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April 28, 2015

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11:30 AM | For the blind, hearing the way forward can be a tradeoff
Enhanced localization abilities in one plane may come at the expense of another ScicuriousNeuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 7:41am, April 28, 2015 People who have been blind since childhood sometimes have better hearing than sighted people, but a new study finds that enhanced hearing in one direction may come at the expense of another.hilmi_m/iStockPhotoThere’s a […]
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4:37 AM | A new email signals the beginning of the end
Late today, I got notice that it was time to activate my email address for UTRGV.Done.It was quick to do, but in many ways, it signalled the end of an era for me.An institutional email address is central to modern academic life. It is the first point of contact that people look for if they are trying to connect with you.The UTRGV email drives home for me that UTPA is coming to an end. Since I practically live online (“Hi, my name is Zen, and I’m a netaholic”), I have made the […]
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3:26 AM | Can Wearing Orange-Tinted Glasses before Bed Improve Sleep? Only One Way to Find Out...
I recently wrote about the terrible sleep habits of the characters in House o...
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3:03 AM | Can Wearing Orange-Tinted Glasses before Bed Improve Sleep? Only One Way to Find Out...
I recently wrote about the terrible sleep habits of the characters in House of Cards. I disapproved of Frank Underwood’s late-night computer work in the Oval Office, his new midnight iPad gaming habit, and Claire taking her laptop to bed with her.But I must confess my hypocrisy.Despite my preaching – and despite being a sleep researcher myself – the last thing I do before I flip off the lights and snuggle into my bedsheets is play games on my iPhone.I know, I’m bad […]
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3:00 AM | When Is Your Kid Too Sick For Daycare?
It's a dilemma many working parents: your child has a cough or a cold, do you send them to daycare? Researchers from the University of Bristol have investigated the process of decision-making that parents go through when faced with this situation and find that parents viewed coughs and colds as less serious and not as contagious as sickness and diarrhea symptoms. This resulted in parents sending their child to daycare with a respiratory tract infection (RTI), which can result in the spread of […]
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2:00 AM | New Approaches To Identify And Treat Suicidal Adolescents
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for adolescents in the United States, this year nearly 5,000 adolescents will commit suicide and advocates claim over 500,000 will make an emergency room visit that is or could be a suicide attempt. Better tools to evaluate, identify, and treat at-risk adolescents are crucial for the development and implementation of effective preventive strategies and a series of articles explores key factors that may contribute to suicidal risk and presents […]
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1:00 AM | Artificially Composed Virus Fragment Could Be Key To A Chikungunya Vaccine
The mosquito transmitted Chikungunya virus, which causes Chikungunya fever, is spreading continuously. No vaccine is so far available. Researchers of the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have experimentally recombined segments of the virus surface protein E2, thus creating artificial proteins. The domain generated that way - "sAB+" - was able to confer a protective effect against Chikungunya virus to the animal. An immunization by means of this small protein fragment could thus provide a suitable approach […]
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12:45 AM | Write
Write. Please write whenever and wherever you can. There is no ideal place, there is no optimal moment. Not everyone is able to go to the Alps, the Andes or any other “inspiring” place in order to write. Don’t wait until you have some peace; that may never come. Please do not stop writing, not …
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12:22 AM | Inclusive Classrooms Don't Necessarily Increase Friendships For Kids With Disabilities
Dropping off a child at kindergarten for the first time can be one of the most memorable yet terrifying experiences of parenthood. Among the many concerns parents face is the worry whether your child will make friends - a key factor, research shows, in reducing anxiety, depression and the likelihood of being bullied. For parents of children with disabilities, the concern is even greater as four-out-of-10 of their children will enter kindergarten without the social skills necessary to develop […]

