Wednesday, 31 July 2013

3 grants/awards

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 09:17 AM PDT
Call for Applications: Next Generation of Science Journalists Award 2013
To analyze and communicate complex scientific topics is more than just a profession – it is an art.  Medical science journalism is no exception. Accordingly, launching a career as science journalist proves to be an arduous endeavor.
To help recognize emerging medical science journalists, Germany’s most read medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), and the World Health Summit (WHS) will grant the “Next Generation of Science Journalists” Award for the second time.
The top selected five young professionals will be invited to participate in the WHS 2013 and experience a unique international networking and learning opportunity. This provides a career head-start as the annual World Health Summit attracts some 1000 high-ranking participants from all health-related sectors – from Nobel Prize laureates to CEOs and future leaders. Additionally, each winner will receive 500 Euro to recompense travel expenses.
Terms of Application:
Submission of one article on the main topic of “Global Health”, which must have been published after January 1, 2012. The article must be informed by an appropriate scientific background.
The article may be published in any form: print, digital, acoustic or visual.  Audio and video content is to be made available via web-link.
Submissions will be accepted from every country, however, English is required. Translations will be accepted if the original article is attached.
The applicants are to be at the beginning of their career as science journalists with a maximum of 5 years’ experience.
A short CV (one page), and a scan of a current passport must  accompany the submission.
Please send applications to: science-journalist-award(at)
The submission deadline is September 15, 2013.
An expert panel will rate all submissions. The decision will be communicated shortly after the deadline. Winning submissions will receive reimbursement for travel expenses (500 Euro each) at the World Health Summit. Please note however: transport and accommodation will need to be organized and paid for individually.
World Health Summit 2013
The World Health Summit 2013 is being held under the high patronage of Angela Merkel (Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany), François Hollande (President of the French Republic), and José Manuel Barroso (President of the European Commission). It brings together high-ranking participants from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society.
World Health Summit 2013
October 20-22, 2013
Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1, Berlin
Summit Entrance: Unterwasserstraße 10
Posted: 30 Jul 2013 08:55 AM PDT
Call for Applications: Staying Alive Foundation Grant
Applications are now open for a Staying Alive Foundation Grant, December 2013 intake. The deadline for first round applications is 12th August, 2013 at 12pm GMT.
The maximum you can apply for is a grant of US$12,000.
Grants will be awarded to small, youth-led organisations that:
Are entirely led by young people under the age of 27
Educate and/or give out responsible and accurate information about HIV and AIDS targeted at young people in their communities
Eliminate or alleviate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS
Encourage young people to take concrete action to protect themselves from HIV infection
Demonstrate innovation and creativity in their activities
Reflect and honour the culture in which the project operates.
All Staying Alive Foundation grant applicants must demonstrate credibility through independent references, government accreditation (if you have any), and verifiable banking and accounting systems.
All Staying Alive Foundation grant applicants must agree to allow the Staying Alive Foundation and MTV to promote and publicise their projects. We will use compelling grantee stories to inspire other young people.
Posted: 30 Jul 2013 08:09 AM PDT
Call for Applications: Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health Program
We will be accepting applications until September 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT. No exceptions will be made, (originally distributed as September 16, 2013).
The Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health is a national program to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. The Practice Change Leaders program is jointly supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.
Committed to Improving the Quality of Care to Older Americans
Our nation’s health delivery system frequently does not meet the unique needs of older adults. Wide gaps remain between evidence-based approaches, nationally recognized best practices, and how care is currently delivered for many conditions that disproportionately affect this population. Strong leadership is needed to ensure that promising innovations are implemented to improve health and functional outcomes in older adults.
The Practice Change Leaders program is a one-year opportunity to gain enhanced leadership skills and content expertise to positively influence care for older adults. Leaders complete a project aimed at integrating improved care for older adults within their organization, allowing them to remain at their full time job throughout the one-year program.
Application Deadline: Monday September 23th, 2013 5:00 pm EDT. No exceptions will be made.
Start of Award:  January 1, 2014
Amount of Award: Practice Change Leaders receive $45,000 per year for one year. The applicant’s home institution is expected to provide cost-sharing support as described in section C of Conditions of the Award.
Number of Awards: Up to 10 awards will be made.
Applicants must hold a leadership role in a health care delivery organization, health-related institution, or community-based organization with direct responsibility for care that impacts older adults. The applicant’s home institution may be a health plan, hospital, ambulatory clinic, home health agency, assisted living facility, nursing home, or community-based agency providing health-related services to older adults. Irrespective of practice setting, applicants must be senior enough in their organization to have decision-making authority and be able to effectuate change. Applicants must live and practice in the United States.
Contact Us at:
Practice Change Leaders Program
Division of Health Care Policy and Research
13199 East Montview Blvd. Suite 400
Aurora, CO 80045

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Call for Papers Essays in Philosophy

Call for Papers
Essays in Philosophy
Vol.15, No. 1
Issue date: January 2014
Journal issue topic: Public Philosophy

Submission deadline: October 31, 2013

Editor: Jack Russell Weinstein (University of North Dakota)

