula, which is associated with disappointment, receives a delicate balance of excitatory and inhibitory signals, a new study suggests. Too much excitation is associated with depression, and treatment with antidepressants is linked to an increase in inhibitory signals. […]
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4:05 PM | Renal Physiology PenCasts
Improving preclinical nephrology education during medical school is a hot topic in nephrology these days. John Roberts, a nephrology fellow at Duke, recently produced a collection of short (10-15min) videos on renal physiology in an effort to do just this. These videos are geared towards 1st year medical students and are meant to compliment other learning styles such as book reading, group learning or standard didactic lectures. Take a look at the videos and offer any comments or suggestions. […]
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3:23 PM | Shaping our Sustaining Health initiative
The city of New York came to a standstill on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people joined the People’s Climate march. Chants of “Show me what democracy looks like – This is what democracy looks like” echoed around Times Square as people from over 2000 groups and organisations joined thousands more individuals all wanting […]
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2:38 PM | Newtown and FBI Crime Statistics
On December 14, 2012, a disturbed shooter killed 20 children and 6 adult staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This was a horrific event, and the community is still recovering. Almost immediately after the shooting, and continuing to this day, conspiracy theorists have been shoe-horning this tragic event into their preferred narrative, calling the [...]
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1:00 PM | The FDA cracks down on Ebola quacks, and Mike Adams loses it
Ever since the latest outbreak of Ebola viral disease in West Africa, there has been panic that’s metastasized to the US, even though the risk of a major outbreak here is very low. Unfortunately, whenever there’s panic over a disease, whatever the disease is, there soon follows quackery in response to that panic, from quacks…
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12:12 PM | Overprotection Does Not Equal Protection: Ebola and Healthcare Worker Deaths
There is a disturbing, if not surprising, post in Bloomberg describing the horrible conditions that healthcare workers face when caring for patients with Ebola. In the current outbreak it is estimated that over 300 healthcare workers have been infected and 150 have died. It is clear that the systems designed to protect healthcare workers are failing. The central problem is that the temperatures inside the "Ebola Suits" can reach 115 degrees and can take a long time to safely remove. To […]
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11:55 AM | EID Journal: Replication & Shedding Of MERS-CoV In Inoculated Camels
Credit FAO   # 9011   The case for camels being a likely route of MERS-CoV to humans has become a bit stronger with yesterday’s publication of an EID journal study showing that camels intentionally inoculated with the human MERS strain shed copious amounts of the virus via nasal discharge for at least a week. This isn’t the first time camels have been implicated as an intermediate host (bats are still eyed as the likely primary reservoir of the MERS […]
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11:30 AM | If you don’t buy this supplement for your child, you’re a terrible parent
The supplement industry wants you to buy their products, and they’re not above using a little parental guilt to make you into a customer. In the photo above, the promoter is my local pharmacy, where the large window display caught my eye: Give your Child The Tools to SUCCEED in School! Who doesn’t want their […]
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10:22 AM | WHO Ebola Response Roadmap – Sept 24th
  # 9010 The World Health Organization has released their fifth weekly detailed Ebola Response Roadmap, and the trends continue to show the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone to be dire.  Although the last reporting week shows a modest drop in the number of new cases, the WHO believes this to be a reporting artifact, and not a true reflection of conditions on the ground.   Of additional concern, a fresh analysis shows that the number of healthcare workers […]
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12:06 AM | FlipQuiz: A Great New Teaching Tool
I’m teaching Health Sciences Librarianship for the University of Rhode Island’s Library and Information Studies graduate program this semester. Sometimes, I think we can learn as much being a teacher as we do being a student. In this case, I’ve been learning to use a number of new tools, new concepts, and new ways to teach […]

September 24, 2014

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9:09 PM | Big Surprise Coming
In the next couple of weeks I have a big surprise coming. It will explain my relative lack of posts lately. In the meantime, I have to go to a wedding and take care of my patients. Try to pee without me...
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8:54 PM | Why the sense of touch is like a concert
Instead of the brain piecing together different components of the sense of touch, like texture or shape, UChicago neuroscientists argue that our nervous system works together to produce the full sensation, like a band playing live music.
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7:47 PM | EV-D68: R.I. Reports 1st Adult Case – At Least 30 States Now Affected
  # 9009   The EV-D68 virus which first gained national attention when it caused outbreaks in Kansas City & Chicago a month ago has been mainly associated with children and adolescents, although there have been anecdotal reports suggesting adults were falling ill as well (see comment section of this blog).   Children, who appear to be the most severely affected, are also the most likely to be hospitalized and tested, and so some bias in the demographics is to be […]
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6:20 PM | The Doctor Will See You (More Clearly) Now
Radiologists regularly employ imaging methods, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to help medical teams diagnose and treat disease. Seeing clear images of muscles, organs, and bones inside the body, often times via use of contrast agents, helps physicians diagnose patients earlier and avoid unnecessary...
