Chernobyl has an unhospitable reputation for wildlife. But new research suggests that animals are thriving in the wild near the old reactor site.... Read more »
Deryabina, T., Kuchmel, S., Nagorskaya, L., Hinton, T., Beasley, J., Lerebours, A., & Smith, J. (2015) Long-term census data reveal abundant wildlife populations at Chernobyl. Current Biology, 25(19). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.08.017
Many years ago I worked a couple of seasons as a porter on the now-defunct hovercraft service across the English Channel. One of the old hands used to tell me regularly that “what you lose on the swings, you make up on the roundabouts” – a phrase that’s stuck with me ever since. What he [Read More...]... Read more »
Stroebe, K., Postmes, T., Täuber, S., Stegeman, A., & John, M. (2015) Belief in a Just What? Demystifying Just World Beliefs by Distinguishing Sources of Justice. PLOS ONE, 10(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120145
The manuscript in this post is two years old but I thought it was worthy of comment.The Global Burden of Disease study seeks to provide an estimate of the relative contribution of a variety of medical disorders on disability and death.I have summarized data with an original chart with data abstracted on the leading causes of early death in the U.S. This is provided by the chart in numbers (x1000). The most recent estimate rates heart disease as the continuing cause of years of life lost (2010 es........ Read more »
Murray CJ, Atkinson C, Bhalla K, Birbeck G, Burstein R, Chou D, Dellavalle R, Danaei G, Ezzati M, Fahimi A.... (2013) The state of US health, 1990-2010: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA, 310(6), 591-608. PMID: 23842577
At the recent Discovery On Target conference, a workshop on data and analytics for drug discovery contained several informative talks. This week’s Video Tip of the Week was inspired by the first speaker in that session, Georges Grinstein. Not only was the software he talked about something I wanted to examine right away (Weave)–his philosophy on […]... Read more »
Patterson, D., Hicks, T., Dufilie, A., Grinstein, G., & Plante, E. (2015) Dynamic Data Visualization with Weave and Brain Choropleths. PLOS ONE, 10(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139453
A survey of Labrador Retriever owners tells us what they eat, how often they exercise, and where they sleep.A survey of over 4000 people with Labrador Retrievers provides a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the average Lab. 68% of the dogs were pets, 6% working dogs, and of the remainder the largest group of people did not say (a quarter of overall responses). Black Labradors were the most common (49%), followed by yellow (27%) and chocolate (21%), with other colours including fox ........ Read more »
Pugh, C., Bronsvoort, B., Handel, I., Summers, K., & Clements, D. (2015) Dogslife: A cohort study of Labrador Retrievers in the UK. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2015.06.020
Can a pregnant woman get pregnant? Sounds like a riddle, but really it is superfetation. Getting pregnant in two successive cycles and having twins with different fathers really creates a problem in defining what twins actually are. Twins don’t have to be conceived at the same time, born at the same time, have the same father, or even be of the same “race.”... Read more »
Pollux, B., Meredith, R., Springer, M., Garland, T., & Reznick, D. (2014) The evolution of the placenta drives a shift in sexual selection in livebearing fish. Nature, 513(7517), 233-236. DOI: 10.1038/nature13451
Peigné, M., Andrieux, J., Deruelle, P., Vuillaume, I., & Leroy, M. (2011) Quintuplets after a transfer of two embryos following in vitro fertilization: a proved superfecundation. Fertility and Sterility, 95(6), 2147483647-2147483647. DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.01.029
James WH. (1993) The incidence of superfecundation and of double paternity in the general population. Acta geneticae medicae et gemellologiae, 42(3-4), 257-62. PMID: 7871943
Baijal N, Sahni M, Verma N, Kumar A, Parkhe N, & Puliyel JM. (2007) Discordant twins with the smaller baby appropriate for gestational age--unusual manifestation of superfoetation: a case report. BMC pediatrics, 2. PMID: 17239246
Glyphosate use and autism rates - should I blog about it?Well, after some deliberation I decided it was a topic worthy of an entry. There is some peer-reviewed science discussions behind it and, as per other areas of controversy on the autism research landscape, the idea that 'science is about debate' (why else does everyone keep going on about open-access and transparency) should always prevail.I'm assuming most people have heard of the organophosphonate (that's phosphonate not p........ Read more »
Faria MA. (2015) Glyphosate, neurological diseases - and the scientific method. Surgical neurology international, 132. PMID: 26322242
Some of the most striking images from the refugees who have been trekking across Europe are of families and children. Beyond the immediate perils of their journeys, migration inevitably changes families. As children are usually much quicker to learn new … Continue reading →... Read more »
Bauer, E. (2013) Reconstructing Moral Identities in Memories of Childhood Language Brokering Experiences. International Migration, 51(5), 205-218. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12030
The use of patellar strap and sports taping were both effective in decreasing pain due to patellar tendinopathy.... Read more »
de Vries, A., Zwerver, J., Diercks, R., Tak, I., van Berkel, S., van Cingel, R., van der Worp, H., & van den Akker-Scheek, I. (2015) Effect of patellar strap and sports tape on pain in patellar tendinopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine . DOI: 10.1111/sms.12556
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Ian Carroll, PhD Professor of medicine UNC Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Carroll: Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a severe psychiatric disorder … Continue reading →
