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It sounded like a good idea at the time
Just because something sounded like a good idea at the time, doesn't meant in the long run it will be. I am sure we can all think of many of these in our lives - we have all done them and then after said to ourselves 'Doh! What was I thinking?'Here is a prime example, and explains something to me that I never understood (I'm claiming chemo brain here as I think everyone else probably already knew this): Where did MRSA come from? As we should know MRSA is a nasty anbiobiotic resistant form of staph infection that can easily be fatal. It started in humans and was treatable but now can kill us off:"The strain, Staphylococcus&...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - February 23, 2012 Category: Cancer Tags: antibiotics over treatment organic food Source Type: blogs
What are the 8 germiest places in the mall?
The 8 germiest places in the mall, according to CNN, are: 1. Restroom sinks 2. Food court tables 3. Escalator handrails 4. ATM keypads 5. Toy stores 6. Fitting rooms 7. Gadget shops 8. Makeup samples The filthiest area in a restroom (and therefore in the whole mall) isn't the toilet handle or the doorknob - it's the sink. The sink area is a moist environment, so bacteria can survive longer there. Researchers found food, E. coli, urine, mucus, feces, and blood on escalator handrails. Where there is mucus, you may also find cold and flu viruses. Each key on an ATM contains, on average, 1,200 germs. Protect yourself: "Kn...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - February 22, 2012 Category: Professors and Educators Tags: CNN Infectious Diseases Source Type: blogs
Update: February 22, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 19 to February 22, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (6 updates) 6 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (118 updates) 47 Diseases71 Country notesMap
Source: GIDEON blog - February 22, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
The human origins of "pig" Staph ST398
I recently gave a talk to a group here in Iowa City, emphasizing just how frequently we share microbes. It was a noontime talk over a nice lunch, and of course I discussed how basically we humans are hosts to all kinds of organisms, and analysis of our "extended microbiome" shows that we share not only with each other, but also with a large number of other species. We certainly do this with my particular organism of interest, Staphylococcus aureus. There are many reports in the literature showing where humans have apparently spread their strains of S. aureus to their pets (dogs, cats, hamsters)--and sometimes the pets have...
Source: Aetiology - February 21, 2012 Category: Epidemiologists Tags: Antibiotic resistance Source Type: blogs
Antibiotic use in animals (may) lead to superbugs in people #mBIO
New paper in mBIO of potential interest from Lance Price et al.: Staphylococcus aureus CC398: Host Adaptation and Emergence of Methicillin Resistance in Livestock. For those not in the know, mBIO is a relatively new Open Access journal from the American Society for Microbiology. The paper discusses genomic studies of MRSA which has led the authors to conclude that antibiotic use in animals may contribute to the rise and spread of superbugs in people. From here. Maximum-parsimony tree of the 89 CC398 isolates (including ST398SO385) based on 4,238 total SNPs, including 1,102 parsimony-informative SN...
Source: The Tree of Life - February 21, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Update: February 19, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 15 to February 19, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (507 updates) 109 Diseases396 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym Added1 New Country Synonyms AddedMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (1 updates) 1 Interacting drugs – New
Source: GIDEON blog - February 19, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Avian Flu Experts Agree ‘Pauses’ on Publication, Research Should Continue
Controversial studies on the avian flu virus should eventually be published in full, participants at a meeting convened by the World Health Organization agreed, but publication and further research should continue to be “paused” until some key issues can be addressed. The two-day, closed-door meeting (see a list of participants here) ended today without any firm deadline for when the two studies — which describe mutations in the H5N1 virus that make it transmissible between some mammals — should be published or how long a research moratorium should last. The editors of Science and Nature had previou...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - February 17, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs Ethics Infectious disease Research Source Type: blogs
Hepatitis C: Reality Intrudes
There's been a big drug development story over the last few months that I've been unable to comment on due to conflicts of interest. That situation continues, but I can point to the latest developments, for those who haven't been following the twists and turns.
