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October 29, 2014

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7:19 PM | More Genetic Links Behind Autism
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. One more time, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. So what does cause autism, that problem has been plaguing scientists for awhile now. Thankfully two major […]

Iossifov, I., O’Roak, B., Sanders, S., Ronemus, M., Krumm, N., Levy, D., Stessman, H., Witherspoon, K., Vives, L., Patterson, K. & Smith, J. (2014). The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13908

De Rubeis, S., He, X., Goldberg, A., Poultney, C., Samocha, K., Ercument Cicek, A., Kou, Y., Liu, L., Fromer, M., Walker, S. & Singh, T. (2014). Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13772

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7:19 PM | More Genetic Links Behind Autism
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. One more time, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. So what does cause autism, that problem has been plaguing scientists for awhile now. Thankfully two major […]

Iossifov, I., O’Roak, B., Sanders, S., Ronemus, M., Krumm, N., Levy, D., Stessman, H., Witherspoon, K., Vives, L., Patterson, K. & Smith, J. (2014). The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13908

De Rubeis, S., He, X., Goldberg, A., Poultney, C., Samocha, K., Ercument Cicek, A., Kou, Y., Liu, L., Fromer, M., Walker, S. & Singh, T. (2014). Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13772

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7:19 PM | More Genetic Links Behind Autism
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. One more time, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. So what does cause autism, that problem has been plaguing scientists for awhile now. Thankfully two major […]

Iossifov, I., O’Roak, B., Sanders, S., Ronemus, M., Krumm, N., Levy, D., Stessman, H., Witherspoon, K., Vives, L., Patterson, K. & Smith, J. (2014). The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13908

De Rubeis, S., He, X., Goldberg, A., Poultney, C., Samocha, K., Ercument Cicek, A., Kou, Y., Liu, L., Fromer, M., Walker, S. & Singh, T. (2014). Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13772

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6:30 PM | What Are Caffeine Jitters – And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?
Too much caffeine, whether from coffee, tea, or energy drink, can ruin your day. Here's why your daily jolt makes you jittery, and what you can do to get rid of an unwanted buzz.Read more...
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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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5:10 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (OCT 2014) - Trick or Treat Edition
Over the past 30 days I've hardly had any time to focus on Blastocystis. I've been busy preparing for and attending UEGWeek 2014, preparing abstracts for next year's ECCMID conference in Copenhagen, and I've also put a lot of effort into preparing proposals for this round of grant calls from the Danish Council for Independent Research.  Among other things, we are applying for money to develop DNA-probe based diagnostics, including a unique software, for use in the clinical microbiology lab […]

Fletcher S, Caprarelli G, Merif J, Andresen D, Hal SV, Stark D & Ellis J (2014). Epidemiology and geographical distribution of enteric protozoan infections in sydney, australia., Journal of public health research, 3 (2) 298. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25343139

Nagel R, Bielefeldt-Ohmann H & Traub R (2014). Clinical pilot study: efficacy of triple antibiotic therapy in Blastocystis positive irritable bowel syndrome patients., Gut pathogens, 6 34. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349629

Nowack EC & Melkonian M (2010). Endosymbiotic associations within protists., Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 365 (1541) 699-712. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20124339

Prodeus TV, Zelia OP, Khlebnikova TA & Pikul' DA (2014). [Extraenteric infection caused by Blastocystis spp. in a female patient with liver abscess]., Meditsinskaia parazitologiia i parazitarnye bolezni, (2) 6-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25296418

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12:45 PM | Here they come to save the day! Homeopaths vs. Ebola, again
If there is one thing that the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa has revealed to the world, it’s the full extent of quackery that is out there and advertised as being able to treat deadly diseases such as Ebola. The deadlier the disease, the more quackery is out there, amplified by the scariness of the…
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12:00 PM | Almost This Or Almost That? Must Be The Other
Biology concepts – Protista, taxonomy, phylum, kingdom, monophyletic, paraphyletic, cladistics, algae, diatom, dinoflagellateEuglena gracilis is an organism in the Kingdom Protista. It has one long flagellar undulipodium, but it can also move by amoeboid movement. It has chloroplasts and can do photosynthesis, but it also can eat other organisms. Is it any wonder that classifying protists is so hard?Classifying living organisms is self-perpetuating job. Imagine if the dentist sold candy […]

