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    #1: Is there an evolutionary advantage to “being stupid”?

    And the #1 blog entry published thus far in 2017 discussed whether there was an evolutionary advantage to being stupid: —- As I was looking through the scientific literature the other day, I came across an article published in 1973, “The Evolutionary Advantages of Being Stupid.” With a title like that, how could I not…

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    Chronic Anxiety

    Released May 3, 2018 - Sympathetic nerve activity to skeletal muscle blood vessels—a function of the nervous system that helps regulate blood pressure—increases during physiological and mental stress in people with chronic anxiety, a new study finds. Over time, this response may increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, although the study did not test this specifically. The study, published ahead of print in the Journal of Neurophysiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for May.

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    History of the American Physiological Society

    The American Physiological Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. Today, the Society counts some 11,000 members, most of whom hold doctoral degrees in medicine, physiology or other health professions. Our work, then, as now, was to support research, education, and circulation of information in the physiological sciences.

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Robert Furchgott, Ferid Murad and Louis Ignarro are awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of the role of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in various body systems. Their experiments find that this volatile chemical, sometimes introduced nto the system by ingesting nitroglycerin, is vital to controlling blood pressure and blood vessels dilation and contraction.

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