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TWiV 214: This is your brain on polyomavirus
On episode #214 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Kathy discuss how coagulation factor X binding to adenovirus activates the innate immune system, and a novel polyomavirus associated with brain tumors in raccoons. You can find TWiV #214 at www.twiv.tv.
Source: virology blog - January 6, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology adenovirus chemokine coagulation factor cytokine factor X gene therapy innate immunity malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor polyomavirus sarcoma TLR4 viral Source Type: blogs
I made this Radio 4 documentary on randomised trials on government policy
Here’s a documentary I made for BBC Radio 4 (with producer Rami Tzabar) about evidence based social policy, and why we should do more randomised trials in government. It’s good fun, 40 minutes, with contributions from Dean Karlan (who wrote this book and is behind all these excellent trials on reducing poverty), Prof Sheila Bird, Jonathan Portes [...]
Source: badscience - January 6, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Ben Goldacre Tags: bad science evidence based policy government reports podcast politics Source Type: blogs
Beauty Science Game – January 6
It’s time for our first Beauty Science game of 2013. Everyone loves natural products, right? Which one of these natural ingredients is the REAL beauty science break through? Leave a comment! Covering your eyes with Vitamin K rich Brussels sprouts can reduce dark circles. Crushed worms can be used as a disgusting, but effective, skin moisturizing cream. Frog’s skin is being used to develop a new generation of natural hair colorants. Bee sting venom may be the new Botox because it can tighten skin and reduce wrinkles. The “goo” that helps mussels and barnacles stick together has been used to create...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - January 6, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
Fight Aging! Newsletter, January 7th 2013
Discussion - Latest Headlines from Fight Aging! - Dopamine Receptor Variant Associated With Longevity - UCP1 Extends Longevity Via Hormesis? - TFP5 Shows Promise for Treating Alzheimer's Disease - Does Lichen Age? - A French Interview with Aubrey de Grey - Reduced Frataxin Expression Extends Life in Nematodes - In Search of the Roots of Heat Shock Hormesis - A New Record For Human Male Longevity - Early Growth ...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 6, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Spirit Possession as a Trauma-Related Disorder in Uganda
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has waged a long and brutal campaign to overthrow the government of Uganda. Rape and torture are commonly used tactics. Children are kidnapped and forced to serve as soldiers — children and youth comprise almost 90% of the LRA, according to the UN. These child soldiers experience incredibly high rates of trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress, and depression.A recent study examined the culturally-specific psychological syndrome of spirit possession in this population (Neuner et al., 2012). Although spirit possession is common in many cultures, the phenomenon investigated here is a local v...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs
Notable Books I Read of a Scientific Nature in 2012
After a barren few years for popular science books, I stumbled onto several good ones this year. I first encountered evolutionary psychology about a decade ago in its former incarnation as social biology but was rather put off by it then, when it was rather short on data and long on theorizing, inevitably becoming a mirror for the writer’s political ideology. The field of evolutionary psychology has since progressed in leaps and bounds, and one of the glittering lights of the field is Jonathan Haidt, who also happens to be a gifted writer. His “The Righteous Mind” outlines a persuasive case that there ...
Source: Trapped in the USA - January 5, 2013 Category: Bioinformaticians Authors: bosco Source Type: blogs
Let's have a heated debate - Feb 5th , Conway Hall, London
Event Details PHARMABATE Author, doctor and academic Ben Goldacre accuses the pharmaceutical industry of 'misleading doctors and harming patients' by hiding results of clinical trials. Should transparency be a legal obligation? Where do the regulators stand on this issue? Is the current process morally acceptable or should it be changed? Decide for yourself! Come and hear an informative, balanced and lively debate. Dr Miran Epstein will discuss the disturbing relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and research ethics and explain how they can be fixed. Industry leader Chris Walker will explain how t...
Source: PharmaGossip - January 5, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs
Job Posting: Associate Director, Translational Medicine
Associate Director, Translational Medicine Regeneron - Tarrytown, NY 10591 Job Summary and Essential Functions: If you are looking for an uncommon opportunity -- a chance to join an organization known for its scientific excellence in the research and development of pharmaceuticals -- it's time to consider Regeneron. Regeneron is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron markets three products in the United States, EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection, ZALTRAP® (ziv-aflibercept) Inje...
