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Modern physiology: Jan 22-29

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Updated: 20 minutes ago

Modern physiology: Jan 22-29

Thanks to Volha Minich

Physiological bits and bytes

Why pulling an all nighter does not work

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/why-all-nighters-dont-work?et_cid=4382027&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

How does the circadian clock work?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/clock-genes-how-mammals-tell-time-video/?WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20150126

Full, free essay, video from Sci. Am.

Does drinking milk cause osteoporosis? No.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-milk-bad-for-your-bones/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150121

Full, free audio file from Sci. Am.

IVF mice differ metabolically from others

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25211591

Free abstract from Endocrinology

Muscle cramps

What causes muscle cramps?

http://highfive.co.uk/high5-faster-and-further/cramp

Complete, free report, references from High 5 Sports Nutr.

Types of muscle cramps

http://www.medicinenet.com/muscle_cramps/page3.htm

Short note, links from Medicinenet


Circulation

Hemophilia research in dogs

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-the-fight-against-haemophilia-dogs-are-a-weapon/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20150120

Complete, free report from Sci. Am.

Deep diving mammals and heart arrhythmias

http://news.ucsc.edu/2015/01/dive-response.html

Press release from U. Cal./SC

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Jean Lindemann, co-discoverer of interferon dies

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41985/title/Interferon-Discoverer-Dies/

Full, free obituary, links from The Scientist

Digestive system health and immunity

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/how-immune-system-promotes-digestive-health?et_cid=4378696&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, image from Biosci. Tech.


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Beastly physiology: Jan. 15-22

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 15, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beastly physiology: Jan. 15-22

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Temperature control

Lower nose temperature, colds more likely

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2015/01/red-hot-coverage-study-%E2%80%9Ccold-noses-cause-colds?et_cid=4365166&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Zebra's stripes serve in thermoregulation

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/explanation-why-zebras-have-stripes-just-got-more-complicated-n286246

Complete, free report, graphic from NBC News

Diet

Healthy diet = healthy endothelium

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/early/2014/12/31/jn.114.201236.abstrac

Full, free article, references from J. Nutrit.

Hypothalamus, insulin, leptin, and brown fat conversion

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41912/title/Brain-s-Role-in-Browning-White-Fat/

Full, free essay, links from The Scientist

Metabolic "gridlock" in overeating

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2015/01/21/how-overeating-may-contribute-to-a-metabolic-traffic-jam/

Full, free blog, link to original abstract from Sci. Am.

"Sneaky" foods can add fat

http://dietadvice.about.com/od/dining-out-advice/fl/Hungry-Girl-Chews-amp-Donts-Surprisingly-Fattening-Foods.htm

Complete, free report from About Health

Physiological bits and bytes

Sedentary life-style and mortality

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327

Free abstract of meta-study from Ann. Int. Med.

Predicting health risks based on blood type

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/health/2015/01/19/blood-type-predict-health-risks/21992377/

Short, free item from WTSP

Six heart healthy habits for women

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/6-steps-to-women-s-heart-health/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20150116

Free audio file, link from Sci. Am.

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Pathway for initiating allergic asthma

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/new-cellular-pathway-triggering-allergic-asthma-response-identified?et_cid=4372578&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

Twin study: immune system variation and environment

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/immune-system-variation-is-more-nurture-less-nature/81250816/

Full, free essay from GEN

The boosted helper T cell and immunopathy

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41901/title/Inflammation-Overdrive/

Complete, free report, link to original abstract from The Scientist

Block immune response, stop Type I diabetes in mice

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/scientists-prevent-type-1-diabetes-development-in-mice/81250830/

Full, free item from GEN


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Phinest physiology: Jan. 8-15

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 08, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Phinest physiology: Jan. 8-15

The Empire strikes back: the immune response

Macrophages, inflammation, and control

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/01/cellular-backpacks-attach-white-blood-cells-targeting-inflammation?et_cid=4355045&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Drug discov. & develop.

Chemical helps fight flu virus, part of sleep response too

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/01/scientists-find-brain-protein-aids-influenza-recovery?et_cid=4359172&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from R&D Mag.

