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January 31, 2015

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5:30 PM | Cheap quasi-repeat of a dear study of cheap-versus-dear fake medicines
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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:12 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 30/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: January 31, 2015
This week’s Psychology Around the Net will have you rethinking how you look at depression medications, constantly seeking the approval of others, and — oh, yeah — whether to have a glass of wine or beer with your dinner (seriously)! Beer Compound Could Help Fend Off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases: We’ve all heard about the […]
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10:40 AM | Suramin and the Fragile X (Fmr1 knockout) mouse model (and autism)
Fancy some weekend reading? Well, you could do a lot worse than having a gander through the paper by Jane Naviaux and colleagues [1] (open-access) discussing the results of a whole host of analyses following the use of the antipurinergic agent suramin on a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome.Overprotective mother, forbidden road trip...Regular readers might remember some previous discussions about suramin - a pharmaceutic designed to treat African sleeping sickness - and autism which […]

Jane C Naviaux, Lin Wang, Kefeng Li, A Taylor Bright, William A Alaynick, Kenneth R Williams, Susan B Powell & Robert K Naviaux (2015). Antipurinergic therapy corrects the autism-like features in the fragile X (Fmr1 knockout) mouse model, Molecular Autism, Other:

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2:05 AM | The path of least resistance
I was glad she never asked if I had done this before. My first nasogastric tube was placed on an elderly woman with chronic liver disease. As her illness worsened, it gradually turned her skin... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:09 AM | Healthcare Triage Answers Your Questions, Part 2 Once again,...
Healthcare Triage Answers Your Questions, Part 2 Once again, John Green joins Aaron Carroll on Healthcare Triage to answer questions submitted by you, the viewers. By: Healthcare Triage.

January 30, 2015

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10:13 PM | MS HSCT
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. The immune system destroys the patient’s own myelin sheath, the protective membrane that surrounds nerve cells, thus disrupting communication with the central nervous system. About 50 percent of patients are unable to walk within 25 years of their diagnosis. Most existing […]
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9:46 PM | Healthcare Triage Answers Your Questions! John Green asks the...
Healthcare Triage Answers Your Questions! John Green asks the questions you submitted, and Dr. Aaron Carroll answers them. Also, great job with the questions. They were really good. By: Healthcare Triage.
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7:20 PM | How Obama Will Spend The $215 Million Pledged To Precision Medicine
In an effort to make the current "one-size-fits-all" approach to medicine a thing of the past, the Obama administration has unveiled details about its Precision Medicine Initiative, an exciting and ambitious approach to personalizing the way we treat an assortment of diseases. Read more...
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3:00 PM | Antivaccine cardiologist Jack Wolfson and the resurrection of false balance about vaccines
Yesterday, I wrote about false balance in reporting on vaccines in the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak. For those who’ve never encountered this blog, what I mean by false balance is when journalists, in a misguided belief that there are “two sides” (i.e., an actual scientific controversy) about the safety of childhood vaccines and…
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1:37 PM | Precision medicine is not precision engineering
From the NYT, a plea for not getting carried away with the vision of 'moonshot medicine' as precision engineering. The op-ed is written by Michael Joyner, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic and takes issue with Obama's precision medicine initiative which he apparently underlined in his state of the union address earlier this month. Obama's proposal is nothing new and has been echoed by proponents since the beginnings of the Human Genome Project. The idea of identifying specific genetic variants in […]
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10:02 AM | Diverse developmental trajectories in early years autism
"Findings confirm the heterogeneous nature of developmental trajectories in ASD [autism spectrum disorder]." That was the bottom line of the study by Peter Szatmari and colleagues [1] (open-access) tracking the developmental trajectory - autistic symptom severity and adaptive functioning - for a sample of "421 newly diagnosed preschool children with ASD 2 to 4 years old." Some accompanying media for the study can be found here.The Szatmari paper is open-access so it doesn't need any […]

Szatmari, P., Georgiades, S., Duku, E., Bennett, T., Bryson, S., Fombonne, E., Mirenda, P., Roberts, W., Smith, I., Vaillancourt, T. & Volden, J. (2015). Developmental Trajectories of Symptom Severity and Adaptive Functioning in an Inception Cohort of Preschool Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2463

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January 29, 2015

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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11:00 AM | False balance about vaccines rises from the grave…again
Imagine, if you will, a time machine capsule going all the way back to the earliest days of this blog, back in 2005 and 2006. Now consider the antivaccine movement, which somehow I became very interested in very early, an interest that continues to this day. Do you remember one theme that I kept hitting…
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9:38 AM | Autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome
I was not surprised to read the findings of the paper from Marie Moore Channell and colleagues [1] (open-access) who "identified patterns of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] symptomatology, measured by the SRS [Social Responsiveness Scale], in individuals with DS [Down syndrome] who do not have comorbid ASD."You're not going Turbo, are you?Harking back to the paper by Georgina Warner and colleagues [2] discussed not-so-long-ago on this blog (see here), the idea that […]

Marie Moore Channell, B Allyson Phillips, Susan J Loveall, Frances A Conners, Paige M Bussanich & Laura Grofer Klinger (2015). Patterns of autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome without comorbid autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Other:

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4:55 AM | Space and stochasticity in evolutionary games
Two of my goals for TheEGG this year are to expand the line up of contributors and to extend the blog into a publicly accessible venue for active debate about preliminary, in-progress, and published projects; a window into the everyday challenges and miracles of research. Toward the first goal, we have new contributions from Jill […]

Durrett, R. & Levin, S. (1994). The Importance of Being Discrete (and Spatial)., Theoretical Population Biology, 46 (3) 363-394. DOI: 10.1006/tpbi.1994.1032

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4:55 AM | Space and stochasticity in evolutionary games
Two of my goals for TheEGG this year are to expand the line up of contributors and to extend the blog into a publicly accessible venue for active debate about preliminary, in-progress, and published projects; a window into the everyday challenges and miracles of research. Toward the first goal, we have new contributions from Jill […]

Durrett, R. & Levin, S. (1994). The Importance of Being Discrete (and Spatial)., Theoretical Population Biology, 46 (3) 363-394. DOI: 10.1006/tpbi.1994.1032

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12:00 AM | Virginia Tressider Reviews Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Review by Virginia Tressider Working Stiff: 2 years, 262 bodies and the making of a medical examiner By Judy Melinek and T J Mitchell Judy’s Blog/Homepage: http://pathologyexpert.blogspot.com.au Judy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/drjudymelinek Maggots start with the eyes. Flies prefer moist places […]

January 28, 2015

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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5:40 PM | Bioethics Is Not About Technology
Bioethics is not about technology. This is a controversial statement, since bioethicists are often invited to comment on new issues at the interface of technology and health. We comment on gene therapy, on big data and medical research, on the use of advanced imaging techniques in the courtroom. But the questions we address are not [...]
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3:53 PM | 15 Rules For Going Off Your Psychiatric Meds
The safest reasons for and ways to go off psychiatric medication.
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