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  • May 19, 2009
  • 05:39 PM
  • 1,031 views

From eczema to asthma (in mice)

by Simon Cockell in Fuzzier Logic

Eczema and asthma often co-occur, indeed, I suffer from both (albeit mildly). What I wasn’t aware of was that eczema often comes first. Though eczema often precedes asthma (asthma has an underlying rate of 4-8% in the general population, but 70% in individuals with a history of chronic severe eczema), the underlying mechanism for this [...]... Read more »

  • April 21, 2009
  • 06:00 PM
  • 1,343 views

Why do good people use bad medicines?

by Whitecoat Tales in Beyond the Short Coat

Hat tip goes to Epiphenom who wrote about this article on Friday. Dr David Gorski has also written a piece on this paper for Science Based Medicine here.

 

We’ve been talking a bit about evidence based medicine here at Beyond the Short Coat. In the Hard Conversation posts (1, 2, 3, 4, guidelines here), we’ve noticed a lot of [...]... Read more »

  • April 19, 2009
  • 05:17 PM
  • 2,464 views

Reading entrails, 21st-century style

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

We are a species obsessed with knowing what the future holds. Our personal future, the future of our kith and kin, our countries, and our planet.

Humans have always been trying to predict their personal future. Palms, stars, cards, dreams, knuckle-bones, coffee grounds, tea leaves, bird flight patterns, crystal balls and animal entrails have all been used (and many are still in use) for predicting the future. As we consider ourselves (industrialized nations) to have matured somewhat beyon........ Read more »

  • March 27, 2009
  • 04:28 PM
  • 1,743 views

So Gay, So Very Gay

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

It's unbelievable what's uncovered sometimes. A recent survey of British psychologists and psychiatrists has uncovered that a sizeable amount have attempted to "convert" homosexual patients or clients to heterosexual orientations!

It's a well-known axiom that (biological) homosexuality is an orientation that cannot be changed, what to speak of the scientific consensus on the matter, and what do you think might happen if any such changes are encouraged? Psychological h........ Read more »

  • March 24, 2009
  • 07:07 PM
  • 1,770 views

Open Education

by Paul in Gribble Lab

There’s an interesting article in today’s PLoS Biology (March 24, 2009):

Eddy, S. (2009). Open Revolution PLoS Biology, 7 (3) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000078

It’s actually a book review of:

Iiyoshi T, Kumar MSV, editors (2008) Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge. Cambridge (Massachusetts): MIT Press. 500 p. ISBN (hardcover): [...]... Read more »

Eddy, S. (2009) Open Revolution. PLoS Biology, 7(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000078  

  • March 23, 2009
  • 07:50 PM
  • 1,793 views

The "Cancer Faith" Study

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

An interesting study released earlier this week attracted the attention of many bloggers and commentators. It's basic premise is that religious patients with advanced cancer are more likely to opt for aggressive end-of-life treatment. In other words, the more religious they are, the more likely it is that they will place less faith in God and more faith in medical treatment and technology. Let's analyse:

Andrea Phelps and colleagues acknowledge that religion and beliefs account for ........ Read more »

Phelps, A., Maciejewski, P., Nilsson, M., Balboni, T., Wright, A., Paulk, M., Trice, E., Schrag, D., Peteet, J., Block, S.... (2009) Religious Coping and Use of Intensive Life-Prolonging Care Near Death in Patients With Advanced Cancer. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 301(11), 1140-1147. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2009.341  

  • March 17, 2009
  • 01:36 AM
  • 1,403 views

Further Thoughts On 'No More God Spot?'

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

Regarding my previous blog of a few days ago, discussing the recent research by Kapogiannis et al. (2009) on the psychological and neuroanatomical framework of religious belief they've provided, I had some further thoughts on the study that I'd like to delineate. But first, just a quick note. Some may wonder whether my treatment of the issues reveal a sympathy in me for affairs religious and/or that I might be a - shock horror! - a Creationist (ID) infiltrator. I'm putting that to........ Read more »

Kapogiannis, D., Barbey, A., Su, M., Zamboni, G., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2009) Cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0811717106  

  • March 15, 2009
  • 07:12 AM
  • 1,647 views

No More God Spot?

