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April 27, 2015

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11:00 AM | J.J. has a chance to live!
Over the years I’ve written about a lot of topics. After all, I’ve been at this for more than a decade now, and I still grind out four or five posts per week, with only occasional breaks for vacations or medical or scientific meetings. Topics have included science-based medicine, antivaccine nonsense, topics of general skepticism,…
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11:00 AM | J.J. has a chance to live!
Over the years I’ve written about a lot of topics. After all, I’ve been at this for more than a decade now, and I still grind out four or five posts per week, with only occasional breaks for vacations or medical or scientific meetings. Topics have included science-based medicine, antivaccine nonsense, topics of general skepticism,…

April 25, 2015

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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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1:59 PM | Follow-Up on the Makayla Sault/J.J./Hippocrates Health Institute Case: J.J. Went Back to Chemo
Finally, two items of good news come out of this dreadful affair in which Aboriginal families stopped chemotherapeutic treatment for their leukemic daughters and sought nonsensical pseudoscientific treatment in Florida. While one of the children passed away this winter, the other, known in the media as “J.J.”, is being reported as feeling well. Could it … Continue reading →

April 24, 2015

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8:00 PM | Two is Better than One, Cancer Drug Could Cure HBV
A promising cure has been found which uses an anti-cancer drug along with an anti-viral drug to treat hepatitis b, and within phase 1/2a trials and has achieved 100% success. Hepatitis-B is a chronic viral disease that is currently incurable. Over two billion people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B and approximately 400 million have a chronic HBV infection, unimaginable numbers. The virus infects liver cells and can lead to complications including cirrhosis and liver cancer, […]
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1:00 AM | Fuck Belle Gibson And The Enablers She Rode In On
“Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson lied about having terminal brain cancer and made a killing peddling bogus cures. At Boing Boing, Xeni Jardin excoriates Gibson and “the culture of magical thinking and hero idolization that built her myth into a profitable business, ignoring decades of real science, and placing vulnerable people with cancer at real risk of death.” Read more...

April 23, 2015

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9:13 PM | HPV vaccine prevents cancer and cuts medical costs
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Genital and oral human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Additionally, some HPV types, typically subtypes 16 and 18, can also infect the mouth and throat. HPV is generally transmitted from personal contact during vaginal, anal or … Continue […]
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8:00 PM | Computer Program Diagnoses Cancer
In recent years, researchers have figured out that the constellation of diseases known as cancer is in fact hundreds of distinct diseases. Though each one may manifest…
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5:26 PM | Roberts Proton Therapy Center Celebrates 5 Years (Photos)
Congratulations to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center on its five year anniversary! On Wednesday night, the department of Radiation Oncology held an event in the Smilow Center for Translational Research to celebrate this significant milestone with faculty, staff, Penn Medicine leadership, patients and their families, and the Roberts family, including...

April 22, 2015

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10:08 PM | What WAS a problem, is no more
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) is a rare X-linked recessive disease characterised by small platelets that are removed by the spleen, leading to a low platelet count. It is caused by mutations in a gene on the short arm of the X chromosome, and is therefore mostly seen in boys. This gene codes for the production of the WASp protein, which […]
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6:00 PM | Device Automatically Tests Different Drugs In An Actual Tumor To Find The Best
In the past, cancer drugs have been indiscriminate killing machines—they would kill the cancerous cells, but take healthy cells too, sometimes making the patient even…
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12:12 PM | Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)
Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Running away from cancer treatment. Sometimes, you get lucky. ‘It’s All […]

April 21, 2015

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1:36 AM | The 7th International EMT Meeting (Oct. 11-14, 2015; Melbourne, Australia)
The 7th International EMT Meeting will be held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2015. The meeting has been a key venue for bringing together developmental, cell and cancer biologists and has recently increased the presence of stem cell and modeling-related topics. Meeting name: TEMTIA-VII: The EMT (Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition) International Association Meeting VII Web Link: […]

April 20, 2015

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6:50 PM | Seeker Daily: Why Doctors Are Over Diagnosing Cancer
South Korea appears to be facing an epidemic of thyroid cancer. But it's not because of an actual increase in the disease, only an increase in the number of people being screened for it.
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5:59 PM | HPV vaccine adverse events – this time, POTS
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. I make my goal that if you’re going to make some claim that goes against the scientific consensus, then it must be done with high quality evidence, preferably published in a high quality medical or scientific journal. It better be peer reviewed. And it better be good research. Even if the evidence meets that standard, … Continue reading HPV vaccine adverse events – this time, POTS →Continue reading […]
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4:00 PM | Pancreatic cancer breakthrough: scientists turn cancer cells into normal cells
Researchers have found a novel avenue for therapeutic intervention of pancreatic cancer - the "silent cancer."

