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  • June 3, 2015
  • 04:31 AM
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Antimitochondrial antibodies and autism?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"The current study demonstrated significantly high levels of AMA-M2 [antimitochondrial antibodies subtype 2] in autistic subjects when compared with healthy controls. Further large-scale studies are required to dissect any pathogenic role of these antibodies in the development of autism."Accepting that 'healthy controls' is not the terminology that I personally would use to describe 'not-autism' control participants and to 'dissect' findings perhaps conjures up some rather gruesome ima........ Read more »

  • June 3, 2015
  • 12:05 AM
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Think Before You Soak

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Culture samples from 3 whirlpools at a NCAA Division I university demonstrated the presence of staphylococcus aureus (Staph) both before and after sanitization. Further, Staph was found to be present in surrounding areas and was higher following use by patients than prior to treatment.... Read more »

  • June 2, 2015
  • 05:50 PM
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Prototheca are shoddy algae that eat oil, sewage, tree gunk, and people

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

The natural world tends to defy easy categorization. Take algae, for example. A seemingly encompassing definition of this group would be small, simply structured green creatures that use the sun's energy to make food. So, things like seaweed and the vibrant goo that covers lakes and ponds polluted with nutrients. But of course it's not that simple, since kelp are freakin' huge and the colour palette of algae includes red, brown, and gold.Then there's the genus Prototheca. They're spherical&........ Read more »

McMullan B, Muthiah K, Stark D, Lee L, & Marriott D. (2011) Prototheca wickerhamii mimicking yeast: A cautionary tale. Journal of clinical microbiology, 49(8), 3078-81. PMID: 21653770  

  • June 2, 2015
  • 03:41 PM
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Neurobiology of Child Neglect/Abuse: Nemeroff Lecture Notes

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I had the opportunity to attend the Warren Neuroscience Lecture presented by Dr. Charles Nemeroff in Tulsa, OK on June 2, 2015.Dr. Nemeroff has been an international leader in research in mood and anxiety disorders. His recent focus has been on the effects of adverse childhood environments on risk for adult mood and anxiety disorders. Here are my notes that summarize some of the key points from his lecture.Introduction:Stress is an important factor in understanding depressionEarly life stre........ Read more »

  • June 2, 2015
  • 06:48 AM
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The Benefits Of A Herpes Infection

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Herpes boosts the immune system and helps fight off other viruses.... Read more »

Furman, D., Jojic, V., Sharma, S., Shen-Orr, S., L. Angel, C., Onengut-Gumuscu, S., Kidd, B., Maecker, H., Concannon, P., Dekker, C.... (2015) Cytomegalovirus infection enhances the immune response to influenza. Science Translational Medicine, 7(281), 281-281. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa2293  

  • June 2, 2015
  • 04:52 AM
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Yokukansan and treatment-resistant schizophrenia?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I'll freely admit that I'm no expert on yokukansan (YKS), the "traditional Asian herbal medicine" that comprises Atractylodis lanceae Rhizoma, Poria, Cnidii Rhizoma, Uncariae Uncis cum Ramulus, Angelicae Radix, Bupleuri Radix and Glycyrrhizae Radix. Yokukansan, in some circles also known as TJ-54, has however cropped up on my autism research radar before as per the very preliminary findings reported by Miyaoka and colleagues [1] (open-access) a few years back suggesting that the h........ Read more »

Miyaoka T, Furuya M, Horiguchi J, Wake R, Hashioka S, Thoyama M, Murotani K, Mori N, Minabe Y, Iyo M.... (2015) Efficacy and safety of yokukansan in treatment-resistant schizophrenia: a randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 201592. PMID: 25954314  

  • June 1, 2015
  • 11:34 PM
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Poisons once used as medicines