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Dr. Ian Carroll, PhD. (2015) Intestinal Bacteria May Play A Role in Anorexia Nervosa. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nynne Nyboe Andersen, MD Department of Epidemiology Research Statens Serum Institut Denmark Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Response: The use of TNF-α inhibitors, including infliximab, adalimumab and certolizumab pegol to treat people with inflammatory bowel … Continue reading →
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Nynne Nyboe Andersen, MD. (2015) Biologics Slightly Increase Risk of Demyelinating Disease In Patients with IBD. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Anja Bye, PhD, Senior Researcher Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) K.G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine National Council of Cardiovascular Disease Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging Medical Faculty Norwegian University of Science and Technology Medical … Continue reading →
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Anja Bye, PhD,. (2015) Pilot Study Tests High Intensity Exercise in Women With Rheumatic Disease. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Susan Gray MD Division of Adolescent Medicine Boston Children’s Hospital Boston, MA Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Gray: This is a study of the health care costs … Continue reading →
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Susan Gray MD. (2015) Mental Health, Obesity, Orphan Drugs Linked To High Cost Adolescent Care. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
A new study finds that rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage. Surprisingly, however, the analysis of clinical trials conducted since 1990 found that the increase in placebo responses occurred only in trials conducted wholly in the U.S.; trials conducted in Europe or Asia showed no changes in placebo responses over that period.... Read more »
Tuttle, A., Tohyama, S., Ramsay, T., Kimmelman, J., Schweinhardt, P., Bennett, G., & Mogil, J. (2015) Increasing placebo responses over time in U.S. clinical trials of neuropathic pain. PAIN, 1. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000333
The Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs begin today. I did a PubMed search for recent research related to baseball.One interesting abstract examined the body of research related to elite athletes and longevity.This review article examined 54 peer-reviewed manuscripts that addressed the mortality and longevity of elite athletes. Sixteen of these studies examined longevity in MLB players.I will summarize some of the conclusions from this review.MLB players tended to have longer lifespan than cont........ Read more »
Lemez S, & Baker J. (2015) Do Elite Athletes Live Longer? A Systematic Review of Mortality and Longevity in Elite Athletes. Sports medicine - open, 1(1), 16. PMID: 26301178
Most camouflaged creatures try to hold still so they won't give away their ruse. But cuttlefish aren't most creatures. These masters of camouflage can change color to seamlessly match their background, and they can keep swimming while they do it.
"Cuttlefish are one of nature's fastest dynamic camouflagers," says Noam Josef, a graduate student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. The cephalopods can change color in just one tenth of a second. They can also create different........ Read more »
Josef N, Berenshtein I, Fiorito G, Sykes AV, & Shashar N. (2015) Camouflage during movement in the European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). The Journal of experimental biology. PMID: 26385328
That title is not a mistake. When I read the recent articles about the earliest example of a decapitation, my first thought was “wow, look at those illustrations; we really […]... Read more »
Strauss A, Oliveira RE, Bernardo DV, Salazar-García DC, Talamo S, Jaouen K, Hubbe M, Black S, Wilkinson C, Richards MP.... (2015) The Oldest Case of Decapitation in the New World (Lapa do Santo, East-Central Brazil). PloS one, 10(9). PMID: 26397983
If you happen to be a nematode, worm-stars are probably your worst nightmare. One minute, you’re swimming around minding your own business. The next, you’ve been sucked into a wildly thrashing mass of your peers, all stuck to each other … Continue reading →... Read more »
Clark, L., & Hodgkin, J. (2015) Leucobacter musarum subsp. musarum sp. nov., subsp. nov.; Leucobacter musarum subsp. japonicus subsp. nov., and Leucobacter celer subsp. astrifaciens subsp. nov., three novel nematopathogenic bacteria isolated from Caenorhabditis, with an emended descript. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. DOI: 10.1099/ijsem.0.000523
The findings reported by Gayle Windham and colleagues  caught my eye recently and their observations based on the examination of mid-pregnancy serum hormone and protein markers for some 2500 mothers of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with 600,000 controls.Detailing results based on: "Second trimester levels of unconjugated estriol (uE3), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP)", researchers reported that their results........ Read more »
Windham GC, Lyall K, Anderson M, & Kharrazi M. (2015) Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk in Relation to Maternal Mid-Pregnancy Serum Hormone and Protein Markers from Prenatal Screening in California. Journal of autism and developmental disorders. PMID: 26370672
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Prof. Dr. med. Patrick Meybohm, MHBAConsultant for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine University Hospital Frankfurt Dept. Of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy Frankfurt Germany Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →
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Prof. Dr. med. Patrick Meybohm, MHBA. (2015) Multicenter Trial Fails To Show Benefit of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning Prior To Heart Surgery. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
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