Public philosophy is a vibrant sub-discipline with a long history stemming from Socrates onward. In the last few decades it has become an industry in the form of multiple book series on the connections between philosophy and popular culture, a force on the internet with dozens of philosophy-oriented blogs, and a beacon of hope for those who wish to educate often uncritical democratic populaces. But little work has been done on the nature and role of public philosophy in and of itself, and little attention has been placed on its methods as distinct from traditional teaching. This issue of Essay in Philosophy aims to be the first single-volume dedicated to the comprehensive examination of the philosophy underpinning public philosophy.
Public philosophy in this context refers to doing philosophy with general audiences in a non-academic setting. And while it is often said to play a role in democratic education, public philosophy is its own enterprise. It is philosophy outside the classroom, a voluntary endeavor without course-credit, assignments, or even a clear purpose. Submissions to the journal will ask about its nature, purpose, role, and assumptions.

Some sample topics include:
 The purpose of public philosophy.
 The history of public philosophy.
 The use of argument in public philosophy.
 The role of the “teacher” or facilitator in public philosophy events.
 Connections between public philosophy and democracy.
 Public philosophy and the internet.
 Short-form philosophy and its effectiveness.
 Public philosophy as entertainment.
 The language of public philosophy.
 Social networks as a tool for public philosophy.
 The nature and role of the “amateur” philosopher.
 Public philosophy and its relationship to the university.
 Public philosophy and professional philosophy.
 Public philosophy and diverse populations.
 Is public philosophy “research” in the sense required for tenure by most institutions?

The volume also welcomes reviews of public philosophy texts investigating their success or failure as public philosophy (as opposed to evaluating them as philosophical argument). Such texts include but are not limited to: Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Socrates Café, Sophie’s World, Wittgenstein’s Poker, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

All submissions should be sent to the general editor via email:
Submission guidelines are available here:

Monday, 29 July 2013

Ethnovet citation from 2012

Non-experimental validation of ethnoveterinary plants and indigenous knowledge used for ba...

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Documentation and determination of consensus about phytotherapeutic veterinary practices a...

Authors: Akhilesh Kumar,Vimal Chandra Pandey,Divya Darshan Tewari

Tropical Animal Health and Production 04/2012 44(4):863-872.

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Friday, 26 July 2013

more neigbours

I was outside taking pictures of my necklaces when I heard the characteristic sound of a baby raccoon. It was the middle of the day. I had my camera on automatic so the motion was captured but the exposure was not the best and I did not fix it with photoshop that well. I cannot see through the camera when it is on automatic and I had to point it in their direction not knowing if they were in the frame or not. I still have to learn all the commands.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Googel doodle Rosalind Franklin

The latest Google doodle celebrates the life and work of British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose research led to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Franklin was born in Notting Hill, London on 25 July 1920.
The second "o" in the doodle contains her image, while the "l" has been replaced with the DNA double helix.
Franklin also made critical contributions to our understanding of the molecular structures of RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
She died from ovarian cancer in April 1958, aged just 37.
The scientist has perhaps become best known as "the woman who was not awarded the Nobel prize for the co-discovery of the structure of DNA".
During her DNA research, Franklin worked at King's College London under Maurice Wilkins.
The story goes that he took some of her x-ray crystallography images without her knowledge and showed them to his friends, Francis Crick and James Watson, who were also trying to discover the structure of DNA.
Wilkins, Crick and Watson were awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1962.
Crick later acknowledged that Franklin's images were "the data we actually used" to formulate their 1953 hypothesis regarding the structure of DNA.
The most significant of those images is known as Photo 51, which is also the inspiration for an exhibition currently at Somerset House in London.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures

Conference in Greenville, SC in April 2014 on Intersections and Assemblages:  Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures.