Nicotine vaccine

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/01/scientists-design-nicotine-vaccine?et_cid=4361811&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Drug discov. & develop.

Neurophysiology

Facial trauma in a person with Christmas disease

http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2015/bcr-2014-203790.full

Full, free article, linked citations, images from BMJ Case Rep.

Trimming the tree of memory: erasing the useless

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2015/01/human-brain-keeps-memories-tidy-pruning-inaccurate-ones?et_cid=4359172&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, video from Biosci. Tech.

Enjoy exercise? This is the brain area involved

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/A-Brain-Area-Required-for-Exercise-Motivation/biotechniques-353778.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=b6f15dfe42-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-b6f15dfe42-87291326#.VK_-otLF_TQ

Full, free essay, image, reference from BioTechniq.

New insights into mammalian olfaction

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/what-nose-knows?et_cid=4361418&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item from Biosci. Tech.

Better naps, better memory development

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-napping-infants-remember-20150113-story.html

Full, free newspaper story

Physiological bits and bytes

Fact and fallacy: some truth about a few drinks

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/drink-up-discern-fact-from-fiction-for-popular-health-beverages/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20150113

Short, free item from Sci. Am.

Fat chance: what's the news about dietary lipids?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/get-the-new-skinny-on-dietary-fat/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20150113

Complete, free report from Sci. Am.


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About physiology: Jan. 1-8

Posted By David L. Evans, Monday, January 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

About physiology: Jan. 1-8

Physiological bits and bytes

Humans can never see IR light unaided. Right? Wrong

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/human-eye-sometimes-sees-the-unseeable/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150107

Free audio file, link from Sci. Am.

Stress and the immune response

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41708/title/Stress-Fractures/

Complete, free report, image, linked citations from The Scientist

Adipocytes v microbes

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/adipocytes-found-to-produce-antimicrobial-peptides/81250761/

Full, free essay from GEN

Metabolism

Changes in brain metabolism with bipolar disorder

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/metabolic-changes-reveal-brain-differences-bipolar-disorder?et_cid=4352081&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.

Circadian rhythm and the metabolism

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/01/body-clock-protects-metabolic-health?et_cid=4351901&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from R&D Mag.

Diet and weight

Low birth weight predictive of Type II diabetes later

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/study-ids-risk-factors-linking-low-birthweight-diabetes?et_cid=4350385&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, graphic from Biosci. Tech.

Which is the most highly-rated diet?

http://health.usnews.com/best-diet

Full, free essay, links from US News and World Rep.

What do neuropods have to do with eating too much?

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/researchers-map-direct-gut-brain-connection?et_cid=4352081&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, image from Biosci. Tech.

Eating whole grains v mortality

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2087877

Free abstract from JAMA Int. Med.


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Simply the best in physiology news: Dec. 25-Jan. 1

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Simply the best in physiology news: Dec. 25-Jan. 1

Blood

Update your information on hemophilia

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/special-report-the-new-science-of-haemophilia/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_

Complete, free report, links from Sci. Am.

Type AB blood linked to more frequent cognitive decline

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/blood-type-matters-for-brain-health/?WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20141224

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Neurobiology

Exercise v memories

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/39915/title/Exercise-Can-Erase-Memories/

Complete, free report, image, link to original abstract from The Scientist

Reading and the brain

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2014/12/reading-leaves-dramatic-imprint-brain?et_cid=4340158&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

The neuroscience of nostalgia

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/frontiers-for-young-minds/2014/12/23/its-beginning-to-smell-a-lot-like-christmas-the-neuroscience-of-our-nostalgia/

Full, free story, images, references from Sci. Am.

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Physiology phorever: Dec. 18-25

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 19, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Physiology phorever: Dec. 18-25

Explaining the senses

Warm towel, cold floor: why?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-the-floor-feel-cold-when-the-towel-feels-warm/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141218

Free exploration activity from Sci. Am.

Color perception exploration

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/seeing-science-exploring-color-perception-with-the-stroop-effect/?WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20141217

Full, free directions from Sci. Am.

