Media Coverage: April roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in April 2024, including The Scientist, Nature World News, and StudyFinds.
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Rickleton et al.’s Research Article, ‘Tempo and mode of gene expression evolution in the brain across primates’ was featured in:

  • MSN – Study Investigates Links Between Gene Expression and Primate Brain Evolution

Wasim et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Modulation of α-Synuclein Aggregation Amid Diverse Environmental Perturbation’, was picked up by:

  • Neuroscience News – Cracking Parkinson’s: Proteins’ Aggregation Unveiled
  • MSN – New Model Captures Multiple Factors Driving Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation

The study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘Simulations reveal mechanism behind protein build-up in Parkinson's disease’.

Breen & Deffner’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Risk-sensitive learning is a winning strategy for leading an urban invasion’, was featured in:

  • Animals Today (Netherlands) – Assessing risks helps animals live together with humans (translated)
  • Irish Examiner – Grackles are learning to become streetwise city slickers
  • MDZ (Argentina) – The curious change in attitude of a species of birds (translated)
  • Estadão (Brazil) – Risk and reward: what new study reveals about the survival of bird species in cities (translated)
  • Infobae (Argentina) – Some birds invade cities while assessing risks (translated)

Hagihara et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Large-scale animal model study uncovers altered brain pH and lactate levels as a transdiagnostic endophenotype of neuropsychiatric disorders involving cognitive impairment’, was featured in:

  • List23 – The impact of fluctuations in brain pH and lactate levels may be significant in the development of certain neuropsychiatric disorders
  • PsyPost – Altered brain pH and lactate levels could play a key role in neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Faro De Vigo (Spain) – Brain acidity could be related to multiple neurological disorders (translated)

Erbacher et al.’s Research Article, ‘Interaction of human keratinocytes and nerve fiber terminals at the neuro-cutaneous unit’, was mentioned in:

This study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘Ensheathed nerve fibres in human skin help communicate external stimuli’.

Shen, Rolls et al.’s Research Article, ‘Brain and molecular mechanisms underlying the nonlinear association between close friendships, mental health, and cognition in children’, was commented on by:

  • Sanità24 (Italy) – Isolation and bad friendships increase the risk of mental disorders in young people (translated)
  • L’identita (Italy) – Social relationships shape brain – 5 close friends perfect number (translated)

Nhu et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘High-risk Escherichia coli clones that cause neonatal meningitis and association with recrudescent infection’, was featured in:

  • News Medical – Study identifies the main types of E. coli bacteria that cause neonatal meningitis

Glenn et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Bacterial vampirism mediated through taxis to serum,’ was featured in:

  • Metro – Deadly ‘vampire’ bacteria seek out and feast on human blood
  • LadBible – Scientists find ‘deadly vampire bacteria’ that have a thirst for human blood
  • WION – 'Vampire' bacteria: Some common pathogens are now feasting on human blood
  • Metrópoles (Brazil) – Study points to bloodlust in bacteria that cause sepsis (translated)
  • Science Alert – Some Microbes Are Tiny ‘Vampires’ With a Deadly Attraction to Human Blood
  • The News International – This vampire-like bacteria sucks out blood from humans
  • WIRED (Spanish) – The bacteria that lives in your stomach is thirsty for blood (translated)
  • Nature World News – Bacterial Vampirism: Some Foodborne Bacteria Have Taste for Human Blood
  • Terra (Brazil) – “Vampire” bacteria attracted to blood can be fatal
  • The News Tribune – Vampire bacteria – that cause deadly infections – ‘thirst’ for your blood, study says
  • StudyFinds – World’s deadliest bacteria act like vampires — seeking out human blood
  • O Liberal (Brazil) – 'Vampire' bacteria common in intestinal inflammation are attracted to blood and can be deadly (translated)
  • Aventuras na Historia (Brazil) – Researchers find ‘vampiristic’ feature in deadly bacteria (translated)
  • La Tercera (Chile) – “Bacterial vampirism”: scientists discover that many common bacteria feed on human blood (translated)
  • Folha de Pernambuco (Brazil) – Deadly ‘vampire bacteria’ discovered by scientists causes concern (translated)
  • LiveScience – 'Vampire' bacteria thirst for human blood — and cause deadly infections as they feed
  • Food Safety News – WSU researchers expose ‘bacterial vampirism’ in some foodborne pathogens
  • News9Live – ‘Vampire bacteria’” Researchers discover deadly virus that show thirst for human blood
  • Global News – ‘Bacterial vampirism’: Deadly pathogens attracted to human blood, study finds

Campbell et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Regional response to light illuminance across the human hypothalamus’, was featured in:

This study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘Higher light levels may improve cognitive performance’.

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