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  • May 16, 2015
  • 03:57 AM
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Poverty affects autism ADHD?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

A brief post for you today to bring to your attention the paper by Eirini Flouri and colleagues [1] who suggested that although socio-economic disadvantage (SED) was probably not a risk factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when comorbid, "it was associated with elevated emotional problems among children with ASD + ADHD."Based on data derived from "209 children with ASD who took part in the UK's Millennium Cohort Study", an initia........ Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 04:02 PM
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The Dependency Ratio in Human Evolution

by Andrew White in AndyWhiteAnthropology

As far as I know, humans are unique among animals in having an extended period between weaning and being able to subsist on their own.  We call this “childhood.”  The long period of post-weaning dependence provides our large brains with a lot of time to mature.  It also requires a lot of parental investment (in terms of time, energy, calories, etc.) and means that we would have to wait a long time between offspring if each one had to independent before the mother could have an [...] ... Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 03:13 PM
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The fingerprint drug test

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Researchers have demonstrated a new, noninvasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched.... Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 11:36 AM
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Which Baby Animals Look Cute? It May Be No Accident

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish



Sure, there are faces only a mother could love. And then there are faces no mother loves, because they belong to animals that fend for themselves from birth. The babies we find cutest—no matter what species they are—may have evolved to look that way because they need a parent's attention. That means even a crocodile can tug on our heartstrings.

Konrad Lorenz, an Austrian zoologist, proposed in the mid-20th century that human infants are cute for a reason. He said evolution has created ad........ Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 10:46 AM
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Companies are more successful when their employees feel young for their age

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

If you want a dynamic workforce, seek not the young, but the young at heart. That’s the message of a new study that surveyed over 15,000 employees from 107 companies to determine how subjective age influences workplace performance.Past research has made the case that employee age is important to workplace performance, with younger workers more likely to make breakthrough contributions – but the evidence is patchy, suggesting there is more to the story. The proposed cause for the youth advant........ Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 10:03 AM
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Nature's natural fix to the ticking carbon time bomb in the peatlands

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Peatlands have long been seen as a dangerous store of carbon that could be released as glaciers melt and temperatures increase. But new research suggests Nature has some natural adaptations at hand to prevent such a release from occurring!... Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 09:04 AM
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Basing Medical Payment on Patient Behavior Frustrates Primary Care Physicians

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Judith Hibbard, Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Health Policy Research Group University of Oregon MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Hibbard: Two important trends are happening in health care today: 1) … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Judith Hibbard, Ph.D. (2015) Basing Medical Payment on Patient Behavior Frustrates Primary Care Physicians. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 15, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
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Black victims of violent crimes aren’t treated any better by the system than Black defendants …

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

In December of last year, we wrote about investigative case files in Shreveport, Louisiana. One of the findings in the analysis of those investigative files was this: Overall, say the researchers, cases with White female victims resulted in the highest number of case file pages (i.e., the most investigative work) and the most severe sentences. […]

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  • May 15, 2015
  • 05:42 AM
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Autism's environmental exposome (part 2)

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Back in June 2012, I posted an entry on this blog titled: 'Autism's environmental exposome: fish and pharmaceuticals' covering some work by Michael Thomas & Rebecca Klaper [1] (open-access). In it, authors suggested that unmetabolized psychoactive pharmaceuticals (UPPs) - residues from certain medicines - present in drinking (or in the case of this work, swimming) water may "induce autism-like gene expression patterns in fish."The UPPs in question were "FLX [fluoxetine], VNX [........ Read more »

Gaurav Kaushik, Michael A Thomas, & Ken A Aho. (2015) Psychoactive pharmaceuticals as environmental contaminants may disrupt highly inter-connected nodes in an Autism-associated protein-protein interaction network. BMC Bioinformatics. info:other/

  • May 15, 2015
  • 05:28 AM
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Texting or Talking While On Treadmill Reduces Exercise Intensity

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Michael Rebold, PhD, CSCS Assistant Professor Department of Exercise Science Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Rebold: We assessed how common smartphone uses (texting … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Michael Rebold, PhD, CSCS. (2015) Gene Expression Signatures May Help Differentiate Sepsis From Non-Infectious Inflammation. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 15, 2015
  • 04:12 AM
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A role for Matrix Metalloproteinases in BHD?

by Danielle Stevenson in BHD Research Blog

The BHD protein folliculin (FLCN) plays a role in numerous signalling pathways and cellular processes. Although mutations in FLCN are only firmly linked to the development of fibrofolliculomas, pulmonary cysts and renal tumours it is possible that disruption of these pathways also plays a role in other phenotypes. Recently Kapoor et al., (2015) reported three cases studies of women with BHD who presented with intracranial vascular pathologies. There are few other reports of vascular pathologies ........ Read more »

Kapoor R, Evins AI, Steitieh D, Bernardo A, & Stieg PE. (2015) Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome and intracranial vascular pathologies. Familial cancer. PMID: 25952757  

