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  • July 20, 2015
  • 12:48 PM
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Research investigates whether solar events could trigger birth defects on Earth

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Studies find airplane crews at high altitude are exposed to potentially harmful levels of radiation from cosmic rays. But could these cosmic rays pose hazards even at sea level? In recent years, research has suggested congenital birth defects down on Earth’s surface could be caused by these “solar particle events” — spikes in cosmic rays from the sun that touch off the northern lights and sometimes hamper communications or the electric power grid.... Read more »

  • July 20, 2015
  • 12:37 PM
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Dairy Products May Enhance Efficacy of Probiotics

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Maria L Marco, PhD Associate Professor Department of Food Science & Technology Davis, CA  95616 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Marco: Probiotics encompass certain strains of bacteria … Continue reading →
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Maria L Marco, PhD. (2015) Dairy Products May Enhance Efficacy of Probiotics. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 11:45 AM
  • 34 views

Soda Linked To Higher Risk of Diabetes, Regardless of Obesity Status

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Fumiaki Imamura Ph.D. MRC Epidemiology Unit University of Cambridge Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Imamura: Soft drink consumption is associated with risk of diabetes, but whether … Continue reading →
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Fumiaki Imamura. (2015) Soda Associated With Greater Risk of Diabetes, Regardless of Obesity Status. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 11:05 AM
  • 73 views

Quick Look: Touchdown on Venus: Analytic Wind Models and a Heuristic Approach to Estimating Landing Dispersions

by Paul Wren in Venus Dispatches

I'm working through a lot of recent Venus-related papers, so here's another morsel for you that I will not have time to read in depth (I'm prioritizing articles relating to the Venusian surface). The author created a straightforward model of winds on Venus (using data from the VEGA Balloons and the Pioneer descent probes) to determine entry and descent dispersions for future Venus landers. From the April 2015 edition of Planetary and Space Science:Title:Touchdown on Venus: Analytic wind models ........ Read more »

  • July 20, 2015
  • 10:00 AM
  • 105 views

How Viruses Feign Death to Survive and Thrive

by Jalees Rehman in The Next Regeneration

During the past decade, multiple groups of researchers have come across a fascinating phenomenon by which viruses hijack the phagocytosis process in order to thrive. One of the "Eat Me!" signals for phagocytes is that debris derived from an apoptotic cell is coated by a membrane enriched with phosphatidylserines which are negatively charged molecules. Phosphatidylserines are present in all cells but they are usually tucked away on the inside of cells and are not seen by other cells. Wh........ Read more »

Amara A, & Mercer J. (2015) Viral apoptotic mimicry. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 13(8), 461-9. PMID: 26052667  

  • July 20, 2015
  • 10:00 AM
  • 77 views

Hold your breath: carbon dioxide triggers exploratory behaviour in mosquitoes to help find hosts

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington show that sensing carbon dioxide triggers mosquitoes to explore visual features that help guide them towards potential hosts. Holding your breath won't really help you from getting bitten though.... Read more »

  • July 20, 2015
  • 09:10 AM
  • 23 views

Unhealthy Weight Linked To Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Maya Tabet, MS Graduate Research Assistant Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice Department of Epidemiology St. Louis, MO 63104 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response: The majority of women in … Continue reading →
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Maya Tabet, MS. (2015) Unhealthy Weight Linked To Poor Pregnancy Outcomes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 08:48 AM
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Small Subset of Cells May Make HER2 Breast Cancer Resistant To Treatment

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Niels de Jonge, Ph.D Head of the Innovative Electron Microscopy group German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg University of Freiburg Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: HER2 … Continue reading →
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Niels de Jonge, Ph.D. (2015) Small Subset of Cells Make HER2 Breast Cancer Resistant To Treatment. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 07:17 AM
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Why do Asian Americans Live So Much Longer Than Other Ethnic Groups?

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Francesco Acciai, Aggie J Noah and Glenn Firebaugh Department of Sociology Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response : Life expectancy in the United States varies greatly by race. … Continue reading →
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Francesco Acciai. (2015) Why do Asian Americans Live So Much Longer Than Other Ethnic Groups?. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
  • 90 views

“I am so tired of people mistaking me for a model!” [#humblebrag]

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Oh the “humblebrag”. It’s really not that long since career counselors were suggesting interview questions asking about weaknesses could be turned to the candidate’s advantage by responding about an alleged weakness that was really a strength. (“Weakness? I think I tend to be perfectionistic. I just can’t send in a report without double-checking it for […]

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  • July 20, 2015
  • 06:57 AM
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Genetic Risk Score Did Not Predict Recurring Events After Myocardial Infarction

