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  • September 1, 2010
  • 07:31 AM

Evolving regulation

by Becky in It Takes 30

Earlier this week, I commented in passing about the ubiquity of phosphorylation as a way of regulating protein activity in eukaryotes.  It’s been estimated that somewhere in the region of 1/3 to 1/2 of proteins are — at some time, under some circumstances — phosphorylated on serine, threonine or tyrosine, causing changes in protein behavior that [...]... Read more »

  • September 1, 2010
  • 05:32 AM

Were does Resilience against Depression Reside in the Brain?

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD

Resilience is in psychiatry the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and catastrophe. In this post it’s used as having an adaptive system that uses exposure to stress to provide resistance to future negative events.
Stress can lead to depression accompanied by atrophy and loss of neurons in the adult hippocampus in experimental [...]

Related posts:Were is Depression Located in the Brain?
Adolescents brain and Depression
Neurobiology of Psychosocial Stress and Depression
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Thomas Frodl,, Angela Carballedo1,, Andrew J. Fagan,, Danusia Lisiecka1,, Yolande Ferguson,, Ian Daly,, James F. Meaney,, & Dermot Kelleher. (2010) Microstructural Correlates of Resilience against Major Depressive Disorder: Epigenetic Mechanisms?. Nature Precedings. info:/

  • September 1, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

A proposed model to help select the best method for oil spill clean ups

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

A model to predict rate of dissolution of toxic compounds into seawater from an oil spill From International Journal of Toxicology As we witness with dismay the media images of the environmental consequences of the current large scale oil spills there is an urgency to find effective ways of dealing with such incidents. Hundreds of [...]... Read more »

  • September 1, 2010
  • 05:17 AM

How Many Unique Papers Are There In Mendeley?

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Mendeley is a handy piece of desktop and web software for managing and sharing research papers [1]. This popular tool has been getting a lot of attention lately, and with some impressive statistics it’s not difficult why. At the time of writing Mendeley claims to have over 36 million papers, added by just under half a [...]... Read more »

Victor Henning, & Jan Reichelt. (2008) Mendeley - A For Research?. IEEE Fourth International Conference on eScience, 327-328. DOI: 10.1109/eScience.2008.128  

  • September 1, 2010
  • 05:00 AM

Another Good Reason to Lose the Fat: Stop Urine Leakage

by Steve Parker, M.D. in Advanced Mediterranean Diet

 For overweight and obese women, loss of between five and 10% of body weight significantly reduces urine leakage.  According to the research report in last month’s Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, weight loss should be the first approach to urine leakage in overweight and obese women.
The other word for urine leakage is incontinence: an involuntary loss of [...]... Read more »

Wing RR, Creasman JM, West DS, Richter HE, Myers D, Burgio KL, Franklin F, Gorin AA, Vittinghoff E, Macer J.... (2010) Improving urinary incontinence in overweight and obese women through modest weight loss. Obstetrics and gynecology, 116(2 Pt 1), 284-92. PMID: 20664387  

  • September 1, 2010
  • 02:05 AM

Segmenting Supply Chain Strategies

by Daniel Dumke in SCRM Blog - Supply Chain Risk Management

For researchers and practitioners alike it is important to differentiate supply chain strategies.

Not only Fisher (1997) showed, that there is no one-fits-all supply chain. But what are the criteria for should be used for supply chain segmentation?
Fisher focusses on on the product only, and he concludes, that a standard/functional product should be processed by a lean supply chain and innovative products by agile supply chains.
Continue reading "Segmenting Supply Chain Strat........ Read more »

Fischer, Marshall L. (1997) What is the Right Supply Chain for Your Product?. Harvard Business Review, 105-116. info:/

  • September 1, 2010
  • 12:20 AM

The Neuroscience of Self-Inflicted Harm

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

I’m sure everyone here has heard of self-inflicted harm, or self-injurious behavior. The common word for it is “cutting”, and professionals and parents often worry about its presence in adolescent populations. But the population in which self-injurious behavior is most prevalent is actually in patients (adult or adolescent) with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder (formerly manic [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 10:18 PM