Source: In the Pipeline - February 17, 2012 Category: Chemists Tags: Infectious Diseases Source Type: blogs
The Varied Types of Vaccines
Does your doctor know what type of vaccine is being injected into your child? You probably are thinking tetanus, measles, and chickenpox when you read the title of this article, but that’s not what this is about. The type of vaccine is the design of vaccines used to inoculate against microbes and/or diseases. Note I did not say immunize, which would be a misnomer I think. More than immunization is transpiring in infants, toddlers, and teens than parents apparently bargain for. Adverse events either are increasing overwhelmingly or are being reported more efficiently, as the VAERS reporting system suggests. Could th...
Source: vactruth.com - February 16, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Admin Tags: Catherine Frompovich Top Stories Attenuated Vaccines Conjugate Vaccines DNA vaccines Inactivated Vaccines Recombinant Vector Vaccines Subunit Vaccines Toxoid Vaccines Source Type: blogs
A.M. Vitals: Drug Counterfeiters Turn to Injectables
Counterfeiters Turn to Injectables: Injectable drugs are at an increasingly higher risk of being counterfeited because they are generally more expensive than pills and thus more lucrative to fake, the WSJ reports. The FDA has recently warned about unauthorized versions of certain cancer medications being marketed and sold and others being illegally imported. Most recently, Roche’s Genentech unit warned that counterfeit Avastin was found in the U.S. What About the Self-Insured?: The Obama administration’s compromise on the no-copays-for-birth-control issue doesn’t solve the issue for large religious-affili...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - February 16, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs Cancer Congress FDA Infectious disease Insurance Medicare Obama Administration Source Type: blogs
State-mandated physician CME subjects
American Medical News has a nice article summarizing state-mandated physician CME subjects. Soon, every state may have a requirement around prescribing opioids and other controlled substances. Here are the current state-mandated physician CME subjects: California: pain management, geriatric medicine, end-of-life care Connecticut: infectious disease, risk management, sexual assault, domestic violence, cultural competence Florida: MDs -- HIV/AIDS, prevention of medical errors, domestic violence; DOs -- HIV/AIDS, state laws and rules, professional and medical ethics, prescribing controlled substances, domestic violence,...
Source: Medicine and Technology by Dr. Joseph Kim - February 15, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: continuing medical education cme Source Type: blogs
Dispatch from China
This week I'm in Shanghai meeting with government, academic, and industry experts to discuss the implementation of electronic health records, healthcare information exchange, and business intelligence applications supporting the care of 23 million people. Our team of 4 (Dr. Mitch Rabkin, Mt. Auburn hospital CEO Jeanette Clough, Architect Martha Rothman and I) flew to China February 12-13, losing 24 hours because of the international date line and 18 hours of flying. We're staying in the eastern area of Shanghai, called Pudong, home to the economic miracle of the past 20 years - more skyscrapers than any other munici...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - February 15, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Source Type: blogs
Update: February 15, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 13 to February 15, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (307 updates) 45 Diseases261 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap Microbiology – Bacteria (3 updates) 1 New Bacteria Added2 Microbes – New
Source: GIDEON blog - February 15, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
TRALI - further evidence to minimize transfusion
CONCLUSION:In the ICU, pulmonary edema frequently occurs after blood transfusion. The association between infusion of plasma and the development of suspected or possible TRALI may have important implications with regards to etiology and prevention of this syndrome.Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16965572
Source: Medical Hemostat - February 15, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: hemostatguy at gmail.com (hemostat guy) Source Type: blogs
How the Medical Profession Covered Up Vaccine Injuries and Called it ‘Child Abuse’
Discussion on Findings These meetings were held around the time that the rates of autism and neurological disorders were beginning to soar. Professor Meadow was becoming recognized for discovering a new syndrome which he referred to as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It seems only right that both MSBP and these problems should be married together, after all something was causing the children’s problems and if it were the vaccines, the government would need to cover this up as quickly as possible. After reading the paperwork in depth it appears likely that the government was trying to cover up the fact that vaccines were no...
