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February 25, 2015

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5:51 PM | New insights into the link between statins and Parkinson’s
New insights into the link between statins and Parkinson’s 25 February 2015 New research published in the scientific journal Movement Disorders suggests that statins may not reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's as previously thought. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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5:45 PM | Undisclosed Funding – or – How to Look Like You have Something to Hide
Apparently disclosure of funding sources does not seem to be a important to some researchers. In Paul Offit’s Autism’s False Prophets, Andrew Wakefield’s failure to disclose $800,000 given to him by Richard Barr’s law firm to link MMR vaccine to Autism is a major factor contributing to his decline and fall. In Wakefield’s case, he failed to […]
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4:54 PM | Reducing Energy Efficiency Boosts Calorie Burning In Muscle
What started as an evolutionary protection against starvation has become a biological "bad joke" for people who need to lose weight. The human body doesn't distinguish between dieting and possible starvation, so when there is a decrease in calories consumed, human metabolism increases its energy efficiency and weight loss is resisted.read more
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4:54 PM | Binge Drinking Strongly Associated With Eating Problems Among Russian Women
Adolescent binge drinking has been linked to a host of problems, including worse school performance, risky sexual behaviors, illicit drugs, and a greater risk of suicide. Binge drinking may also be linked to problematic eating behavior, yet little research exists. A study of the relationship between binge drinking and eating problems among Russian adolescents has found that problematic eating behaviors and attitudes are commonplace, and that binge drinking is associated with more eating […]
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4:30 PM | L+R Illustration | 6 | Choose your words carefully |
We’re at it again, this month’s L&R brief is a typographic take on the greatest feud of all. See all our projects at www.leftrightfight.com   Brief 6: Choose your words carefully For the month that’s in it, February’s brief is a typographic take on the greatest feud of all, Romeo and Juliet. Choose your words carefully [...] The post L+R Illustration | 6 | Choose your words carefully | appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:22 PM | Bionic Eye Allows Man to See His Wife for the First Time in 10 Years (Video)
20 years ago, Allen Zderad was forced to leave his job as a chemist after being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that affects the part of the retina that converts light into images. Zdera’s vision began to rapidly deteriorate, and within 10 years of the diagnosis he was all but blind. Then, a few years ago, Zderad and his wife heard about a groundbreaking new “bionic eye” program at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The couple was […]
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4:19 PM | Oats May Be Natural, But So Is Their Toxic Mold
Oats are often touted for lowering bad cholesterol,  improving the immune system, lowering blood pressure and, more recently, being gluten-free, but a new study finds that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the U.S. contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that's been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. Natural or not, they may need closer monitoring for potential mold contamination, warns a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food
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4:03 PM | CRISPR: Bacterial Viral Defense Targets Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
A new genetic therapeutic technique that has the potential to treat more than half of the patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), according to a new study. read more
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3:47 PM | Government Says We Should Retire Later - That Means More Aging Inequalities
Faced with an increased senior population and a dwindling working age one, government accountants have spread the word that elderly people need to be encouraged to work longer. And they are being encouraged, by changes in pension policies that force them to do so. As a result, a social safety net that was designed to reduce retirement inequality nearly a century ago is once again increasing it - some groups are more likely to be disadvantaged by a rise in the state retirement age than others, […]
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3:36 PM | More than 2 hours of TV a day increases high blood pressure risk in children by 30 percent
A study on European children concludes that spending more than two hours a day in front of a screen increases the probability of high blood pressure by 30%. The article also points out that doing no daily physical activity or doing less than an hour a day increases this risk by 50%. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:33 PM | 'Conquer And Enslave' - Your Genome Has Its Own Fifty Shades Of Grey Behavior
If genes were lights on a string of DNA, the genome would appear as an endless flicker, as thousands of genes come on and off at any given time. Tim Hughes, a Professor at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre, is set on figuring out the rules behind this tightly orchestrated light-show, because when it fails, disease can occur. Genes are switched on or off by proteins called transcription factors. These proteins bind to precise sites on the DNA that serve as guideposts, telling […]
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3:31 PM | Bionic hand reconstruction success
Three Austrian men have become the first in the world to undergo a new technique called “bionic reconstruction”, enabling them to use a robotic prosthetic hand controlled by their mind, according to new research published in The Lancet. All three men suffered for many years with brachial plexus injuries [1] and poor hand function as a result of motor vehicle and climbing accidents. Subject:  Technology
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3:30 PM | Evolving A Bigger Brain With Human DNA
The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math. But how did the human brain get larger than that of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, if almost all of our genes are the same?read more
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3:21 PM | The many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics
Those who have read about quantum mechanics have heard about the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) proposed by Hugh Everett in 1957. It is an idea that seems unbelievable when one first hears of it because it implies the existence of many—a huge number in fact—of unobservable worlds that exist in parallel to our own but of which we are unaware. One needs to get over the initial feeling of incredulity before one can judge it properly on its merits. Subject:  […]