The Link Between Positive Psychology and Cancer Survival

by Walter Jessen in Highlight HEALTH

The seemingly common idea that a positive outlook will help someone in poor health is currently under scientific investigation. A special supplement of the Annals of Behavioural Medicine directly addressed this topic and a recent article in the Lancet explored the relationship between positive psychology and cancer pathology.... Read more »

Ondicova K, & Mravec B. (2010) Role of nervous system in cancer aetiopathogenesis. The lancet oncology, 11(6), 596-601. PMID: 20522385  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 09:18 PM

The Wednesday Post - Frogs and Antibiotics!

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

A meeting of the American Chemical Society last week a group of researchers from the United Arab Emirates University presented some data showing they had collected and analysed frog skin compounds that elicited an anti-microbial effects from a wide range of species.... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 09:00 PM

The Bad Language of Physics

by S.C. Kavassalis in The Language of Bad Physics

One of the things I sometimes find myself writing about is the “bad” language used by physicists.  Sometimes we say Riemannian when we really should say psuedo-Riemannian, sometimes we call something a metric when it really is a line element – the kind of nitpicky pet-peeves that practically everyone has about literature in their field.  Today, I’m going to be talking about the bad language in physics in a totally different context however.
Teepee Lattices, Future-Pointing Wigwams ........ Read more »

Regge, T. (1961) General relativity without coordinates. Il Nuovo Cimento, 19(3), 558-571. DOI: 10.1007/BF02733251  

Galassi, M. (1993) Lapse and shift in Regge calculus. Physical Review D, 47(8), 3254-3264. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.47.3254  

Kheyfets A, LaFave NJ, & Miller WA. (1990) Null-strut calculus. II. Dynamics. Physical review D: Particles and fields, 41(12), 3637-3651. PMID: 10012308  

ALPER ÜNGÖR, & ALLA SHEFFER. (2002) PITCHING TENTS IN SPACE-TIME: MESH GENERATION FOR DISCONTINUOUS GALERKIN METHOD. International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science , 13(2). info:/10.1142/S0129054102001059

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:50 PM

Seabird Bycatch via Deep Sea Longlines is Vastly Understated

by Michael Long in Phased

Eric Gilman (Hawaii Pacific University, United States) and coworkers' 15-year study strongly suggests that deep sea longlines understate seabird bycatch by approximately 50%, reinforcing the serious threat to birds posed by longline fisheries. This news feature was written on August 31, 2010.... Read more »

Brothers, N., Duckworth, A. R., Safina, C., & Gilman, E. L. (2010) Seabird Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries Is Grossly Underestimated when Using Only Haul Data. PLoS ONE, 5(8). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0012491

  • August 31, 2010
  • 08:33 PM

The Wednesday Post (1/9/10)

by James Byrne in Disease Prone

Enough of vaccines for a moment. I want to talk about frogs, frogs and antimicrobial agents. Normally I find it hard to remain interested in anything with a central nervous system but recently two frog related stories have caught my eye. First was this little dude. Are you kidding me, that thing is tiny. Sometimes [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 07:09 PM

Barriers to Long-Term Living Kidney Donor Follow-up

by in Living Donors Are People Too

FYI: OPTN requires indefinite follow-up of all transplant recipients, but surgeons and transplant centers have consistently opposed following up on living donors. Keep that in mind as I give a guided tour of this article. Since 1999, UNOS has required transplant programs to report information about living donors at postoperative discharge, 6months, and 12 months (10). In June 2007, this reporting requirement was extended to 24 months (11).UNOS doesn't require anything; OPTN does. UNOS is simply ........ Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 06:49 PM

Are you high or low functioning? Examples from autism research

by Michelle Dawson in The Autism Crisis

If you are autistic and ever venture or are pushed into public, a near-certainty is that you will publicly be ranked and classified by total strangers. For example, you will be assigned to the "high end" or the "low end" of the autistic spectrum, according to whether you are claimed to have a good or bad outcome (I've been claimed to have both). Non-political observers may notice how ethically and scientifically problematic this is, but there are few discussions, formal or informal, in which aut........ Read more »

