Shame, Scandal Plague Healthcare Providers In 2018
Another year, another set of scandals making headlines in American medicine. Dr. Robert Pearl shares his cure for conflicts of interest. (Source: Healthcare News)
Source: Healthcare News - December 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Pearl, M.D., Contributor Source Type: news

Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted
More than 30 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MiMedx accounting firm quits
The troubles at MiMedx (NSDQ:MDXG) continued last week with the resignation of the accounting firm tapped to audit its books in the wake of a financial scandal. Marietta, Ga.-based MiMedx last July ousted ex-CEO Parker Petit and president & COO William Taylor amid a board-directed independent investigation that had already prompted the departure of CFO Michael Senken and treasurer John Cranston in June. At the time, MiMedx said it would restate all of its earnings reports going back to 2012 and was cooperating with U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and Justice Dept. investigations into ...
Source: Mass Device - December 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Regenerative Medicine Wall Street Beat MiMedx Group Inc. Source Type: news

How to check your medical records for dangerous errors
In the worst-case scenario, an incorrect diagnosis, scan or lab result may have been inserted into a record, raising the possibility of inappropriate medical evaluation or treatment. (Source: - Health)
Source: - Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Predicting leaky heart valves with 3D printing
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Researchers at the Wyss Institute have created a novel 3D printing workflow that allows cardiologists to evaluate how different valve sizes will interact with each patient's unique anatomy, before the medical procedure is actually performed. This protocol uses CT scan data to produce physical models of individual patients' aortic valves, in addition to a 'sizer' device to determine the perfect replacement valve size. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What are Some of the Causes of SGA?
Discussion Intrauterine growth retardation or fetal growth retardation is due to a pathological process that causes decelerated fetal growth velocity. Small-for-gestational age (SGA) is an infant with growth parameters below the normal range for gestational age. More commonly, SGA is defined as a birth weight
Source: - December 10, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Laugh in the Face of Anxiety
Anxiety occasionally visits us all. When we give an important presentation, take a test, go on a first date or walk down a dark alley our minds and bodies naturally respond by going on high alert and attuning to the potential dangers and risks of these endeavors. A healthy amount of anxiety prevents us from falling victim to those dangers and risks. Choosing not to go down that dark alley could be a life-saving response. But an excessive amount of anxiety can increase our risk of suffering negative consequences. The millions of people who suffer from social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder...
Source: Psych Central - December 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Nichole Force, M.A. Tags: Anxiety Creativity Amygdala Humor Laughter Neuroscience Source Type: news

Vicky Phelan: The woman who exposed an Irish health scandal
Vicky Phelan exposed a health scandal in Ireland after discovering her smear test for cervical cancer had been misread. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PET tracers help guide breast cancer therapies
PET imaging tracers that track breast cancer enzymes could help guide treatment...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: SNMMI: Fluciclovine-PET changes prostate treatment Mammi-PET finds tiny breast lesions -- but could improve Fused MRI and PET improve specificity of breast MRI PEM performs well against breast MRI, whole-body PET NCPIC to provide PET breast scans for uninsured (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Planmed gets FDA clearance for new Verity CBCT features
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the latest features...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Health Canada clears Planmed's Clarity systems Planmed adds features to its Verity CBCT scanner FDA clears Planmed's 2D digital mammography system FDA clears Planmed's Verity for maxillofacial imaging Planmed inks Verity distribution pact (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

PET shows efficacy of tuberculosis meningitis drug
With the help of PET scans, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine are gathering...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Cardiac PET helps assess revascularization benefits PET/CT key to NIH's tuberculosis research plan PET technique could aid diabetic therapy monitoring Novel PET tracer shows promise for neuroendocrine tumors Can AI accurately diagnose tuberculosis from chest x-rays? (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Global Differences in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Reporting
Conclusion Large disparities exist surrounding OHCA patients among three different high-income countries. In addition to this, there are significant gaps in capturing, reporting, sharing and analyzing OHCA data across regional and national borders. Uniformity of reporting standards continue to hinder the epidemiological evidence base for OHCA. Much about OHCA epidemiology is still unknown in many regions of the world, including countries with regional OHCA surveillance in place. These findings present considerable challenges not only nationally, but globally for evaluating the global burden of out-of-hospital cardiac arres...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Schulz, MS, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