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3:09 PM | “New Beginnings” in Comic Form
Here at Symbiartic, we’re exploring themes from the perspectives of a fine artist (Glendon), a scientific illustrator (Kalliopi), and a science comic (moi). Our first theme is “New... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:07 PM | Will Brain Images And Thoughts Be Protected Under The 4th And 5th Amendments?
Credit: Jon Olav Eikenes, CC-BY-SABy: Carrie Peyton Dahlberg, Inside Science(Inside Science) - Brain imaging can already pull bits of information from the minds of willing volunteers in laboratories. What happens when police or lawyers want to use it to pry a key fact from the mind of an unwilling person?Will your brain be protected under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment from unreasonable search and seizure?   read more
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3:03 PM | Frequent sauna use protects men against cardiac death
Frequent - even daily - taking a sauna can reduce the risk of cardiac death, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The 20-year follow-up study discovered that men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 63% less likely to experience a sudden cardiac death than those taking a sauna once a week. Furthermore, the occurrence of death due to coronary artery disease and other cardiac events, as well as overall mortality, were less frequent in the group […]
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2:58 PM | Nest building — it’s not just for the birds!
Like their fine feathered friends, fishes build nests too. Check out these fish who nest with the best of them! Hoping to attract the ladies, male cichlid (Lamprologus callipterus) industriously hoard empty snail shells in Africa’s Lake Tanganyika. Bigger is better, as females prefer to release their eggs in large shells collected by large males.   Three-spined sticklebacks males spend hours moving around mouthfuls of sand and collecting mouthfuls of algae. Sticky mucus […]
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2:50 PM | Sunlight continues to damage skin in the dark
Much of the damage that ultraviolet radiation (UV) does to skin occurs hours after sun exposure, a team of Yale-led researchers concluded in a study that was published online Feb. 19 by the journal Science. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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1:30 PM | Not Just Vitamin D - The Radiation In Sunshine May Be Healthy
Sunlight may have benefits not yet discovered. Joseph D'Mello CC BY-NCSummer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good. A growing body of evidence suggests sunlight itself – with adequate protection, of course – may actually be good for health. read more
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12:16 PM | Congratulations February Advisor of the Month!
Congratulations and thank you to Prof. Dr. Javier Alba-Tercedor! Javier only recently became a Mendeley Advisor, but has been incredibly helpful leading seminars at the University of Granada, where he is a Professor of a Zoology, to helping with Alpha and Beta testing of our forthcoming Android app. We also believe he is the first […]
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11:10 AM | The Exhibitionist | 14 | Jessie Ware Vs Art
News Bit of controversy in the art world this week. It’s seems Jessie Ware’s new video for ‘Champagne Kisses’ is ripping off an artist’s work wholesale. The artist in question is New York-based photographer Asger Carlsen, and he took to twitter this week to demonstrate the striking similarity between Ware’s video and his 2010 series [...] The post The Exhibitionist | 14 | Jessie Ware Vs Art appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | Sounds Like Now #7: Girl Band~~~~~~~~~!
I know what you’re thinking. There’s no need for that many tildes. It’s excessive. More to the point, it’s obnoxious. Madness, really. What could possibly justify such extravagant repetition? GLAD YOU ASKED, SIR OR MADAM:  TRACK OF THE WEEK/MONTH/MAYBE YEAR Girl Band – ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ Okay, okay, Girl Band’s [...] The post Sounds Like Now #7: Girl Band~~~~~~~~~! appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | Finally, the State of Florida acts against Brian Clement and the Hippocrates Health Institute
Every so often, it’s good to post some heartening news regarding quackery. After all, after a decade of blogging about this, preceded by five years in the trenches of Usenet battling quackery and Holocaust denial, sometimes it’s hard for me not to become depressed. After all, there are times when it really does feel as…
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10:09 AM | Mini Lecture: Cosmology
How has our picture of the universe developed in the history of cosmology? Starting from the Big Bang Theory to the concept of the accelerating expansion of the universe, this Mini Lecture explores the evolutionary origin and development of the universe. Historical as well as up-to-date lecture snippets of the physicists George Smoot, Brian Schmidt […]
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9:00 AM | Dreaming in the Pleistocene
It would have been different if it hadn’t been a cave, if the excavation had been out in the daylight where mystery more easily washes out. The darkness helped, nothing but my headlamp to show the way. Every morning we’d suit up at the cave entrance. A group of scientists descended a ladder one by […]
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8:42 AM | The Truth Cannot be Found in Poetry
Monday 15th February I wrote poems for all the people who have not made me want to kill them. The muses of my past. The poems were wet, soggy and flaccid. I wrote them anyway, as if to burp up the last of the poetry in me. Tuesday 16th February I read some extracts of [...] The post The Truth Cannot be Found in Poetry appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:33 AM | The Black Death came to Europe at different times
Scientists have long believed that Europe was hit by successive waves of plague because the disease survived on the continent in rats and other rodents. But new
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5:25 AM | Killer whales and walruses more closely related to wolves than each other
New study shows how some animals ended up looking very similar yet share almost none of the same genetic mutations.
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5:02 AM | Can’t stand the sounds of chewing, loud breathing, or pen clicking? Dutch psychiatrists propose that may be the symptom of a new disorder
In 2013, Dutch psychiatrists proposed that misophonia – a hypersensitivity to common, irritating noises like eating, loud breathing, and pen clicking – be classified as its own psychiatric disorder. After evaluating 42 Dutch patients with the disorder, the psychiatrists concluded … Continue reading →

Schröder A, Vulink N & Denys D (2013). Misophonia: diagnostic criteria for a new psychiatric disorder., PloS one, 8 (1) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23372758

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