December 20, 2014

2:43 AM | Why Open Access?
You may notice the Open Access is a new trend these days. Today, we like to share why you should consider making your next article Open Access. Benefits for Authors As an author, do you search for the easiest way to make your research instantly open and accessible to millions of readers? Why not consider […] The post Why Open Access? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 19, 2014

7:56 PM | Beagle Freedom Project Uses Former Research Dogs to Spotlight its Anti-Research Campaign
Today’s guest post  is by Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, chair of Americans for Medical Progress. Activists at the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) continue to gather support for their agenda to end animal-based research – and some in the research community are … Continue reading →
1:59 AM | Five Key Considerations for Moat Trends
1. It is possible to have a wide economic moat rating and a positive trend, as well as a no-moat rating and a negative trend. Companies with no-moat and negative trend ratings aren’t necessarily in imminent danger of bankruptcy, but we do believe these firms’ strategic and competitive positions are already weak and becoming worse […] The post Five Key Considerations for Moat Trends appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 18, 2014

8:19 PM | Save the Tasmanian Devil
  The Tasmanian devil is famed for its shrieking call and fierce temperament, which reportedly terrified Europeans colonising Australia back in the 19th century. Tasmanian devils are now endangered in the wild. One of the reasons for this is the spread of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), an aggressive transmissible cancer. DFTD has a 100%…
5:00 PM | How Happiness Happens from the Inside-Out
How Happiness Happens from the Inside-Out [Article via Psychology Today. Click above for full post] Congratulations – You just got that job! You just got promoted! You just got married! Your kids got accepted into Harvard! What if I told... Read More ›
7:01 AM | 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


December 16, 2014

2:14 AM | 10 Steps To Revitalize Yourself With Yoga
When your energies flag in the afternoon, try the following Yoga exercise as a great stress buster. You can practice it at home or in a quiet place at the office. Just make sure that you aren’t interrupted. For this exercise, you need a sturdy chair, one or two blankets, and a towel or an […] The post 10 Steps To Revitalize Yourself With Yoga appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 15, 2014

11:47 AM | Diabetes down under
  Australian kids are getting fatter, causing a corresponding heavy burden on their health. Today Australia’s struggle with obesity mirrors that of the United States. The two nations tie in second place behind Tonga, which has maintained the dubious honour of being the world’s fattest nation for years. Adult obesity is endemic in Australia,with over fourteen million…
6:36 AM | Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective
A new analysis has found that while clinical trial data support omitting radiation treatments in elderly women with early stage breast cancer, nearly two-thirds of these women continue to receive it. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Results published in 2004 from a large, randomized […] The post Treatment for Elderly with Breast Cancer May Not Be as Effective appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Palta, M., Palta, P., Bhavsar, N., Horton, J. & Blitzblau, R. (2014). The use of adjuvant radiotherapy in elderly patients with early-stage breast cancer: Changes in practice patterns after publication of Cancer and Leukemia Group B 9343, Cancer, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28937

5:50 AM | Twelve months of Speaking of Research
Speaking of Research joins others in a year-end wrap up post.  As Drug Monkey says: “The rules for this blog meme are quite simple. Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the … Continue reading →

December 14, 2014

12:07 PM | Henrietta Lacks and her immortal legacy
In 1951 a young woman named Henrietta Lacks died of an incredibly aggressive form of cervical cancer, just a few months after complaining to her friends about a ‘knot on her womb’. When the autopsy was performed, she looked as though she had been ‘filled with pearls’. These ‘pearls’ were cancerous tissue, derived from the…

December 13, 2014

3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640


December 12, 2014

7:08 PM | Effects of Intensive Low-Salt Diet Education on Albuminuria: CJASN e-Journal Club
This month’s CJASN e-journal club was hosted at the Department of Nephrology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. It discussed a trial designed to investigate the efficacy of an intensive low salt diet intervention (weekly 30 minutes phone feedback by a dietary consultant) on albuminuria in non-diabetic hypertensive patients already on an ARB. This study is an open-label, case-control, randomized clinical trial based in South Korea. It is important to note that selected […]

December 11, 2014

2:29 PM | Podcast Episode #04: Big Data Comes to Fruition
Big Data Comes to Fruition Data-Driven Approaches to Streamlining Study Planning Processes Perspectives of big data have done a complete 180 in the last 10 years. Sponsors and CRO’s are seeking to lessen cycle times while simultaneously managing more complex protocols, and they’re seeking new answers. As data-driven approaches have evolved into refined and sophisticated operations, all of the long-standing promises of data are finally coming to fruition and driving objective […]
1:57 AM | How to Evaluate Your Current Investments
When you’re working with a personal financial counselor, one of the first things he or she should help you do is decide what to do with your current investments. Do your homework so that you can buy and hold solid investments for the long haul, but note that there are times when selling is appropriate. […] The post How to Evaluate Your Current Investments appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 10, 2014