PET scans improve tuberculosis meningitis treatments
Doctors use rifampin to treat patients with TB, but too often the drug doesn't reach its intended target. Now, researchers say PET scans could help determine if it is doing what it's supposed to. (Source: Health News -
Source: Health News - - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spectrum Dynamics files lawsuit against GE
Molecular imaging technology developer Spectrum Dynamics has filed a lawsuit...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: GE partners with VA Puget Sound on 3D imaging New AI platform, CT scanner pace GE launches at RSNA 2018 GE completes gamma camera recall after detector issue FDA clears Spectrum's SPECT/CT scanner Spectrum Dynamics rolls out new software Spectrum ships D-SPECT with new CZT modules (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 6, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Spectrum Dynamics sues GE for trade theft
Spectrum Dynamics said that it filed lawsuit today accusing GE (NYSE:GE) of trade theft and misappropriation of intellectual property over the patents covering its Veriton nuclear medicine device. The New York City-based company said the suit alleges that the industrial conglomerate “deliberately, repeatedly and with fraudulent intent” misappropriated Spectrum’s technology and know-how concerning its Veriton single-photon-emission computed tomography device. “The patents that GE filed relating to the technology and design of what would become the Spectrum Dynamics Veriton are based directl...
Source: Mass Device - December 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Imaging Legal News Spectrum Dynamics Source Type: news

Occult bowel injury after blunt abdominal trauma - Loftus TJ, Morrow ML, Lottenberg L, Rosenthal MD, Croft CA, Smith RS, Moore FA, Brakenridge SC, Borrego R, Efron PA, Mohr AM.
BACKGROUND: Following blunt abdominal trauma, bowel injuries are often missed on admission computed tomography (CT) scan. METHODS: Multicenter retrospective analysis of 176 adults with moderate-critical blunt abdominal trauma and admission CT scan ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

PET scans to optimize tuberculosis meningitis treatments and personalize care, study finds
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Although relatively rare in the United States, and accounting for fewer than 5 percent of tuberculosis cases worldwide, TB of the brain -- or tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) -- is often deadly, always hard to treat, and a particular threat to young children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Books for budding scientists
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Source: ScienceNOW - December 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Ash, C., Stajic, J., Lavine, M. S., Scanlon, S., Ucko, H. N., Ucko, S. N., Nusinovich, Y., Vignieri, S. N., Rai, T., Sills, J., Mao, S., Vignieri, S. N., Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink, J., Sills, J., Lavine, M. S., Lavine, M. S., Grocholski, B., Funk, M., Kmec, L Tags: books Source Type: news

Subtle Medical wins FDA nod, CE Mark for SubtlePet AI-powered imaging system
Medical imaging tech developer Subtle Medical said today that it won both CE Mark approval in the European Union and FDA 510(k) clearance for its SubtlePET artificial-intelligence-powered positron emission topography imaging enhancement system. The SubtlePET system is designed to enhance images and reduce scanning times to improve overall patient experience during imaging procedures, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company said. “Focusing Subtle Medical’s SubtlePET AI platform on faster image acquisition, we have been able to dramatically increase PET scan efficiency and provide a superior patient experience. Subt...
Source: Mass Device - December 5, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Regulatory/Compliance subtlemedical Source Type: news

Scans, Ultrasound Spot Zika Brain Defects
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Ultrasounds and MRIs during pregnancy and after birth can detect most Zika-related brain abnormalities in infants, researchers report. If a woman is infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy, her child can be born with... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - December 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Motion correction technique aids PET thoracic imaging
To combat poor image results from patient motion in cardiac PET scans, researchers...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Delayed NaF-PET enhances coronary plaque detection Can deep learning monitor lesions on F-18 NaF PET/CT? CMS again declines coverage for NaF-PET scans ACNM endorses end of CED for NaF-PET (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 5, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

