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  • January 31, 2014
  • 07:21 AM
  • 265 views

Antioxidants Can Promote Cancer

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Antioxidants are recommended as food supplements, because of their anticancer effects. But in fact, clinical trials yielded inconclusive results. Some studies even indicated that these molecules could promote cancer. So what is the truth about antioxidants with respect to cancer?... Read more »

Volkan I. Sayin, Mohamed X. Ibrahim, Erik Larsson, Jonas A., Nilsson, Per Lindahl, Martin O. Bergo. (2014) Antioxidants accelerate lung cancer progression in mice. Science Translational Medicine. DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3007653  

  • January 30, 2014
  • 03:29 PM
  • 368 views

More Money, More Votes?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

How a politician’s income influences our votes... Read more »

  • January 24, 2014
  • 04:47 AM
  • 374 views

Let’s Do Business:) How People Use Emoticons At Work

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Researchers find three communicative functions of smileys... Read more »

Skovholt, K., Grønning, A., & Kankaanranta, A. (2014) The Communicative Functions of Emoticons in Workplace E-Mails: :). Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. DOI: 10.1111/jcc4.12063  

  • January 23, 2014
  • 05:14 AM
  • 225 views

Coffee Improves Memory: Just A Load Of Froth?

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

We are all too familiar with the claims that caffeine plays a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, the boosting of the immune system and the promotion of cardiac arrhythmia. The most recent news coverage looks at the effects of caffeine on long-term memory retention. One headline even went so far as to suggest that downing a shot of espresso straight after revision will help you pass your exams.... Read more »

Borota D, Murray E, Keceli G, Chang A, Watabe JM, Ly M, Toscano JP, & Yassa MA. (2014) Post-study caffeine administration enhances memory consolidation in humans. Nature neuroscience. PMID: 24413697  

  • January 22, 2014
  • 09:10 AM
  • 319 views

Shy Women At Risk Of Poor Sex Life

by Flora Brils in United Academics

While it is a taboo to talk about, a lot people face troubles in their sex lives. A new study explored whether female sexual dysfunction is related to certain personality traits and coping strategies. Introvert women seem to be at a greater risk for sexual problems.... Read more »

Crisp, C., Vaccaro, C., Pancholy, A., Kleeman, S., Fellner, A., & Pauls, R. (2013) Is Female Sexual Dysfunction Related to Personality and Coping? An Exploratory Study. Sexual Medicine, 1(2), 69-75. DOI: 10.1002/sm2.16  

  • January 21, 2014
  • 04:56 AM
  • 293 views

Why your friends have more friends than you do

by Patrícia Fonseca Pedro in United Academics

Have you ever noticed that most of your friends have more friends than you have? Even though you could swear it was the opposite? Have faith, you are are not alone! This social effect is called ‘Friendship Paradox’ and it happens to all, even to your sociable friends.... Read more »

Young-Ho Eom, & Hang-Hyun Jo. (2014) Generalized friendship paradox in complex networks. arxiv.org. arXiv: 1401.1458v1

  • January 20, 2014
  • 06:03 AM
  • 227 views

Light Activated Glue Could Drastically Improve Vascular Surgery

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Inspired by slugs and worms and successfully tested on rats and pigs: light activated glue. This future gadget for surgeons could drastically improve vascular operations.... Read more »

Lang N, Pereira MJ, Lee Y, Friehs I, Vasilyev NV, Feins EN, Ablasser K, O'Cearbhaill ED, Xu C, Fabozzo A.... (2014) A blood-resistant surgical glue for minimally invasive repair of vessels and heart defects. Science translational medicine, 6(218). PMID: 24401941  

  • January 18, 2014
  • 11:00 AM
  • 205 views

Sloth Fur May Help Scientists Make Our Next Health Pill

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

A study published this week in PLoS One takes bio-prospecting for new drugs to a new and unusual level. Researchers from the Republic of Panama and the US have surveyed fungi residing on the hair of the three-toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus, for potential pharmaceutical compounds.... Read more »

Higginbotham S, Wong WR, Linington RG, Spadafora C, Iturrado L . (2014) Sloth Hair as a Novel Source of Fungi with Potent Anti-Parasitic, Anti-Cancer and Anti-Bacterial Bioactivity. PLoS ONE . info:/

  • January 18, 2014
  • 06:21 AM
  • 285 views

Recipe discovered for drink Asterix and the VIkings: Nordic Grog

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

If you have ever seen „Asterix and the Vikings” I am sure you will remember Olaf Timandahaf and its Viking tribe, celebrating and drinking from skull- made mugs. The aim of a new study was to discover what exactly the beverage inside these mugs was.If you are keen to try it, the recipe is as follows:... Read more »

  • January 15, 2014
  • 09:52 AM
  • 340 views

Drug Labeling Influences Effects Of Painkillers

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Researchers discovered surprising placebo effects. For example, properly labeled placebo had a painkilling effect; this observation indicates that the ritual of taking a pill contributes to the treatment’s effect.... Read more »

