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Embargo on overdrinking proves hard to swallow for university press release

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32.coverThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early Friday on a paper scheduled for release today, after a university jumped the gun with a press release.

From a note sent to the PNAS media list Friday:

PNAS is lifting the embargo on the following manuscript. All other manuscripts are under the scheduled embargo of Monday, October 10, 3 pm US ET.

  • Overdrinking and swallowing inhibition

In a functional MRI study that included 20 participants, on average 30 years of age, researchers found that participants reported increased difficulty in swallowing after drinking more water than necessary to replenish fluids, compared with when they were in a state of thirst; furthermore, the ratings on elevated swallowing effort correlated with neural activity in parts of the brain stem, suggesting that swallowing inhibition might be involved in regulating fluid intake in humans.

PNAS tells Embargo Watch:

We are investigating the circumstances. A press release was issued by the corresponding author’s institution without the correct embargo information.

Here’s the press release.


Written by Ivan Oransky

October 10, 2016 at 10:02 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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