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PPE for Ebola: This is how Emory does it

Remember how I said my lab wanted to do a PPE response video to Sanjay Guptas terrifying attempt? But we couldnt for liability reasons? Now there is an even better option! We can all take a peek into how Ebola patients are treated at Emory University, and get to see their protocols for putting on/taking off PPE:…

Safer fecal bacteriotherapy

On an academic level, I am not a fan of bacteria. I like viruses. Thus, I usually like the idea of using viruses to kill bacteria. But I am a huge fan of fecal bacteriotherapy, aka, poop transplants. Someone is sick, they get antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off their ‘normal’ bacteria, and allow ‘bad’ bacteria, like Clostridium…

Some of you might remember this story from last year: Evolution: Crime Fighting Machine A hospital technician, David Kwiatkowski, has been accused of stealing pain medication (100 times as potent at morphine) and sterile needles from surgical patients.  Not only did patients not get the pain medication they needed, Kwiatkowski also exposed them to Hepatitis C, which he knew he…

Infographic: Epidemics of North America

I dont know about you all, but I love those infographic things people create. They make statistics a lot more understandable and relatable than a chart of black-and-white numbers. Here is a cool one that turns devastating diseases into really pretty graphics An infographic by the team at Online Masters In Public Health

Craig Venter: True Revolution in Medicine

Craig Venter gets it. He gets it. I wish I had 5 minutes to talk to him. I dont. But we do have this ~21 min vid where he talks about some of the innovative things he and his crew are working on (phage therapy, faster ways to make influenza vaccines). True Revolution in Medicine…

Bad Idea of the Day: Halal Pharmaceuticals

One of the more amusing aspects of ‘You are only criticizing Islam because you are RACIST AGAINST MIDDLE-EASTERNERS!!!!’ is the fact that most Muslims do not live in the Middle-East. They live in Asia. Case in point: Indonesia, where about >87% of the population is Muslim.  12.7% of all Muslims live in Indonesia (Iraq? 1.2%).…