Source: vactruth.com - February 14, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories Adverse Reactions to Vaccination and Immunizations (ARVI) Committee for the Safety of Medicine(CSM) Munchausen by Proxy (MSBP) Professor Roy Meadow Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis( Source Type: blogs
Plague in Uganda
The following background data on Plague in Uganda are abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series. [1,2] The earliest record of plague in Africa was a report by missionaries in Uganda in 1877, and reporting statistics for much of the continent have been documented for more than 100 years. A series of plague epidemics were recorded in East AFrica during the 1920′s and 1930′s – see graph  31,305 plague deaths were reported in Uganda during 1910 to 1919; 17,410 during 1920 to 1929; 11,387 during 1930 to 1939. Presumed local reservoirs include the Nile rat, Arvicanthus niloticu...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 14, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs Outbreaks ProMED Plague Uganda Source Type: blogs
Update: February 13, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 8 to February 13, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (10 updates) 10 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (605 updates) 2 Clinical notes96 Diseases505 Country notes2 New Disease Synonyms AddedMap Infectious Diseases – Drugs (8 updates) 7 New Drug Synonyms Added1 Susceptibility database – New Infectious Diseases – Vaccines (1 updates) 1 New Vaccine Synonyms Added
Source: GIDEON blog - February 13, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Sunday News Round-Up, Leave My Birth Control Alone Edition
First, some recent posts at Our Bodies Our Blog: From the White House: Women at Religious Institutions Will have Contraception Covered – includes a video from the Rachel Maddow Show from two days before the statement, but which nicely seats the issue in the context of the current election. New Book: “Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide” – I haven’t read this yet, but it’s a new book on women’s health from the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Pink Ribbons, Inc. – A Closer Look at Breast Cancer Marketing – I’m really looking forward to seeing this film, espec...
Source: Women's Health News - February 12, 2012 Category: Medical Librarians Authors: Rachel Tags: Abortion Access, Rights, & Choice Cancer Contraception Drugs Government HIV/AIDS Infectious Diseases Laws, Legislation, & Courts News Round-Ups Sex & Sex Education Bill Haslam birth control breast cancer dogs emergency contra Source Type: blogs
Hepatitis A in the Netherlands
Rates of Hepatitis A in the Netherlands and bordering countries have been decreasing since the 1990′s – see graph: The following background data are abstracted from the Gideon e-books series. [2,3] Time and Place: - Hepatitis A has been a notifiable disease in the Netherlands since 1951. - Disease rates peak during October, largely due to increased number of cases acquired abroad. - During 1993 to 2002, 64.4% of all cases were autochthonous, 6.5% imported from Turkey and 11.5% from Morocco. - The disease incidence among children of Turkish and Moroccan descent declined from 70.3 per 100 000 in 2000, to 13.5 per 1...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 11, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs Outbreaks ProMED Hepatitis A Netherlands Source Type: blogs
Syphils vs. AIDS in Canada
As in several other countries, including the United States, rates of syphilis in Canada decreased and later “rebounded” in parallel with an initial explosion and later decline in AIDS reporting. [1, 2] See graph : References: 1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Canada, 2012. 496 pp, 107 graphs, 3106 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-canada/ 2. Berger SA. Syphilis: Global Status, 2012. 238 pp, 339 graphs, 970 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/syphilis-global-status/ 3. Gideon graph tool at http://www.GIDEONonli...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 10, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Canada Syphilis Source Type: blogs
Viral public health science communication
My new bedtime reading is made of dramatic stuff. It is about children with dangerously high fevers, about parents fearing for the life of their offspring, and about healthy maids milking cows. It is about the enthusiastic joy of getting closer to immortality and the birth of fears so great that people turn their backs on what their parents just a decade earlier glorified to the skies. It’s about vaccines and infectious diseases! At Science Online 2012, I was so fortunate to win a copy of “The Panic Virus” by Seth Mnookin, and with a long stopover in Chicago on my way back to Copenhagen this was a perfec...
