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  • January 29, 2015
  • 10:10 AM
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Heaven or Hallucination?

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

Alex Malarkey, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” has admitted that his story was, um, malarkey. Consequently, the book has been pulled and the million or so people who purchased it are feeling as deflated as a New England Patriots football. But others claim to have visited Heaven. My latest article on THE SCOPE discusses the research behind these experiences. Is it really Heaven or a hallucination?... Read more »

Borjigin, J., Lee, U., Liu, T., Pal, D., Huff, S., Klarr, D., Sloboda, J., Hernandez, J., Wang, M., & Mashour, G. (2013) Surge of neurophysiological coherence and connectivity in the dying brain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(35), 14432-14437. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1308285110  

  • January 29, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
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Power down to rest up: light-emitting tablets disrupt sleep and melatonin levels

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Anne-Marie Chang and her colleagues found that reading on light-emitting eReaders before bed negatively affected sleep by altering levels of melatonin. The researchers recruited 12 participants and randomly assigned them to one of two groups: one group read printed books for four hours before bed every day for five consecutive days while the other group used eReaders. After five days, the participants switched to readin........ Read more »

  • January 29, 2015
  • 06:56 AM
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Religion And War: “It’s Complicated”

by Shai Simpson-Baikie in United Academics

When was the last time you read the news and didn’t read about religious war? My guess: you can’t remember. The world around us seems to be saturated with religious conflict.How and why religion exactly leads to violence remains undiscovered. Up until now.... Read more »

Neuberg SL, Warner CM, Mistler SA, Berlin A, Hill ED, Johnson JD, Filip-Crawford G, Millsap RE, Thomas G, Winkelman M.... (2014) Religion and intergroup conflict: findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological science, 25(1), 198-206. PMID: 24264940  

  • January 29, 2015
  • 04:38 AM
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Autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I was not surprised to read the findings of the paper from Marie Moore Channell and colleagues [1] (open-access) who "identified patterns of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] symptomatology, measured by the SRS [Social Responsiveness Scale], in individuals with DS [Down syndrome] who do not have comorbid ASD."You're not going Turbo, are you?Harking back to the paper by Georgina Warner and colleagues [2] discussed not-so-long-ago on this blog (see here), the idea that variou........ Read more »

Marie Moore Channell, B Allyson Phillips, Susan J Loveall, Frances A Conners, Paige M Bussanich, & Laura Grofer Klinger. (2015) Patterns of autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome without comorbid autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. info:/10.1186/1866-1955-7-5

  • January 28, 2015
  • 11:55 PM
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Space and stochasticity in evolutionary games

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

Two of my goals for TheEGG this year are to expand the line up of contributors and to extend the blog into a publicly accessible venue for active debate about preliminary, in-progress, and published projects; a window into the everyday challenges and miracles of research. Toward the first goal, we have new contributions from Jill […]... Read more »

Durrett, R., & Levin, S. (1994) The Importance of Being Discrete (and Spatial). Theoretical Population Biology, 46(3), 363-394. DOI: 10.1006/tpbi.1994.1032  

  • January 28, 2015
  • 11:24 PM
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Lab Turns Stem Cells Into Hair Bulbs That Grow Hair

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute La Jolla, CA Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Terskikh: Hair loss … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with, & Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D. (2015) Lab Turns Stem Cells Into Hair Bulbs That Grow Hair. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 10:52 PM
  • 12 views

Study Attacks Breast Cancer Metastases With Seizure Medication

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: William J. Brackenbury, Ph.D. MRC Fellow Department of Biology University of York, Heslington, York UK Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Brackenbury: Metastasis, the spread of cancer cells from the primary tumour to … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with, & William J. Brackenbury, Ph.D. (2015) Study Attacks Breast Cancer Metastases With Seizure Medication. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 09:29 PM
  • 13 views

Genetic Basis For Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Drug Toxicity Identified

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jun J. Yang  Ph.D. Assistant Member Dept. of Pharm. Sci. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Memphis, TN 38105 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Yang: Mercaptopurine is highly … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with, & Jun J. Yang Ph.D. (2015) Genetic Basis For Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Drug Toxicity Identified. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 08:48 PM
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Targeted MR/Ultrasound Biopsy May Improve Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery – Urology Director of Urologic Robotic Surgery University of Maryland School of Medicine and Peter A. Pinto, M.D Head, Prostate Cancer Section  Director, Fellowship Program Urologic Oncology Branch National … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Mohummad Minhaj Siddiqui, MD and Peter A. Pinto, M.D. (2015) Targeted MR/Ultrasound Biopsy May Improve Prostate Cancer Diagnosis. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 08:21 PM
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Negative Patient-Doctor Communication More Powerful Than Positive Interaction

