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  • June 24, 2015
  • 10:30 AM
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Video Tip of the Week: handy way to make citations quickly

by Mary in OpenHelix

This is not a typical tip–where we explore the features and details of bioinformatics tools. But it’s one of those handy little features that may make your life easier. It’s made mine better lately. I had been using the ScienceSeeker citation generator system for creating citations that would then aggregate to either ScienceSeeker or ResearchBlogging. But ScienceSeeker’s model recently changed. And ResearchBlogging’s support and stability is…well, uneven.... Read more »

  • June 24, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
  • 56 views

Going for a Song? The Price of Pet Birds

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

The price of birds for sale in pet stores in Taiwan sheds light on legal (and illegal) trade, with consequences for native wildlife. Taiwan is an interesting place to study birds. Songbirds are kept for singing competitions, and there is a tradition of taking caged birds out for a walk (‘bird walking’). As in other Asian countries, birds and other animals are set free in order to make merit (prayer release), potentially adding significantly to the numbers of alien birds living wild. The........ Read more »

  • June 24, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 72 views

The CPU In Your Head

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

It’s hard to believe, but part of your brain – the part that controls your body systems – actually comes from your mouth! What’s more, that same part of the brain talks to cells in your lungs that can smell what you breathe in and may have something to do with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.... Read more »

Gu, X., Karp, P., Brody, S., Pierce, R., Welsh, M., Holtzman, M., & Ben-Shahar, Y. (2014) Chemosensory Functions for Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Cells. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 50(3), 637-646. DOI: 10.1165/rcmb.2013-0199OC  

  • June 24, 2015
  • 07:25 AM
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Gut Microbiome May Influence Our Behavior and Long Term Memory

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Kathy Magnusson D.V.M., Ph.D Professor Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine Principal Investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Magnusson: There is increasing evidence that the gut microbiome … Continue reading →
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Kathy Magnusson D.V.M., Ph.D Professor, Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine, & Principal Investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute. (2015) Gut Microbiome May Influence Our Behavior and Long Term Memory. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 24, 2015
  • 07:05 AM
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Primary Seat Belt Laws Save Lives

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH Division of Emergency Medicine Boston Children’s Hospital Boston, MA 02115 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause … Continue reading →
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Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH, Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, & Boston, MA 02115. (2015) Primary Seat Belt Laws Save Lives. MedicalResearch.com. info:/http://medicalresearch.com/pediatrics/primary-seat-b…aws-save-lives/15235

  • June 24, 2015
  • 05:09 AM
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New research challenges the idea that willpower is a "limited resource"

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

A popular psychological theory says that your willpower isa "limited resource" like the fuel in your car, but is it wrong?When we use willpower to concentrate or to resist temptation, does it leave us depleted so that we have less self-control left over to tackle new challenges? This is a question fundamental to our understanding of human nature and yet a newly published investigation reveals that psychologists are in open disagreement as to the answer.The idea that willpower is a limited resour........ Read more »

  • June 24, 2015
  • 04:51 AM
  • 75 views

Infant sleep duration a risk factor for autism spectrum behaviours in girls?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

To quote from the study results published by Janet Saenz and colleagues [1] (open-access available here): "less sleep duration in infant girls across a period of 5 days was predictive of higher ASD [autism spectrum disorder] scores on the BITSEA [Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment] in toddlerhood."Based on a sample of 47 children - 29 males and 18 females - researchers initially studied sleep patterns for participants at 3-4 months of age using actigrap........ Read more »

  • June 23, 2015
  • 07:19 PM
  • 13 views

Many Petroleum Product Releases Due To Private Accidents and Damage To Utilities or Lines

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Ayana R. Anderson, MPH Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Large mass casualty gas explosions … Continue reading →
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Ayana R. Anderson, MPH, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, & Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (2015) Many Petroleum Product Releases Due To Private Accidents and Damage To Utilities or Lines. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 06:49 PM
  • 13 views

Few Well Done Studies Support Medical Use of Cannabis

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Penny F. Whiting, PhD School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West at University Hospitals, Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol UK Kleijnen … Continue reading →
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Penny F. Whiting, PhD, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, & The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health. (2015) Few Well Done Studies Support Medical Use of Cannabis. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 06:24 PM
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Mechanism Linking Excess Fructose Intake To Heart Disease Delineated

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Prof. Wilhelm Krek Institute of Molecular Health Sciences Zürich, Switzerland MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Prof. Krek: Fructose and glucose are major components of dietary sugars consumed in the … Continue reading →
The post Mechanism Linking Excess Fructose Intake To Heart Disease Delineated appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Potentially, a surplus of fructose can help trigger the mechanisms increasing cardiac valve disease or high blood pressure. (2015) Mechanism Linking Excess Fructose Intake To Heart Disease Delineated. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 02:50 PM
  • 120 views

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Consciousness — the internal dialogue that seems to govern one’s thoughts and actions — is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than an active force that exerts control, according to a new theory proposed by an SF State researcher.... Read more »

