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Dating the undatables

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) New research recently published in the scientific journal, Molecular Biology and Evolution, by a team of scientists from Ireland and India resolved a 195-year old confusionShow More Summary

Successful insomnia treatment may require nothing more than a placebo

(Oxford University Press USA) A new study published in Brain indicates that successful treatment for insomnia may not actually require complicated neurofeedback (direct training of brain functions). Rather, it appears patients who simply believe they're getting neurofeedback training appear to get the same benefits.

Congress of Neurological Surgeons Partners with Oxford University Press to Publish the 4th Edition of Guidelines for Severe TB I in Neurosurgery Journal

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons announces the publication of the 4th Edition of the Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (Guidelines) in the January issue of Neurosurgery.

Book Review: Dystopia: a Natural History (Oxford, 2017)

A new book from Oxford University Press takes a lively and engaging look at that bleakest of topics.

Washington, D.C. March 2: Book forum on business and the Roberts Court

At 4 p.m. on March 2 — that’s Thursday of next week — I’m hosting a Cato book forum for Jonathan Adler to discuss his new book, Business and the Roberts Court (Oxford University Press, 2016). Details and registration here: Is the Supreme Court “pro-business?” That’s a claim often heard from critics of the Roberts […] Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Ancient Eugenics: Much more than just selective infanticide

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2017 Recently, I received a review copy of a new release from Oxford University Press entitled "A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Healing Arts of Greece and Rome by J. Show More Summary

Looking at Sardinian DNA for genetic clues to an island's -- and Europe's -- past

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) In a new study, an international team led by geneticist Anna Olivieri from the University of Pavia tackles a highly interesting question: what were the origins of the Sardinian...Show More Summary

Four Crises of American Democracy review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alasdair Roberts' Four Crises of American Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation, just out from Oxford University Press.

Study finds that people are attracted to outward signs of health, not actual health

(Oxford University Press USA) Findings published in the journal Behavioral Ecology reveal that skin with yellow and red pigments is perceived as more attractive in Caucasian males, but this skin coloring does not necessarily signal actual good health.

Virus Evolution awarded Best New Journal in Science category at the 2017 PROSE Awards

(Oxford University Press USA) Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that one of its journals, Virus Evolution, has won the 2017 PROSE Award for the Best New Journal in the Science, Technology, and Medicine category. The PROSE...Show More Summary

William W. Freehling: Cassius Marcellus Clay and His World

William W. Freehling (1990): _[The Road to Disunion: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854][]_ (New York: Oxford University Press: 0195058143) <>: "Kentucky, while not as southern as Virginia, was more western... >...Kentuckians suffered from the usual western problem: too much land, not enough laborers. Slavery, prime solution to labor shortages deeper in...

Weekend reading: Food Sociology

John Germov & Lauren Williams, eds. A Sociology of Food & Nutrition: The Social Appetite, 4th ed.  Oxford University Press, 2017. I know about this book mainly because my NYU colleague Marie Bragg and I have a chapter in it, “The politics of government dietary advice: the influence of Big Food.” The book is meant […]

Oxford University Press to publish Biology of Reproduction

(Oxford University Press USA) Oxford University Press (OUP) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for the Study of Reproduction to publish Biology of Reproduction.

Immigration raids are linked to low birth weights among Latina mothers

(Oxford University Press USA) Some types of Immigration policy and enforcement can negatively affect the well-being of Latino immigrants, but few studies have examined the repercussions to the health of Latino newborns. New findings,...Show More Summary

Exploring the brain/fat connection to identify key differences amongst humans and monkeys

(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) In a tour-de-force comparative study, Professors Philipp Khaitovich, Patrick Giavalisco et al., utilized vast brain banks from across the world, to take a new approach to understanding...Show More Summary

Oxford University Press to publish Diseases of the Esophagus

(Oxford University Press USA) Oxford University Press and the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE) are pleased to announce their new partnership to publish Diseases of the Esophagus, ISDE's monthly scientific journal.

Heart failure survival rates show no improvement

(Oxford University Press USA) Survival rates for people suffering from heart failure have not improved since 1998, according to a study led by University of Oxford researchers.

Oxford University Press to publish SLEEP

(Oxford University Press USA) Oxford University Press and the Sleep Research Society are pleased to announce their new partnership to publish SLEEP beginning January 2017.

Reading: Alan Taylor (2012): Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

Alan Taylor (2012): _[Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction][]_ (New York: Oxford University Press: 019538914X) 1. This is what you need for background: Know this, and the pre-1800 part of the American economic history course will make sense. Don't know this, and it won't... Housekeeping: [Colonial America: A Very Short...

Reading: Paul Boyer (2012): American History: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Boyer (2012): _[American History: A Very Short Introduction][]_ (New York: Oxford University Press: 019538914X) 1. This is what you need for background: know this, and the American economic history course will make sense. Don't know this, and it won't... [American History: A Very Short Introduction]: http://amzn.to/2gQw7QE ---- _Housekeeping:_ ...

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