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  • March 31, 2014
  • 03:00 PM
  • 335 views

Are Drama Queens To Be Trusted? Research Thinks They Are

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Recent study shows incidental emotions change others' reciprocity in trusting situations.... Read more »

  • March 28, 2014
  • 07:59 AM
  • 261 views

Gen FAT10 discovered to promote obesity and age-related diseases

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

New research suggests gene FAT10 would reduce energy metabolism, increase susceptibility to inflammatory states and promote obesity and age-related diseases.... Read more »

Canaan, A., DeFuria, J., Perelman, E., Schultz, V., Seay, M., Tuck, D., Flavell, R., Snyder, M., Obin, M., & Weissman, S. (2014) Extended lifespan and reduced adiposity in mice lacking the FAT10 gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1323426111  

  • March 27, 2014
  • 08:19 AM
  • 324 views

5 facts explain why we love music

by Flora Brils in United Academics

Music seems of great significance for many. It makes us dance, cheers us up, makes us cry; accompanying us through happy and sad life events. 5 facts give insight in the human love for music.... Read more »

Logeswaran, N., & Bhattacharya, J. (2009) Crossmodal transfer of emotion by music. Neuroscience Letters, 455(2), 129-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2009.03.044  

Locke, D., & Hill, R. (1979) Drums of West Africa: Ritual Music of Ghana. Ethnomusicology, 23(2), 366. DOI: 10.2307/851482  

  • March 25, 2014
  • 04:41 AM
  • 256 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
  • 301 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
  • 318 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
  • 215 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
  • 260 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
  • 228 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
  • 309 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
  • 250 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
  • 261 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
  • 275 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
  • 248 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
  • 211 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
  • 217 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
  • 269 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
  • 351 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
  • 388 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
  • 321 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 »

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