Source: Biomedicine on Display - February 10, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Nina Bjerglund Andersen Tags: book review Public Health public health science communication science communciation Seth Mnookin the panic virus vaccination vaccine Source Type: blogs
Lt. Jason Redman – Navy SEAL and Founder of Wounded Wear (part 2 of 2)
Lt. Jason Redman is a Navy SEAL who was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and faced a years long rehabilitation. As he was recovering, he founded the non-profit organization Wounded Wear to aid other military personnel injured in battle. While Lt. Redman was in Bethesda Naval Hospital, he was awarded the Purple Heart by then Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan. In this second part of his interview with InsideSurgery.com, Lt. Redman gives us details of his surgical reconstruction and rehabilitation. Lt. Redman receiving the Purple Heart (photo copyright Lt. Redman) Once you were back in the States and stabilized, you needed massive reconstruc...
Source: Inside Surgery - February 9, 2012 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Interviews Alan Lim Jason Redman Joseph Kernan Navy Seal purple heart Robert Walton Wounded Wear Source Type: blogs
Infectious disease epidemiology and zombies
Have two awesome announcements that I've been waiting to share. One will still have to wait a few more days as we're finalizing some details, I can now let you know that I just started a new position as an Advisory Board member of the Zombie Research Society. It's a pretty cool group, including THE George Romero (Zombie Godfather); Daniel Drezner, author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and Steven Schlozman, author of The Zombie Autopsies. Plus a bunch of other white guys. So, why do something like this? Zombies obviously are huge in pop culture, and typically "zombieism" is caused by some kind of tra...
Source: Aetiology - February 8, 2012 Category: Epidemiologists Tags: Humor Source Type: blogs
Update: February 8, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 5 to February 8, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (5 updates) 5 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (475 updates) 65 Diseases410 Country notesMap
Source: GIDEON blog - February 8, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Healthcare Update — 02-06-2012
See more news stories at this week’s Satellite Edition over at ER Stories.net. Pfizer may be in legal trouble after some lots of its oral contraceptives had the wrong medications. Now women who took the mislabeled medications have an increased chance of becoming pregnant. Plaintiff attorneys wonder whether there will be class action lawsuits with hordes of women with unwanted pregnancies demanding justice. The simple solution is that every person who files a lawsuit but who has not made arrangements to give their child up for adoption immediately upon birth should have their lawsuit dismissed. Adoption fees can go to...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - February 6, 2012 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs
Emergency Medicine Update Febuary 2012
This study showed that they do not cause more cervical spine injury ( JACS 212 (3) 295 ). The problem is that this is a retrospective study that looked for cervical spine injuries in a data base and found that helmeted riders had less C spine injuries than non helmet wearers. This doesn’t take in to account how serious the traumas were, and what type of trauma they were. So yes, it doesn’t prove anything. Then again, how did opponents convince anyone that it did cause more injury? And American football players have perhaps the worst designed helmet and these do not seem to increase the incidence of neck trauma....
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - February 5, 2012 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Yosef Leibman Tags: Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Update Evidence Based Medicine Featured yosef liebman Source Type: blogs
Cryptosporidiosis in Australia
The following background data on Cryptosporidiosis in Australia are abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series. [1,2] : Rates of Cryptosporidiosis in Australia are somewhat higher than those in New Zealand, and 7- to 8-fold those reported in the United States. (see graph)  Infecting species: - Sporadic cases of cryptosporidiosis are caused by Cryptosporidium hominis, C. parvum, C. andersoni and C. fayeri - Cryptosporidium parvum has been detected in the Sydney water supply since 1998. - Cryptosporidium canis has been recovered from dogs, and C. felis from cats – neither posing a sign...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 5, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Features Graphs Outbreaks ProMED australia Cryptosporidiosis Source Type: blogs
Update: February 5, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 1 to February 5, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (9 updates) 9 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (486 updates) 95 Diseases391 Country notesMap
Source: GIDEON blog - February 5, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
A.M. Vitals: GAO Report Finds Big Differences in Prices Paid For Medical Devices
Medical Device Price Gap: A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that some hospitals pay thousands of dollars more than others for the very same medical device, the WSJ reports. The higher prices could affect Medicare spending, since payments to hospitals are in part based on the institutions’ costs, the paper says. New Malaria-Death Estimate: A new calculation of malaria deaths published in the Lancet is about two times as big as the World Health Organization’s current estimate, the Washington Post reports. The report, which is expected to be controversial, agrees with the WHO that malaria de...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - February 3, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs Cancer Infectious disease Medical devices Supplements Source Type: blogs
Trypanosomiasis in Kenya
Rates of human Trypanosomiasis in Kenya are relatively low in contrast to surrounding countries – see graphs . Although both disease incidence and rates per 100,000 are highest in Uganda and Sudan, most cases affecting tourists have been acquired in Tanzania. The following background data on Trypanosomiasis in Kenya are abstracted from Gideon www.GideonOnline.com and the Gideon e-book series [2,3] (Primary references available on request) Time and Place: - African sleeping sickness first entered Kenya from Uganda in 1901. - By 1965 Gambian sleeping sickness had virtually disappeared from Kenya, and was replace...