April 27, 2015

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10:09 PM | Neurons Rewrite Their DNA On The Go
Scientists have discovered that neurons use minor "DNA surgeries" to toggle their activity levels all day, every day, and since these activity levels are important in learning, memory and brain disorders, it could shed light on a range of important questions.  "We used to think that once a cell reaches full maturation, its DNA is totally stable, including the molecular tags attached to it to control its genes and maintain the cell's identity," says Hongjun Song, Ph.D., a professor of […]
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8:27 PM | Building Bridges to Support Individuals with FASD
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Rm. 3113, Child and Family Research Institute 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC FREE ADMISSION – Everyone is welcome! Featured speakers: Dr. James Reynolds, Professor, Queen’s University Dr. Amy Salmon, Executive … Continue reading →
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8:02 PM | No Reason To Think That Thinking "Fuels Brain Cancer"
This week has seen a flurry of alarming headlines suggesting that thinking can make brain cancer grow quicker. For example: HuffPo: Thinking Can Fuel The Growth Of Brain Tumors, Study Finds Daily Mail: How your THOUGHTS can fuel brain tumours Nation (Pakistan): Cancer ‘hijacks’ process of thinking Well, whoever wrote these headlines is safe, then. The research in question in fact wasn't about thinking. It actually showed that the growth of tumours called gliomas could be […]
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7:06 PM | Congratulations to AAAS Mass Media fellows
Two Emory graduate students, Anzar Abbas and Katie Strong, will be spending the summer testing their communication skills as part of the AAAS Mass Media fellowship program. The program is supposed to promote science communication by giving young scientists a taste of what life is like at media organizations around the country. Both of Emory’s fellows have […] The post Congratulations to AAAS Mass Media fellows appeared first on Lab Land.
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6:52 PM | The Impression of Déjà Vu.
This week we’d like to suggest some readings on a strange phenomenon that people may experience when travelling, among other occasions: the impression of déjà vu. The first link below describes just one example of this phenomenon: you are touring a castle in a country that you are visiting for the first time, when suddenly [...]
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6:09 PM | Risk triangle: immune gene, insecticide, Parkinson’s
Genetic variation and exposure to pesticides both appear to affect risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study has found a connection between these two risk factors, in a way that highlights a role for immune responses in progression of the disease. The results are published in the inaugural issue of NPJ Parkinson’s Disease. The findings implicate […] The post Risk triangle: immune gene, insecticide, Parkinson’s appeared first on Lab Land.
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6:03 PM | Google searches for ‘n-word’ associated with black mortality
Google searches could unveil patterns in Black mortality rates across the US, according to a new study. Researchers found that those areas with greater levels of racism, as indexed by the proportion of Google searches containing the “n-word,” had higher mortality rates among Blacks. The study is the first to examine an Internet query-based measure […]

Chae, D., Clouston, S., Hatzenbuehler, M., Kramer, M., Cooper, H., Wilson, S., Stephens-Davidowitz, S., Gold, R. & Link, B. (2015). Association between an Internet-Based Measure of Area Racism and Black Mortality, PLOS ONE, 10 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122963

