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  • August 30, 2015
  • 02:34 PM
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The alien within: Fetal cells influence maternal health during pregnancy (and long after)

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Parents go to great lengths to ensure the health and well-being of their developing offspring. The favor, however, may not always be returned. Dramatic research has shown that during pregnancy, cells of the fetus often migrate through the placenta, taking up residence in many areas of the mother’s body, where their influence may benefit or undermine maternal health.... Read more »

  • August 29, 2015
  • 05:17 AM
  • 54 views

Maternal obesity and offspring autism meta-analysed

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

So: "The meta-analysis results support an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in children of women who were obese during pregnancy. However, further study is warranted to confirm these results."That was the conclusion reached by Ya-Min Li and colleagues [1] looking at the collected peer-reviewed data currently available on how maternal weight might impact on offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. Without wishing to blame or stigmatise (this is a blog based on the examination of cold,........ Read more »

  • August 28, 2015
  • 02:13 PM
  • 58 views

Bacteria can colour our insides!

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Included in the vast array of molecules put together by bacteria are pigments, with a blotch of colour often marking the presence of a large bacterial population in nature. In addition to green stains on damp concrete and vibrant rainbows of ooze in hot springs, pigment-making bacteria will very occasionally announce their presence by infecting us and subsequently changing the colour of our body parts and fluids. Weird eh?The king of turning people a different colour is Serratia marcescens. This........ Read more »

  • August 28, 2015
  • 01:59 PM
  • 56 views

Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a new study. The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.... Read more »

  • August 28, 2015
  • 04:05 AM
  • 68 views

Autoantibodies not implicated in cases of autism?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Contrary results are a common feature of the autism peer-reviewed research landscape. No sooner does one group publish the next 'big thing' when it comes to the singular term 'autism' than seemingly opposite results follow suit.So it is with the paper under discussion today by Simran Kalra and colleagues [1] (open-access) who concluded that: "The idea that autoantibodies represent an underlying cause or are biomarkers for autism pathophysiology is not supported by this report."Autoantibodies by ........ Read more »

  • August 27, 2015
  • 07:25 PM
  • 73 views

The Minimalist Index for running shoes

by Craig Payne in Running Research Junkie

The Minimalist Index for running shoes... Read more »

Esculier, J., Dubois, B., Dionne, C., Leblond, J., & Roy, J. (2015) A consensus definition and rating scale for minimalist shoes. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 8(1). DOI: 10.1186/s13047-015-0094-5  

  • August 27, 2015
  • 01:45 PM
  • 73 views

HIV particles do not cause AIDS, our own immune cells do

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Researchers have revealed that HIV does not cause AIDS by the virus’s direct effect on the host’s immune cells, but rather through the cells’ lethal influence on one another. HIV can either be spread through free-floating virus that directly infect the host immune cells or an infected cell can pass the virus to an uninfected cell.... Read more »

  • August 27, 2015
  • 11:37 AM
  • 83 views

The Man Who Saw His Double In The Mirror

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A creepy case report in the journal Neurocase describes a man who came to believe that his reflection was another person who lived behind the mirror.





The patient, Mr. B., a 78-year-old French man, was admitted to the neurology department in Tours:
During the previous 10 days, Mr. B. reported the presence of a stranger in his home who was located behind the mirror of the bathroom and strikingly shared his physical appearance. The stranger was a double of himself: he was the same size,... Read more »

  • August 27, 2015
  • 09:29 AM
  • 88 views

Light From Electronic Screens Can Disrupt Teenage Sleep Patterns

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Stephanie J. Crowley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory Department of Behavioral Sciences Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL 60612 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Crowley: Your readers may have seen … Continue reading →
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Stephanie J. Crowley, Ph.D., & Assistant Professo. (2015) Light From Electronic Screens Can Disrupt Teenage Sleep Patterns. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 09:18 AM
  • 91 views

Oncotype DX Assay Can Help Guide Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Michaela Ann Dinan Ph.D. Assistant Professor in Medicine Member of Duke Cancer Institute Duke University School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Dinan: For many years … Continue reading →
The post Oncotype DX Assay Can Help Guide Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Michaela Ann Dinan Ph.D. (2015) Oncotype DX Assay Can Help Guide Adjuvant Breast Cancer Chemotherapy. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 09:10 AM
  • 78 views

Patients In Greatest Need of Health Care Perceive Their Physicians As “Empty”

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Juliana Schroeder PhD, Assistant Professor Berkeley Haas Management of Organizations Group University of California at Berkeley Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Schroeder: Whereas much research examines how … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Juliana Schroeder PhD, Assistant Professor. (2015) Patients In Greatest Need of Health Care Perceive Their Physicians As "Empty". MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 08:10 AM
  • 78 views

What Does Jimmy Carter Have Against Worms?

