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  • November 28, 2010
  • 05:02 PM

Psycasm - Babushka Blog: A Meta-Blog on ResearchBlogging.

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our Hero seeks to understand the benefits of both reading and writing blogs]How meta- of me. A blog about blogging. It was sure to happen, as surely as it has happened everywhere else.In my defence at least it’s a researchblogging article about blogging.I have to say that the decision to start a blog was one of unintended consequences, all positive, I assure you.I had two motivations in; (read more)

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  • November 28, 2010
  • 04:06 PM

Can psychological management of fibromyalgia affect pain?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

When I’m working with someone who has chronic pain, from the outset I’m pretty straight-up that the treatments I offer don’t directly affect pain intensity.  It’s not my focus, and very often after the first session, I don’t even discuss pain – I’m more interested in what the person is doing! And for this focus, … Read more... Read more »

Glombiewski, J., Sawyer, A., Gutermann, J., Koenig, K., Rief, W., & Hofmann, S. (2010) Psychological treatments for fibromyalgia: A meta-analysis. Pain, 151(2), 280-295. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.06.011  

  • November 28, 2010
  • 06:38 AM

Bacterial comet tails

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

I haven't worked very much with bacteria that infect humans. Most of my lab work has been done in the fields of either synthetic biology (which works with model organisms) or antibiotic production, which works on soil bacteria that produce the antibiotics. Human bacterial parasites therefore hold the fascination of the slightly exotic, not least because they sometimes do things like this:Figure from"Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fourth Edition"by Alberts et al.I've written before about some of ........ Read more »

  • November 28, 2010
  • 03:40 AM

Surgeons and civic-professionalism

by Bernt Lindtjorn in International Health Research

Surgery is often the only solution to prevent disabilities and death from conditions resulting from pregnancy related complications, surgical conditions (example acute abdomen), infections, traffic accidents, falls, burns, disasters, domestic violence, and congenital defects. Until recently, surgery was neglected as a developing country public health issue. Health officials, especially in the World Health organization and [...]... Read more »

Funk, L., Weiser, T., Berry, W., Lipsitz, S., Merry, A., Enright, A., Wilson, I., Dziekan, G., & Gawande, A. (2010) Global operating theatre distribution and pulse oximetry supply: an estimation from reported data. The Lancet, 376(9746), 1055-1061. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60392-3  

  • November 28, 2010
  • 03:08 AM

Missing AIDS Patients

by Bernt Lindtjorn in International Health Research

It is important for HIV infected patients to take their drugs regularly. Interruptions in treatment lead to viral strains that are resistant to the cheapest medications, and to higher rates of illness and death. Unfortunately, many AIDS patients do not come for their antiretroviral medications. Such patients are labelled as “lost to follow-up.” During the [...]... Read more »

  • November 28, 2010
  • 03:08 AM

Seizures Triggered by Strawberry Syrup

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

Fig 1A (modified from Blauwblomme et al., 2010). Top: coronal and lateral representation of the stereotaxic implantation scheme. Bottom: reflex seizure showing ictal onset in the right insula and secondary spreading in the hippocampus.Reflex epilepsy is a rare neurological condition in which seizures are triggered by a specific type of sensory input (Xue & Ritaccio, 2006). The most common reflex seizures are induced by light, but other reported triggers have included reading, Mah-Jong, mus........ Read more »

Blauwblomme, T., Kahane, P., Minotti, L., Grouiller, F., Krainik, A., Vercueil, L., Chabardes, S., Hoffmann, D., & David, O. (2010) Multimodal imaging reveals the role of   activity in eating-reflex seizures. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery . DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.2010.212696  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 08:51 PM

Hybrid vigor and missing genes

by James in James and the Giant Corn

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Fu H, & Dooner HK. (2002) Intraspecific violation of genetic colinearity and its implications in maize. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 99(14), 9573-8. PMID: 12060715  

Lai J, Li Y, Messing J, & Dooner HK. (2005) Gene movement by Helitron transposons contributes to the haplotype variability of maize. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(25), 9068-73. PMID: 15951422  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 08:27 PM

