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  • October 26, 2013
  • 06:11 AM

Good News: Dating Success for the Underdog

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

In the recently published research titled ‘The attractive underdog: When disadvantage bolsters attractiveness’, Kenneth Michniewicz and Joseph Vandello found that unfairly disadvantaged people are perceived as more physically attractive and more suitable for dates.... Read more »

  • October 25, 2013
  • 12:18 PM

Beauty Sleep: Giving Our Brain a Detox

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

We all need our regular beauty sleep, but how exactly does sleep produce its regenerative effects? Scientists have uncovered a mechanism by which sleep helps eliminate toxic substances from the brain and thus critically contributes to maintaining our good health.... Read more »

Xie L, Kang H, Xu Q, Chen MJ, Liao Y, Thiyagarajan M, O'Donnell J, Christensen DJ, Nicholson C, Iliff JJ.... (2013) Sleep drives metabolite clearance from the adult brain. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6156), 373-7. PMID: 24136970  

  • October 24, 2013
  • 07:48 AM

Saving Face: The Psychology Of Sunglasses And Facial Moisturizer

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Always wondered why some people just love moisturizing cream and those enormous sunglasses? A new study shows it could be embarrassment. People that are temporarily suffering from this unpleasant feeling are more likely to use a product that could help to ‘save their face’.... Read more »

  • October 23, 2013
  • 07:01 AM

Prospecting for Gold? Trees Will Show You the Way

by Shefali Sabharanjak in United Academics

Want to find gold underground? Plant a tree. No, I mean literally plant a tree. Then come back after a few years, pluck a leaf and chuck it under a microscope. If there is gold underneath the ground, the leaves will have some of the glittering metal in their cells.... Read more »

  • October 22, 2013
  • 10:05 AM

True or False: Birth Control Pills Sabotage Sexual Attraction

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Studies exploring the infamous pill are coming to the same conclusion: the Pill affects women’s mate preferences and could ultimately affect the quality and outcome of long-term relationships. Should we be worried or are researchers jumping to conclusions?... Read more »

  • October 21, 2013
  • 08:06 AM

Trouble Understanding Others? Read More Literature

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Madame Bovary was a keen reader, but she empathised so deep with the characters of the books that she lost her sense of reality and ended up with a profound dissatisfaction. However, what a recent study shows is that she could have actually become a good psychologist.... Read more »

Kidd DC, & Castano E. (2013) Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6156), 377-80. PMID: 24091705  

  • October 18, 2013
  • 10:40 AM

Scientists Detect Alzheimer’s In Patient’s Blood

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

A group of Japanese scientists have recently discovered another biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease: a group of seven microRNAs found in the blood. There are several advantages to this newest Alzheimer’s biomarker. ... Read more »

Kumar P, Dezso Z, MacKenzie C, Oestreicher J, Agoulnik S, et al. (2013) Circulating miRNA Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s Disease. PLoS ONE . DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069807  

Podlesniy P, Figueiro-Silva J, Llado A, Antonell A, Sanchez-Valle R, Alcolea D, Lleo A, Molinuevo JL, Serra N, & Trullas R. (2013) Low cerebrospinal fluid concentration of mitochondrial DNA in preclinical Alzheimer disease. Annals of neurology. PMID: 23794434  

Doecke JD, Laws SM, Faux NG, Wilson W, Burnham SC, Lam CP, Mondal A, Bedo J, Bush AI, Brown B, De Ruyck K, Ellis KA, Fowler C, Gupta VB, Head R, Macaulay SL, Pertile K, Rowe CC, Rembach A, Rodrigues M, Rumble R, Szoeke C, Taddei K, Taddei T, Trounson B, A. (2012) Blood-based protein biomarkers for diagnosis of Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. . DOI: 10.1001/archneurol.2012.1282  

  • October 18, 2013
  • 06:57 AM

Researchers Discover Link Between Itch And Pain

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

When you have an itch on the skin, what is the first thing you do? Obviously, our first immediate and natural response would be to scratch the spot of the itch with our fingernails. But, do you have any idea what is happening under your skin when you have an itch?... Read more »

Zhau ZQ, Huo FQ, Jeffry J, Hampton L, Demehri S, Kim S, Liu XY, Barry DM, Wan L, Liu ZC, Li H, Turkoz A, Ma K, Cornelius LA, Kopan R, Battey JF, Zhong J, Chen ZF. (2013) Chronic itch development in sensory neurons requires BRAF signaling pathways. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. DOI: 10.1172/JCI70528  

  • October 17, 2013
  • 06:40 AM

6 Reasons to Take Vitamin D Supplementation

by Guillaume Cote-Maurais in United Academics

Vitamin D is now considered to have several extraskeletal effects, and deficiency in vitamin D is associated with several conditions. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation is being considered as a prevention agent for several health conditions. There are 6 important effects of vitamin D.... Read more »

Christakos S,, Hewison M,, Gardner DG,, Wagner CL,, Sergeev IN,, Rutten E,, Pittas AG,, Boland R,, Ferrucci L, & Bikle DD. (2013) Vitamin D: Beyond Bone. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences . DOI: 10.1111/nyas.12129  

  • October 16, 2013
  • 09:37 AM

Open Access Journals: Overgrowth and Erosion of Quality?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Last week, Science published an article that exposed the shortcomings of open-access journals. Author John Bohannon, a science journalist, created fake papers to evaluate the quality of peer review and to find out whether they would be submitted.... Read more »