The origins of full color vision in humans

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/evolution-of-humans-full-color-vision-brought-to-light/81250731/

Complete, free report from GEN

Just the brain

High fat diet v brain aging

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/High-Fat-Diet-Slows-Brain-Aging/biotechniques-354970.html#.VJi9TsAg

Full, free essay, reference from BioTechniq.

Bell palsy and migraine

http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2014/12/17/WNL.0000000000001124

Free abstract from Neurology

Imagining exercise to become stronger

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-grow-stronger-without-lifting-weights/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141223

Full, free article, links from Sci. Am.

Long term memories not stored in synapses?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/lost-memories-might-be-able-be-restored?et_cid=4331332&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

Exploring the frontiers of neuroscience

Optical techniques for monitoring and more

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41522/title/Cutting-the-Wire/

Complete, free report, images, links from The Scientist

Want to volunteer: a fatty acid sense in humans?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/citizen-science/fatty-acids-the-6th-taste-denver-colo/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141219

Short, free item from Sci. Am.

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Llama antibodies neutralize HIV

http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.ppat.1004552

Complete, free article, graphics, linked citations, all from PLoS Path.


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The best in physiology news: Dec. 11-18

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 11, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The best in physiology news: Dec. 11-18

Diet, body weight, aging

Diabetes in the overweight: cost in years?

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(14)70229-3/abstract

Free summary from Lancet

Triggering the amygdala and a desire for sugar

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/12/pinpointing-part-brain-triggers-addiction?et_cid=4310743&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report, image from Drug discov. & develop.

Longevity and feeling old

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-feeling-young-lower-risk-of-death-20141215-story.html

Free newspaper story, links

Physiological bits and bytes

Be cautious about conclusions from correlations

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2015/1/what-everyone-should-know-about-statistical-correlation/3

Full, free article, graphic, references from Am. Sci.

What is gout?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-diagnose-and-treat-gout/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141217

Complete, free report, audio file from Sci. Am.

Heat stress

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6313a1.htm?s_cid=ss6313a1_e

Complete, free report, graphics, linked citations from MMWR

Just circulatin'

Ultraviolet light encourages angiogenesis

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/12/researchers-make-blood-vessels-grow-shining-light-skin

Full, free report, image from Science

Nitrites, hemoglobin, and platelets

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/research-confirms-controversial-nitrite-hypothesis?et_cid=4318663&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from R&D Mag.

Pigs help with study of cardiac arrhythmias

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/novel-tool-study-life-threatening-arrhythmias-genetically-engineered-pig?et_cid=4323368&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

Compare and contrast circulations in vertebrates

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/vertebrate-circulatorium?utm_source=BioInteractive+News&utm_campaign=71b60a568e-BioInteractive_News_Vol_3612_9_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_98b2f5c6ba-71b60a568e-69325713

Free interactive from HHMI

The immune system: The empire strikes back

Liberal blood transfusions: no immunosuppression

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62286-8/fulltext

Free summary from Lancet

These synthetics mimic antibodies and help in immunity

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/new-class-synthetic-molecules-mimics-antibodies?et_cid=4322932&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story, image from R&D Mag.

Did that Alzheimer vaccine really fail?

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/12/tackling-one-biggest-questions-dementia-research?et_cid=4318321&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free essay, image from Drug discov. & develop.

Exercise v Alzheimer

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exercise-counteracts-genetic-risk-for-alzheimer-s/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141215

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Autism and brain inflammation

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/brain-inflammation-hallmark-autism?et_cid=4313361&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, image from Biosci. Tech.


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Today's physiology: Dec. 4-11

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, December 04, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Today's physiology: Dec. 4-11

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Blood related

Platelets initiate neutrophil action

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41581/title/Platelets-Fan-Inflammation/

Complete, free report, image from The Scientist

Preeclampsia and autism

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/videos/2014/12/preeclampsia-during-pregnancy-linked-greater-autism-risk?et_cid=4308895&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, video from Biosci. Tech.

Should gay men be allowed to donate blood now?

http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/QuestionsaboutBlood/ucm108186.htm

Full, free Q&A from FDA

Diet and digestion

Leptin is link between obesity and high blood pressure

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/%E2%80%98satiety-hormone%E2%80%99-leptin-links-obesity-high-blood-pressure?et_cid=4302918&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Try to avoid that midnight snack attack

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/another-case-against-midnight-snack?et_cid=4298576&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, images from Biosci. Tech.

