News Round-Up: April 2010 2nd Edition

More Depression and Apathy in Alzheimer’s Disease than Amnestic MCI

A small study (n=245)  finding clinically and statistically significant increases in both apathy and depression in Alzheimers’ Disease compared to Mild Cognitive Impairment.

The Corpus Callosum in Amnestic MCI and Alzheimer’s Disease

A small study finding involvement of the anterior corpus callosum in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment extending to the posterior corpus callosum in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Diffuse Tensor Imaging in Alzheimer’s Disease, MCI and healthy aging

Small study using Diffuse Tensor Imaging to focus on white matter changes. The authors write that

Present findings suggest that most DTI-derived changes in AD and a-MCI are largely secondary to gray matter atrophy

There were some white matter changes noted however.

4 Factors Associated with Discontinuation of AChEI’s

Findings from a 2-year prospective multicentre study.

Extra Funding for War Veterans

The UK government has set aside an extra £2 million for funding mental health services for war veterans to be allocated to a range of services including community psychiatric nurses, GP training and helplines.

Psychiatry 2.0

Health 2.0 Conferenence

Link to opening video of Health 2.0 conference.

What’s does Social Media Mean for the Communication of Science and Science Journalism?

There have been a number of interesting pieces recently on the changing or unchanging (depending on perspective) face of science journalism with the advent of social media. Helen Jaques from the BMJ writes on a recent conference where many of these issues were discussed including the new roles of the science journalist. Cameron Neylon has an interesting piece on aggregating science communication in which he comments on the development of the semantic web:-

We need the authoring tools that help us build and aggregate these objects together and tools that make forming these citations easy and natural by using the existing ideas around linking and referencing but if we can build those we get the semantic web for science as a free side product – while also making it easier for humans to find the details they’re looking for‘*

Government Guidelines on Social Media

The US government has released guidelines on the use of social media.

Wolfram-Alpha for Education

At the Wolfram-Alpha blog there is a link to a piece on using Wolfram-Alpha for education. Wolfram-Alpha is a tool that is able to process requested information before returning it mainly through mathematical algorithms. Here there is a look at how this tool can be used in education.

Supertaskers, Chomsky on Anarchy and Aging Cognition

It can only be another Spike Activity from Mind Hacks.

Mental Health Crisis services and the Police

Michael Anestis looks at a study from 2000 looking at crisis assessments compared  to police intervention.

Happy or Not?

Dr Grohol looks at 5 emerging trends from the positive psychology movement on happiness including the importance of experiences and relationships. He also deals with some of the criticisms of this movement.

Scotland, Vikings and Multiple Sclerosis

At Stu’s Views and MS News there is a piece linking Vikings, migration and Scotland to areas of increased prevalence of MS.

The Skull is Moulded to the Brain

Not for those who are squeamishbut Dr Moore has a piece on how the skull adapts to the shape of the brain during development.

Malcolm Gladwell on Social Media – It’s all about trust

Allan’s Library links to a video featuring the author Malcolm Gladwell who thinks that social media won’t be paradigm changing as he argues that effective communications are built on trust.

A Neuro Film Festival run by Neurologists

The Neurocritic has an article on a film festival run by the American Academy of Neurology. There is an accompanying YouTube channel.

Finding Genes in Milliseconds

The Singularity Hub reports on new technology which enables researchers to search through a database and identify gene candidates for complicated cellular processes within milliseconds.

Colourfully Presenting Data

At Citation Needed there is a look at a piece of software – the corrgram package which converts tables of data into a more presentable form.

4 Minutes of Medicine for your Mobile Courtesy of Nature

Dr Shock links to a Nature video on the emerging trend of mobile phone medicine including a medline database for the mobile.

Light Bulbs and Creativity

Another link between light bulbs and creativity has been described by Jonas Lehrer at the Frontal Cortex blog.

First Words

Dr D describes the experience of hearing her baby A’s first words.

Evolutionary Psychiatry

A New Species or Not?

A finding of general interest for human evolution is the skeleton of a child in a cave in South Africa which has been named as a new species – Australopithecus Sediba and is estimated to have lived between 1.78 to 1.95 million years ago . Although there is suggestion that this species may be intermediate between Austrolopithecus  and Homo Sapiens, critics have argued that further work remains to be done to examine a number of standard morphological features before conclusions can be drawn.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that my Lemur video (see this post for an explanation of the video) has proved relatively popular in Japan. Not sure why.


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