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  • November 12, 2014
  • 04:53 AM
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An inflammatory autism subtype?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper from Hiram Jyonouchi and colleagues [1] (open-access) continues a theme from this author with their suggestion of "an imbalance in the production of inflammatory (IL-1ß and IL-6) and counterregulatory (IL-10) cytokines by ‘flare’ ASD-IS [autism spectrum disorder - inflammatory subtype] monocytes".Panic on the streets of Birmingham...'Flare' ASD-IS in this case refers to a coding given to a small participant group (n=24) who were: "defined as those with a history of ........ Read more »

  • November 12, 2014
  • 12:05 AM
  • 65 views

Patellar Autograft May be Better to Avoid Revision

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A patient with a patellar autograft for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction has less of a chance of a need for ACL revision surgery than patients receiving a hamstring autograft. ... Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 09:34 PM
  • 277 views

Video Gaming and Internet Addiction : Harmful or Harmless?

by Wiley Asia Blog in Wiley Asia Blog - Social Science

The more the addiction to video games, Internet and social media is increased among teenagers and young adults, the more concerned the parents become. It is where family therapists play an important role. Are video games really bad for children? How to counter addiction to social media? Researchers explored the impact for these new forms of entertainment to assist family therapists.

When researchers compared two groups of players who played massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORP........ Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 02:03 PM
  • 79 views

Some Plants can regenerate by DNA duplication

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

When munched by grazing animals (or mauled by scientists in the lab), some herbaceous plants overcompensate – producing more plant matter and becoming more fertile than they otherwise would. Scientists say they now know how these plants accomplish this feat of regeneration.... Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 11:55 AM
  • 98 views

Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Society that Loves Fat Shaming (and Dieting)

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders


Is ED recovery easier when your body is “normative or stereotypically desirable”? The anon asking the question implied that recovery could be more difficult because “an obese person … will never stop hearing hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type.” Anon asked, “Have there been any studies on this?” Andrea tackled this question in her last post (it might be helpful to read it first if you haven’t yet); in this post, I........ Read more »

Bulik, C.M., Marcus, M.D., Zerwas, S., Levine, M.D., & La Via, M. (2012) The changing "weightscape" of bulimia nervosa. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(10), 1031-6. PMID: 23032383  

McKisack, C., & Waller, G. (1997) Factors influencing the of group psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 22(1), 1-13. PMID: 9140730  

  • November 11, 2014
  • 11:54 AM
  • 70 views

Recovering from an Eating Disorder in a Society that Loves Fat Shaming (and Dieting)

by Tetyana in Science of Eating Disorders

Is ED recovery easier when your body is “normative or stereotypically desirable”? The anon asking the question implied that recovery could be more difficult because “an obese person … will never stop hearing hearing extremely triggering stuff about their body type.” Anon asked, “Have there been any studies on this?” Andrea tackled this question in her last post (it might be helpful to read it first if you haven’t yet); in this post, I will expand ........ Read more »

Bulik, C.M., Marcus, M.D., Zerwas, S., Levine, M.D., & La Via, M. (2012) The changing "weightscape" of bulimia nervosa. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(10), 1031-6. PMID: 23032383  

McKisack, C., & Waller, G. (1997) Factors influencing the of group psychotherapy for bulimia nervosa. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 22(1), 1-13. PMID: 9140730  

  • November 11, 2014
  • 11:13 AM
  • 89 views

Anorexia Nervosa: Brain Connectivity Abnormalities

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Functional magnetic resonance imaging is providing a new tool for understanding brain circuitry in normal brain development and in brain disorders. Anorexia nervosa is an restrictive calorie eating disorder often resistant to treatment.No effective drug treatment for anorexia nervosa currently exists and psychotherapy is often only partially effective. A better understanding of the brain pathophysiology in anorexia nervosa is needed to aid in treatment development.Stephanie Kullman along wi........ Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 10:50 AM
  • 88 views