April 19, 2015

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5:47 PM | Why Late-stage Cancer Patients Often Waste Away
One of the things that often kills cancer patients isn’t just the invasiveness and spread of a tumor but the physical wasting, known as cachexia, that the disease can cause. […]
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4:58 PM | Public Health in the News – April 19, 2015
Global An unknown disease, which causes death within a day, is spreading through a Nigerian town. Biomedical researchers are beginning to worry that reform of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will have a negative impact on certain research fields … Continue reading →

April 18, 2015

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11:20 PM | Introducing Lassa-VSV, a hybrid virus that kills brain tumours
Last month, I wrote about using Salmonella to deliver anti-cancer compounds to tumours. Today, I’m sharing with you a paper on cancer-fighting viruses. Why the recent focus on microbiology and cancer? Because they’re much more interconnected than you would think and because they’re both so cool! (And maybe also because I’m a microbiologist and my […]

Wollmann G, Drokhlyansky E, Cepko C & van den Pol AN (2015). Lassa-VSV chimeric virus safely destroys brain tumors., Journal of virology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25878115

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11:20 PM | Introducing Lassa-VSV, a hybrid virus that kills brain tumours
Last month, I wrote about using Salmonella to deliver anti-cancer compounds to tumours. Today, I’m sharing with you a paper on cancer-fighting viruses. Why the recent focus on microbiology and cancer? Because they’re much more interconnected than you would think and because they’re both so cool! (And maybe also because I’m a microbiologist and my […]

Wollmann G, Drokhlyansky E, Cepko C & van den Pol AN (2015). Lassa-VSV chimeric virus safely destroys brain tumors., Journal of virology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25878115

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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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4:31 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]

April 17, 2015

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10:00 PM | Free-Floating Cancer Cells Are Infecting Clams On The East Coast
Clams are threatened by predators who love seeing them served up on a plate drenched in butter and garlic, nestled in folds of fresh pasta--or splattered on a dock, if you…
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6:00 PM | Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data
PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »The post Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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5:16 PM | Labor group outlines significant flaws in chemical reform bill, joins growing list of opponents
The AFL-CIO joins a growing list of organizations which have raised serious concerns---or outright oppose---the Vitter/Udall bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act.
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12:00 PM | Right Turn: Imagination according to GE
. This week, General Electric (GE) announced that it is creating a six-part documentary series about science and technology that will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel beginning in November. According to the New York Times, the series will focus on the brain, aging, water supply, alternative energy, pandemics and the fusion of biology...Read more
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7:52 AM | Higher cancer mortality rates associated with mental illness
The findings reported by Steve Kisely and colleagues [1] were of some interest recently and their assertion that despite cancer incidence being "the same as the general population for most psychiatric disorders" or even slightly reduced when a diagnosis of schizophrenia was for example received, mortality due to cancer was "increased in psychiatric patients."Such findings were based on their examination of: "Mental health records [that] were linked with cancer registrations and death […]

Kisely S, Forsyth S & Lawrence D (2015). Why do psychiatric patients have higher cancer mortality rates when cancer incidence is the same or lower?, The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25829481

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April 16, 2015

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5:01 PM | Living With Cancer: In and Out of the Closet
While coping with cancer, I often feel like an impersonator of my former self.

April 15, 2015

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7:39 PM | Honokiol, Jack of all trades
The magnolia-derived compound honokiol was discovered by Emory dermatologist Jack Arbiser. UChicago researchers show it has positive effects in a heart disease model. The post Honokiol, Jack of all trades appeared first on Lab Land.
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