Monthly Archives: April 2011

Links – April 25, 2011

Physiology AAPA symposium on Evolution through the Life Course: Why we shouldn’t prescribe hormonal contraception to twelve year olds. Can the benefits of hormonal contraceptives seen in adult women be applied to girls as young as 11-12? Can the use … Continue reading

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Book Review – Get Me Out

Earlier this year I received Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank by Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein through a Science Online 2011 giveaway contest on Twitter. It took me a while … Continue reading

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Good news for people with specific phobias: Cortisol may increase efficacy of exposure therapy.

Earlier this week I shared the story of my specific phobia of vomiting, and little did I know that an article would be published in PNAS the next day (open access!) about the efficacy of cortisol supplementation during exposure therapy … Continue reading

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Links – April 20, 2011

Physiology Opinion: The decline of physiology. Medical schools in the UK are scaling back their basic physiology education in favor of more pathology and clinical courses which skim over the basic physiology needed to understand those situations. If you are … Continue reading

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My Dodecad identity-by-state neighbors.

Dienekes recently computed an identity-by-state (IBS is his abbreviation, although that means something very different to me) similarity matrix for all the individuals in the Dodecad Ancestry Project. The IBS score is a ratio between individuals that, to my understanding, can be read as … Continue reading

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A question for psych/neuro/gastro friends: walking, anxiety, and emesis.

I may or may not have mentioned before on this blog that I have a specific phobia of vomiting. If I haven’t, now you know. I don’t like to talk about it in my online life because it is a … Continue reading

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Links – April 17, 2011

Physiology Birds inherited strong sense of smell from dinosaurs and by the same title at Smithsonian. A relatively weak sense of smell may be a fairly new adaptation in many bird species. Biology Did Lucy’s species butcher animals? A brief … Continue reading

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