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5:53 PM | Bumblebee Genomes Create A Buzz In The Pollination Field
Bees play an invaluable role in maintaining biodiversity and in pollinating the crops that feed the world, so it is essential to improve our understanding of their biology and to investigate how they respond to environmental threats. Despite their often slow and apparently bumbling flights from flower to flower, bumblebees are anything but lazy. With over 250 bumblebee species globally, these important insects perform the laborious task of pollinating flowers in both wild and agricultural […]
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5:49 PM | Vice on mental health
Somewhat unexpectedly, Vice magazine has just launched a series of articles, videos and interviews on mental health, and it’s really very good. The VICE Guide to Mental Health covers the science of mental illness, what it’s like being sectioned, recovering from suicide or being severely anxious, and the social issues in getting mental health care, […]
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3:36 PM | Why Bumblebees Choose Nicotine - It Fights Off Parasites
Researchers gave bumblebees the option to choose between a sugar solution with nicotine in it and one without and found that bees infected with the Crithidia bombi parasite were more likely to go for the nicotine-laced nectar than those that weren't infected.read more
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3:32 PM | ¿Se puede presentar la Anorexia junto al Autismo?
Una de las situaciones más complicadas durante la adolescencia es cuando se presenta la anorexia pero ¿se imagina que coexista la Anorexia junto al Autismo? El artículo original está en ¿Se puede presentar la Anorexia junto al Autismo?
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3:32 PM | Is it possible that the Anorexy appears next to the Autism?
One of the most complicated situations during the adolescence when he/she shows up the anorexy but and if the Anorexy also coexists with to the Autism? The original article is in Is it possible that the Anorexy appears next to the Autism?
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3:26 PM | Happy Meals Of Healthy Foods - A Pilot Program
Happy Meals for broccoli? A paper presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in San Diego says that because poor food choices in school cafeterias are a risk factor for childhood obesity, students will make better choices if healthy foods are labeled with smiley faces and have prizes - similar to what fast food corporations do to try and make lunch more fun.read more
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2:54 PM | Yes, Scientists Get Paid to Tickle Mouse Whiskers
I can just hear Sarah Palin now: “And sometimes taxpayer money goes to projects . . . where scientists get paid to tickle mouse whiskers. I kid you not!” As […]
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2:50 PM | ADHD and Vehicular Accident Risk
Attention and impulsive behaviors found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can contribute to accident risk in children and adults.A recent study of adult drivers in France provides evidence for increased accident risk in adults with ADHD.Researchers at the Bordeaux University Hospital interviewed a series of adult drivers seen in the emergency department following a road traffic crash.A total of 777 eligible subjects completed assessments of accident information, distraction […]
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2:14 PM | Beyond Genes: Centrioles As Carriers Of Biological Information
Centrioles - barrel-shaped structures inside cells- are made up of multiple proteins and since mutations in the proteins that make them up can cause a broad range of diseases, including developmental abnormalities, respiratory conditions, male sterility and cancer, they are the focus of a great deal of researchread more
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2:02 PM | Modified Smell Enzyme Could Reduce Pesticide Use
There may be more a natural way to reduce the use of pesticides but still save plants from attack -  by recreating a natural insect repellent based on smell. Scientists from Cardiff University and Rothamsted Research have created tiny molecules which mirror a natural occurring smell known to repel insects by providing the enzyme ((S)-germacrene D synthase), which creates the smell, with alternative substrate molecules.  The effectiveness of the smell or perfume to function as an […]
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1:58 PM | Screen For Celiac Disease In High-Rsk Groups Such As Diabetics, Anemics And Down's Syndrome
Celiac disease is a life-long condition that has severe consequences yet many people remain undiagnosed.  Celiac disease is a genetically-determined, autoimmune condition caused by a permanent intolerance to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye. The condition causes inflammation in the small intestine, leading to diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue and other non-specific symptoms. It has been estimated that around 1% of the population may have Celiac disease, although estimates vary between […]
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1:52 PM | Inability To Concentrate: 'Chemo Brain' Is Real, Study Finds
Chemotherapy has been linked to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. The condition, colloquially called 'chemo-brain,' has long been suspected. A new University of British Columbia study says it is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention. Breast cancer survivors were asked to complete a set of tasks while researchers in the Departments of Psychology and Physical Therapy monitored their brain activity. What they found is that the minds of people […]
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1:45 PM | How The Brain Translates Sound
When people hear the sound of footsteps or the drilling of a woodpecker, the rhythmic structure of the sounds is striking, says Michael Wehr, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and even when the temporal structure of a sound is less obvious, as with human speech, the timing still conveys a variety of important information.  Neurons in the brain use two different languages to encode information: temporal coding and rate coding. read more
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1:31 PM | Timothy Syndrome and Autism
Timothy syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant genetic disorder. Fewer than 20 cases have been reported worldwide. Symptoms are manifested early on in life and affected individuals tend to die […]
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