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  • December 10, 2010
  • 03:17 AM

by crabsallover in Science of Healthy Long Life

reposted from: via highlights in red and my comments in bold orangeExpert opinion: aspirin and cancer – the unanswered questionsIn the light of today’s headlines about aspirin and cancer, we spoke to one of our leading scientists Profe........ Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 09:55 PM

Searching for Drugs that Target Antibiotic Resistance

by Michael Long in Phased

Drugs that selectively target resistant bacteria may help to counter the antibiotic resistance phenomenon.... Read more »

Chait, R., Shrestha, S., Shah, A. K., Michel, J.-B., & Kishony, R. (2010) A Differential Drug Screen for Compounds That Select Against Antibiotic Resistance. PLoS ONE, 5(12). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0015179

  • December 9, 2010
  • 07:36 PM

Psycasm - No-one cuts deeper than a Science Blogger.

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our hero looks at our general online credulousness, and why So we recorded our second trial of the Psychobabble Podcast the other night, I'm yet to edit down into a nice ipod-size programme, but I thought I might make a post regarding an interesting paper, and series of points that came up.---But first, please help me help a PhD! She has half the data set she needs, but another 100 p; (read more)

Source: Rift - Discipline: Psychology... Read more »

Chesney, T., & Su, D. (2010) The impact of anonymity on weblog credibility. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68(10), 710-718. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2010.06.001  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 06:46 PM

Could a new photoreceptor in fly larvae give us a glimpse at the evolutionary origins of vision?

by Michael Bok in Arthropoda

Last month, a paper was published in Nature showing that fruit fly larvae (Drosophila melanogaster) have a photoreceptive system spread across their entire bodies in diffuse sensory neurons. This system is involved in escape responses that protect the larvae from exposure to high intensity light. (For a thorough explanation of this paper read this post [...]... Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 06:11 PM

Biomimicry: Borrow From Nature! Mother Earth Forgets To Patent

by DJ Busby in Astronasty

Lately I've noticed a decent amount of technological innovation resulting from biomimicry. Aeronautics traditionally seems to reap the most benefit from this process, but that field is by no means the only one benefiting. We often come up with designs inspired by nature, but how often is our end result superior than our inspiration?... Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:53 PM

Solar Powered Hornets?

by Dan Bailey in Smells Like Science

The phrase “solar powered hornets” may conjure terrifying images of a futuristic, stinging swarm of eco-conscious, half-insect, half-machine hornets. But these hornets might already exist. And don’t worry, they’re just normal hornets. Researchers have recently discovered that the Oriental hornet may be capable of harvesting energy from sunlight.... Read more »

Plotkin, M., Hod, I., Zaban, A., Boden, S., Bagnall, D., Galushko, D., & Bergman, D. (2010) Solar energy harvesting in the epicuticle of the oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis). Naturwissenschaften, 97(12), 1067-1076. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-010-0728-1  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:34 PM

ADHD and High School Academics

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Assessing the impact of a diagnosis of ADHD on school performance is a research challenge.  Many children and adolescents have a concurrent psychiatric disorder that can also impair learning.  Concurrent mental disorders found at higher rates for children with ADHD include (but are not limited to):Oppositional defiant disorderConduct disorderAnxiety disorderAutism spectrum disorderReading disorder or other learning disorderSo when designing research experiments to examine the academic ........ Read more »

Kent KM, Pelham WE Jr, Molina BS, Sibley MH, Waschbusch DA, Yu J, Gnagy EM, Biswas A, Babinski DE, & Karch KM. (2010) The Academic Experience of Male High School Students with ADHD. Journal of abnormal child psychology. PMID: 21103923  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 05:17 PM

Will Calgary’s new mayor succeed where Obama has failed?

by Christopher Leo in Christopher Leo

Calgary's new mayor, Naheed Nenshi, like Barack Obama, staged an upset victory with the help of social networking. Will he, unlike Obama, succeed in changing the political game? Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 04:49 PM

Zoledronic acid did not improve disease free survival in early breast cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