4:30 PM | Quote Therapy – by Maya Angelou
“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that... Read More ›
2:36 AM | Ditch Your Tired New Year’s Resolutions
We all have good intentions when we make New Year’s resolutions, but fully 88 percent of us fail to achieve them. That’s because in our enthusiasm to make positive changes, we take on too much. We simply don’t have enough time, energy, and mental bandwidth to keep up with multiple resolutions in the midst of […] The post Ditch Your Tired New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 09, 2014

2:36 AM | Three Tips to Improve Your Facebook Marketing Page
Take some time and examine your Facebook marketing page. There are some ways to improve your marketing strategy. Focus on your target audience and you will improve your Facebook page and your success! Focus on smart branding One way to understand the power of a Facebook Page is to look at it as a mini […] The post Three Tips to Improve Your Facebook Marketing Page appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 08, 2014

7:57 AM | Estimates of Anthropogenic Nitrogen in the Ocean May Be High
Inundation of nitrogen into the atmosphere and terrestrial environments, through fossil fuel combustion and extensive fertilization, has risen tenfold since preindustrial times according to research published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Excess nitrogen can infiltrate water tables and can trigger extensive algal blooms that deplete aquatic environments of oxygen, among other damaging effects. Although scientists have […] The post Estimates of Anthropogenic Nitrogen in the Ocean May […]

Altieri, K., Hastings, M., Peters, A., Oleynik, S. & Sigman, D. (2014). Isotopic evidence for a marine ammonium source in rainwater at Bermuda, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, DOI: 10.1002/2014GB004809


December 07, 2014

9:18 PM | Tropical fish and TB
Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease – a staggering one in three people on the planet is currently infected. Its incredibly infectious nature combined with the emergence of multi-drug-resistant strains makes TB an ongoing massive global health challenge – it continues to kill around two million people a year. Signs of active TB include fever,…

December 05, 2014

6:58 PM | Outsourcing Partnerships: Factors You Need to Consider
There are few examples of truly innovative outsourcing partnerships in the life sciences. These partnerships bring together two or more companies in a structurally integrated manner to yield untapped efficiencies. The most innovative of partners completely rewrite the course of each business, for the better of the unity. Outsourcing is not as simple as selecting a vendor and handing over the keys. Developing an outsourcing partnership can be extremely time-consuming, as you must construct […]

December 04, 2014

1:52 PM | Five Ways to Help
There are over “300,000 Biological and Life Scientists” in the US. The average person in the US spends 5 hours 15 minutes per day doing leisure and sport activities, of which 45 minutes is spent “socializing and communicating”. Combine those … Continue reading →
2:22 AM | Will Ebola Change the Future of Clinical Trials?
The race is on to find a vaccine that will halt the spread of Ebola, with candidates being developed the UK, US, Canada, China, the Netherlands and Denmark. One of the frontrunners is the vaccine ChAd3, which is being developed jointly by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) […] The post Will Ebola Change the Future of Clinical Trials? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

December 03, 2014

11:10 PM | The Male Contraception Revolution
From the pill to the coil, women have a lot of choices when it comes to contraception. Men however have very limited options, essentially only three: condom use (unreliable when used incorrectly), withdrawal method (borderline terrible failure rate)  or a vasectomy. But not for much longer! We could now be on the verge of a…
10:36 PM | SHROOM3, Making sense of GWAS risk alleles
In this months edition of JCI a group led by Dr B Murphy from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai describe a beautiful set of experiments that explain the mechanism by which the CKD and eGFR risk allele rs17319721 causes chronic kidney allograft damage.The single nucleotide polymorphism rs17319721 is in intron 1 of a gene called SHROOM3. The risk allele A (major allele G) of rs17319721 was found in large GWAS studies of European ancestry to be associated with GFR (p=1*10−12), incident […]
4:08 PM | FDA Warning Letter Data Shows Improvement in 2013
The FDA has released its annual Medical Device Quality System Data report concerning Form 483 and Warning Letter Citations, and there’s some good news to be found in the official report. Specifically, for the first time in four years the agency has reported a decline in the overall number of warning letters issued to medical ... continue reading

December 02, 2014

9:34 PM | Mending broken hearts
In one sense a human body is analogous to a factory: we are constantly building and replacing body tissues. Human fibroblasts (skin cells) live for two weeks and other tissues have a similarly quick turnover. Churning out new cells is crucial throughout life. This is patently obvious, but some organs lack such sustained capacity for…
4:30 PM | Quote Therapy – by Steve Harvey
“Everything changes. You can participate in the change or you can react to the change. If you’re reacting to change, it’s too late. Since you know change is coming, why don’t you be a participant in it and get ahead... Read More ›
7:13 AM | What Effect Does Your Shampoo Really Have on Your Hair?
New analytical techniques can show how different hair care products affect the hair, with some leaving isolated deposits behind and others leaving layers of material that wet the hair surface. Researchers used atomic force microscopy in a variety of imaging modes to garner more detailed information and at smaller scales than has been presented before […] The post What Effect Does Your Shampoo Really Have on Your Hair? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Durkan, C. & Wang, N. (2014). Nanometre-scale investigations by atomic force microscopy into the effect of different treatments on the surface structure of hair, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 36 (6) 598-605. DOI: 10.1111/ics.12161

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