NIH wraps up enrollment for adolescent brain study
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has finished enrollment for its...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: NIH seeks partner for UpRite chest x-ray marker NIH taps photonics researcher as new NIBIB director NIH unveils cloud computing research initiative NIH issues huge database of CT scans for AI testing Adolescent brain study begins enrollment (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 5, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news launches section for children
The RSNA and the American College of Radiology (ACR) have added a new section...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Patients want more imaging info -- and before their exams Education enlightens patients to radiologist's role Can radiologists make reports simpler for patients? How well is radiology using YouTube to educate patients? ABRF: What do patients really want to know before their scan? (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 5, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Revolutionary technology pinpoints biopsies to detect prostate cancer
(University College London) Medical software developed at UCL that overlays tumour information from MRI scans onto ultrasound images can help guide surgeons conducting biopsies and improve prostate cancer detection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

New PET tracer identified for imaging Tau in Alzheimer's disease patients
(Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging) Tau tangles in the brain are markers of Alzheimer's disease and are also potential therapy targets. A study featured in the December issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine reports on the identification of a promising second-generation positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for imaging and measuring tau pathology, contributing to understanding of Alzheimer's and related dementias. The new research featured in the December 2018 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Motor imagery and mental fatigue: inter-relationship and EEG based estimation - Talukdar U, Hazarika SM, Gan JQ.
This study investigates the inter-relationship between motor imagery (MI) a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Early Screening Key to Reducing Lung Cancer Deaths
Radiation oncologist Dr. Andrea McKee believes deaths from lung cancer — including those related to asbestos exposure — could be reduced significantly by increased utilization of early CT screening. McKee, chair of radiation oncology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Maine, has been a strong proponent of early screening for several years. “We could be saving tens of thousands of lives every year with this,” McKee told The Mesothelioma Center at “There is nothing else like it. The life-saving potential is the most important thing that has happened to cancer in my...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 4, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Missing special needs support 'a national scandal'
Ofsted chief paints a "disturbing" picture of children left without help for their special needs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pushing 3D Printing Forward
Researchers and students have demonstrated that inks can be used instead of thermoplastic filaments to 3D print functional biomedical devices. Michael McAlpine, Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, described such advances in the ESC Minneapolis keynote, “3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices.” A lot of the inks McAlpine’s group uses are nanometer-scale particle inks printed at a line-width scale of 10 microns and above for printing devices at the macro level. They have developed software as well as a hig...
Source: MDDI - December 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: MD & M Minneapolis 3-D Printing Source Type: news

High doses of vitamin C cured a patient of Zika virus - medical report
(Natural News) If you believed the stories promoted by the mainstream media, it would seem that the Zika virus was an unstoppable threat to humanity, poised to unleash a wave of birth defects and other health problems. Though the Zika scandal has been exposed, much fear remains — in large part thanks to governing agencies... (Source:
Source: - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Carotid ultrasound scans prompt behavior change
Showing people signs of atherosclerosis on their own carotid ultrasound scans...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: 3D ultrasound quantifies subclinical atherosclerosis Can mild carotid atherosclerosis hurt mental cognition? Elastography can help evaluate carotid plaque Swedish group finds unstable plaques with ultrasound B-mode ultrasound spots subclinical atherosclerosis (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 3, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Ohio's medical marijuana patient registry opens
Ohio's medical marijuana regulators opened the registry for patients on Monday, while cautioning the first supplies will be scant. Activating the online registry indicates that the Board of Pharmacy anticipates the first sales within 60 days because that's the window in which patients with a physician recommendation have an "affirmative defense" to a marijuana possession charge. Physicians certified to recommend cannabis are now able to register patients, the Medical Board of Ohio told members,… (Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 3, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Guided root canal preparation using cone beam computed tomography and optical surface scans – an observational study of pulp space obliteration and drill path depth in 50 patients
ConclusionsThe clinical implementation of guided root canal treatment in fifty serial cases of single ‐rooted teeth with pulp space obliteration was associated with a precision that in all cases led to the location and negotiation of the root canal and completion of the treatment. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - December 3, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Can black bone MRI match CT for pediatric head trauma?
Black bone MRI may be a viable, radiation-free alternative to CT for the evaluation...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: High rate of pediatric head CT persists despite efforts CT decision tool optimizes head CT for kids with trauma SIIM: CDS guides appropriate pediatric head CT orders New statement defines abusive head trauma in kids Study finds many pediatric head CT scans unnecessary (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - December 3, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Changes In Brain Scans Seen After A Single Season Of Football For Young Players
MRI scans of the brains of young football players suggest that repeated blows to the head can change the shape of nerve fibers in the corpus callosum, which connects the two halves of the brain. (Image credit: groveb/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ashley Westerman Source Type: news

