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The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine (EJBM) serves as a forum for the basic and clinical investigation being conducted by the members and alumni of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as other academic medical scientific institutions.

Founded by Sam Seifter in 1982 and originally titled The Einstein Quarterly Journal of Biology and Medicine (EQ),The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine (EJBM) allows medical and graduate students of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine to acquire experience and expertise in the management and editorship of a medical scientific journal, serves as an intellectual forum for the medical scien

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06/06/2019

Interesting Engineering

This robot is making recycling a lot more efficient via www.bulkhandlingsystems.com.

pbs.org 06/05/2019

Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists

"The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, a victory for abortion foes that comes despite impassioned pleas from scientists that some health problems can’t be studied any other way.

Research using fetal tissue that otherwise would be discarded has been funded by the government, under leadership of both political parties, for decades — and has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus.

Critics argue that modern science has alternatives to replace fetal tissue in the laboratory, such as using tissue from infants who undergo heart surgery or stem cells that grow into organ-like clumps in lab dishes.

But leading scientific groups say there still are conditions where fetal tissue is the best, or even the only, option to get clear answers to some devastating disorders — because those substitutes don’t act the same as tissue from the exact developmental stage that needs to be studied."

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/trump-administration-ends-fetal-tissue-research-by-federal-scientists?fbclid=IwAR2T7rg6nyqwe5KqjHN6cSpl4jV1LdHLwgPxrHK-0NLFRinH0YS1f1s4f7M

pbs.org Research using fetal tissue has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus.

smithsonianmag.com 06/05/2019

Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement

"There's a very obvious reason. There is a very well-funded, well-orchestrated climate change-denial movement, one funded by powerful people with very deep pockets. In a new and incredibly thorough study, Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle took a deep dive into the financial structure of the climate deniers, to see who is holding the purse strings.

According to Brulle's research, the 91 think tanks and advocacy organizations and trade associations that make up the American climate denial industry pull down just shy of a billion dollars each year, money used to lobby or sway public opinion on climate change and other issues.

“The anti-climate effort has been largely underwritten by conservative billionaires,” says the Guardian, “often working through secretive funding networks. They have displaced corporations as the prime supporters of 91 think tanks, advocacy groups and industry associations which have worked to block action on climate change.”"

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-the-money-behind-the-climate-denial-movement-180948204/?fbclid=IwAR3fswmLlvjRB4v2ESV05UQegJVUPE66Tb-3ArCa8w_GD68Hr7W5301Jk-U

smithsonianmag.com Nearly a billion dollars a year is flowing into the organized climate change counter-movement

06/05/2019

March for Science

" "Don't forget, it used to be called global warming, that wasn't working, then it was called climate change, now it's actually called extreme weather because with extreme weather you can't miss," the president said.

Mr Trump pointed to past examples of weather disasters to refute the idea that "extreme weather" is becoming more common due to climate change."

"I don't remember tornados in the United States to this extent but then when you look back 40 years ago we had the worst tornado binge we ever had. In the 1890s we had our worst hurricanes." "

""I believe that there's a change in weather and I think it changes both ways," Mr. Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview that aired on Wednesday."

06/05/2019

Hashem Al-Ghaili

First real footage of HIV leaving T cells after destroying them!

06/05/2019

Nature

Nature meets five biotechnologists working in non-Western nations that are making their mark on the international stage.

06/05/2019

March for Science

"Bradley Miller is more likely to be hired than José Rodriguez. Zhang Wei (David) is more competent than Jamal Banks. And both Miller and Zhang are more competent and hirable than Maria Rodriguez or Shanice Banks."

"These postdoc job candidates are fictional. But the differences in how they’re viewed based on name alone—despite identical CVs—by a sample of professors are real. That’s according to a recent study that unearths evidence of racial bias in biology and a combination of gender and racial bias in physics, highlighting both the pervasive nature of various biases in science as well as important disciplinary differences."

06/04/2019

Nature

A genetic mutation that a Chinese scientist attempted to create in twin babies born last year, ostensibly to help them fend off HIV infection, is also associated with a 21% increase in mortality in later life, according to a study in Nature Medicine.

dailymail.co.uk 06/04/2019

Woman survives six brain surgeries while studying to become a doctor

"A Texas medical school student has survived six brain surgeries and a stroke while studying to become a doctor.

Claudia Martinez will graduate from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in 2020, knowing full well what it's like to be a patient in need of serious medical attention.

Martinez has what is called Chiari Malformation, where brain tissue extends into the spinal cord due to a malformed or abnormally small skull, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

It has required six surgeries so far, and Martinez has had to relearn how to perform simple tasks like brushing her teeth, getting dressed by herself and walking.

Despite wanting to be a neurosurgeon since the age of eight and receiving the academic scores to do so, her illness has left her without the required dexterity with her hands, so she's now focused on practicing in the area of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Neurology.

She's shared her journey over social media in an effort to raise awareness about 'invisible illnesses' like hers, and become an inspiration to many in the process.

Martinez has just finished her third year at UTHealth in Houston.

