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Friday Science Review: If you want to…

If you want to avoid malaria:  Two PLoS ONE publications by teams in Dr. Kain’s lab at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health illuminate malaria: one by suggesting that inflammatory peptide C5a may contribute to the pathogenesis of Placental Malaria; and one showing that serum levels of angiopoietin-1 and the angiopoietin-2/1 ratio are promising clinically informative biomarkers for Cerebral Malaria.

If you want to understand schizophrenia: try gender studies? Researchers at Fernand-Seguin Research Centre of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital studied cerebral activation in people with schizophrenia in terms of emotional processing and cognitive analysis. They show that men with schizophrenia performing the tests display cerebral activation similar to that of healthy women performing the same tests, and vice versa.

If you want to teach the world to sing: head to The University of Prince Edward Island.  UPEI received a 7 year, $2.5 million grant to take a multidisciplinary, international approach to the study of singing.  The grant will fund approaches from the point of view of music cognition, neuroscience, and cultural anthropology, and will look at such questions as the nature of singing, how to teach it better, and its health benefits.

If you want to be three times more likely to meet fitness guidelines: take the subway.*

* I know, I know.  I implied a causal relationship.  So sue me.

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