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4:37 PM | Why Women Give Better Gifts
Consumer spending on gifts for birthdays and holidays is a multi-billion dollar big business.Despite this large economic impact, little research examines factors associated with gift recipient satisfaction.Selecting good gifts for others involves a complex social decision-making process related to judging the value hierarchy of others.A study from the Netherlands recently published in the journal PLOS One featured three experiments on gift selection in a series of men and women.The design of […]
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4:14 PM | Foundation Medicine $FMI Journal Watch
Foundation Medicine $FMI is a cancer genomics company that has held a growing position in the discussions around next-generation DNA sequencing technology, targeted cancer drug development, and genomic profiling of patient tumor samples to drive treatment decisions.Reports of the application of FoundationOne and FoundationOne Heme assays in clinical practice are growing in the scientific literature. Therefore I have assembled this special edition of the BiotechDueDIligence Journal […]
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3:42 PM | Return of Results: Genetics Experts Weigh In
In my last post, I wrote about the return of results from next-gen sequencing, specifically a recent paper in AJHG about secondary findings in ~6500 ESP exomes. Today we’ll delve into another paper in the same issue on the attitudes of genetics professionals on return of incidental findings from whole genome sequencing (WGS) and exome sequencing […]
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3:16 PM | FDA Issues Warning Letters Against Companies Selling `Ebola Cures’
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9008     Early in the 20th century electrical shock devices were used by doctors, and sold to the public, as supposed `cures’ for a variety of ailments both real and imaginary.  By the 1950s, when everything modern was `atomic’, people paid money to sit in uranium mines to soak up radon gas to `cure cancer’ or TB, or whatever might ail them.  Throughout history there have always been claims for mineral springs, […]
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12:21 PM | NPM14: When You’ve Got To `Get Out Of Dodge’ In A Hurry
My Bug-out-bag, Canteen, & Toiletry kit Note: This is day 24  of National Preparedness Month.  Follow this year’s campaign on Twitter by searching for the #NatlPrep & NPM14 hash tag. This month, as part of NPM12, I’ll be rerunning some edited and updated older preparedness essays, along with some new ones.   # 9007   There is probably no tougher decision to be made in the face of a disaster than having to evacuate from your home. Home […]
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12:00 PM | “Mystery” Illness in Colombia
It looks like we can file this one under “here we go again.” A small town in Colombia, El Carmen de Bolivar, has seen more than 200 girls hospitalized with a mysterious illness since May of this year. The symptoms include dizziness, headaches, and fainting. So far, all of the girls hospitalized have been found […]
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11:12 AM | CDC Statements On MMWR Ebola Estimates
  # 9006   Yesterday’s MMWR  worst case estimate of between 550,000 and 1.4 million Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January - if interventions are not implemented - (see MMWR: Estimating The Future Number of Cases In The Ebola Epidemic) has garnered predictable headlines while the CDC’s caveats regarding the interpretation of  these numbers generally appears much further down the page.   CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden has […]
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11:00 AM | State Farm hires, then drops The Richmeister. No more antivaccine copies—for now
I’m a State Farm customer. I have been for a very long time. To be honest, I’m not sure if it’s inertia or the discounts that State Farm gives me because I’ve been with the company for so long. On the other had, I’ve had no complaints. State Farm’s service has been fine, and on…
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11:00 AM | Treating Children and Teens Diagnosed with Schizophrenia
In this article, I will focus on treatment considerations regarding the diagnosis of schizophrenia in children and adolescents. This article on assessment of schizophrenia concerns the nature of psychological tests that evaluate the prevalence of schizophrenic symptoms in an individual child or adolescent. These specific tests, which rely on interview and self-report, are described as […]
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9:25 AM | Reality behind research: 21 years of oral history with Wellcome Witness
Thousands of scientific papers are published every year, reporting on interesting results, but the standard format – introduction, materials and methods, results, conclusions, references – leaves little space for the social context of the work. For over 20 years, the Wellcome Trust has been supporting Wellcome Witness seminars, which bring together key figures in research […]
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8:00 AM | Worm Watch Lab: one year on
It’s been more than a year since we launched Worm Watch Lab, a citizen science project in which people watch videos of tiny nematode worms. So what’s been spotted in […]
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7:42 AM | The Pathway to Prevention (P2P) for ME/CFS: A Dangerous Process
Gabby Klein gives an overview of the  P2P process, shedding light on the pitfalls with advice as to what we can do in protest … Right after I wrote this article, the draft review was made public  HERE.   We have started a thread HERE on Phoenix Rising in order to discuss this review. The review in its final form will be the  evidence presented to the P2P panel in advance of the Workshop in December.   Comments will be accepted till […]
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1:19 AM | Where do we stand on Ebola?
Have a new article up at Slate. Nine months into the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, here’s where we stand.
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