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Grunspan, D. Z., Moeller, K. T., Nesse, R. M., & Brownell, S. E. (2019). The state of evolutionary medicine in undergraduate education. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2019(1), 82–92. https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoz012 Abstract Background and objectives Undergraduate courses that include evolutionary medicine (EM) are increasingly available, but quantified data about such courses are lacking. In this article, […]
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A new short review by David Haig will be of interest to all who study human reproduction and pregnancy. Haig, D. (2019). Cooperation and conflict in human pregnancy. Current Biology, 29(11), R455–R458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.040 Abstract: For many humans living today, obstetric care begins early in pregnancy, and most babies are born in hospitals. These are precautionary […]
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Natri, H., Garcia, A. R., Buetow, K. H., Trumble, B. C., & Wilson, M. A. (2019). The Pregnancy Pickle: Evolved Immune Compensation Due to Pregnancy Underlies Sex Differences in Human Diseases. Trends in Genetics, 35(7), 478–488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tig.2019.04.008 Abstract: We hypothesize that, ancestrally, sex-specific immune modulation evolved to facilitate survival of the pregnant person in the […]
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A new article by Rozhok and DeGregori uses an evolutionary lens to propose a more sophisticated analysis of why cancer becomes more common with age, and the role of tissue ecology. Rozhok, A., & DeGregori, J. (2019). A generalized theory of age-dependent carcinogenesis. ELife, 8. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.39950 Abstract: The Multi-Stage Model of Carcinogenesis (MMC), developed in […]
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The $5,000 Omenn Prize for the best article published in the previous calendar year in any scientific journal on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health goes to Roderich Römhild for his paper: Roemhild, R., Gokhale, C. S., Dirksen, P., Blake, C., Rosenstiel, P., Traulsen, A., … Schulenburg, H. (2018). Cellular hysteresis as a […]
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A new article by Robert Chevalier offers a broad-ranging view of how evolutionary medicine can help to understand the epidemic of chronic kidney disease. It is open access for a limited time. Chevalier, R. L. (2019). Evolution, kidney development, and chronic kidney disease. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 91, 119–131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semcdb.2018.05.024 Abstract: There is […]
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In a new article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, four leaders of the Royal College of Psychiatry Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group make a case for including evolution education for all psychiatrists. Abed, R., Ayton, A., St John-Smith, P., Swanepoel, A., & Tracy, D. K. (2019). Evolutionary biology: an essential basic science for the […]
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A new Lancet article provides a very interesting overview of evolutionary approaches to microbial effects on human health, positive as well as negative. It is available free to those who register on The Lancet website. Abstract: Medicine and clinical microbiology have traditionally attempted to identify and eliminate the agents that cause disease. However, this traditional […]
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March 31 is the last day to submit nominations for the $5000 Omenn prize for the best article on evolution and medicine or public health in any journal. Nominate yours…or someone else…today! The winner also gets a trip to Zurich to present a paper at the Fifth ISEMPH Annual Meeting. April 1 is the last […]
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Energy oversupply to tissues: a single mechanism possibly underlying multiple cancer risk factors  Daniel J WuAthena AktipisJohn W PepperEvolution, Medicine, and Public Health, Volume 2019, Issue 1, 2019, Pages 9–16, https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoz004Published: 21 January 2019 Abstract Background and objectives Several major risk factors for cancer involve vascular oversupply of energy to affected tissues. These include obesity, diabetes and […]
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