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October 28, 2014

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12:01 AM | CDC Updates Traveler’s Movement & Monitoring Guidance For Ebola
Credit CDC     # 9257 If there is anything good that can be said to be coming out of the Ebola epidemic, it is that it is forcing us to take a hard look at our emergency response and pandemic preparedness plans – and to work out the kinks – before we find ourselves blindsided by a more rapidly moving and highly virulent pandemic.   CDC interim guidance on Ebola continues to evolve as more is learned about dealing with the virus in modern healthcare […]

October 27, 2014

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8:46 PM | 22 years later E. coli O157 victim still feels the effects daily
The long term effects of foodborne illness can be as nasty as the acute symptoms. The consequences last a lifetime in certain cases. According to The Press and Journal an Aberdeenshire woman, Lois Reid has been dealing with the effects of an … Continue reading →
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8:40 PM | How to Be An Involved Parent at School
Why and How to Get Involved in Your Child’s School   Want to know what’s going on at your child’s school? Getting involved with some of their everyday and special events is a great way to immerse yourself in your child’s school world. However, for…The post How to Be An Involved Parent at School appeared first on Just Science.
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8:38 PM | This app turns your text messages into comic strips
There seems to be a million ways to send an SMS message these days. There are Google Hangouts, Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp. I can go on for days, but that’s not what you’re here for. I stumbled across a really fun way to text with your friends and it…The post This app turns your text messages into comic strips appeared first on Just Science.
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8:35 PM | Gamification in Education
Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gabe Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
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8:34 PM | Six Public School Alternatives
Our kids have been going to public school for years. Some kids, though, don’t learn well in that environment. Mine are great examples of kids who don’t thrive in the public school setting. For parents whose child struggles in traditional schools, they…The post Six Public School Alternatives appeared first on Just Science.
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8:32 PM | How Does Synaptic Transmission Happen So Fast?
While neurons rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals, they communicate with each other at special contact points known as the synapses. Chemical messenger substances, the neurotransmitters, are stored in vesicles at the synapses. When a synapse becomes active, some of these vesicles fuse with the cell membrane and release their contents. To […]
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8:22 PM | 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you
3D technology has come a long way in the past couple of years. In the past, buying a 3D printer meant dishing out some serious bucks. Now they’re pretty affordable and you can get them just about anywhere on the internet. Heck, even Home Depot’s are…The post 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you appeared first on Just Science.
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6:55 PM | Derbyshire (UK) pub said to be dirty, disorganised and in a chaotic state; owner banned
Local UK environmental health regulators don’t mess around when it comes to food safety in restaurants. While some jurisdictions go with the name and shame approach, others focus on prosecutions and fines. Both approaches have their benefits and limitations. According … Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases (Riyadh & Jeddah)
  # 9256   It has been several months we last saw a MERS case reported from Jeddah – the site of last spring’s biggest outbreak – although Turkey’s recently imported case (see WHO MERS Update – Turkey) first developed symptoms in late September while visiting that city.   According to a statement released by WHO: Contacts of the case during his symptomatic phase (25 September - 6 October 2014) when he was still in Jeddah are […]
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4:15 PM | Some suggestions for having diverse speakers at meetings
Been having a lot of discussions online in response to my post (Apparently, the National Academy of Sciences thinks only one sex is qualified to talk about alternatives to sex #YAMMM) tracking the awful gender ratio for speakers and session chairs at meetings run by the National Academy of Sciences in their Sackler series.  Some people were asking what one can do to improve gender diversity at meetings so I thought I would post this which I was meaning to do anyway […]
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4:01 PM | BMC: H10N8 Antibodies In Animal Workers – Guangdong Province, China
Credit FAO   # 9255   Avian H10 viruses haven’t garnered a lot of attention until relatively recently, as they rarely produce symptoms in poultry, and human infections have been both rare, and mild.  All of that changed last winter when China reported three fatal H10N8 infections (see Jiangxi Province Reports 3rd H10N8 Case) in quick succession. LPAI (Low Path Avian Influenza) H10N8 had been previously reported in a duck sampled back in 2012 from Guangdong […]
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2:29 PM | Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases
# 9254   Last week, in Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif, we saw a promise by the Ministry of Health to take action to combat a steady rise in MERS cases reported in Taif, and strong suggestions that at least some of the cases contracted the virus while being treated at a local hospital dialysis center. Since the beginning of September, at least 35 MERS cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, with roughly half of them emanating from Taif.   […]
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1:10 PM | June Beetle Boogie
Because I’m an Entomology graduate student, meeting people is often like this: Me: Hi, my name is Emily. New friend: Hi Emily, what do you do? Me: I study insects. New friend: OMG, that’s so cool. So, I have these ____ on my _____  . Do you know what they are?** (**I just realized doctors probably have similar conversations, but the blanks are filled with stuff I can’t fathom.) These interactions usually leave me feeling like an imposter, because there are too many […]
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12:46 PM | Food safety loses; Australian sausage sizzle laws wound back for community and non-profit groups raising funds
A sausage sizzle is a sausage with all the crap cooked out of it, served on a piece of white bread, sometimes with onions. No idea why they can’t use a tip-sensitive digital thermometer, or whole grain rolls, but it’s … Continue reading →
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12:16 PM | China: H5 AI Rising
Credit ECDC – 125 years of  Pandemic  History   # 9253   Despite its horrific impact on West Africa, Ebola – since it is not an `airborne virus’ – is unlikely to spark the next great pandemic.  None of which is to sell the impact of this virus short.  If it is not contained soon, it could wreak considerable havoc around the globe  -  particularly in the developing world.    But respiratory viruses – […]
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4:39 AM | Bacteria Allow Woodrats to Eat Poison
by Anne A. Madden | Many plants do not want to be eaten. They avoid this fate by producing deadly toxins and carcinogenic poisons, such as those associated with the aptly named poison ivy, poison sumac, and deadly nightshade. Despite such defenses, almost half of all animal species...