Intersections and Assemblages:  Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures
 The 10th Biennial Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
April 4-5, 2014
Location:  Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
The Associated Colleges of the South and Furman University invite papers, panels, and/or proposals for roundtable sessions for the tenth biennial Gender Studies Conference to be held at Furman University, Greenville, SC on April 4th and 5th, 2014.
The theme of the conference recognizes and addresses the multiplicity and diversity of scholarly approaches and activism to the long-standing aspiration for the abolition of all forms of inequality based on gender and/or sexuality.  It especially welcomes transnational, cross-cultural, or comparative perspectives on gender and sexuality.
While the intersectionality of categories of race, class, gender, sexuality and other markers of location or positionality has long been established in scholarship, we would like to think that the metaphor of ‘assemblages’ can also be useful in looking back and thinking ahead of new, emergent, or utopian forms of solidarity in the many intersectional movements, past and ongoing, in different locations that may or may not be operating in tandem with one another.  Using Jasbir Puar’s notion of an assemblage of different theoretical and political interests, what do we see when we map what we do collectively as intellectuals?  Are we now at a juncture where we may begin to re-assess and revitalize the much-expanded field or related cluster of fields that constitute Gender Studies?  What can we learn about the exercise of, and resistance to new, or not-so-new forms of power based in dominant or emerging cultural practices that impact our understanding of gender and sexuality and produce as yet unknown forms of belonging and connectedness?
Faculty, staff, and students of ACS institutions and beyond are invited to submit 250-300 word abstracts of paper proposals or entire panels in MS Word format along with a short biographical statement to this address:  The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2013.  Proposals may interpret the theme and the following list of suggested topics broadly:
  • Diversities in/of Genders and Sexualities
  • Gender-Queer-Global Intersections
  • Sexual Inequalities in Neoliberal Times/University
  • New Normativities of the Future
  • Affect and Embodiment
  • Rhetorics of Materiality
  • Feminist, Queer, Trans Theories:  Convergences and Divergences
  • Gender and Science/Neuroscience
  • Is Feminism Over?  Is there a Fourth Wave?
  • Gender Pedagogies for Today
  • Gender and Sport
  • Genders, Sexualities and Minority Ethnicities
  • Feminisms and the Financial Crisis
  • Feminisms and the Environmental Crisis
  • Ecofeminism
  • Queer Economics
  • Gender and Trans(-)media
  • Postcolonial Feminisms
  • LGBTQ and the Postcolonial
  • Margins within Margins
  • Space and Gender
  • Bodies Under Religion and/or Law
  • Biopolitics and Gender/Sexuality
  • Gender and Sexuality and Borders/Partitions
Keynote Speaker:  Prof. Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University
Other invited speakers:  Prof. Sujata Moorti, Middlebury College; Prof. William Spurlin, Brunel University
Registration fee for faculty and staff:  $90; students:  $30
For further inquiries, please send an email to one of the following organizers:
Dr. Karni Bhati, Department of English:
Dr. Sofia Kearns, Department of Modern Languages:
Twitter:  #GenderConf2014
Facebook Group:  Gender Intersections & Assemblages

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

‘Nobody understands’ spills at Alberta oil sands operation

Right now, a series of underground oil blowouts are happening at a tar sands operation in Alberta. The spills have been going on for at least 6 weeks with no end in sight, and have already killed beavers, birds and ducks. Over 4,500 barrels of oil have been recovered in addition to 3 million litres of contaminated water laden with hydrocarbons.

Even though industry doesn’t seem to understand how to cap these spills, it is planning to massively expand this kind of in situ tar sands development. We need to ask some difficult questions about the safety of this kind of extraction and Canadians need answers now.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

ursing Philosophy (Post)Graduate Student Essay Prize

Posted: 21 Jul 2013 03:56 AM PDT
International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) and Nursing Philosophy (Post)Graduate Student Essay Prize
Sponsored by the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) and Nursing Philosophy (the official journal of IPONS), two prizes are available for the best essays on any aspect of philosophy as it relates to nursing or other health or social care practice. The essay should demonstrate philosophical understanding of an area of practice, research, or education and should have clear application to one or more of those domains.
While essays from (post)graduate coursework are welcome, students are advised to review and, if appropriate, revise such coursework to meet both the requirements of the prize and the requirements of publication. Students considering submitting an essay for this prize might find it helpful to refer to earlier winning entries as published in the journal.
The essay should be no more than 5000 words (including references) with an abstract of no more than 300 words. The winning essay will be published in Nursing Philosophy.
First prize
A £100 (or equivalent) reduction in the fee for the 2014 International Philosophy of Nursing conference or books to the value of £150 from the Wiley-Blackwell catalogue
One year membership of IPONS
Publication in Nursing Philosophy
Second prize
One year membership of IPONS
The panel of judges will be chaired by the editor of Nursing Philosophy and will include the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer of IPONS, and the Conference organiser for 2014. Other judges may be appointed at the discretion of the panel. All decisions of the panel are final and not subject to appeal. The panel reserves the right not to award a prize and no cash alternatives are available.
Essays must be submitted by email to the editor of Nursing Philosophy at no later than 1 May 2014. Please supply the following information in a separate file:
Title of essay
Name, email address, fax and telephone numbers of author
Title of the (post)graduate course with name and address of the institution at which the author is a student
The decision of the panel will be communicated by email to entrants by 24 June 2014. Essays submitted may be considered for suitability as concurrent papers at the 2014 conference at the discretion of the conference organizer.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Greenwall Bioethics awards

