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  • March 14, 2015
  • 07:32 AM
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‘Exercise Pill’ Irisin Appears To Be A Myth

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Harold P. Erickson Ph.D. James B. Duke Professor, Department of Cell Biology Duke Univ. Med. Center Durham, NC  27710 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Dr. Erickson: In Jan 2012 a paper reported the discovery … Continue reading →
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  • March 14, 2015
  • 06:10 AM
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Boiling down ADOS for autism detection (again)

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Today I want to direct your attention to the paper by Kosmicki and colleagues [1] (open-access) reporting that the use of "machine learning algorithms" could help "streamline ASD [autism spectrum disorder] risk detection and screening."Regular readers of this blog might have already cottoned on to the fact that any talk about applying "computational and statistical methods" to autism screening and/or diagnosis can really mean only one person and research group: Dennis Wall from Stanfor........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 10:02 PM
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Toxic levels of mercury contaminate 1 in 30 skin-lightening creams (and maybe not by accident)

by Megan Cartwright in Science-Based Writing

Toxic levels of mercury contaminate about 1 out of 30 skin-lightening creams purchased in stores and online, according to an international team of researchers who measured mercury levels in more than 500 products worldwide. If you’re like me (pasty and … Continue reading →... Read more »

Hamann Carsten R, Boonchai Waranya, Wen Liping, Sakanashi Emi Nishijima, Chu Chia-Yu, Hamann Kylin, Hamann Curtis P, Sinniah Kumar, & Hamann Dathan. (2013) Spectrometric analysis of mercury content in 549 skin-lightening products: is mercury toxicity a hidden global health hazard?. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. PMID: 24321702  

  • March 13, 2015
  • 07:56 PM
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How gene expression is kept in check and the implications for cancer

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Cancers are alive in a sense, they are similar to a parasite and they fight to stay alive when we just want them gone. Cancers have access to complex ways of avoiding elimination and because we cannot easily do anything to treat it short of surgery or chemotherapy, we regularly lose to some of the more cunning types. Now researchers have learned how living beings can keep gene expression in check — this might partly explain the uncontrolled gene expression found in many forms of cancer.... Read more »

Chong Han Ng, Akhi Akhter, Nathan Yurko, Justin M. Burgener, Emanuel Rosonina, & James L. Manley. (2015) Sumoylation controls the timing of ​Tup1-mediated transcriptional deactivation. Nature Communications. info:/10.1038/ncomms7610

  • March 13, 2015
  • 07:37 PM
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Majority of Women Experience Stressful Life Events In Year Before Giving Birth

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Elizabeth Burns, MPH Rollins School of Public Health Emory University MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Epidemiologic studies suggest that prenatal stress is associated with preterm birth, low birth … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Elizabeth Burns, MPH. (2015) Majority of Women Experience Stressful Life Events In Year Before Giving Birth. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 07:11 PM
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Longer Breastfeeding Not Linked To Higher Childhood IQ

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sabine Roza MD Ph.D. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Psychology Department of Psychiatry, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Roza: WHO … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Sabine Roza MD Ph.D. (2015) Longer Breastfeeding Not Linked To Higher IQ. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 05:24 PM
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Medical Students Have Mixed Knowledge and Expectations of ACA

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Tyler Winkelman, M.D. Internal Medicine and Pediatrics – PGY 4 University of Minnesota MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Winkelman: Future physicians will practice after key provisions of the … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Tyler Winkelman, M.D. (2015) Medical Students Have Mixed Knowledge and Expectations of ACA . MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 04:59 PM
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Abuse Deterrent Opioids Inadvertently Led To Increased Heroin Use

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Theodore J. Cicero, PhD Professor, Vice Chairman for Research Department of Psychiatry, Washington University St Louis, Missouri MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Cicero: Prescription opiate abuse (eg Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin) … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Theodore J. Cicero, PhD. (2015) Abuse Deterrent Opioids Inadvertently Led To Increased Heroin Use. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 04:32 PM
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Cochlear Implants May Improve Cognition in Elderly Patients

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Isabelle Mosnier, MD, Praticien Hospitalier ORL Otologie, Implants Auditifs et Chirurgie de la Base du Crâne Centre Référent Implant Cochléaire Adulte d’Ile de France Centre Maladies Rares Surdité Génétique de l’adulte et Neurofibromatose de type 2 Groupe … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Isabelle Mosnier, MD,. (2015) Cochlear Implants May Improve Cognition in Elderly Patients. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 04:05 PM
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Classical Music modulates genes responsible for brain functions

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a latest study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evol........ Read more »

Kanduri, C., Raijas, P., Ahvenainen, M., Philips, A., Ukkola-Vuoti, L., Lähdesmäki, H., & Järvelä, I. (2015) The effect of listening to music on human transcriptome. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.830  

  • March 13, 2015
  • 03:39 PM
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Lifestyle Factors May Limit Cognitive Decline

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Miia Kivipelto MD, PhD, Professor Deputy Head, Senior Geriatrician Aging Research Center and Alzheimer Disease Research Center Karolinska Institutet Clinical Trials Unit, Memory Clinic Karolinska University Hospital Stockholm, Sweden Medical Research: What is the background for this … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Miia Kivipelto MD, PhD, Professor. (2015) Lifestyle Factors May Help Limit Cognitive Decline. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 03:00 PM
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Study analyzes the use of social networks in the assessment of scientific impact

by SciELO in SciELO in Perspective

The use of social networks in science communication has been increasing on a large scale, and specific platforms have been created for interaction and information sharing among researchers. A study by researchers at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland evaluated whether and how scientific impact can be measured by social media data analysis, and how this approach correlates to traditional metrics. … Read More →... Read more »

HOFFMANN, C.P., LUTZ, C., & MECKEL, M. (2014) Impact Factor 2.0: Applying Social Network Analysis to Scientific Impact Assessment. 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, Hilton Waikoloa Village. DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2014.202  

boyd, D., & Ellison, N. (2007) Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 210-230. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00393.x  

Priem, J. (2013) Scholarship: Beyond the paper. Nature, 495(7442), 437-440. DOI: 10.1038/495437a  

  • March 13, 2015
  • 02:05 PM
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To Apply Or Not To Apply For That Grant?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover



When should scientists apply for grants? Does spending more time writing applications pay off in the long run? A paper published in PLoS ONE this week examined the eternal question: To apply or not to apply?



