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December 18, 2014

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12:00 AM | In A Real World Test, 49 Percent Of Patients Don't Want Health Care Providers To Have Their Info
In an era where hackers can easily hack into department store credit card records or Sony Corporation and the US National Security Agency is spying on everyone, it's no surprise people with a choice opt not to have all of the electronic medical records available - even if it puts them at risk. The first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records found that 49 percent of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in […]

December 17, 2014

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11:30 PM | Migraine Headaches Linked To Double Risk For Bell's Palsy
Migraine headaches have been linked to double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell's palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology.  Bell's palsy affects between 11 and 40 per 100,000 people each year. Most people with Bell's palsy recover completely.  Headaches are the most common disorder of the nervous system, affecting about 12 percent of the US population. read more
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11:13 PM | Is Big Data Taking Over The Fashion Industry?
Big data may be taking over the fashion industry's runways, according to an analysis of relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews. At the Workshop of Information Technology and Systems in Auckland, researchers analyzed 6,629 runway reviews of 816 designers from Style.com, covering 30 fashion 'seasons' from 2000 to 2014, and have able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how those style trends moved through the industry, said Heng Xu, associate […]
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11:07 PM | My top 5 brain health stories for 2014.
As 2014 draws to a close I’ve crunched the numbers and come up with the the top 5 most popular blog posts I’ve written this year. To everyone who has read, commented, shared or liked – THANK-YOU!!! Here are the top 5 most-read posts for 2014 (in descending order, just to keep the suspense!!).  Enjoy, and see […] The post My top 5 brain health stories for 2014. appeared first on Your Brain Health.
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10:52 PM | BRAIN FOR BUSINESS: HOW NEUROSCIENCE CAN FUEL A START-UP
BRAIN FOR BUSINESS: HOW NEUROSCIENCE CAN FUEL A START-UP Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15 €5 – PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL Paccar Theatre The human brain is the most complex structure in the known universe. Brain For Business is a … Continue reading →
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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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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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7:46 PM | The most intelligent groups aren’t just a bunch of smart people
Originally posted on Quartz:It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to think about themselves not just in terms of their productivity and efficiency, but also their intelligence. But how do you measure an organization’s intelligence? And with so many groups…
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7:36 PM | Science crowdfunding panel discussion
Earlier today, I took part in a panel discussion on Google Plus. Here is the archive of the discussion on YouTube:I am still working up a post about the story behind the #SciFund paper that came out in PLOS ONE last week. Stay tuned!
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7:04 PM | Google Translate not yet ready for medical communications
Image credits: frauczepluch.blogspot.com Communications is key in any relationship, particularly that between patients and doctors.  So what happens when the two parties don’t speak the same...

Patil S & Davies P (2014). Use of Google Translate in medical communication: evaluation of accuracy., BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 349 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25512386

