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  • April 27, 2015
  • 08:32 PM
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A bacterium that loves Roman mythology, sharing with worms, and playing with nitrogen

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Opitutus terrae is a bacterium found in rice paddy soil. It's well suited to this environment, being able to operate without oxygen (rice paddies are flooded with water, limiting the movement of gases from the atmosphere into the soil) and capable of eating chains of sugar made by rice plants (which are introduced into the soil when paddies are plowed at the end of a harvest). O. terrae was first isolated from a rice paddy in Vercelli, a city in northern Italy. Vercelli is situated in the Po Val........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2015
  • 04:02 PM
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No Reason To Think That Thinking "Fuels Brain Cancer"

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

This week has seen a flurry of alarming headlines suggesting that thinking can make brain cancer grow quicker. For example:

HuffPo: Thinking Can Fuel The Growth Of Brain Tumors, Study Finds
Daily Mail: How your THOUGHTS can fuel brain tumours
Nation (Pakistan): Cancer ‘hijacks’ process of thinking



Well, whoever wrote these headlines is safe, then. The research in question in fact wasn't about thinking. It actually showed that the growth of tumours called gliomas could be increased... Read more »

Venkatesh, H., Johung, T., Caretti, V., Noll, A., Tang, Y., Nagaraja, S., Gibson, E., Mount, C., Polepalli, J., Mitra, S.... (2015) Neuronal Activity Promotes Glioma Growth through Neuroligin-3 Secretion. Cell. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.04.012  

  • April 27, 2015
  • 03:58 PM
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Most Patients Go Back To Same Hospital For 30-Day Readmissions

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Rachel Mosher Henke, Ph.D. Truven Health Analytics Director of Research Cambridge, MA Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Henke: We wanted to see what percentage of patients return … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Rachel Mosher Henke, Ph.D. (2015) Most Patients Go Back To Same Hospital For 30-Day Readmissions. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 03:39 PM
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Family Members Can Help Patients Understand Hospital Discharge Instructions

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dennis Tsilimingras, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Michigan AHEC (Area Health Education Center), Director of Patient Safety, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences Wayne State University School of Medicine Detroit, Michigan Medical Research: What … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dennis Tsilimingras, M.D., M.P.H. (2015) Family Members Can Help Patients Understand Hospital Discharge Instructions. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 02:53 PM
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CPR Rate High In End Stage Dialysis Patients Despite Poor Outcomes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Susan P. Y. Wong, M.D. Acting Instructor & Senior Research Fellow Division of Nephrology University of Washington Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Wong: There is a paucity … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Susan P. Y. Wong, M.D. (2015) CPR Rate High In End Stage Dialysis Patients Despite Poor Outcomes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 02:36 PM
  • 7 views

HPV Vaccine Still Valuable For Women Who Were Not Fully Vaccinated As Children

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jacqueline Hirth, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor and Dr. Abbey B. Berenson MD, MMS, PhD Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynecology The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Texas Medical Research: What is … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Jacqueline Hirth, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor and, & Dr. Abbey B. Berenson MD, MMS, PhD Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health Obstetrics and Gynecology The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston TexasDr. Abbey B. Berenson MD, MMS, PhD. (2015) HPV Vaccine Still Valuable For Women Who Were Not Fully Vaccinated As Children. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 02:03 PM
  • 83 views

Google searches for ‘n-word’ associated with black mortality

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Google searches could unveil patterns in Black mortality rates across the US, according to a new study. Researchers found that those areas with greater levels of racism, as indexed by the proportion of Google searches containing the “n-word,” had higher mortality rates among Blacks. The study is the first to examine an Internet query-based measure of racism in relation to mortality risk.... Read more »

Chae, D., Clouston, S., Hatzenbuehler, M., Kramer, M., Cooper, H., Wilson, S., Stephens-Davidowitz, S., Gold, R., & Link, B. (2015) Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality. PLOS ONE, 10(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122963  

  • April 27, 2015
  • 01:39 PM
  • 54 views

Parasite-Infected Bumblebees Seek out Flowers with Nicotine

by beredim in Strange Animals



 A buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris

Buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in their nectar, according to a new study by researchers at the Royal Holloway University of London and Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Apparently, the nicotine in the flowers slows the progression of disease in infected bees but has ... Read more »

