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  • April 15, 2015
  • 04:58 PM

Autistic Traits Aren't Linked To Brain Anatomy?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

According to a large study just published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, there's no correlation between brain anatomy and self-reported autistic traits.

Dutch researchers P. Cedric M. P. Koolschijn and colleagues looked at two samples of young Dutch adults: an 'exploration' sample of 204, and a separate 'validation' group of 304 individuals.

Most of the participants did not have autism. The researchers looked for associations between various aspects of brain ... Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 03:45 PM

Brain development suffers from lack of fish oil fatty acids

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

While being inundated with advertisements directed at moms to be, skeptical parents should question the supposed health benefits of anything being sold. However, while recent reports question whether fish oil supplements support heart health, scientists have found that the fatty acids they contain are vitally important to the developing brain. Meaning there might actually be truth in advertising -- this time at least.... Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 03:25 PM

Divorce Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Especially For Women

by Marie Benz in Medical Research Interviews and News Interview with:  Matthew E. Dupre, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Community and Family Medicine Department of Sociology Duke Clinical Research Institute MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Dupre: The … Continue reading →
The post Divorce Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Especially For Women appeared first on Medical Resea........ Read more » Interview with:, & Matthew E. Dupre, PhD. (2015) Divorce Raises Risk of Heart Attack, Especially For Women. info:/

  • April 15, 2015
  • 02:19 PM

Porcine Circovirus: Autophagy. Nucleolus, and Apoptosis

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is a small non-enveloped single-strand (ss) DNA virus with a genome of 1768 bp in length. Although the infection of pigs with PCV2 by itself only causes a relatively mild diseases, symptoms -including Postweaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS), congenital tremors, Porcine Dermatitis and Nephropathy Syndrome, reproductive failure, proliferative and necrotizing pneumonia, enteritis, exudative epidermitis, and porcine respiratory disease complex- are alleviat........ Read more »

Todd, D et al. (2005) Circoviridae. Virus taxonomy: VIIIth report of the International Committee on Taxon- omy of Viruses. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-2862-5.50039-8  

Rosell C, Segalés J, Ramos-Vara JA, Folch JM, Rodríguez-Arrioja GM, Duran CO, Balasch M, Plana-Durán J, & Domingo M. (2000) Identification of porcine circovirus in tissues of pigs with porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome. The Veterinary record, 146(2), 40-3. PMID: 10678809  

Bird SW, & Kirkegaard K. (2015) Nonlytic spread of naked viruses. Autophagy, 11(2), 430-1. PMID: 25680079  

Bird SW, Maynard ND, Covert MW, & Kirkegaard K. (2014) Nonlytic viral spread enhanced by autophagy components. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(36), 13081-6. PMID: 25157142  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 10:15 AM

Pneumonia As Hospital Quality Indicator May Lead To Overly Aggressive Care

by Marie Benz in Medical Research Interviews and News Interview with: Mihaela S Stefan, MD FACP Research Scientist, Center for Quality of Care Research Director of Outpatient Perioperative Clinic and Medical Consultation Program Academic Hospitalist Baystate Medical Center Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine Springfield … Continue reading →
The post Pneumonia As Hospital Quality Indicator May Lead To Overly Aggressive Care appea........ Read more » Interview with: Mihaela S Stefan, MD FA. (2015) Pneumonia As Hospital Quality Indicator May Lead To Overly Aggressive Care. info:/

  • April 15, 2015
  • 10:01 AM

Do movie super-heroines empower women?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

The super-heroines who feature in the X-Men series and other comic-book films challenge traditional gender stereotypes in the sense that they are powerful, strong and smart. You'd think watching them in action might have an empowering influence on female viewers. But there's a catch – heroine characters like Mystique, Storm and PsyLocke (pictured) are also hypersexualised. Their clothing is tight and revealing, they are typically buxom and ultra thin-waisted, and they often use their sex appea........ Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 10:00 AM

Η μάχη του Towton (29 Μαρτίου 1461)

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

Η περίοδος πολιτικής αστάθειας της Αγγλικής ιστορίας γνωστή ως Πόλεμος των Ρόδων, μετουσιώθη&k........ Read more »

Περικλής Δημ. Λιβάς. (2015) Η μάχη του Towton (29 Μαρτίου 1461). Chilon Historical Recursions. info:/

  • April 15, 2015
  • 09:35 AM

Video Tip of the Week: Viewing Amino Acid info in the UCSC Genome Browser

by Mary in OpenHelix

We’ve been doing training on the UCSC Genome Browser for over 10 years now. We’ve seen it grow from just a few genomes and a few tracks to the enormous trove of information it is today. In fact, one of the toughest things about training is how to balance all the new information and features […]... Read more »

Rosenbloom K. R., G. P. Barber, J. Casper, H. Clawson, M. Diekhans, T. R. Dreszer, P. A. Fujita, L. Guruvadoo, M. Haeussler, & R. A. Harte. (2014) The UCSC Genome Browser database: 2015 update. Nucleic Acids Research, 43(D1). DOI:  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 08:58 AM

Take Charge of Your Learning Strategies

by Winston Sieck in Thinker Academy

Do you feel in charge of your own learning? Do you learn well with good teachers and bad? Or even if there isn’t one at all? With the wealth of information available today, you have more opportunity than ever to know nearly anything that is known. You can go out and learn virtually anything you […]
Check out Take Charge of Your Learning Strategies, an original post on Thinker Academy.
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  • April 15, 2015
  • 08:30 AM