Source: Non-Clinical Physician Jobs, Careers, and Opportunities - January 5, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Joseph Kim, MD, MPH Source Type: blogs
Dr. Chapman Q&A Transcript: Best Brain Health Fitness Tip? “Never let status quo be an option”
Here’s the lightly edited transcript of the January 4th online Q&A session with Dr. Sandra Chapman, Director of the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas and author of the new book Make Your Brain Smarter (Free Press; January 2013). Enjoy! 1:59 AlvaroF: You can start writing questions so we have a few to choose from as we start in a couple of minutes. Thank you! 2:03 AlvaroF: Just one second and we’ll be ready. Already getting great questions! 2:05 AlvaroF: Let me first thank Dr. Sandra Chapman for being with us today. She was one of the best speakers at our 2012 Summit, and since then we wanted to share her researc...
Source: SharpBrains - January 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain brain drain Brain-Fitness Brain-health brain-injury Brain-Training brainomics brainpower Breathing cognitive resilience healthcare mental edge Mindfulness-Tr Source Type: blogs
Animal Pak Bodybuilding
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Source: Cosmic Watercooler - January 4, 2013 Category: Nurses Tags: Pak Bodybuilding Animal Source Type: blogs
Anti-GMO. Until This Week.
I wanted to take a moment to highlight this speech, given recently by environmentalist and anti-genetically modified organism activist Mark Lynas. Let's make that former anti-GMO activist. As the speech makes clear, he's had a completely change of heart: I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment. As an environmentalist, and some...
Source: In the Pipeline - January 4, 2013 Category: Chemists Tags: Current Events Source Type: blogs
Nature Extra: Saving Science
When a large research project ends, what happens to the informal letters and emails that led up to the final paper? Archivist Jenny Shaw and science writer Georgina Ferry argue that we should be preserving these documents.
Source: Nature Podcast - January 4, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Nature Publishing Group Source Type: blogs
What Monkeys Teach Us About Social Media
A social media platform like Twitter is a kind of social science laboratory that can be sliced in various ways. (For some serious social media slicing and dicing, check out the work of my friend Dan Zarrella.) Traditional community dynamics apply – there are high-status individuals who have legions of followers and wield considerable influence, [...]
Source: Neuromarketing - January 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Roger Dooley Tags: Neuromarketing Neuroscience Research Social Media duke university monkeys social rewards Source Type: blogs
Real-Time PCR in Food Science book available very soon
The new book on Real-Time PCR in Food Science edited by David Rodríguez-Lázaro will be available for dispatch within the next 2 or 3 weeks read more ...Real-Time PCR in Food Science: Current Technology and ApplicationsEdited by: David Rodríguez-LázaroISBN: 978-1-908230-15-7Publisher: Caister Academic PressPublication Date: January 2013Cover: hardback read more ...
Source: Microbiology Blog: The weblog for microbiologists. - January 4, 2013 Category: Microbiology Tags: Microbiology publications Bacteriology publications Molecular Biology publications PCR Applications PCR publications PCR Technology PCR Troubleshooting Real-Time PCR Source Type: blogs
Science Fraud and Legal Action
There have been occasional links here in the comments to Science-Fraud.org, although I'm not sure if I ever linked them directly or not. Note the use of the past tense: as detailed here at Retraction Watch, the site has suddenly gone (mostly) dark under threats of legal action. Nothing appears on the Wayback Machine at archive.org, either. I'm not all that surprised. I've said unkind things about people and organizations on this blog, but Science Fraud seemed to have that pedal pushed down to the floor the entire time. And while I've had threats of legal action, I think that I've managed to stay just this side of defamati...
Source: In the Pipeline - January 4, 2013 Category: Chemists Tags: The Scientific Literature Source Type: blogs
Up And Down The Ladder… Job Changes
Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us and we’ll share with it others. That’s right. Send us your announcements and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going, especially with all the layoffs. Despite the downsizing, there is movement. Here are some of the latest changes. Recognize anyone? And here is our regular feature. Send us a photo and we will spotlight a different person each week. This time around, we note that Coronado Biosciences hired Harlan Weisman, who was already a director at t...
