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  • March 14, 2017
  • 09:26 PM

‘I’m not listening to you!’ Interacting in a linguistically diverse society

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

On December 23, 2016, as most Australians were winding down for the holiday week ahead, Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a 27-year-old...... Read more »

Kenison TC, Madu A, Krupat E, Ticona L, Vargas IM, & Green AR. (2017) Through the Veil of Language: Exploring the Hidden Curriculum for the Care of Patients With Limited English Proficiency. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 92(1), 92-100. PMID: 27166864  

  • April 17, 2016
  • 04:00 AM

Week 15 In Review: Open-Access Science | 11 to 17 April

by TakFurTheKaffe in Tak Fur The Kaffe

Swarming Red Crabs, 11,000-year-old shaman headdress, 'superfast' wing muscles, slowdown of giant airstreams, and sexually transmitted infections in Neanderthals. Here are five of the latest scientific studies published open-access this week, ... Read more »

Stadtherr, L., Coumou, D., Petoukhov, V., Petri, S., & Rahmstorf, S. (2016) Record Balkan floods of 2014 linked to planetary wave resonance. Science Advances, 2(4). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501428  

  • October 12, 2014
  • 03:45 AM

How EBOLA Treatment Works

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

A basic insight into the biology behind the experimental EBOLA treatment. [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  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 07:00 AM

Evidence of Hobbling, Torture Discovered at Ancient Massacre Site in Colorado

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

The site of a gruesome massacre some 1,200 years ago in southwestern Colorado is yielding new evidence of the severity, and the grisly intensity, of the violence that took place there.... Read more »

  • March 24, 2014
  • 05:00 AM

Earliest Evidence of Gigantism-Like Disease Found in 3,800-Year-Old California Skeleton

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

The remains of a man buried 3,800 years ago in a richly decorated California grave bear some unusual but unmistakable features — signs of acromegaly, a rare disorder of the endocrine system that’s similar to gigantism.... Read more »

  • September 27, 2013
  • 07:15 AM

A complex ritualistic burial in the Philippines 9000 years ago

by nath in Imprints of Philippine Science

  About 9000 years ago, a human was buried in an elaborate ritual that involves defleshing and separation of bones, crushing …Continue reading »... Read more »

  • March 4, 2013
  • 01:49 PM

Falun Fanatics

by Emarkham in GeneticCuckoo

An analysis of the claims made of a religious group of organ harvesting in china, examining the evidence and looking at the reality of these claims. ... Read more »

E Markham. (2013) Falun Fanatics . Blogspot. info:/

  • November 13, 2012
  • 12:11 AM

Nahid in the Shahnameh: bad breath makes world history

by Douglas Galbi in purple motes

In the Shahnameh, Nahid's bad breath brings Alexander the Great to Greece. Al-Jahiz's claim that Persian men have sex with women with bad breath is undone. ... Read more »

  • April 20, 2012
  • 07:00 PM

Ophthalmology of the Pharaohs: Antimicrobial Kohl Eyeliner in Ancient Egypt

by Rebecca Kreston in BODY HORRORS

The bold eye makeup in the ‘60s, best exemplified by Sophia Loren’s winged ‘cat eye’ liner and Twiggy’s spidery eyelashes, had nothing on the ancient Egyptians and their gods. Their eyelids were heavily smeared with black kohl eyeliner, thick lines rimming the eyes, and the fashion was sported by everyone from peasants to pharaohs to effigies of the worshiped gods Horus and Ra. Though it may seem nothing more than a cosmetic fancy nowadays, kohl was considered to have potent magical po........ Read more »

  • February 27, 2012
  • 12:00 AM

Gothic Epidemiology? or Gothic Historiography?

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

I was reading David Mengel’s recent article on plague in Bohemia and he kept referring to this apparently well-known concept, gothic epidemiology. Being the early medieval geek that I am, my first thought was Ostrogoth or Visigoth, and what do they have to do with epidemiology, especially in Bohemia? Feeling that I was clearing missing [...]... Read more »

  • January 26, 2012
  • 04:30 PM

Man's Best Friend, the Turkana Tribe & a Gruesome Parasite

by Rebecca Kreston in BODY HORRORS

Echinococcus granulosus is the causative agent of hydatid disease, a real nasty piece of work that usually plagues dogs and the ruminants they herd or hunt. The Turkana district in Kenya has the highest incidence and prevalence of hydatid disease in the world, due to the incredibly unique role that dogs play in the day-to-day life of their human owners.... Read more »

Romig, T., Omer, R., Zeyhle, E., Hüttner, M., Dinkel, A., Siefert, L., Elmahdi, I., Magambo, J., Ocaido, M., Menezes, C.... (2011) Echinococcosis in sub-Saharan Africa: Emerging complexity. Veterinary Parasitology, 181(1), 43-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.04.022  

  • January 16, 2012
  • 08:39 AM

Retrospective Diagnosis in the 21st Century

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

The way we make and think about retrospective diagnosis is changing. Over the last decade, laboratory results have become the preferred (maybe even mandatory) method of making a retrospective diagnosis [1]. To extrapolate a few positive laboratory results to cover an entire epidemic, it must correlate with reported signs and symptoms and ideally epidemiology. There [...]... Read more »

  • January 3, 2012
  • 01:43 PM

The Barry White Syndome: Why Are Deep Voices Attractive?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Darth Vader had one thing going for him: a deep voice. The ranks of George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Don LaFontaine, and Barry White includes a common factor: A lower pitched voice—considered a positive masculine feature associated with with older, heavier, taller, hairier, and more attractive men (1). Studies have demonstrated a female preference [...]