Earliest Memories of Pets

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Do our earliest childhood memories of pets influence our attitudes to animals?  Think back to your first memory of a pet, whether it was your own or someone else’s. Is it a happy memory, or a sad one? Were you interacting with the animal, or just watching? And is it possible that early memories like this influence your attitudes as an adult?This question was posed by Philip Marshall(Texas Tech University) et al, who compared earliest memories of a pet, a friend and an automobile. 223........ Read more »

Marshall, P.D., Ireland, M.E., & Dalton, A.A. (2015) Earliest memories of pets predict adult attitudes: phenomenological, structural and textual analyses. Human Animal Interaction Bulletin, 3(1), 28-51. info:/

  • April 15, 2015
  • 08:20 AM

Eyes on Environment: the organic side of fracking

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Little research to date has looked into the organic chemicals from fracking fluid that get into surrounding groundwater - here's how science can help!... Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 08:00 AM

Boy Plants Are From Mars …..

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Darwin missed the boat on plants. He recognized sexual dimorphism and sexual selection in animals, but didn’t see the same thing in flowers. Boy plants can look, grow, smell or locate very different from female plants. And it matters – some beetles seek out boy plants for their smell and deliver pollen to girl plants as a bribe for letting them lay eggs there! They have learned to tell guy from gal.
... Read more »

Okamoto, T., Kawakita, A., Goto, R., Svensson, G., & Kato, M. (2013) Active pollination favours sexual dimorphism in floral scent. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280(1772), 20132280-20132280. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2280  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 07:20 AM

Lar Gibbons Give Clues To Language Origins

by Jeffrey Daniels in United Academics

Lar gibbon language may provide insight into the evolution of human language.... Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 07:00 AM

Homeless Leisure

by Rodney Steadman in Gravity's Pull

Leisure provides homeless people with the opportunity to escape the difficulties of their daily lives.... Read more »

  • April 15, 2015
  • 03:31 AM

Maternal diabetes and offspring autism risk... again

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"In this large, multiethnic clinical cohort of singleton children born at 28 to 44 weeks’ gestation, exposure to maternal GDM [gestational diabetes mellitus] diagnosed by 26 weeks’ gestation was associated with risk of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] in offspring."That was the conclusion reached by Anny Xiang and colleagues [1] (open-access) following their analysis of some 3300 children diagnosed with ASD as part of a wider cohort of over 300,000 children "born in 19........ Read more »

Xiang, A., Wang, X., Martinez, M., Walthall, J., Curry, E., Page, K., Buchanan, T., Coleman, K., & Getahun, D. (2015) Association of Maternal Diabetes With Autism in Offspring. JAMA, 313(14), 1425. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2015.2707  

  • April 15, 2015
  • 12:05 AM

Hurts So Good: Eccentric Hamstrings to Prevent Strains

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A program focused on eccentric hamstring strengthening may prevent hamstring injuries.... Read more »

  • April 14, 2015
  • 09:06 PM

‘Investing in language:’ Why do we think about language education the way we do?

by Agnes Bodis in Language on the Move

If someone cannot now learn their native language, adding a couple of foerign (sic) dead languages is not going to help them. And there is no possible economic return such as is available from Asian languages or living European languages … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 14, 2015
  • 03:36 PM

Tracking membranes by imaging – mCLING and surface glycans

by Gal Haimovich in Green Fluorescent Blog

Living cells exhibit many types of membranes which participate in most biological precesses, one way or another. Imaging membranes is usually acheived by two types of reagents: chemical dyes or fluorescent proteins that are targeted to the membrane itself or … Continue reading →... Read more »

Jiang H, English BP, Hazan RB, Wu P, & Ovryn B. (2015) Tracking surface glycans on live cancer cells with single-molecule sensitivity. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 54(6), 1765-9. PMID: 25515330  

Revelo NH, Kamin D, Truckenbrodt S, Wong AB, Reuter-Jessen K, Reisinger E, Moser T, & Rizzoli SO. (2014) A new probe for super-resolution imaging of membranes elucidates trafficking pathways. The Journal of cell biology, 205(4), 591-606. PMID: 24862576  

  • April 14, 2015
  • 03:18 PM

Watch out Atkins: Over eating fatty foods can alter your muscle metabolism

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

More bad news on the obesity front and strangely enough, on the popular diet front too — at least for diets like atkins. New research shows that even short term high-fat diets can change your metabolism. So while you might think that you can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it making any significant changes to your body, think again.... Read more »

Anderson, A., Haynie, K., McMillan, R., Osterberg, K., Boutagy, N., Frisard, M., Davy, B., Davy, K., & Hulver, M. (2015) Early skeletal muscle adaptations to short-term high-fat diet in humans before changes in insulin sensitivity. Obesity, 23(4), 720-724. DOI: 10.1002/oby.21031  

  • April 14, 2015
  • 02:13 PM

Salt Capsules May Not Improve Exercise Performance For Endurance Athletes

by Marie Benz in Medical Research Interviews and News Interview with: Edward “Ted” Weiss, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Saint Louis University Saint Louis MO 63104 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Weiss: Public health recommendations … Continue reading →
The post Salt Capsules May Not Improve Exercise Performance For Endurance Athletes appeared first on Medical........ Read more » Interview with: Edward "Ted" Weiss, Ph.D. (2015) Salt Capsules May Not Improve Exercise Performance For Endurance Athletes. info:/

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