Source: Pharmalot - January 4, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: Ed Silverman Tags: Uncategorized Alexza Pharmaceuticals AMAG Pharmaceuticals armagen technologies Blend Therapeutics Coronado Biosciences Eli Lilly National Quality forum NewLink Genetics OvaScience Sanofi SciFluor Life Sciences Trimel Pharmaceutical Source Type: blogs
In case you missed them - 10 of the best psychology links from the past week (or so): 1. Atlantic published a truly dazzling long-form feature about anaesthesia and consciousness, including instances when people wake during surgery, and the on-going attempts to build a machine that can somehow measure the level of a person's awareness (their consciousness). (see also). 2. Bang in the middle of the Xmas and New Year festivities, BBC Radio Four broadcast a timely special edition of its Thinking Allowed programme all about intoxication (now on iPlayer). 3. It's never too late to learn a new skill, says Gary ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - January 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs
Science for Kids: Explorit in #DavisCA
Had a great time yesterday with my kids at the Explorit museum in Davis, CA. Some pics and vids are below Cichlids at entrance Really nice dissecting scope / viewing scope with video monitor: Dissecting scope Lots of good displays on agriculture which is a good think in and around the Central Valley Why are fertilizers important? Are all soils the same? Agricultural space More activities Really nice activity making a bracelet that reflected where water goes in the environment. Awesome game on water flow Really helpful staff Sifting seeds in water or not water Snake ... Checking out the python ...
Source: The Tree of Life - January 4, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
The gender bias of science faculty
If you were a science professor, and you received two equally strong applications for the position of laboratory manager, one from a female, one from a male, which one would you pick? The answer might surprise you. It is well known that women are underrepresented in many fields of science. Whether or not this disparity is a result of gender bias by science faculty has not been investigated. To answer this question, a randomized, double-blind study was conducted in which science faculty from research universities were asked to rate the application of a male or female student for a laboratory manager position. Identical ap...
Source: virology blog - January 3, 2013 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Information discrimination female jo handlesman professor science subtle gender bias underrepresentation Source Type: blogs
More on the Alignment of Hospital Physicians with Hospital Executives
I posted as note yesterday about the potential schism between hospital physicians and executives with the former more focused on the quality of patient care and the latter more on the financial side of the equation (see: Physicians Cautioned about Divided Loyalty between Patients and Hospitals). Pathologist John Spinosa responded to my note that was copied to Facebook by suggesting that the consideration of agency theory might be useful in this discussion. Here's a brief definition of this term from the Wikipedia: In political science and economics, the principal–agent problem or agency dilemma conc...
Source: Lab Soft News - January 3, 2013 Category: Pathologists Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Healthcare Business Healthcare Delivery Hospital Executive Management Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery Medical Consumerism Medical Education Source Type: blogs
NIH Summit on the Science of Eliminating Disparities
Just before the holidays, the National Institutes of Health hosted the 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Disparities, convening a series of discussions on innovative solutions building on the national momentum to address the social determinants of health. Throughout the three-day event, panelists and speakers offered lists of victories to celebrate the changing atmosphere as the nation unites to eliminate health disparities. Former Congressman Louis Stokes was honored with the dedication of his official portrait for the Stokes Laboratories at the NIH. Speakers ranged from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the Natio...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - January 3, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Disparities Events Data HHS NIH Source Type: blogs
New year, new science
Nature New year, new science: Stem-cell trials to Magical materials Richard Van Noorden
Source: Organometallic Current - January 3, 2013 Category: Chemists Tags: news Source Type: blogs
Science for Kids: Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA
Had a relatively nice trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science in the Berkeley hills last week with my kids. The new math exhibit was less than ideal (complicated instructions for many things, not exceptionally friendly to my five year old) but the rest was pretty nice. I am going to try to post more and more about science for kids in the future. I was inspired a bit by getting some press coverage for being a geeky dad recently (e.g., see The Sexiest Geek Dads in the Galaxy - Io9 the New York Times had a bit about what science toys scientists used as kids and somehow I was included: These Were a Few of ...
