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Spring into physiology: March 26-April 2

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, March 26, 2015
Updated: Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Physiology and you: March 19-26

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, March 19, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Physiology and you: March 19-26

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Nervous system and the senses

Simulator sickness: vertigo in the virtual world

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/03/virtual-nose-may-reduce-simulator-sickness-video-games?et_cid=4482109&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, images from R&D Mag.

Bicarbonate ions increase refresh rate of rod cells

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/see-movement-better-by-bicarb/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150324

Full, free item, links from Sci. Am.

Direct stimulation of neurons using magnetic nanoparticles

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2015/03/magnetic-brain-stimulation?et_cid=4461885&et_rid=54713780&location=top

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

Physiological bits and bytes

Fetal facial movements altered by smoking in moms

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/fetal-facial-movements-demonstrate-effects-of-smoking/81251061/

Complete, free report from GEN

Exercise v bad falls in older females

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2204033

Free abstract from JAMA

Diet

More fiber, more health

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fiber-famished-gut-microbes-linked-to-poor-health1/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20150324

Full, free essay, links from Sci. Am.

Breast feeding and intelligence of offspring

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(15)70002-1/fulltext?utm_source=email&utm_medium=USnewsletter&utm_campaign=breastfeeding

Full, free article, linked citations from Lancet Global Health

FDA finds no problem with GM crops

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/03/fda-approves-genetically-engineered-potatoes-apples?et_cid=4477915&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item from R&D Mag.

What about the sulfites in wine and headaches?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/wine-headache-chances-are-its-not-the-sulfites-1426250886?tesla=y

Complete, free report from The Wall Street J.

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Memory T cells in the skin

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42484/title/T-Cells-of-the-Skin/

Complete, free report, reference from The Scientist

Celiac disease rate increasing

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/18/us-health-race-celiac-gluten-idUSKBN0ME2SY20150318

Full, free essay from Reuters


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Advances in physiology: March 12-19

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, March 13, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Advances in physiology: March 12-19

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Low vaccination rate tied to measles out break

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/disneyland-measles-outbreak-confirmed-to-be-linked-to-low-vaccination-rates/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150318

Complete, free report, links from Sci. Am.

Anti-vaccination person loses suit, must pay 100 K euros

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/03/german-court-orders-vaccination-cynic-pay-virus-proof?et_cid=4465351&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Short, free note from Drug discov. & develop.

Physiological bits and bytes

Weird wired eyes: why?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-purpose-of-our-eyes-strange-wiring-is-unveiled/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150318

Full, free essay, link from Sci. Am.

New discovery about hibernation

http://news.discovery.com/animals/bat-species-warm-sleep-upends-hibernation-concept-150312.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Complete, free report, links from Discovery


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Today's physiology: March 5-12

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, March 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Today's physiology: March 5-12

The empire strikes back: the immune system

How do you make sense out of vaccine skepticism?

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/03/health-officials-perplexed-vaccination-skeptics?et_cid=4445206&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.

When too few are vaccinated

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2015/03/09/how-quickly-would-measles-spread-if-too-few-people-were-vaccinated/

Full, free blog, videos, graph from Sci. Am.

Side-effects from vaccines: few and minor

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-faction-vaccines-are-dangerous/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150306

Full, free essay, links from Sci. Am.

Physiological bits and bytes

Better air, better lung function in SoCal.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414123#t=article

Full, free article, linked citations, video, graphics from New Engl. j. Med.

Salty skin speeds wound healing

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/salty-skin-boosts-mouse-wound-healing/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150304

Free audio file, links from Sci. Am.

Neurobiology

Basal ganglia can talk back to cortex in mice

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/03/synaptic-shortcut?et_cid=4453095&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

Remembering smells--tuning and amplifying

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/03/understanding-how-neurons-shape-memories-smells?et_cid=4457366&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Biosci. Tech.

Obesity and opioid neurotransmitters

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/03/obesity-associated-brains-neurotransmitters?et_cid=4447455&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay, image from Biosci. Tech.

Table of contents from FASEB J.

http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/3.toc

Free abstracts

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Your physiology: Feb. 26-March 5

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, February 26, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Your physiology: Feb. 26-March 5

Thanks to 'net detective Erin O'Loughlin

The empire strikes back: the immune system

How does adaptive immunity develop in humans and mice?

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42270/title/Monitoring-the-Development-of-Adaptive-Immunity/

Complete, free report, reference from The Scientist

Food emulsifiers and gut inflammation in mice

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/emulsifiers-in-food-linked-to-obesity-in-mice/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20150227

Free audio file from Sci. Am.