A Four Billion Mile Road Trip to Grandma’s

by Mark Lasbury in The 'Scope

Mankind is about to take a huge step in understanding himself and his universe. The Rosetta orbiter has traveled 3.8 billion miles to catch comet 67P/C-G. Traveling at more than 24,000 miles per hour, the Philae Lander is now going to land on the comet. A visitor from deep space and from deep time, 67P/C-G contains clues about the solar system, water, and perhaps life itself.... Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 10:24 AM
  • 77 views

Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Like many new mothers, a female elephant seal puts herself on a strict diet after giving birth. She dives into the Pacific and spends two months eating everything she can find. It’s only by working hard at building up her blubber stores that she can get back her ideal body. Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) […]The post Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Adachi, T., Maresh, J., Robinson, P., Peterson, S., Costa, D., Naito, Y., Watanabe, Y., & Takahashi, A. (2014) The foraging benefits of being fat in a highly migratory marine mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1797), 20142120-20142120. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2120  

  • November 11, 2014
  • 10:14 AM
  • 71 views

You can guess soccer player's game with his face

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

Soccer player’s face can help in predicting the performance of the player on the field. It can also show the tendency of players towards goals as well as fouls during the game.

Published in:

Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

Study Further:

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and their collaborators have found that the face of the player can be used to know about the performance of the player in the game. With proper study, goal or foul makin........ Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 05:29 AM
  • 92 views

Who are the most eminent psychologists of the modern era?

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

A new paper identifies Albert Bandura as themost eminent psychologist of the modern era.Twelve years ago the behaviourist B.F. Skinner topped a list of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the twentieth century, followed by Jean Piaget and Sigmund Freud. Now a team led by Ed Diener has used their own criteria to compile a list of the 200 most eminent psychologists of the modern era (i.e. people whose careers occurred primarily after 1956).Here is the top 10: Albert Bandura in first place, ........ Read more »

Diener, E., Oishi, S., & Park, J. (2014) An incomplete list of eminent psychologists of the modern era. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 2(1), 20-31. DOI: 10.1037/arc0000006  

  • November 11, 2014
  • 04:50 AM
  • 330 views

Psychiatric comorbidity in post H1N1 vaccination narcolespy?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

I can imagine that the paper by Atilla Szakács and colleagues [1] is likely to draw some rather differing opinions about potential importance based on their subject matter and methods/participant numbers looking at the frequency of psychiatric comorbidity among those with narcolepsy including narcolepsy post H1N1 vaccination. The fact that autism - "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (i.e., atypical autism)" - is mentioned as one of the comorbidity in the post-vaccination ........ Read more »

  • November 11, 2014
  • 12:05 AM
  • 76 views

Prophylactic Treatment of Joint Stiffness

by Kristin Gibson and Daniel Clark in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Three agents that target different aspects of the inflammatory pathways decreased joint stiffness after joint trauma in rats.... Read more »

Efird, W., Kellam, P., Yeazell, S., Weinhold, P., & Dahners, L. (2014) An evaluation of prophylactic treatments to prevent post traumatic joint stiffness. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 32(11), 1520-1524. DOI: 10.1002/jor.22700  

  • November 10, 2014
  • 09:54 PM
  • 89 views

Beclin-1 and Viruses: Activation and Inhibition of Autophagy by Viral Proteins

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Autophagy is an essential process that allows the degradation of cellular components such as damaged organelles (e.g. Mitochondria via mitophagy or Peroxisomes via pexophagy) or misfolded proteins, as well as bacteria or viral proteins. Generally, the initial step in autophagy is sequestering of organelles or proteins within the phagophore -an isolation membrane derived from the plasma membrane, ER, Golgi, or endosome. Following the formation of the phagophore the edges of the membrane are fused........ Read more »

Kang R, Zeh HJ, Lotze MT, & Tang D. (2011) The Beclin 1 network regulates autophagy and apoptosis. Cell death and differentiation, 18(4), 571-80. PMID: 21311563  

Ao X, Zou L, & Wu Y. (2014) Regulation of autophagy by the Rab GTPase network. Cell death and differentiation, 21(3), 348-58. PMID: 24440914  

