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August 27, 2014

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7:31 PM | Where We Donate Our Money Vs. What Actually Kills Us (Infographic)
With the ALS challenge taking Facebook by storm this summer, many people are discussing and critiquing charities and fundraising campaigns in general. While I will never criticize a creative idea generating money for a good cause, I think we all need to step back for a second to actually think about what causes are really worth our money. Check out this awesome infographic from Vocativ that shows how much we raise to fight different diseases versus how many people those diseases […]
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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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6:41 PM | Americans Clearly Don't Understand How Deadly HPV Is
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. With the exception of HIV, it is also the most fatal. But for almost a decade, we've had a vaccine that prevents HPV infection and, by extension, the deadly cancers it causes. So why aren't American adolescents getting access to this vaccine?Read more...
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5:00 PM | Immune boosting pills: the latest snake oil?
Head into any supermarket or chemist, and you will find shelves filled with all kinds of products. Some are useful, evidence-proven medications (such as aspirin), others are more palliative like sore throat lozenges. However, in recent years there has been a rise in what I will term “Immune pills” for this article. You have probably […] The post Immune boosting pills: the latest snake oil? appeared first on MostlyScience.
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4:40 PM | A Chart Showing The History Of Ebola Outbreaks In The World
As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread and grow, what can we learn from looking at the history of the disease's spread?Read more...
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4:22 PM | Alcohol warning labels won’t make us cut down. (But you don’t want to know what will.)
“Warning! Drinking this could seriously harm your health.” Now I don’t know about you, but if I saw that on a bottle then I would think twice before letting it anywhere near my lips. But if Conservative MP Tracey Crouch gets her way, then such health warnings could be appearing on cans and bottles of … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet
Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes […]
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12:39 PM | Finding Keys to Glioblastoma Therapeutic Resistance
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of […]
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7:56 AM | Prenatal SSRI exposure and autistic traits
A quote to start today's post: "Our results suggest an association between prenatal SSRI exposure and autistic traits in children". That was a primary finding reported by Hanan El Marroun and colleagues [1] who looked at whether maternal depressive symptoms or a class of quite commonly used pharmaceutics - the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - used to manage depressive symptoms, during pregnancy might impact on offspring development."Everything the light touches is our […]

Marroun, H., White, T., van der Knaap, N., Homberg, J., Fernandez, G., Schoemaker, N., Jaddoe, V., Hofman, A., Verhulst, F., Hudziak, J. & Stricker, B. (2014). Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and social responsiveness symptoms of autism: population-based study of young children, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 205 (2) 95-102. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.127746

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August 26, 2014

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11:40 PM | Doctors Say Schools Should Start Later In The Day
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued its strongest statement yet in favor of delaying the start times of schools attended by adolescents to 8:30 AM or later. Currently, only 15% of schools meet this requirement. Read more...
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9:40 PM | Shameless promotion Dept.
The blog 3 Quarks Daily is running a contest for the […]
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8:50 PM | Hangovers Are About Half Genetic
Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don't, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study of twins suggests.
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8:22 PM | Researchers Isolate A Gut Microbe That Combats Food Allergies
Food allergies have risen dramatically in recent years, leading scientists to speculate about possible environmental factors. A recent study suggests that antibiotics may be destroying a key gut microbe — one that could be reintroduced into the body, to restore proper immune function.Read more...
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5:04 PM | The Jargonaut: Why Is There GRAS in My Food?
By Brian Palmer Editor’s note: If you follow environmental science and policy (or just dip a toe in every once in a while), you’re bound to encounter obscure terms and wonky jargon. OnEarth is here to explain them to you, in this new feature we call The Jargonaut. Many of the things you eat and drink have never been formally tested, because, as the Washington Post just highlighted in a major front-page story, the U.S. Food and Drug […]
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3:18 PM | The Ebola outbreak would be so much worse without plastics
There are a lot of dangerous jobs in the Ebola hot zone right now, but the possible worse job would be that of handling the bodies of those that have just died. Despite the general recommendation to avoid touching people with the disease, these bodies do need to be handled in order to dispose of them without furthering the spread of the disease. And the only safe way to do that is by using plastics and polymeric materials to encase the corpse and protect the workers. A recent Buzzfeed article […]
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1:08 PM | Fibre-based satiety ingredient shown to make you eat less
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have demonstrated the effectiveness […]
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12:59 PM | Changes in the eye might predict onset of frontotemporal dementia
Changes to the eyes might help diagnose the onset of […]
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12:57 PM | ‘Sleep drunkenness’ more prevalent than previously thought 
A phenomenon known as “sleep drunkenness” may be more prevalent […]
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12:55 PM | Aspirin: Take Two
White blood cell research shows how causing and conquering inflammation […]
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12:48 PM | Hopkins Study: Prescription drug overdose deaths lower in states with legal medical marijuana
In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana […]
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9:10 AM | DNews: UV Bombardment: The Sun Is Slowly Killing Us
You can run, but you can't hide: We're all getting hit with ultraviolet rays each time we go outdoors -- whether in clouds or sunshine. Trace explains what these killer rays do to our skin.
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7:55 AM | 76% of youths with autism meet ADHD diagnostic criteria?
Autism is not normally a stand-alone diagnosis. I've mentioned that point a few times on this blog, stressing how a clinical diagnosis of autism appears to increase the risk of various other behavioural, psychiatric and somatic diagnoses also [variably] being present over a lifetime. Part of that comorbidity has been talked about in discussions about ESSENCE (see here) and the excellent document produced by Treating Autism on medical comorbidities occurring alongside autism (see here) for […]

Joshi G, Faraone SV, Wozniak J, Tarko L, Fried R, Galdo M, Furtak SL & Biederman J (2014). Symptom Profile of ADHD in Youth With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comparative Study in Psychiatrically Referred Populations., Journal of attention disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085653

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6:00 AM | Talking to the voices in our heads | Sam Wilkinson and Felicity Deamer
A promising approach to treating people who hear voices, also known as auditory hallucinations, is to get the patient or therapist to interact with the speaker Somebody hears a voice, but nobody is speaking. It seems reasonable to assume that there is something going on in the head of this person that is similar to what is going on in the head of somebody actually hearing someone speak. The challenge is to explain why this is happening in the absence of a speaker.One popular strategy is to […]
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3:22 AM | #Ebola: Second, possibly third outbreak, West African outbreak growing
The number of people known or suspected to be infected with Ebola in the West African outbreak is increasing, and the rate at which it is increasing is increasing. About 40 new cases are being reported per day on average, but the number of new cases has been going up by a few a day.…
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1:41 AM | A Hangout with Google Science Fair in Swaziland
You know what’s awesome? Seeing a bunch of young people at work on changing the world to make it a better place for all. Today, I hosted a Google Science Fair Hangout On Air on Sustainability... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 25, 2014

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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11:13 PM | Zombie Ant Fungi knows it’s prey
So awhile back I was bored and to kill some time wisely I wrote this little bit on real life (sometime potential) zombies. It featured a special section on a […]

de Bekker C, Quevillon LE, Smith PB, Fleming KR, Ghosh D, Patterson AD & Hughes DP (2014). Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite., BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1) 166. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25085339

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