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Below are new open access articles just published in Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health Clinical Brief: Karen Rosenberg and Wenda Trevathan Evolutionary obstetrics. EMPH eou025 doi:10.1093/emph/eou025 first published online November 11, 2014 (1 pages) Full Text (PDF) ————————————————– Original Research Article: C. Athena Aktipis, Bruce J. Ellis, Katherine K. Nishimura, and Robert A. Hiatt Modern […]

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Evolutionary Medicine Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Health and Disease July 30 – August 1, 2015 at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine (IEM)University of Zurich, Switzerland Description: This international conference will bring together distinguished keynote speakers as well as experts from different research areas (including medicine, anthropology, molecular/evolutionary biology, paleopathology, archaeology, epidemiology, and other fields) to debate […]

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  The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health will hold its inaugural meeting March 19-21 in Tempe, Arizona. Early registration and abstract submissions until December 1st. Early registrants receive a substantial discount, and all fees are refundable until February 15th. This meeting will bring together scientists, scholars, teachers, clinicians, and students in the evolution […]

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CATALYSIS MEETINGS Proposals for Catalysis Meetings in Evolutionary Medicine are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems, specifically in areas realted to evolutionary medicine. Appropriate areas of inquiry include any field of evolutionary science that is relevant to medicine, or to human […]

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Research Grants in the broader field of Evolutionary Medicine available at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine IEM (Medical Faculty), University of Zurich (Switzerland).  The IEM grant 2015 application submission is open until Dec 1, 2014. Find more information in the attached call for submissions or onhttp://www.iem.uzh.ch/research/iemgrant.html.  

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Arizona State University: Two tenure track positions. Closing date, December 1, 2014 The ASU Center for Evolution and Medicine and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change invite applications for up to two tenure-eligible faculty positions in a transformative research and teaching initiative that will establish evolutionary biology as a crucial basic science for […]

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Open access publishing in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health remains free through the end of 2014.  Submit now to avoid substantial publication charges in 2015.  The journal web site is at http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/       Click on Instruction to Authors for information on the types of articles published and how to submit them. This Oxford University Press Journal, edited by […]

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  Recently, I heard the latter portions of the radio version of a play, “Lucy” by Damien Atkins, relating to autism and produced by L.A. Theatre Works.  “Lucy” was originally performed and reviewed as long ago as November of 2007, but I was not aware of it until I encountered the production for radio about […]

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After posting my last commentary on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I listened to the netcast, This Week in Virology (www.twiv.tv), for September 14, 2014.  TWiV sessions, hosted by Vincent Racaniello, a well-known virologist at Columbia University, are generally highly informative, typically offering thoughtful discussions about recently published studies pertaining to viruses or […]

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Evolutionary Medicine Catalysis Meetings at NESCent in Durham, NC Proposals for Catalysis Meetings in  Evolutionary Medicine are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems, specifically in areas related to evolutionary medicine. Appropriate areas of inquiry include any field of evolutionary science that […]

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Indiana University has organized an extensive survey on the roles of evolutionary biology and theory in modern medical education.  The survey targets students, alumni and faculty members of schools of medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine and public health.  The aims are to assess 1) the level of education in evolutionary biology that current health practitioners have and students are receiving, 2) opinions about the utility […]

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For decades food manufacturers have marketed saccharin, along with other non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS), as healthy alternatives to sugar. Artificial sugar substitutes cannot be digested by humans and have been recommended for patients with diabetes  and for those trying to lose weight. However, a new report in the journal Nature suggests that NAS are harmful […]

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Registration and abstract submission are now open for the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health Inaugural Meeting, March 19-21 in Tempe, Arizona. The will be the first large open meeting soliciting abstracts from all in the field, world-wide.  It is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health and the ASU […]

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Schiz-Authism copy Bernard Crespi has for several years developed evidence to support the theory, first proposed with CR Badcock, that schizophrenia and autism are flip sides of excessive or deficient maternal or paternal imprinting.   A study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society b finds further support from data on size at […]

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Over the past several weeks the health news has been dominated by the outbreak of infections by Ebola virus (EBOV) in several West African nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.  A study (Gire et al., 2014) published online at the end of August and now in print by a large collaborative group based in […]

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A link here and on the right hand column of this page (“For Medical students”), takes you to a new page that is creating a network of medical and other health professional students who share an interest in evolution, medicine, and public health.  If you are such a student, click the link to add your […]

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 Pre-Columbian mycobacterial genomes reveal seals as a source of New World human tuberculosis    Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13591 Authors:  Kirsten I. Bos, Kelly M. Harkins, Alexander Herbig, Mireia Coscolla, Nico Weber, Iñaki Comas, Stephen A. Forrest, Josephine M. Bryant, Simon R. Harris, Verena J. Schuenemann, Tessa J. Campbell, Kerrtu Majander, Alicia K. Wilbur, Ricardo A. Guichon, Dawnie L. Wolfe […]

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Figure1 By Alcock, Joe, Maley, Carlo C., & Aktipis, C. Athena. (2014). Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms. Bioessays, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/bies.201400071 See a nice commentary by Carl Zimmer in the NYTimes. Abstract: Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to […]

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By  Apari P, de Sousa JD, Müller V (2014) . in PLoS Pathog 10(8): e1004111. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1004111 In this Opinion piece we argue that the tendency of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to cause infertility is likely to reflect an evolutionary adaptation of the pathogens. We use an evolutionary perspective to understand how STI pathogens may benefit […]

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Adaptive variability in the duration of critical windows of plasticity:   Implications for the programming of obesity By  Jonathan CK Wells  Evol Med Public Health published 5 August 2014, 10.1093/emph/eou019 http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/05/emph.eou019.abstract?papetoc   (open access) Abstract:  Developmental plasticity underlies widespread associations between early-life exposures and many components of adult phenotype, including the risk of chronic diseases. Humans take […]

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