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Collins SA. (2000) Men's voices and women's choices. Animal Behaviour, 60(6), 773-780. PMID: 11124875  

Simmons, Leigh, Peters, Marianne, & Rhodes, Gillian. (2011) Low Pitched Voices are Perceived as Masculine and Attractive but Do They Predict Semen Quality in Men?. PLoS One, 6(12), 1-6. info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0029271

  • December 22, 2011
  • 12:04 AM

Why Do We Say “I’m Not Sick” When We’re Really Sick?

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year: cold and flu season! I dutifully got my flu shot in October, so when my throat started to tickle a few weeks ago, I dismissed it as a passing bug. Bad idea: It turned into an epic cold that nearly shut me down. (I may have also shared this [...]

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Segall, A. (1976) The Sick Role Concept: Understanding Illness Behavior. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 17(2), 162. DOI: 10.2307/2136342  

Vuckovic N. (1999) Fast relief: buying time with medications. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 13(1), 51-68. PMID: 10322601  

Wolinsky, F., & Wolinsky, S. (1981) Expecting Sick-Role Legitimation and Getting It. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 22(3), 229. DOI: 10.2307/2136518  

  • November 28, 2011
  • 09:00 AM

Oracles Past and Present: Our Means of Managing Information

by Krystal D'Costa in Anthropology in Practice

Our ability to find and share information today is potentially limitless. But how did we get here? From cave paintings to the iPad—how does human innovation bring us here? Go Ask the Oracle We live in an amazing time: We never have to wait to know. At this very moment you could be on a [...]

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Hargittai, E. (2002) Second-level digital divide: Differences in people’s online skills'. First Monday, Peer-Reviewed Journal of the Internet., 7(4). info:/

  • June 21, 2011
  • 01:30 PM

Lice, Ancient DNA and Napoleon's Grand Army

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

Life in Napoleon’s Grand Army wasn’t always so grand. The Russian campaign was a disaster, recently most tangibly manifest in the mass grave found at Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2001. Local records suggested that the remains belonged to Napoleon’s soldiers who paused at Vilnius during their retreat from Moscow in 1812. The densely packed bodies were buried at the same time leaving behind buttons, buckles and gear of 40 regiments of Napoleon’s army. The initial trench revealed ........ Read more »

Raoult D, Dutour O, Houhamdi L, Jankauskas R, Fournier PE, Ardagna Y, Drancourt M, Signoli M, La VD, Macia Y.... (2006) Evidence for louse-transmitted diseases in soldiers of Napoleon's Grand Army in Vilnius. The Journal of infectious diseases, 193(1), 112-20. PMID: 16323139  

  • June 17, 2011
  • 10:00 AM

Summer of the pill: why do we menstruate?

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

The first in a series on hormonal contraception. This post explores why human women menstruate and how that may impact their contraceptive decisions.... Read more »

  • June 10, 2011
  • 12:31 PM

Syphilis at Chaco

by teofilo in Gambler's House

There’s a persistent archaeological meme about there being a “lack of burials” at Chaco Canyon.  The idea is that not nearly enough burials have been found there to account for the size and magnificence of the architecture, so something odd is going on.  This has been interpreted in various ways and used as support for [...]... Read more »

Marden, K., & Ortner, D. (2011) A case of treponematosis from pre-Columbian Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 21(1), 19-31. DOI: 10.1002/oa.1103  

  • June 6, 2011
  • 07:00 AM

Trench Fever and Plague in 14th Century France

by Michelle Ziegler in Contagions

The Marseille plague group has been suggesting for some time now that human lice could be a major vector of medieval plague. To test their hypothesis the group devised a multiplex PCR screening method to rapidly screen many aDNA samples for seven pathogens that could cause medieval epidemics, including relapsing fever and trench fever transmitted by human lice. ... Read more »

  • May 5, 2011
  • 09:50 AM

The Curious Case of the Present Hymen.

by Serious Monkey Business in This is Serious Monkey Business

The hymen: you know it as the tissue that gets removed when you lose your virginity, but is there more you might be missing?... Read more »

Hobday, A.J., Haury, L., . (1997) Function of the human hymen. Medical Hypotheses, 171-173. info:/

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