News Round-up: July 2010 4th Edition

In the news roundup this week Professor Rawlins from the Huntington’s Disease Association cites referral rates to the organisation as evidence that the prevalence of Huntington’s Disease in the UK is at least twice that of previous estimates. The PREDICT-HD study which follows up people with Huntington’s Disease has provided evidence that mild cognitive impairment can feature in the prodromal phase of the illness although the significance is not yet clear. There’s also a very small study which suggests that the risk of stroke in relation to alcohol consumption changes over the course of hours and days after consumption. However the sample size in this study was small and larger replication studies are needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn. There is also a remarkable story of a 100-year old doctor – an Obstetrician and Gygnaecologist – still doing the rounds!  Palaeoanthropologist Pat Shipman has come up with a very elegant hypothesis about human evolution in which she suggests that over 1.6 million years it has been our ability to care for other species that has played a vital role in our adaptation to different environments. This comes at the time of another find of an early dog specimen – from 14,000 years ago – although the domestication of dogs has a complex history with older specimens being discovered previously.

  1. Small study suggests apathy and depression associated with impaired memory and attention in MS
  2. Meta-analysis shows white matter integrity differences in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease – sub reqd
  3. PREDICT-HD study suggests mild cognitive impairment is a valid part of the prodromal phase in Huntingtons Disease
  4. Rudeness at work and mistakes
  5. Study suggesting people with dementia over age of 75 at risk of poor dental health
  6. Study (n=312) suggests relationship between MRI findings and longitudinal cog function
  7. Subscription needed – the LADIS study – white matter changes and CVA assoc with VaD and MTA with AD
  8. Another study suggests head circumference mitigates against cognitive decline even with cerebral atrophy
  9. Alzheimer’s Disease – desktop vs bedside diagnosis in the future?
  10. Small study which needs replication but suggests stroke risk may change for certain periods after alcohol consumption
  11. Apathy and depression associated with change from MCI to AD and LBD in one study
  12. Virtual universe support structural balance theory on human interactions
  13. SIRT1 linked to cleavage of amyloid precursor protein
  14. Huntington’s Disease prevalence underestimated – recent study
  15. Automated analysis of 3 million vocal utterances can help in language development research
  16. Report on study suggesting emotional response can be reduced in AD
  17. Analysing auditory information – possibly brain similarities between humans and chickens

Psychiatry 2.0

Twitter Round-Up

Here are my favourites from other people on Twitter

  1. markusdahlem soon 10 000 views — my Migraine aura simulation on Youtube
  2. uyosemite Dementia: When Pneumonia Follows Severe Dementia – The New Old Age Blog …
  3. mariapage Interesting post: RT @sandygautam New Mouse Trap post Cognitive control: when less is more!
  4. mariapage My “rostral PFC” search led me to this: “Neural substrates of irony comprehension: A functional MRI study” ( )
  5. mariapage “Prospective and retrospective memory in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia: Similar patterns of impairment” ( )
  6. mariapage RT @researchblogs Disease as a byproduct of adaptation
  7. mariapage Interesting: RT @boraz #PLoS ONE: Learning in Autism: Implicitly Superb
  8. ScienceNews24 Every dog has its day, but that day took more than 14,000 years to dawn for one canine. A jaw fragment found in…
  9. sciencedaily Scientists confirm role for mysterious cell component — the nucleolinus: Scientists have confirmed the role in ce…
  10. CNSSpectrumsTo find every CNS Spectrums article from 2006, please visit —
  11. CNSSpectrumsTo find every CNS Spectrums article from 2005, please visit —
  12. scireltodayAre We Born With Brains Like Those of Apes? Jason Hill answers:
  13. LabSpacesStudy links more time spent sitting to higher risk of death –
  14. TechZader: RT @Mashable: Social Media Use in the Workplace on the Rise [STATS]
  15. EvoMRI: Liked “Big Blog Theory Finalist: please vote”
  16. psydir: Apathy and depression predict progression from mild cognitive impairment
  17. MDLinxMore than half the worlds population gets insufficient vitamin D: ScienceDaily
  18. noahWGPaint huffing hallucinations differ based on hue: /via @mindhacksblog
  19. FasTakeWeaving Social Throughout Your Organization
  20. BoraZExclusive first look at “revolutionary” social news iPad app: Flipboard — @Scobleizer
  21. BoraZAutism Science Federation’s YouTube Channel
  22. on Fluent News u need 2 click thru – oldest human remains in america suggest southeast asian origin RT @ScienceNews24: A scientific…
  23. psydir Supportive Sibling Relationships: The Essential Ingredients
  24. ScienceNews24 As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot cou…
  25. vaughanbell Why Do We Cry? Eight Half-Baked Ideas. by @Mark_Changizi
  26. rcpsych New podcast: Listen to Dr Louise Howard discussing her BJPsych paper on the effectiveness of supported employment
  27. psych101 Jul 24, Psychology Research Participants
  28. pdmstrong Mindfulness Meditation Therapy: YOUTUBE VIDEO CLIPS
  29. TechZader Open Source Collaboration Platform – TeamLab
  30. BoraZTiny DNA circuits offer high speed –
  31. RT @drhenslin: Working Memory Capacity Reflected In Musical Skill, Practice Time
  32. Psydir 2010-07-23 Spike activity

Human Evolution/Origins of Civilisation

  1. Team undertaking 3-d analysis of 1.5 million year old footprints probably Homo Erectus
  2. 2nd 4000 year old figurine from Orkneys discovered
  3. 200,000 year old stone ‘knives’ found in Israel
  4. Extinct but interesting monkey species found in underwater carribean dive
  5. Wooden henge near stonehenge – big discovery
  6. New theory of human evolution involving caring relationship for other species
  7. Google funds 1 yr project to open out ancient texts online


  1. Rv of studies on antioxidants and cognitive decline
  2. RCT of tx of behavioural problems in LBD
  3. Study investigating EMF exposure in Swedish twins and dementia risk
  4. Case study of SSRI, donepezil and hippocampal volume
  5. Open access – pathology of medial temporal lobe epilepsy
  6. Subscription review article on MRI in PD
  7. Subscription review article on vascular risk factors and dementia
  8. Study investigating characteristics of dementia with and without diabetes
  9. “Public Sensationalism and Clinical Trials: How to Address the Challenges of Science?” ( )
  10. Study investigates LDL range in men in relation to depression and cardiovascular disease
  11. APOE4 and susceptibility to Alzheimer’s Disease in the Indian population (open access)
  12. Proteome analysis of Wernicke’s area in pple with schizophrenia (open access)
  13. Epidemiology of depression stigma in an Albertan population (open access)
  14. Tool for assessment of medically unexplained symptoms (open access)
  15. Case report of Brazilian lady with Down syndrome and depression (open access)

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