Extinct Giant Manabou Stork Discovered in Flores, Indonesia

by bonvito in time travelling

Bones of a giant manabou stork have been unearthed recently from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua cave in Flores, Indonesia. This new species, Leptoptilos robustus, is estimated to be 1.8 meters in length with an estimated weight of 16 kg. This stork has a reduced capacity for flight and would have been oriented more towards [...]... Read more »

HANNEKE J.M. MEIJER and ROKUS AWE DUE. (2010) A new species of giant marabou stork (Aves: Ciconiiformes) from the Pleistocene of Liang Bua, Flores (Indonesia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. info:/

  • November 27, 2010
  • 05:20 PM

Religion promotes punishing wrongdoers - but is that a good thing?

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

"Costly punishment" is the term used to describe an interesting phenomenon in which people will punish wrongdoers even if it brings a cost to themselves. For example, you could imagine a situation where a vigilante attempts to beat up a criminal - risky, if the criminal gets the upper hand. It's an understandable reaction if you are going to have to deal with the individual again.

Yet lab studies show that people will punish misbehaviour even if all the transactions are anonymous and "single-sh........ Read more »

McKay R, Efferson C, Whitehouse H, & Fehr E. (2010) Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 21106588  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 05:13 PM

Quickie – Considerations of in vivo electrophysiology

by Neuromancy in Neuromancy

I’m just reading a paper on the response properties of monoamine neurons, and it starts out with a few points of consideration for electrophysiological recording of neurons in vivo. I thought I’d relay them here.

The evidence that you are recording from a given type of neuron (dopaminergic, serotinergic etc.) is almost always indirect. It is usually . . . → Read More... Read more »

  • November 27, 2010
  • 01:34 PM

SNAP = Full Motion exerGaming

by Stephen P. Yang, Ph.D. in ExerGame Lab

Is Playstation Move and Microsoft Kinect the newest motion gaming option? Not quite, Anthony Whitehead has been working in the exergaming space for some time and in 2007 presented his SNAP project (Sensor Networks for Active Play) and more recently revealed some of the data on how effective SNAP could be  Exergame effectiveness: what the numbers can tell us Anthony Whitehead  Carleton University Hannah Johnston  Carleton University Nicole Nixon ........ Read more »

Anthony Whitehead, Nick Crampton, Kaitlyn Fox, & Hannah Johnston. (2007) Sensor networks as video game input devices. Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Future Play. info:/

  • November 27, 2010
  • 12:26 PM

Mapping fitness: bacteria, mutations, and Seattle

by Steve Matheson in The Panda's Thumb

Thinking about fitness landscapes can stimulate detailed discussion and consideration of the meanings and limitations of such metaphors, and my introductory comments did just that. Most notably, Joe Felsenstein pointed us to the various ways these depictions can be employed, and urged everyone to use caution in interpreting them.All too true, but the goal here is modest: I want to discuss the interesting questions that arise when considering the relationship between genotypes and phenotypes, i.e........ Read more »

Loh E, Salk JJ, & Loeb LA. (2010) Optimization of DNA polymerase mutation rates during bacterial evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(3), 1154-9. PMID: 20080608  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 12:25 PM

The Epidemiology of Trauma in PTSD-II

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

In a previous post, I looked at the varieties of traumatic experiences and their risk of inducing PTSD in men and women.  Another aspect of the epidemiology of PTSD is a more basic look at the overall prevalence of exposure to individual traumatic experiences. There has been significant discussion and research to define the trauma severity required to increase risk of a PTSD response.  Early studies tended to have a lower threshold for severity.  They included not only a pers........ Read more »

  • November 27, 2010
  • 10:45 AM

Brain Development and College Football

by Shaheen Lakhan in Brain Blogger

Most of us have experienced the thrills and agonies of watching our chosen sports teams either perform well or poorly. During college football season in the United States, millions of fans devote their weekends to watching people run up and down fields while trying to avoid getting too injured. Those who follow college football notice [...]... Read more »