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6:13 PM | What is the future of the brain?
I recently read Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman’s new book, The Future of the Brain and was so enthusiastic about it I decided to write a review. And got a bit carried away. Oh well. Hopefully it makes sense: The past … Continue reading →
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5:39 PM | Life's Big Questions Require Science Literacy
Everyone needs to understand the basics of science to participate fully in the democratic process. shutterstock.By Jonathan Garlick, Tufts University. read more
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5:21 PM | New Synthetic Molecules Mimic Antibodies
New molecules known as synthetic antibody mimics (SyAMs) attach themselves simultaneously to disease cells and disease-fighting cells. The result is a highly targeted immune response, similar to the action of natural human antibodies;  with both the targeting and response functions.read more
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4:42 PM | Time To Stop Thinking Of Video Games As Just 'Software'
Games appear in galleries, does that make them art? blakespot, CC BYBy Ashok Ranchhod, University of Southampton and Vanissa Wanick Vieira, University of Southampton. read more
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4:25 PM | Mistletoe Is Not Just A Fertility Symbol: It Can Also Fight Obesity-Related Liver Disease
Mistletoe wasn't always for annoying co-workers at office parties, and it wasn't always just desperate men who think it has magical powers. In previous times, it was held in high regard because it was rootless, green and thriving when the tree it was on looked dead. Celtic druids latched onto it as some sort of supernatural fertility symbol - everything was a fertility symbol to druids - and it crept into popular culture from there. Today we know it is simply a parasite, which isn't extending […]
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3:59 PM | Gun Trends In The 21st Century
Gun ownership in the United States has gone way up yet murders have plummeted. Though high-profile tragedies get mainstream media attention, the gun ban contingent has lost a lot of ground in culture.  There is a reason: With more widespread availability of data it is more difficult for advocacy groups to create false reports using shoddy numbers in the 21st century. Though there is recurring talk about banning vaguely defined 'assault rifles', rifles of any kind are only a few […]
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3:25 PM | Effects of cocaine exposure in adolescent rodents
The effects on neurons are like losing entire branches from a tree, neuroscientists are finding The post Effects of cocaine exposure in adolescent rodents appeared first on Lab Land.
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2:30 PM | Conservation Of Massive: When You Lose Weight, Where Does The Fat Go?
Lots of people say they care about their weight, and there is no end to weight-loss schemes available on websites, but if you ask nutritionists, personal trainers and even some doctors where fat goes when people lose weight, they can't tell you the right answer.Caveat emptor.  The most common misconception is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. It's physics, after all. Except it isn't, not in the way they think it is. To lose 10 kilograms of fat requires 29 […]
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2:19 PM | The roots of language
If you are not searching for something, then you are unlikely see it. That has been so with language. There was an agreement on what language was and how it came to be. Any other way of looking at things was hardly considered. But now language is seen in a different light – part of […]
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2:00 PM | “There Was More Than One Lobster Present At The Birth Of Jesus?”
Neapolitans have given fishmongers and celebrities alike a place at the nativity for hundreds of years. acetosa888, CC BY-SABy Jessica Hughes, The Open UniversityThere’s a scene in the film "Love Actually" where a little girl announces that she’ll be playing “first lobster” in the school nativity play. “There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?” asks her surprised mum – causing the girl to sigh in exasperation at such profound […]
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1:30 PM | To Be Cool Kids, Are We Programmed To Make Bad Decisions?
A desire to be part of the 'in crowd' could damage our ability to make the right decisions, according to a paper in the journal Interface which claims that individuals have evolved to be overly influenced by their neighbors, rather than rely on their own instinct. As a result, they believe, groups become less responsive to changes in their natural environment. So much for the wisdom of crowds.read more
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12:18 PM | A Cognitive-Affective Model of Craving – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com
A Cognitive-Affective Model of Craving – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com.Filed under: Uncategorized
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12:10 PM | What is Craving? – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com
What is Craving? – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com.Filed under: Uncategorized
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12:09 PM | When fighting your neural ghosts make sure to surrender!! – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com
When fighting your neural ghosts make sure to surrender!! – Addiction Recovery Blog – addictionland.com.Filed under: Uncategorized
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9:48 AM | Is being a worrier a sign of intelligence?
We usually see worry as a bad thing. It feels unpleasant, like a snake coiling in the pit of your stomach. And worriers are often considered weak links in a team - negative influences who lack confidence. But of course, anxiety has a useful function. It's about anticipating and preparing for threats, and learning from past mistakes.Increasingly psychologists are recognising the strengths of anxious people. For example, there's research showing that people more prone to anxiety are quicker to […]
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6:53 AM | OYM58: Ain’t no REST for Nipun Chopra
We’re excited to welcome Nipun Chopra (@nipunchopra7) to the On Your Mind studio this week, who’s taken time out of his own science and podzilla life to talk neuroscience with us.  Having gone from high school biology teacher to doctoral student at Indiana University Indianapolis, he’s got a lot to add to the On Your ...read more The post OYM58: Ain’t no REST for Nipun Chopra appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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4:44 AM | Being Raised By A Single Mother Is The New Normal
Divorce rates have gone down; the oft-cited 1970s statistic that 'half of all marriages end in divorce' was never really correct, but the belief that it was made divorce much more common. More young people today are also avoiding divorce by avoiding marriage. As a result, more than half of all American children will have an unmarried mother - and regardless of all of the cultural whitewashing and rationalizations that cultural apologists engage in, the absence of a biological father increases […]
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4:27 AM | New Limits On VY Production From CDF: Good, But Also Disappointing
Alas, for once I must say I am not completely happy of one new result by the CDF collaboration - the experiment to which I devoted 18 years of my research time, and where I learned almost everything I know about experimental particle physics.read more
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1:23 AM | #Brain article of interest: What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)
From LifehackerRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/1yTs9ac
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12:15 AM | ‘Accounting’ for CIA Torture and Kidnapping – Accountants Reveal the Secret Business Behind Brutality by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen
Michele Chwastiak from the University of New Mexico, United States has just published an analysis exposing the aviation companies complicit in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. Aspects of CIA abduction and cruelty were revealed by mundane accounts which accidentally came to light, when two of the subcontractors for the CIA’s privatized rendition fights went to […]
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