Friday, October 31, 2014

CDC Releases Two New Clinical Resources in the Fight Against Ebola: PPE Demonstration Video, Ebola Clinical Slide Set

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CDC Releases Two New Clinical Resources in the Fight Against Ebola: PPE Demonstration Video, Ebola Clinical Slide Set

Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) To help inform U.S. healthcare workers in the fight against Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two new resources, which are now available at

In partnership with Medscape, CDC has released a new video titled Ebola: Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that offers step-by-step demonstration on how to put on and take off PPE properly in order to protect those providing care for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease. This video is based on CDC Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing), as of October 20, 2014.

The video can be found at and features CDC's Dr. Arjun Srinivasan and Dr. Bryan Christensen.

Additionally, CDC has released a new Ebola clinical slide set for clinicians to use for Grand Rounds and other clinical presentations.

Other helpful Ebola-related resources include:

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CDC Influenza News and Highlights (Oct 31)

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October 31, 2014

What's New?

Weekly Influenza Surveillance

The most recent FluView report for the 2014-2015 flu season shows that flu activity is low across the United States, but there are early signs that activity is increasing, including the first reported pediatric flu death this season. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.
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Flu and Ebloa

Seasonal influenza and Ebola virus infection can cause some similar symptoms. However, of these viruses, your symptoms are most likely caused by seasonal influenza. Influenza is very common. Millions of people are infected, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from flu each year.

In the United States, fall and winter is the time for flu. While the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary, outbreaks often begin in October and can last as late as May. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February. Information about current levels of U.S. flu activity is available in CDC's weekly FluView report.
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Influenza-Related Questions & Answers

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Our new flu page is "responsive," which basically means that it automatically optimizes the design for your phone, tablet, laptop, or widescreen computer. So you can say good-bye to having one version of on your computer and another on your mobile device. We will now have one homepage so that you can enjoy this experience however you access the flu site digitally.
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App for Clinicians and Health Care Professionals

App for Clinicians and Health Care ProfessionalsThe CDC Influenza application for clinicians and other health care professionals makes it easier than ever to find CDC's latest recommendations and influenza activity updates on your iOS and Android devices.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

More than a Costume | Doctors of the World

More than a Costume | Doctors of the World

Doctors Of The World is an international humanitarian organization that provides medical care to vulnerable populations. We are currently fighting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, engaging with local communities to prevent Ebola's spread, raise awareness and deliver essential protective equipment.

Via After You Take Off Your Sexy Ebola Containment Costume, Donate A Real One | Consumerist, which says:

Doctors of the World, an aid organization founded by one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, is taking advantage of this costume trend in the most helpful way possible. In a slick ad campaign produced by slick ad agency Publicis, the group makes the argument that "Here, it's a costume. There, it saves lives."

You can donate funds to cover everything from a pair of gloves to a whole doctor. Privacy Policy is here.

Health Thursday (Oct 30)


Ebola Research VideoFrom Ebola Researchers, An Anthem of Hope | NIH Director's Blog
After watching this music video, you might wonder what on earth it has to do with biomedical science, let alone Ebola research. The answer is everything.

This powerful song, entitled "One Truth," is dedicated to all of the brave researchers, healthcare workers, and others who have put their lives on the line to save people during the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease. What's more, it was written and performed by seven amazing scientists-- one from the United States and six from West Africa.

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The Best Reason Ever To Eat More Carbs | Prevention

Fiber is a nutritional superstar, reducing your risk of everything from stroke to high cholesterol to heart attack. But is the fiber you get from raspberries as good as the roughage in your quinoa? Turns out, no. A new paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that not all fiber sources are created equal.

Police need more training to deal with mentally ill, L.A. County told | LA Times

The report also found that there weren't enough safe places for officers to take people with serious mental health issues.

Does milk do a body good? Maybe not, a new study suggests | LA Times

A new study finds that people who drank lots of milk were more likely to have bone fractures and to die at younger ages than people who drank less than one glass per day.

For some, violent criminality may be written in their genes | LA Times

The latest research, published in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry, identified two sites on the genome that might serve as red flags for extreme violent behavior.

One of those sites programs the activity of the neurotransmitter monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), and the variation seen more often in violent criminals does so in a way that suppresses metabolism of another brain chemical, dopamine, in the brain.

