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Our August blogs digest

Stories on schistosomiasis, Brexit and more:
Not had a chance to read all our posts from August? Here’s a roundup of what you’ve missed…
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As knowledge of the role epigenetic factors play in disease increases, the potential for drugs as therapeutics becomes more apparent. So what does the future of epigenetic drugs look like?
In the light of increasing knowledge on the role epigenetics factors play in disease, it is now becoming apparent that epigenetic drugs could be ideal therapeutic targets, particularly taking into consideration that many of these epigenetic factors are reversible. Epigenetic drugs are incredibly potent and can help reverse abnormal gene expression that can typically result in various diseases.
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Effective management of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Here, Abimbola O Williams highlights her research into the effectiveness of Community-based management compared with traditional hospitalization in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis:
In this blog Abimbola O Williams highlights her research into the effectiveness of Community-based management compared with traditional hospitalization in the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, which was recently published in Global Health Research and Policy
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Following baboons to understand differences in their behaviour

Some baboon species can be very aggressive, others friendly enough to shake each others penises as a greeting. Read more about the world of baboon behaviour:
Urs Kalbitzer is the author of research in BMC Evolutionary Biology on the genetic foundation of aggression in baboons. Here, he writes about baboons and why they're a good model for investigating inter-specific behavioral differences.
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Gut bacteria imbalance increases diabetes risk

Authors of a study in Nature discuss their research in this blog:
A study published recently in Nature investigates the importance of the gut microbiome in contributing to insulin resistance and hence therefore increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Authors of the research talk here about the findings.
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Deep brain stimulation for movement disorders

Ritesh A. Ramdhani, Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, discusses the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment for many movement disorders:
In this guest blog, Ritesh A. Ramdhani Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, discusses the use of deep brain stimulation for the treatment for many movement disorders such as Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor and Dystonia.
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A third of UK dogs are infested with ticks

This blog examines the results of The Big Tick Project:
The Big Tick Project has recently published the results of a large scale survey of tick infestation in UK dogs which found a considerable increase in prevalence.
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Active parenting behaviors of the Caribbean spiny lobster

Blog looks at one of the largest brooding invertebrates in the Western Atlantic:
Explaining the wide range of animals’ parental behaviors remains an important issue in evolutionary biology. In this blog post, we discuss an article recently published in BMC Zoology that studies the parenting patterns of the Caribbean spiny lobster. It also identifies a predator worm and describes its impact on the lobster egg populations.
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Tips and tools for left-handed surgeons

For left-handed surgeons, tools can sometimes feel unnatural to use. Alison Cuff looks at the trials underway which aim to help southpaw surgeons:
Imagine that you're in a job where one slip can potentially cause serious harm or even death. Would you feel confident if the only tools to hand were ones that felt unnatural to use? In this blog, Alison Cuff discusses the trials and tribulations of left handed surgeons and the importance of specialized instruments.
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The role of occupational hazards in depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in first responders and military personnel

Blog from professional urban firefighter Anthony Walker:
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Why breast cancer patients need more support than ever before

The importance of completing anti-oestrogen prescriptions, despite often tough side-effects:
Katherine Woods of Breast Cancer Now writes for us about a publication in Breast Cancer Research today, explaining why prescriptions for breast cancer are more effective when followed through to completion, and why this is not always as easy to do as it sounds.
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A genome for the olive tree

Toni Gabaldón on the sequencing of the olive tree genome & his love of olive oil:
As an indigenous Mediterranean, I must confess I am an olive oil addict. At home, we acquire this golden and delicious liquid in large quantities, as we use it in almost every dish. Luckily my confessed addiction is nothing to worry much about.
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