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Anita Berglund
Ph.D., Lecturer in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Ph.D., Lecturer in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
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Into your mind (and under your skin)... Fabulous cinematography by Sherpas Cinema!

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This review of 2,047 bio-medical and life-science scientific articles shows that 67.4% of the retractions were attributable to misconduct, such as suspected fraud, duplicate publication, and plagiarism. 

Depressing figures! 

Fang et al., 2012. "Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications"

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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent".

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Eating a moderate amount of chocolate each week may be associated with a lower risk of stroke - regardless of the chocolate being dark or light.

The findings are based on data from over 37 000 men and is published in the online issue of the scientific journal Neurology. New epidemiological research from my colleagues at the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.

"Chocolate consumption and risk of stroke:
A prospective cohort of men and meta-analysis"
Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, Jarmo Virtamo, MD and Alicja Wolk, DMSc

Link to the paper: 

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Why are athletes wearing coloured tape? Kinesio tape (KT) is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating sports injuries and a variety of other disorders.

The aim of a recent review was to evaluate, using meta-analysis, the effectiveness of KT in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Included were 97 scientific papers.

In conclusion, there was little quality evidence to support the use of KT over other types of elastic taping in the management or prevention of sports injuries. More well designed research is needed.

Williams et al. Kinesio Taping in Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries: A Meta-Analysis of the Evidence for its Effectiveness. Sports Med 2012;42:153-64. doi: 10.2165/11594960-000000000-00000

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Artificial Jellyfish: Researchers have created a moving model, using silicone and heart muscle cells from rat tissue.
The movements are similar to the way a human heart moves blood throughout the body. A goal of the study was to advance human tissue engineering.

This movie demonstrates jellyfish-like body contraction and free-swimming:

Nawroth et al., A tissue-engineered jellyfish with biomimetic propulsion. Nature Biotechnology, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/nbt.2269

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Moderate drinking may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis a new study published in the latest issue of British Medical Journal shows. 

Di Giuseppe D, Alfredsson L, Bottai M, Askling J, Wolk A. "Long term alcohol intake and risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women: a population based cohort study" BMJ online July 4 2012. 

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It´s not an illusion, sounds associated with the Aurora Borealis, a new study shows. The sound may be quite variable. When I hear it, it´s more of a whining sound.

Researchers think it might be caused by geomagnetic disturbance. 

Study performed by Professor Unto Laine and colleagues from Aalto University, Finland and presented at the 19th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, Vilnius, Lithuania July 10, 2012.

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New, strong evidence, at the significance level of 5 sigma, for a new heavy particle, Higgs-like particle or the Higgs boson.
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