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  • February 26, 2015
  • 03:26 PM
  • 51 views

1% of US Population Accounts for Over 22% of Health Care Costs

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Steven B. Cohen, Ph.D. Director, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Rockville, Maryland 20850 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Dr. Cohen: Health care expenditures represent more than … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Steven B. Cohen, Ph.D. (2015) 1% of US Population Accounts for Over 22% of Health Care Costs. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 03:04 PM
  • 97 views

Dr. Frankenstein might be impressed, the human head transplant

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Sure it sounds like something from the book Frankenstein, but Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group has made it known that he intends to announce at this summer’s American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons meeting, that he believes he has put together a group of techniques that should make it possible to attach a human donor body to a head.... Read more »

  • February 26, 2015
  • 11:02 AM
  • 84 views

Some student-professor pairings lead to "unusually effective teaching" (and it's possible to predict which ones)

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Video trailers can be used to predict whichlecturers are the best teachers, and whichstudents they are especially suited to.In the near future, students could be presented with a series of video trailers of different professors at their university. Based on their ratings of these videos, the students will be paired with the professors who provide the best fit. The outcome will be superior learning, and greater student satisfaction.That's the promise of a new study that asked 145 psychology under........ Read more »

Gross, J., Lakey, B., Lucas, J., LaCross, R., R. Plotkowski, A., & Winegard, B. (2015) Forecasting the student-professor matches that result in unusually effective teaching. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85(1), 19-32. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12049  

  • February 26, 2015
  • 09:21 AM
  • 50 views

Young Women With Heart Attack May Have Confusing Symptoms

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Judith Lichtman, PhD, MPH Associate Professor (with tenure) Chair, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology Yale School of Public Health New Haven, CT 06520-803 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Judith Lichtman, PhD, MPH. (2015) Young Women With Heart Attack May Have Confusing Symptoms. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 08:58 AM
  • 50 views

ADHD Linked To Increased Risk of Accidents and Premature Death

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr Søren Dalsgaard National Centre for Register-based Research Aarhus University Denmark Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: This is the first large-scale prospective study of all-cause-mortality in people … Continue reading →... Read more »

Dr Søren Dalsgaard, National Centre for Register-based Research, & Aarhus University Denmark. (2015) ADHD Linked To Increased Risk of Accidents and Premature Death. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 07:46 AM
  • 53 views

Scientists Complete First Steps Toward Making Sperm and Eggs From Skin Stem Cells

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jacob (Yaqub) Hanna  M.D. Ph.D. Kimmel Investigator | NYSCF Robertson Investigator The Department of Molecular Genetics Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel MedicalResearch: Could this be helpful for any individual with infertility problems?  Dr Hanna: Our research is focused on taking … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Jacob (Yaqub) Hanna M.D. Ph.D. (2015) Scientists Complete First Steps Toward Making Sperm and Eggs From Skin Stem Cells. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 07:28 AM
  • 51 views

Hand Function Restored By Bionic Reconstruction

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Aidan Roche MBBS, PhD, BEng and Prof Oskar C Aszmann MD Director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Restoration of Extremity Function Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department of Surgery Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Aidan Roche MBBS, PhD, BEng and, & Prof Oskar C Aszmann MD. (2015) Hand Function Restored By Bionic Reconstruction. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 02:43 AM
  • 81 views

Carnitine and autism continued

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper from everyone's favourite Saudi - Egyptian autism research tag-team that is Gehan Mostafa and Laila AL-Ayadhi [1] (open-access) on plasma polyunsaturated fatty acids and serum carnitine levels in a cohort of children diagnosed with autism / autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is served up for your reading delight today.Regular readers of this blog might have heard me talk before about the pretty interesting research findings to come from this research partnership (see here and see here........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 11:45 PM
  • 78 views

Operationalizing replicator dynamics and partitioning fitness functions

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

As you know, dear regular reader, I have a rather uneasy relationship with reductionism, especially when doing mathematical modeling in biology. In mathematical oncology, for example, it seems that there is a hope that through our models we can bring a more rigorous mechanistic understanding of cancer, but at the same time there is the […]... Read more »

Archetti, M., Ferraro, D.A., & Christofori, G. (2015) Heterogeneity for IGF-II production maintained by public goods dynamics in neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112(6), 1833-8. PMID: 25624490  

