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  • March 9, 2011
  • 08:49 PM

Drugs Misinformation Campaigns, The Untold Story

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Why the drinks industry has spent millions spreading misinformation about drugs and how it continues to put lives in danger.... Read more »

Halpern JH, Sherwood AR, Hudson JI, Gruber S, Kozin D, & Pope HG Jr. (2011) Residual neurocognitive features of long-term ecstasy users with minimal exposure to other drugs. Addiction (Abingdon, England), 106(4), 777-86. PMID: 21205042  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:14 PM

Eco-friendly fish farms

by Tim De Chant in Per Square Mile

Emotions have been boiling over in California as the decade-plus process of implementing the Marine Life Protection Act is finally coming to fruition. The end-game is the establishment of a series of reserves off the California coast. And while the state has a number of existing protected areas, they’re mere specs in comparison. The new [...]... Read more »

Stobart, B., Warwick, R., González, C., Mallol, S., Díaz, D., Reñones, O., & Goñi, R. (2009) Long-term and spillover effects of a marine protected area on an exploited fish community. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 47-60. DOI: 10.3354/meps08007  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 03:30 PM

March Madness: Priceless For Some, Overpriced For Others.

by Melanie Tannenbaum in ionpsych

When I was in college, I slept outside in a tent almost every night during the 2 coldest months of the year. OK, before you call me crazy, there’s more to the story. I actually did this for four years … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 02:58 PM

The amazing neural crest

by Erin Campbell in the Node

The power of stem cells lies in the ability to give rise to many different cell types.  The stem cells found in the neural crest are no exception, and a recent Development paper describes the importance of Foxd3 in maintaining self-renewal and multipotency of these stem cells, and in regulating the fate choice of these [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 02:30 PM

Out of Body Experiences & Soul Beliefs

by Cris Campbell in Genealogy of Religion

Anyone who has watched an episode of “I Survived: Beyond and Back” on the Biography Channel knows that accounts of near death experiences mesmerize the public. They also drive ratings. The typical “I Survived” vignette features someone whose heart has stopped beating and is considered “clinically dead.”
Because everyone who appears on the show  is very [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 02:00 PM

Intensity & Training to Failure [Muscle Gain]

by Matt Perryman in

Heavy is always better, right? That's the going mantra. Lift heavy things and you'll grow and get stronger. I push this position myself, because I think it's mostly right. If you want to reap gains from a strength training workout, you focus on the basics. Anything involving a barbell, picking it up, putting it ...

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  • March 9, 2011
  • 01:51 PM

Action understanding "from the inside"? Or is it just sensory learning?

by Greg Hickok in Talking Brains

As I noted previously, Rizzolatti and colleagues have backed off the claim that mirror neurons enable action understanding via strict motor simulation. Instead they emphasize that the really important mirror neurons code the "goals of the action":By matching individual movements, mirror processing provides a representation of body part movements that might serve various functions (for example, imitation), but is devoid of any specific cognitive importance per se. By contrast, through matching t........ Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 01:03 PM

Intrinsic Connectivity Networks: more than just DMN

by sandygautam in The Mouse Trap

fMRI has become an important investigation and research tool in trying to locate neural correlates of a function X,Y,Z in the brain. However notwithstanding the allure of seductive neuroscan images, fMRI studies at times leaves us as clueless about the brain and its organization as we were before the studies were conducted. However , justRating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)... Read more »

Damoiseaux, J., Rombouts, S., Barkhof, F., Scheltens, P., Stam, C., Smith, S., & Beckmann, C. (2006) Consistent resting-state networks across healthy subjects. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 103(37), 13848-13853. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0601417103  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 12:06 PM

Interviews with Women in Science

by Paige Brown in From The Lab Bench

“In academic science, failure is a constant. The key is to learn to withstand failure and learn from it… and MOVE ON!” – Dr. Evanna Gleason
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  • March 9, 2011
  • 11:25 AM

The Dark Side of Sleep's Benefits for the Consolidation of Episodic Memories

by Allison in Dormivigilia

Drug addiction researchers have observed that total sleep deprivation in rats can reduce the re-consolidation of remembering where to obtain a cocaine reward in mice
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Shi HS, Luo YX, Xue YX, Wu P, Zhu WL, Ding ZB, & Lu L. (2011) Effects of sleep deprivation on retrieval and reconsolidation of morphine reward memory in rats. Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 98(2), 299-303. PMID: 21255602  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 10:46 AM

The Lowly Peanut Worm and Its Long Lost Relatives

by Jennifer Frazer in The Artful Amoeba

Breaking news: Peanut worms are annelids. Great! I hear you saying. What’s a peanut worm? (And possible sub-questions: What’s an annelid? And why should I care?) Good questions. Annelids are the bristled, segmented worms. That is, bristles and segments are the synapomorphies for this group, or the shared, derived characteristics that distinguish them from other [...]... Read more »

Struck, T., Paul, C., Hill, N., Hartmann, S., Hösel, C., Kube, M., Lieb, B., Meyer, A., Tiedemann, R., Purschke, G.... (2011) Phylogenomic analyses unravel annelid evolution. Nature, 471(7336), 95-98. DOI: 10.1038/nature09864  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 10:46 AM

