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  • March 25, 2010
  • 09:35 AM
  • 880 views

How Men Respond to Sexual Victimisation

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Weiss (2008) discusses some of the similarities and differences in how women and men experience sexual victimisation. That includes the fact that men are less likely to report having been abused to police, their emphasis on fighting back against male perpetrators, and in certain situations, blaming alcohol for their temporary loss of masculine control. ... Read more »

  • March 25, 2010
  • 08:00 AM
  • 592 views

To Nano or not to Nano…

by Elements Team in Elements

By: Rosemary Stephen PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM, Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence

When I hear the word “nanoparticles” I think about science fiction where nanobots are injected into someone to cause disease, to cure a disease or to allow the hero to become super human. I have been reluctant to know [...]... Read more »

Rosemary Stephen, PMed, (cert) EOH, IPM. (2010) To Nano or not to Nano. Elements: Environmental Health Intelligence. info:/

  • March 25, 2010
  • 06:46 AM
  • 677 views

Storms and climate change

by Andy Russell in Our Clouded Hills

I’ve been pretty distracted recently with the Institute of Physics issue. I’ll hopefully draw that chapter to a close in the next couple of weeks (it looks like the IoP are going to stick their head in the sand and wait for it to blow over) but right now I’m bringing my current project [...]... Read more »

Russell, A., Vaughan, G., Norton, E., Morcrette, C., Browning, K., & Blyth, A. (2008) Convective inhibition beneath an upper-level PV anomaly. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 134(631), 371-383. DOI: 10.1002/qj.214  

RUSSELL, A., VAUGHAN, G., NORTON, E., RICKETTS, H., MORCRETTE, C., HEWISON, T., BROWNING, K., & BLYTH, A. (2009) Convection forced by a descending dry layer and low-level moist convergence. Tellus A, 61(2), 250-263. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0870.2008.00382.x  

  • March 25, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 995 views

Weight ain't about exercise.

by Yoni Freedhoff in Weighty Matters

Not sure how many more posts will have the same title but yet another study has come out that suggests exercise doesn't have a tremendous impact on weight.This study, out of Harvard, tracked 34,000 women for 13 years and monitored their weight and their exercising.Only 13% of the women didn't gain weight over the course of those 13 years and those women began the study at a healthy weight and exercised on average an hour a day.For women who began the study overweight, no amount of exercise was s........ Read more »

I-Min Lee, Luc Djoussé, Howard D. Sesso, Lu Wang, & Julie E. Buring. (2010) Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention. Journal of the American Medical Association, 303(12), 1173-1179. info:/

  • March 25, 2010
  • 05:00 AM
  • 871 views

Predicting the performance of plant restoration

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

To help address some of the uncertainty with ecological restoration, researchers have developed a model for predicting restoration performance based on genetic and geographic distance between a plant source location and the project site...... Read more »

  • March 25, 2010
  • 12:35 AM
  • 838 views

Pallimed Cited in the NEJM; Pallimed Readers Stand Up!

by Christian Sinclair, MD in Pallimed: a Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog

I am very pleased to announce that Pallimed has officially been cited in the New England Journal of Medicine! (members only).

The letter to the editor was written by my colleague at the University of Kansas, Lindy Landzaat, DO (a 2009 Harvard HPM Fellowship grad) based on Drew's post about Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD).  This came about because I knew of Lindy's interest in LVAD's since she had presented at the 2009 Case Conference in Austin on the topic, and encou........ Read more »

Landzaat, L, Sinclair, CT, & Rosielle, D. (2010) Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device. New England Journal of Medicine. info:/

  • March 24, 2010
  • 09:57 PM
  • 1,400 views

Prospective Memory in ASD

by Maria P. in noustuff

Prospective Memory (PM or ProM- I’ll be using the term PM) is defined as a number of functions that enable a person to carry out an intended act after a delay (Burgess et al., 2001). A significant number (50–80%) of all everyday memory problems are, at least in part, PM problems (Kliegel & Martin, 2003). [...]... Read more »

