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December 18, 2014

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12:56 PM | How to Use the Genetic Code for Passwords
  Need a password for a new device or service? Try the genetic code. Messenger RNA triplets and the amino acids they specify provide nearly endless password possibilities. And it’s timely — the People’s Choice for Science magazine’s Breakthrough of … Continue reading »The post How to Use the Genetic Code for Passwords appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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12:00 PM | Does High IQ Increase the Risk of Depression and Mental Disorders?
Blame it on movies or books, but we have fallen into the habit of stereotyping. Popular culture portrays highly intelligent men and women as moody, secretive people who have so much going on in their minds that they are mentally always on the edge. There is probably a point here because psychiatrists are tinkering with […]
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11:13 AM | Six Citizen Science milestones from 2014 – number four is out of this world
From vast lengths of DNA to years of collective teamwork, we look back on the achievements of our 300,000 Citizen Scientists in 2014.
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10:46 AM | Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The Complete Shortlist
Are you travelling over Christmas? Looking for something to read while you digest your Christmas dinner? Or perhaps just wanting to expand your knowledge to impress your friends… Well we’ve got the answer – twenty brilliant articles about science, nicely packaged into a downloadable pdf for you to savour.. it’s the Science Writing Prize 2014 […]
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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

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December 17, 2014

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10:58 PM | Smoking Marijuana Lowers Inflammation
ByThe Toombst Smoking marijuana lowers inflammation in the body. Researchers found lower levels of the inflammatory marker CRP in people smoking marijuana in the last 30 days. Marijuana is the drug creating the most headlines in the research community at the moment. Every week a new press release warns about the harmful effects of smoking marijuana in anything from findings based in quality research to anecdotal claims about adverse health effects. All the while a wave of legalization sweeps […]
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9:20 PM | The future of nephrology training: A fellow's perspective
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9:01 PM | Life under Arctic ice
Ever wonder what lies beneath the polar ice? Turns out several researchers did as well. This past July a team of scientists led an expedition designed to image life under sea ice. The video below was captured with the Nereid Under Ice (NUI) vehicle and shows brown algae living on the bottom of sea ice…
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8:47 PM | Why Do We See the Man in the Moon?
Take a look at the slideshow above. The photos depict, in order: tower binoculars, a tank tread, tree …
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8:15 PM | Updated Cerebrovascular Physiology Links – 17/12/2014
I have updated the Cerebrovascular Physiology Labs section. You will now see a link to the lab of Dr Hélène Girouard from Université de Montréal. Her research interests are related to cerebrovascular pharmacology, neurovascular coupling and interactions between astrocytes and blood vessels. In addition, I have added a new section entitled “Theses”, where you will […]
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7:36 PM | UChicago prostate cancer expert to use DOD grant to study racial disparities
Donald Vander Griend, PhD, and his colleagues received a three-year, $600,000 award from the Department of Defense to study health disparities between African American and Caucasian males with prostate cancer.
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7:35 PM | Criminal Charges Filed In Fungal Meningitis Case
  # 9456   In early October of 2012 we became aware of a growing medical crisis involving contaminated preservative-free MPA steroid injections distributed by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  In all, more than 700 patients developed infections from these  tainted injections, and more than 60 died.   Among the survivors, many have suffered serious ongoing disability.  I blogged at some length in 2012 and 2013 on this […]
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5:46 PM | WHO MERS Update – Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia   # 9455   The World Health Organization has published details on 11 previously announced MERS cases from Saudi Arabia, and for nearly half of these cases (n=5) no known exposure to animals or confirmed cases could be established.  Three had contact with previously confirmed cases, two had animal contacts, and 1 was a Health Care Worker but with no known contact to an infected individual.   The pattern with MERS infections in Saudi Arabia appears to […]
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4:37 PM | Identifying risk genes for autism: TADA(!)
How do you sort through thousands of genomes to find a few dozen risk genes for autism? Xin He, PhD, assistant professor of human genetics, thought of the stars, and... TADA!
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3:40 PM | Chronotherapies Treating Depression
ByThe Toombst In part one we talked about the basics of your internal clock while part two covered much of the melatonin system and bright light therapy. Here we touch on other ways to reset the internal clock with a purpose, chronotherapies treating depression. All findings are from a review article, Called Manipulating melatonin in managing mood published in Acta Psychiatr Scand 2013: 128. Chronotherapies Treating Depression Melatonin holds promise treating depression and not only by making […]
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3:20 PM | Dances with Pharma: part 2 – How Cancer Research UK works with industry
In the second part of this two-part series, we look at our work with industry, why it's important, and how we try to influence the way drugs get to patients.
