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  • February 23, 2010
  • 04:55 PM

Should we entrust children to the care of the devoutly religious?

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

The Catholic Church is in the news again - this time in Germany - as a result paedophile priests being outed after years of cover-ups. Traditionally, we have entrusted vulnerable children to the care of the devoutly religious, on the grounds that, of all people, they can be relied upon not to abuse those in their care. Does that assumption hold up? We can't extrapolate too wildly from the particular problems of the Catholic Church, but there are other data out there.So I took a look at the evide........ Read more »

Eshuys, D., & Smallbone, S. (2006) Religious Affiliations Among Adult Sexual Offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 18(3), 279-288. DOI: 10.1007/s11194-006-9020-5  

Stout-Miller, R., Miller, L., & Langenbrunner, M. (1998) Religiosity and Child Sexual Abuse: A Risk Factor Assessment. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 6(4), 15-34. DOI: 10.1300/J070v06n04_02  

  • February 23, 2010
  • 04:51 PM

How close are we to a cure for HIV / AIDS?

by Dave in The Daily Monthly

When I began work on this month’s project, I contacted a clinician, a case manager, and a scientist to get their perspectives on how we’re making progress fighting HIV and AIDS. I’ve introduced you to the clinician and the case manager, but not the scientist.
Dave Wessner doesn’t actually study AIDS, but he’s written a textbook [...]... Read more »

Rerks-Ngarm S, Pitisuttithum P, Nitayaphan S, Kaewkungwal J, Chiu J, Paris R, Premsri N, Namwat C, de Souza M, Adams E.... (2009) Vaccination with ALVAC and AIDSVAX to prevent HIV-1 infection in Thailand. The New England journal of medicine, 361(23), 2209-20. PMID: 19843557  

  • February 23, 2010
  • 03:54 PM

A conflict between exercise and longevity control?

by ouroboros in Ouroboros: Research in the biology of aging

We know that exercise is good for us, and increasingly we’re understanding how it works at the molecular and cellular level: Physical activity boosts levels of heat shock proteins, which help cells resist stress; it also improves mitochondrial function in a manner reminiscent of calorie restriction (CR). Our knowledge is sophisticated enough that we can [...]... Read more »

Fry, C., Glynn, E., Drummond, M., Timmerman, K., Fujita, S., Abe, T., Dhanani, S., Volpi, E., & Rasmussen, B. (2010) Blood flow restriction exercise stimulates mTORC1 signaling and muscle protein synthesis in older men. Journal of Applied Physiology. DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01266.2009  

  • February 23, 2010
  • 03:35 PM

Platelet rich plasma

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

Several months ago, Dr. Val Jones wrote about a growing fad in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The therapy, called platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection, involves taking a small amount of blood from a patient, spinning it down in a centrifuge, and then injecting the plasma component into...somewhere. This treatment is becoming increasingly popular, and can be very lucrative for doctors. But does it work?

Blood platelets are very biologically active particles and plasma is not a bl........ Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 03:18 PM

The Russian Fox Study

by Jason Goldman in The Thoughtful Animal

Last week we explored the effects of household pets – such as cats and dogs – on child development (here). This week we’ll explore the effects of domestication on animals such as dogs and foxes.
Today I want to tell you about one of my most favorite studies, ever, of animals. Are you ready? It’s a [...]... Read more »

Belyaev, DK. (1969) Domestication of animals. Science, 5(1), 47-52. info:/

  • February 23, 2010
  • 01:43 PM

Crime Scene

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Sex offenders are becoming more prevalent in energy-extraction areas

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  • February 23, 2010
  • 01:31 PM

Low back pain: unfit? just not doing much? or something else

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

For as long as I’ve been working in pain management (and probably well before), I’ve heard patients being described as ‘deconditioned’. From what we know about the effects of staying in bed because of illness or injury, it makes sense to think that if a person does very little they will become unfit. [...]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 12:17 PM

Update on malignant melanoma therapies

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

After yesterday's post about the NY Times article on Roche/Plexxikon's PLX4032, a few people wrote and asked about other therapies in development for the treatment of malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and occurs in about...... Read more »

Kirkwood, J., Lorigan, P., Hersey, P., Hauschild, A., Robert, C., McDermott, D., Marshall, M., Gomez-Navarro, J., Liang, J., & Bulanhagui, C. (2010) Phase II Trial of Tremelimumab (CP-675,206) in Patients with Advanced Refractory or Relapsed Melanoma. Clinical Cancer Research, 16(3), 1042-1048. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-09-2033  

  • February 23, 2010
  • 09:00 AM

Meat on a String: A Possible Limit to Corvid Intelligence?