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics Posted: 17 Jul 2013 10:30 AM PDT Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae. The Faculty Scholars Program Committee provides oversight and direction for the program and is involved not only with selection of the Scholars but with mentoring and faculty development activities. Selection Criteria The goal of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is to nurture the next generation of leading bioethics researchers at a crucial stage in their academic careers, when they have started a tenure-track faculty appointment, need protected time to establish a long-term, sustainable research program, and would benefit from mentoring from senior bioethics scholars and joining a community of other bioethics researchers. Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice. Faculty Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of their research project, their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support from their home institution. While the amount and quality of an applicant's research in bioethics will count favorably towards his/her application, outstanding candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered. Within this group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are primarily carrying out institutional change, educational reform, or theoretical bioethics research. Only one applicant from a university will be considered. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and selection process. A university with a law school, medical school, several teaching hospitals, and a faculty of arts and sciences, for example, may nominate only one applicant. Funding for Greenwall Faculty Scholars The award supports 50% of a Scholar’s salary plus benefits for three years, up to the NIH cap, with 10% institutional costs for the salary and benefits. In addition, we provide $5000 each year for limited project support and travel (no indirect costs are provided for these items). About the Preliminary Application Applicants must write a three-page letter of intent that includes • A cover page including the project title and the applicant's contact information • A description of the research proposal, particularly its significance • How the research will be carried out and how it is likely to have an impact on public policy or clinical practice • A personal statement describing the applicant's goals in the field of bioethics • A curriculum vitae, no longer than 5 single-spaced pages Preliminary applications should be submitted electronically. This letter should be double-spaced and in type no smaller than 12-point. Please send the required materials with the letter of intent described above first and the curriculum vitae second. The subject line of the email should contain the applicant's full name. Files should be sent as PDF (.pdf) files to ensure that application formatting is not lost. Application Process A letter of intent is due by November 1, 2013. Approximately 12 applicants will then be invited to submit a full application. Letters of intent should be sent as file attachments to Questions and Concerns Questions should be directed to Bernard Lo, MD, Greenwall Foundation President, or Chelsea Ott, Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program Coordinator. Funding Opportunity: Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas Program Posted: 17 Jul 2013 10:18 AM PDT Funding Opportunity: Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas Program The Greenwall Foundation will fund a new bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to support research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy. We hope these grants will have a real-world, practical impact. These grants will be of modest size and short duration; one-year grants of up to $60,000 will receive priority. However, we might also consider a few larger or longer projects of exceptional merit. Two types of bioethics grants will be funded: Mentored research projects. Awards to a senior bioethics researcher to carry out a mentored bioethics research project with a post-doctoral fellow or junior faculty member. The close mentoring will help ensure that the project is completed within this time frame. The Foundation will provide salary support for the effort of the mentor on the project. Projects where the mentee already has salary support will receive priority. Proposals in which the mentee has other responsibilities that compete with carrying out such a research project, such as courses for a degree program and resident physicians, will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Senior collaboration projects. Grants to allow innovative biomedical or clinical researchers or leaders of health care organizations or government agencies to partner with an established bioethics scholar to carry out research on the intersection of their primary work with bioethics. For example, a leading researcher in an innovative biomedical field could bring deep knowledge of that field to help analyze important unresolved bioethics problems in it. As another example, a physician-leader in a safety-net hospital or a public health agency could analyze ethical problems she or he had encountered and struggled with. Both collaborating senior scholars are eligible for salary support. We expect grantees to disseminate their research through practical articles in one or more peer-reviewed journals that reach the appropriate audience for the topic studied, and through presentations in relevant national and international professional meetings. Examples of the kinds of real-life bioethics problems grantees might address include: • Dilemmas raised by innovative biomedical research and new communication technologies. • Dilemmas from major changes in the delivery of U.S. health care resulting from the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Acts and private initiatives. • Dilemmas that are particularly salient -- and particularly ripe for analysis -- in certain cultural and ethnic communities, although they also involve people across the population. In evaluating proposals the Foundation will consider: • The importance of the bioethics problem to be studied • The innovative nature of the project's approach • The professional background of the proposed collaborators, and their close, working familiarity with the practical bioethics problems to be addressed • The likelihood the project will have a constructive real-world impact • The previous success of the principal investigator in mentoring younger researchers or collaborating with senior researchers or leaders outside of bioethics • The success of the investigators publishing practical bioethics articles in top-tier journals with a broad audience. • The reasonableness of the budget. While we will give strong preference to proposals that meet these criteria, we will also consider exceptional proposals that meet our strategic goal of supporting bioethics research that will have a real-world impact. More than one applicant may apply from each institution. Projects with the following characteristics will not be funded: • Projects that implement or make incremental improvements in established approaches to bioethics problems, build institutional infrastructure, or provide bioethics education, training or course work. • Projects that simply describe or analyze bioethics issues or provide a conceptual framework, without making practical recommendations for resolving the issues. However, projects that present normative recommendations that are based on previous empirical research are encouraged. The Greenwall Foundation awards grants only to tax-exempt institutions in the U.S. Proposals from unaffiliated individuals and from institutions outside the U.S. cannot be funded. Application Process Monday, August 19, 2013 – Deadline for email inquiry. We encourage applicants with projects already in development to submit their inquiries as soon as possible, as The Foundation will respond to applicants on a rolling basis. This enables The Foundation to respond quicker, allowing you additional time for the application and sufficient time to release approved grant funds to successful applicants before the conclusion of the year. Please send a 400-600 word e-mail of inquiry describing: • the bioethics problem to be addressed • how the proposed project is innovative and goes beyond the current work on the problem • names of the proposed research team. Please attach copies of CV's (no more than 3 pages each, highlighting publications relevant to the this application) of the two main investigators (or mentee and mentor). • the amount and duration of funding requested. Selected applicants will be encouraged to submit a full application. Some applicants will receive feedback on issues to be specifically addressed or clarified. Please direct all inquiries to Friday, September 20, 2013 – Deadline for full applications, by invitation only. In six single-spaced pages, please describe: • the bioethics problem to be addressed and its significance • the methods / approach / conceptual framework to be employed. If the proposal is to analyze a bioethics problem, describe key ideas in your analysis. Reviewers will give particular attention to whether the applicants are thinking about the problem they propose to study in an innovative and rigorous manner • how the proposed project is innovative and goes beyond the current work on the problem • why the results of the project are likely to have a real-world impact • names of the proposed research team. Please attach copies of CV's (no more than 3 pages each, highlighting publications relevant to the this application) of the two main investigators (or mentee and mentor). • the amount and duration of funding requested. • Attach a peer-reviewed publication that best illustrates the team's ability to carry out a mentored or collaborative bioethics project. Monday, October 7, 2013 - After the first stage of review, the most competitive applications will be asked to submit a formal proposal through their Contracts and Grants office, including a budget and budget justification and current IRS determination letter. Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - Announcement of awards, with funding to be sent to grantee institutions before the end of 2013, if possible. We will fund another cycle of grants in Spring 2014. The deadline to submit email inquiries to for the next cycle will be Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Spotlight on a Modality: Oral Probiotics NCCAM