Novel tinnitus therapy helps patients cope with phantom noise | MedicalXpress

Patients with tinnitus hear phantom noise and are sometimes so bothered by the perceived ringing in their ears, they have difficulty concentrating. A new therapy does not lessen perception of the noise but appears to help patients cope better with it in their daily lives, according to new research.

And now I can't think about anything else....

NIH Health Information: Slumber benefits, diabetes treatment, sugar and sweeteners, Ebola update, and more

NIH Health Information

Resources and tips about healthy living and wellness from across NIH.

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The Benefits of Slumber

With so many demands on our time, we often sacrifice sleep to fit everything into our days. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. (From NIH News in Health)

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Developing Insulin-Producing Cells to Treat Diabetes

Researchers designed a protocol to transform human stem cells into pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin and respond to glucose. (From NIH Research Matters)

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How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health

Is sugar really bad for you? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? Learn about the sweet things most of us eat and drink every day. (From NIH News in Health)

Ebola virus and development of therapeutics.

Ebola Update: Working Toward Treatments and Vaccines

Clinical trials of a second Ebola vaccine candidate have now started at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. (From the NIH Director's Blog)

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"One out of every three women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. This is unacceptable, and we as a nation must do better." Read our latest blog post from Congresswoman Doris Matsui to see what she has to say about ending violence against women.

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You can't call a woman a broad even if it's affectionate. ~ Rush Limbaugh

The last time I used that gif I wrote two rants about what it was like for me (a woman) to work in a technical field. The first of those posts got hundreds of hits, which was less flattering than confusing. Today I realized it contains the word sl*t which was undoubtedly the reason. As SP would attest, I'm naïve about how the world works at times -- particularly naïve about men.

Reasons include growing up in a family of all girls, leading a sheltered life, and abuse. I was in my forties and the beneficiary of years of therapy before I realized how attractive I was as a young woman. Men followed me around and wanted to have sex with me (again, confusing). I refused most offers (there were a lot of them); I wanted a boyfriend, not a romp. Even so, I got played plenty of times. There were those who wanted a relationship with me but I wasn't equipped to be in a relationship, and they were still mostly interested because I was pretty and wasn't a complete jerk to them.

I was lucky enough to marry someone who was stable and a great father. We don't communicate anymore because his insane wife won't permit it. I was better at relationships then and we stayed together for nearly a decade, but in the end we were just too different. So it's possible to have a real relationship, just not terribly easy for me. Men in general have not been a good thing in my life.

As with any other bias, I work at keeping it from coloring my opinions about all members of a group. I grew up in the South in the sixties, a culture suffused with casual and unquestioned racism and sexism. Our family was in some ways the exception, but it still lingers. The question isn't whether someone is this or that (racist, sexist); it's whether the person makes an effort to learn, grow, and resolutely keep growing. I (naïvely?) believe that almost anyone can do it.

We've made progress since then certainly. It's not enough, but anyone over 55 can tell you how terrible it was and how much better it is now. But it's not enough.

I (a lot of women) would assert that the last bias to die out (if it ever does) will be sexism. Sexism transcends all demographics: race, culture, national identity, ethnicity, and gender. Gender is slightly more fluid now, but it is the first defining attribute of a human being. More than any other, it inculcates a set of behaviors and aptitudes, and assumptions about them.

No one really cares whether women are ever considered better drivers than men, or whether men will ever be considered superior at ironing. The assumptions related to gender don't matter; what matters is whether a man or woman is fairly given the opportunity to achieve and be recognized for whatever they damn well please. Women don't care about incidental generalizations and are not offended when a man is attracted to them. We are offended when they're assholes.

A man might think he thinks that calling someone "a piece of women" is flattery. He might think he thinks "young lady" is a compliment. In reality not only are they not, men don't even mean them that way. More important, contemptuous and disgusting remarks are the first rung on the ladder to violence against women. The level of self-awareness required to understand that is attainable, but it requires work. We'd love it if everyone got there; in the meantime it behooves broadcasters, employers, and everyone else to tell them to Shut. The Fuck. Up.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday FTSidebar (Oct 29)

Buff Bobby Jindal | Lawyers, Guns & Money

It says plenty about the Republican Party in 2016 that Bobby Jindal sees his path to the Republican presidential nomination going right through the gym.

JackassNikki Haley: Opponent Laughing About 'Whore' Gaffe Was 'A Kick In The Gut' | TPM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said during a press conference on Wednesday her Democratic challenger's laughter after he accidentally called her a "whore" last week felt like "a kick in the gut."

