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  • March 25, 2014
  • 04:41 AM
  • 247 views

How You Understand What Your Pet Is Saying

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

If you are used to have a pet, it is even likely for you to understand what your non- human friend is telling you. This ability to correctly identify the feelings of other people or other animals is called voice- induced emotional recognition.... Read more »

  • March 24, 2014
  • 08:19 AM
  • 292 views

Gene Editing As A Treatment for HIV

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

The term ’gene editing’ sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. It seems like something that would be used in a plot to create a master race or defeat alien attackers. In reality, scientists are using this technique to treat diseases that currently have no cure. Earlier this month, a group from the University of Pennsylvania published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which they used gene editing to treat patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).... Read more »

Tebas P, Stein D, Tang WW, Frank I, Wang SQ, Lee G, Spratt SK, Surosky RT, Giedlin MA, Nichol G.... (2014) Gene editing of CCR5 in autologous CD4 T cells of persons infected with HIV. The New England journal of medicine, 370(10), 901-10. PMID: 24597865  

  • March 23, 2014
  • 04:56 AM
  • 306 views

Invisible Cure For TBI: Good News For NFL And US Army?

by Harsha Radhakrishnan in United Academics

In a recent review in Nature Reviews Neurology, Sharp et al. have discussed the possibility of using network level analysis to further understand effects of TBI and hopefully develop treatment methods.... Read more »

Sharp, D., Scott, G., & Leech, R. (2014) Network dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(3), 156-166. DOI: 10.1038/nrneurol.2014.15  

  • March 22, 2014
  • 08:31 AM
  • 207 views

Alternative Medicine Revealed as Possible IVF Improvement

by Patricia Pedro in United Academics

Are you having problems getting pregnant? Have you made several attempts on in vitro fertilization (IVF) without success? Then Complementary and Alternative Medicine might be able to do something for you. A review article has now gathered a bunch of information available on the subject.... Read more »

  • March 21, 2014
  • 08:11 AM
  • 254 views

Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Recent Japenese research published in the magazine Nature has brought a breakthrough for Stem cell research. This could have changed science forever. ... Read more »

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Obokata H, Sasai Y, Niwa H, Kadota M, Andrabi M, Takata N, Tokoro M, Terashita Y, Yonemura S, Vacanti CA.... (2014) Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 676-80. PMID: 24476891  

  • March 21, 2014
  • 08:11 AM
  • 215 views

Breakthrough Stem Cell Study Faces Retraction

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Recent Japenese research published in the magazine Nature has brought a breakthrough for Stem cell research. This could have changed science forever. ... Read more »

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Obokata H, Sasai Y, Niwa H, Kadota M, Andrabi M, Takata N, Tokoro M, Terashita Y, Yonemura S, Vacanti CA.... (2014) Bidirectional developmental potential in reprogrammed cells with acquired pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 676-80. PMID: 24476891  

  • March 19, 2014
  • 06:57 AM
  • 301 views

Maxwell Equations And Knot Theory

by Simone Munao in United Academics

Recently published computations show that there are structures of light that satisfy the Maxwell equations with the form of a knot. The simulations prove that the field lines do not lose their topological characteristics, that is to say that they maintain the same shape, up to continuous deformations.... Read more »

Hridesh Kedia, Iwo Bialynicki-Birula, Daniel Peralta-Salas, & William T. M. Irvine. (2013) Tying knots in light fields. Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 150404 (2013) [5 pages]. arXiv: 1302.0342v1

  • March 18, 2014
  • 08:57 AM
  • 236 views

Deleting The ‘I’ From CIAP

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Although similar symptoms are found in other polyneuropathies, CIAP is an exceptional disease, primarily because the cause is unknown. Researchers only recently found an interesting link between CIAP and other clinical conditions, which could lead to a better diagnosis.... Read more »

Notermans NC, Wokke JH, Franssen H, van der Graaf Y, Vermeulen M, van den Berg LH, Bär PR, & Jennekens FG. (1993) Chronic idiopathic polyneuropathy presenting in middle or old age: a clinical and electrophysiological study of 75 patients. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry, 56(10), 1066-71. PMID: 7691991  

Visser, N., Vrancken, A., van der Schouw, Y., van den Berg, L., & Notermans, N. (2012) Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy Is Associated With the Metabolic Syndrome. Diabetes Care, 36(4), 817-822. DOI: 10.2337/dc12-0469  

Singer MA, Vernino SA, & Wolfe GI. (2012) Idiopathic neuropathy: new paradigms, new promise. Journal of the peripheral nervous system : JPNS, 43-9. PMID: 22548623  

  • March 17, 2014
  • 09:50 AM
  • 251 views

Obesity, Coca-Colonization And Hunger

by Eva de Lozanne in United Academics

Obesity is (no longer) a problem restrained to wealthy nations. Not a single developing nations has managed to eradicate hunger without shifting to problems of obesity. Hunger may, funny enough, even be one of the factors contributing to obesity.... Read more »

Black RE, Victora CG, Walker SP, Bhutta ZA, Christian P, de Onis M, Ezzati M, Grantham-McGregor S, Katz J, Martorell R.... (2013) Maternal and child undernutrition and overweight in low-income and middle-income countries. Lancet, 382(9890), 427-51. PMID: 23746772  