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

You may have heard last week that former President Jimmy Carter wants to wipe the guinea worm out. Read why and how he is achieving this goal.... Read more »

  • August 27, 2015
  • 07:55 AM
  • 76 views

Fentanyl Buccal Tablet May Provide More Rapid Relief of Cancer Pain

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante MD Director, Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit and Pain Relief and Palliative Care Unit La Maddalena Cancer Center, Palermo, Italy Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. … Continue reading →
The post Fentanyl Buccal Tablet May Provide More Rapid Relief of Cancer Pain appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Dr. Sebastiano Mercadante MD. (2015) Fentanyl Buccal Tablet May Provide More Rapid Relief of Cancer Pain. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 07:45 AM
  • 84 views

The Science Behind ‘A Good Cry’

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Asmir Gračanin, PhD Tilburg University Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology & Department of Communication and Information Sciences Tilburg The Netherlands Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Gračanin: … Continue reading →
The post The Science Behind ‘A Good Cry’ appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Asmir Gračanin, PhD. (2015) The Science Behind 'A Good Cry'. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 07:26 AM
  • 73 views

Cardiovascular Events Decreased Most Among Adults At Highest Risk

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jay R. Desai, PhD, MPH HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research Minneapolis, MN 55425 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Desai: SUPREME-DM is a consortium of 11 integrated … Continue reading →
The post Cardiovascular Events Decreased Most Among Adults At Highest Risk appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Jay R. Desai, PhD, MPH. (2015) Cardiovascular Events Decreased Most Among Adults At Highest Risk. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 27, 2015
  • 03:58 AM
  • 76 views

Fish oils preventing psychosis: long-term effects?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"This is the first study to show, to the best of our knowledge, that a 12-week intervention with omega-3 PUFAs [polyunsaturated fatty acids] prevented transition to full-threshold psychotic disorder and led to sustained symptomatic and functional improvements in young people with an at-risk mental state for 7 years (median)."So said the quite remarkable findings reported by Paul Amminger and colleagues [1] (open-access available here) who followed up their previous research study [2] l........ Read more »

  • August 26, 2015
  • 07:15 PM
  • 46 views

Microbiome Differs Between Schizophrenic Patients and Controls

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Keith A. Crandall, PhD Director – Computational Biology Institute George Washington University Innovation Hall Suite 305 Ashburn, VA 20147-2766 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Crandall: We wanted … Continue reading →
The post Microbiome Differs Between Schizophrenic Patients and Controls appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Keith A. Crandall, PhD. (2015) Microbiome Differs Between Schizophrenic Patients and Controls. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 26, 2015
  • 03:35 PM
  • 40 views

Young Breast Cancer Patients Have Much Higher BRCA Mutation Than White

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Tuya Pal MD Division of Population Sciences Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, Florida   Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Pal:  Young Black women bear a disproportionate burden … Continue reading →
The post Young Breast Cancer Patients Have Much Higher BRCA Mutation Than White appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Tuya Pal MD. (2015) Young Breast Cancer Patients Have Much Higher BRCA Mutation Than White. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 26, 2015
  • 01:48 PM
  • 42 views

Misconduct During Military Service Is Strongest Predictor of Homelessness After Discharge

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Internal Medicine University of Utah School of Medicine and University of Utah Hospitals and ClinicsInformatics, Decision Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences Center VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, … Continue reading →
The post Misconduct During Military Service Is Strongest Predictor of Homelessness After Discharge appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interv........ Read more »

Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD, PhD. (2015) Misconduct During Military Service Is Strongest Predictor of Homelessness After Discharge. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • August 26, 2015
  • 01:30 PM
  • 55 views

Fertilization discovery: Do sperm wield tiny harpoons?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Could the sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization? That’s the intriguing possibility raised by the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s discovery that a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm and its target.... Read more »

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