Wow, every now and then, something unexpected turns up and makes you stop, listen and most importantly, think.  This was the headline from an American Association of Clinical Research (AACR) news release that I received from the San Antonio Breast … Continue reading →... Read more »

Gnant, M., Mlineritsch, B., Schippinger, W., Luschin-Ebengreuth, G., Pöstlberger, S., Menzel, C., Jakesz, R., Seifert, M., Hubalek, M., Bjelic-Radisic, V.... (2009) Endocrine Therapy plus Zoledronic Acid in Premenopausal Breast Cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 360(7), 679-691. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa0806285  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 04:27 PM

Pregnant and high: new treatments?

by PalMD in White Coat Underground

Many years ago a woman came to OB triage at my hospital.  She was about 28 weeks pregnant and feeling horrible.   As the nurses hooked her up to monitors and started an IV, she clutched a pink, kidney-shaped emesis basin, her boyfriend holding her hair back and away.  A few minutes later, she called [...]... Read more »

Jones, H., Kaltenbach, K., Heil, S., Stine, S., Coyle, M., Arria, A., O'Grady, K., Selby, P., Martin, P., & Fischer, G. (2010) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome after Methadone or Buprenorphine Exposure. New England Journal of Medicine, 363(24), 2320-2331. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1005359  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 03:32 PM

Fish Have Feelings (And They Can Be Seen In Their DNA)

by Christie Wilcox in Observations of a Nerd

Most animals reproduce sexually. This means that every individual has to find another individual to mate with - and they have to convince that other that they're worthy of the privilege. More often than not when it comes to picking that special someone, it's the girls that get to be choosy. Females spend a lot more energy per offspring than males from the get-go due to the size of our eggs (let alone most child rearing responsibilities), so as a gender, females want to make sure they don't waste........ Read more »

Desjardins, J., Klausner, J., & Fernald, R. (2010) Female genomic response to mate information. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(49), 21176-21180. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1010442107  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 03:24 PM

Guest post - Microbes and Madness

by Lab Rat in Lab Rat

This guest post comes from my fiancé who is a Psychiatrist. I've been very excited about this post for a while, because unlike me, he is a published author who has written a book on Consciousness and the philosophy of mind.Microbes and MadnessAt first glance, it would be reasonable to assume that my profession and that of the author of this fabulous blog are poles apart. However, everything in nature has a connection, and so it is not surprising to discover a fascinating area where psychiatry a........ Read more »

Pfister D, Siegemund M, Dell-Kuster S, Smielewski P, Rüegg S, Strebel SP, Marsch SC, Pargger H, & Steiner LA. (2008) Cerebral perfusion in sepsis-associated delirium. Critical care (London, England), 12(3). PMID: 18457586  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:58 PM

A “Yes We Can” Approach to Overcoming Racism

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

If you’re trying to put an end to racism, it’s not enough to get people to understand that racism is still a problem. You also have to make them feel ... Read more »

Stewart, T.L., Latu, I.M., Branscombe, N.R., & Denney, H.T. (2010) Yes we can!: prejudice reduction through seeing (inequality) and believing (in social change). Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS, 21(11). PMID: 20889931  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:25 PM

Supply chain risk – it’s all in your head?

by Jan Husdal in

Enhancing supply chain resilience with flexibility and redundancy is one way to counter supply chain disruptions. But do the chosen resilience measures actually play a moderating role in reducing the frequency of supply chain disruptions? This article paints an interesting picture of how supply chain professionals view risk, which risk they perceive and what they do in reaction to these risks.... Read more »

Zsidisin, George, & Wagner, Stephan. (2010) Do Perceptions Become Reality? The Moderating Role of Supply Chain Resiliency on Disruption Occurrence . Journal of Business Logistics, 31(2), 1-20. info:other/

  • December 9, 2010
  • 01:04 PM

No Anomalous Enhancement of Nano-fluid Thermal Conductivity

by Arunn in nOnoScience (a.k.a. Unruled Notebook)