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher Labos MD CM, MSc FRCPC Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health McGill University Montreal, Quebec Canada Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: There have been great … Continue reading →
The post Genetic Risk Score Did Not Predict Recurring Events After Myocardial Infarction appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Christopher Labos MD CM, MSc FRCPC. (2015) Genetic Risk Score Did Not Predict Recurring Events After Myocardial Infarction. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 20, 2015
  • 04:00 AM
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Older people are more willing to trust someone who has cheated others

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

There’s a stereotype that older people are more friendly and trusting, possibly leaving them vulnerable to con-artists. A new study using an economic trading game provides clear evidence that older people really are more trusting, at least in the sense that they are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to people with a dodgy track record.Phoebe Bailey’s research paradigm invited 72 Australian participants to complete a series of 30 trading game trials alone via a computer, in the kno........ Read more »

Bailey, P., Szczap, P., McLennan, S., Slessor, G., Ruffman, T., & Rendell, P. (2015) Age-related similarities and differences in first impressions of trustworthiness. Cognition and Emotion, 1-10. DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1039493  

  • July 20, 2015
  • 03:31 AM
  • 113 views

Homocysteine and autism: yet more...

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

It's been a while since I've discussed the issue of homocysteine - that's homocysteine not homocystine - with autism in mind, so consider this short blog entry a bit of an update to previous discussions (see here and see here).In case you need to know it, homocysteine is an important component of the trans-sulfuration pathway intersecting with both the methione cycle and the folate cycle. Collectively, these biological processes have important functions for various aspects of biology includ........ Read more »

  • July 19, 2015
  • 09:09 PM
  • 94 views

Foot morphology in barefoot vs shod runners and its effects on biomechanics

by Craig Payne in Running Research Junkie

Foot morphology in barefoot vs shod runners and its effects on biomechanics... Read more »

  • July 19, 2015
  • 03:38 PM
  • 97 views

Advances in Antibiotic Alternatives for Better Health: Promising Research for "Weeding" Bacterial Communities

by Geoffrey Hannigan in Prophage

The discovery and production of antibiotics, which was certainly one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century, has not been without its shortcomings. One shortcoming that has gained recent attention is...... Read more »

  • July 19, 2015
  • 12:44 PM
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Dead galaxies in Coma Cluster may be packed with dark matter

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Galaxies in a cluster roughly 300 million light years from Earth could contain as much as 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, according to an Australian study. The research, published today, used powerful computer simulations to study galaxies that have fallen into the Coma Cluster, one of the largest structures in the Universe in which thousands of galaxies are bound together by gravity.... Read more »

Cameron Yozin et al. (2015) The quenching and survival of ultra-diffuse galaxies in the Coma cluster. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. info:/10.1093/mnras/stv1073

  • July 18, 2015
  • 12:43 PM
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Study finds metal foams capable of shielding X-rays, gamma rays, neutron radiation

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Research from North Carolina State University shows that lightweight composite metal foams are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy of high impact collisions. The finding means the metal foams hold promise for use in nuclear safety, space exploration and medical technology applications.... Read more »

  • July 18, 2015
  • 08:48 AM
  • 94 views

Evaluating Liver Fat On Cardiac CT Helps Predict Risk vs Benefit of Statin Therapy

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Venkatesh L. Murthy, MD, PhD, FACC, FASNC University of Michigan and Dr. Ravi Shah MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center   MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Response: Recent changes recommend statin therapy for cardiovascular … Continue reading →
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Venkatesh L. Murthy, MD, PhD, FACC, FASNC, & and Dr. Ravi Shah MD. (2015) Evaluating Liver Fat With Cardiac CT Helps Predict Risk vs Benefit of Statin Therapy. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 18, 2015
  • 05:08 AM
  • 134 views

Person with autism or autistic person?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Although it might seem like a bit of a distraction, I read with interest the paper by Lorcan Kenny and colleagues [1] (open-access) discussing the ways and means that we talk about autism here in Blighty. Some related media on the paper can be found here and here.I mentioned the word 'distraction' because I'm sure that some people (many people?) might be wondering why we are discussing the various ways and means that autism is described when there is so much more for research to do in tryin........ Read more »

Kenny L, Hattersley C, Molins B, Buckley C, Povey C, & Pellicano E. (2015) Which terms should be used to describe autism? Perspectives from the UK autism community. Autism : the international journal of research and practice. PMID: 26134030  

  • July 17, 2015
  • 05:27 PM
  • 95 views

Why Do Dilute Bleach Baths Improve Atopic Dermatitis?

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD Associate Professor of Dermatology Residency Program Director Director of Translational Research Department of Dermatology George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are … Continue reading →
The post Why Do Dilute Bleach Baths Improve Atopic Dermatitis? appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD. (2015) Why Do Dilute Bleach Baths Improve Atopic Dermatitis?. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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