  • April 27, 2015
  • 01:17 PM
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Cancer Risk Elevated In Patients With Hepatitis C

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lisa M. Nyberg, MD, MPH Transplant Hepatologist Director, Hepatology Research Kaiser Permanente, Garfield Specialty Center San Diego, CA  92111 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Nyberg: The overall … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lisa M. Nyberg, MD, MPH. (2015) Cancer Risk Elevated In Patients With Hepatitis C. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 12:28 PM
  • 66 views

Boron and the Permian extinction: a glimpse into the past gives a hint of the future

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

How will ocean acidification from anthropogenic CO2 emissions affect marine life? Recent work studying a similar time during the Permian extinction 200 million years ago gives a clue.... 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 27, 2015
  • 10:50 AM
  • 58 views

ADHD and Vehicular Accident Risk

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Attention and impulsive behaviors found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can contribute to accident risk in children and adults.A recent study of adult drivers in France provides evidence for increased accident risk in adults with ADHD.Researchers at the Bordeaux University Hospital interviewed a series of adult drivers seen in the emergency department following a road traffic crash.A total of 777 eligible subjects completed assessments of accident information, distraction expo........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2015
  • 08:34 AM
  • 58 views

Phytozome notice, new and improved v10 coming soon

by Mary in OpenHelix

This announcement came out while I was at a conference last week–but I wanted to pass it along. This appears to be a big change in the way Phytozome works. And there will be down-time before it rolls out, starting May 1. I like to post major announcements from mailing lists because I know everyone […]... Read more »

Goodstein D. M., R. Howson, R. Neupane, R. D. Hayes, J. Fazo, T. Mitros, W. Dirks, U. Hellsten, N. Putnam, & D. S. Rokhsar. (2011) Phytozome: a comparative platform for green plant genomics. Nucleic Acids Research, 40(D1). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkr944  

  • April 27, 2015
  • 08:14 AM
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Yogurt Habit May Not Provide Long Term Health Benefits

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Esther Lopez-Garcia, PhD Dept. Preventive Medicine and Public Health School of Medicine Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Madrid,Spain Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Lopez-Garcia: Health-related quality of life … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Esther Lopez-Garcia, PhD. (2015) Yogurt Habit May Not Provide Long Term Health Benefits. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 07:57 AM
  • 45 views

You can change your personality at will

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Surveys show that most of us wish our personalities were different. Change is certainly possible: people's personalities evolve as they get older (for example, most of us become more friendly but less open-minded), and there's research showing more immediate influences on personality, such as our current mood (we're less extravert when we're sad). And yet, before now, no one has studied whether people can simply choose to change their personality at will.Nathan Hudson and Chris Fraley asked 135 ........ Read more »

  • April 27, 2015
  • 07:00 AM
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Role of EBV LMP-2A and LMP1 in inducing autophagy

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Under conditions of cell stress such as nutrient deprivation or as a result of the accumulation of damaged organelles and misfolded proteins a lysosomal pathway is induced which degrades proteins as well organelles independent of the proteasomal pathway. The core machinery of this pathway -termed autophagy from the Greek  auto-, "self" and phagein, "to eat” (literally “selfeating”) - was discovered in genetic screens of yeast for genes required for survival ........ Read more »

Xi X, Zhang X, Wang B, Wang T, Wang J, Huang H, Wang J, Jin Q, & Zhao Z. (2013) The interplays between autophagy and apoptosis induced by enterovirus 71. PloS one, 8(2). PMID: 23437282  

Liu Y, & Levine B. (2015) Autosis and autophagic cell death: the dark side of autophagy. Cell death and differentiation, 22(3), 367-76. PMID: 25257169  

Liu Y, Shoji-Kawata S, Sumpter RM Jr, Wei Y, Ginet V, Zhang L, Posner B, Tran KA, Green DR, Xavier RJ.... (2013) Autosis is a Na ,K -ATPase-regulated form of cell death triggered by autophagy-inducing peptides, starvation, and hypoxia-ischemia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(51), 20364-71. PMID: 24277826  

