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  • February 17, 2015
  • 05:15 AM
  • 41 views

Jokey team meetings are more productive, as long as people laugh along

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Science suggests a funnier workplace should be a more effective one, encouraging positive mood and a playful, open approach. But much of the evidence to date rests on theoretical argument or lab experiments. Now a new study of genuine team meetings shows that laughter begets laughter and that bouts of humour really can clear the ground for new approaches and better performance.Using videos taken as part of an improvement process run across two German companies, the study was able to determine th........ Read more »

  • February 17, 2015
  • 03:57 AM
  • 76 views

Congenital rubella, autism and remote stroke

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

Case reports. I know they rank pretty low in the order of what counts as objective scientific evidence [1] despite their often interesting findings. That being said, when it comes to a diagnosis like autism, with all its associated heterogeneity and elevated risk of various comorbidity probably better encapsulated in a more 'plural autisms' understanding, case reports can offer something of an important view into the many and varied ways in which someone might arrive on the autism spectrum and t........ Read more »

  • February 16, 2015
  • 06:00 PM
  • 105 views

Why low-carb or fasting diets are good for your health

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

While most research regarding fat loss focuses on the risks of being overweight, a new study shows that fasting, low-carb diets, or high-intensity exercise have specific health benefits. Specifically, researchers have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.... Read more »

Youm, Y., Nguyen, K., Grant, R., Goldberg, E., Bodogai, M., Kim, D., D'Agostino, D., Planavsky, N., Lupfer, C., Kanneganti, T.... (2015) The ketone metabolite β-hydroxybutyrate blocks NLRP3 inflammasome–mediated inflammatory disease. Nature Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/nm.3804  

Coll, R., Robertson, A., Chae, J., Higgins, S., Muñoz-Planillo, R., Inserra, M., Vetter, I., Dungan, L., Monks, B., Stutz, A.... (2015) A small-molecule inhibitor of the NLRP3 inflammasome for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Nature Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/nm.3806  

  • February 16, 2015
  • 05:45 PM
  • 75 views

Mindfulness Training Improved Sleep Quality In Older Adults

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: David S. Black, Ph.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine Keck School of Medicine of USC. Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Black: Sleep disturbances pose a significant … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & David S. Black, Ph.D., M.P.H. (2015) Mindfulness Training Improved Sleep Quality In Older Adults. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 16, 2015
  • 04:02 PM
  • 74 views

Mental Stress Linked To Poor Heart Attack Recovery For Women

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Xiao Xu, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences Yale University School of Medicine and Harlan M Krumholz MD, SM Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Faculty of Arts … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Xiao Xu, PhD Assistant Professor. (2015) Mental Stress Linked To Poor Heart Attack Recovery For Women. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 16, 2015
  • 03:54 PM
  • 95 views

Cigarette Smoking Leads to Thinning of the Brain’s Cortex

by Vivek Misra in The UberBrain

Cigarette smoking is associated with cognitive decline and dementia, but the extent of the association between smoking and structural brain changes remains unclear. According to recent study published by Karama et.al., in Molecular Psychiatry, “long-term smoking could cause thinning of the outer layer of the brain involved in critical cognitive functions such as memory and language.” Although the cortex grows thinner with normal ageing, the study found that smoking appears to accelerate the ........ Read more »

Karama, S., Ducharme, S., Corley, J., Chouinard-Decorte, F., Starr, J., Wardlaw, J., Bastin, M., & Deary, I. (2015) Cigarette smoking and thinning of the brain’s cortex. Molecular Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1038/mp.2014.187  

  • February 16, 2015
  • 01:40 PM
  • 119 views

Surfing and Respite from PTSD

by Rodney Steadman in Gravity's Pull

Research by Caddick et al. (2014) shows that surfing can help combat veterans cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).... Read more »

  • February 16, 2015
  • 11:08 AM
  • 37 views

Saving information to computer frees your mind to learn new material

by BPS Research Digest in BPS Research Digest

Forgetting information that we save tocomputer could have its advantagesA few years ago, researchers demonstrated that people had poorer memory for information that they were told had been saved to a computer. Technophobes jumped on the finding. "Imagine that in the future people become so used to external access for any form of reference that they have not internalized any facts at all," wrote Susan Greenfield.Of course there are many flaws to this logic, not least that the old fashioned act of........ Read more »

  • February 16, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
  • 112 views

When your parents help researchers make you believe  a lie 

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Thanks to us, you know researchers trick people into eating dog food, put them in MRI machines that just happen to have snakes in them, and do other nefarious things. But did you know they sometimes enlist your parents in their deception? It is sad, but apparently true. Although these UK and Canadian researchers did […]

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  • February 16, 2015
  • 03:11 AM
  • 104 views

Poo transplant and weight gain: a case study

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The case report detailed by Neha Alang and Colleen Kelly [1] (open-access) reporting on "new-onset obesity after receiving stool from a healthy but overweight donor" has already garnered some significant press attention (see the BBC entry for example). Reporting on that seemingly most undesirable but in some cases life-saving of measures - the fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) - whereby some of those trillions of wee beasties which inhabit our deepest, darkest recesses are transfe........ Read more »

