People who feel young for their age tend to live longer than those who don't. Indeed, it's thought that what psychologists call "subjective age" is likely a pretty accurate marker for a person's actual psychological and physical health. While a lot of past research has looked at the major factors that influence changes in subjective age over a lifetime, such as chronic physical disease and mental health problems, a new study published recently in Psychology and Health has investig........ Read more »
Kotter-Grühn, D., Neupert, S., & Stephan, Y. (2015) Feeling old today? Daily health, stressors, and affect explain day-to-day variability in subjective age. Psychology , 30(12), 1470-1485. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2015.1061130
In a post a while back (see here) I talked about the important, but sometimes confusing, research on a possible role for p-cresol (4-methylphenol) in relation to autism.This potentially important aromatic compound has cropped up more than once in the autism research literature  although not necessarily in a universal direction. In my previous post, I called for 'further research' into the possibility of a relationship between p-cresol and autism and lo and behold, today I'm going to be d........ Read more »
Gabriele S, Sacco R, Altieri L, Neri C, Urbani A, Bravaccio C, Riccio MP, Iovene MR, Bombace F, De Magistris L.... (2015) Slow intestinal transit contributes to elevate urinary p-cresol level in Italian autistic children. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research. PMID: 26437875
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jia Ruan, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine Weill Cornell Medicine Lymphoma Program Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology New York, NY 10021 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →
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A new study suggests that the brain’s immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.... Read more »
Cherry, J., Olschowka, J., & O’Banion, M. (2015) Arginase 1 microglia reduce Aβ plaque deposition during IL-1β-dependent neuroinflammation. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 12(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12974-015-0411-8
MedicalResearch.com Interview with Dr. Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS Founder, Center for Human Reproduction Background: What’s My Fertility and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York, have announced the first screening for Premature Ovarian Aging (POA) in young women, based on new research that the … Continue reading →
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Dr. Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS. (2015) "My Fertility" Screening Allows Early Detection of Premature Ovarian Aging. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Bindu Kalesan PhD MPH Director Evan’s Center for Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research Assistant Professor of Medicine Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology Department of Medicine Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA 02118 Medical Research: What is … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with Timothy Humphrey DPhil. CRUK/MRC Oxford institute for Radiation Oncology University of Oxford, UK Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Multiple mutations resulting in loss of a particular histone … Continue reading →
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Histone Biomarker May Guide Treatment of Pediatric Malignant Gliomas. (2015) Histone Biomarker May Guide Treatment of Pediatric Malignant Gliomas. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Daniel (Dong) Wang Doctoral Student Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health Boston, MA 02115 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Over … Continue reading →
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Daniel (Dong) Wang. (2015) Racial Gaps in Dietary Quality Persist or Widen Nationally. MedicalResearch.com. info:/
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Soko Setoguchi-Iwata, M.D MPH Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Medicine Duke Clinical Research Institute Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Setoguchi: Medicare made a decision to cover Carotid Artery … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Saleh A Almenawer, MD Neurosurgeon, Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster University Hamilton, ON Canada Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Almenawer: The current standard therapy for acute ischemic stroke is intravenous tissue plasminogen activator … Continue reading →
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Simba Gill Ph.D CEO, Evelo Therapeutics MedicalResearch: Evelo Therapeutics, a new company focuses on leveraging the power of the microbiome to develop novel therapies for cancer. Evelo is pioneering Oncobiotic™ therapeutics, a new modality in cancer therapy … Continue reading →
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Brain image highlighting right insula implicated in DLBRecent information has emerged concerning the suicide death of the comedian/actor Robin Williams.Autopsy results have demonstrated that Robin Williams suffered from dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).This public case demonstrates the difficulty in making a correct diagnosis of DLB prior to the findings at autopsy.In a previous post I reported on a screening tool for clinicians that appears to have some promise for screening for high-risk DLB pa........ Read more »
