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October 23, 2014

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8:00 AM | Cracked Science Video 3: Homeopathy
It’s October 23rd or 10-23, which has been suggested as Homeopathy Awareness Day, in homage to Avogradro’s number. Today is as good a day as any to investigate the claims made by homeopathy. Reading about homeopathy is one thing; seeing the dilutions is another. I hope this is graphic enough for you. I have also … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

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9:30 PM | Missing Link Between Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in […]
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9:23 PM | More Damning Evidence That Dr. Oz's Green Coffee Bean Diet Is A Scam
Earlier this year, the fat-burning effects of green coffee bean extract – an extract touted by daytime TV's Dr. Oz as a "miraculous" weight-loss aid – were called into question by the Federal Trade Commission. Now, the 2012 study purporting to demonstrate the extract's effectiveness has been retracted.Read more...
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7:55 PM | Converting Skin Cells to Neurons: A Fight Against Huntington’s
Neurological diseases are some of the hardest to fight against (in my opinion). The big reason is the brain, we still know so little about it and treatment for anything […]

Victor, M., Richner, M., Hermanstyne, T., Ransdell, J., Sobieski, C., Deng, P., Klyachko, V., Nerbonne, J. & Yoo, A. (2014). Generation of Human Striatal Neurons by MicroRNA-Dependent Direct Conversion of Fibroblasts, Neuron, 84 (2) 311-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.016

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7:55 PM | Converting Skin Cells to Neurons: A Fight Against Huntington’s
Neurological diseases are some of the hardest to fight against (in my opinion). The big reason is the brain, we still know so little about it and treatment for anything […]

Victor, M., Richner, M., Hermanstyne, T., Ransdell, J., Sobieski, C., Deng, P., Klyachko, V., Nerbonne, J. & Yoo, A. (2014). Generation of Human Striatal Neurons by MicroRNA-Dependent Direct Conversion of Fibroblasts, Neuron, 84 (2) 311-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.016

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3:40 PM | How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread
The rate of Ebola cases in a part of Liberia where one rubber tree plantation operates is far lower than in other parts of the country.
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11:33 AM | Whole exome sequencing closer to becoming ‘new family history’
Approximately one-fourth of the 3,386 patients whose DNA was submitted […]
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11:17 AM | Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, […]
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11:16 AM | Troubled marriage, depression history promote obesity
Hostile interactions, chronic mood problems alter how body processes high-fat […]
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11:04 AM | Email For inmates, pricey hepatitis C drug could make financial sense
New, significantly improved hepatitis C drugs have revolutionized how the […]
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11:03 AM | Competition keeps health-care costs low
Physician practices in areas with low competition charge more for […]
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8:26 AM | Autism, parental concerns and socioeconomic status
I'd like to think that there are some rather important messages to be taken from the paper by Xiang Sun and colleagues [1] on level of parental concern, socioeconomic status (SES) and risk of autism. Not only did the authors conclude that: "a higher SES was not associated with the risk of having ASC [autism spectrum conditions]" they also found that: "No child met ASC criteria where parents expressed no concerns".Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?SES - including […]

Sun, X., Allison, C., Auyeung, B., Baron-Cohen, S. & Brayne, C. (2014). Parental concerns, socioeconomic status, and the risk of autism spectrum conditions in a population-based study, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (12) 3678-3688. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.037

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12:11 AM | Is it Unhealthy to Stand in Front of a Microwave While it is...
Is it Unhealthy to Stand in Front of a Microwave While it is Cooking? This week, “Mystifying Card Magic” asks: “Is it unhealthy to stand in front of a microwave while it is cooking?” By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)

October 21, 2014

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8:05 PM | You Should Get a Flu Shot One of the arguments you hear most...
You Should Get a Flu Shot One of the arguments you hear most often by people who don’t want to get immunized against influenza is that the flu just isn’t a big deal; it’s just a bad cold. It’s not. There are lots of other things people often get wrong about flu shots, too. For those of you who want references or more information, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58721 By: Healthcare Triage.
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8:00 PM | Need more sleep, or just a placebo?
It’s late. Really late. And you need to be up early. You’re tossing and turning. The later is gets the more stressed you feel. How are you going to get through the next day so sleep deprived? What if I told you all you need is to believe you got enough sleep?
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6:27 PM | Walrus Flash Mob & 20 Years of Pot Research scishow: 35,000...
Walrus Flash Mob & 20 Years of Pot Research scishow: 35,000 walruses all hanging out at the same beach in Alaska? Why? Does global warming have anything to do with it? And what have we learned after 20 years of studying the effects of marijuana? SciShow News explains. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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2:20 PM | Explainer: Where Is It Legal to End Your Own Life?
In some parts of the world, it is legal for people to voluntarily end their lives with help of their doctors. It is so common in one country, in fact, they even have a booming business in suicide tourism.
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2:00 PM | New Research Shows Targeted Antioxidants Help Mice Live Longer, Healthier Lives
While many of the benefits of antioxidants are undoubtedly oversold, we do know that if given at high enough levels and targeted to the right place, antioxidants can help a mouse live 10-20% longer. If this holds up in people, that is equivalent to an extra 7-14 years for people here in the U.S.
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12:53 PM | Antibiotics may help Salmonella spread in infected animals
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others […]
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9:41 AM | DNews: Drinking Alcohol Can Really Mess with Your Sperm
All it takes is one drink a week for sperm count and overall quality to be degraded, at least that's all it took in a study of 1,200 Danish soldiers. Ross Everett stops by to explain.
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8:53 AM | Antibiotics and childhood obesity: a weighty correlation
It's been a few weeks since the publication of the paper by L. Charles Bailey and colleagues [1] correlating early multiple exposure to broad spectrum antibiotics with obesity in infancy. On purpose I've left it a while before talking about this research so as to let the scientific dust settle a little and get a flavour for some of the discussions about this research (see here and see here).You're a true vulgarian, aren't you?A few details about the Bailey study first:Looking at the […]

Bailey LC, Forrest CB, Zhang P, Richards TM, Livshits A & DeRusso PA (2014). Association of Antibiotics in Infancy With Early Childhood Obesity., JAMA pediatrics, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25265089

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3:00 AM | Seven Modern Plagues: and How We Are Causing Them
By Mark Jerome Walters Synopsis: Epidemiologists are braced for the big one: the strain of flu that rivals the pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed at least 20 million people worldwide. In recent years, we have experienced […]

October 20, 2014

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11:48 PM | Resource Alert: Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care Providers
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a 6-part series about childhood trauma, specifically formulated for primary care providers. Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care was developed for those who might not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events.The series addresses issues like: ·         What is the role of stress? […]
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11:18 PM | October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world's largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl's ruins, trace tree rings' roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.
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11:18 PM | October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world's largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl's ruins, trace tree rings' roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.
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11:04 PM | Researchers Untangle the Biological Effects of Blue Light
A tug-of-war is revealed in the response of the eye […]
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11:02 PM | Altering gut bacteria might mitigate lupus  
Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate, in the […]
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10:58 PM | Emory launches Ebola protocols website
Emory Healthcare has launched an external website that will serve […]
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6:35 PM | Are Drone Operators Experiencing Burnout?
With the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF), drones have become a vital part of the U.S. military's operations in different parts of the world. Controlled either by onboard computers or remote operated by operators on...            Related StoriesKeeping Rural Veterans AliveCan Anger in Infants Predict Later Problems?What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska 
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5:18 PM | DNews: Healthy Food Three Times the Cost of Unhealthy Fare
A study out of the U.K. finds healthy food prices rising three times faster than less healthy foodstuff. Tara find out why it takes bigger bucks to dine well.
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