Source: GIDEON blog - February 3, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: Ebooks Epidemiology Graphs ProMED Kenya Trypanosomiasis Source Type: blogs
Update: February 1, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: February 1 to February 1, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Diseases (46 updates) 23 Diseases23 Country notesMap
Source: GIDEON blog - February 2, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Then and Now
I draw your attention to the official 200th anniversary essay in NEJM, which, yielding to the awesome power of Stayin' Alive, they have made available to the rabble.As Drs. Fauci and Morens want you to know, listen up folks! You just have no idea how good you have it living in the 21st Century. Until people figured out what the deal was with pathogenic microorganisms, starting in the 18th Century and culminating with the genomic revolution of the late 20th through right now, life was really nasty, half the children died and if you were lucky enough to make it to puberty you were grateful for every day. They choose as their...
Source: Stayin' Alive - February 2, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs
Vaccines Are Exploding Kids’ Immune Systems
A few weeks ago I uncovered the appalling story of how parents in India were prevented from speaking out when their baby daughter died following the pentavalent vaccine. (1) Ancy, was just 56 days old, when she died within hours of the vaccine, however, her death was immediately swept under the carpet by the authorities who silenced her parents before claiming that Ancy had died from apnea. On 25th January 2012 IBN Live (2) reported that even though the Health Department had denied the possible connection between the administration of the pentavalent vaccine and the death of the baby, the postmortem report had revealed tha...
Source: vactruth.com - February 2, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories Hypersensitivity pentavalent vaccine vaccine adjuvants vaccine deaths Source Type: blogs
Post mortem breast implants
When you leave your body to medical science you might imagine some marvellous discovery among your organs and tissues that leads researchers to the wondrous discovery of a universal anticancer drug or something equally stupendous. In reality, it can be a much more mundane, especially for any women donating their mortal coil. Researchers at Emory University have been testing two techniques for implanting silicone prosthetic breast implants into cadavers. Obviously, the implications of their work will be of relevance to living recipients, rather than the morticians. They have investigated whether the so-called Keller Funnel,...
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - January 31, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science breast implants mortem post Source Type: blogs
Medgadget Exclusive: Interview with PathoGenetix and Sagentia about Rapid Microbial Detection Technology
Ever since the Danish bacteriologist Hans Christian Gram developed his eponymous test (the Gram stain) in 1882 to differentiate between types of bacteria, diagnostic tests have been integral to both public and individual health. The ability to rapidly and accurately detect microbes is becoming increasingly important given the emergence of diverse drug resistant strains, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA; Gram positive bacteria resembling purple grapes), as well as the length of time it currently takes to diagnose and treat certain infections (e.g. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which cannot be detecte...
