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  • March 1, 2010
  • 12:05 PM

Meat and Mortality

by (Travis Saunders) in Obesity Panacea

[Travis' Note:  We are getting much closer to announcing our exciting news about the future of Obesity Panacea.  We're working hard to get everything ready, and we'll make the announcement as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please enjoy another of our favourite posts from the Obesity Panacea Archives]

Photo by procsilas.
I have mentioned a few times in past posts that I believe a diet high in "plant-based" foods (fruits, veggies, legumes, nuts, whole grains, etc) is somethin........ Read more »

Sinha R, Cross AJ, Graubard BI, Leitzmann MF, & Schatzkin A. (2009) Meat intake and mortality: a prospective study of over half a million people. Archives of internal medicine, 169(6), 562-71. PMID: 19307518  

  • March 1, 2010
  • 11:42 AM

Uncovering the "Chimpanzee Stone Age"

by Laelaps in Laelaps

An adult chimpanzee in Bossou, Guinea uses hammer and anvil stones to crack nuts as younger individuals look on. From Haslam et al., 2009.

Before 1859 the idea that humans lived alongside the mammoths, ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats of the not-too-distant past was almost heretical. Not only was there no irrefutable evidence that our species stretched so far back in time, but the very notion that we could have survived alongside such imposing Pleistocene mammals strained credulity. C........ Read more »

Mercader, J., Barton, H., Gillespie, J., Harris, J., Kuhn, S., Tyler, R., & Boesch, C. (2007) 4,300-Year-old chimpanzee sites and the origins of percussive stone technology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(9), 3043-3048. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0607909104  

  • March 1, 2010
  • 11:19 AM

New Sauropod From Dinosaur National Monument Gets a Name

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument is best known for the exquisite collection of Jurassic-age fossils that have been discovered there since the beginning of the 20th century, but what is less well known is that more recent Cretaceous critters can be found there, too. When I visited the national park last summer I dropped by a [...]... Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 11:00 AM

Evolving Molecular Machines: The Plant Edition

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

Over at Thoughtomics, Lucas has a post up about the evolution of mitochondrial import systems. He starts by going back in time two billion years:"Life was well underway at the time, with proto-bacteria already populating the oceans for over hundreds of millions of years. One of the cells alive at the time, swallowed an alpha-proteobacterium. Something remarkable happened: the alpha-proteobacterium did not die but survived in the host cell. Over time, the host and symbiont became to be dependent ........ Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 09:53 AM

Stars Born as Planets

by Invader Xan in Supernova Condensate

Planets are resilient things. They can survive a lot of punishment from their host stars, with some planets having survived being broiled and others even having survived being engulfed as their parent star swells into a red giant. Amazingly, the means by which planets form is no less hardy, for instance being formed in the debris left after a supernova as pulsar planets. So if the method for planet formation is so rugged, what would happen if you started out with an extremely massive star? Could........ Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 09:33 AM

Small Hive Beetle Biocontrol

by Cheshire in Cheshire

Insect control in Apiaries is really difficult. Your product is an insect which pollinates crops, and it’s very valuable. Strawberries, blueberries, peppers, broccoli…you name a food and it’s probably pollinated by honeybees. They’re valuable. Really valuable. Like you and I would be dead without them valuable. Using pesticides around your bee colonies is a really [...]... Read more »

J. D. Ellis, S. Spiewok, K. S. Delaplane, S. Buchholz, P. Neumann, and W. L. Tedders. (2010) Susceptibility of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) Larvae and Pupae to Entomopathogenic Nematodes. The Journal of Economic Entomology. info:/

  • March 1, 2010
  • 09:26 AM

Curious About Herbal Supplements? Do Your Homework First.

by Terri Sundquist in Promega Connections

A recent article by Roger Byard in the Journal of Forensic Science about the potential forensic significance of herbal medicines (1) caught my attention. I was curious about the phrase “potential forensic significance”; what does that mean exactly? It became clearer to me when I read Byard’s recommendation that “the role of herbal medicines in forensic [...]... Read more »

Roger W. Byard. (2010) A review of potential forensic significance of traditional herbal medicines. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(1), 89-92. info:/10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01252.x

  • March 1, 2010
  • 07:53 AM

Journal Club Follow-Up: Coenzyme Q10

by Ragamuffin in How We Are Hungry

Many Parkinson's patients take Coenzyme Q10 supplements. As mentioned in the previous post, CoQ10 is part of the Electron Transport Chain -- a very important part, in fact, as it alleviates pressure on our precarious and susceptible-to-aging Complex I.... Read more »

Schapira AH. (1994) Evidence for mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's disease--a critical appraisal. Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society, 9(2), 125-38. PMID: 8196673  

Morais, V., Verstreken, P., Roethig, A., Smet, J., Snellinx, A., Vanbrabant, M., Haddad, D., Frezza, C., Mandemakers, W., Vogt-Weisenhorn, D.... (2009) Parkinson's disease mutations in PINK1 result in decreased Complex I activity and deficient synaptic function. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 1(2), 99-111. DOI: 10.1002/emmm.200900006  

Storch, A., Jost, W., Vieregge, P., Spiegel, J., Greulich, W., Durner, J., Muller, T., Kupsch, A., Henningsen, H., Oertel, W.... (2007) Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial on Symptomatic Effects of Coenzyme Q10 in Parkinson Disease. Archives of Neurology, 64(7), 938-944. DOI: 10.1001/archneur.64.7.nct60005  

  • March 1, 2010
  • 07:43 AM

Antarctic climate change – the exception that proves the rule?

by Andy Russell in Our Clouded Hills

Antarctica has been in the news recently because two large icebergs (one about 60 miles long and the other about 50) have broken off the continent. These “calving” events often occur naturally and these ones are probably not linked to climate change, although they might affect the global ocean circulation.