National Institutes of Health N C C A M: Part of the National Institutes of Health. N I H: Turning Discovery Into HealthClinical Digest July 2013 for health professionals Lactobacillus acidophilus © humonia Spotlight on a Modality: Oral Probiotics Probiotics are live microorganisms (e.g., bacteria) that are either the same as or similar to microorganisms found naturally in the human body and may be beneficial to health. Probiotics are available to consumers in oral products such as dietary supplements and yogurts, as well as other products such as suppositories and creams. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any health claims for probiotics. There is mounting evidence that probiotics can have beneficial effects on human health. Possible mechanisms under active investigation include altering the intestinal “microecology” (e.g., reducing harmful organisms in the intestine), producing antimicrobial compounds (substances that destroy or suppress the growth of microorganisms), and stimulating the body’s immune response. Probiotics commonly used in the United States include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. There are many specific types of bacteria within each of these two broad groups, and health benefits associated with one type may not hold true for others. This issue of the digest provides information on what the science says about probiotics, with an emphasis on oral products. Read more » What the Science Says: Spotlight on a Modality: Oral Probiotics Learn what current research has to say about: Bullet Scientific Evidence Bullet Side Effects and Risks Bullet Talking With Your Patients About Probiotics Read more » Additional Resources Bullet Clinical Practice Guidelines Bullet Scientific Literature Bullet Research Spotlights Bullet For Your Patients Bullet Time to Talk Tips: 5 Things To Know About Probiotics Visit NCCAM's website to read the full issue of this month's Clinical Digest Follow NCCAM on:

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellowship PhRMA Foundation Grants Program

Call for Applications: Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellowship, 2014-2016 Posted: 16 Jul 2013 09:30 AM PDT Call for Applications: Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellowship, 2014-2016 Petrie-Flom Center (PFC) — A Harvard center dedicated to interdisciplinary research and debate of cutting-edge issues in health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics. The Academic Fellowship is a postdoctoral program specifically designed to identify, cultivate, and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics, and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years at the Center pursuing publishable research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of health law policy, medical innovation policy, or bioethics. STIPEND AND BENEFITS: Fellows have access to a wide range of resources offered by Harvard University. The Center provides each fellow with a private office, a research budget, options for health insurance, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. ELIGIBILITY: By the start of the fellowship term, applicants must hold an advanced degree in a discipline that they intend to apply to issues falling under the Center’s umbrella. The Center particularly encourages applications from those who intend to pursue careers as tenure-track law professors, but will consider any applicant who demonstrates an interest and ability to produce outstanding scholarship at the intersection of law and health policy, bioethics, or biotechnology during the term of the fellowship. Applicants will be evaluated by the quality and probable significance of their research proposals, and by their record of academic and professional achievement. APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted from September 16, 2013 through November 18, 2013. Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy Biotechnology and Bioethics Harvard Law School 23 Everett Street, 3rd Floor Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: 617-496-4662 Email: PhRMA Foundation Grants Program Posted: 16 Jul 2013 08:56 AM PDT PhRMA Foundation Grants Program Over the past 48 years, the PhRMA Foundation has helped thousands of scientists advance their careers and has inspired new generations to enter biopharmaceutical research. The early-career support provided by the PhRMA Foundation has been a catalyst for our scientists to become leaders in their organizations and fields. Our programs help build a larger pool of highly-trained researchers to meet the growing needs of academic institutions, the government and the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry. The PhRMA Foundation funds scientists at critical points in their research careers to support and reward innovation in disciplines essential to the development of safe and effective medicines. The PhRMA Foundation offers competitive pre and post doctoral fellowships, sabbatical fellowships, and research starter grants to advance science in pharmacology, toxicology, informatics, pharmaceutics, and health outcomes. The Foundation also offers a Comparative Effectiveness Research Center of Excellence Award. PhRMA Foundation award recipients will continue to play an instrumental role in substantial achievements in medicine for the benefit of public health and ultimately the patient. Adherence Improvement Young Investigator Grant Program (Deadline: September 1, 2013) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award Research Starter Grant Pharmacology/Toxicology (Deadline: September 1, 2013) Pre Doctoral Fellowship Post Doctoral Fellowship Sabbatical Fellowship Research Starter Grant Informatics (Deadline: September 1, 2013) Pre Doctoral Fellowship Post Doctoral Fellowship Sabbatical Fellowship Research Starter Grant Pharmaceutics (Deadline: September 1, 2013) Pre Doctoral Fellowship Post Doctoral Fellowship Sabbatical Fellowship Research Starter Grant PhRMA Foundation 950 F Street, N.W. Suite 300 Washington, DC 20004 Telephone: 202-572-7756 Fax: 202-572-7799

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for reproductive problems.

