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Why “fat shaming” makes the problem worse
Thanks to the internet age we have lost touch with the fact that there is a human out there reading these words. Because of this, the golden rule –treat others […]

LOGEL, C., STINSON, D., GUNN, G., WOOD, J., HOLMES, J. & CAMERON, J. (2014). A little acceptance is good for your health: Interpersonal messages and weight change over time, Personal Relationships, 21 (4) 583-598. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12050

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Fly Life: Watching fruit flies sleep
Did you know that fruit flies sleep? There are actually a lot of similarities between sleep in fruit flies and sleep in humans and other mammals. For example… Image modified from Colwell, 2007 Like us, fruit flies get most of their sleep at night, and they also have an afternoon slump (although unlike us, they […]

Potdar S. (2013). Lessons From Sleeping Flies: Insights from Drosophila melanogaster on the Neuronal Circuitry and Importance of Sleep , Journal of Neurogenetics, 27 (1-2) 23-42. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01677063.2013.791692

Koh K., M. N. Wu, Z. Yue, C. J. Smith & A. Sehgal (2008). Identification of SLEEPLESS, a Sleep-Promoting Factor, Science, 321 (5887) 372-376. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1155942

Liu W., Beika Lu & Aike Guo (2008). amnesiac regulates sleep onset and maintenance in Drosophila melanogaster, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 372 (4) 798-803. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.05.119

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The stench of compatibility: How otters identify one another, and potential mates by smelling their poop
Otters don’t tend to be very visible to us, but they are more abundant than we might perceive them to be. Otters mostly live in isolation of one another, yet they manage to remotely communicate to one another without the aid of modern technology that so often depend upon for communication. On this blog, I previously wrote how […]

Kean, E., Chadwick, E. & Müller, C. (2014). Scent signals individual identity and country of origin in otters, Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.12.004

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Uric acid and bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder appearing again on this blog this week? It's just the way that the papers fall...With a title like: 'Increased uric acid levels in bipolar disorder subjects during different phases of illness' I was hardly likely to pass up the opportunity to discuss the paper by Umberto Albert and colleagues [1] and their suggestion that there may be a lot more to see when it comes to "a purinergic dysfunction associated with BD [bipolar disorder]".I lost the defuser gun when I […]

Albert U, De Cori D, Aguglia A, Barbaro F, Bogetto F & Maina G (2014). Increased uric acid levels in bipolar disorder subjects during different phases of illness., Journal of affective disorders, 173C 170-175. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25462413

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Gene fragments linked to brain development and autism
While the anti-vaccine movement enjoys the simple (and very wrong) answer to the cause of autism, there are people who want the actual truth. This drive had lead to a […]

Irimia, M., Weatheritt, R., Ellis, J., Parikshak, N., Gonatopoulos-Pournatzis, T., Babor, M., Quesnel-Vallières, M., Tapial, J., Raj, B., O’Hanlon, D. & Barrios-Rodiles, M. (2014). A Highly Conserved Program of Neuronal Microexons Is Misregulated in Autistic Brains, Cell, 159 (7) 1511-1523. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.11.035

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What’s the Answer? (FANTOM5 promoter atlas)
Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]

Forrest A.R.R., Michael Rehli, J. Kenneth Baillie, Michiel J. L. de Hoon, Vanja Haberle, Timo Lassmann, Ivan V. Kulakovskiy, Marina Lizio, Masayoshi Itoh & Robin Andersson & (2014). A promoter-level mammalian expression atlas, Nature, 507 (7493) 462-470. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13182

Severin J., Jayson Harshbarger, Hideya Kawaji, Carsten O Daub, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, Nicolas Bertin & Alistair R R Forrest (2014). Interactive visualization and analysis of large-scale sequencing datasets using ZENBU, Nature Biotechnology, 32 (3) 217-219. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nbt.2840

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Happy Holidays: Gifts for the Deceased in Anglo-Saxon England
The holiday season is upon us, and that means that many of us are thinking about gifts. As I’ve been wrapping the presents I’ve bought for my family, I’ve been […]

King, J. (2004). Grave-Goods as Gifts in Early Saxon Burials (ca. AD 450-600), Journal of Social Archaeology, 4 (2) 214-238. DOI: 10.1177/1469605304041076

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Autistic traits in adults with epilepsy
"Increased autistic characteristics found in adults with epilepsy without an ASD [autism spectrum disorder] diagnosis suggest that epilepsy syndromes may incorporate behavioral aspects of autism in the absence of some of its core cognitive features."Contrariwise, if you think we're alive you ought to speak to us.That was the intriguing finding reported by Sally Ann Wakeford and colleagues [1] who examined test performance on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) and "systemizing […]

Wakeford S, Hinvest N, Ring H & Brosnan M (2014). Autistic characteristics in adults with epilepsy., Epilepsy & behavior : E&B, 41C 203-207. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25461216

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Correcting Metabolic Abnormalities May Help Lessen Urinary Problems
Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism. […] The post Correcting Metabolic Abnormalities May Help Lessen Urinary Problems appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Pashootan, P., Ploussard, G., Cocaul, A., de Gouvello, A. & Desgrandchamps, F. (2014). Association between metabolic syndrome and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): an observational study in a 4666 European men cohort, BJU International, DOI: 10.1111/bju.12931

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Correcting Metabolic Abnormalities May Help Lessen Urinary Problems
Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism. […] The post Correcting Metabolic Abnormalities May Help Lessen Urinary Problems appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Pashootan, P., Ploussard, G., Cocaul, A., de Gouvello, A. & Desgrandchamps, F. (2014). Association between metabolic syndrome and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): an observational study in a 4666 European men cohort, BJU International, DOI: 10.1111/bju.12931

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