‘Science Times’ synthesis

As Mother Nature reminded us of her power here in Boston (and around the country as well), we were grateful to have our favorite science-related articles to keep us busy while we were snowed in. We hope you’ll enjoy the latest edition of our New York Times ‘Science Times’ synthesis. And, no matter where you are, stay well and virus-free!

January 4, 2011Study linking vaccine to autism was fraud, journal reports: The first study linking vaccines to autism may have been doctored, according to a report. Many defibrillators implanted unnecessarily, study says: Thousands of patients who do not need high-tech heart devices may still be receiving them.Grasping another’s point of view at an early age: A study examines infants’ ability to understand someone else’s perspective.

Evidence of mammals and legumes, 22 years old: Scientists share their 22 million year-old findings from the field.

January 11, 2011Cancer can develop in catastrophic burst: Scientists examine cancer cells with new rapid methods of decoding DNA.Preventing heart risks at the root: childhood: Two recent studies suggest that heart disease prevention should begin in early childhood.RNA game lets players help find a biological prize: Researchers are using an online game to create and study RNA designs.Inactivity is harmful, even with trips to the gym: New research suggests that squeezing in short trips to the gym may not be enough to combat a day’s worth of inactivity. Depth of kindness hormone appears to know some bounds: As researchers continue to study the chemicals that create kindness and love, they begin to discover the boundaries of these chemicals.And one final article: Though this is not an article from the Science Times, we’re nothing if not flexible here at PRIM&R. We therefore hope you will enjoy this additional article from the Boston Globe on Sunday, January 9, regarding the same study concerning the link between autism and vaccines referred to in the January 4 summary above.