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ASN FAQ re Ebola and dialysis
ASN (October 24): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Ebola Virus Disease and Dialysis Ebola virus disease (EVD) can result in shock and multiorgan failure, and has been associated with mortality rates exceeding 70%. In many cases, acute kidney injury (AKI) and kidney failure will develop during the disease course. Here, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) provides an overview of considerations for nephrology health professionals who may care for patients infected with Ebola virus.

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CDC guidlines for dialyzing patients with Ebola virus infection
CDC: The purpose of this document is to convey information to hospital-based dialysis providers to help them safely perform renal replacement therapy (hemodialysis) in persons confirmed to have Ebola virus disease (Ebola). Acute renal failure requiring renal replacement therapy can occur in critically ill patients infected with Ebola virus. The recommendations and information below are specific for hemodialysis and should be implemented with the precautions described in the document entitled, "Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals".

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Harvard scientists produce insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells on a large scale.
Silicon Republic: The team of stem cell researchers led by Dr Doug Melton have produced, for the first time, human insulin-producing beta cells on the massive scale necessary for cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes.

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Off topic: Levi, Foschi, Hoeistad, and Essen: Abundant heat production...
New results are presented from an extended experimental investigation of anomalous heat production in a special type of reactor tube operating at high temperatures. The reactor, named E-Cat, is charged with a small amount of hydrogen-loaded nickel powder plus some additives, mainly Lithium. The reaction is primarily initiated by heat from resistor coils around the reactor tube. Measurements of the radiated power from the reactor were performed with high-resolution thermal imaging cameras. The measurements of electrical power input were performed with a large bandwidth three-phase power analyzer. Data were collected during 32 days of running in March 2014. The reactor operating point was set to about 1260 ºC in the first half of the run, and at about 1400 °C in the second half. The measured energy balance between input and output heat yielded a COP factor of about 3.2 and 3.6 for the 1260 ºC and 1400 ºC runs, respectively. The total net energy obtained during the 32 days run was about 1.5 MWh. This amount of energy is far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.

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Off topic: One million times the energy density of gasoline.
Extreme Tech: To put this into perspective, the E-Cat tested by the researchers has an energy density of 1.6×10^9 Wh/kg and power density of 2.1×10^6 W/kg. This is orders (plural) of magnitude higher than anything else ever tested — somewhere in the region of 100 times more power than the best supercapacitors, and maybe a million times more energy than gasoline. In the words of the researchers, “These values place the E-Cat beyond any other known conventional source of energy.”

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