But I thought that this [...]... Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 07:39 AM

How looking away prevents pedestrian collisions

by William Lu in The Quantum Lobe Chronicles

One day a friend and I were briskly strolling along a mall corridor, engaged in conversation, until something quite hilarious happened. A burly gentleman was quickly approaching my friend's direct line of trajectory. She and this man had to make either one of two choices; move to the left or to the right to avoid a disastrous collision. Simple, no? And so I thought. With about a foot between them, my tiny-sized friend and this large stranger began this seemingly unending and surprisingly well-co........ Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 07:00 AM

Not all species are created equal (in the eyes of scientific study)

by Rob Goldstein in Conservation Maven

Not all species are equally important in the eyes of scientific research. As a new paper in the journal Conservation Biology shows, some types of species are much more commonly studied than others.... Read more »

TRIMBLE, M., & VAN AARDE, R. (2010) Species Inequality in Scientific Study. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01453.x  

  • March 1, 2010
  • 06:00 AM

The Missing Link in Protecting Against Back Pain

by Mike Reinold in

Sometimes we need to take a step back and think about some of the traditional recommendations for people with low back pain.  One such is the emphasis on abdominal strength, which alone may even cause more low back issues in some people.  Craig Liebenson has done an excellent job, as usual, highlighting this and giving some examples for working on the spinal extensors in the latest issue of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement...


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Liebenson, C. (2010) The missing link in protecting against back pain. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 14(1), 99-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2009.10.002  

  • March 1, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Medical school entrance exam favours white public school boys

by Helen Jaques in In Sickness and In Health

New research has found that the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), introduced to level the playing field in selection for medical and dental schools, favours male applicants, white people, and students from a higher socioeconomic class or who attended an independent or grammar school.
In the UK, students take advanced level (A level) exams aged 18, [...]... Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 04:59 AM

Can therapists tell when their clients have deteriorated?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

About five to ten per cent of the time, people in therapy get worse instead of better. What should psychotherapists do in such cases? Hang on a minute. There's no point answering that question unless therapists can recognise that a client has deteriorated in the first place. A new study tackles this precise issue, finding, rather alarmingly, that the vast majority of therapists appear blind to client deterioration. Derek Hatfield and colleagues took advantage of therapy outcome data gathered at ........ Read more »

  • March 1, 2010
  • 02:19 AM


by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Small farms may be better for tropical forests than intensive agriculture

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Perfecto, I., & J. Vandermeer. (2010) The agroecological matrix as alternative to the land-sparing/agriculture intensification model. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.0905455107

  • February 28, 2010
  • 11:40 PM

Community resilience in times of disaster

by Jan Husdal in

Can public-private partnerships improve community resilience? The answer: In order to achieve community resilience, public and private owners of critical infrastructures and key resources must work together, before, during and after a disaster.
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  • February 28, 2010
  • 09:07 PM

Athapaskan Continuities

by teofilo in Gambler's House

I’ve recently been  looking a bit into the important issue of the migration of Athapaskan-speaking groups ancestral to the Navajos and Apaches into the Southwest.  Although this is one of the most obvious examples of long-distance migration in prehistoric North America, surprisingly little is known about it.  There’s basically no archaeological evidence establishing when it [...]... Read more »

  • February 28, 2010
  • 08:30 PM

Book reviewing and academic freedom

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I have served as book review editor for Discourse and Society for ten years and recently resigned from my roles as book review editor for Discourse Studies and Discourse and Communication because the workload had become too much for one person. In all those years I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as book review editor [...]... Read more »

Joseph H.H. Weiler. (2010) Editorial: Book Reviewing and Academic Freedom. European Journal of International Law, 20(4), 967-976. DOI: 10.1093/ejil/chp114  

  • February 28, 2010
  • 07:06 PM

H5N1, the bird flu: the hosts

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

In 1997, a lineage of H5N1 bird flu was transmitted to a child in Hong Kong who died of respiratory problems. This was the first of a number of recorded cases of transmission of this virus from poultry to humans.
Since then, the world follows the circulation of this virus with concern. Although we associate it [...]... Read more »

Beigel JH, Farrar J, Han AM, Hayden FG, Hyer R, de Jong MD, Lochindarat S, Nguyen TK, Nguyen TH, Tran TH.... (2005) Avian influenza A (H5N1) infection in humans. The New England journal of medicine, 353(13), 1374-85. PMID: 16192482  

  • February 28, 2010
  • 07:01 PM

Health Hazard

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Nutrient pollution could boost risk of some diseases

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