  • May 15, 2015
  • 04:07 AM
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2014 NOFOMA Special Issue

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

I am very happy to present the 2014 NOFOMA Special Issue, which I have recently co-edited for the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. It contains some of the best research that has been presented at the 26th NOFOMA Conference, which took place at Copenhagen Business School last year. First, the article by […]... Read more »

  • May 15, 2015
  • 03:53 AM
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30th Anniversary of Farman et al. (1985) – the ozone hole paper

by Andy Russell in Our Clouded Hills

It’s been 30 years since Farman et al. published their paper on the ozone “hole”. (Well, I’m a day early but who posts on Saturdays, eh?) It had a huge impact: it’s been cited nearly 3,000 times and accelerated the negotiations that resulted in the Montreal Protocol, which helped phase out the chemicals that were […]... Read more »

  • May 14, 2015
  • 10:42 PM
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Gene Expression Signatures May Help Differentiate Sepsis From Non-Infectious Inflammation

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Timothy E Sweeney, MD PhD Resident, General Surgery Postdoc, Khatri Lab, Bioinformatics Stanford University Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Sweeney: Sepsis is defined as the presence of … Continue reading →
The post Gene Expression Signatures May Help Differentiate Sepsis From Non-Infectious Inflammation appeared first on MedicalResearc........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Timothy E Sweeney, MD PhD. (2015) Gene Expression Signatures May Help Differentiate Sepsis From Non-Infectious Inflammation. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 14, 2015
  • 05:48 PM
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Hospital System Efficiently Uses MRI To Screen For Stroke and Shorten Treatment Window

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Amie W. Hsia, MD Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center MedStar Washington Hospital Center NIH Stroke Program at MWHC Associate Professor, Neurology Georgetown University Washington, DC 20010   Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Amie W. Hsia, MD. (2015) Hospital System Efficiently Uses MRI To Screen For Stroke and Shorten Treatment Window. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 14, 2015
  • 05:23 PM
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Scientists Get Closer To A Vaccine Against Allergies

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Christine McCusker MD Associate Professor, Department Pediatrics Meakins-Christie Laboratories McGill University and the MUHCRI, Montreal Quebec, Canada Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. McCusker: When the body … Continue reading →
The post Scientists Get Closer To A Vaccine Against Allergies appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medi........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Christine McCusker MD. (2015) Scientists Get Closer To A Vaccine Against Allergies. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 14, 2015
  • 02:52 PM
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Educating the immune system: A vaccine for allergies

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

With the arrival of spring, millions of people have begun their annual ritual of sneezing and wheezing due to seasonal allergies. However, a Canadian research team is bringing them hope with a potential vaccine that nudges the immune response away from developing allergies. The findings have major clinical implications since allergies and asthma are lifelong conditions that often start in childhood and for which there is presently no cure.... Read more »

  • May 14, 2015
  • 01:15 PM
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Mary-Claire King on Inherited Breast/Ovarian Cancer

by Daniel Koboldt in Massgenomics

It is a rare but delightful opportunity to learn about something from an acknowledged world expert. Such was the case last month when I heard Mary-Claire King give the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Memorial lecture, hands-down one of the best talks I’ve ever heard. She was a wonderful public speaker: funny, charming, and straight-shooting. Her topic, of […]... Read more »

Hall JM, Lee MK, Newman B, Morrow JE, Anderson LA, Huey B, & King MC. (1990) Linkage of early-onset familial breast cancer to chromosome 17q21. Science (New York, N.Y.), 250(4988), 1684-9. PMID: 2270482  

King MC. (2014) "The race" to clone BRCA1. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6178), 1462-5. PMID: 24675952  

  • May 14, 2015
  • 12:16 PM
  • 79 views

Death and Landscapes: Why Does Location Matter?

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

This week, I’m attending the Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values conference at UMass Amherst. I am going to be speaking Thursday at the 8-10 am session, “Universities as Examples of […]... Read more »

Howard M. R. Williams. (1997) Ancient Landscapes and the dead: the reuse of prehistoric and Roman monuments as early Anglo-Saxon burial sites. Medieval Archaeology, 1-31. info:/

Lynne Goldstein. (1995) Landscapes and Mortuary Practices. Regional Approaches to Mortuary Analysis Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology, 101-121. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4899-1310-4_5  

  • May 14, 2015
  • 10:31 AM
  • 86 views

Male Depression Risk Via Childhood Conduct Disorder

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Conduct disorder represents an important childhood-onset condition that commonly persists into adulthood.Adult antisocial personality disorder and substance abuse are known risks associated with conduct disorder.A recent study by Kenneth Kendler and Charles Gardner identified male conduct disorder as a risk factor for adult major depression.Their study using the Virginia Twin Registry examined 20 developmental risk factors in male and female twins for presence of recent adult major depression.A ........ Read more »

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