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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Extreme Trivia

The answer to last week's stumper is The Bullwinkle Show, Season 5, Episode 19

See the first exchange with Colonel Beauregard under the Quotes section for the context. War-between-the-states-hipping isn't mentioned on the page but it's part of the episode when the narrator uses it instead of swivel-hipping while calling the game.

How you could have found it: Look at the shows in the TV Guide list that aired in 1963 and pick out ones that might include something completely ridiculous (fans of Bullwinkle obviously have an advantage). A search with war between the states and Bullwinkle would get you close enough. (I did say extreme....)

This week's stumper:

Movie, context, what's wrong with the scene.

Pretty minimal effort involved to research; kudos if you actually noticed while watching the movie. Feel free to brag (I did).

Environment Friday (Jan 30)

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Open bookSaving the Salton Sea, Part II: Can't Wait For the State | Rewater | KCET Picture

Despite the scale of the projects he manages, [IID biologist Bruce] Wilcox is the first to say that they're the tiniest fraction of what needs to be done to keep the Salton Sea's ecosystem from collapsing in the next few years, creating an ecological disaster and a public health nightmare.


"We'll probably never see the Salton Sea return to the way it was in the 1950s," says Wilcox. "But we have to do something to make sure migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway continue to have a place to land here. They're depending on us."

What he said. [Part I, previously posted, is here.]

CDC News and Highlights (Influenza): Avian Influenza Guidance, Antivirals (Jan 30)

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January 30, 2015

What's New?

Interim Guidance on Testing, Specimen Collection, and Processing for Patients with Suspected Infection with Novel Influenza A Viruses with the Potential to Cause Severe Disease in Humans

Interim Guidance on Influenza Antiviral Chemoprophylaxis of Persons Exposed to Birds with Avian Influenza A Viruses Associated with Severe Human Disease or with the Potential to Cause Severe Human Disease

FluView - Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report

Antiviral Letter to Providers

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) 2015 dates posted!

UPDATED: Q&A Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates for 2013-14 Season

NEW: Medical Office Telephone Evaluation of Patients with Possible Influenza

Weekly Influenza Surveillance

Flu activity is high across most of the country with flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths elevated. Flu season will probably continue for several weeks.

While the flu vaccine is not working as well as usual against some H3N2 viruses, vaccination can still protect some people and reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and will protect against other flu viruses.

Influenza antiviral drugs can treat flu illness. CDC recommends these drugs be used to treat people who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications who have flu symptoms. Early antiviral treatment works best.

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Influenza Antiviral Quiz for Clinicians

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Prompt Use of Antivirals is Key this Flu Season

Prompt Use of Antivirals is Key this Flu Season

Antiviral influenza (flu) medications are effective in treating the flu and reducing complications, and are critical tools for reducing the burden of flu illness. Unfortunately, evidence from previous and the current flu season suggest that flu antiviral drugs are severely underused.

Influenza activity in the United States is widespread and likely to continue for weeks. Read more about what physicians can do.

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HHS proposes path to improve health technology and transform care

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0. The draft Roadmap is a proposal to deliver better care and result in healthier people through the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information.

Read more about today's announcement.

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CDC Health & Safety Features from this week (Jan 30)

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Doctor with patientTackling a buffet at your Super Bowl gathering? Practice these game rules and keep the runs on the field.

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Monday, 26 January 2015
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CDC guidance for U.S. personnel handling routine specimens when Ebola concern has been raised

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CDC has issued updated, more comprehensive guidance for U.S. clinical laboratories on recommended testing for the assessment and care of patients for whom Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a concern, while minimizing risk to laboratory personnel.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Technology Tuesday (Jan 27)

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Managing Chronic Pain: Opioids Are Often Not the Answer | NIH Director's Blog

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Managing Chronic Pain: Opioids Are Often Not the Answer | NIH Director's Blog
01/27/2015 09:10 AM EST

The term "silent epidemic" sometimes gets overused in medicine. But, for prescription opioid drugs, the term fits disturbingly well. In 2012, more than 259 million prescriptions were written in the United States for Vicodin, OxyContin, and other opioid painkillers. That equals one bottle of pain pills for every U.S. adult. And here's an even more distressing statistic: in 2011, overdoses of prescription painkillers, most unintentional, claimed the lives about 17,000 Americans--46 people a day.

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Protecting one of America's most beautiful places | The White House


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Protecting one of America's most beautiful places

Watch the President's announcement about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

For more than three decades, there have been demands to drill for oil in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Yesterday, the President said that he will be calling on Congress to end the debate once and for all and protect the refuge as what it is: a national treasure that we can't afford to destroy. The region is home to the most diverse array of wildlife in the entire Arctic -- including the Porcupine caribou, polar bears, gray wolves, and muskoxen.

Find out more about how the President wants to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Drilling could irreparably damage the region and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the region for sustenance.

What's more, bird species from the Coastal Plain, a core area of the Refuge, migrate to all 50 states of the country. So no matter where you live, the Arctic Refuge is part of your own landscape.

The U.S. is already the world's number-one producer of oil and natural gas, and we're importing less oil today than we have in almost three decades. As the President said, there's no good argument against preserving this wonder for future generations.

That's why he's calling on Congress to act. Learn more about what that would mean here.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday FTSidebar (Jan 26)

A Path Appears [Documentary] Video

From the best-selling authors and creators of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide comes a compelling new book and documentary film, A Path Appears. In the book A Path Appears, coming September 23 [2014], Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn provide a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world -- and a roadmap to becoming a conscientious global citizen. The PBS documentary series premiering in January 2015 [tonight] examines the struggles women face in the United States and abroad, and the inspiring individuals working with them to create effective solutions.

There's also a Facebook page. I have not watched any of the videos and won't know until tonight whether I can get through the documentary. Assume a content advisory.

Ebola outbreak: Updated case counts; Interim guidance for U.S. businesses; Updated cumulative case graphs | CDC


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Better, Smarter, Healthier | HHS

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Better, Smarter, Healthier: In historic announcement, HHS sets clear goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients.
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