History of Medicine. Plague and Vampirism in the Middle Ages.

submitted by: camdic
The Nachzehrer would be a special kind of vampire who lives in a constant state of numbness in his grave, without understanding what is happening around and just like a child, chewing spasmodically his dress. Martin Böhm wrote in 1601: "We have seen in times of the plague how dead people especially women - who have died of the plague make smacking noises in their graves, like a pig that is eating, and that while this smacking is going on the plague becomes much worse, usually in the...

MWV #81 - Sheldon Campbell - The Singing Microbiologist

submitted by: MicrobeWorld
Sheldon Campbell sings about microbiology. Dr. Campbell teaches microbiology at Yale School of Medicine and he uses music to enhance his lectures. He has one song for every block of lectures he gives on a major topic. Songs he's written include a song about fungi, tick borne disease, tuberculosis and one that reviews all of microbiology in eight minutes. Dr. Campbell hasn't done any testing to see his songs are more effective at getting his message across but he does get the occasional...

Maternal knowledge following nutrition behavior change communication is conditional upon both health workers’ knowledge and knowledge sharing efficacy in rural Haiti

submitted by: mduduzi
In the context of a food assistance program in rural Haiti, we developed measures of the effectiveness of community health worker (CHW)-delivered behavior change communication (BCC). We administered knowledge tests to 954 mothers and 38 CHWs to define 4 measures: CHW knowledge, maternal knowledge, knowledge-sharing efficacy (proportion of CHW knowledge shared), and shared correct knowledge between the CHWs and the mothers with whom they interacted. On the basis of the tests, CHWs had high...
Authors: Mduduzi Mbuya

Tasmanian devils' infectious cancer offer insights into human epidemics

submitted by: nsf

What can we learn about diseases by studying the Tasmanian devils' infectious cancer? Sam Scheiner of the NSF discusses the insight that science can learn by studying these critters.

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Credit: NSF

20131022 - Protein Prediction 2 - Burkhard Rost - Individual Health

submitted by: rostlab

Date: 20131022

Course: Protein Prediction 2

Title: Individual Health

Speaker: Burkhard Rost

Audience: Computer Science students

Researching how musical training affects older adults' speech perception in a noisy environment

submitted by: nsf

Playing a musical instrument can do wonders for our brain. But how does it affect our hearing later on in life? Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University is studying just that.