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

The difference between a poison and a medicine is often not clear. Side effects are essentially ways in which a medicine can harm us but it's alright because the effects usually aren't too bad and we otherwise get healed. Antibiotics often cause an upset stomach, but they also prevent us from dying of an infected paper cut. A more extreme example is cancer drugs, which are often highly toxic but are deemed necessary in order to defeat a greater evil. Even still, there are substances for which th........ Read more »

  • June 1, 2015
  • 03:20 PM
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How does human behavior lead to surgical errors? Researchers count the ways

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Why are major surgical errors called “never events?” Because they shouldn’t happen — but do. Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred. Using a system created to investigate military plane crashes, they coded the human behaviors involved to identify any environmental, organizational, job and individual characteristics that led to the never events.... Read more »

Cornelius A. Thiels, DO, Tarun Mohan Lal, MS, Joseph M. Nienow, MBA, Kalyan S. Pasupathy, PhD, Renaldo C. Blocker, PhD, Johnathon M. Aho, MD, Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, Robert R. Cima, MD, Susan Hallbeck, PhD, & Juliane Bingener. (2015) Surgical never events and contributing human factors . Surgery . info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2015.03.053

Cima RR, Kollengode A, Clark J, Pool S, Weisbrod C, Amstutz GJ, & Deschamps C. (2011) Using a data-matrix-coded sponge counting system across a surgical practice: impact after 18 months. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety / Joint Commission Resources, 37(2), 51-8. PMID: 21939132  

  • June 1, 2015
  • 04:50 AM
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The physical maltreatment of children with autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

As dramatic as the title of this post might seem, it is taken from the title of the paper by Guiqin Duan and colleagues [1] who reported that: "CPM [child physical maltreatment] is widespread in families of children with autism in Central China and more knowledge should be provided to parents of children with autism."Given the subject matter of the Duan paper I will at this point affirm that this is a blog about science (peer-reviewed science in the most part) and my discussions o........ Read more »

  • May 31, 2015
  • 04:26 PM
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Weight Reduction Lowers Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher X Wong MBBS MSc PhD Clinical Research Fellow | Clinical Trial Service Unit, Oxford Clinical Senior Lecturer | Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, Adelaide Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford Roosevelt Drive, Oxford Medical Research: … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Christopher X Wong MBBS MSc PhD, Clinical Research Fellow | Clinical Trial Service Unit, Oxford, Clinical Senior Lecturer | Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, Adelaide, Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford, & Roosevelt Drive, Oxford. (2015) Weight Reduction Lowers Risk of Atrial Fibrillation. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 31, 2015
  • 04:19 PM
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New Technology May Allow Urine Sampling Rather Than Blood Testing

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: R. Kenneth Marcus, FRSC & FAAAS Professor of Chemistry Clemson University Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Prof. Marcus: We had previously shown that chromatographic columns formed from aligned … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: R. Kenneth Marcus, FRSC , Professor of Chemistry, & Clemson University. (2015) New Technology May Allow Urine Sampling Rather Than Blood Testing. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 31, 2015
  • 03:59 PM
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Indoor Air Purifiers Reduce Cardiopulmonary Effects Of Severe Air Pollution

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Renjie Chen PhD and Dr. Haidong Kan, PhD School of Public Health, Key Lab of Public Health Safety of the Ministry of Education, Fudan University, Shanghai, China MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What … Continue reading →
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Dr. Renjie Chen PhD and Dr. Haidong Kan, PhD School of Public Health, Key Lab of Public Health Safety of the Ministry of Education, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. (2015) Indoor Air Purifiers Reduce Cardiopulmonary Effects Of Severe Air Pollution. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 31, 2015
  • 03:44 PM
  • 27 views

Genes Associated With High Triglycerides May Be Protective Against Diabetes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Yann Klimentidis Ph.D. Assistant Professor Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health University of Arizona Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Klimentidis: Previous studies have hinted at … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Yann Klimentidis Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, & University of Arizona. (2015) Genes Associated With High Triglycerides May Be Protective Against Diabetes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 31, 2015
  • 03:23 PM
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Taking A Little More Tissue After Breast Cancer Removal May Save Reduce Need For Further Surgery

