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  • April 23, 2015
  • 03:52 PM
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Seizure Medication Reduced Optic Neuritis In Multiple Sclerosis

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Raj Kapoor National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Kapoor: Current treatments for Multiple Sclerosis do not prevent disability which … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Raj Kapoor. (2015) Seizure Medication Reduced Optic Neuritis In Multiple Sclerosis. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 23, 2015
  • 02:53 PM
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Whooping cough: A small drop in vaccine protection can lead to a case upsurge

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

In 2012 the USA saw the highest number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases since 1955. New research finds that a likely explanation for this rise in disease is a drop in the degree of vaccine protection for each vaccinated individual. The team worked with 60 years of pertussis disease data to determine what best explained the recent increase in the disease.... Read more »

Gambhir M, Clark TA, Cauchemez S, Tartof SY, Swerdlow DL, & Ferguson NM. (2015) A Change in Vaccine Efficacy and Duration of Protection Explains Recent Rises in Pertussis Incidence in the United States. PLOS Computational Biology. info:/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004138

  • April 23, 2015
  • 12:45 PM
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In the face of discrimination, non-believers commit more strongly to their atheism

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

It’s widely recognised that atheists are one of the most marginalised groups in the USA. As you might imagine, this can cause all sorts of problems for non-believers. But might it also help explain why the public face of atheism in the USA is so stridently vocal? Many American atheists are passionate about their identity as [Read More...]... Read more »

  • April 23, 2015
  • 10:35 AM
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of microwave noodles and extragalactic signals

by Greg Fish in weird things

FRBs just can’t seem to catch a break this month. First, they were an alien signal. Then just as quickly as they were attributed to aliens because the Daily Fail decided to get creative with two out of context words and no one seemed to bother to fact check them, the bursts were called a false signal caused by microwave interference. Not just any microwave interference mind you, but the kind in which you warm up leftovers [...]... Read more »

E. Petroff, E. F. Keane, E. D. Barr, J. E. Reynolds, J. Sarkissian, P. G. Edwards, J. Stevens, C. Brem, A. Jameson, S. Burke-Spolaor.... (2015) Identifying the source of perytons at the Parkes radio telescope. n/a. arXiv: 1504.02165v1

  • April 23, 2015
  • 09:33 AM
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Stressed to Death: Overcoming Drug-Resistance in Malaria Parasites

by Lauren Richardson in PLOS Biologue

In recent decades the burden of malaria has greatly decreased. This is the result of both successful public health initiatives and widespread use of antimalarial therapeutics. Artemisinins are a family of drugs that have been incredibly effective against Plasmodium falciparum … Continue reading »... Read more »

Dogovski, C., Xie, S., Burgio, G., Bridgford, J., Mok, S., McCaw, J., Chotivanich, K., Kenny, S., Gnädig, N., Straimer, J.... (2015) Targeting the Cell Stress Response of Plasmodium falciparum to Overcome Artemisinin Resistance. PLOS Biology, 13(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002132  

  • April 23, 2015
  • 08:40 AM
  • 80 views

And I Keep Hitting Re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat

by Sarah Deffit in The 'Scope

Why do we do the things we do? Knowing the science behind bad habits may help you to break them. ... Read more »

Graybiel AM. (2008) Habits, rituals, and the evaluative brain. Annual review of neuroscience, 359-87. PMID: 18558860  

Quinn JM, Pascoe A, Wood W, & Neal DT. (2010) Can't control yourself? Monitor those bad habits. Personality , 36(4), 499-511. PMID: 20363904  

Yin HH, & Knowlton BJ. (2006) The role of the basal ganglia in habit formation. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 7(6), 464-76. PMID: 16715055  

  • April 23, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 58 views

Two Species of Cottonmouths? This Scientist Says Yes!

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife







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Burbrink, F. T., & Guiher, T. J. (2015) Considering gene flow when using coalescent methods to delimit lineages of North American pitvipers of the genus Agkistrodon. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 173(2), 505-526. info:/

  • April 23, 2015
  • 07:28 AM
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Men and boys with older sisters are less competitive

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

One of the longest-debated and most studied issues in psychology is whether and how our personalities are affected by our birth order and the sex of our siblings. A problem with much previous research is that it's depended on people self-reporting their own personality, or on siblings or parents providing the personality ratings. These ratings are prone to subjectivity and skewed by people's expectations about how, say, a younger sibling ought to behave.A new study focused on one particular find........ Read more »

Okudaira, H., Kinari, Y., Mizutani, N., Ohtake, F., & Kawaguchi, A. (2015) Older sisters and younger brothers: The impact of siblings on preference for competition. Personality and Individual Differences, 81-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.02.037  