Source: The Tree of Life - January 3, 2013 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Cycling Wednesday: New Year’s resolution
It’s January 2nd. It’s past time for resolve. Since one of the themes of this blog is healthy living through good choices, it would seem self-evident that I would resolve to eat better, rest more and exercise smarter. Given my slow-twitch make-up, smarter exercise means more strength and flexibility work. These would be the easy resolutions. They would, however, be completely devoid of nuance. I aim for more nuance. Like cowbells. A slightly more subtle resolution would be to live more in the moment. The present is where it’s at. Be the moment. The burn terminates the arrhythmia; the middle-aged cyclist m...
Source: Dr John M - January 3, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs
"When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them"
Recently Posted to SSRN: "When the Shrinks Ignore Science, Sue Them" Chapman University Law Research Paper No. 12-11 RICHARD E. REDDING, Chapman University - School of Law JAMES D. HERBERT, Drexel University - College of Arts & Sciences A sizable...
Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog - January 2, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: NELB Staff Tags: Books Source Type: blogs
Another New Year Without a Cure
2012 has ended and there is no cure for MS yet in the books. That does not mean that I am not hopeful for the progress that is to be made. I am encouraged by some of the research upon which we reported this past few months. Not all of the research was “positive”, but even research that seems to debunk theories is research in a positive direction; in my opinion. As Caryn set up Skype accounts and we spent the holidays video chatting with family and friends, I was reminded as to how quickly science fiction can become science fact. Dr James Bowen said in my interview with him last month that while there are a number of g...
Source: Life with MS - January 2, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Authors: admin Tags: New Year holidays multiple sclerosis cure Source Type: blogs
Article: Tracy Packiam Alloway: working memory is a better test of ability than IQ
Tracy Packiam Alloway: working memory is a better test of ability than IQhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/16/tracy-packiam-alloway-working-memorySent via Flipboard*****************************************Kevin McGrew, Phd.Educational PsychologistInstitute for Applied PsychometricsDirector IAPwww.themindhub.com*****************************************
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - January 2, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs
Disgusted people have enhanced ability to spot dirt
The cool, calm extravert - that's the emotional profile that our culture puts on a pedestal. Prudes, introverts and scaredy-cats just aren't fashionable. Yet there's mounting psychological research showing that unpopular emotional traits often come with advantages. The anxiously attached are quicker to detect danger, such as smoke in a room; those with trait anxiety have fewer accidents; introverts speak in a way that's perceived as more trustworthy. Now Gary Sherman and his colleagues have published research showing how prudish disgust-sensitivity is associated with a superior ability to detect impurities. Over one...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - January 2, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs
Amen to this: But now one of the nation’s premier medical schools, New York University, and a few others around the United States are challenging that equation by offering a small percentage of students the chance to finish early, in three years instead of the traditional four. Administrators at N.Y.U. say they can make the change without compromising quality, by eliminating redundancies in their science curriculum, getting students into clinical training more quickly and adding some extra class time in the summer. Not only, they say, will those doctors be able to hang out their shingles to practice earlier, but t...
Source: Buckeye Surgeon - January 2, 2013 Category: Surgeons Authors: Buckeye Surgeon Source Type: blogs
Trust and Reciprocity Situations Promote Social Common Goods
In the emerging field of tax psychology, the focus on regulation and overcoming tax evasion recently shifted towards searching for situational cues that elicit common goals compliance. Following this innovative behavioral economics quest, Situationist Contributor Julia M. Puaschunder found evidence (download paper here) for trust and reciprocity steering social common goods contributions. In experiments at the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, the same participants played an economic trust game followed by a common goods game. The more trust and reciprocity were practiced and experienced by player duos, the stronger th...
Source: The Situationist - January 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Situationist Staff Tags: Abstracts Altruism Choice Myth Environment Situationist Contributors Source Type: blogs
What is Empathy?