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Ethnic uses of medicinal plants from thirty eight villages in India for gynecological care

Authors: Manisha P Mangulkar,Madhushree M Routh,Ravikumar B Shinde



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by MP Mangulkar - 2012 - Related articles
Ethnic uses of medicinal plants from thirty eight villages in India for gynecological care. / Asian Journal of Traditional Medicines, 2012, 7(6). Reviews.

Monday, 15 July 2013

sold my first bag

I sold my first bag - it is like the one below. It is going off to France and I am pleased. I gave one away to be auctioned for a Foundation so this is my first real sale. I am surprised at the slow sales. One woman wanted to pay under $3.00 for one of the big ones and said I was talented. I thought to myself that if I was talented she would be telling me that she was buying more to give as gifts or resell and that she was paying too little. small drawstring bag 12 inches X 10 inches X 7 by Ecohippychic via @Etsy

Friday, 12 July 2013

American Botanical Council website free offer till July 15

American Botanical Council website invites you try out the entire website for free, now through Monday, July 15, at 11:59 PM EDT. You can log in here or go to and in the top right hand corner log in using your regular user name and password:

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Crooked Timber follows up on Twitter tennis Bartoli bullying

Perceived looks matter more than sports accomplishments, naturally by Eszter Hargittai on July 10, 2013 Here is a helpful compilation of extremely disgusting comments that Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli received on Twitter. That post does a good job of highlighting some of the ways in which these reactions have been sexist, misogynistic, offensive and plain dumb. Go take a look, seriously, I can’t do the vitriol of the commentary justice. What I thought I would do, however, is follow up with the Twitter accounts of some of the people quoted, not by contacting anyone, simply by looking them up. I wanted to see whether being featured in such a post had any effect on them, and also to get some context. Not surprisingly, several have deleted the quoted tweets from their accounts. It is almost more surprising that some have not. Some have made their Twitter accounts private and others have altogether deleted them. One of the things that I find fascinating in all this is how many people decided to make such hateful and stupid comments publicly under seemingly their own name. And hey, in some ways that’s a public service. But it does seem to add another layer of crazy. (As someone who studies people’s Internet uses and skills including privacy and reputation issues, I’m not surprised by this, but I do think it’s worthy of mention. It’s also why I’m now working with Brayden King on a book about reputation management in the digital age although in some ways I’d rather have people like this come right out about their ignorance with whatever repercussions follow.) Another interesting aspect of the inane tweets is that in many cases several people have decided to favorite and retweet them. (I realize favoriting could function as bookmarking for later perusal, but I suspect favoriting in most of these cases means an up-vote.) So let’s examine the commentators’ Twitter accounts in the order in which they appear in that post a couple of days after the compilation was published. I only had time to transcribe a dozen or so. There’s painfully more where this came from. Danwatt8’s featured tweet stating “Bartoli looks like she’s a cross between man and ape. #NotAWimbledonBabe” no longer seems to be on his account, but another one is. Will Showers has decided to protect his tweets. I guess he doesn’t want his name linked to the following comment he made: “Someone as ugly and unattractive as Bartoli doesn’t deserve to win“. Damian Ristović deleted the featured tweet that stated: “Female tennis is useless, I’ve never seen a disgusting champion like Bartoli.”, but kept this one: “Lisicki should be able to beat this ogre come on“. He also went on to defend his comments and yell at some people who dared send a critical tweet his way. Max Bateman no longer seems to have the account that stated the following: “I wanted Lisiki to win because Bartoli is ugly & she looks like she’s covered her face & hair in Bertolli, oily faced French bitch.” Rudi Taylor seems to have decided to get off Twitter as well. I guess he figured being associated with the following quote wouldn’t be beneficial: “Marion Bartoli is a fat ugly smelly little slut“. London’s Stifler has kept the offensive “Bartoli you fat shit. I don’t want an ugly bitch to win” up on his account and has even pointed people to the Tumblr post where his comment is featured in addition to engaging with responses in the same style as his original post. Ellis Keddie’s post stating “How is bartoli a professional athelete and fat as fuck” is still available. He’s received some responses and has replied as one might expect. User Suman under account sumandutta had shared the following: “Feeling for the trophy presenters who had to exchange kisses with the fat ugly sweaty pig Bartoli.” Maybe upon reflection Suman decided this was not an ideal use of Twitter as that account no longer has any tweets on it. Cameron Shulak had added the following observation: “bartoli is too ugly to win wimbledon“, a tweet no longer on his account. Ironically, however, he seems to have retweeted the following just a day before his insightful observation about sports: “Life’s much more enjoyable when you look for the beauty in everything/everyone rather than the flaws #justsayin”. Go figure! Kurt Hopkins doesn’t seem to be embarrassed by his tweet stating: “That’s it Bartoli, there’s your plate, now get back in the kitchen and make everyone a sandwich #wimbledon” as it’s still on his account. In fact, he’s engaged in quite a bit of back-and-forth with some responses. User TallTyrionLannister added this to the conversation: “Fuck off Bartoli you fat greasy bitch” and went on to defend it in a subsequent exchange. He also had additional insightful tweets: “Gwan Lisicki, smash that French bitch.“, “Bartoli is such an ugly twat.“, “Fuck off, Bartoli“, “Lisicki is so lovely, can’t believe this greasy haired twat is battering her. Leave her alone.” Rhys Quinn’s account no longer has the tweet stating “Bartoli ate 37 tennis balls before playing her tennis match for her source of energy! #whale“, but has some responses that were likely a follow-up such as: “@SeanCaio7 she’s near the same size as you ye fat cunt”. Alex Wilkie’s account stating “Bartoli stopp fist pumping every time you win a point.. You ugly French fuck. #wimbledon” no longer exists. Ben Ledger’s deep contribution is no longer on his account: “Wondering what would bounce better the balls or Bartoli #Wimbledon #fatty“. That’s it for now. I wish I had time to follow up on more of the accounts included in the Tumblr post. If you’re so inclined, please feel free to do so and please share. It’s not reasonable or necessary to rank the level of crazy in these tweets, but note that the above examples only scratch the surface.

