Pauline

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Date registered: May 14, 2011

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  1. Fantasy and Genetics – Do They Go Together Like Science and Fiction? — June 12, 2018
  2. Obsessions in Alzheimer’s — April 2, 2018
  3. Can’t lose weight with Belviq? — December 27, 2017
  4. Treating depression: Wellbutrin is more effective for females than males. — December 24, 2017
  5. Lighting a Path Forward — September 27, 2017

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  1. There’s No Glass Ceiling if you Leave the Room — 4 comments

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Jun
12

Fantasy and Genetics – Do They Go Together Like Science and Fiction?

This could be a disaster. I’m launching a new website that does genetic analyses for fun. It combines make-believe and science. There are a lot of direct-to-consumer genetics products out there, yet genetics is not very predictive at the individual level. The science behind these difficulties is abtruse, so why not have some fun while helping people understand …

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Apr
02

Obsessions in Alzheimer’s

This video shows a woman with Alzheimer’s who is obsessed with finding and helping a non-existent cat. The obsession happens over a two-month period and you can tell she’s very distressed. She is always looking for a cat — wandering the streets and even breaking windows to go out and find this cat. Her daughter …

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Dec
27

Can’t lose weight with Belviq?

With the holidays nearly over, I have to admit I’m feeling sick overeating with the holiday parties and goodies given as gifts. We’ll be examining the gender differences in the weight loss drug Belviq (generic name lorcaserin). Based on online ratings, Belviq works better in males than in females (men gave 1.18 more points for …

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Dec
24

Treating depression: Wellbutrin is more effective for females than males.

Millions suffer from depression, so it’s important to know which treatments work. Women are underrepresented in clinical trials. Thus, it is possible that they react differently to drugs. To study this, we downloaded online drug reviews to see if women responded to drugs differently than men. Surprisingly, women rated Wellbutrin XL higher than males. Wellbutrin …

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Sep
27

Lighting a Path Forward

About 2 years ago, I accidentally wrote a children’s book. (Accidentally is a strange word: rather, I never intended to write a children’s book, but when an idea sticks with me, the only way to get it out of my head is to do it.) My significant other is part of a company that makes …

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Jul
23

There’s No Glass Ceiling if you Leave the Room

My friends have been asking me why I resigned from my current job, with no job lined up. It started when ants found their way into our home. I could see a solid trail of ants determinedly racing towards a destination (turns out someone had spilled soda underneath the fridge). The ants looked something like …

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Jul
10

Reverse engineering contingency (2×2) table from Odds Ratio (OR)

Given the odds ratio (OR), we will calculate the individual cells in the contingency table (a,b,c,d). In yellow, I’ve highlighted what is known. a,b,c, and d are unknown and what we want to calculate. Odds Ratio = (a/c) / (b/d) Cases Controls Total Exposed a b total_exposed (a+b) Unexposed c d total_unexposed(c+d) Total total_cases(a+c) total_controls(b+d) …

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May
10

Alzheimer’s book: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss

The book “100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss” was written in 2010. You can find all of the advice on the Internet, and in more succinct terms. The author Jean Carper lists “100 actions” you can take to prevent Alzheimer’s. Each action is written as a chapter. My …

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May
09

Alzheimer’s Books: Tangles and The Little Girl in the Radiator

I read two books on Alzheimer’s from the caretaker’s perspective: The Little Girl in the Radiator Tangles Tangles and The Little Girl in the Radiator are written from the perspective of the caregiver. Tangles is written by Sarah Leavitt about her mother. The main caretaker is her father. In The Little Girl in the Radiator, …

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Apr
16

ApoE4 and increased risk of Alzheimer’s

My significant other (SO) has a good chance of getting Alzheimer’s, based on his family history and genetics (he’s ApoE4 homozygous). We discovered this when he got his DNA tested. So my goal (that sounds really ambitious – maybe I should say “aim”? Trying again…) My aim is to find preventive measures for Alzheimer’s, specifically …

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