From Dictionary.com: Empathy: the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. The other day in my favorite bookstore, I came upon a paperback by Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, The Science of Evil. I have not read the book, but in the New York Times Book Review in June of 2011, Katherine Bouton writes: “The Science of Evil, by Simon Baron-Cohen, seems likely to antagonize the victims of evil, the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder…” Baron-Cohen is in some ways the Bettelheim of the Modern Autism Era (1989-present) because he is the ...
Source: Susan's Blog - January 1, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Susan Senator Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Hydroxatone Luminique Facial Brightener: in the Beauty Brains Bathroom
Skin lightening products are always controversial because it’s so hard to say if they really work or not. It takes months of usage to see if there truly is any change in skin pigmentation. So all we can really go by is the science of the ingredients that the products use. In the case of Luminuque, that science is an ingredient called Diacetyl Boldine, an extract from the Chilean Boldo tree. You don’t see this used in very many skin lighteners and I could find no data published in peer-reviewed journals to show how it works. However, there does appear to be at least one, small study conducted by the manufacturer...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - January 1, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
Happy New Year 2013!
To all of our Psych Central readers, I wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is a good year for you, your family and your friends. I hope the universe makes some of your dreams come true this year, and that you’re successful in overcoming some of your own challenges. And may your year be full of the things that bring you happiness in your life — whether it be family, success, a new job, relief from pain, or some combination of all of the above. We here at Psych Central wish you a very prosperous one in whatever you do. And if you need a little help with your resolutions or making the most of your New Ye...
Source: World of Psychology - January 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, PsyD Tags: General New Year's Bad Rap Behavior Change Family Success Good Year Gratitude Happy New Year Joy And Happiness Latest Blog Entries Mindset Momentum Neuroscience New Job Positive Psychology Possibility Thinking Quality Time Source Type: blogs
Happy New Year from the Beauty Brains
No questions and answers today. No beauty science news. Just a great big THANK YOU to all of the great people in the Beauty Brains community. Whether you’re an active commentator, forum poster, RSS feed reader, emailer, newsletter subscriber, or FaceBook fan, thank you for making the Beauty Brains a joy to work on each day. Just a great big THANK YOU to all of the great people in the Beauty Brains community. Whether you’re an active commentator, forum poster, RSS feed reader, emailer, newsletter subscriber, or FaceBook fan, thank you for making the Beauty Brains a joy to work on each day. Happy New Year everyone! Image...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - January 1, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
Professional and Scholarly Concern About the Science Behind the DSM5
Although Frank Farley makes his comments about the DSM5 and the state of academic psychology in a CBS interview in an understated, diplomatic manner the comments should give reason to pause for anyone interested in autism and other psychology issues given his former status as American Psychological Association president: "Frank Farley, a Temple University psychologist and former president of the American Psychological Association, agreed that a significant number of professionals and scholars were skeptical about the science that went into the DSM-5. Looking to 2013, an international movement has arisen...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - January 1, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Autism Reality NB Source Type: blogs
Ending aging in the Shteyngart of Eden: Biogerontological discourse in a Super Sad True Love Story
From the annals of people who truly have either too much time on their hands or the golden touch when it comes to writing grant applications, I give you this gem. Interestingly, the ScienceDirect system where the paper is hosted seems a little faulty: while the paper is not open access, if you click on one of the links for the full paper and then click on the abstract link on the paywall page, it will in fact show you the full paper. Web development is hard, sad to say, and you rarely get all of what you'd like to think that you paid for. In this case, there are fringe benefits for the rest of us, however. So take advantag...
Source: Fight Aging! - January 1, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Reason Tags: Healthy Life Extension Community Source Type: blogs
12 Favourite Mental Health Videos of 2012
At year’s end, it’s a tradition for blogs to post a list of their most popular posts of the year. I thought I’d shake things up a bit and rather than create a list based on page views, share my personal favourites featured here in 2012. Some were very popular, and some were a bit overlooked. It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy the familiar titles, and discover great videos you may have missed the first time around. 1. U Can Cope – An inspiring short film for those who are feeling suicidal, featuring people in recovery from depression discussing what helped them as well as info and advice from...