Bone Indices on CT Scan Predict Fracture Risk in Older Adults
FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 -- High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) indices improve prediction of fracture beyond bone mineral density and Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) scores in older adults, according to a study... (Source: - Pharma News)
Source: - Pharma News - November 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Exclusive: NMC denied access to data identifying Gosport nurses
The nursing regulator has claimed it has been denied access to critical evidence that could help bring unfit nurses to justice over the Gosport scandal. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 30, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

A SMART way to reduce pediatric sedation MRI delays
CHICAGO - Having to wait almost two months for a pediatric MRI scan with sedation...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Pediatric patients use app to prep for MRI scan PAWS program achieves sedation-free pediatric MRI scans Pediatric patient sedation on the rise at one ACO Surf's up at Yale New Haven's pediatric MRI suite Superheroes help kids triumph over fears of MRI scans (Source: Headlines)
Source: Headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How you respond to drama depends on if you are a holistic or analytical thinker
(Aalto University) Aalto University researchers showed volunteers the film My Sister's Keeper on a screen while the research subjects were lying down in an MRI scanner. The study compared the volunteers' brain activity, and concluded that holistic thinkers saw the film more similarly with each other than analytical thinkers. In addition, holistic thinkers processed the film's moral issues and factual connections within the film more similarly with each other than the analytical thinkers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Face Transplant Gave This 26-Year-Old a ‘Second Chance at Life’ — And Points to a Promising Future for Patients
Cameron Underwood is back to golfing, restoring cars and even sky-diving, less than three years after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound that severely damaged his face and nearly claimed his life. Underwood, now 26, was left without the majority of his lower jaw, teeth and nose, and with significantly impaired eyesight, speech and mouth function, after his June 2016 injury. But just 18 months later, the California resident became NYU Langone Health’s second-ever face transplant recipient and one of about 40 worldwide — a remarkably brief journey that he says gave him “a second chance at life.&rdquo...
Source: TIME: Health - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news

S.F. Supe wants to slash Zuckerberg from San Francisco General Hospital's name
Amid Facebook's swirl of recent scandals, Supervisor Aaron Peskin is looking to axe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ’s name from San Francisco’s main public hospital. In 2015, the city renamed the institution as the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, following a $75 million donation to the hospital from Zuckerberg and his wife, a doctor. In a Tuesday meetin g, Peskin asked the City Attorney's office to "outline the procedure for removal of the Zuckerberg… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 29, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hannah Norman Source Type: news

Monteris Medical scores reimbursement win with Aetna
More epilepsy patients could have access to procedures involving Monteris Medical’s NeuroBlate system after a new coverage update from health insurance giant Aetna. The coverage update, which Monteris Medical announced today, involves Aetna’s medical policy for laser interstitial thermotherapy (LITT). It provides coverage for Aetna beneficiaries with refractory epilepsy who have met the established medical necessity criteria for a surgical treatment option. “Our aim is to ensure that physicians can choose the most appropriate surgical approach for their patients. For many epilepsy patients, a mi...
Source: Mass Device - November 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News News Well Surgical Monteris Medical Source Type: news