  • October 16, 2013
  • 07:28 AM

Drugs For Parkinson May Help Attack Multiple Sclerosis

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

In a study published in Nature, scientists from the Scripps Research Institute screened a collection of about 100’000 drugs to find molecules that can promote oligodendrocyte differentiation and stimulate myelination in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. They suprisingly identified benztropine. This is a well-known drug already used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but its effects on oligodendrocyte differentiation had never been described.... Read more »

Deshmukh VA, Tardif V, Lyssiotis CA, Green CC, Kerman B, Kim HJ, Padmanabhan K, Swoboda JG, Ahmad I, Kondo T.... (2013) A regenerative approach to the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Nature. PMID: 24107995  

  • October 15, 2013
  • 08:28 AM

5 Truths And Lies About Your Brain

by Patricia Pedro in United Academics

Throughout the years we have heard a lot about what we can and should do with our brain. But how much of it is true? Various new studies (dis!)prove six popular brain claims.... Read more »

  • October 14, 2013
  • 10:42 AM

Smarter People Tend To Drink More Alcohol

by Simone Munao in United Academics

According to the social scientist John Mayer, from Western Reserve University, people with a higher IQ drink more alcohol than the average person. He published a research article about his findings in the journal Review of General Psychology. His explanation: it is all about novel evolutionarily experiences.... Read more »

  • October 14, 2013
  • 04:55 AM

Newly Found Fossils Show Origin Of ‘Curling Up’ Defensive Strategy

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

You’re under attack! Quick, what do you do? One of the options is to curl up and protect your vulnerable parts, to roll your body into a little ball and prevent as much damage as you possibly can. From woodlice to hedgehogs, this is a defensive strategy that’s widely used throughout the animal kingdom. Now, a new discovery, published in Biology Letters, exposes the earliest known example of this behavior.... Read more »

  • October 12, 2013
  • 11:09 AM

Researchers Discover Link Obesity And Liver Cancer

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver, postulated ‘Father of American psychology’ William James (1842-1910). His famous quote underlines the central role the liver plays in detoxification, digestion of lipids, storage of nutrients to maintain homeostasis and so on.

Sadly, liver cancer is one the most common cancers worldwide, with 750.000 new patients each year and presumably causing almost 700.000 deaths annually. These figures reveal that liver cancer is extremely lethal and we need to understand more about its etiology.... Read more »

Yoshimoto S, Loo TM, Atarashi K, Kanda H, Sato S, Oyadomari S, Iwakura Y, Oshima K, Morita H, Hattori M.... (2013) Obesity-induced gut microbial metabolite promotes liver cancer through senescence secretome. Nature, 499(7456), 97-101. PMID: 23803760  

Stephenson G.D. and Rose D.P. (2003) Breast cancer and obesity: an update. Nutrition and cancer. DOI: 10.2741/S253  

Ridaura VK, Faith JJ, Rey FE, Cheng J, Duncan AE, Kau AL, Griffin NW, Lombard V, Henrissat B, Bain JR.... (2013) Gut microbiota from twins discordant for obesity modulate metabolism in mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6150), 1241214. PMID: 24009397  

Swartz MA, Iida N, Roberts EW, Sangaletti S, Wong MH, Yull FE, Coussens LM, & DeClerck YA. (2012) Tumor microenvironment complexity: emerging roles in cancer therapy. Cancer research, 72(10), 2473-80. PMID: 22414581  

Williams S.C.P. (2013) Link between obesity and cancer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. info:/

  • October 11, 2013
  • 10:59 AM

Now Revealed: The female brain versus the male brain

by United.Academics in United Academics

Many neuroscientific studies add to an ever-growing catalogue of male-female differences: what are they, and how do they arise? But how should we see the differences between the female and male brain? ... Read more »

  • October 10, 2013
  • 07:33 AM

3-D Printing Good For The Environment

by Qdragon in United Academics

Have you always wanted a 3-D printer but never really had a justification for the investment? Well, a study done by Michigan technological University has your back. It shows that in many cases 3-D printing products are more environmentally friendly than mass production.... Read more »

Christian Baechler, Matthew DeVuono, Joshua M. Pearce. (2013) Distributed recycling of waste polymer into RepRap feedstock. Rapid Prototyping Journal. DOI: 10.1108/13552541311302978  

  • October 9, 2013
  • 08:17 AM

How social media reveal your five personality traits

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

If you are now in the agonizing phase of your life where you are looking for a job, you might already be all too aware of this: your comments and expressions on social media sites should be under heavy scrutiny to make sure your online image is as pitch perfect as the image you present in your CV.... Read more »

  • October 8, 2013
  • 09:35 AM

Collective Self-Esteem Predicts Depression

by Katja Keuchenius in United Academics

Could feelings about ourselves and our group be one of the driving forces behind the growing problem of depression among adolescents? Two Indian researchers tested it and offer explanations.... Read more »

  • October 5, 2013
  • 03:00 PM

Getting Infertile Women Succesfully Pregnant: New Treatment

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Good news for women with PCOS or POI. Researchers just demonstrated that they can reactivate their ovarian function by cutting follicles into fragments, leading to successful pregnancies.... Read more »

Kawamura K, Cheng Y, Suzuki N, Deguchi M, Sato Y, Takae S, Ho CH, Kawamura N, Tamura M, Hashimoto S.... (2013) Hippo signaling disruption and Akt stimulation of ovarian follicles for infertility treatment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24082083  

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