In 2020, eight years after her diagnosis and first surgery, she'll have earned her medical degree."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7073057/Woman-survives-six-brain-surgeries-stroke-studying-doctor.html

dailymail.co.uk Houston, Texas medical school student Claudia Martinez has survived six brain surgeries and a stroke while studying to become a doctor, after having her first operation at age 19 in 2012.

theguardian.com 06/03/2019

Up to 25 cups of coffee a day safe for heart health, study finds

Intern year's almost here:

"...new study of more than 8,000 people across the UK found that drinking five cups a day, and even up to 25, was no worse for the arteries than drinking less than a cup a day.

The research, part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), is being presented at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester.

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Experts from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) divided 8,412 people into three groups for the study.

The first group was of those who drink less than one cup of coffee a day, the second was of those who drink between one and three cups a day, and the third was those who drink more than three.

Some people in the latter group drank up to 25 cups a day, although the average number for people in this group was five cups a day.

Researchers found that even those drinking up to 25 cups of coffee a day were no more likely to have stiffening of arteries than those who drank less than one cup a day.

All the participants in the latest study underwent MRI heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests, and the results held true even after factors such as age, weight and smoking status were taken into account."

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jun/02/up-to-25-cups-of-coffee-a-day-safe-for-heart-health-study-finds?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1KDj8qlStdCmDYGsGAGjpYHbCKAcI9N6UYzt3ms0PeKoDnn1mRdykd8MY#Echobox=1559555236

theguardian.com High consumption of coffee no worse for arteries than drinking less than a cup a day

06/01/2019

March for Science

It happens.

Source: SMBC; https://www.smbc-comics.com/

05/31/2019

March for Science

From 2017: "The four actions that most substantially decrease an individual's carbon footprint are: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free, and having smaller families."

"The researchers also found that neither Canadian school textbooks nor government resources from the EU, USA, Canada and Australia highlight these actions, instead focusing on incremental changes with much smaller potential to reduce emissions."

npr.org 05/30/2019

Scientists Genetically Modify Fungus To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Malaria

"In the hope of finding a new way to fight malaria, scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer a fungus to produce a venom that can quickly kill mosquitoes.

The modified fungus was a highly effective mosquito killer in the first tests mimicking conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a major public health problem, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Science.

The modified fungus appeared to be highly effective in laboratory tests. So the scientists decided to test the organisms in a setting that more closely resembled the natural environment in sub Saharan Africa. But they needed to keep the organisms contained until further safety testing could be conducted.

So the scientists built a "MosquitoSphere" in Burkina Faso. The structure resembles a large greenhouse. Instead of glass, the walls are made of mosquito netting. Inside are six compartments, including four designed to resemble typical huts.

The scientists spread sesame oil containing the fungus on black sheets inside the huts. Next, the researchers released into each hut about 1,500 Anopheles coluzzi mosquitoes, the species that spreads malaria in Burkina Faso. The idea was that the mosquitoes would pick up the fungi when they rested on the black sheets after feeding on live calves. Mosquitoes are attracted to black objects.

The researchers then compared what happened to the mosquitoes inside the huts with the modified fungi compared with the mosquitoes inside huts with unmodified fungi or no fungi.

The populations of mosquitoes in the huts with the modified fungi crashed within about 45 days, the researchers reported.

"Within two generations, the mosquitoes were basically gone," St. Leger says. "They're finished."

St. Leger says the toxic fungus could provide a powerful new weapon to fight malaria."

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/30/727884309/scientists-genetically-modify-fungus-to-kill-mosquitoes-that-spread-malaria?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190530&fbclid=IwAR0mFN403n63frHejDcZa88HulF-mLfxR6w299XAZ6aca_d7tU65YrkdAYw

npr.org The modified fungus produces spider toxin that rapidly kills mosquitoes, raising hopes for a new weapon to fight a disease that sickens millions. But not everyone is convinced.

arstechnica.com 05/29/2019

US Department of Energy is now referring to fossil fuels as “freedom gas”

"In a press release published on Tuesday, two Department of Energy officials used the terms "freedom gas" and "molecules of US freedom" to replace your average, everyday term "natural gas."

The press release was fairly standard, announcing the expansion of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at the Freeport facility on Quintana Island, Texas. It would have gone unnoticed had an E&E News reporter not noted the unique metonymy "molecules of US freedom."

DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg is quoted as saying, "With the US in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of US freedom to be exported to the world.”

Slate notes that the term "freedom gas" seems to have originated from an event with DOE Secretary Rick Perry. Earlier this year, the secretary signed an order to double the amount of LNG exports to Europe, saying, “The United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent. And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas.”