Altgassen, M., Schmitz-Hübsch, M., & Kliegel, M. (2009) Event-based prospective memory performance in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2(1), 2-8. DOI: 10.1007/s11689-009-9030-y  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 08:43 PM
  • 705 views

Don’t miss Bill

by CJA Bradshaw in ConservationBytes

Yes, yes, I know I’ve posted only a little under two weeks ago that the venerable William (Bill) Laurance is coming to Adelaide, and anyone even remotely interested in biodiversity conservation would be a fool to miss his talks, and ra, ra, ra…
Well, you would be.
However, I don’t want anyone to miss this opportunity simply [...]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 07:22 PM
  • 1,367 views

Megarachne, the Giant Spider That Wasn't

by Laelaps in Laelaps



Megarachne, (changed to Mesothelae for broadcast) restored as an enormous spider in the series Before the Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters.





Imagine that you are are standing in a massive junkyard with the remains of cars strewn all about you. A few are relatively complete, but most of the heap is made up of bits and pieces of models from the entire history of automotive innovation. If you were to reach down and pick up one of the scraps, would you be able to tell the make and model of the........ Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 07:22 PM
  • 833 views

Voodoo and Type II: Debate between Piotr Winkielman and Matt Lieberman

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

"Voodoo correlations in social neuroscience" was the original title of a paper that first caused a stir in late December 2008, when a manuscript accepted by Perspectives on Psychological Science was made available on the authors' websites. Vul, Harris, Winkielman, and Pashler produced a "bombshell of a paper" that questioned the implausibly high correlations observed in some fMRI studies in the field of Social Neuroscience. Ed Vul et al. surveyed the authors of 54 papers to determine the an........ Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 06:55 PM
  • 2,009 views

newsflash: most of missing universe found

by Greg Fish in weird things


The universe as we know it is mostly empty, with light years separating most stars and great voids stretching for millions of light years between large galaxies. But there was also a major chunk of the universe missing, a chunk to the tune of 90% which physics said should be there and yet, no telescope [...]... Read more »

Hayes, M., Östlin, G., Schaerer, D., Mas-Hesse, J., Leitherer, C., Atek, H., Kunth, D., Verhamme, A., de Barros, S., & Melinder, J. (2010) Escape of about five per cent of Lyman-α photons from high-redshift star-forming galaxies. Nature, 464(7288), 562-565. DOI: 10.1038/nature08881  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 06:29 PM
  • 614 views

Seducing Scientists into Science Communication

by Darcy Cowan in Skepticon

When it comes to science communication I (and I assume many of the bloggers I am aware of though I’d rather not put words in their mouths) do so because of a perceived lack in the mainstream media (MSM). Along with this is a frustration with the amount of unscientific thinking among the general public, [...]... Read more »

Van Eperen, L., Marincola, F., & Strohm, J. (2010) Bridging the divide between science and journalism. Journal of Translational Medicine, 8(1), 25. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-8-25  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 06:27 PM
  • 645 views

How Blind is Double-Blind?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

There's a rather timely article in the current American Journal of Psychiatry: Assuring That Double-Blind Is Blind.Generally, when the list of the authors' conflicts of interest (550 words) is nearly as long as the text of the paper (740 words), it's not a good sign, but this one isn't bad. Perlis et al remind us that if you do a double-blind placebo controlled trial:The blind may be compromised in a variety of ways, however, beginning with differences in medication taste or smell. Of partic........ Read more »

Perlis RH, Ostacher M, Fava M, Nierenberg AA, Sachs GS, & Rosenbaum JF. (2010) Assuring that double-blind is blind. The American journal of psychiatry, 167(3), 250-2. PMID: 20194487  

Moncrieff J, Wessely S, & Hardy R. (2004) Active placebos versus antidepressants for depression. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). PMID: 14974002  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 05:44 PM
  • 623 views