  • November 27, 2010
  • 10:05 AM

Isopachys: worm-like skinks from Thailand and Myanmar

by Darren Naish in Tetrapod Zoology

I've been ill, and pressing deadlines for book chapters and other projects have kept me busy. An inability to post stuff on Tet Zoo always frustrates me, as there's just so much Tet Zoo-relevant stuff to get through. And, on that note: I must have said on many occasions that there are whole tetrapod groups, consisting of hundreds or even thousands of species, that I've either never mentioned at all, or have only touched on in passing. I aim to get through as many as I can while the going's goo........ Read more »

  • November 27, 2010
  • 09:35 AM

The Town That Went Mad

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Pont St. Esprit is a small town in southern France. In 1951 it became famous as the site of one of the most mysterious medical outbreaks of modern times.As Dr's Gabbai, Lisbonne and Pourquier wrote to the British Medical Journal, 15 days after the "incident":The first symptoms appeared after a latent period of 6 to 48 hours. In this first phase, the symptoms were generalized, and consisted in a depressive state with anguish and slight agitation.After some hours the symptoms became more clearly d........ Read more »

GABBAI, LISBONNE, & POURQUIER. (1951) Ergot poisoning at Pont St. Esprit. British medical journal, 2(4732), 650-1. PMID: 14869677  

  • November 27, 2010
  • 06:27 AM

Uppsala Status Report

by egonw in Chem-bla-ics

As you know, my post-doc in Uppsala ended. It was a good time, and it was great collaborating on Bioclipse with Ola, Jonathan, Arvid, and Carl. I would have loved tighter integration with the work of Maris and Martin, but that was limited to one joined paper (in press). I thank Professors Jarl Wikberg and Eva Brittebo for allowing me to continue my research at their department, and hope this is not the end of the collaboration yet.

Like with new year, the end of a contract is a good time to ref........ Read more »

Spjuth, O., Alvarsson, J., Berg, A., Eklund, M., Kuhn, S., Mäsak, C., Torrance, G., Wagener, J., Willighagen, E., Steinbeck, C.... (2009) Bioclipse 2: A scriptable integration platform for the life sciences. BMC Bioinformatics, 10(1), 397. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-397  

Spjuth, O., Willighagen, E., Guha, R., Eklund, M., & Wikberg, J. (2010) Towards interoperable and reproducible QSAR analyses: Exchange of datasets. Journal of Cheminformatics, 2(1), 5. DOI: 10.1186/1758-2946-2-5  

  • November 26, 2010
  • 04:48 PM

Biofilm Assembly and Microbial Life in Extreme Conditions

by Michael Long in Phased

Biofilm assembly provides insight into the cellular and biochemical mechanisms underlying archaeal adaptation to extreme conditions.... Read more »

Koerdt, A., Gödeke, J., Berger, J., Thormann, K. M., & Albers, S.-V. (2010) Crenarchaeal Biofilm Formation under Extreme Conditions. PLoS ONE, 5(11). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014104  

  • November 26, 2010
  • 01:45 PM

How Not to Respond to Negative Research – Addendum

by Rogue Medic in Rogue Medic

Does carboxyhemoglobin vary that much that a few seconds later, the HbCO is wildly different?

If that is the case, why buy a machine that will only give us a snap shot of a rapidly fluctuating and unreliable number?

Is there any reason to believe that carboxyhemoglobin changes that rapidly and unpredictably?... Read more »

  • November 26, 2010
  • 12:21 PM

The Epidemiology of Trauma in PTSD

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

PTSD represents a pathological response to a serious trauma. The evolution of the diagnostic criteria for PTSD has included a broadening of the types of trauma exposures felt sufficient to trigger PTSD.  The original criteria included combat, concentration camp confinement, natural disaster, rape or physical assault.  The current DSM-IV criteria for trauma require that "the person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event(s) that involved actual or threatened death or seri........ Read more »

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