The need to vaccinate

http://www.bloomingtonsouth.org/?p=8564

Newspaper story

Physiological bits and bytes

What killed Mr. Spock?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-sickness-that-killed-spock-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/?WT.mc_id=SA_HLTH_20150303

Complete, free report, graphic from Sci. Am.

Performing daily tasks and heart attack risk

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/difficulty-with-daily-tasks-predicts-death-for-heart-failure-patients/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150226

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

Glucose tolerance increases with hi intensity exercise

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2173500

Free abstract from Ann. Int. Med.

Aging and death

New mortality predictions thru stress test results

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/03/treadmill-performance-predicts-mortality?et_cid=4441123&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete free report from Biosci. Tech.

Articles on aging process

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42280/title/How-We-Age/

Free liked collection from The Scientist

Nervous and sensory topics

"Reading" the postmortem mind

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/03/mind-readers-scientists-crack-piece-neural-code-learning-and-memory?et_cid=4443366&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report, images from Biosci. Tech.

What color is THAT dress?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/2015/02/27/thatdress/

Full, free blog, images, links from Sci. Am.

Cats rely on vision more than olfaction in food search

http://www.science20.com/news_articles/cats_use_sight_over_smell_when_finding_food-153579

Full, free blog, links from Science 2.0

Humans seeing in infrared

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41961/title/Seeing-Red/

Full, free story from The Scientist


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We need physiology: Feb. 19-26

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, February 20, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We need physiology: Feb. 19-26

The empire strikes back: The immune system

Helper T cells and inflammation

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/02/how-t-cells-cause-inflammation-during-infections?et_cid=4429015&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from R&D Mag.

An inflammatory chemical, obesity and Type II diabetes

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/02/obesity-type-2-diabetes-molecular-link-reveals-potential-therapy?et_cid=4431104&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free story from Drug discov. & develop.

Early peanut exposure and peanut allergy

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1414850#t=article

Full, free article, graphics, linked citations from New Engl. j. Med.

How exercise/fasting limit inflammation

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27001-no-need-to-starve-to-get-fastings-immune-benefits.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.VOeFDdLF_TQ

Complete, free report from New Sci.

Physiological bits and bytes

Oxytocin v drunken staggering

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/02/sobering-effect-love-hormone?et_cid=4431012&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from R&D Mag.


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The new dawn of physiology: Feb. 12-19

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, February 12, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015

The new dawn of physiology: Feb. 12-19

Acknowledging 'net detective Pat Bowne

Diet and the brain

The junk food brain

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/junk-diet-rewires-rat-brains/?WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20150211

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

Marijuana and the munchies in mice

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42188/title/Neuroscience-of-Marijuana-Munchies/

Full, free essay, reference from The Scientist

Other food topics

Around the world in diets

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/food-matters/2015/02/17/the-world-on-a-plate-a-look-at-diets-around-the-globe/

Full, free article, images, link from Sci. Am.

Simple dietary change beneficial

http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2118594

Free abstract from Ann. Int. Med.

Does coconut oil raise cholesterol?

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/know-your-nutrients/how-does-coconut-oil-affect-cholesterol

Complete, free report, links, references from Nutrition Diva

New guidelines on cholesterol intake

http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-BINDER/meeting7/docs/DGAC-Meeting-7-SC-1.pdf

Full, free Dietary Guidelines... to download

Physiological bits and bytes

Seven years of postmenopausal hot flashes for some

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2110996

Free abstract from JAMA Int. Med.

Myxedema

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1403210?query=TOC

Short, free note, images from New Engl. j. Med.

Hemoglobin, chloride, and bicarbonate

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9172390

Free abstract from Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A Physiol.

How hot pepper's capsaicin reduces pain

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42153/title/How-Hot-Peppers-Can-Ease-Pain/

Full, free essay, link to abstract from The Scientist

The empire strikes back: the immune system

B-reg. lymphocytes stimulated by gut bacteria

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/41970/title/B-Cell-Bosses/

Full, free, story, images, link to abstract from The Scientist


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Since you asked: physiology: Feb. 5-12

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, February 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Since you asked: physiology: Feb. 5-12

Thanks to 'net detective Michelle Grimes

Neurobiology

Amazing innate skills: savants

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post/genetic-memory-how-we-know-things-we-never-learned/?WT.mc_id=SA_MB_20150204

Complete, free report, links from Sci. Am.

