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  • January 22, 2016
  • 04:36 AM
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Our collective memory, like individual memory, is shockingly fallible

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

By guest blogger Laura SpinneyWhat were the greatest human catastrophes of the 20th century? When asked this question, most people answer the Second World War, followed by the First World War. The former killed around 50 million people, the latter 17 million. But there was another catastrophe that dwarfed both of these, that is rarely mentioned. The influenza pandemic of 1918-1920, better known as the Spanish flu, killed at least 50 million people worldwide, and perhaps as many as 100 million.Wh........ Read more »

  • January 22, 2016
  • 02:48 AM
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Fatigue and severe behaviour problems associated with autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Challenging behaviours or behavioural crisis in relation to autism is a topic that has graced this blog before (see here). Covering a whole spectrum of issues ranging from aggression (self and/or directed against others) to various other quite undesirable presentations (such as smearing) quite a lot of behaviour can potentially fall into this description.Without heading too far into the possible [often very individual] reasons as to why challenging behaviours occur and their meaning (see he........ Read more »

  • January 22, 2016
  • 12:13 AM
  • 162 views

Our brain can store information of the entire web (or more)

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Memory capacity of brain is about 10 times more than previous estimations, which is in the petabyte range, i.e. almost equivalent to the entire Web.

Published in:

eLife

Study Further:

Memories and thoughts in our brain are caused by a distinct pattern of chemical and electrical activity. Our brain has branches of neurons, which are connected to each other through synapses. Signals and information travel through these synapses with the help of neurotransmitters. Each ne........ Read more »

Bartol, T., Bromer, C., Kinney, J., Chirillo, M., Bourne, J., Harris, K., & Sejnowski, T. (2015) Nanoconnectomic upper bound on the variability of synaptic plasticity. eLife. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.10778  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 10:15 PM
  • 32 views

Strong Home Life Can Counteract Prenatal Effects of Methamphetamine

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Pediatrics on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lynne M. Smith, MD FAAP LA BioMed lead researcher Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics Division of Neonatology Medical Director, High Risk Infant Follow-up Program Associate Program … Continue reading →
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Lynne M. Smith, MD FAAP. (2016) Strong Home Life Can Counteract Prenatal Effects of Methamphetamine. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:57 PM
  • 30 views

Antibiotics Use in Acne Unintentionally Lower S. aureus Colonization

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Dermatology on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gregory R. Delost, DO University Hospitals Regional Hospitals Richmond Heights, OH MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? Dr. Delost: Acne vulgaris is a common dermatological disorder with an incidence of … Continue reading →
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Gregory R. Delost, DO. (2016) Antibiotics Use in Acne Unintentionally Lower S. aureus Colonization. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:38 PM
  • 32 views

Obesity Increases Atrial Fibrillation Risk For Blacks After Bypass Surgery

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jimmy T. Efird, PhD, MSc Director Center for Epidemiology and Outcomes Research East Carolina Heart Institute Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University NC Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main … Continue reading →
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Jimmy T. Efird, PhD. (2016) Obesity Increases Atrial Fibrillation Risk For Blacks After Bypass Surgery. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:29 PM
  • 36 views

Environmental Neurotoxins Found To Cause Alzheimer-Like Brain Tangles

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Alzheimer’s Disease on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sandra Anne Banack Institute for Ethnomedicine Jackson Hole, WY Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Villagers from the island of Guam had 50-100x the … Continue reading →
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Sandra Anne Banack. (2016) Environmental Neurotoxins Found To Cause Alzheimer-Like Brain Tangles. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 06:39 PM
  • 141 views

"Cat-gras Delusion" - The Man Who Saw His Cat As An Impostor

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

Capgras syndrome is a strange disorder in which the sufferer becomes convinced that someone close to them has been replaced by an impostor.



Yet now, a new and even stranger variant of the syndrome has been reported - "Cat-gras". This is the name coined by Harvard neurologists R. Ryan Darby and David Caplan in a new paper in the journal Neurocase. The authors describe the case of a man who believed that his cat was in fact a different cat.



According to Darby and Caplan, the patient ... Read more »

  • January 21, 2016
  • 06:33 PM
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Lyme Disease Ticks Double Range Over Past Twenty Years

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Lyme Disease on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Rebecca Eisen PhD research biologist and Ben Beard, Ph.D.  Chief, Bacterial Diseases Branch Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Research: What is the background for this … Continue reading →
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Rebecca Eisen PhD, & Ben Beard, Ph.D. (2016) Lyme Disease Ticks Double Range Over Past Twenty Years. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 02:27 PM
  • 173 views

Anxious? Chronic stress and anxiety can damage the brain

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

A scientific review paper warns that people need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia. Led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, the review examined brain areas impacted by chronic anxiety, fear and stress in animal and human studies that are already published.... Read more »

Mah, L., Szabuniewicz, C., & Fiocco, A. (2016) Can anxiety damage the brain?. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 29(1), 56-63. DOI: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000223  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 08:35 AM
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Climate change and ocean productivity

by sceintists from the Marine group at CEES in Marine Science blog




Marine phytoplankton contribute nearly 50% to global primary production, support zooplankton production and play a vital role in regulating Carbon sequestration. Phytoplankton productivity fluctuations are caused by various direct and indirect effects of temperature, the balance of which show large-scale geographical patterns.

