Corrado Spadafora: Does The Weismann Barrier Really Exist?
Corrado Spadafora's work 20 some years ago on the organization of chromatin in sperm cells revealed that "sperm cells can behave as vectors of foreign genetic information to embryos at fertilization." This led to his current investigation of embryos and cancer. Spadafora, a biomedical research scientist at Rome's Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health) says findings from his experiments have "profound implications" for non-Mendalian inheritance of characters from one generation to the next. Our interview follows. Suzan Mazur: Is biotechnology's approach to targeting disease currently based ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How Marketers Are Plotting To Use Neuroscience To Control What You Buy
This study showed the placebo effect was alive and well. They liked the more expensive wines better. Because participants’ brains were being scanned by functional MRI machines while they judged the wine, the researchers were able to go back and analyze that same data for “grey matter volume.” Then they took the grey matter data and plugged it into a database that looked for links between volume and cognitive functions. This time they found: Those who have a higher grey matter volume in the striatum, the part of the brain involved in processing rewards, responded more easily to the marketing placebo effect. The rese...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Gambia Registers Significant Gains in Malaria Fight
[Daily Observer] The deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has disclosed that The Gambia has registered significant gains in malaria control and prevention. Deputising for the Health minister at the commemoration of World Malaria Day on Saturday at Soma in the Lower River Region, DPS Dawda Ceesay indicated that research has shown a general decline in malaria morbidity, and mortality incidence has dropped by 85.5%. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Change in and long-term investigation of neuro-otologic disorders in disaster-stricken Fukushima prefecture: retrospective cohort study before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake - Hasegawa J, Hidaka H, Kuriyama S, Obara T, Hashimoto K, Tateda Y, Okumura Y, Kobayashi T, Katori Y.
On March 11, 2011, Japan's northeast Pacific coast was hit by a gigantic earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture is situated approximately 44 km north of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Soma General Hospital is the only ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Psychosomatic & Somatoform Disorders: Information, Types & Treatment
The word, 'psychosomatic,' means mind or, 'psyche,' and body or, 'soma.' A psychosomatic disorder is a disease involving both mind and body, in other words. Some physical diseases are thought to be especially prone to worsen by mental factors such as anxiety and stress. A person's current mental state may affect how bad a physical disease is at any particular moment. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - April 6, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Psychological Disorders Source Type: news

Non-controlled and over-the-counter drugs of abuse
  2.5 out of 5 stars Abuse of Medications That Theoretically Are Without Abuse Potential. Reeves RR et al. South Med J 2015 Mar;108:151-157. Abstract This review of noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can be and have been abused for non-medical or recreational purposes is rather sketchy and anecdotal (as the authors admit,) but nevertheless contains some useful information. Classes of drugs discussed include: Cold & Cough products: pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, oxymetazoline, dextromethorphan Anticholinergics: diphenhydramine, benztropine, trihexyphenidyl (Artane) Antipsychotics: quetiapine,...
Source: The Poison Review - March 24, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cough/cold preparations dextromethorphan medication abuse otc over-the-counter Source Type: news

Gambia: Thinking NAYCONF
[Daily Observer]We are glad to hear the youth minister say they are putting Ebola safety measures in the much awaited Jarra-Soma hosted NAYCONF. This was our concern and it is good that it is on the agenda. Now cognizant of the short time to the event, we once again call on all and sundry particularly the private sector to step forward and be in the vanguard of youth development. Supporting a forum like the NAYCONF is crucial in that respect. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 27, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Perineuronal Nets: A Special Structure in the Central Nervous System Extracellular Matrix
The extracellular matrix of the central nervous system (CNS) contains various compartments. Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are specialized and stable brain matrices which enwrap the surface of the soma and proximal dendrites on the neuronal surface. The presence of PNNs marks the end of the critical period in the developing CNS and limits the degree of plasticity after CNS injury. Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, link proteins, hyaluronan, and tenascin-R are identified in the PNNs. Here, we describe a method which allows the sequential extraction of the main matrix compartments of the CNS, ending with the isolation of the PNN ...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Neuroscience - November 4, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news

Gambia: LRR Youth Sensitised On Sexual, Reproductive Health
[Daily Observer]At least 20-youth in the Lower River Region (LRR) recently attended a daylong sensitisation on sexual and reproductive health information, ahead of the upcoming National Youth Conference and Festival (NAYCOF), scheduled to take place in December at Jarra-Soma in Jarra West District, LRR. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 30, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Violence against women in South Africa : review - Langa-Mlambo L, Soma-Pillay P.
South Africa is currently experiencing a huge burden of morbidity and mortality arising from violence and injury. In 2000, violence and unintentional injuries combined were the second leading cause of all death and disability adjusted life years (DALY). Th... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

PIWI proteins and piRNAs regulate genes in the germline and beyond
(Science China Press) PIWI proteins associate with PIWI-interacting RNAs, which are a class of 24-32 nucleotide small non-coding RNAs. Current studies show that PIWI proteins and their interactors regulate piRNA biogenesis and diverse biological processes including transposon silencing, epigenetic programming, DNA rearrangements, mRNA turnover, and translational control, both in the germline and the soma. These discoveries on the PIWI-piRNA pathway have revealed an intriguing new dimension of sncRNA-mediated gene regulation in the cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 17, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

DHEA effects on brain and behavior: insights from comparative studies of aggression - Soma KK, Rendon NM, Boonstra R, Albers HE, Demas GE.
Historically, research on the neuroendocrinology of aggression has been dominated by the paradigm that the brain receives sex steroid hormones, such as testosterone (T), from the gonads, and then these gonadal hormones modulate behaviorally-relevant neural... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - June 17, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Gambia: Alleged Infanticide Lands Mother, Daughters in Custody
[Daily Observer]Lrr -Police have arrested a mother and two of her daughters in the Lower River Region (LRR) commercial town of Jarra Soma for their alleged involvement in an infanticide case, the Daily Observer has learnt. The trio allegedly buried the newborn of one of the daughters shortly after delivery. Our sources however could not ascertain if the baby was buried alive or had died at the time of the act as investigations are being mounted to get to the bottom of the issue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Filtered water pitchers that can grace a dinner party table
Gadgets: Soma's water filter pitcher looks elegant enough for a dinner party table. CamelBak also has a new filter pitcher.The big guy in the water pitcher-filter market has practically become a common name, like Kleenex. But even Brita's most ardent fans might agree that those plastic containers aren't dinner party elegant. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 29, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gambia: Brikama & Soma Health Centres Boosted
[Daily Observer]In their efforts to make preventable diseases history, Your Change for a Change (YCFaC) recently embarked on blood donation, paying medical bills and dishing out food items to patients, at the Brikama and Soma Health Centres, respectively. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news