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July 24, 2014

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2:28 PM | OIE: Foot & Mouth Disease In South Korea
    # 8863   Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily afflicts cloven-hoofed animals (including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, etc.) and poses a serious threat to agricultural interests around the world. It is caused by a picornavirus, and has no relation to HFMD, which is a childhood disease in humans caused by a number of non-polio enteroviruses.   There are seven known types and more than 60 subtypes of the FMD […]
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1:43 PM | Sanford-Burnham commends summer 2014 high-school researchers
On July 18, eleven students from The Preuss School UCSD celebrated the completion of an intensive two-week summer research program with a poster symposium and luncheon at our La Jolla, Calif., campus.
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1:33 PM | Medical Missions: Now and Then
Having been an editor of Penn Medicine publications for, um, several years, I’ve been privileged to learn about some of the many medical missions abroad that the institution’s physicians, nurses, and alumni have taken part in. Occasionally, our magazines have covered such initiatives. In the most recent issue of Penn...
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1:20 PM | Is there such a thing as an “evolution-proof” drug?
Eleven years ago, two scientists made a bet. One scientist wagered that a new type of antimicrobial agent, called antimicrobial peptides, would not elicit resistance from bacterial populations which were treated with the drugs. Antimicrobial peptides are short proteins (typically 15-50 amino acids in length) that are often positively charged. They are also a part of our…
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1:13 PM | WHO Ebola Update – July 24th
@WHO & Partners Ebola Response In Guinea     # 8862     Despite the concerted efforts of international agencies and local governments, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to expand, with nearly 1,100 cases and 660 deaths recorded to date.    To try to put this outbreak into perspective, it is nearly 2 1/2 times larger than the next biggest outbreak on record (Uganda 2000-2001 with 425 cases & 224 deaths), and shows no signs of […]
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12:30 PM | A sweaty crowdfunded misfire of science
“Team aerobic” by Berner Kantonalturnfest 2010 (Utzenstorf, Bätterkinden, Kirchberg, Koppigen). Original uploader was Equilibrium suisse at de.wikipedia – Transferred from de.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Boteas using CommonsHelper. (Original text: http://www.ktf2010.ch). Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de via Wikimedia Commons. Few people know better than I that times are tough in the world of biomedical research. It’s been…
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12:27 PM | Sleep and False Memory
When someone looks at me and earnestly says, “I know what I saw,” I am fond of replying, “No you don’t.” You have a distorted and constructed memory of a distorted and constructed perception, both of which are subservient to whatever narrative your brain is operating under. One of the more dramatic aspects of memory [...]
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11:00 AM | The Hollywood Medical Reporter – To Care or Not to Care?
The Hollywood Medical Reporter’s purpose is to examine the influence that film and television has had, and continues to have, on the medical conscious of society. It will do so using a perspective of medical proficiency and media expertise. The first question you may ask is: why? In my introductory post, I touched on the […]
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10:48 AM | Xinhua News: Plague Quarantine Lifted In NW China
Credit CDC     # 8861     Last Friday, while writing about the Colorado DPH Statement On 4 Cases Of Plague, I also mentioned the report of a single case of pneumonic plague in Gansu Province in North Central China (see CHP notified by NHFPC of plague case in Gansu ).   Yesterday it was widely reported that parts of one (or more) cities were `sealed off’ or under quarantine (see Reuters Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: […]
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5:00 AM | Food fights in the courtroom
What’s in a name? Will sugar by any other name taste as sweet? Well, yes, but calling sugar “evaporated cane juice” in an ingredient list may get food manufacturers into trouble. Consumers in several class action suits allege that companies are trying to disguise the amount of sugar in their products by calling it something […]
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2:15 AM | Bush The science of things full album
Bush The science of things full album I do not own the copyright to this recording so if it needs to be removed, I will remove it. If u like this album please buy it for the full experience
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12:03 AM | Super-sniffing elephants
Like Aesop’s fable, rats have another reason to be envious of elephants. Elephants also have significantly more genes that can detect different smells (i.e. olfactory receptor genes) than other super-sniffers like rats and dogs. In fact, compared to 13 other species, African elephants have 1,948 genes related to smell putting them ahead of the previous…