Alang, N., & Kelly, C. (2015) Weight Gain After Fecal Microbiota Transplantation. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2(1). DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofv004  

  • February 16, 2015
  • 12:05 AM
  • 10 views

What’s the Real Story? Effect of Fatigue on Acromiohumeral Distance and Scapular Position

by Katie Reuther in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

After overhead shoulder fatigue, healthy individuals have an increase in acromiohumeral distance and altered scapular position, consistent with a protective, impingement-sparing situation.... Read more »

  • February 15, 2015
  • 03:32 PM
  • 57 views

ISC 2015: Analysis of MR CLEAN Trial for Endovascular Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. May Nour MD PhD Neurology Fellow UCLA Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Nour: In October of 2014, results from the MR CLEAN trial were the first … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, Dr. May Nour MD PhD, Neurology Fellow, & UCLA. (2015) ISC 2015: Analysis of MR CLEAN Trial for Endovascular Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 15, 2015
  • 03:13 PM
  • 106 views

The “successful aging” debate

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

We see it everyday in advertising, turn back the clock, reverse aging — look, feel, and be younger. With all these standards, how do you define aging, or more importantly successful aging. Scholars have long debated what successful aging is, how to measure it, and how to promote it. But researchers are now laying the groundwork for building consensus on the topic — while pointing out that the answer may differ among academics and the general public, as well as across populations and demograp........ Read more »

  • February 15, 2015
  • 03:12 PM
  • 72 views

Hand Dermatitis Increases In Health Care Workers Due To Hand Washing Measures

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr Jill Stocks PhD, Research Fellow Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Centre for Epidemiology; NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Centre for Primary Care Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester, UK. Medical … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Dr Jill Stocks PhD, Research Fellow. (2015) Hand Dermatitis Increases In Health Care Workers Due To Hand Washing Measures. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 15, 2015
  • 01:09 PM
  • 132 views

Inequality in faculty placement

by neuroecology in Neuroecology

How does your PhD institution affect your chances at a faculty position? Across disciplines, we find steep prestige hierarchies, in which only 9 to 14% of faculty are placed at institutions more prestigious than their doctorate…Under a meritocracy, the observed … Continue reading →... Read more »

Clauset A, Arbesman S, & Larremore DB. (2015) Systematic inequality and hierarchy in faculty hiring networks. Science Advances. info:/

  • February 15, 2015
  • 12:44 PM
  • 78 views

Stick Insect Genomes Reveal Natural Selection’s Role in Parallel Speciation

by Esra Durmaz in genome ecology evolution etc

Parallel evolution provides evidence for evolution by natural selection and can cause repeated divergence at specific genes. The parallel evolution of phenotypic traits under similar environmental pressures was estimated to cover almost half of same genomic regions. However, the genomic … Continue reading →... Read more »

Soria-Carrasco, V., Gompert, Z., Comeault, A., Farkas, T., Parchman, T., Johnston, J., Buerkle, C., Feder, J., Bast, J., Schwander, T.... (2014) Stick Insect Genomes Reveal Natural Selection's Role in Parallel Speciation. Science, 344(6185), 738-742. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252136  

  • February 15, 2015
  • 11:32 AM
  • 108 views

Brain mosaicism and altered gene copy numbers could explain Alzheimer's

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

© EEGI've tackled the problem of the missing heritability in the past, i.e. the fact that despite all the research on genetic studies and disease associations, we can explain only a small fraction of cancers and disorders. Today we know a lot more than what we knew back when the human genome project was completed, and in particular we know how much we don't know. I think we are only beginning to understand the complexity of human diseases and genetics. Back when I started working on disease ass........ Read more »

  • February 14, 2015
  • 10:00 PM
  • 120 views

Evolutionary non-commutativity suggests novel treatment strategies

by Dan Nichol in Evolutionary Games Group

In the Autumn of 2011 I received an email from Jacob Scott, now a good friend and better mentor, who was looking for an undergraduate to code an evolutionary simulation. Jake had just arrived in Oxford to start his DPhil in applied mathematics and by chance had dined at St Anne’s College with Peter Jeavons, […]... Read more »

Tan, L., Serene, S., Chao, H.X., & Gore, J. (2011) Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution. Physical Review Letters, 106(19), 198102. PMID: 21668204  

  • February 14, 2015
  • 07:56 PM
  • 47 views

Gender Identity Is A Biologic Process

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Joshua D. Safer MD, FACP Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Training and Endocrinology Education Boston University Medical Center Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Medicine Boston University School of Medicine   Medical Research: What is the background for this … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Joshua D. Safer MD, FACP. (2015) Gender Identity Is A Biologic Process. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 14, 2015
  • 07:22 PM
  • 96 views

Antioxidants May Have Mixed Effect on Aging

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Jeremy Van Raamsdon PhD Laboratory of Aging and Neurodk egenerative Disease (LAND), Center for Neurodegenerative Science, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Deptment of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, Department of Genetics, Michigan State University, … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Dr. Jeremy Van Raamsdon PhD. (2015) Antioxidants May Have Mixed Effect on Aging. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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