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr Maddy Greville-Harris Research Fellow University of Southampton   Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Greville-Harris: Our research looks at the effects of non-understanding feedback (‘invalidation’) and discusses … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with, Dr Maddy Greville-Harris, Research Fellow, & University of Southampton. (2015) Negative Patient-Doctor Communication More Powerful Than Positive Communication . MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 07:52 PM
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US Opioid Death Rate Flattens, Heroin Deaths Increase

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Richard C. Dart, M.D., Ph.D Denver Health & Hospital Authority Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine   Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Dart: For the past two decades, prescription opioid medication abuse has increased significantly in … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Richard C. Dart, M.D., Ph.D. (2015) US Opioid Death Rate Flattens, Heroin Deaths Increase. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 07:15 PM
  • 4 views

Team of Rivals: Does Science Need "Adversarial Collaboration"?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

When scientists disagree about something, what often happens is that the two sides of the argument form separate communities, with scientists collaborating with others on their "team" while avoiding working with their "opponents". But is there a better way?



A paper just published today presents the results of an experiment that was conducted as an 'adversarial collaboration'. This is where some researchers sit down with some members of the "other side" and agree upon a plan for a study to... Read more »

Matzke D, Nieuwenhuis S, van Rijn H, Slagter HA, van der Molen MW, & Wagenmakers EJ. (2015) The effect of horizontal eye movements on free recall: A preregistered adversarial collaboration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144(1). PMID: 25621378  

  • January 28, 2015
  • 06:55 PM
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Cochlear Implants Work Equally Well In Younger and Older Patients

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Margaret T. Dillon, AuD University of North Carolina School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Dillon: The goal of this study was to evaluate whether age … Continue reading →
The post Cochlear Implants Work Equally Well In Younger and Older Patients appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News .
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with, Margaret T. Dillon, AuD, & University of North Carolina School of Medicine. (2015) Cochlear Implants Work Equally Well In Younger and Older Patients. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 05:29 PM
  • 21 views

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked To Earlier Puberty in Girls

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Karin B. Michels, MPH, PhD, ScD Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center, Department of Obstetrics, … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Karin B. Michels, MPH, PhD, ScD. (2015) Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Linked To Earlier Puberty in Girls. http://MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 03:44 PM
  • 25 views

Many Breast Cancer Patient Have Limited Understanding Of Their Own Disease

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Rachel A. Freedman MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Department of Medical Oncology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Freedman: … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Rachel A. Freedman MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, & Department of Medical Oncology. (2015) Many Breast Cancer Patient Have Limited Understanding Of Their Own Disease. http://MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 03:08 PM
  • 30 views

Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals.... Read more »

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K., & Cooper, A. (2015) Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women. PLOS ONE, 10(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057  

  • January 28, 2015
  • 03:05 PM
  • 22 views

Cancer Drug May Overcome Physiological Resistance To Tuberculosis Medications

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D. A.W.Cook Professor of Tumor Biology Director, E.L. Steele Laboratory Department of Radiation Oncology Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA    02114 Medical Research: What are the primary findings of this … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D. (2015) Cancer Drug May Overcome Physiological Resistance To Tuberculosis Medications. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 02:26 PM
  • 20 views

Isolated Systolic Hypertension in Young Adults Linked To Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Death

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Donald M Lloyd-Jones, MD/ScM Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine Director, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) Eileen M. Foell Professor Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Medical … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, MD/ScM, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, & Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. (2015) Isolated Systolic Hypertension in Young Adults Linked To Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Death. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 02:08 PM
  • 25 views

Diverse Herpes Viruses Share Ability To Suppress Immune Response

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher S. Sullivan, Ph.D. Associate Professor Dept. Molecular Biosciences The University of Texas at Austin and Jennifer Cox, lead author Graduate student in Dr. Sullivan’s laboratory. Jennifer Cox’s Replies: MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Christopher S. Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. Molecular Biosciences, The University of Texas at Austin and, Jennifer Cox, lead author Graduate student in Dr. Sullivan’s laboratory., Jennifer Cox, lead author, & Graduate student in Dr. Sullivan's lab. (2015) Diverse Herpes Viruses Share Ability To Suppress Immune Response. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 28, 2015
  • 01:45 PM
  • 23 views

Does this mean we need to pay no attention to 1 in  10 research findings?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

If so, we can certainly suggest a few to be disregarded! We don’t write about most of the articles we consider for this blog (the reject pile grows taller every day). And when we do write about questionable pieces we let you know if we think it’s a little ridiculous or if it’s a prospective […]

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