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  • Comparative effects of Facebook and conventional media on body image dissatisfaction

    This study demonstrates that the relationship between appearance comparison and body image dissatisfaction is comparative for those exposed to Facebook images and those exposed to conventional media images, thus endorsing the importance of extending the body image dissatisfaction literature by taking into account emerging social media formats.

    Journal of Eating Disorders 2015, 3:23
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    Male and female brain size in primates

    Larger brain size in males is a pattern persisting throughout primate and human evolution; new experiments suggest a major role for estrogen in down-regulating genes linked to brain size, resulting in the smaller female brain size.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:127
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    A royal fern of ancient origin

    An exquisitely preserved fossil rhizome from a Jurassic era species of royal fern adds new morphological evidence to the controversial question of these plants evolutionary origins.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:126
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    Aspirin and multiple sclerosis

    Steven LeVine and colleagues review the possible risks and benefits of using aspirin to reduce cardiovascular risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, concluding that population-based studies are needed to establish guidance for aspirin use in MS.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:153
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    De novo lipogenesis and insulin resistance

    A lipidomic study links lipodystrophy to relative increases in triglycerides associated with de novo lipogenesis, and suggests lipodomics as a useful biomarker of insulin resistance.

    Genome Medicine 2015, 7:63
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    On the trail of the spotted snow skink

    The last ice age substantially shaped distributions of the spotted snow skink, a reptile found only in Tasmania, but in differing ways between north-western and south-eastern populations, patterns which could be replicated in other species.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:121
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    LAI cost-effective after surgery

    In an analysis of two randomized controlled trials evaluating the addition of local anesthetic wound infiltration (LAI) to standard analgesia after hip and knee replacement, LAI is cheaper than standard care, so could be a cost-effective treatment option.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:151
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    Diagnosing Mendelian diseases

    Advantages over clinical exome sequencing can be achieved by using an NGS-based multiplexing assay involving comprehensive gene panels.

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:134
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    A genetic bloom to win an arms race

    A bloom of cytochrome P450 encoding genes in the parsley family, resulting from a proliferation of gene duplications, gives insights into the evolution of chemicals crucial to plants in protecting themselves against insects.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:122
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    Down syndrome and cancer 

    Treating cancer in patients with learning disabilities can be challenging; Robert Huddart and colleagues discuss the management of testicular cancer in those with Down syndrome, concluding that a high cure rate can be achieved with appropriate therapy. 

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:152
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