The authors, Ted and Courtney von Hippel, start out by noting that most major grant awards are highly competitive - with success rates of just 20% in the case of US federal NIH and NSF awards. What's more, although decisions are made by a panel of expert judges, the evidence is th... Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 12:25 PM
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Associations uncovered between scientists' personalities and their research style

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

To solve the biggest challenges in science and medicine, many commentators argue what's needed is more inter-disciplinary research. The idea is that the cross-pollination of thought and techniques from different fields helps to break new ground. A new study finds that some scientists are more disposed to this kind of boundary-defying research than others, by virtue of their personality.Thomas Bateman and Andrew Hess focused on the field of diabetes research, which they chose because it's a vast,........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 11:22 AM
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Breaking Research: How the brain recognizes hot and cold

by Bethany Christmann in Fly on the Wall

When you walk outside into sweltering heat or biting cold, your body responds by sweating or shivering to regulate body temperature. It starts with cells in your skin called thermoreceptor neurons, which sense the temperature of your environment and send that information to the brain for processing. But how does the brain process this information […]... Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 10:22 AM
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Being Stabbed with a Mucus Dagger Is Not Even the Worst Part of Snail Sex

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish



If snails used Facebook, all their relationship statuses would say "It's complicated." It's also slimy, violent, and life-shortening.

Most species of snail that live on land are hermaphroditic—that is, they have a complete set of female and male sex organs. When they mate, both partners inseminate each other. The act may come after a courtship period. And in certain land snails, this courtship includes the launching of "love darts," which are much less cute than they sound.

A love dart........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 09:00 AM
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Differential effects of HIF-α isoforms on apoptosis in renal carcinoma cell lines

by Danielle Stevenson in BHD Research Blog

Under hypoxic conditions the activation of HIF transcription factors enables cells to alter their metabolism and avoid stress-induced apoptosis. Aberrant HIF activity in the inherited renal cancers BHD, VHL, HLRCC and TSC, is linked to the expression of growth and pro-angiogenic factors that are important in tumour growth. A new report from Doonachar et al., (2015) focuses on the differential effects of the HIF-1α and HIF-2α isoforms on stress-induced apoptosis in two VHL-deficient r........ Read more »

Doonachar A, Gallo MD, Doukas D, Pasricha R, Lantsberg I, & Schoenfeld AR. (2015) Differential effects of HIF-α isoforms on apoptosis in renal carcinoma cell lines. Cancer cell international, 23. PMID: 25729330  

  • March 13, 2015
  • 06:26 AM
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Biomarkers Improve Cardiovascular Risk Prediction After STEMI

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Matthijs A. Velders, MD PhD Uppsala Clinical Research Center Uppsala, Sweden. Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Velders: Outcomes in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction have been substantially … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Matthijs A. Velders, MD PhD. (2015) Biomarkers Improve Cardiovascular Risk Prediction After STEMI. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 13, 2015
  • 05:42 AM
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Individualised medicine and autism: a brave new world

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Pharmacogenetics: "the study of inherited genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways which can affect individual responses to drugs, both in terms of therapeutic effect as well as adverse effects."Having recently watched a rather interesting documentary on the BBC titled 'Can you cure my cancer?' illustrating how the era of personalised medicine is here and now (see here) in at least one aspect of medicine, I was really quite interested in the science of how our genes might affect our respon........ Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 03:32 AM
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Young fish mortality in question

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




Since Hjort’s ground-breaking work, it is admitted that the survival from the egg to the first reproduction is an essential factor affecting the dynamics of fish populations (
see post). Human activities around spawning ground may have an effect on the mortality of the younger age. One of such potentially risky activity is oil exploitation which is on the increase in the northern areas.

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Hjermann, D.Ø., Melsom, A., Dingsør, G., Durant, J.M., Eikeset, A.E., Røed, L., Ottersen, G., Storvik, G., & Stenseth, N.C. (2007) Fish and oil in the Lofoten–Barents Sea system: synoptic review of the effect of oil spills on fish populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 283-299. DOI: 10.3354/meps339283  

Hidalgo, M., Gusdal, Y., Dingsor, G., Hjermann, D., Ottersen, G., Stige, L., Melsom, A., & Stenseth, N. (2011) A combination of hydrodynamical and statistical modelling reveals non-stationary climate effects on fish larvae distributions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1727), 275-283. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0750  

Ciannelli, L., Dingsør, G., Bogstad, B., Ottersen, G., Chan, K., Gjøsæter, H., Stiansen, J., & Stenseth, N. (2007) SPATIAL ANATOMY OF SPECIES SURVIVAL: EFFECTS OF PREDATION AND CLIMATE-DRIVEN ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABILITY. Ecology, 88(3), 635-646. DOI: 10.1890/05-2035  

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