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September 16, 2014

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2:08 AM | UK holidaymaker’s payout after contracting E. coli
A holidaymaker has won just under £3,000 in compensation from a travel company after contracting E. coli on one of their holidays. Carl Pallant, 29, from Horsham, was staying with his girlfriend at Vincci Taj Sultan hotel in Tunisia when … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Listeria concerns on the rise for pregnant women?
Listeria has always been a concern, but according to a NBC news affiliate, it’s new. And people wonder why mainstream journalism is dying. “While normally this is a bacteria our bodies can fight off, for expecting women, it becomes more … Continue reading →

September 15, 2014

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8:09 PM | Don’t Be Ashamed When Choosing Life Outside the Lab
I read a very interesting article in the Guardian based on a 2010 report from the Royal Society claiming that only 3.5% of science PhD graduates end up pursuing a career in academic research and that only 0.5% of graduates will ever carry the distinguished title of University professor. While these figures may seem astounding, […]
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7:27 PM | Going public saves lives: E. coli kills child in Italy
My Italian food safety friend provides the following: Last summer, Apulia, a region in Italy’s south, was hit by a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) outbreak with 20 cases; it was eventually linked to dairy products. When two children came down … Continue reading →
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7:18 PM | What Net Neutrality Is And Why You Should Care
The battle over Net neutrality has actually been going on for quite a while, but thanks the battle for the net campaign it’s finally getting some attention. This is what Wikipedia says about NetNeutrality: Net neutrality is the principle that Internet…The post What Net Neutrality Is And Why You Should Care appeared first on Just Science.
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7:17 PM | Why Does Chewing Aluminum Foil Hurt?
Why does chewing foil hurt? Specifically, why does chewing, or biting down on aluminum foil hurt? Surprisingly, the pain caused by chewing or biting down on aluminum foil is caused by an electric shock. It’s weird, I know, but it does make perfect sense….The post Why Does Chewing Aluminum Foil Hurt? appeared first on Just Science.
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7:17 PM | How Long Do Koalas Sleep A Day?
How long do koalas sleep a day? It might surprise you to learn that they sleep for up to an astounding 22 hours a day. That surely is an astronomical amount of time to spend sleeping, so why do they do it? Well, it is a result of their diet. What a life….The post How Long Do Koalas Sleep A Day? appeared first on Just Science.
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7:12 PM | Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III
This truly is a growing concern and rightly so: Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III.The post Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers | Felix W. Ortiz III appeared first on Just Science.
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7:10 PM | With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com
With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com.The post With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise – NYTimes.com appeared first on Just Science.
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7:05 PM | Are we getting close to a multiple sclerosis cure?
More than 2.3 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that interrupts the circuitry between the brain and the body. It usually strikes young adults. At the moment, the disease can be managed but not cured. Current treatments…The post Are we getting close to a multiple sclerosis cure? appeared first on Just Science.
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7:04 PM | Diabetes and multiple sclerosis can be reversed say scientists
British scientists revealed yesterday that they believe they have discovered how to “switch off” autoimmune diseases. There are hopes the breakthrough could be a cure for conditions like Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. With these and other autoimmune…The post Diabetes and multiple sclerosis can be reversed say scientists appeared first on Just Science.
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7:04 PM | How Temperature Affects People With Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder that presents with myriad of symptoms. The disease causes physical as well as emotional changes in the patients. One peculiar symptom seen in people with MS is their sensitivity to heat. While heat sensitivity…The post How Temperature Affects People With Multiple Sclerosis appeared first on Just Science.
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6:35 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Daniel Solomon
Sitting down with Daniel Solomon, dean of the NC State College of Sciences, to talk about his middle school life was certainly a highpoint for the “Before They Were Scientists” series. In this interview Dean Solomon opened up about how his life as a child in the Bronx allowed him to appreciate a diverse learning environment, how he got in trouble trying to escape the island he lived on in Florida, and how his parents’ drive for him to go to medical school shaped so much of his […]
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4:04 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case
    # 9079   As usual, the Saudi MOH is providing minimal information, but after a summer with very few MERS cases reported, KSA has announced four widely scattered infections over the past 8 days.    Previous cases have hailed from Taif, Riyadh, and Jubail while today’s case comes from Najram near the Yemen border.   With in excess of two million visitors expected to arrive for this year’s Hajj – which begins in less than 3 weeks […]
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2:25 PM | MSF Interactive: Inside An Ebola Treatment Center
@MSF Twitter Feed # 9078     Anyone who watched last week’s PBS Frontline: The Ebola Outbreak saw several areas inside an MSF Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone.  Today Médecins Sans Frontières has published an interactive graphic (hover over areas to pop up pictures and descriptions) showing the individual components of a facility operating in a high risk area.   Follow this link to the fully interactive graphic of the static picture […]
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12:47 PM | CDC: EV-D68 COCA Call Tomorrow
  # 9077     The EV-D68 virus has only been confirmed in six states, but another 15 states are reporting clusters of respiratory illness they suspect may be due to this rarely seen enterovirus, and are awaiting test results (see CDC EV-D68 Update & FAQ). EV-D68 is not a `reportable’ illness, and so it is likely the virus is more widespread than official reports thus far indicate.   While most who contract this respiratory infection will experience […]
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12:12 PM | BacterioFiles 183 - Simplex-Sick Stem Cell Salve