Blanc F, Colloby SJ, Philippi N, de Pétigny X, Jung B, Demuynck C, Phillipps C, Anthony P, Thomas A, Bing F.... (2015) Cortical Thickness in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzheimer's Disease: A Comparison of Prodromal and Dementia Stages. PloS one, 10(6). PMID: 26061655
Non-coding RNA data can be tricky to locate in public data sources. Sometimes it is handled with other gene sets, other times it’s not. Some ncRNA may be found in databases of one type or one species, but it’s not always clear what the best route to find them would be. The folks from RNACentral […]... Read more »
RNAcentral Consortium. (2014) RNAcentral: an international database of ncRNA sequences. Nucleic Acids Research, 43(D1). DOI: 10.1093/nar/gku991
A study of over 16,000 adoptable dogs finds black dogs don’t take longer to be adopted after all.Understanding what people look for in adoptable dogs can make a big difference to animal shelters. It makes sense to target promotions in order to stop dogs having lengthy stays. But you can only do this if you know what people want. The idea that black dogs wait longer for a new home than dogs of other colours has been around for a while. New research by Heather Svoboda and Christy Hoffman (C........ Read more »
Brown, W., Davidson, J., & Zuefle, M. (2013) Effects of Phenotypic Characteristics on the Length of Stay of Dogs at Two No Kill Animal Shelters. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 16(1), 2-18. DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2013.740967
Svoboda, H., & Hoffman, C. (2015) Investigating the role of coat colour, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States. Animal Welfare, 24(4), 497-506. DOI: 10.7120/096272184.108.40.2067
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto MD PhD Assistant professor Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, Houston, Texas Medical Research: What is the background for … Continue reading →
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The rules of biology say that a bacterium must be small because it doesn’t have dedicated systems for moving molecules around inside the cell and diffusion can only move them so far, so fast. Well, here’s a bacterium that breaks the rule – it’s as big as 3 million other bacteria lumped together! To live this way, this bacterium stores sulfur and nitrogen in amounts that would be enough to kill your cells – everybody has their own rules.... Read more »
Girnth, A., Grünke, S., Lichtschlag, A., Felden, J., Knittel, K., Wenzhöfer, F., de Beer, D., & Boetius, A. (2011) A novel, mat-forming Thiomargarita population associated with a sulfidic fluid flow from a deep-sea mud volcano. Environmental Microbiology, 13(2), 495-505. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02353.x
Who’s scarier? Connor or Jamal? Or consider these names and think of who’s scarier: Wyatt or DeShawn? Raven-Symone recently got into trouble on the television show The View for saying she would not hire someone with a “ghetto name” (“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea”). We blogged about this issue […]
Simple Jury Persuasion: “It makes no difference to me but I’m sure it would to a lot of other people.”
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Holbrook, C., Fessler, D., & Navarrete, C. (2015) Looming large in others’ eyes: Racial stereotypes illuminate dual adaptations for representing threat versus prestige as physical size. Evolution and Human Behavior. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.08.004
The cyberspace evolution of beauty
Researchers using CGI images found that beauty evolves in two steps.
beauty, cyberspace, CGI, women, female, attraction, attractive
Symmetrical faces and bodies are nice to look at. Men prefer a specific waist-to-hip ratio. People with a Body Mass Index within a certain range are more often perceived as beautiful, and tall people are generally judged as being more attractive.
Explanations of beauty abound. Yet, all of the ........ Read more »
Brooks, R., Shelly, J., Jordan, L., & J.W. Dixson, B. (2015) The multivariate evolution of female body shape in an artificial digital ecosystem. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36(5), 351-358. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2015.02.001
Germine L, Russell R, Bronstad PM, Blokland GA, Smoller JW, Kwok H, Anthony SE, Nakayama K, Rhodes G, & Wilmer JB. (2015) Individual Aesthetic Preferences for Faces Are Shaped Mostly by Environments, Not Genes. Current biology : CB, 25(20), 2684-2689. PMID: 26441352
Neuroscientists are increasingly interested in the brain's "resting state" - the neural activity that goes on while people are doing nothing in particular.
But how restful is rest? What do people think about when they're "resting"? Psychologists Russell T. Hurlburt discuss this issue in a new paper called What goes on in the resting-state? A qualitative glimpse into resting-state experience in the scanner
In a study of five volunteers undergoing resting state fMRI scans, the author... Read more »
Hurlburt RT, Alderson-Day B, Fernyhough C, & Kühn S. (2015) What goes on in the resting-state? A qualitative glimpse into resting-state experience in the scanner. Frontiers in psychology, 1535. PMID: 26500590
The FIFA 11 is effective at reducing injuries in soccer players.... Read more »
Al Attar, W., Soomro, N., Pappas, E., Sinclair, P., & Sanders, R. (2015) How Effective are F-MARC Injury Prevention Programs for Soccer Players? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-015-0404-x
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