Best of PubMed #7

Another update featuring brilliant pieces of research from the PubMed website. Today’s entries: the science of donuts, the medical benefits of swearing, samurai, and more!


The universal efficacy of the generic glazed donut.

Granchi P.

Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 2006 Spring;69(2):20-3. Review. No abstract available.

PMID: 16752792 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Doc, I’m in the donut hole.

Plotzker RM.

Del Med J. 2008 Apr;80(4):155-7. No abstract available.

PMID: 18512645 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Is the donut in front of the car? An electrophysiological study examining spatial reference frame processing.

Taylor HA, Faust RR, Sitnikova T, Naylor SJ, Holcomb PJ.

Can J Exp Psychol. 2001 Jun;55(2):175-84.

PMID: 11433788 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


The ethics of eating a drug-company donut.

Broznitsky K.

CMAJ. 1996 Mar 15;154(6):899-900.

PMID: 8634969 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Death by cursing–a problem for forensic psychiatry.

Watson AA.

Med Sci Law. 1973 Jul;13(3):192-4. No abstract available.

PMID: 4729108 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Swearing as a non-prescription drug.

Derraik JG.

N Z Med J. 2009 Oct 30;122(1305):104-5. No abstract available.

PMID: 19966886 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Why swearing is good for you.

Sharples T.

Time. 2009 Aug 10;174(5):57. No abstract available.

PMID: 19728429 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Personal predictors of spectator aggression at little league baseball games.

Hennessy DA, Schwartz S.

Violence Vict. 2007;22(2):205-15.

PMID: 17479556 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Swearing–another means of assessing ease of intubation!

Bryden D, Wrench I.

Anaesthesia. 2002 Jun;57(6):624-5. No abstract available.

PMID: 12071177 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


The psychology of swearing among sportsman.

Narancic VG.

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1972 Sep;12(3):207-10. No abstract available.

PMID: 4669064 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Chess psychology and the dentist.

Lewis RA.

TIC. 1982 Oct;41(10):6, 14. No abstract available.

PMID: 6959375 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Water-hoarding in rats.


J Comp Physiol Psychol. 1947 Jun;40(3):149-56. No abstract available.

PMID: 20241992 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Road rage behaviour and experiences of rickshaw drivers in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Shaikh MA, Shaikh IA, Siddiqui Z.

East Mediterr Health J. 2011 Aug;17(8):719-21.

PMID: 21977577 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Blood vitamin C levels of motorized tricycle drivers in Parañaque, Philippines.

Sia Su GL, Kayali S.

Ind Health. 2008 Aug;46(4):389-92.

PMID: 18716387 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free Article

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On speaking to oneself.

Grumet GW.

Psychiatry. 1985 May;48(2):180-95.

PMID: 3991823 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Psychiatry. 1985 May;48(2):180-95.


The energy requirement of selected tap dance routines.

Noble RM, Howley ET.

Res Q. 1979 Oct;50(3):438-42. No abstract available.

PMID: 545531 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Smelly feet are not always a bad thing: the relationship between cyprid footprint protein and the barnacle settlement pheromone.

Dreanno C, Kirby RR, Clare AS.

Biol Lett. 2006 Sep 22;2(3):423-5.

PMID: 17148421 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Comment: samurai attack.

Potterton M.

Afr J Psychiatry (Johannesbg). 2008 Nov;11(4):243-5. No abstract available.

PMID: 19588046 [PubMed] Free Article


The way of the samurai snail.

Koene JM, Chiba S.

Am Nat. 2006 Oct;168(4):553-5. Epub 2006 Sep 6. No abstract available.

PMID: 17004226 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Homicide attempt with a Japanese samurai sword.

Raul JS, Berthelon L, Geraut A, Tracqui A, Ludes B.

J Forensic Sci. 2003 Jul;48(4):839-41.

PMID: 12877304 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Capturing a ring of samurai.

McNally F.

Nat Cell Biol. 2000 Jan;2(1):E4-7. No abstract available.

PMID: 10620811 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


[The berserks–what was wrong with them?].

Høyersten JG.

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2004 Dec 16;124(24):3247-50. Norwegian.

PMID: 15608781 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Is anybody out there?

Horseman RE.

J Calif Dent Assoc. 2013 Jun;41(6):458,457. No abstract available.

PMID: 23875436 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Unmanned aerial survey of elephants.

Vermeulen C, Lejeune P, Lisein J, Sawadogo P, Bouché P.

PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e54700. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054700. Epub 2013 Feb 6.

PMID: 23405088 [PubMed – in process]


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