Source: Medgadget - January 30, 2012 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Shiv Gaglani Tags: Genetics Medgadget Exclusive Medicine Pathology Source Type: blogs
A.M. Vitals: Express Scripts Will Make Changes to Lipitor Coverage
Lipitor Benefit Changes: Pharmacy-benefit manager Express Scripts will move brand-name Lipitor to the third tier of its national drug formulary from the second tier as of Feb. 1, increasing co-pays for some patients and emphasizing Pfizer’s challenge of holding on to sales of the drug, the WSJ reports. The generic versions of Lipitor are already on the first — and preferred — tier. Mail-order customers won’t see higher co-pays, the WSJ says. Both Arms, Please: Research published in the Lancet suggests the importance of measuring blood pressure in both arms as a way of detecting peripheral vascular d...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - January 30, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs AIDS Global Heart disease Infectious disease Pediatrics Research Source Type: blogs
OSHA’s Interesting ‘Take’ on Vaccinations
Sanitary practices, like washing your hands, helps prevent the spread of influenza. OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor,  usually is regarded as one of the agencies trying to help Americans, especially the American worker. As such, OSHA puts out press releases and information regarding various health aspects, including, OSHA FactSheet Seasonal Influenza Vaccination – Important Protection for Healthcare Workers http://www.osha.gov/Publications/seasonal-flu-factsheet.pdf wherein it gives the standard spin about how influenza spreads, the reasons for ...
Source: vactruth.com - January 30, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Catherine J. Frompovich Tags: Catherine Frompovich Top Stories Dr. Mayer Eisenstein National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Vaccine Effectiveness Source Type: blogs
Emergency Medicine Update January 2012
This article describes on going research which will interest me only when the article is finally published, but the statistics were important. Intracranial aneurysms occur in 0.4-0.6% of the general population; the total risk of rupture may be about 2% for all aneurysms, but indeed if they are less than 7 mm in diameter, the risk is only 0.1%. This is important for us to know because often we do CT’s for headaches, and find aneurysms that are not leaking-and it appears we do not need to do much for them. Surgical treatment for aneurysms cares a 1 in six morbidity rate and a mortality rate of 2.6% to 15.7% – pro...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - January 29, 2012 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Yosef Leibman Tags: Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Update Evidence Based Medicine Featured Health yosef liebman Source Type: blogs
A.M. Vitals: WellPoint to Increase Primary-Care Reimbursement
Paying More for Primary Care: Beginning in the summer, WellPoint will increase reimbursement for primary-care services — offering those physicians a fee increase of around 10% with the chance of additional payments that could bolster what they receive for covered patients by as much as 50% — in an attempt to lower acute-care costs, the WSJ reports. Additional payment and support for primary care could add as much as one to two percentage points to WellPoint’s primary-care spending — now about 6% to 8% of some $100 billion in annual claims, the paper says. Oral HPV Rates: About 7% of Americans aged 1...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - January 27, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs Global Infectious disease Legal Primary care Research Sexuality Source Type: blogs
Scabies - NHS patient education video
From the NHS Choices YouTube channel: Scabies is a contagious skin infection which itches intensely. A GP talks about the causes, symptoms and treatment. From the memorable medical textbooks of the past: Medical textbooks were not always as dreary and as bland as they are now, according to BMJ. Some examples of lively, first person didactic tone come from J L Burton’s Essentials of Dermatology: "The simultaneous occurrence of scabies in a doctor and a nurse may mean that they have shared nothing more exciting than a patient with Norwegian scabies." References: Memorable medical textbooks of the past Posted at Cli...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - Blog - January 25, 2012 Category: Professors and Educators Tags: Video NHS Infectious Diseases Source Type: blogs
Pharmalot… Pharmalittle… Good Morning
Top of the morning to you. And a fine one it is. There may be cloudy skies above, but our spirits are sunny. And you know why - every brand new day should be unwrapped like a precious gift. So go ahead and tug on the ribbon. Meanwhile, we would like to remind you that we hosting a webinar today at 1 pm ET on what pharma needs to know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (look here). Meanwhile, the time has come for a cup of stimulation and a few tidbits. So here you go. Have a great day, everyone… Xenoport Claims Glaxo Breached Horizant Contract (Reuters) Abbott Cuts 700 Jobs From Device And Testing Units (Associa...