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

Back in 2005 when I was an enthusiastic undergraduate, I was amazed at the scientific knowledge that proliferated on theories of religion. After reading Ramachandran's impressive Phantoms In The Brain and gaining an acquaintance with the neurobiological structures that underly religious experience, I became aware of scientific research that was suggesting the existence of a "God Module" in the brain, a system of specialised neural circuitry that appeared to be the central mediator of religious e........ Read more »

Kapogiannis, D., Barbey, A., Su, M., Zamboni, G., Krueger, F., & Grafman, J. (2009) Cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0811717106  

  • March 10, 2009
  • 01:00 AM
  • 1,970 views

Believer Brains Different from Non-Believer Brains?

by Neural Outlaw in Neural Interface

As mentioned in an earlier blog about my research interests, my general (research) focus relates to issues of mental health (schizophrenic symptoms in particular) and I hope to build my career in that area. A side-interest of mine relates to neuropsychological and neurophysiological effects of religion. I am by no means any kind of expert on the matter nor am I intimately familiar with the breadth of literature that already exists on the subject. I like to briefly explore this issue for my own u........ Read more »

Michael Inzlicht, Ian McGregor, Jacob B. Hirsh, & Kyle Nash. (2009) Neural Markers of Religious Conviction. Psychological Science, 20(3), 385-392. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02305.x  

  • February 27, 2009
  • 01:00 AM
  • 1,320 views

Having a BLAST with Darwin

by Joe Dunckley in Cotch

-or- "(One of many reasons) Why genomics matters"

In chapter 14 of The Origin Darwin discussed embryological stages and their utility in classification. This utility derives from the fact that in animals phenotypic variation between species is less complicated at earlier developmental stages, and less influenced by what Darwin calls “special habits”. In some cases, this principle can be taken to extremes. Today, we refine species classification using the gold-standard me........ Read more »

  • February 17, 2009
  • 01:00 AM
  • 1,616 views

Does Font Make a Difference in the Effectiveness of Library Handouts?

by schnell in The Medium is the Message

Every so often a handout or document published by a library comes across my desk that makes me squint or shake my head. The problem is frequently with bad design, colors, or layout. Many times the problem is when the author, trying to be cute or unique, decides to use a fancy font. Even at my library I'll make the argument that a simple sans serif font like Arial should be used.  It is not uncommon for the reaction to be a look of "what do you know? You're not a graphic artist!" Well, I have f........ Read more »

  • February 4, 2009
  • 01:00 AM
  • 2,030 views

Now this looks better

by Iddo Friedberg in Byte Size Biology

In any data-rich science, data visualization is of prime importance. Finding ways to visually depict data is challenging, as we have opposing demands: we would like to see the data in the whole, but also be able to zoom in and analyze the details; we would like to know how the many details add up to affect the big picture.... Read more »

  • November 24, 2008
  • 01:00 AM
  • 1,151 views

Open Microbial Diversity: PLoS papers on using 454-Roche pyrosequencing for rRNA studies

by Jonathan Eisen in The Tree of Life

Discussion of two new papers on 454 sequencing and microbial diversity... Read more »

  • October 13, 2006
  • 01:00 AM
  • 2,451 views

World's Smallest Genome of a Cellular Organism?

by Jonathan Eisen in The Tree of Life

Discussion of Science paper on a very small genome... Read more »

Nakabachi, A., Yamashita, A., Toh, H., Ishikawa, H., Dunbar, H., Moran, N., & Hattori, M. (2006) The 160-Kilobase Genome of the Bacterial Endosymbiont Carsonella. Science, 314(5797), 267-267. DOI: 10.1126/science.1134196  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,248 views

Why speeding neutrinos are interesting for social scientists

by Rense Nieuwenhuis in Curving Normality

In the world as we understand it, based on Einstein, nothing can go faster than light. This prediction based on the general theory of relativity has proven itself countless times in empirical research. And now, lo and behold, a group at CERN has observed neutrino’s racing through earth from France/Switzerland to Italy at the World-record breaking speed of slightly above light-speed!... Read more »

The OPERA Collaboraton: T. Adam, N. Agafonova, A. Aleksandrov, O. Altinok, P. Alvarez Sanchez, A. Anokhina, S. Aoki, A. Ariga, T. Ariga, D. Autiero.... (2011) Measurement of the neutrino velocity with the OPERA detector in the CNGS beam. Arxiv. arXiv: 1109.4897v2

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,982 views

Drinking is Healthy

by Anton Power in BioMed Weekly

Response to absurd assertion that alcoholic beverages are simply vices.... Read more »

Frozza, R., Bernardi, A., Hoppe, J., Meneghetti, A., Matté, A., Battastini, A., Pohlmann, A., Guterres, S., & Salbego, C. (2013) Neuroprotective Effects of Resveratrol Against Aβ Administration in Rats are Improved by Lipid-Core Nanocapsules. Molecular Neurobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s12035-013-8401-2  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,374 views

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, -1
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,242 views

2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

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