Just a Spoonful of Honey is Medicine Enough

by Sara Klink in Promega Connections

As we face more challenges when treating and healing humans, revisiting therapies that fell out of favor has become more common. For example, people with open wounds that are not healing receive judicious applications of maggots to remove necrotic tissue and promote healing. Leeches are used for patients after surgery to prevent blood clotting in [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 10:37 AM

Tyrannosaurus Scat

by Brian Switek in Dinosaur Tracking

Tyrannosaurus ate flesh. That much is obvious. The reinforced skull and huge, serrated teeth of the tyrant dinosaur and its kin were not adaptations for cropping grass or cracking coconuts. Both predators and scavengers, the tyrannosaurs must have consumed massive amounts of meat to fuel their large bodies, and paleontologists have been fortunate enough to [...]... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 10:30 AM

Preventing Obesity Part 1: Adequate Sleep (Podcast # 19)

by Travis Saunders, MSc, CEP in Obesity Panacea

Dr Angelo Tremblay
Two weeks ago Dr Angelo Tremblay gave a lecture at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario on preventing obesity in 2011 and beyond.  Dr Tremblay is a world-renowned obesity researcher, and is also the 4th most published obesity researcher of all time (amazingly, 2 of his Universite Laval colleagues are also in the top 4).  Dr Tremblay was so generous that he not only allowed me to record his lecture, but he also provided me with the entire powerpoint presentation s........ Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 10:09 AM

Virus of the week: MUMPS VIRUS (MuV)

by Connor Bamford in The Rule of 6ix

In order to better understand (and maybe even enjoy - is that the right word?) viruses, I think it is time to meet and greet a couple of them; this is why I am starting a weekly tradition here at Ro6 - "Virus of the week". I will introduce a virus; discuss its importance; highlight the important aspects of its biology and how it infects its hosts.

The first virus shown here is one currently close to my heart: the mumps virus (MuV). As part of my PhD work, I am using this virus to understa........ Read more »

Galazka AM, Robertson SE, & Kraigher A. (1999) Mumps and mumps vaccine: a global review. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 77(1), 3-14. PMID: 10063655  

Walker J, Huc S, Sinka K, Tissington A, & Oates K. (2011) Ongoing outbreak of mumps infection in Oban, Scotland, November 2010 to January 2011. Euro surveillance : bulletin europeen sur les maladies transmissibles , 16(8). PMID: 21371413  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 09:51 AM

Alzheimer's: Challenges in the Newly Diagnosed

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Alois AlzheimerMemory loss is a cardinal feature in the presentation and diagnosis of new patients with Alzheimer’s disease(AD).  However, the accompanying neurological and psychiatric problems seen in this population can be significant challenges.  Spalletta and colleagues have recently published a comprehensive assessment of the prevalence and types of problems families and clinicians face. Between 2003 and 2005, five Italian outpatient memory clinics studied a series of 1015 ........ Read more »

Spalletta G, Musicco M, Padovani A, Rozzini L, Perri R, Fadda L, Canonico V, Trequattrini A, Pettenati C, Caltagirone C.... (2010) Neuropsychiatric symptoms and syndromes in a large cohort of newly diagnosed, untreated patients with Alzheimer disease. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(11), 1026-35. PMID: 20808086  

Gauthier S, Juby A, Dalziel W, Réhel B, Schecter R, & EXPLORE investigators. (2010) Effects of rivastigmine on common symptomatology of Alzheimer's disease (EXPLORE). Current medical research and opinion, 26(5), 1149-60. PMID: 20230208  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 09:15 AM

Tip of the Week: World Tour of Genomics Resources

by Jennifer in OpenHelix

Most weeks our tip is a five-minute movie that quickly introduces you to a new resource, or a cool new function at an established resource. Occasionally we feature one of our full resource tutorial that is being made freely available through resource sponsorship of our training suite. In this week’s tip we provide access to one of our tutorials that is especially near and dear to our heart. It is a World Tour of Genomics Resources in which we explore a variety of publicly-available biomedi........ Read more »

Williams, J., Mangan, M., Perreault-Micale, C., Lathe, S., Sirohi, N., & Lathe, W. (2010) OpenHelix: bioinformatics education outside of a different box. Briefings in Bioinformatics, 11(6), 598-609. DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbq026  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 08:00 AM

Research shows Skinny People at risk of Diabetes!

by Stuart Farrimond in Dr Stu's Science Blog

We all know it by now – being overweight could be seriously harming your health. Well here’s some refreshing and alternative news – a new study from the Nutrition Journal has revealed that it’s not just obese people that are putting themselves at risk of Diabetes - but also the underweight…... Read more »

Jauch-Chara K, Schmoller A, & Oltmanns KM. (2011) Impaired glucose tolerance in healthy men with low body weight. Nutrition journal, 10(1), 16. PMID: 21299854  

  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:15 AM

Regenerative medicine – will we be able to rebuild our bodies as we get older?

by Pieter Droppert in Biotech Strategy Blog

The Lancet yesterday published news of the world’s first tissue engineered implant of a urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder). This research by Atlantida Raya-Rivera and colleagues at the Wake Forest Institute for … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • March 9, 2011
  • 07:01 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Using the ‘Nerd Defense’

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

The mainstream media story publicizing a three year old study on the ‘nerd defense’ caused a flurry of blog posting on the topic. We wanted to go to the source and see just what was said as (occasionally, sometimes, it could happen) research findings are distorted and misinterpreted in the mainstream media. So we just wanted [...]

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