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  • March 12, 2014
  • 07:04 AM
  • 170 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
  • 171 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
  • 212 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
  • 281 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
  • 303 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
  • 254 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
  • 261 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
  • 299 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
  • 294 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  

  • February 26, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 228 views

Why (some) women (dis)like porn

by Annemarie van Oosten in United Academics

Pornography is considered a male thing and women are expected to dislike it. But is this really true? Research shows hyperfeminine women evaluate pornographic content quite positively. ... Read more »

  • February 24, 2014
  • 07:00 AM
  • 198 views

Newly-found antibodies predict joint damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Pieter Carrière in United Academics

Promising Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) research is done about the involvement of anti-CarP antibodies. These antibodies seem to be an important cause of RA. Moreover, they are associated with more severe joint destruction in RA patients.... Read more »

6. Peters M.J.L., Symmons D.P.M., McCarey D., Dijkmans B.A.C., Nicola P., Kvien T.K., McInnes I.B., Haentzschel H., Gonzalez-Gay M.A., Provan S., Semb A., Sidiropoulos P., Kitas G., Smulders Y.M., Soubrier M., Szekanecz Z., Sattar N. and Nurmohamed M.T. (2010) EULAR evidence-based recommendations for cardiovascular risk management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. . Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. DOI: 10.1136/ard.2009.113696  

Wang Z, Nicholls SJ, Rodriguez ER, Kummu O, Hörkkö S, Barnard J, Reynolds WF, Topol EJ, DiDonato JA, & Hazen SL. (2007) Protein carbamylation links inflammation, smoking, uremia and atherogenesis. Nature medicine, 13(10), 1176-84. PMID: 17828273  

Mydel P, Wang Z, Brisslert M, Hellvard A, Dahlberg LE, Hazen SL, & Bokarewa M. (2010) Carbamylation-dependent activation of T cells: a novel mechanism in the pathogenesis of autoimmune arthritis. Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 184(12), 6882-90. PMID: 20488785  

  • February 22, 2014
  • 05:00 AM
  • 271 views

How silver can get toxic and harm marine life

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

Humans have been using silver for millennia – as currency, jewellery, or fine dining cutlery. In these forms, the lustrous metal is harmless. But when silver is allowed to dissolve into solution – as it does in photographic processing applications or in mining operations – the innocuous metal becomes highly toxic. That’s because the free silver ions (Ag ) present in such solutions are far more reactive than those in the solid metal.... Read more »

Pillai S, Behra R, Nestler H, Suter MJF, Sigg L . (2014) Linking toxicity and adaptive responses across the transcriptome, proteome, and phenotype ofChlamydomonas reinhardtii exposed to silver. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/

  • February 21, 2014
  • 08:21 AM
  • 328 views

Virtual Customer Service Agents: Any Help?

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Perhaps you are able to recall this, but there was a time that if you had a question or a complaint, you could go to a building, with a desk, and there was an actual person to talk to and get annoyed with. Nowadays, you type hours of your life away writing emails or filling in contact forms, while being on hold at the customer service for days in a row. However, not long ago, the virtual customer service agent (VCSA) appeared. ... Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 02:51 AM
  • 264 views

No Sex Please: Understanding Asexuality

by Elisabeth Buhl Thubron in United Academics

Lack of sexual interest in a highly sexualised Western society: how does that work? Interest in this topic has sky-rocketed in the past decade, yet we still know very little about it. Once thought to be a psychological or biological disorder, asexuality is slowly being accepted as a normal orientation separate from sexual orientations such as heterosexuality and homosexuality.... Read more »

Van Houdenhove E, Gijs L, T'sjoen G, & Enzlin P. (2013) Asexuality: Few Facts, Many Questions. Journal of sex . PMID: 24134401  

  • February 19, 2014
  • 07:10 AM
  • 228 views

Western Tests Misdiagnose Morrocan Immigrants As Schizophrenic

by eva de lozanne in United Academics

Immigrants are more often than natives diagnosed with schizophrenia. Afro-Carribeans in England, Inuits in Denmark and Moroccans in the Netherlands are among the most likely to become schizophrenic, according to a Dutch newspaper article. New research however has indicated that standardized test may overdiagnose immigrants due to cultural misinterpretation.... Read more »

  • February 18, 2014
  • 05:01 AM
  • 229 views

Self-Made Cigarettes More Addictive Than Ready-Made Ones

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

A recent study just revealed that home made cigarettes are more addictive than the factory-rolled ones. The researchers analysed the tobacco dependence behavior of mice. These had at their disposal the content of ready-made cigarettes, the content of self-made cigarettes, or nicotine. The results showed that mice with self-made cigarette content at hand tended... ... Read more »

Brennan, K. A., Crowther, A., Putt, F., Roper, V., Waterhouse, U. and Truman, P. (2013) Tobacco particulate matter self-administration in rats: differential effects of tobacco type. Addiction Biology. info:/

  • February 17, 2014
  • 05:08 AM
  • 186 views

Attractive Cyclists Perform Better

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

Over 800 people participated in the assessment of attractiveness of cyclists’ headshots through online surveys. Almost three quarters of them were women, either in fertile or non-fertile periods of their menstrual cycle, or using birth control pills. The results were clear.... Read more »

  • February 14, 2014
  • 05:44 AM
  • 193 views

How Aspirin Works Against Cancer

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

There is evidence that aspirin, commonly used for its anti-inflammatory properties, can be effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer. In an article recently published in Clinical Cancer Research, Sinicrope and colleagues from Mayo Clinic review the effects of aspirin on colorectal cancer (CRC) in order to better understand its anticancer properties in these patients.... Read more »

Tougeron D, Sha D, Manthravadi S, & Sinicrope FA. (2014) Aspirin and colorectal cancer: Back to the Future. Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. PMID: 24327271  

Mangesh A. Thorat, Jack Cuzick. (2013) Role of aspirin in cancer prevention. Current Oncology Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11912-013-0351-3  

  • February 13, 2014
  • 05:52 AM
  • 149 views

Male fruitfly thanks his partner with a smelly perfume after mating

by Dyani Lewis in United Academics

The struggle to reproduce and leave behind a genetic legacy has seen the evolution of a variety of weird and wonderful mating features. While male birds such as the peacock don fancy feathers and conduct elaborate courtship dances to outcompete rivals, male fruit flies employ a far less savoury tactic.... Read more »

Ng SH, Shankar S, Shikichi Y, Akasaka K, Mori K, & Yew JY. (2014) Pheromone evolution and sexual behavior in Drosophila are shaped by male sensory exploitation of other males. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24516141  

  • February 12, 2014
  • 09:45 AM
  • 196 views

4 strange facts about tickling

by Eva de Lozanne in United Academics

Being tickled is a rather weird phenomenon. Why can we not tickle ourselves, for example? And why does it make us laugh? Find out the strange stuff you didn't know about tickling!... Read more »

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