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Biomedical and Science Policy Reporter, Nature Magazine
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Biomedical research and policy reporter for @NatureNews covering brains, bugs, and @NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine

Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism

scientificamerican.com — In the wake of terrorist attacks last week on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris supermarket, the world has struggled to understand the combination of religion, European culture and influence from terrorist organizations that drove the gunmen.

Rave Drug "Special K" Holds Promise for Treating Depression Fast

scientificamerican.com — Ketamine, a psychoactive 'party drug' better known as Special K, has pharma­ceutical companies riding high. Used clinically as an anaesthetic in animals and humans, it has proved an extremely effective treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal behaviour. It also works incredibly fast.

US regulators move on thought-controlled prosthetics

nature.com — UPMC For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world with prosthetic devices wired directly to their brains.

Clinical-trial rules to improve access to results

nature.com — David McNew/Reuters/Corbis The US website ClinicalTrials.gov is the world's largest repository of clinical-trial information, containing the results of more than 179,000 studies conducted in 187 countries. Yet the database represents only a fraction of the trials that are run.

Deceptive Practices in Drugs Research Could Become Harder

nature.com — Alex Wong/Getty Hiding negative results and harmful side effects that occur in clinical trials would become harder in the United States under regulations proposed on 19 November by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

US government cracks down on clinical-trials reporting

nature.com — Alex Wong/Getty Hiding negative results and harmful side effects that occur in clinical trials would become harder in the United States under regulations proposed on 19 November by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Transparent Brains Reveal Effects of Cocaine and Fear [Video]

nature.com — A technique that makes mouse brains transparent shows how the entire brain responds to cocaine addiction and fear. The findings could uncover new brain circuits involved in drug response. In the technique, known as CLARITY, brains are infused with acrylamide, which forms a matrix in the cells and preserves their structure along with the DNA and proteins inside them.

Transparent brains reveal effects of cocaine and fear

nature.com — A technique that makes mouse brains transparent shows how the entire brain responds to cocaine addiction and fear. The findings could uncover new brain circuits involved in drug response. In the technique, known as CLARITY, brains are infused with acrylamide, which forms a matrix in the cells and preserves their structure along with the DNA and proteins inside them.

Gut-brain link grabs neuroscientists

nature.com — Lester V. Bergman/Corbis Companies selling 'probiotic' foods have long claimed that cultivating the right gut bacteria can benefit mental well-being, but neuroscientists have generally been sceptical. Now there is hard evidence linking conditions such as autism and depression to the gut's microbial residents, known as the microbiome.

Human brainwaves light up mouse genes

nature.com — Ref. 1 A system that uses brain activity to switch on genes with light could give new meaning to the phrase 'mind over matter'. The set-up, which was tested in mice, might one day allow human patients to pre-empt pain or seizures by recognizing brain activity that signals the onset of these phenomena and intervening to stop them.
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Jan 20, 2015

RT @NatureNews: Obama asks Congress 2 authorize force against ISIS. Our story on efforts to understand how terrorists are made: bit.ly/15vaMWs #SOTU

Jan 20, 2015

RT @edyong209: It's #PenguinAwarenessDay. If you see any suspicious activity on the part of a penguin, report it immediately. Don't let them win.

Jan 20, 2015

What makes a person turn terrorist? Social scientists say answers could help prevention & rehab efforts. @NatureNews nature.com/news/psycholog…

Jan 15, 2015

"If you ask them if they wd give up belief in God if offered $, they will shoot you." Terrorist research @Naturenews nature.com/news/looking-f…

Jan 15, 2015

RT @mbeisen: sad that i saw a Lab Rescue / Adopt a Lab bumper sticker and assumed at first it referred to science funding pic.twitter.com/hepF8tETAq



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