Pankiv S, Alemu EA, Brech A, Bruun JA, Lamark T, Overvatn A, Bjørkøy G, & Johansen T. (2010) FYCO1 is a Rab7 effector that binds to LC3 and PI3P to mediate microtubule plus end-directed vesicle transport. The Journal of cell biology, 188(2), 253-69. PMID: 20100911  

Matsunaga K, Saitoh T, Tabata K, Omori H, Satoh T, Kurotori N, Maejima I, Shirahama-Noda K, Ichimura T, Isobe T.... (2009) Two Beclin 1-binding proteins, Atg14L and Rubicon, reciprocally regulate autophagy at different stages. Nature cell biology, 11(4), 385-96. PMID: 19270696  

Molejon MI, Ropolo A, Re AL, Boggio V, & Vaccaro MI. (2013) The VMP1-Beclin 1 interaction regulates autophagy induction. Scientific reports, 1055. PMID: 23316280  

Gannagé M, Dormann D, Albrecht R, Dengjel J, Torossi T, Rämer PC, Lee M, Strowig T, Arrey F, Conenello G.... (2009) Matrix protein 2 of influenza A virus blocks autophagosome fusion with lysosomes. Cell host , 6(4), 367-80. PMID: 19837376  

  • November 10, 2014
  • 08:59 PM
  • 94 views

Our unclear understanding of ADHD

by neurosci in Neuroscientifically Challenged

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, has engendered a great deal of debate over the past several decades. ADHD is a psychiatric disorder that involves symptoms of inattention (e.g. being easily distracted, having difficulty focusing) or symptoms of hyperactivity (e.g. being fidgety or restless), or a combination of both types of symptoms. The controversy surrounding ADHD became a bit louder in the 1990s, when the number of children being prescribed stimulant drugs like methylphenid........ Read more »

  • November 10, 2014
  • 04:51 PM
  • 89 views

Intestinal Parasites: Friends, Foes and Shades of Gray

by Aurametrix team in Irritable Bowel Blog

Parasite is a bad word with negative connotations. Yet, "bad things" can be good for you - and every situation is different. About one third of people in the world carry at least one parasite in their gastrointestinal tract, and the relationship between health and intestinal parasites is not as straightforward as one might think.... Read more »

  • November 10, 2014
  • 03:57 PM
  • 79 views

A new way to look at Global Warming

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Global warming, nothing new with that and it’s here to stay for now. But while computer models churn out bleak forecasts for the planet’s future, we also have a more conceptual understanding of what is happening as humans pump carbon dioxide into the air. Unfortunately the traditional conceptual understanding of carbon dioxide wrapping the planet in a sort of blanket that traps more heat is not quite right.... Read more »

  • November 10, 2014
  • 01:17 PM
  • 76 views

The Dancing Kiwa Puravida (Yeti Crab)

by beredim in Strange Animals

Kiwa PuravidaCredit: Andrew ThurberKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaSubphylum: CrustaceaClass: MalacostracaOrder: DecapodaInfraorder: AnomuraFamily: KiwaidaeGenus: KiwaSpecies: Kiwa puravidaConservation Status: Not assessedCommon Name: Yeti crabMeet Kiwa puravida, a recently discovered deep-sea dwelling decapod and one of three species informally known as "yeti crabs". The other two are kiwa hirsuta and a creature commonly known as the "Hoff cr........ Read more »

  • November 10, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 23 views

‘Twin’ Ice Age Infants Discovered in 11,500-Year-Old Alaska Grave

by Blake de Pastino in Western Digs

A tenderly decorated grave discovered in Alaska holds the remains of two infants dating back 11,500 years, the youngest Ice Age humans yet found in the Western Hemisphere, archaeologists say.... Read more »

  • November 10, 2014
  • 10:46 AM
  • 69 views

Rhythm and Blue: Plant Circadian Rhythms

by Timothy Havenith in Notes of Nature

Anyone who's suffered from jet lag will know that circadian rhythms are an important process. But perhaps what you didn't know is that plants are also regulated by a circadian clock - and - that the same receptor is used in both plants and animals.Read more »

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McClung, C. (2006) Plant Circadian Rhythms. THE PLANT CELL ONLINE, 18(4), 792-803. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.106.040980  

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