Flak Over FBI and DEA Impersonations | TalkLeft

The FBI and DEA's impersonation tactics have been facing a lot of criticism lately. First, there was the case of the cocaine defendant in New York who has filed a lawsuit to stop the DEA from impersonating her on Facebook.

Fox's Bob Beckel on NYC anti-catcall video: 'Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman' | The Raw Story

Fox News host Bob Beckel responded to a recent video showing a New York City woman experiencing street harassment by adding a catcall of his own on Wednesday, Media Matters reported.

"She got 100 catcalls, let me add 101," Beckel said of Shoshana B. Roberts. "Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman."

From the bush to the city: Indigenous governance awards finalists 2014 -- in pictures | The Guardian Picture

The Indigenous governance awards recognise and promote strong and successful programs from across the country -- from Australia's biggest cities to its most remote communities. Eight finalists have been chosen from a pool of 113 nominees for Thursday's awards, held by Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton

10 Disturbing Things ProPublica/NPR Learned Investigating the Red Cross' Sandy Relief Efforts | ProPublica Picture Graphic

While the Red Cross called its response nearly "flawless," a ProPublica investigation uncovered a much different version of events.

Offensive Halloween display removed from Ft. Campbell home | WKRN-TV Nashville Picture

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Meet South Dakota's surprisingly green Senate candidate | Ben Adler | Grist

South Dakota has 4.32 cows per capita, the most of any state. And you know what cows produce: methane. So you might not expect a Senate candidate in the state to propose cracking down on greenhouse gas emissions. But that's exactly what Rick Weiland is doing.

Open bookWhat will it take to get electricity to the world's poor? | David Roberts | Grist Favorites Picture Graphic

In my previous post, I described the Scylla and Charybdis between which humanity must sail in the 21st century -- energy, poverty, and climate change -- and recounted a recent debate about how best to tack between them. This post digs a little deeper into that debate. How do we get electricity to the world's poor without pushing into climate catastrophe?

Shell Seeks 5 More Years for Arctic Oil Drilling Drive | Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) is asking the Obama administration for five more years to explore for oil off Alaska's coast, saying [setbacks] and legal delays may push the start of drilling past the 2017 expiration of some leases.

Via Ocean Roundup: Shell Seeks to Extend Arctic Drilling Period, Great Barrier Reef Protection Plan "Inadequate," and More | Oceana

The Science of Interstellar | Sean Carroll Video

The intersection -- maybe the union! -- of science and sci-fi geekdom is overcome with excitement about the upcoming movie Interstellar, which opens November 7. It's a collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne, both heroes within their respective communities.

Gigafactory schmigafactory: $1BN "stealth" energy storage start-up moves to NC tobacco plant | TreeHugger

Tesla's plans for a $5bn "gigafactory" battery manufacturing plant have been making headline news for some time now. Alongside the positive potential to drive down costs for energy storage, the $1.3bn in incentives the company will receive from Nevada have raised eyebrows in some quarters.

If Trigonometric Functions Wrote Letters to Each Other | Math With Bad Drawings Picture

Breeding Program May Save Desert Rodent | ReWild | KCET Picture

An adorable desert rodent once thought extinct is suffering from the state's extended drought, but a university's captive breeding program may just keep the critter around a while longer.

It came from the server room: Halloween tales of tech terror | Ars Technica

It all began when the monitors started bursting into flames. Well, at least that’s when I knew I had walked into a tech support horror story.

Midterms Prediction: Billionaires to Retain Control of Government | Borowitz Report | The New Yorker

Student Loan Servicers Tricked Borrowers Into Paying More, Made Illegal Collection Calls | Consumerist

As if student loan borrowers needed more bad news, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report this week detailing how some student loan servicers have tricked consumers into paying higher fees and misrepresented balances due.

Thank you, Elizabeth Warren.

Elizabeth Warren Wins the Midterms | John Cassidy | The New Yorker

If you live inside the media bubble, you've probably heard that Elizabeth Warren, the progressive darling and self-declared non-candidate for 2016, messed up on Tuesday. Appearing on ABC's "The View," Warren said that Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the New Hampshire Democrat who is facing a tough challenge from Scott Brown, her Republican opponent, was "out there working for the people of Vermont."

Cue a slew of tweets and a good deal of crowing on the right.