  • April 23, 2015
  • 01:46 AM
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Does maternal asthma 'prime' for offspring neurodevelopmental disorder?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper from Jared Schwartzer and colleagues [1] (open-access) including a couple of familiar names on the authorship list (Charity Onore and Paul Ashwood) caught my attention recently. Based on mouse studies and the artificial induction of maternal allergy/asthma in pregnant mice, researchers reported that: "Activation of the maternal immune system with an allergy/asthma insult significantly perturbed developmental growth and species-typical behaviors in offspring." Further that the........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2015
  • 10:37 PM
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Three tons of thyroid glands and a girl named Margaret Tracy: The odd origins of medications

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Drug discovery is a weird beast. These days, it's all about rational design, which means establishing a useful target in the body (e.g. an enzyme that does something that you'd like to stop or at least slow down) and then screening a truckload of chemicals for the best fit. A more traditional approach to drug discovery is to isolate and characterize chemicals present in plants of known medicinal value (e.g. morphine from the opium poppy). Then there is your classic scientific curiosity coupled w........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2015
  • 05:37 PM
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HPV Vaccine Provides Protection at Multiple Sites

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Daniel C. Beachler, PhD Postdoctoral fellow Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Beachler: HPV is a common sexually … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Daniel C. Beachler, PhD. (2015) HPV Vaccine Provides Protection at Multiple Sites. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 05:23 PM
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AFib Increases Hospital Costs For Young and Older Stroke Patients

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Guijing Wang, PhD Senior health economist Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Wang: Our study … Continue reading →
The post AFib Increases Hospital Costs For Young and Older Stroke Patients appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Inter........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Guijing Wang, PhD. (2015) AFib Increases Hospital Costs For Young and Older Stroke Patients. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 04:27 PM
  • 64 views

Researchers find genetic link between overactive and underactive immune systems

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

In the largest genetic study to date of a challenging immunodeficiency disorder, scientists have identified a gene that may be a “missing link” between overactive and underactive immune activity. The gene candidate also plays a key role in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even allergies.... Read more »

Li J, Jørgensen SF, Maggadottir SM, Bakay M, Warnatz K, Glessner J, Pandey R, Salzer U, Schmidt RE, Perez E.... (2015) Association of CLEC16A with human common variable immunodeficiency disorder and role in murine B cells. Nature communications, 6804. PMID: 25891430  

  • April 22, 2015
  • 03:18 PM
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What Drove the Great Dying?

by sedeer in Inspiring Science

As long ago as forever and as far away as home, life was withering away wherever you looked. At the …Continue reading →... Read more »

Clarkson MO, Kasemann SA, Wood RA, Lenton TM, Daines SJ, Richoz S, Ohnemueller F, Meixner A, Poulton SW, & Tipper ET. (2015) Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6231), 229-32. PMID: 25859043  

  • April 22, 2015
  • 03:06 PM
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Earth Day Turns 45

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Ever since Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the event has adapted to the environmental issues of the times. During its inaugural year, 20 million people across the U.S. attended teach-ins and learned about the quality of the nation's water. Months earlier, coastal Santa Barbara had experienced an oil spill, while Time photographs had brought the fires of Ohio's Cuyahoga River to the country's attention. The teach-ins prompted widespread awareness of the pollution, and withi........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2015
  • 02:58 PM
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Increased Air Pollution Linked To More Strokes, Smaller Brain Volumes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Elissa Hope Wilker, Sc.D. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Harvard Medical School Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Wilke: Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Elissa Hope Wilker, Sc.D. (2015) Increased Air Pollution Linked To More Strokes, Smaller Brain Volumes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 02:25 PM
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Parent-Training Improves Behavioral Problems In Children With Autism

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD and Karen Bearss, PhD Department of Pediatrics, Marcus Autism Center Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Autism spectrum disorder … Continue reading →
The post Parent-Training Improves Behavioral Problems In Children With Autism app........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD and Karen Bearss, PhD. (2015) Parent-Training Improves Behavioral Problems In Children With Autism. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 22, 2015
  • 12:29 PM
  • 53 views

Microwave goodbye to inefficient spintronic microwave detectors

by Bryn Howells in Spin and Tonic

Magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) which comprise of a free magnetic layer (whose magnetization orientation can be manipulated) and a fixed magnetic layer (whose magnetization is...
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  • April 22, 2015
  • 12:13 PM
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Brain EEG and the Genetics of ADHD

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Twin studies in ADHD demonstrate a significant genetic contribution to the disorder.Linking this genetic influence to specific biomarkers may provide a better understanding of the pathophysiology of ADHD.Grainne McLoughlin and colleagues at the University of California San Diego and King's College London recently published a twin study of brain EEG and the genetics of ADHD.In their study 67 twin pairs (34 monozygotic and 33 dizygotic) between the ages of 12 and 15 years completed tasks measuring........ Read more »

  • April 22, 2015
  • 11:42 AM
  • 57 views

Earth Day spotlight: a survey of the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed the trajectory of ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. We take a look at how species have been affected and what we can do to prevent another disaster.... Read more »

Cornwall W. (2015) Deepwater Horizon: after the oil. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6230), 22. PMID: 25838362  

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