  • February 25, 2015
  • 11:00 PM
  • 58 views

How whales lost their sense of smell and taste

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

Whales are very likeable creatures. They are highly intelligent, sentient and social. But without a doubt, they would make terrible chefs and untrustworthy food critics. It seems that somewhere along the evolutionary path, whales lost their sense of smell and much of their sense of taste.
Baleen whales are some of the largest animals in the world and spend most of their time below the water surface, making them difficult to find and even more difficult to study. The group of Japanese researcher........ Read more »

Kishida, T., Thewissen, J., Hayakawa, T., Imai, H., & Agata, K. (2015) Aquatic adaptation and the evolution of smell and taste in whales. Zoological Letters, 1(1). DOI: 10.1186/s40851-014-0002-z  

  • February 25, 2015
  • 09:46 PM
  • 60 views

Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]... Read more »

Rutjens, B., van Harreveld, F., van der Pligt, J., van Elk, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2014) A march to a better world? Religiosity and the existential function of belief in social-moral progress. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 1-33. DOI: 10.1080/10508619.2014.990345  

  • February 25, 2015
  • 09:28 PM
  • 38 views

C. difficile Most Common Health Care Associated Infection

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Fernanda C. Lessa, M.D., M.P.H. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Lessa: The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile has gone through dramatic … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Fernanda C. Lessa, M.D., M.P.H. (2015) C. difficile Most Common Health Care Associated Infection . MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 25, 2015
  • 03:38 PM
  • 126 views

The food additive that may be promoting obesity and metabolic syndrome

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

People say to avoid processed foods, while I don’t agree with that fully, a new study suggests that a common food additive may be causing problems. Emulsifiers, which are added to most processed foods to aid texture and extend shelf life, can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization to induce intestinal inflammation that promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease and metabolic syndrome.... Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 11:36 AM
  • 93 views

Using the Dead to Interpret Daily Life in Bronze Age Spain

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

I am fascinated by the diversity of ways that humans have approached death and dying throughout our history as a species. Since you’re reading this, I’ll assume you are interested […]... Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 09:41 AM
  • 93 views

Video Tip of the Week: CRISPRdirect for editing tools and off-target information

by Mary in OpenHelix

Genome editing strategies are certainly a hot topic of late. We were astonished at the traffic that the animation of the CRISPR/Cas-9 process recently drew to the blog. There’s a huge amount of potential for novel types of studies and interventions in human disease situations–but I’m already seeing applications in agriculture coming along. There’s an […]... Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 09:30 AM
  • 97 views

Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

As I described in my last post, gamification is often misused and abused, applied in ways and in situations where it is unlikely to do much good. When we deploy new learning technologies, the ultimate goal of that change should always be clear, first and foremost. So how do you actually go about setting that sort of […]The post Examining Evidence for Leaderboards and Learning appeared first on NeoAcademic.Related articles from NeoAcademic:Psychological Theory and Gamification of Learning........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 08:37 AM
  • 62 views

Should mice be used to study the human gut microbiome?

by Isabel Torres in Science in the clouds

In recent years, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts have risen from obscurity to stardom. Hyped press releases claim that probiotics and faecal transplants might one day treat almost everything, from bowel inflictions to obesity. These studies often involve mice, but are these rodents really a suitable model for microbiome research?The gut microbiome has been associated with an ever-growing list of diseases, including obesity, diabetes and even mental disorders such as anxiet........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
  • 66 views

Why You Need to Socialize Your Puppy

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

The importance of socialization can’t be stressed enough.These days, more and more people understand that puppies need to be socialized. But sometimes people wonder, how do we know this? It’s based on classic research in canine science.Many papers contribute to our understanding of puppies. In 1950, J.P. Scott and Mary-‘Vesta Marston published a study of 17 litters, including the earliest age at which they opened their eyes for the first time, began to walk, and engaged in play. They hypot........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2015
  • 08:17 AM
  • 22 views

High Fluoride in Drinking Water May Be Linked To Hypothyroidism

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Professor Stephen Peckham Director, Centre for Health Services Studies Professor of Health Policy Department of Health Services Research and Policy London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Director, Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Professor Stephen Peckham. (2015) High Fluoride in Drinking Water May Be Linked To Hypothyroidism. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 25, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 65 views

Mirroring Evolution

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Heads and symmetric bodies didn’t necessarily evolve at the same time, but we don’t know which was first. Some animals have heads and bilateral bodies, and some have radial bodies and no heads. Are there any in between? Yes, and no, but why would any group of animals lose heads after they had evolved them?... Read more »

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