Source: Pharmalot - January 25, 2012 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: Ed Silverman Tags: Uncategorized Abbott Laboratories Amgen Antibiotics BARDA BioLineRx Bloodthinner Bristol Myers Squibb Diagnostics Eli Lilly Eliquis FDA Genentech GlaxoSmithKlinek Horizant Hostile Takeovers Illumnia JJ jobs Johnson &a Source Type: blogs
The Story - In two parts (2)
Christmas Day I took my last antibiotic. We laid low during the holidays as we don't celebrate Christmas at our house and we also had newborn twins and a four year old to keep illness free. I was not ready to be around a lot of people yet. DH's sister and nieces came over in the evening and the first thing my six year old niece did was jump into my lap. Right after that I felt a serious amount of pain in my gut and I wasn't quite sure what had happened. I knew something was really wrong but I could see that my incision had not ripped. That later that evening I began having what I have deemed "episodes". MY vision would get...
Source: Sugar Donor - January 25, 2012 Category: Diabetes Authors: Flmgodog Source Type: blogs
Anti-vaxxers challenge younger docs' clinical skills
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - January 23, 2012 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: infectious disease clinical skills Source Type: blogs
A.M. Vitals: White House Keeps Rule Requiring Birth Control Without Copayments
Keeping Birth-Control Rule: The Obama administration refused to scrap a rule that will require most employers to offer health insurance that provides FDA-approved contraceptives with no copayments or deductibles, the WSJ reports. There is an exemption for certain employers if birth control violates their religious beliefs, and those who object but don’t qualify for the exemption have until August 2013 to change their policies, the WSJ says. Bird Flu Deaths: The second person in less than a month has died of H5N1 flu in China, and neither patient reported contact with birds before contracting the virus, the New York T...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - January 23, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Katherine Hobson Tags: Drugs FDA Hospitals Infectious disease M&A Obama Administration Source Type: blogs
Update: January 23, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 22 to January 23, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (1 updates) 1 DiseaseMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (105 updates) 41 Diseases64 Country notesMap
Source: GIDEON blog - January 23, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Update: January 22, 2012
GIDEON what’s new summary: January 18 to January 22, 2012 Infectious Diseases – Outbreaks (4 updates) 4 DiseasesMap Infectious Diseases – Diseases (593 updates) 1 Clinical note109 Diseases482 Country notes1 New Disease Synonym AddedMap Microbiology – Mycobacteria (2 updates) 2 Mycobacteria
Source: GIDEON blog - January 22, 2012 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Dr. Stephen Berger Tags: What's New Source Type: blogs
Imipenem outdoes doripenem in ventilator associated pneumonia
Source: Notes from Dr. RW - January 21, 2012 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Tags: critical care infectious disease pulmonary Source Type: blogs
Excuse Me Waiter – There’s a Fly in My Vaccine Soup!
Disgusting biological 'soups' are used to manufacture vaccines. We can laugh at the waiter’s reply to our complaint about the fly in our soup: “- Never mind, it won’t eat much!” However it is no joke that vaccines may contain residue from insect cells, yeast, mouse brains, tissue from pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, calf lymph, hens’ eggs, chick embryos, monkey kidney and testicle cells, retinal cells, aborted human fetal cells and cancer cells! These are amongst the many substrates present in the huge cultivation soup tanks which are used in vaccine production. The implications may be horrendou...
Source: vactruth.com - January 21, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Sandy Lunoe Tags: Sandy Lunoe Top Stories adverse Reactions Cancer Food and Drug Administration (FDA) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Contamination Source Type: blogs
Avian Flu Scientists Will ‘Pause’ Controversial Research For 60 Days
By Katherine Hobson and Christopher Weaver The authors of a pair of studies on a deadly strain of H5N1 virus — also known as avian or bird influenza — have signed a letter saying they will “pause” such research for 60 days to allow an international scientific discussion about the controversy. The researchers had created a mutation that made the virus transmissible between lab animals. The virus is not known to be transmissible among humans, but a federal advisory panel had raised concerns that the new research could be a blueprint for terrorists or others seeking to spread the virus among humans. Ot...
Source: WSJ.com: Health Blog - January 20, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: WSJ Staff Tags: Drugs Infectious disease Research Source Type: blogs
Animated Pocket Dictionary: Infectious Diseases
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Source: Med Student Guide - January 19, 2012 Category: Medical Students Source Type: blogs