Young, L., & Rickinson, A. (2004) Epstein–Barr virus: 40 years on. Nature Reviews Cancer, 4(10), 757-768. DOI: 10.1038/nrc1452  

Busson P, McCoy R, Sadler R, Gilligan K, Tursz T, & Raab-Traub N. (1992) Consistent transcription of the Epstein-Barr virus LMP2 gene in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Journal of virology, 66(5), 3257-62. PMID: 1313931  

Li Y, Zhang L, Zhou J, Luo S, Huang R, Zhao C, & Diao A. (2015) Nedd4 E3 ubiquitin ligase promotes cell proliferation and autophagy. Cell proliferation. PMID: 25809873  

Kuang E, Qi J, & Ronai Z. (2013) Emerging roles of E3 ubiquitin ligases in autophagy. Trends in biochemical sciences, 38(9), 453-60. PMID: 23870665  

Xia P, Wang S, Du Y, Zhao Z, Shi L, Sun L, Huang G, Ye B, Li C, Dai Z.... (2013) WASH inhibits autophagy through suppression of Beclin 1 ubiquitination. The EMBO journal, 32(20), 2685-96. PMID: 23974797  

  • April 27, 2015
  • 05:27 AM
  • 7 views

Polygenic Risk Score Improves Breast Cancer Prediction

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nasim Mavaddat M.B.B.S. MPhil PhD PhD Centre for Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Department of Public Health and Primary Care University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Nasim Mavaddat M.B.B.S. MPhil PhD PhD. (2015) Polygenic Risk Score Improves Breast Cancer Prediction. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • April 27, 2015
  • 04:36 AM
  • 72 views

When optimal outcome in autism meets ESSENCE

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I recently came across the paper by Martina Barnevik Olsson and colleagues [1] (open-access) and their rather interesting take on the issue of optimal outcome and autism (see here for some background on this concept).Based on the idea that a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might not be as immutable as perhaps once thought (as in 'no longer meeting the diagnostic criteria for the condition'), Barnevik Olsson et al reported that loss of the autism/ASD label does not........ Read more »

Barnevik Olsson, M., Westerlund, J., Lundström, S., Giacobini, M., Fernell, E., & Gillberg, C. (2015) “Recovery” from the diagnosis of autism – and then?. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 999. DOI: 10.2147/NDT.S78707  

  • April 27, 2015
  • 12:05 AM
  • 66 views

As if Sustaining a TBI was not Enough….TBI May Accelerate Brain Aging

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A patient with a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury is likely to have structural brain changes that are associated with an older brain than his/her actual age.... Read more »

Cole JH, Leech R, Sharp DJ, & Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2015) Prediction of brain age suggests accelerated atrophy after traumatic brain injury. Annals of Neurology, 77(4), 571-81. PMID: 25623048  

  • April 26, 2015
  • 11:53 PM
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FDA says no to marketing FDDNP for CTE

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently admonished TauMark™, a brain diagnostics company, for advertising brain scans that can diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia. The Los Angeles Times reported that the FDA ordered UCLA researcher Dr. Gary Small and his colleague/business partner Dr. Jorge Barrio to remove misleading information from their company website (example shown below).CTE has been in the news because the neurodegene........ Read more »

Barrio, J., Small, G., Wong, K., Huang, S., Liu, J., Merrill, D., Giza, C., Fitzsimmons, R., Omalu, B., Bailes, J.... (2015) In vivo characterization of chronic traumatic encephalopathy using [F-18]FDDNP PET brain imaging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201409952. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1409952112  

Zimmer, E., Leuzy, A., Gauthier, S., & Rosa-Neto, P. (2014) Developments in Tau PET Imaging. The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 41(05), 547-553. DOI: 10.1017/cjn.2014.15  

  • April 26, 2015
  • 11:25 PM
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Neuropeptide Level May Signal Neuroblastoma Prognosis

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Joanna Kitlinska, PhD Assistant Professor Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology Washington, DC 20057 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Kitlinska: Neuroblastoma is a … Continue reading →
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