Morsella, E., Godwin, C., Jantz, T., Krieger, S., & Gazzaley, A. (2015) Homing in on Consciousness in the Nervous System: An Action-Based Synthesis. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1-106. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15000643  

  • June 23, 2015
  • 01:40 PM
  • 86 views

Justice system chips away at women’s rights

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Arrests of women increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, a new paper argues. These trends suggest evidence, at least in the justice system, of a “war on women” — a term coined during the 2012 election that refers to attempts to limit women’s rights.... Read more »

  • June 23, 2015
  • 12:43 PM
  • 82 views

The New Way to Track Animals Is Tagless

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish



There's good news for scientists who study animals that are too small to carry a GPS monitor, or that spit ID tags back out through their arms. A setup using an off-the-shelf camera can precisely capture an animal's path in three dimensions—without anyone touching the animal.

Emmanuel de Margerie, who studies animal behavior at the University of Rennes 1 in France, says there are several reasons to seek new animal-tracking technologies. To put a GPS or other kind of tag on an animal, yo........ Read more »

de Margerie E, Simonneau M, Caudal JP, Houdelier C, & Lumineau S. (2015) 3D tracking of animals in the field, using rotational stereo videography. The Journal of experimental biology. PMID: 26056245  

  • June 23, 2015
  • 12:11 PM
  • 86 views

Bipolar Disorder Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

A variety of risk factors have been identified in Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.The risk for dementia following major psychiatric syndromes in mid-life is an important research area.Renate Zilkens and colleagues in Australia recently published an informative study of psychiatric disorders and later dementia risk. This study used a population-based case control methodology.The key elements in the design of this study included the following:Subjects: General population in Western........ Read more »

  • June 23, 2015
  • 07:16 AM
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The curious psychology of verbal mimicry

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

A surprising result: In the study, open-minded participantswere especially likely to adopt their partner's speech-rate When deep in conversation, I sometimes catch myself mimicking my companion; mirroring their body language, echoing their speech. Research suggests there are likely even more of these moments to which I’m oblivious. Luckily, mimicry is a useful habit: for instance, we prefer conversation partners whose speech rates mimic our own to those whose speech is jarringly different........ Read more »

Kurzius, E. (2015) The Extraverted Chameleon. Journal of Individual Differences, 36(2), 80-86. DOI: 10.1027/1614-0001/a000159  

  • June 23, 2015
  • 06:59 AM
  • 65 views

New Skin Rejuvenation Technique Uses Pulsed Electric Fields

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Alexander Golberg Ph.D. Center for Engineering in Medicine Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School, and Shriners Burns Hospital Boston, MA, 02114 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main … Continue reading →
The post New Skin Rejuvenation Technique Uses Pulsed Electric Fields appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Dr. Alexander Golberg Ph.D. Center for Engineering in Medicine, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Shriners Burns Hospital, & Boston, MA, 02114. (2015) New Skin Rejuvenation Technique Uses Pulsed Electric Fields. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 06:47 AM
  • 64 views

Newer Glaucoma Treatments May Be Best For Less Advanced Disease

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Pradeep Ramulu MD MHS PhD Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Wilmer Eye Institute Johns Hopkins University MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Ramulu: Looking at what procedures are used allows … Continue reading →
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Pradeep Ramulu MD MHS PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, & Johns Hopkins University. (2015) Newer Glaucoma Treatments May Be Best For Less Advanced Disease. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 06:35 AM
  • 55 views

Commuter Patterns Can Help Predict Influenza Spread

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Brooke Bozick Ph.D. Candidate Population Biology, Ecology, & Evolution Program Emory University MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response: Previous research at the global scale has shown that air travel is important for the spread … Continue reading →
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Brooke Bozick, Ph.D. Candidate, Population Biology, Ecology, , & Emory University. (2015) Commuter Patterns Can Help Predict Influenza Spread. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • June 23, 2015
  • 05:01 AM
  • 96 views

Toxoplasma seropositivity and pediatric cognitive functions

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

A brief post for you today as I keep a promise made in a previous entry to cover the paper by Angelico Mendy and colleagues [1] who concluded that: "Toxoplasma seropositivity may be associated with reading and memory impairments in school-aged children."Based on the analysis of over 1700 children/young adults aged 12-16 years old "who participated to the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" researchers examined the possibility of a relationship between various psychometri........ Read more »

  • June 22, 2015
  • 06:35 PM
  • 59 views

Oncology Evidence Based On Surrogate Survival May Be Poor

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH Medical Oncology Service, National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Prasad: In medicine, there are two types of endpoints:  clinical endpoints and … Continue reading →
The post Oncology Evidence Based On Surrogate Survival May Be Poor appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews an........ Read more »

Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH, Medical Oncology Service, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, & Bethesda, Maryland. (2015) Oncology Evidence Based On Surrogate Survival May Be Poor. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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