A reporter at the order signing jokingly asked whether the LNG shipments should be called "freedom gas," and Perry said, "I think you may be correct in your observation." "

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/us-department-of-energy-is-now-referring-to-fossil-fuels-as-freedom-gas/?fbclid=IwAR2LCs-aY4xIvWVK_75O3WeNXOOvElEYhK4TN2A9Pee5CyJqXPNBC4UI8AI

arstechnica.com The Department of Energy is on its path to "energy dominance" with bizarre re-branding.

time.com 05/29/2019

Physician Burnout Costs the U.S. Billions of Dollars Each Year

"For doctors and hospitals, though, the ramifications can be especially dire. Doctors in the U.S. experience symptoms of burnout at almost twice the rate of other workers, often citing as contributors the long hours, a fear of being sued, and having to deal with growing bureaucracy, like filling out clunky and time-consuming electronic medical records. Burned-out doctors tend to make more medical errors, and their patients have worse outcomes and are less satisfied. Doctors also have higher rates of suicide than the general population, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The economic impacts of burnout are also significant, costing the U.S. some $4.6 billion every year, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

To calculate the cost, a team of researchers looked at several key measures related to physician burnout, including turnover. Using recent research and industry reports, they weighed the costs of replacing a doctor who leaves their job. “Marketing costs to advertise the position, costs of hiring, costs associated with training and starting out a physician—all of these really add up pretty quickly,” says study co-author Joel Goh, an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School. The analysis also factored in the revenue a healthcare organization loses when they have an unfilled physician position."

http://time.com/5595056/physician-burnout-cost/

time.com Burnout comes with both ethical and economic costs

blogs.einstein.yu.edu 05/23/2019

Curriculum and Community: The Making of a Medical Scientist

Dear Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine Readers,

For the past 5 years, it has been my honor to help you keep up to speed about today's advancements in science and biomedical research. In the next few weeks, I will be stepping down as Social Media Editor of EJBM as I graduate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Thank you so much for this opportunity to be part of your lives.

Before I go, I'd like to leave you with a blog post that helps summarizes how it feels to finally be done with this phase of my life and what lessons I've gained along the way:

"I will soon say good-bye to Einstein and move on to the next phase of my training. However, I am forever grateful for the colleagues, friends, teachers, and mentors I gained along the way. I am grateful for the high school and college students who taught me the importance of good mentoring. I am especially thankful to my patients, who allowed me to care for them and taught me so much about their lives.

While I’m quite sure my Ph.D. thesis advisor would have appreciated me spending more time in the lab and focusing on my dissertation, I am grateful for his flexibility and patience, which allowed me to step away from the bench and have experiences that were among the most impactful moments in my training and education. I am also thankful for my family, who supported me every step of the way in this long journey. (Yes, Mom. I’m actually graduating this year.)

Finally, I’m thankful for all the training Einstein gave me: both the formal preparation, which has assured me that I will be an excellent physician-scientist, and the hidden curriculum, which has made me confident that I can be a great educator, mentor, and leader in our society."

http://blogs.einstein.yu.edu/curriculum-and-community-the-making-of-a-medical-scientist/

blogs.einstein.yu.edu Nationally, more than a third of basic-science doctoral candidates do not finish their training. Pursuing basic-science research is extremely difficult, and I struggled to complete my dissertation.…

technologynetworks.com 05/21/2019

New Doctors’ DNA Ages 6 Times Faster Than Normal in First Year

"In just a few short weeks, tens of thousands of newly minted doctors will start the most intense year of their training: the first year of residency, also called the intern year.

A new study suggests that between now and next summer, that experience will make their DNA age six times faster than normal. And the effect will be largest among those whose training programs demand the longest hours.

The findings about the effect of residency focus on the stretch of DNA called telomeres - which keep the ends of chromosomes intact like the plastic end of shoelaces. The discovery that telomeres shrink in an accelerated way among interns suggest the importance of ongoing efforts to reduce the strain of medical training.

In the new study, Sen and his colleagues asked recently graduated medical students to contribute a sample of their DNA before they began their intern year, and then followed up to get another sample at the end of that year. The interns also took a lengthy questionnaire before their training began, and again at several points during and at the end of the intense year.

The results show that some new doctors went into residency with telomeres that were already shorter than their peers. This included those who said their family environment early in life was especially stressful - which echoes previous findings about the impacts of such an upbringing on telomere length.

Those who scored high on personality traits that together are classed as "neuroticism" -- being quick to react and slow to relax, and a tendency to respond with negativity - also had shorter telomeres at the start of intern year.

But when the team looked at the results of the DNA tests taken after intern year ended, only one factor that they studied emerged with a clear link to telomere shrinkage: the number of hours the interns worked each week.

On average, all the interns in the study said they worked an average of 64.5 hours a week. But the more the interns worked, and therefore the more days they put in that were at or above the national limit of 16 hours in effect at the time, the faster their telomeres shrank."

https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/news/new-doctors-dna-ages-6-times-faster-than-normal-in-first-year-319381?fbclid=IwAR0l_y4PI8162q2kLvjg4jgRSM7MHgUL3c0sKHg3OoYvLBpIMc2ygovYXh0

technologynetworks.com In just a few short weeks, tens of thousands of newly minted doctors will start the most intense year of their training: the first year of residency, also called the intern year. A new study suggests that between now and next summer, that experience will make their DNA age six times faster than norm...

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