Fu G, Nagasato C, Oka S, Cock JM & Motomura T (2014). Proteomics Analysis of Heterogeneous Flagella in Brown Algae (Stramenopiles)., Protist, 165 (5) 662-675. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25150613

Wei Y, Liu Q, Yu J, Feng Q, Zhao L, Song H & Wang W (2014). Antibacterial mode of action of 1,8-dihydroxy-anthraquinone from Porphyra haitanensis against Staphylococcus aureus., Natural product research, 1-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25259418

Maggs CA, Fletcher HL, Fewer D, Loade L, Mineur F & Johnson MP (2011). Speciation in red algae: members of the Ceramiales as model organisms., Integrative and comparative biology, 51 (3) 492-504. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21742776

Strauch SM, Richter P, Schuster M & Häder DP (2010). The beating pattern of the flagellum of Euglena gracilis under altered gravity during parabolic flights., Journal of plant physiology, 167 (1) 41-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19679374

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8:36 AM | The stability of an Asperger syndrome diagnosis
"Asperger Syndrome, when considered as an ASD/PDD [autism spectrum disorder/pervasive developmental disorder] diagnosis, was fairly stable into adulthood, but there was a significant increase over time in cases no longer meeting criteria for an ASD diagnosis according to the DSM-IV, or AS according to the Gillberg criteria".The night is darkest just before the dawn.That was one of the primary conclusions made in the paper by Adam Helles and colleagues [1] who prospectively followed a group […]

Adam Helles, Carina I. Gillberg, Christopher Gillberg & Eva Billstedt (2014). sperger syndrome in males over two decades: stability and predictors of diagnosis, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Other:

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October 28, 2014

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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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6:27 PM | Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without...
Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without Human Intervention via kqedscience: New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots “With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most […]
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6:20 PM | Mixing Meds With Dietary Supplements Could Be a Danger
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that prescription or over-the-counter medications, when taken with a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplement, could seriously endanger your health. Here's what you need to know.Read more...
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2:00 PM | Ebola, “right-to-try,” and placebo legislation
One of the biggest medical conspiracy theories for a long time has been that there exist out there all sorts of fantastic cures for cancer and other deadly diseases but that you can’t have them because (1) “they” don’t want you to know about them (as I like to call it, the Kevin Trudeau approach)…
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9:48 AM | Women in Science: Fixing the Leaking Pipeline
Watch the full video of the Australia-hosted Science Breakfast on women in science that took place this summer during #lnlm14. Our friends from the Australian Academy of Science have recently uploaded the whole event on their YouTube channel. The Science Breakfasts at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are discussion sessions hosted by our academic partners […]
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9:38 AM | Oh brave new world that has such doctors in it!
I’m a writer, and like many writers I’ve got what a friend of mine calls “text hunger” – if it’s there, I’ll read it. One such recent encounter was with one of those little leaflets that come with medicines. Two things struck me about this text. The first, of course, was the bizarre range of […]
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7:42 AM | Zinc and depression
"Low dietary zinc intake is associated with a greater incidence of depression in both men and women, as shown in two prospective cohorts".At the risk of overdoing the whole 'you are what you eat' sentiment, today I'm addressing a portion of the peer-reviewed research literature linking issues with zinc availability to depression. That opening quote by the way, comes from the paper by Khanrin Phungamla Vashum and colleagues [1] who looked at self-reported dietary intake of zinc based on […]

Vashum KP, McEvoy M, Milton AH, McElduff P, Hure A, Byles J & Attia J (2014). Dietary zinc is associated with a lower incidence of depression: findings from two Australian cohorts., Journal of affective disorders, 166 249-57. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25012438

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2:27 AM | NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be...
NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I take an in-depth look at the Ebola virus: What we know, what we don’t know, where it came from, and why it’s having such a devastating impact on West Africa.  There’s a lot of misinformation out there (everybody has that uncle, right?), and that’s helping rumors and panic spread even faster than the virus. We need to put a stop to the former before we can stop the […]