15-year-old Malala has dared to campaign for girls education in Pakistan

Dear friends, The Taliban shot 15-year-old Malala in the head for her education activism. But she survived, helped win education for all girls in Pakistan, and will address the UN in 3 days asking leaders to agree to put every child on the planet in school, a shockingly achievable goal. Let's stand with her, and call for education for all: Sign the petition The young women were heading home from college in Pakistan when the Taliban firebombed their school bus, burning 14 of them alive. The survivors were rushed to the hospital, where another bomb went off, injuring their friends and the nurses who came to help. Sometimes out of the deepest darkness come our brightest lights. In the face of this horror, 15-year-old Malala has dared to campaign for girls education in Pakistan. She was shot in the head for it last year, but she survived, and with almost 1 million of us behind her, she helped win a new government policy to put all Pakistani girls in school! But she's not stopping there. On Friday, Malala will speak at the UN to propose a new global goal: to put every child on the planet in school. Her request is shockingly doable -- with experts saying it would cost the same as just two nuclear power plants! In the next 72 hours, let's show world leaders that Malala has millions of us behind her as she appeals to them to act, and turn Taliban horror into powerful new hope -- education for all: Malala will present our campaign to the UN Secretary General on Friday, and work with an army of youth delegates around the globe to lobby the UN Security Council to pass a resolution recognizing the global education crisis and listing concrete steps to promote education for all. Then we'll help them take the message to capitals around the world, until governments write cheques and change policies. Here are top lines from the plan: guarantee equality for girls and marginalized youth disproportionately denied education provide rigorous training for teachers increase education funding with higher aid from donors and all countries better targeting their spending to close the gaps and guarantee every child has at least 9 years education Getting every child into school may sound ambitious, but it's actually entirely achievable with a moderate increase in international financial support of $26 billion, and will yield massive benefits for the future peace and prosperity of our world. Let's seize this moment and momentum, and make it happen: When Malala was shot, our community rallied to her support and helped build an effective strategy to advance her cause, working closely with the UN Envoy on Education, Gordon Brown, to press the Pakistani government to announce a stipend programme to get all kids into school. Let's do it again now, and make the Malala magic work across the world. With hope and determination, Mia, Diego, Ricken, Alex, Anne, Dalia, Pascal, Wen-Hua and the entire Avaaz team PS - Many Avaaz campaigns are started by members of our community! Start yours now and win on any issue - local, national or global: MORE INFORMATION: Reductions in Aid Jeopardise Schooling for Millions of Children (Huffington post) Drop in aid for primary schools puts education MDG at risk (The Guardian) Poorly-educated worst off in economic crisis (EU observer) Malala's global voice stronger than ever (CNN) Education For All Global Monitoring Report (UNESCO) The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want Gordon Brown: Malala’s Fight for Girls’ Education in Pakistan Continues (The Daily Beast)

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Differences In Alzheimer’s Disease ENTER THE CHALLENGE $100,000 IN PRIZES Differences In Alzheimer’s Disease ENTER THE CHALLENGE $100,000 IN PRIZES! Proposals will be accepted through August 31, 2013 The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge focuses on the need to better understand gender-based differences in Alzheimer’s disease progression and its impact on early cognitive decline. In heart disease, men and women present differently for both diagnosis and treatment. Is the same true for Alzheimer’s disease? Do women get Alzheimer’s more than men, even after correcting for longer lifespan? In what ways does the disease appear to affect them differently? Rigorous and critical investigation is needed to set the direction for future research on key aspects of Alzheimer’s, including: Disease progression Biologic biomarkers such as beta amyloid and tau proteins Effectiveness of brain imaging technologies in diagnosis Genetic risk factors Bioenergetic systems Penetration of the blood brain barrier for transport of medicines Performance on cognitive and functional tests The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge is the second in a series of open-source competitions engaging multi-disciplinary teams to develop NEW THINKING—new theoretical hypotheses, novel wireless technologies and cost-effective applications, to help accelerate earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis and recruit asymptomatic populations for prevention trials. Click here to read the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge Press Release - See more at:

posts about tennis A woman, but not tall, skinny and blonde? July 9, 2013 Filed under: beauty,sports — Monkey @ 5:07 pm … then how dare you win Wimbledon! Another face-palm moment from the intarwebz. What is wrong with people? First British Wimbledon Champ in 77 Years? July 8, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized — jennysaul @ 2:40 pm That’s what the headlines are saying. But…. Chloe Angyal: “Murray is indeed the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years unless you think women are people” For more, go here (Thanks, C!)

