Prions, misfolded proteins that wreak havoc on the brain, may have finally met their match. Best known for things like mad cow disease and possibly alzheimer’s disease scientists have had no luck stopping prions, until now. Researchers say that a vaccination they have developed to fight a brain-based, wasting syndrome among deer and other animals […]
Goñi, F., Mathiason, C., Yim, L., Wong, K., Hayes-Klug, J., Nalls, A., Peyser, D., Estevez, V., Denkers, N., Xu, J. & Osborn, D. (2014). Mucosal immunization with an attenuated Salmonella vaccine partially protects white-tailed deer from chronic wasting disease, Vaccine, DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.11.035
Yes, I know. Another post on the 'day of rest' but I promise you that this will not become a habit. The reason: the paper by Feiyong Jia and colleagues  published in the premier journal Pediatrics. The authors describe a case report of a young child with autism who is observed to have shown improvement in some of the core symptoms of autism following supplementation with the [sunshine] vitamin/hormone of the hour: vitamin D. Further reporting on the paper can be seen
Feiyong Jia, Bing Wang, Ling Shan, Zhida Xu, Wouter G. Staal & Lin Du (2014). Core Symptoms of Autism Improved After Vitamin D Supplementation, Pediatrics, Other:
Think you know what causes depression? Well unfortunately scientists don’t have the exact answer, surprised? That’s not the only problem, there is an ever growing concern that we live in […]
Altieri SC, Yang H, O'Brien HJ, Redwine HM, Senturk D, Hensler JG & Andrews AM (2014). Perinatal vs. Genetic Programming of Serotonin States Associated with Anxiety., Neuropsychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25523893
What happens when scientists publish papers that aren't meant to be taken seriously? Is ironic, satirical and joke science all in good fun, or can it be dangerous?
This is the question asked by Drexel University researchers Maryam Ronagh and Lawrence Souder in a new paper is called The Ethics of Ironic Science in Its Search for Spoof.
The British BMJ journal is known for an annual Christmas special issue filled with unusual articles. For example, two years ago they explored the questio
"The relationship between JH/HDCT [joint hypermobility / heritable disorders of connective tissue] and mental disorders merits further attention in order to improve current knowledge and clarify a possible common etiology."There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Carolina Baeza-Velasco and colleagues  looking at the possibility of some interesting connections, outside of just physical presentation, when it
Baeza-Velasco C, Pailhez G, Bulbena A & Baghdadli A (2014). Joint hypermobility and the heritable disorders of connective tissue: clinical and empirical evidence of links with psychiatry., General hospital psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25459977