This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells! Download Episode (8.3 MB, 9 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Many genes can be swapped in area around fungal mycelia (paper) Fungus could help control invasive tree species Dust storms can have effects by spreading fungal spores (paper) Hand bacteria differ between people in different places Microbiome manipulation seems to be rising as a medical treatment Post […]
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11:49 AM | Branswell: US & WHO Seek To Ramp Up Ebola Vaccine & Drug Production
    # 9076     While there are hopes that some of the experimental drugs and vaccines under investigation for use against the Ebola virus will eventually prove both safe and effective, enormous challenges lie ahead in their manufacture and deployment to the field.  Helen Branswell has the story this morning on efforts to jumpstart the manufacturing process in her article:     WHO, U.S. seek to increase production of Ebola drugs, vaccines […]
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3:20 AM | Watching an Endosymbiont Becoming an Organelle?
by Elio | Ah, endosymbiosis and the origin of eukaryotic cells… Wasn't this one of the grandest of all the grand events in Biology? In its ability to boggle the mind, it comes in second only to the origin of life. This, one of the most decisive events in evolution, had a unique character. Instead of new traits being acquired gradually, a whole bunch of them were transferred at once to a willing recipient. A single step...
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1:52 AM | Finding vomit on an airplane
Illness happens on planes, and when it does it’s miserable. In 2009 I dealt with campylobacteriosis over a day of travel from Manhattan (Kansas) to Raleigh. In 2013, then four-year-old Jack yacked on a flight which led to a fascinating approach by … Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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11:43 PM | Everything You Wanted to Know about the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting #LAMG14
The Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting, which happens every other year, is starting tonight.  I love this meeting.  No bias here since I am now a co-organizer.  But I really love this meeting.  I am posting here some background information about the meeting for those interested.  We will be live tweeting the meeting using the hashtag #LAMG14.  This years program is here.Posts of mine about previous meetingsMarch 02, 2014: Save the dates / preliminary […]
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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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10:40 PM | Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak
Last week, the State Department performed a small but smart gesture towards countering the continued outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa by releasing a video featuring President Barack Obama speaking to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Educating the millions of people in this region on the facts of this massive outbreak and […]The post Obama’s Message to West Africans on the Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Body Horrors.
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5:48 PM | Two new virology labs: Pirbright's Plowright and the CVR's Sir Michael Stoker
Walter Plowright and Sir Michael Stoker: two names inextricably linked with virology. Their names have now been given to two new buildings that have now been more or less completed. Tomorrow our lab moves to the new Sir Michael Stoker building in Glasgow. Ultimately, the building of this new lab will see the entirety of the Centre for Virus Research based on one site, which will make life much easier for people like me who, until now, use pieces of kit from both sites. It's gold. Very […]
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5:00 PM | Monday Micro – from cat poo to kai moana!
Last week I attended a symposium hosted by Massey University’s Infectious Diseases Research Centre (IDReC). There were many fascinating talks but one that caught my attention was by Dr Wendi Roe, a veterinary pathologist, about her work on Hector’s dolphins. Hector’s dolphins are an endangered species living off the coast of New Zealand. A 2010/2011 [...]
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3:02 PM | TWiV 302: The sky is falling
On episode #302 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiVers discuss the growing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and an epidemic of respiratory disease in the US caused by enterovirus D68. You can find TWiV #302 at www.twiv.tv.
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12:05 PM | NPM14: CPR Skills & AED Simulator
Source American Heart Association Note: This is day 14 of National Preparedness Month.  Follow this year’s campaign on Twitter by searching for the #NatlPrep or #NPM14 hash tag. This month, as part of NPM14, I’ll be rerunning some updated  preparedness essays, along with some new ones.   #9075   Although we often talk about preparedness in terms of having an emergency plan and  the right supplies (First Aid Kit, Emergency Radio, Bottled […]
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11:01 AM | Whole-Genome Sequence Of Reassortant H5N6 Avian Virus
Photo Credit – FAO   # 9074   Just over 5 months ago we first learned of a new reassortant avian flu subtype called H5N6 which had infected local poultry - and killed a 49 year old man - in Nanchong City (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu). Although Low Pathogenic H5N6 had been identified previously in wild birds  in Taiwan, Germany, Sweden and the United States this new strain was classified as highly pathogenic.   And like […]
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2:10 AM | Filthy ‘Scooby Doo!’ ice cream van served UK kids
We have an ice cream truck that trolls around our Brisbane neighborhood as the kids are coming home from school. I find that creepy. UK environmental health officers say the state of an ice cream van serving children in Bransholme … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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2:26 PM | KSA MOH Reiterates Camel Warnings On MERS
Image Credit: A Saudi farmer kisses a young she-camel - Credit: Al Sharq   # 9073   Although it has been a bit slow in coming, the acceptance that there is a strong connection between exposure to camels and contracting the MERS coronavirus seems to have finally taken hold in Saudi Arabia. Six months ago the Ministry of Agriculture was in full denial (see Saudi MOA Spokesman: Camel Link Unproven), and camel kissing briefly surged as an act of defiance.   For many […]
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