Akshoomoff N, Lord C, Lincoln AJ, Courchesne RY, Carper RA, Townsend J, & Courchesne E. (2004) Outcome classification of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders using MRI brain measures. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(3), 349-57. PMID: 15076269  

Farley MA, McMahon WM, Fombonne E, Jenson WR, Miller J, Gardner M, Block H, Pingree CB, Ritvo ER, Ritvo RA.... (2009) Twenty-year outcome for individuals with autism and average or near-average cognitive abilities. Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research, 2(2), 109-18. PMID: 19455645  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 06:15 PM

… Sm;)e and whole Frontal Gyrus sm;)es with you

by Rift in Psycasm

[Wherein our hero smiles, and the whole Frontal Gyrus (and parts of the Occiptal Gyrus) smile with him.] Given that I’m leaving the country tomorrow night and I’m cramming some major assignment pre-deadline, I have to keep this post light. Here’s a mind-map a colleague and I put together. It was tiny piece of assessment, [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 05:33 PM

Monkeypox infections on the increase in Africa

by geekheartsscience in geek!

The incidence of a smallpox-like disease—caused by the monkeypox virus—has increased 20-fold in the Demoncratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the past 30 years, according to new research published online in the journal PNAS. The findings suggest that, as smallpox vaccination programmes ceased in the DRC in 1980, people are now immunologically ‘naïve’ to orthopoxviruses [...]... Read more »

Anne W. Rimoin, Prime M. Mulembakani, Sara C. Johnston, James O. Lloyd Smith, Neville K. Kisalu, Timothee L. Kinkela, Seth Blumberg, Henri A. Thomassen, Brian L. Pike, Joseph N. Fair, Nathan D. Wolfe, Robert L. Shongo, Barney S. Graham, Pierre Formenty, E, & Major. (2010) Major increase in human monkeypox incidence 30 years after smallpox vaccination campaigns cease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1005769107  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 03:58 PM

The Clinical Neuroscience iPad Library

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Carrying around a library of pdf files has now become easy with the introduction of the iPad and net book computers.  It is now possible to keep a library of key references that can be accessed at the patient bedside for reference use.  This brings up the question of what pdf files are most valuable for clinicians.   I have spent some time thinking about this and elected to come up with a dozen suggestions.  The criteria for selection included:Valuable for clinicians caring ........ Read more »

Davies P, & Koppel J. (2009) Mechanism-based treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 11(2), 159-69. PMID: 19585951  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 03:35 PM

Measuring changes during graded exposure & acceptance treatment

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I have been pondering about the best way to monitor ‘Matt’s progress during graded exposure therapy for his avoidance of activities involving back movement. I introduced you to Matt yesterday. He’s a ‘man’s man’, a real bloke who, for the past four years since he had surgery for a prolapsed disc, has avoided things like … Read more... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 03:32 PM

A Finch’s Ways to Find a Mate: 1) Peacock It Out, 1a) Meet as Many Friends as You Can

by Michael Gutbrod in A Scientific Nature

For those of you out there moping over how your disadvantageous (you might call it unlucky) genetic makeup has led to your not so attractive (others might call it ugly) appearance, there may be hope for you yet!  In the animal world, scientists Kevin P. Oh and Alexander V. Badyaev have found that more social [...]... Read more »

  • August 31, 2010
  • 02:58 PM

Unsafe Haven

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

Being big and hairy is looking scary. The number of large mammals living in nearly 80 African reserves has dropped by more than half since the 1970s, according to a new study. Some reserves, however, appear to be helping big mammals hang on.
Protected areas (PAs) have become a major focus of conservation efforts around […] Read More »... Read more »

Craigie, I., Baillie, J., Balmford, A., Carbone, C., Collen, B., Green, R., & Hutton, J. (2010) Large mammal population declines in Africa’s protected areas. Biological Conservation, 143(9), 2221-2228. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.06.007  

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