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Feng, J., Durant, J., Stige, L., Hessen, D., Hjermann, D., Zhu, L., Llope, M., & Stenseth, N. (2015) Contrasting correlation patterns between environmental factors and chlorophyll levels in the global ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29(12), 2095-2107. DOI: 10.1002/2015GB005216  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 08:25 AM
  • 156 views

A 5,300 Year Old Stomach Ache

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

The fascinating history of the stomach ulcer bacteria H. pylori, which was recently found in Otzi, the 5,300 year old iceman.... Read more »

Tito RY, Knights D, Metcalf J, Obregon-Tito AJ, Cleeland L, Najar F, Roe B, Reinhard K, Sobolik K, Belknap S.... (2012) Insights from characterizing extinct human gut microbiomes. PloS one, 7(12). PMID: 23251439  

Maixner, F., Krause-Kyora, B., Turaev, D., Herbig, A., Hoopmann, M., Hallows, J., Kusebauch, U., Vigl, E., Malfertheiner, P., Megraud, F.... (2016) The 5300-year-old Helicobacter pylori genome of the Iceman. Science, 351(6269), 162-165. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2545  

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:49 AM
  • 142 views

A sewage-loving, foam-making, spaghetti-resembling bacterium

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

While working on my doctorate, I lived for a time in an apartment just down the street from a small wastewater treatment facility. I never noticed a bad smell, but if I stayed up too late I'd end up having to fall asleep to the very low pitched rumble of gallons upon gallons of poop water being pumped into and out of large tanks. I tried not to think too hard about this, which tends to be difficult when you're, y'know, trying to fall asleep.Wastewater treatment facilities, or sewage treatment pl........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:37 AM
  • 126 views

Melanoma Can Arise From Moles on the Soles and Palms

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

More on Dermatology on MedicalResearch.com MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Jennifer A. Stein MD PhD Associate Professor Department of Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology NYU Langone Medical Center Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →
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Dr. Jennifer A. Stein MD PhD. (2016) Melanoma Can Arise From Moles on the Soles and Palms. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2016
  • 07:27 AM
  • 140 views

Teams are more creative when their leader is confident in her or his own creativity

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

If you’re wondering who to appoint to run a team with creative goals, you might favour a non-creative, reasoning that it’s down to the team members to generate creativity, with the person at the top acting more as driver and dogged coordinator. However, new research in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes suggests that teams produce more creative outcomes when their managers have greater confidence in their own creativity.Lei Huang of Auburn University and his collaborators s........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2016
  • 05:52 AM
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Will your paper be more cited if published in Open Access?

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

Is there any positive relationship between open access and the amount of citations? Last year Academia.edu announced in its website that citations to papers in its repository could raise in percentages much higher than other repositories. Is it truth or exaggeration? … Read More →... Read more »

  • January 21, 2016
  • 02:51 AM
  • 152 views

Pendulum swings... prenatal antidepressant exposure not linked to autism or ADHD

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"Multiple studies have examined the risk of prenatal antidepressant exposure and risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with inconsistent results."And..."These results suggest that prior reports of association between prenatal antidepressant exposure and neurodevelopmental disease are likely to represent a false-positive finding, which may arise in part through confounding by indication."'These results' refers to the findings reported by Castr........ Read more »

  • January 21, 2016
  • 02:00 AM
  • 142 views

New reports for a giant planet in the Solar System

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Point:

Our Solar System has ninth planet in the outer spaces as evidenced by researchers.

Published in:

The Astronomical Journal

Study Further:

Researchers have recently reported that they have found the best known evidence for the existence of ninth planet, referred to as Planet X or Planet Nine, at the outer limits of our Solar System. However, it has been noted that there are no direct evidences for the presence of ninth planet. Researchers have based their argument about ........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 09:31 PM
  • 122 views

Students At Elite Universities Also View Asians As The Model Minority

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jerry Park, Ph.D. Associate professor of sociology Affiliate Fellow, Institute for Studies on Religion Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Park: Research … Continue reading →
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Jerry Park, Ph.D. (2016) Students At Elite Universities Also View Asians As The Model Minority. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 20, 2016
  • 08:54 PM
  • 98 views

Tasmanian Devils Have Given Rise To Two Distinct Transmissible Cancers

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Elizabeth Murchison Menzies Institute for Medical Research University of Tasmania Save the Tasmanian Devil Program Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment Hobart Australia Department of Veterinary Medicine University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK … Continue reading →
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Dr. Elizabeth Murchison. (2016) Tasmanian Devils Have Given Rise To Two Distinct Transmissible Cancers. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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