Glucose control and ischemic heart disease

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60611-5/fulltext

Free abstract from Lancet

What makes us want to eat glucose?

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/12/scientists-id-brain-mechanism-drives-us-eat-glucose?et_cid=4308895&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

Physiological bits and bytes

Canine olfaction

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-sense-of-smell.html

Complete, free report, images from NOVA

Have you seen this month's FASEB J?

http://www.fasebj.org/content/28/12.cover-expansion

Access to table of contents, free abstracts

Neurophysiology

Why all-nighters impair memory: hippocampal c-AMP

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-355352.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%2526+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=17bf8c9df7-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-17bf8c9df7-87291326#.VIHgKtLF_TQ

Full, free article, references from BioTechniq.

Low serotonin levels and drug addiction

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2014/12/study-shows-serotonin-can-increase-risk-drug-addiction?et_cid=4302326&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Drug discov. & develop.


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Thanks physiology: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Posted By David L. Evans, Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Thanks physiology: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Physiological bits and bytes

Good and good for you: the Mediterranean diet

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6674

Complete, free article, graphics, linked citation from BMJ

Hominid metabolism of ethanol: 10 million years old

http://www.latimes.com/science/la-sci-sn-human-ancestors-alcohol-20141201-story.html

Free newspaper story

Neurophysiology

Copper modulates brain activity at rest

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/12/copper-brain-rest?et_cid=4293448&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, images from R&D Mag.

Does "brain training" make you sharper?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brain-training-doesn-t-make-you-smarter/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20141202

Full, free story, links from Sci. Am.

How does brain damage happen during a stroke?

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/scientists-describe-mechanism-causing-stroke-damage/81250649/

Complete, free report from GEN


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The very best in physiology news: Nov. 20-27

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Updated: Monday, December 01, 2014

The very best in physiology news: Nov. 20-27

Thanks to 'net detectives Karen McMahon and Paul Blumstein

Cardiovascular matters

HDL's cholesterol removal most important

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1409065#t=article

Complete, free article, linked citations, tables from New Engl. j. Med.

Law enforcement, stress and cardiovascular risk

http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6534

Full, free report, video, linked citations, graphics from BMJ

Physiological bits and bytes

Science has a special edition on the skin

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6212.toc

Table of contents

Diabetic with well-controlled glucose: higher mortality

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1408214

Free abstract from New Engl. j. Med.

New FDA rules for calorie count on menus

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/new-fda-rules-will-put-calorie-counts-menus?et_cid=4285395&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

Purple urine

http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2014/bcr-2014-207483.full

Full, free item, image, references from BMJ Case Rep.

Status of HIV in the US: Dx, treatments

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e1125a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e1125a1_e

Complete, free report, graphics, references from MMWR

How Ebola virus causes inflammation

http://www.plospathogens.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.ppat.1004509

Full, free article from PLoS Path.

Neurophysiology

Impacts on hippocampus with late eating in mice

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41464/title/Dangers-of-Eating-During-Sleep-Time/

Complete, free report from The Scientist

Daily clock in tuberomamillary complex of brains of mice

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/spotted-first-evidence-local-clock-brain?et_cid=4266068&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

Stachybotrys mold spores and the brain

http://www.abstractsonline.com/Plan/ViewAbstract.aspx?sKey=a9490c38-27f0-4099-8725-3d7eab5e7989&cKey=fcc53b77-f174-4e09-9d22-ccceb76aee81&mKey=54c85d94-6d69-4b09-afaa-502c0e680ca7

Free abstract from Neuroscience 2014

Matters intestinal

Maternal gut flora in mice encourages brain barrier in pups

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41476/title/Mother-s-Microbes-Protect-Baby-s-Brain/

Complete, free report, links from The Scientist

Blueberries helping night vision? Maybe not so much.

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/11/do-blueberries-really-improve-night-vision?et_cid=4274311&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Short, free item from Biosci. Tech.



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