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April 19, 2014

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4:46 AM | Energy Expenditure (Calories Burned) in Anorexia Nervosa Patients
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa. Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al., 1995 and de Zwaan et al., 2002 for reviews). Fortunately, a paper by Stephan Zipfel and colleagues […]

Zipfel S, Mack I, Baur LA, Hebebrand J, Touyz S, Herzog W, Abraham S, Davies PS & Russell J (2013). Impact of exercise on energy metabolism in anorexia nervosa., Journal of Eating Disorders, 1 (1) 37. PMID:

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April 18, 2014

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7:18 PM | Myelin finding turns neuroanatomy on its head
Harvard neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years […]
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6:04 PM | The Hallmarks of Cancer 8: Tumor-Promoting Inflammation
The Hallmarks of Cancer are ten underlying principles shared by all cancers. You can read the first seven Hallmarks of Cancer articles here. The eighth Hallmark of Cancer is defined as... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:51 PM | Development problems associated with children with hyperactivity
According to the theory of the cognitive complexity and Control, children with ADHD have less development in theory of mind and cognitive flexibility
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3:00 PM | 1 in 20 Misdiagnosed by Doctors: 10 things you can do about it
A new study out this week says that 1 in 20 adults will be misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US. Thats roughly 12 million people each year, if that […]

Singh H., Meyer A.N.D. & Thomas E.J. The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: estimations from three large observational studies involving US adult populations, BMJ Quality & Safety, DOI:

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2:04 PM | MERS outbreaks grow; Malaysian case had camel link
Outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections expanded […]
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2:03 PM | Glucosidase I: Could targeting N-linked glycosylation of proteins help us fight viral infection?
Viruses are sneaky.  As you probably already know from your last bout with the common cold or the flu, for most viral infections doctors will simply prescribe plenty of water and […]

Sadat, M., Moir, S., Chun, T., Lusso, P., Kaplan, G., Wolfe, L., Memoli, M., He, M., Vega, H., Kim, L. & Huang, Y. (2014). Glycosylation, Hypogammaglobulinemia, and Resistance to Viral Infections, New England Journal of Medicine, 2147483647. DOI:

Herscovics, A. (1999). Importance of glycosidases in mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects, 1473 (1) 96-107. DOI:

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2:03 PM | Glucosidase I: Could targeting N-linked glycosylation of proteins help us fight viral infection?
Viruses are sneaky.  As you probably already know from your last bout with the common cold or the flu, for most viral infections doctors will simply prescribe plenty of water and […]

Sadat, M., Moir, S., Chun, T., Lusso, P., Kaplan, G., Wolfe, L., Memoli, M., He, M., Vega, H., Kim, L. & Huang, Y. (2014). Glycosylation, Hypogammaglobulinemia, and Resistance to Viral Infections, New England Journal of Medicine, 2147483647. DOI:

Herscovics, A. (1999). Importance of glycosidases in mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - General Subjects, 1473 (1) 96-107. DOI:

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1:57 PM | New gene variant ups risk of cancer from processed meat
A common genetic variant that affects one in three people […]
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1:42 PM | Chronic inflammation linked to ‘high-grade’ prostate cancer
Men who show signs of chronic inflammation in non-cancerous prostate […]
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12:10 PM | Fifty-One.
Yesterday evening I stepped on a scale and it said 183.5 pounds. I haven’t specifically been trying to lose weight, exactly. I’ve been trying for about 6.5 years now to be a healthier human. I quit drinking. 18 months later I quit smoking. 18 months later I started running. And about 2 years after that, […]
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12:02 AM | Beets for Speed and Power. Walnuts for Endurance.
The idea that beets increase speed and power during exercise performance is pretty new.  Beets are rich in anti-oxidants, but they are also high in nitrate.  Until recently nitrate was thought to be nothing but a problem.  Nitrate interferes with iodine uptake, so it could contribute to iodine deficiency.  There are also associations between high […] The post Beets for Speed and Power. Walnuts for Endurance. appeared first on WODMasters.

April 17, 2014

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4:00 PM | Five [Medical] lies the TV told me
Fad diets, miracle weight loss super foods, and vaccines! Oh my! We live in the information age, a time where webMD will tell me what kind of cancer I am suffering […]
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2:43 PM | Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?
One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain and the possibility of making diagnoses that are more accurate are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of vegetative states demonstrates, such advances can raise [...]
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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Mueller M.K. (2014). Is Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Linked to Positive Youth Development? Initial Answers, Applied Developmental Science, 18 (1) 5-16. DOI:

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2:00 PM | The Easier, Softer Way.
I have found that the only path to freedom from addiction is in embracing it. That’s not to nullify others’ experiences, everyone is welcome to their own. But my experience, and that of many others that I know who have recovered by taking the same path I have, is that the only true release from […]
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1:54 PM | Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston […]
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1:52 PM | Neighborhood cops: Some immune cells defend just 1 organ
Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may […]
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11:32 AM | Cannabis use and structural changes in the brain
  “One or two spliffs a week could mess up your brain” – Metro, 16 April 2014 Spark your interest? This headline caught the eyes of the Antisense team, so […]

Gilman, J., Kuster, J., Lee, S., Lee, M., Kim, B., Makris, N., van der Kouwe, A., Blood, A. & Breiter, H. (2014). Cannabis Use Is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (16) 5529-5538. DOI:

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8:31 AM | Mitochondrial dysfunction as a neurobiological subtype of autism
The paper by Suzanne Goh and colleagues [1] reporting on "a possible neurobiological subtype of mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD [autism spectrum disorder]" is a worthy addition to the research roll call which has graced this blog down the years. Based on the analysis of brain lactate levels - a potential marker of mitochondrial dysfunction - via the analysis of lactate doublets on brain magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI), authors picked up a significantly higher rate of […]

Goh, S., Dong, Z., Zhang, Y., DiMauro, S. & Peterson, B. (2014). Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Neurobiological Subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI:

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8:29 AM | A global network of researchers? Not really – small worlds.
The high clustering coefficient coupled with a short average distance between nodes suggests a "small-world phenomenon" among HIV and HPV researchers. The post A global network of researchers? Not really – small worlds. appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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6:00 AM | Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder | Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder | Daniel and Jason Freeman
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder can take months, but an intense course may relieve symptoms in just a weekOn Wednesday morning we woke to the news that a passenger ferry had sunk off the coast of South Korea, with at least four people confirmed dead and 280 unaccounted for. Meanwhile, though the search has continued for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives' hopes of a safe landing have long since been extinguished.Human tragedies like these are the stuff of daily news, […]

April 16, 2014

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8:32 PM | Lack of respect for insects bugs a biologist
"Hey, watch where you step! Just because I'm an insect doesn't mean you should crush me!" Emory biologist Jaap de Roode will give students a bug's-eye view of the world in his Maymester course "Insect Biology." (Photo by CaPro/Wikipedia Commons.)“More than half of all animal species alive today are insects and it’s believed that there’s at least a million species of beetles alone,” says Emory biologist Jaap de Roode. “Yet most people will just see an insect and […]
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4:57 PM | HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine
HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation
A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and […]
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3:18 PM | Forget Masks, Go For The Injectable Oxygen
Injectable oxygen could save patients with abnormally low levels of oxygen. Continue reading →
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1:08 PM | Gene panel screens dozens of genes for cancer-associated mutations
As many as 10 percent of women with a personal […]
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1:00 PM | Hair from infants gives clues about their life in the womb
Like rings of a tree, hair can reveal a lot […]
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12:59 PM | The key to easy asthma diagnosis is in the blood
Using just a single drop of blood, a team of […]
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