Nano was a buzz word a decade back in the USA. The buck was on anything prefixed with nano. Some useful technology did burgeon, identified now as nano-technology. Solar power, electronics and biotechnology were impacted with nano-engineered materials, capacitors and nano-probes and drug delivery methods. Chemistry and material science research in nano prospered with carbon [...]... Read more »

Buongiorno, J., Venerus, D., Prabhat, N., McKrell, T., Townsend, J., Christianson, R., Tolmachev, Y., Keblinski, P., Hu, L., Alvarado, J.... (2009) A benchmark study on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. Journal of Applied Physics, 106(9), 94312. DOI: 10.1063/1.3245330  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 12:41 PM

Kissing the mistletoe goodbye?

by Sarah Stephen in Our Gossamer Planet

Kissing under the boughs of mistletoe is an oft-observed Christmas tradition, especially in the UK and the US. But, according to the UK’s National Trust, the years are fast approaching by when we may be kissing the UK mistletoe goodbye.The parasitic European Mistletoe, Viscum album, thrives on fruit trees such as the domestic apple tree and also other hosts such as lime, poplar, and hawthorn. Its heartland is the counties of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. How........ Read more »

  • December 9, 2010
  • 12:37 PM

New Mouse Model for Muscular Dystrophy

by Sanford- Burnham in Beaker

Roughly 50,000 people in the United States are affected by some type of muscular dystrophy, a condition characterized by debilitating muscle loss. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common form of the disease, is caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. Without dystrophin, the interior muscle fiber frame can’t properly connect to the surrounding [...]... Read more »

Sacco A, Mourkioti F, Tran R, Choi J, Llewellyn M, Kraft P, Shkreli M, Delp S, Pomerantz JH, Artandi SE.... (2010) Short Telomeres and Stem Cell Exhaustion Model Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in mdx/mTR Mice. Cell. info:/10.1016/j.cell.2010.11.039

  • December 9, 2010
  • 12:16 PM

The neuroscientific study of hallucinogens

by Bradley Voytek in Oscillatory Thoughts

Recently, an important and landmark paper was published in PLoS ONE (hooray open access!) titled, "Investigating the Mechanisms of Hallucinogen-Induced Visions Using 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA): A Randomized Controlled Trial in Humans". It sounds daunting, but trust me, it's a very cool, approachable study.Now, in the spirit of full-disclosure, the lead author Dr. Matthew Baggott (hereafter referred to as "Matt"), is a friend of mine from grad school and he's been kind enough to grant me........ Read more »

Voytek B, Berman SM, Hassid BD, Simon SL, Mandelkern MA, Brody AL, Monterosso J, Ling W, & London ED. (2005) Differences in regional brain metabolism associated with marijuana abuse in methamphetamine abusers. Synapse (New York, N.Y.), 57(2), 113-5. PMID: 15906384  

Berman SM, Voytek B, Mandelkern MA, Hassid BD, Isaacson A, Monterosso J, Miotto K, Ling W, & London ED. (2008) Changes in cerebral glucose metabolism during early abstinence from chronic methamphetamine abuse. Molecular psychiatry, 13(9), 897-908. PMID: 17938635  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 11:59 AM

Risk of lung cancer after treatment for breast cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

There was an interesting paper published recently in The Lancet Oncology, which looked at the increased risk of developing lung cancer after women had experienced prior breast cancer (see ref below).  Over the years, there has been much debate about … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lorigan, P., Califano, R., Faivre-Finn, C., Howell, A., & Thatcher, N. (2010) Lung cancer after treatment for breast cancer. The Lancet Oncology, 11(12), 1184-1192. DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(10)70056-5  

  • December 9, 2010
  • 10:45 AM

The snowshoe hare-coyote-Dall's sheep cycle?

by TwoYaks in Gene Flow

When we teach our students predator-prey relationships, we tend to tell them a very basic story that have come from a few very good studies. It's not that all we have are simple models, but but we like to build up the basics before we dive into the complexities. Because when you get down to the complexities, a lot of counter-intuitive things happen which don't follow "common-sense" relationships.... Read more »

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