Call for Nominations: Health Services Research Impact Award

Call for Nominations: Health Services Research Impact Award Posted: 09 Jul 2013 08:42 AM PDT Call for Nominations: Health Services Research Impact Award AcademyHealth requests nominations of health services research that has made a positive impact on health policy and/or practice. The lead researcher of the winning impact will receive $2,000, and the research will be disseminated widely as part of AcademyHealth's ongoing efforts to promote the field of health services research and communicate its value for health care decision-making. The award will be announced at the 2014 National Health Policy Conference, held February 3-4, and the winner will receive complimentary registration, travel and lodging to the conference. The deadline for submissions is August 31. Eligibility Criteria Research may be published or unpublished, a single study or a body of work, the work of an individual or a team. Time frame for when the research was conducted is open, but the impact should have occurred recently. Nominators and nominees are not required to be AcademyHealth members Self-nominations will be accepted. Selection Criteria Each nomination will be evaluated on: Quality of research; Effectiveness of research dissemination and translation approach; and Impact of the research.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

InspireHealth Research Updates for July 2013

Research Updates for July 2013

Dear Reader,

In this issue:
  • Wagner et al. found that oral vitamin D administered before radical prostatectomy was beneficial for men with prostate cancer.
  • Jagielski et al. found that not all women consider themselves "survivors" of breast cancer, and this may impact follow-up counselling and care.
  • Bokmand and Flyger found that acupuncture was safe and effective in relieving hot flashes and sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer.
  • Babaee and colleagues found that Calendula mouthwash significantly decreased radiation-induced oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer.
  • Wyatt et al. found that reflexology improved the quality of life of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy.
  • Hamad and colleagues concluded that probiotic supplements can be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of radiation-induced diarrhea.
  • Hoffman et al. reported that a home-based, light intensity exercise intervention (walking and balance exercises) was beneficial for lung cancer patients experiencing cancer-related fatigue.
  • Mutrie and associates found that a supervised exercise intervention with a discussion about behaviour change techniques can have long-term benefits for breast cancer survivors.
  • Lavretsky et al. studied the effect of yogic meditation on mental health, cognitive functioning and immune cell telomerase activity of family caregivers of dementia patients.
In our study of the month, Durant and associates found that in online communities, men prefer to socialize in larger, interconnected less-intimate groups, whereas women tend to form fewer, more intimate connections.



Monday, 8 July 2013

Call for Nominations: 2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize

Call for Nominations: 2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Posted: 25 Jun 2013 10:00 AM PDT Call for Nominations: 2014 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize The Warren Alpert Foundation Prize recognizes one or more scientists whose scientific achievements have led to the prevention, cure or treatment of human diseases or disorders, and/or whose research constitutes a seminal scientific finding that holds great promise of ultimately changing our understanding of and/or ability to treat disease. The $250,000 Prize is open to scientists, physicians, and researchers from any country. Nominations must be received by November 1, 2013. Prize recipients are selected by the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee, comprising internationally renowned biomedical scientists and chaired by Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, the Dean of Harvard Medical School. The recipient of the 2014 Prize must be available to attend the Warren Alpert Foundation Scientific Symposium at Harvard Medical School on Thursday, October 2, 2014. If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact Edward Canton:

Friday, 5 July 2013

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Organic Consumers Association ‘O No’ You Don’t, Safeway

‘O No’ You Don’t, Safeway


Organic Consumers Association

TAKE ACTION: Just Say ‘O No!’ to Safeway’s O Organics™ Brand!

Nope. You’re not fooling us, Safeway, with your O Organics™ brand products. We know you’d love to cash in on the growing market for organics, but you’ll have to do it without us. Why? Because you run with a bad crowd.
That’s right. Safeway is a dues-paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), that slimy trade group that donated $2 million last year to kill Proposition 37, the California initiative to label GMOs. The grocery chain also recently gave $472,500 to the campaign that wants to defeat a similar initiative, I-522 in Washington State. What’s more, Safeway won’t join the more than 4,000 supermarkets in the U.S. that have pledged to refuse to sell genetically engineered seafood if the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approves it.
It’s time to take to the phones, facebook pages and twitter accounts and tell Safeway: We won’t buy your O Organics products until you pull out of the GMA, make a donation to the I-522 GMO labeling campaign in Washington, and pledge not to sell genetically engineered seafood in your stores.
TAKE ACTION: Just Say ‘O No!’ to Safeway’s O Organics™ Brand!
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