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3:12 PM | It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like . . . Flu Season
Influenza Home Care Guide – Credit CDC   # 9454 While we spend a good deal of time talking about exotics in this blog, good old-fashion seasonal influenza comes knocking every winter, and this year it shows signs it may try kicking in the door. During a `bad’ year, the potential exists for seeing  tens of thousands of flu deaths, and hundreds of thousands of flu hospitalizations across North America.   If you haven’t already heard, there’s […]
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3:09 PM | Technology & Deafness
What can the history of technology tell us about the lived experiences and cultural history of the hearing impaired? During the nineteenth century, acoustic aids became ubiquitous objects, varying in design, form, and amplification. The “Deafness in Disguise” exhibit at … Continue reading →
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2:16 PM | Sierra Leone Bans Holiday Festivities, Begins House-to-House Search For Ebola Cases
Credit CDC   # 9453   While there are some encouraging signs of progress in Guinea and Liberia, the Ebola situation in Sierra Leone continues to deteriorate with a sharp jump in cases over the past 30 days.  Roughly 800 cases have been reported out of just Sierra Leone during the first 15 days of December.   Today the country will begin the previously announced (see Sierra Leone To Impose 2-Week Regional `Lockdown’)  14 day campaign dubbed `Operation […]
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1:57 PM | A positive step forward on the road to mitochondrial donation
Today the Department of Health has laid the regulations that set out how mitochondrial donation could potentially be allowed in the UK. The regulations will be debated and voted on by parliament in the New Year, and we hope that the outcome will bring hope to the families affected by mitochondrial disease, and allow important […]
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1:37 PM | Washington: Town Hall Meeting On HPAI H5 In Wild Birds
  # 9452 While the arrival of HPAI H5 in North America has been long watched for, the outbreak in Canadian poultry of HPAI H5N2 which began just over two weeks ago and yesterday’s announcement by OIE/APHIS of HPAI H5N8 & H5N2 Detected In Washington State Wild Birds, comes nonetheless as a bit of a rude awakening for poultry owners in the Pacific Northwest.  Admittedly, biosecurity at these farms is far better than it was a decade ago when HPAI H7N3 caused […]
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1:17 PM | Communicating Health Science News
A recent study addresses the problem of sensationalism in the communication of science news, an issue we deal with on a regular basis. The study was titled “The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study“. The results show two interesting things – that university press releases frequently […]
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1:15 PM | Traditional Chinese medicine: Compare China with the U.S.
I’ve written quite a few times, both here and elsewhere, about the sham that is known as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). Basically, there is no such thing as TCM per se. There were in the distant past many “traditional Chinese medicines,” various folk medicine traditions that, contrary to what is taught now, did not form…
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12:00 PM | Predicting Seizures Amid the Chaos
We are one step closer to predicting the unpredictable. Robin Gras, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair in Learning and Simulation for Theoretical Biology, and his PhD student Abbas Golestanti have developed novel methods for long-term time series forecasting. In a Scientific Reports article, Gras and Golestanti […]
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11:56 AM | Egyptian Media: 18th H5N1 Case Of 2014
  UPDATED: 1200 hrs Egypt woman dies of H5N1-related 'complications' 17 December 2014 16:15 (Last updated 17 December 2014 16:17) Her death raises the number of bird flu fatalities in Egypt this year to nine CAIRO A young woman has succumbed to the H5N1 virus, commonly known as "bird flu," in southern Egypt, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. Her death raises the number of bird flu fatalities in Egypt this year to nine, Amr Qandil, head of the Health Ministry's […]
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11:52 AM | Eating Your Way To Longevity
With so many diets in the market these days, which one is the real deal? ...
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10:40 AM | Electricity – depicting epilepsy in a feature film
The Wellcome Trust’s first drama feature film co-funded with the BFI was released in cinemas nationwide last week. Starring Agyness Deyn as Lily O’Connor, a young woman with temporal lobe epilepsy, the film explores the condition through her eyes as she goes in search of her long lost brother. Producer Clare Duggan and Director Bryn […]
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10:10 AM | Practical science: the lab technician
Pat Edwards is a Research Support Technician in the Structural Studies Division at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. She spoke to The Long+Short about her job. […]
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1:42 AM | Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola
Michelle Mello, Maria Merritt, and Scott Halpern discuss healthcare institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. This is a pre-publication version of a manuscript that has been accepted by PLOS Medicine as a Guest Editorial. The … Continue reading »The post Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.

December 16, 2014

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11:21 PM | Superconductivity Temperature Record
ByThe Toombst A new study report that they’ve broken the superconductivity temperature record using a simple compound called hydrogen sulphide. If confirmed this discovery can have far-reaching consequences. Superconductivity is the term used for a compound that have zero resistance when conducting electricity. This means you wont lose any energy to heat in a circuit making it 100% effective. Researchers have seen this effect when they come near absolute zero temperatures, the lowest […]
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