Daily Archives: March 12, 2016

Not all ticks bite you

If you are an eager hiker in forests of Europe, you have likely come across or at least heard of the sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus. Ticks are creepy! The sheep tick is well-known to transmit the pathogens

Being heard in the herd: do harp seals use pitch changes to reduce the cocktail party effect?

Every March, hundreds of thousands of harp seals migrate south to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, to give birth on the pack ice and to mate.  They have a large repertoire of underwater calls that they

Visceral adiposity index as a potential biomarker for cardiometabolic risks

Nowadays, obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges worldwide. Visceral adiposity and its associated disorders including dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, diabetes and hypertension, are the key elements characterizing the cardiometabolic risk. Such risk is frequently used

Folding proteins with a pich of salt

The slow but unstoppable progress of evolution has enabled, step-by-step, mutation after mutation, the conquest of almost every possible environment on Earth. Even in those places where conditions are far from “standard”, where the presence of organisms

The blue coma: the role of methylene blue in unexplained coma after cardiac surgery

More than 10% of U.S. citizens aged 12 and over take antidepressant medication, and this percentage is mirrored in many other countries. The most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), whose mechanism of