  • March 14, 2014
  • 06:25 AM
  • 264 views

Electroacupuncture blocks deadly systemic inflammation

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

In a paper published in Nature Medicine, Torres-Rosas and colleagues (of Rotgers University in Newark, NJ and of the National Medical Center Siglo XXI in Mexico City), report how nerve stimulation by electroacupuncture (EA) may attenuate the immune responses involved in sepsis and control intense inflammatory states.... Read more »

Torres-Rosas R, Yehia G, Peña G, Mishra P, Del Rocio Thompson-Bonilla M, Moreno-Eutimio MA, Arriaga-Pizano LA, Isibasi A, & Ulloa L. (2014) Dopamine mediates vagal modulation of the immune system by electroacupuncture. Nature medicine, 20(3), 291-5. PMID: 24562381  

Angus, D., & van der Poll, T. (2013) Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock. New England Journal of Medicine, 369(9), 840-851. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1208623  

  • March 13, 2014
  • 08:02 AM
  • 239 views

Smart Elephants

by Shefali Sabharanjak in United Academics

Although the native Maasai and Kambala tribes live in reasonable harmony with elephants, there have been episodes where Maasai men have speared elephants. Elephants, in order to protect themselves, have learnt to recognize the voices of Maasai men as a warning sign of danger.... Read more »

  • March 12, 2014
  • 07:04 AM
  • 201 views

Just A Blood Test Is Enough to Detect Dementia

by geetanjali yadav in United Academics

Researchers developed a technique by which they can forecast if a person is capable of developing dementia in two to three years.This study will help to design and develop a drug that might delay or prevent the onset of disease symptoms in those individuals that are at risk.... Read more »

Mapstone, M., Cheema, A., Fiandaca, M., Zhong, X., Mhyre, T., MacArthur, L., Hall, W., Fisher, S., Peterson, D., Haley, J.... (2014) Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults. Nature Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/nm.3466  

  • March 9, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 208 views

Prehistoric Giant Virus Found

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

Prehistoric giant virus buried in the Siberian ice recovered from a scientific expedition. No, it is not the plot of “The Thing”, but the utter truth: a thirty- thousand- year old virus, whose dimensions are 50 times bigger than the ones of average virus from today, was found by Abergel and Claverie’s team in the Russian permafrost.... Read more »

Legendre M, Bartoli J, Shmakova L, Jeudy S, Labadie K, Adrait A, Lescot M, Poirot O, Bertaux L, Bruley C.... (2014) Thirty-thousand-year-old distant relative of giant icosahedral DNA viruses with a pandoravirus morphology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24591590  

Philippe N, Legendre M, Doutre G, Couté Y, Poirot O, Lescot M, Arslan D, Seltzer V, Bertaux L, Bruley C.... (2013) Pandoraviruses: amoeba viruses with genomes up to 2.5 Mb reaching that of parasitic eukaryotes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6143), 281-6. PMID: 23869018  

  • March 7, 2014
  • 04:17 AM
  • 253 views

New Teeth Without Surgical Pain

by Patricia Fonseca Pedro in United Academics

Engineering artificial teeth without current complications.... Read more »

  • March 7, 2014
  • 02:15 AM
  • 338 views

How intensive care is linked to cognitive defecits

by Rebekah Morrow in United Academics

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) often develop cognitive deficits. The symptoms are very similar to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. New research focuses on this link. ... Read more »

Pandharipande PP1, Girard TD, Jackson JC, Morandi A, Thompson JL, Pun BT, Brummel NE, Hughes CG, Vasilevskis EE, Shintani AK, Moons KG, Geevarghese SK, Canonico A, Hopkins RO, Bernard GR, Dittus RS, Ely EW; BRAIN-ICU Study Investigators. (2014) Long-Term Cognitive Impairment after Critical Illness. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(2), 184-186. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1313886  

  • March 6, 2014
  • 09:07 AM
  • 378 views

What’s My Sex Again? Self-image And Gender Affected By Media

by Eva de Lozanne in United Academics

Study shows that sex-priming substantially influences gender-based self-perception... Read more »

  • March 3, 2014
  • 10:10 AM
  • 307 views

Why People Pay Fortunes For Celebrity Memorabilia

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Objects that belonged to famous personalities are very wanted. People pay incredibly high prices to obtain them. Researchers found that the price of an object was influenced by the estimated amount of physical contact that the celebrity had with it. Two theories may explain this finding. ... Read more »

  • March 1, 2014
  • 07:42 AM
  • 345 views

Suicide in organisms can benefit kin

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Researchers found that in single-celled algae, suicide is altruistic and helps the organism’s relatives. An interview with the researcher about his findings and the implications for human suicide.... Read more »

  • February 28, 2014
  • 05:10 AM
  • 365 views

Sing me a song: the link between bird song and classical music

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Researchers define the attractiveness of bird song to humans... Read more »

Hsu, K., & Hsu, A. (1990) Fractal geometry of music. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 87(3), 938-941. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.87.3.938  

  • February 27, 2014
  • 06:54 AM
  • 386 views

Spanking correlates to reduced vocabulary and bad behavior

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

Researchers suggest spanking young children causes behavioural and cognitive problems... Read more »

MacKenzie, M., Nicklas, E., Waldfogel, J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2013) Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life. PEDIATRICS, 132(5). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-1227  

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