Heavy drinking tonight won’t affect exam scores tomorrow

by Jacob Aron in Just A Theory


Students and alcohol are never far apart, but most manage to hold off the booze when they’ve got an important test the next morning. Now it seems they needn’t worry, as researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health have found that combining last-minute revision with a couple of beers isn’t a problem. Heavy [...]... Read more »

Howland, J., Rohsenow, D., Greece, J., Littlefield, C., Almeida, A., Heeren, T., Winter, M., Bliss, C., Hunt, S., & Hermos, J. (2010) The effects of binge drinking on college students' next-day academic test-taking performance and mood state. Addiction, 105(4), 655-665. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02880.x  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 04:56 PM
  • 1,436 views

Weak link in TB bacteria cell wall

by geekheartsscience in geek!

The Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein LdtM2, involved in making “nonclassical” crosslinks in the bacterial cell wall, is required for virulence and antibiotic resistance. The study results, published online in Nature Medicine, could help identify new treatment combinations to tackle chronic tuberculosis infections.
Tuberculosis is a major global health threat. Drug resistance in TB is becoming a monumental [...]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 03:34 PM
  • 980 views

Symptoms, Suffering, Parents and Pediatric Palliative Care in End-Stage Cancer, Part 2

by Brian McMichael, MD in Pallimed: a Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog

On an Australian study of retrospective cross-sectional surveys of parents whose children died of cancer at least one year previously.... Read more »

Heath JA, Clarke NE, Donath SM, McCarthy M, Anderson VA, & Wolfe J. (2010) Symptoms and suffering at the end of life in children with cancer: an Australian perspective. The Medical journal of Australia, 192(2), 71-5. PMID: 20078405  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 03:28 PM
  • 872 views

Chronic back pain – when research comes out of the blue

by Lorimer Moseley in BodyInMind

Something potentially amazing just happened. I’m not being flippant, a randomised controlled trial (RCT: still the only research method that can genuinely tell whether a treatment works) from China has just produced results in chronic back pain that can only be described as amazing. The temptation is to say “unbelievable”. This trial published in the [...]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2010
  • 01:46 PM
  • 494 views

More on future-proofing germplasm collections

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

A reply to Walck & Dixon from Brian Forde-Lloyd, Nigel Maxted and Luigi Guarino.
In Walck and Dixon’s opinion (Nature 462: 721, 2009) it’s ‘time to future-proof plants in storage’, but how novel and useful is this idea? Few would argue with the principle that we need to maximise the range of genetic diversity conserved ex [...]... Read more »

Walck, J., & Dixon, K. (2009) Time to future-proof plants in storage. Nature, 462(7274), 721-721. DOI: 10.1038/462721a  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 01:12 PM
  • 1,076 views

Drinking Doesn't Decimate Test Scores

by Christie Wilcox in Observations of a Nerd

The latest study from Boston University has college students everywhere popping open a brewski and saying "I told you so." Researchers found that getting drunk the night before a test had no effect on the student's performance, although it left them feeling rotten on test day.

What college student hasn't chosen to blow off last minute studying in favor of a few drinks? Binge drinking is common on U.S. campuses, and the effects of such behavior on the student's performance are poorly understood......... Read more »

Howland, J., Rohsenow, D., Greece, J., Littlefield, C., Almeida, A., Heeren, T., Winter, M., Bliss, C., Hunt, S., & Hermos, J. (2010) The effects of binge drinking on college students' next-day academic test-taking performance and mood state. Addiction, 105(4), 655-665. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02880.x  

  • March 24, 2010
  • 11:31 AM
  • 1,633 views

Physical Activity Reduces the Risk fo Childhood Fat Gain

by Travis Saunders, MSc in Obesity Panacea

Over the next few months, Peter and I will be re-posting some of our favourite posts from our Obesity Panacea archives.  The following article was originally posted on December 2, 2009.



Image by Mike Baird.



There is a surprising amount of controversy about the ability of physical activity to prevent the development of obesity. Sure, obese individuals tend to perform less physical activity than their lean counterparts, but that doesn't prove causation. And almost every week it seems th........ Read more »

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