On sale now. Today, we’ll delve into the exciting and exhilarating world of mathematics. Wait, wait, come back… This week we’ll be looking at Mathematical Curiosities: A Treasure Trove of Unexpected Entertainments out from Prometheus Books by Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann. Fans of this space will also remember our reviews of The Glorious [...]
Consider some excerpts from two recent papers looking at oxytocin (OXT) - the "love hormone"(!) - and the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)...“It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage”"These findings indicate that dysregulated OXT biology is not uniquely associated with ASD social phenotypes as widely theorized, but instead variation in OXT biology contributes to important individual differences in human social functioning, including the severe social impairments which
Mapping to find genomic causes of a trait of interest, like a disease, is done when the basic physiology is not known—maybe we have zero ideas, or the physiology we think is involved doesn’t show obvious differences between cases and controls. If you know the biology, you won't have to use mapping methods, because you can explore the relevant genes directly. Otherwise, and today often, we have to go fishing, in the genome, to find places that may vary in […]
Following the uncovering of abuse at Winterbourne View by the BBC’s Panorama team, the Government committed to a programme of action to address what were recognised as system wide failures in the care and support of adults with learning disabilities described as having complex challenging behaviours. (Transforming Care) The Transforming Care document set out a [read the full story...]
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Dave Steele reports on a recent observational case series published in the Lancet Psychiatry, which concludes that patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than the general population.
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