by John Beetham in A DC Birding Blog

Common Raven / USFWS Photo Corvids – crows, ravens, jays, and magpies – are well known to be among the most intelligent of birds. Along with parrots, corvids have been a frequent subject of avian intelligence studies. Experiments have documented problem-solving and tool use, both in the lab and in the wild. Many of the recent experiments have tested intelligence in New Caledonian Crows (Corvus moneduloides), but tests of Ravens (Corvus corax) and Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) have also found pro........ Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 08:11 AM

Information Risk Management

by Jan Husdal in

Openness, partnering, trust and particularly sharing of information has often been cited as one way to reduce supply chain risk. The more you know, and know early enough, the less surprised you may be about unforeseen developments. However, information sharing has its own set of risks. Information risks management in supply chains: an assessment and [ ... ]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

The impact of seismic oil exploration on rainforest wildlife

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

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  • February 23, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Creating vegetation barriers to block the spread of invasive species

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

A new study in the journal Biological Invasions shows that land managers may be able to contain highly invasive annual plants like by establishing barriers of perennial bunchgrasses to block the spread...... Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 03:59 AM

Autism and ADHD as opposites based on fly models?

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

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Regular readers of this blog will know my fascination with autism and psychosis as opponents on a continuum theory . I have already been privately speculating that ADHD in childhood may be a risk factor for Psychosis in later adolescence, especially as both are supposed to have underling dopamine abnormalities, so this new More >Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)

Related posts:cortex maturation: lag, span and thickness: ADHD, Schizophrenia, autism , IQ There is an ar........ Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 02:47 AM

Time Management and Memory

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Time management is often necessary to complete tasks in a give period or sequence. For this you have to weigh the importance of your tasks, which is the most important or urgent. You’ll mostly use some way to organize and remind your tasks (to-do lists), in order to reduce the cognitive load by having to [...]

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Neuroanthropology Wednesday Round Up #82 The new weekly round up at Neu........ Read more »

  • February 23, 2010
  • 01:07 AM

The Flu seasonality

by Atila Iamarino in Influenza A (H1N1) Blog – English

The impression that the flu appears during winter is very common but does it have any real basis?
In a broad way and with many exceptions, infectious diseases may be divided into acute and chronic. The acute infection occurs when the virus quickly infects the host, causes symptoms, is or is not transmitted and the disease [...]... Read more »

Lipsitch, M., & Viboud, C. (2009) Influenza seasonality: Lifting the fog. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(10), 3645-3646. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0900933106  

  • February 23, 2010
  • 12:18 AM

Helping Men Who Batter

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Article by Campbell, et al. (2010) challenges practice orthodoxy by suggesting what changes might need to occur such that men who abuse their partners can be assisted to stop those violent behaviours. ... Read more »

  • February 22, 2010
  • 11:00 PM

Architecture of a bullet-shaped virus

by Vincent Racaniello in virology blog

Since electron micrographs first revealed the bullet-shaped morphology of vesicular stomatitis virus (a virus related to rabies virus), understanding the architecture has been elusive. It was known that the RNA genome is wrapped in a helical structure by the viral nucleocapsid (N) protein, but how this structure was encased by the viral matrix (M) protein [...]... Read more »

Ge, P., Tsao, J., Schein, S., Green, T., Luo, M., & Zhou, Z. (2010) Cryo-EM Model of the Bullet-Shaped Vesicular Stomatitis Virus. Science, 327(5966), 689-693. DOI: 10.1126/science.1181766  

  • February 22, 2010
  • 11:00 PM

DNA Methylation, Glucocorticoid Receptors, and Suicide Risk

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Researchers at McGill have elucidated epigenetic contributions to suicidal attempts in individuals who were abused/neglected during childhood. These individuals have hyper DNA methylation, particularly within the hippocampus. These researchers also discovered that this suicide risk is also potentiated by reduced glucocorticoid receptor expression. ... Read more »

McGowan, P., Sasaki, A., D'Alessio, A., Dymov, S., Labonté, B., Szyf, M., Turecki, G., & Meaney, M. (2009) Epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in human brain associates with childhood abuse. Nature Neuroscience, 12(3), 342-348. DOI: 10.1038/nn.2270  

  • February 22, 2010
  • 08:59 PM

Relics fail!

by Julien Riel-Salvatore in A Very Remote Period Indeed

This exchange between William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk, in The Name of the Rose seems pretty timely... “Some time ago, in the Cathedral of Cologne, I saw the skull of John the Baptist at the age of twelve”“Really?” I exclaimed, amazed. Then, seized by doubt, I added, “But the Baptist was executed at a more advanced age!”“The other skull must be in another treasury,” William said, with a grave face.I say timely because last week, a study reporting the results of genetic and........ Read more »

Nilsson, M., Possnert, G., Edlund, H., Budowle, B., Kjellström, A., & Allen, M. (2010) Analysis of the Putative Remains of a European Patron Saint–St. Birgitta. PLoS ONE, 5(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008986  

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