Source: Channel N - December 31, 2012 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All General brain list neuroscience psychology video Source Type: blogs
2012 a busy year, some highlights
My wife told me that publishing this would be like sending out one of those braggardly “family newsletters” to one’s friends, but I wanted to round off the blog for 2012 by posting a few memories from the year…is that so bad? I even blogged about not posting it. Anyway, it’s New Year’s Eve, no one will be reading this. I also just ported my snaps from Instagram to my Flickr account and those photos should ask as personal mementos for what has been a rather busy year for us with several highlights and several lows (which I’m not going to list here, you’ll be pleased to learn)....
Source: Sciencebase Science Blog - December 31, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: David Bradley Tags: Science 2012 busy highlights year Source Type: blogs
Dementia in general...
Dementia in general, and Alzheimer's disease in particular, count among the most frightening prospects of our senescence. My patients routinely convey this worry to me. I'm right there with them. And most of us know—first hand, through our social networks, or via media portrayals—how devastating it is for patient and family alike to deal with a condition that leaves intact the appearance of health, while destroying its inner essence. And so most people are eager to know what they can do prevent dementia. There is abiding interest in brain-specific "superfoods," cognition-enhancing supplements, and pharmacotherapeutic ...
Source: Aging with Grace CareConnection - December 31, 2012 Category: Caregivers Source Type: blogs
Warmest Year on Record in the U.S.
Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a weekly feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” When the book closes on the year 2012, it will go down as the warmest year in the National Climatic Data Center’s (NCDC) history for the contiguous U.S.—a history that goes back to 1895. And quite a warm year it was, topping the old record held by 1998 by about 1°F—a sizeable margin of victory. In the ch...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 31, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Source Type: blogs
Academic cowardise and medical obfuscation !
This world is not perfect .Every one is aware of this fact. Medical men are not “Demi Gods” . What is published in medical literature is at best an abstract thinking of an unfinished agenda .Still public think science is . . . what doctors say ! This sounding board article (Now we rarely get to see ) from NEJM way back in 1975 tells us a shocking revelation politely . Now, 40 years after , the importance of such article has grown many fold as we are witnessing every day breaking scientific story with absolute academic cowardice ! We expect more such face bashing articles from NEJM...
Source: Dr.S.Venkatesan MD - December 31, 2012 Category: Cardiology Authors: drsvenkatesan Tags: cardiology journals cardiology-ethics Cardiology-Land mark studies academic cowardice data manipulation' data torturin fraud in medical research intentional mis communication medcial ethics medical cowardice medical obsfuscation Source Type: blogs
Favorite Beauty Science Stories of 2012
We’ve recapped the most popular blog posts and Forum entries of the year but in case you’re curious, here are the Beauty Brains personal favorite beauty science stories of 2012: (Presented in David Letterman Top 10 Countdown style!) #10 Does the bird poop facial really work? #9 New hair repair technology really works #8 What happens when you mix sunscreens? #7 Safe or paranoid? #6 Did you know these 14 cosmetics are really drugs? #5 Do mole removing products really work? #4 Who else is sick of chemical free products? #3 Do beauty companies think we’re stupid? #2 Lipstick in lead: follow up study And the...
Source: thebeautybrains.com - December 31, 2012 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: thebeautybrains Tags: Questions Source Type: blogs
RIP Carl Woese: Collecting posts / notes / other information about my main science hero here
My tribute to Carl Woese 12/30/12 Sadly, Carl Woese has passed away. I am collecting some links and posts about him here in his memory. He was without a doubt the person who most influenced my career as a scientist. News stories about Woese's passing Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette Visionary UI biologist Carl Woese, 84, dies U. of I. News: Renowned microbiologist Carl R. Woese dies at age 84 University professor of microbiology dies at 84 years old Chicago Sun Times: Revolutionary U of I biologist Carl R. Woese dies NY Times: Carl Woese Dies at 84; Discovered Life's 'Third Domain' Wired: C...
Source: The Tree of Life - December 31, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Rita Levi-Montalcini, growth factor pioneer
Yesterday, the scientific community lost another of its great people, Rita Levi-Montalcini.In The Human Body in Health & Disease and Structure & Function of the Body, I wrote this about Levi-Montalcini:Rita Levi-Montalcini had just finished a medical degree in her native Italy when in 1938 the Fascist government under Mussolini barred all “non-Aryans” from working in academic and professional careers. Being Jewish, Levi-Montalcini was forced to move to Belgium to work. But when Belgium was about to be invaded by the Nazis, she decided to return home to Italy and work in secret. Her home laboratory was very crud...