October 27, 2014

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10:44 PM | Cocoa Flavanols Can Reverse Memory Loss in Older Adults
According to a team of scientists headed by Dr Scott Small of Columbia University, flavanols – naturally occurring bioactives found in the cacao plant, tea leaves and certain fruits and vegetables – can reverse age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. As people age, they typically show some decline in cognitive abilities, including learning and [...]
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8:30 PM | NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s...
NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I take an in-depth look at the Ebola virus: What we know, what we don’t know, where it came from, and why it’s having such a devastating impact on West Africa.  There’s a lot of misinformation out there (everybody has that uncle, right?), and that’s helping rumors and panic spread even faster than the virus. We need to put a stop to the former before we can stop the […]
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7:40 PM | Real Zombie-Making Parasites Among Us
The mummified cat and the rat in the crypt of Christ Church in Dublin. Photo by Adrian Grycuk at Wikimedia Commons.The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan’s worst panned movie of all time, is a science fiction thriller about people going into a mysterious trance and committing suicide as a result of other mind-hacking species. One of the leading criticisms raised against this movie is the ridiculousness of the premise. One species can’t cause another to willingly commit suicide! […]

Kaushik, M., Knowles, S. & Webster, J. (2014). What Makes a Feline Fatal in Toxoplasma gondii's Fatal Feline Attraction? Infected Rats Choose Wild Cats, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 54 (2) 118-128. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icu060

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7:37 PM | Research Shows Synapses are Always Ready to Go
The inner workings of the brain are quick, but really they have to be. Neurons need to be able to rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals and […]

Imig, C., Min, S., Krinner, S., Arancillo, M., Rosenmund, C., Südhof, T., Rhee, J., Brose, N. & Cooper, B. (2014). The Morphological and Molecular Nature of Synaptic Vesicle Priming at Presynaptic Active Zones, Neuron, 84 (2) 416-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.009

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7:37 PM | Research Shows Synapses are Always Ready to Go
The inner workings of the brain are quick, but really they have to be. Neurons need to be able to rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals and […]

Imig, C., Min, S., Krinner, S., Arancillo, M., Rosenmund, C., Südhof, T., Rhee, J., Brose, N. & Cooper, B. (2014). The Morphological and Molecular Nature of Synaptic Vesicle Priming at Presynaptic Active Zones, Neuron, 84 (2) 416-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.009

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7:37 PM | Research Shows Synapses are Always Ready to Go
The inner workings of the brain are quick, but really they have to be. Neurons need to be able to rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals and […]

Imig, C., Min, S., Krinner, S., Arancillo, M., Rosenmund, C., Südhof, T., Rhee, J., Brose, N. & Cooper, B. (2014). The Morphological and Molecular Nature of Synaptic Vesicle Priming at Presynaptic Active Zones, Neuron, 84 (2) 416-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.009

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7:37 PM | Research Shows Synapses are Always Ready to Go
The inner workings of the brain are quick, but really they have to be. Neurons need to be able to rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals and […]

Imig, C., Min, S., Krinner, S., Arancillo, M., Rosenmund, C., Südhof, T., Rhee, J., Brose, N. & Cooper, B. (2014). The Morphological and Molecular Nature of Synaptic Vesicle Priming at Presynaptic Active Zones, Neuron, 84 (2) 416-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.009

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6:27 PM | Ebola from Dead Bodies? The question you’ve all been...
Ebola from Dead Bodies? The question you’ve all been asking the last two weeks. Center for Disease Control Guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/guidance-safe-handling-human-remains-ebola-patients-us-hospitals-mortuaries.html By: Ask a Mortician. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/thegooddeath
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3:10 PM | Brain Imaging In Alcoholic Brain Thiamine Deficiency
Chronic consumption of large quantities of alcohol can produce severe deficiency of thiamine (vitamin B1).This can precipitate an acute brain failure known as Wernicke's encephalopathy. Wernicke's encephalopathy is characterized by sudden onset of mental status changes, eye muscle impairment and disturbed gait or ataxia.Other illnesses can also produce this level of severe thiamine deficiency. A partial list of these non-alcoholism causes for thiamine deficiency with encephalopathy […]

Manzo G, De Gennaro A, Cozzolino A, Serino A, Fenza G & Manto A (2014). MR imaging findings in alcoholic and nonalcoholic acute Wernicke's encephalopathy: a review., BioMed research international, 2014 503596. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25050351

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