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It started with a conversation about popcorn. My husband and the neighbor share a love for it. But my husband has another gustatory indulgence, bacon. Combined with his tendency for wild exaggeration and his knack for persuasion, he convinced the neighbor that uniting the two foods occurred in kitchens routinely. “I pop it in bacon grease, doesn't everyone!” was what he told her.What exactly happens when fat hits the tongue? Rather, when it melts onto it, mixing with saliva while not dissolv........ Read more »
D. Gaillard, F. Laugerette, N. Darcel, A. El-Yassimi, P. Passilly-Degrace, A. Hichami, N. A. Khan, J.-P. Montmayeur, & P. Besnard. (2007) The gustatory pathway is involved in CD36-mediated orosensory perception of long-chain fatty acids in the mouse. The FASEB Journal, 22(5), 1458-1468. DOI: 10.1096/fj.07-8415com
In my recent endeavor to cut back on paper consumption, I've converted bank statements to digital versions, put a stop to mail catalogs, and have been doing most of my reading and writing online.Speaking of, I've also been writing for www.Miller-McCune.com including their blog Today in Mice -check it if you like the kind of stuff you're reading here. But I diverge, the real issue that I'm blogging about today goes with reading/writing on the computer.There's one bit of p........ Read more »
Marieke Longcamp, Céline Boucard, Jean-Claude Gilhodes, Jean-Luc Anton, Muriel Roth, Bruno Nazarian, & Jean-Luc Velay. (2008) Learning through Hand- or Typewriting Influences Visual Recognition of New Graphic Shapes: Behavioral and Functional Imaging Evidence. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(5), 802-815. DOI: 10.1162/jocn.2008.20504
Since I frequent the same California beaches weekly, I can't help but keep tabs on the big things that wash up. The picture above is of a decaying sea lion. My friend pointed it out about a week before the photo was taken. At that point the animal was alive and exhibiting a behavior she called “the Stevie Wonder”. Swaying his head back and forth, it was clear the animal wasn't well.These days, this isn't an unusual sight. There are many sick or decaying seals and sea l........ Read more »
T Goldstein, JAK Mazet, TS Zabka, G Langlois, KM Colegrove, M Silver, S Bargu, F Van Dolah, T Leighfield, PA Conrad.... (2007) Novel symptomatology and changing epidemiology of domoic acid toxicosis in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus): an increasing risk to marine mammal health. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 275(1632), 267-276. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1221
I was two thirds of the way to the end of a 45 member circle at a workshop, hating my position in the line-up. The facilitator started an introduction exercise that involved reciting the names of preceding individuals -from the beginning. The room was filled with science types, many commenting on the cognitive process of memory. As the people before me went, I concentrated on the names, faces and associating ideas with them. Dawn had an image of the rising sun behind her dark hair and Robin'........ Read more »
L TALIB, M YASSUDA, B ODINIZ, O FORLENZA, & W GATTAZ. (2008) Cognitive training increases platelet PLA2 activity in healthy elderly subjects. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. DOI: 10.1016/j.plefa.2008.03.002
Preparing meat with turmeric occurs in kitchens daily but using spices to treat muscle disease is not a common occurrence. New research from Nanjing University in China shows curcumin, the compound in turmeric responsible for its yellow hue, alleviates a mouse version of muscular dystrophy (mdx) when injected.Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is a muscle wasting disease that results in severe disability and ultimately, death. What is striking about the article published in Molecules and Cells ........ Read more »
Y Pan, C Chen, Y Shen, CH Zhu, G Wang, XC Wang, HQ Chen, & MS Zhu. (2008) Curcumin Alleviates Dystrophic Muscle Pathology in mdx Mice. Molecules and Cells, 25(4). info:PMID/18460899
Neuroscientists have discovered -from the brain's perspective- what social drinkers already know: alcohol feels good, is relaxing, and you know how tipsy you are.Imaging activity in the brain while administering alcohol intravenously, researchers from Brown University and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, investigated how alcohol relates to emotion. Subjects underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while receiving alcohol or saline. During the procedure, ........ Read more »
J Gilman, V A Ramchandani, M B Davis, J M Bjork, & D W Hommer. (2008) Why We Like to Drink: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of the Rewarding and Anxiolytic Effects of Alcohol. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(18), 4583-4591. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0086-08.2008
In 2006, a drug promising cognitive enhancement to people with schizophrenia emerged from phase I clinical trials. Press releases, message boards, scientific meetings, and blog postings rang out.This month, the schizophrenia phase II clinical trial results were released (Am J Psychiatry, Freedman et al.). As far as I can tell, no editorials or reviews accompany the paper. No press releases or message boards were updated. Even the blogger world has been silent. Albeit, I'm talking about a pa........ Read more »
R Freedman, A Olincy, R Buchanan, J Harris, J Gold, L Johnson, D Allensworth, A Guzman-Bonilla, B Clement, MP Ball.... (2008) Initial Phase 2 Trial of a Nicotinic Agonist in Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.07071135
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