October 26, 2014

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11:27 PM | Unpasteurized raw milk being blamed for illness that sickened dozens of Wisconsin students
A friend posted on facebook how much she enjoyed the visit to the apple cider mill – a fall tradition. I asked if the cider was pasteurized. She said yes. Not so good for the Durand High School in Wisconsin … Continue reading →
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11:21 PM | BacterioFiles 188 - Rat Residents Relieve Resin Roughness
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes! Download Episode (10 MB, 10.8 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: It can be hard to recover a good microbiota Aphids' bacterial symbionts can activate plant defenses against aphids Probiotic bacterial strain could protect against cadmium toxicity (paper) Predatory bacteria can prey on pathogens (paper) Microbes can prevent some species from […]
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6:08 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 More MERS Cases In Riyadh
  # 9253   The steady trickle of MERS reports continues to come out of Saudi Arabia, with two new cases announced from Riyadh (1 fatal), along with the announcement of a the death of a previously announced case from Taif.     The surviving case in Riyadh is reported to be a healthcare worker. After a relatively quiet summer, since the first week of September we’ve seen 35 MERS cases announced out of Saudi Arabia, with the most cases coming from […]
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2:53 PM | TWiV 308: The Running Mad Professor
On episode #308 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tom Solomon, an infectious disease doctor from Liverpool, talks with Vincent about viral central nervous system infections of global importance, Ebola virus, and running the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor. You can find TWiV #308 at www.twiv.tv.
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2:49 PM | CDC Ebola Guidance: ER Protocols To Identify, Isolate & Inform
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9252   Although only a very small number of Ebola-infected individuals are likely to ever make their way to the United States, it is imperative that Emergency Rooms around the country be alert of the possibility of having a case walk in.   They must also know how to identify a possible infected individual, what to do to minimize the risk to the staff and other patients - and once a suspected case is identified -  who to inform.   […]
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1:38 PM | The Gift Of Preparedness – 2014 Edition
CDC Infographic   # 9251 Despite ongoing  attempts by FEMA and Ready.gov to try to get Americans prepared for disasters (see America’s Preparathon! : It Started Like Any Other Day), polling shows that half of American families remain ill prepared to deal with even a 3-day disruption in essential services like electrical power, water, or the ability to run to the grocery store.     Those that say they are prepared often overestimate their ability […]
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4:11 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food — Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Seed Pesto edition
Williams-Sonoma is recalling Williams-Sonoma brand Pumpkin Seed Pesto from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. Recalled products Brand Name: Williams-Sonoma Common Name: Pumpkin Seed Pesto Size: … Continue reading →

October 25, 2014

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4:01 PM | CDC: Ebola May Be Spread By Droplets, But Is Not Airborne
    # 9250   Over the past few months Dr. Ian Mackay and others (including this humble blogger) have taken pains to explain that Ebola is not an `airborne virus’, but that it can be spread over short distances via large droplets that might be coughed, sneezed, or otherwise propelled from an infectious patient.      Some of Ian’s efforts include: It's what falls out of the aerosol that matters.... The wind beneath my Ebola […]
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3:38 PM | Saudi MOH Announces A New MERS Case In Taif
  # 9349   The Taif MERS outbreak – which appears to have been exacerbated by exposures within their healthcare system – continues with the 17th reported case since early September.    Today’s case is an elderly male who appears to have been exposed in the hospital.   On Monday the Saudi MOH announced new, aggressive measures were being taken to try to bring this outbreak to a halt (see Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In […]
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11:33 AM | NYC Health: Ebola Patient Timeline
# 9249   Although the evidence strongly suggests that those infected with the Ebola virus are unlikely to transmit the virus in the early-symptomatic phase of their illness - the risks of transmission, while low, are probably not zero.     While reassuring, much of our evidence for this is anecdotal, and the question of the variability of viral shedding that might occur among patients early in their illness probably deserves more scrutiny.   So the […]
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10:31 AM | WHO Ebola Roadmap Update – Oct 25th
  # 9248   Delayed a day, I suspect, because of the fast breaking news about NYC and Mali, the World Health Organization has released their latest end-of-week situation report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, showing an increase of 950 cases over the past week.  About a 15% increase over the previous week’s tally (n=820).   Exactly how representative these numbers really are of the situation in the these hot zone countries is a matter of some […]
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7:05 AM | Contestant for Clostridium difficile- C scindens
Greetings    C difficile has represented important part of current clinical microbiology research. Its attachment with antibiotic induced complications has caused sufficient investment of research. The primary current goal is treatment. As discussed previously (Link), antibiotic and vaccine strategies are currently highly explored. Of everything else the most popularity is gained by a method called Fecal transplantation or Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Over the last couple […]
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3:03 AM | Apparently, the National Academy of Sciences thinks only one sex is qualified to talk about alternatives to sex #YAMMM
Just got this email from Francisco Ayala:January 9-10, 2015 In the Light of Evolution IX. Clonal Reproduction: Alternatives to Sex Organizers: Michel Tibayrenc, John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala Beckman Center of the National Academies, Irvine, CA Evolutionary studies of clonal organisms have advanced considerably in recent years, but are still fledgling. Although recent textbooks on evolution and genetics might give the impression that nonsexual reproduction is an […]
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