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPH, MA, MBA, FRCS(C), FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery Director, The Breast Center — Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Assistant Director — Global Oncology, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center Program Director, … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPH, MA, MBA, FRCS(C), FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Director, The Breast Center -- Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Assistant Director -- Global Oncology, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Program Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine Breast Centerm, & New Haven, CT,. (2015) Taking A Little More Tissue After Breast Cancer Removal May Save Reduce Need For Further Surgery. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 31, 2015
  • 03:05 PM
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A patient’s budding cortex — in a dish?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

A patient tormented by suicidal thoughts gives his psychiatrist a few strands of his hair. She derives stem cells from them to grow budding brain tissue harboring the secrets of his unique illness in a petri dish. She uses the information to genetically engineer a personalized treatment to correct his brain circuit functioning. Just Sci-fi? Yes, but…... Read more »

Paşca, A., Sloan, S., Clarke, L., Tian, Y., Makinson, C., Huber, N., Kim, C., Park, J., O'Rourke, N., Nguyen, K.... (2015) Functional cortical neurons and astrocytes from human pluripotent stem cells in 3D culture. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.3415  

  • May 31, 2015
  • 02:28 PM
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Immunotherapy Shows Promise In Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Tanguy Seiwert, MD Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine Associate Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program Section of Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology Speciality Chief Editor Frontiers in Head and Neck Cancer University of Chicago Chicago, … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Tanguy Seiwert, MD Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Associate Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Fellow, Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology, Speciality Chief Editor, Frontiers in Head and Neck Cancer, & University of Chicago Chicago, IL 60637. (2015) Immunotherapy Shows Promise In Advanced Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 30, 2015
  • 11:12 PM
  • 24 views

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Risk Doubles At High Altitudes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: David Katz, MD Divisions of Cardiology, and Neonatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine Aurora, Colorado Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Katz: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) … Continue reading →
The post SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Risk Doubles At High Altitudes appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Inter........ Read more »

David Katz, MD, Divisions of Cardiology, and Neonatology,, University of Colorado School of Medicine, & Aurora, Colorado. (2015) SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Risk Doubles At High Altitudes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 30, 2015
  • 10:50 PM
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Young and Female Low Socioeconomic African Americans At Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Samson Y. Gebreab, Ph.D., M.Sc. Lead Study Author and Research Scientist National Human Genome Research Institute Bethesda, Maryland Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Gebreab: It is well known that African Americans … Continue reading →
The post Young and Female Low Socioeconomic African Americans At Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease appeared first on Med........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Samson Y. Gebreab, Ph.D., M.Sc. (2015) Young and Female Low Socioeconomic African Americans At Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 30, 2015
  • 10:39 PM
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Pre-Operative Low Blood Pressure Linked To Increased Mortality After Surgery and Anesthesia

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Prof. Dr. Robert Sanders MD Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Critical Care Trials & Interdisciplinary Outcomes Network (ACTION) Department of Anesthesiology University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →
The post Pre-Operative Low Blood Pressure Linked To Increased Mortality After Surgery and Anesthe........ Read more »

Prof. Dr. Robert Sanders MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology , Department of Anesthesiology, & University of Wisconsin, Madison,. (2015) Pre-Operative Low Blood Pressure Linked To Increased Mortality After Surgery and Anesthesia. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 30, 2015
  • 10:12 PM
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False Positive Mammograms Can Lead To Psychological Distress Regardless of Whether Diagnostic Procedures Are Required

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Bruno M. Heleno MD The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice Department of Public Health University of Copenhagen Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Bruno M. Heleno MD, The Research Unit for General Practice and Section of General Practice, Department of Public Health, & University of Copenhagen. (2015) False Positive Mammograms Can Lead To Psychological Distress Regardless of Whether Diagnostic Procedures Are Required. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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