Is Cold and Dark Weather a Trigger for Heavy Drinking?
There is a commonly held belief that winter conditions — that are characterized by extreme cold and low sunlight — are connected to heavy drinking. Whenever we think of countries in Northern Europe we instantly think of sub-zero temperatures, dark clouds and polar landscapes. We also imagine its inhabitants tucked in a bar drinking their sorrows away. What creates this image is the perception that strong spirits and binge drinking are a staple of many Northern countries. However, scientific and factual evidence shows a more nuanced picture. Statistical Verdict The argument that countries with a colder climate e...
Source: Psych Central - November 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claudiu Revnic Tags: Addictions Substance Abuse alcohol use Alcoholism heavy drinking Holiday Blues Holiday Season Public Health Winter Source Type: news

This total body scanner shows 3D images of the whole body
A University of California Davis-developed medical imaging scanner has produced the first 3D picture of the whole human body at once. The scanner, known as the Explorer, is a combination of a positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT). It is able to image the entire body using both scanning methods and can produce the image in as little as one second. Over time, Explorer can make videos that can track specially tagged drugs as they move through the body. UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi developed the scanner and suggest that the technology could be used in a number of applicatio...
Source: Mass Device - November 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Imaging CT scans PET scans University of California Davis Source Type: news

Middle School Football Players Show Changes in Key Brain Area
THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 -- There's more evidence that football may be changing the brains of adolescent players, and not in a good way. In a new study, researchers looked at MRI scans of 26 football-playing boys averaging 12 years of... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Patient's Elevated Airway Pressure Puzzles Providers
Discussion Whether they’re “sensed” through difficulty in ventilating a patient manually via a bag-valve mask or noted because of a ventilator alarm, elevated airway pressures present a risk of harm to the patient. Many ventilators are set to not only alarm at certain airway pressures, but to alter the inspiratory flow delivered to a patient in order to avoid further elevations in airway pressure. This may result in a reduction in the tidal volume delivered to the patient and/or reduced minute ventilation, both of which may result in hypoventilation and resulting hypercapnia. This adjustment, which ventil...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - November 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: John Freese, MD Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Stuck in a loop of wrongness: Brain study shows roots of OCD
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) No one knows what drives people with obsessive-compulsive disorder to do what they do, even when they're aware that they shouldn't do it, and when it interferes with normal life. That lack of understanding means about half can't find effective treatment. But a new analysis of brain scans from hundreds of people with OCD, and people without it, may help. Larger than previous studies, it pinpoints brain areas and processes linked to OCD's repetitive behaviors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cultural flies: Conformist social learning in fruitflies predicts long-lasting mate-choice traditions
In this study, we propose a mechanism-driven definition of animal culture and test it in the fruitfly. We found that fruitflies have five cognitive capacities that enable them to transmit mating preferences culturally across generations, potentially fostering persistent traditions (the main marker of culture) in mating preference. A transmission chain experiment validates a model of the emergence of local traditions, indicating that such social transmission may lead initially neutral traits to become adaptive, hence strongly selecting for copying and conformity. Although this situation was suggested decades ago, it previou...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Danchin, E., Nöbel, S., Pocheville, A., Dagaeff, A.-C., Demay, L., Alphand, M., Ranty-Roby, S., van Renssen, L., Monier, M., Gazagne, E., Allain, M., Isabel, G. Tags: Ecology, Evolution r-articles Source Type: news

Caspase-8 is a player in pyroptosis
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Scanlon, S. T. Tags: Immunology twis Source Type: news

Scan the horizon for unprecedented risks
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Source: ScienceNOW - November 29, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Simon, S., Otto, M., Engelhard, M. Tags: letters Source Type: news