Low serotonin and social stress in mice

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/02/serotonin-deficient-brains-more-vulnerable-social-stress?et_cid=4408204&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Religion and neuroscience

https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/amc337/category/uncategorized/

Free blog, images from Georgetown U.

Diet and metabolism

Cooked food made these mice heavier

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/02/unlocking-fat?et_cid=4401351&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2015/02/09/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-americas-greatest-health-risk-of-2015/

Complete, free blog, image, link from Sci. Am.

Obesity v fertility

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/02/impact-obesity-fertility-can-be-reversed?et_cid=4408204&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item from Biosci. Tech.

Alcohol

Mortality and moderate alcohol: age cohort analysis

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h384

Complete, free report, charts, linked citations from BMJ

Red wine/grape juice may burn fat off

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/02/another-reason-drink-wine-it-could-help-you-burn-fat?et_cid=4402682&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item from R&D Mag.

The empire strikes back: the immune system

What are some myths about the measles vaccine?

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/02/7-myths-about-measles-vaccine?et_cid=4400801&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

Lecturer criticized for saying vaccines harmful

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/queens-instructor-teaches-that-vaccines-are-harmful-students-say/article22787198/?cmpid=rss1

Full, free newspaper article

Physiological bits and bytes

Blood clot

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/42138/title/Image-of-the-Day--Clot-Capture/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Life expectancy increasing worldwide: why?

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60569-9/fulltext?elsca1=US_newsletter&elsca2=newsletter

Free summary from Lancet


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The best: physiology news: Jan. 29-Feb. 5

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The best: physiology news: Jan. 29-Feb. 5

Thanks this week to 'net detectives A.J. Petto and Tom Lehman

What you eat and drink

Early puberty in girls--sugary drinks to blame?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26868-do-sugary-drinks-trigger-early-puberty-in-girls.html

Complete, free report, links, reference from New Sci.

Healthy diet, lower COPD risk

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h286

Free abstract from BMJ

Compulsive sugar consumption in mice

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/decoding-sugar-addiction?et_cid=4389680&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Biosci. Tech.

Long life

Modern drinking healthy for some

http://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/02/why-moderate-drinking-might-be-healthy-some?et_cid=4394547&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from R&D Mag.

Moderate jogging better than sedentary and vigorous

http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleID=2108914

Free abstract, audio file from J. Am. Col. Cardiol.

Physiological bits and bytes

Face blindness

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/02/face-blindness-predicted-structural-differences-brain?et_cid=4395211&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free item from Biosci. Tech.

Cardiac arrhythmias, Beethoven, and musical masterpieces

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/articles/2015/02/beethoven%E2%80%99s-arrhythmias-likely-inspired-some-his-masterpieces?et_cid=4396876&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Complete, free report, links from Biosic. Tech.

Anesthesia and hypothermia

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hypothermia-found-to-be-common-during-anesthesia-increasing-need-for-transfusion/?WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20150129

Full, free essay from Sci. Am.

The empire strikes back: measles

Measles epidemic hits campuses

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/02/02/measles-outbreak-raises-issues-colleges#disqus_thread

Complete, free report, links from Inside Hi. Ed.

Governor: Parents should have some choice for vaccination

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/02/gops-christie-parents-should-have-choice-vaccinations?et_cid=4394477&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

The politics of vaccination

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/us/politics/measles-proves-delicate-issue-to-gop-field.html?_r=0

Newspaper story, video, graphics

The anti-vaccine crowd

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-disneyland-measles-and-madness.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

Newspaper story

Immunity but mostly no measles

How booster shots help

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/02/how-immune-cells-hone-skills-fight-disease?et_cid=4394593&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from Drug discov. & develop.

Pseudo-allergies to drugs: how does that work?

http://www.dddmag.com/news/2015/02/allergic-drug-reactions-traced-single-protein?et_cid=4397296&et_rid=54713780&type=headline

Full, free essay from Drug discov. & develop.

The immune system: made, not so much born

http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674%2814%2901590-6

Free summary, graphics from Cell

Skin

The sunburned whale

http://news.discovery.com/animals/whales-dolphins/mystery-of-baleen-whales-hearing-may-be-solved-150129.htm

Full, free story, image, video from Discovery



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Modern physiology: Jan 22-29

Posted By David L. Evans, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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.

Metabolism

Glycogen metabolism mystery solved

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2015/01/researchers-solve-metabolic-mystery-lending-insight-lafora-disease?et_cid=4382185&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Complete, free report from Biosci. Tech.

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

Brain inflammation and depression

http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/inflamed-brain-is-a-depressed-brain/81250856/

Complete, free report, images from GEN

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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