Kam-Hansen S, Jakubowski M, Kelley JM, Kirsch I, Hoaglin DC, Kaptchuk TJ, & Burstein R. (2014) Altered placebo and drug labeling changes the outcome of episodic migraine attacks. Science translational medicine, 6(218). PMID: 24401940  

Finniss DG, Kaptchuk TJ, Miller F, & Benedetti F. (2010) Biological, clinical, and ethical advances of placebo effects. Lancet, 375(9715), 686-95. PMID: 20171404  

  • January 14, 2014
  • 06:50 AM
  • 196 views

Why These Tiny Monkeys Have So Many Twins

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Deep in the jungles of Central and South America, the New World Monkeys roam, with the world’s smallest known primate, the pygmy marmoset. Despite their size, there’s something else that sets these small tree-dwellers apart from their close evolutionary cousins (including us humans).... Read more »

Harris RA, Tardif SD, Vinar T, Wildman DE, Rutherford JN, Rogers J, Worley KC, & Aagaard KM. (2013) Evolutionary genetics and implications of small size and twinning in callitrichine primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24379383  

  • January 13, 2014
  • 06:35 AM
  • 212 views

Erasing Long Term Memories: Scientists Finally Did It

by Simone Munao in United Academics

To comprehend the importance of the results obtained by Kroes, it is necessary to have some background knowledge. In 1968 the researcher Donald Lewis tamed some rats to fear a certain sound up to the point where they panicked when they heard it. ... Read more »

  • January 10, 2014
  • 09:03 AM
  • 252 views

Study Reveals How Sports Reduces Body Fat After Exercise

by Shefali Sabharanjak in United Academics

Besides the straightforward relationship between muscle movement and utilization of energy stored in body fat, there are also two distinct ways in which exercise can boost your metabolism and burn body fat even when the exercise session is over.... Read more »

Sanchis-Gomar F, Lippi G, Mayero S, Perez-Quilis C, & García-Giménez JL. (2012) Irisin: a new potential hormonal target for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Journal of diabetes, 4(3), 196. PMID: 22372821  

  • January 8, 2014
  • 09:54 AM
  • 285 views

Google Biases Your Search for Scientific Information

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Top-ranked sites on Google have different thematic emphasis than lower-ranked sites when searching for scientific information.... Read more »

  • January 7, 2014
  • 06:54 AM
  • 199 views

4 Tips To Stick To Your Resolutions

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Resolutions, shmesolutions. We have all tried to re-invent ourselves, but what underlies our need to do so and why do most of us fail?... Read more »

Lally, P., van Jaarsveld, C. H. M., Potts, H. W. W., . (2010) How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. European Journal of Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.674  

Gardner B, Lally P, & Wardle J. (2012) Making health habitual: the psychology of 'habit-formation' and general practice. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 62(605), 664-6. PMID: 23211256  

  • January 6, 2014
  • 09:15 AM
  • 256 views

Older Gamers Play For Different Reasons Than Youngsters

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

People of the future will spend a lot of time enjoying their retirement. How? By playing silly online video games, probably. More and more older adults are doing this, and not just because they are bored.... Read more »

  • January 3, 2014
  • 05:26 AM
  • 294 views

Study Shows One Ethnic Group in L.A. May Be More Racist

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

First of all, we are of course not talking about all Asians, all Hispanics, all blacks, or all whites. Still, a recent research on racial attitudes does give us some insight into general differences between relatively representative subjects of four ethnic groups living in the US.... Read more »

  • December 30, 2013
  • 09:49 AM
  • 277 views

5 Bizarre Facts About Your (Last) Breath

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Where does your lost body fat go to when you exercise? Exactly: your breath. And did you know you have your own unique breath print? Does your last breath weigh 21 grams?... Read more »

de Meij TG, Larbi IB, van der Schee MP, Lentferink YE, Paff T, Terhaar Sive Droste JS, Mulder CJ, van Bodegraven AA, & de Boer NK. (2014) Electronic nose can discriminate colorectal carcinoma and advanced adenomas by fecal volatile biomarker analysis: proof of principle study. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer, 134(5), 1132-8. PMID: 23959518  

  • December 27, 2013
  • 06:58 AM
  • 293 views

Why We Never Find Dinosaur Poo: New Explanation

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Since they were spread all over the world and they were giant, they should have produced a huge amount of excrements. Where have these gone? Why aren’t we encountering fossil poops (coprolites) everyday? How did they disappear?... Read more »

Vršanský P, van de Kamp T, Azar D, Prokin A, Vidlička L, & Vagovič P. (2013) Cockroaches probably cleaned up after dinosaurs. PloS one, 8(12). PMID: 24324610  

  • December 24, 2013
  • 10:44 AM
  • 278 views

One Function Of Religion That Will Never Die

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Merry Christmas! Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In origin a religious holiday, but how important is this aspect still in our modern society? It sometimes seems Christmas is nowadays only about diner parties, presents, eating and drinking. Is religion slowly disappearing from our lives or is it just changing form?... Read more »

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