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April 23, 2014

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5:01 PM | "Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and..."
“Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt. Taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make our food system healthier.” - Michael Pollan, from Cooked. The book examines the basic elements of cooking. The simple act of cooking can connect us in many different ways.
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4:00 PM | Is being human conservationist selfish?
Earth day, it’s a lot like new years. You make resolutions that you will never follow, promise yourself you will attempt to do things you really don’t want to, and […]
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:25 PM | Illustrating the Epic Battle Between Cells and Viruses Using a Sweet Cartoon (Video)
If you’re not familiar with the TED organization, you really ought to be. TED, which stands for technology, education and design, is a series of conferences where great minds give presentations (known as TED talks) on the topics I just mentioned. While browsing videos of these presentations on their website, TED.com, I stumbled upon this awesome […]
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2:25 PM | Human Superbugs May Lurk in Cow Dung
A U.S. study has found that cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics.
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2:10 PM | Q&A: What Can Dog Brains Tell Us About Humans?
Canine researcher Ádám Miklósi of the Family Dog Project gets us into the head of the family pooch—and how that could help us learn about our own brains.
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2:10 PM | Q&A: What Can Dog Brains Tell Us About Humans?
Canine researcher Ádám Miklósi of the Family Dog Project gets us into the head of the family pooch—and how that could help us learn about our own brains.
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12:52 PM | Rural microbes could boost city dwellers’ health
The greater prevalence of asthma, allergies and other chronic inflammatory […]
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12:42 PM | Henry Fairfield Osborn’s Guide On How to be a Healthy Palaeontologist
Ever ran out of puff applying that last layer of plaster jacketing to a fossil? Ever wanted to keep prepping out a bone but just didn't have the juice? Lacking the stamina to finish that character matrix? Fear no more! Henry Fairfield Osborn had the answers way back in 1922 and you can have these nine tips for success too. Before you know it you'll be leaping like a raptor in the long grass and figuring out relationships quicker than... Read more
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12:00 PM | Chili Peppers Run Hot And Cold
Biology concepts – obesity, brown adipose tissue, agonist/antagonist, protective hypothermia, hyperthermia, reactive oxygen species, ischemia, hypoxiaWhen The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, it just barely turned a profit. The '39 version was the third attempt at filming the children’s classic, and the first two efforts had not fared much better. I don’t see how people didn’t take to the Wizard of Oz right away. It had new technology for the movies, a good villain, […]

Yoneshiro T, Aita S, Matsushita M, Kayahara T, Kameya T, Kawai Y, Iwanaga T & Saito M (2013). Recruited brown adipose tissue as an antiobesity agent in humans., The Journal of clinical investigation, 123 (8) 3404-8. PMID:

Feng Z, Hai-Ning Y, Xiao-Man C, Zun-Chen W, Sheng-Rong S & Das UN (2014). Effect of yellow capsicum extract on proliferation and differentiation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes., Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 30 (3) 319-25. PMID:

Yoneshiro T & Saito M (2013). Transient receptor potential activated brown fat thermogenesis as a target of food ingredients for obesity management., Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care, 16 (6) 625-31. PMID:

Muzzi M, Felici R, Cavone L, Gerace E, Minassi A, Appendino G, Moroni F & Chiarugi A (2012). Ischemic neuroprotection by TRPV1 receptor-induced hypothermia., Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 32 (6) 978-82. PMID:

Cao Z, Balasubramanian A & Marrelli SP (2014). Pharmacologically induced hypothermia via TRPV1 channel agonism provides neuroprotection following ischemic stroke when initiated 90 min after reperfusion., American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology, 306 (2) 56. PMID:

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10:38 AM | Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion | Martin Robbins
Josie Cunningham's decision to put career first is no different to that made by thousands of women seeking abortion. So why has she been subjected to a national hate campaign?Like many British women, model and celebrity-wannabe Josie Cunningham had a decision to make about her pregnancy. She could have had the baby she didn't want, by a man she didn't love, and abandoned the career she craved; or she could put her career first, gain financial security, and think about adding to her family […]
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8:34 AM | Researchers identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea
In an article which appeared in The New England journal of Medicine on 16 April, researchers from Inserm (Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory, Lyon) and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible …
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8:25 AM | Phenylalanine and schizophrenia: new directions for intervention?
As regular readers might already have noticed, amino acids are a bit of a obsession of mine on this blog. Out of all of them - and there are quite a few - I'm particularly interested in the aromatic amino acids and the their various connections to health and wellbeing. I've talked at length about some of the proposed connections made between amino acids such as tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylalanine to all manner of conditions but specifically with the autism spectrum in mind (see here).The […]

Olaoluwa Okusaga, Olesja Muravitskaja, Dietmar Fuchs, Ayesha Ashraf, Sarah Hinman, Ina Giegling, Annette M. Hartmann, Bettina Konte, Marion Friedl, Jason Schiffman & Elliot Hong (2014). Elevated Levels of Plasma Phenylalanine in Schizophrenia: A Guanosine Triphosphate Cyclohydrolase-1 Metabolic Pathway Abnormality?, PLoS ONE, 9 DOI:

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8:04 AM | A plague in your family: A plague in your family The independent evolution of harmful organisms from one bacterial family
For the first time, researchers have studied the Black Death bacterium’s entire family tree to fully understand how some of the family members evolve to become harmful. Contrary to popular belief, the team found pathogenic members of this bacterial family do not share a recent common disease-causing ancestor, but instead, have followed parallel evolutionary paths …
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2:23 AM | Autism, SSRIs, and Epidemiology 101
I can understand the eagerness with which science writers jump on stories that deal with new findings about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). After all, the mystery surrounding the rapid increase in ASD rates over the past 20 years (see right) has made any ASD-related study that may offer some clues inherently interesting. Because people are anxiously awaiting some explanation of this medical enigma, it seems like science writers almost have an obligation to discuss new findings concerning the […]

Rebecca A. Harrington, Li-Ching Lee, Rosa M. Crum, Andrew W. Zimmerman, Irva Hertz-Picciotto (2014). Prenatal SSRI Use and Offspring With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay, PEDIATRICS, DOI:

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April 22, 2014

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10:40 PM | Eye-Opener: Naps Linked with Higher Risk of Death
Taking daytime naps is linked with an increased risk of death, a new study from England suggests.
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10:30 PM | Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 6 -...
Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 6 - HIV James from the History of Infection talks about HIV replication and the evidence we have for its existence. JimtheEvohttps://www.youtube.com/user/JimtheEvo via Myles Power. Website: http://www.mylespower.co.uk Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/powerm1985 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerm1985
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8:30 PM | The Milk-Industrial Complex Readers of Aaron’s blog know...
The Milk-Industrial Complex Readers of Aaron’s blog know of his beef with the milk industrial complex. Why does milk, of all beverages, get a pass in our efforts to reduce everyone’s caloric intake? Why is it encouraged, when all others are shunned? Is it because you need the calcium? Is it because it makes your bones stronger? Watch, and learn why the milk emperor has no clothes. References can be found here: […]
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4:58 PM | DNews: Are Students Abusing Adderall?
Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are used by students to treat ADHD. They're intended to help these individuals concentrate, but Laci explains why some students might be taking them too much.
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4:38 PM | Scientists alter fat metabolism in animals to prevent most common type of heart disease
Working with mice and rabbits, Johns Hopkins scientists have found […]
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