July 23, 2014

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9:32 PM | Science-Based Medicine Blog Sued: Another attempt to use the law to squelch criticism
  Many of you are aware that I’m a contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. Today the founder and executive editor of SBM, Steven Novella, has announced that he and the SBM blog are being sued for writing about questionable Alzheimer’s disease treatments by a Florida physician, Dr. Edward Tobinick. Dr. Novella has indicated that […]
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8:58 PM | Pro-vaccination websites that I love
Based on what I write, you’d think I was all about vaccines and thoroughly mocking the ignorance of the antivaccination world. And, apparently, I’m paid to do that. Sadly, I do not have a new BMW M5 in my driveway. I’d rather write about evolution, but there’s a direct correlation between not vaccinating and harm […]Continue reading «Pro-vaccination websites that I love»
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8:34 PM | Shaping Our Nursing Identity
A new branding effort will identify and define UCM’s nursing brand.
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8:21 PM | Five Top Clinical Trials in Traumatic Brain Injury
I recently published a list of six top recently published clinical trials in TBI.I want to add to this list five more trials in progress that will be important to follow for results as they are published.A registry of active clinical trials is located on the website www.clinicaltrials.govI reviewed some the recently completed and ongoing clinical trials in subjects with traumatic brain imaging (TBI). Here are five that I think are interesting, innovative and important.Clicking on the trial […]
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8:20 PM | Nurses Sound Off On New Professional Practice Model
Hear what UChicago Medicine nurses are saying about the new PPM.
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8:07 PM | Hyperammonemia - When should we start dialysis?
I would like to discuss a case that I recently saw in renal consult. He was a man in his 60s with history of end stage liver disease who received a liver transplant. His hospital course was complicated by anuric ATN and liver graft failure. As a result, he was started on dialysis on post-operative day 0.  Dialysis was stopped on post-op day 2 due to recovering renal function. On post-op day 3 he became encephalopathic. His ammonia level was elevated to 337 and did not improve with […]
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6:07 PM | Nursing Announcements, Accolades and Presentations, July 2014
Click here to read more about presentations and awards from across the UCM nursing community.
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6:04 PM | EID Journal: H3N2v Swine To Human Transmission At Agricultural Fairs – 2012
    # 8860   I hadn’t planned on writing another swine variant influenza-related blog again so soon (see yesterday’s blog CDC: Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions, 2014), but today the CDC’s EID Journal has posted an analysis of the 2012 outbreak of H3N2v associated with attendance of agricultural fairs in Ohio in 2012.   Although only 19 swine variant flu infections were reported last year,  in 2012 more […]
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5:51 PM | Interactive Patient Care Conference Visitors Tune Into UCM’s Get Well Network
The University of Chicago Medicine’s on-demand patient TV system garnered a prime-time audience of visiting nurses and hospital leaders during a trip to the Center for Care and Discovery.
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5:40 PM | Cultural Competence Training Sessions Set For Fall
A new six-session course on cultural competence is being offered to all employees in a new effort to advance the University of Chicago Medicine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The training is part of the five-year, enterprise-wide strategic plan.
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5:32 PM | Emergency Department Teamwork Prompts Changes, Slashes Diversion Time
University of Chicago Medicine’s Adult Emergency Department is dramatically reducing ambulance diversion thanks to a cultural shift that’s taken place following three years of teamwork.
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5:15 PM | Focus on Skin Care Drives Down Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Rates
A closely watched quality metric, high hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) rates have been an organizational focus and one of the challenges in the medical center's march to Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. But thanks in part to a new multidisciplinary approach to treatment and education, HAPU rates fell 70 percent by the end of last year.
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5:05 PM | New Professional Practice Model Sets Foundation for Exemplary Care
After more than a year of thoughtful consideration of evidence-based practices and input from hundreds of nurses, the University of Chicago Medicine Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) is now complete.
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4:44 PM | From Debi’s Desk: Looking Back UCM Nursing’s History-making 2014
In many ways, the last several months have been history in the making for University of Chicago Medicine Nursing. In this issue of Nursing Edition, we look back at some of the significant accomplishments that made fiscal 2014 a milestone year.
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2:54 PM | NASA: The Solar Super Storm Of 2012
Credit NASA     # 8859   Although it sounds like science fiction, two years ago today the earth narrowly (by cosmic standards) missed being hit by a massive solar storm that had the potential to knock our technology-dependant society back a hundred years.    Back in 2010 we looked at the granddaddy of all known solar storms, the Carrington Event of 1859, and have revisited the topic a number of times since then, including:   NASA: Solar Max Is […]
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12:40 PM | Legal thuggery directed at Steve Novella and Science-Based Medicine
If there’s one characteristic of supporters of dubious medicine, it’s that they hate criticism. Whereas your average skeptic might not like criticism—sensitivity to criticism being a human trait and all—science- and evidence-based criticism tends to drive dubious medical practitioners and promoters of pseudoscience into paroxysms of anger. Frequently, because they can’t refute such criticisms with…
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12:35 PM | West Nile Virus, Dengue & Chikungunya Update
Credit CDC # 8858   With MERS cases dwindling, and H7N9 and H5N1 basically in hibernation until fall, our attentions this summer have been focused largely on vector borne diseases that tend to flourish during warm weather months.   And three we are watching closely – WNV, Dengue & Chikungunya – are all relatively recent arrivals to the United States.   West Nile Virus arrived in North American in 1997 and has since become endemic across the United […]
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12:07 PM | “I couldn’t believe how much things had moved on” – Nicola’s story
Find out how, with thanks from Cancer Research UK scientists, bowel cancer treatment has "phenomenally" improved from when Nicola's mother had the disease.
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