Source: The A and P Professor - December 31, 2012 Category: Professors and Educators Authors: Kevin Patton Source Type: blogs
RIP Carl Woese: Collecting posts / notes / other information about my main science here
My tribute to Carl Woese 12/30/12 Sadly, Carl Woese has passed away. I am collecting some links and posts about him here in his memory. He was without a doubt the person who most influenced my career as a scientist. News stories about Woese's passing Visionary UI biologist Carl Woese, 84, dies U. of I. News: Renowned microbiologist Carl R. Woese dies at age 84 University professor of microbiology dies at 84 years old Some of my posts about Woese April 2010 Most important paper ever in microbiology? Woese & Fox, 1977, discovery of archaea October 2010: Here's hoping molecular classification/s...
Source: The Tree of Life - December 31, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Best email I have ever received - from Carl Woese 10/29/2011
Best email I have EVER received, without a doubt. From: Carl Woese <email@example.com> Subject: hello Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 19:53:08 -0500 To: Jonathan Eisen <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dear Jonathan, I've just had my first taste of your Tree of Life web site. You do science a great service with this. Keep it up. Best, Carl W. I wrote back From: Jonathan Eisen <email@example.com> Subject: Re: hello Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 18:00:00 -0700 To: Carl Woese <firstname.lastname@example.org> You made my year with this Thanks Jonathan http://twitter.com/phylogenomics He returned wit...
Source: The Tree of Life - December 31, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Jonathan Eisen Source Type: blogs
Twenty Academic Industry Alliances of 2012
Over the past few years, we have written about the critical partnerships that the pharmaceutical and medical device industries have created with academic medical centers and medical schools. Most recently, we wrote about a partnership between Novartis and the University of Pennsylvania to bring to market a new approach to fighting cancer that has shown promising results in early trials. Previously, we wrote about a new drug research collaboration was announced between pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the University of California San Diego, which could deliver up to $50 million to local scientists over the next five years...
Source: Policy and Medicine - December 31, 2012 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
2013 what predictions? Eh Sherpa
Ok. I just put this here because I like Andrew Dice Clay. Here's my take. Let's look at what happened in 2012 and my predictions.Here's what I said1. In regards to DTC Genetics, the FDA won't shut you down if you are google.But you will have to give your test away for free to build your databaseIf 99 dollars isn't giving it away, I have no clue what is2. In regards to Pharmacogenomic testing, most doctors won't use the service despite studies showing utility that have existed for 2 years.They still didn't in 2012.3. In regards to GWAS predisposition testing, it is mostly useless. It doesn't scare or hea...
Source: Gene Sherpas: Personalized Medicine and You - December 30, 2012 Category: Geneticists and Genetics Commentators Source Type: blogs
TWiV 213: Not bad for a hobby
On the final episode of the year of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team reviews twelve cool virology stories from 2012. You can find TWiV #213 at www.twiv.tv.
Source: virology blog - December 30, 2012 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: This Week in Virology accordion avian influenza CFS ebolavirus epidemiology H5N1 hepatitis b virus herpesvirus measles NEIDL placenta polio poliovirus polydnavirus poxvirus prostate cancer research viral virus hunters Source Type: blogs
Danish postdoc fellowship in art and biosciences
Here at Medical Museion we’re interested in hosting future recipients of the recently announced Mads Øvlisen postdoc fellowship in art and biosciences. Beginning in 2013, the Novo Nordisk Foundation awards a 2-year postdoc fellowship in art and biosciences, aimed at giving “outstanding younger researchers the possibility, as part of their research career, to conduct larger high-quality research projects, and through that yield a significant contribution to art-related research in Denmark”. The total award is 1 mill. for salary and operational expenses. The Foundation is looking for applicants “whos...
Source: Biomedicine on Display - December 30, 2012 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Thomas Söderqvist Tags: art and biomed art and science jobs/grants Source Type: blogs