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December 8th, 2017 by admin

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Can game design concepts increase journalism engagement? New report says yes
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New research finds interactive games can increase reader engagement with and understanding of news.
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December 8th, 2017 by admin

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What’s in a name? How Taking a spouse’s surname can define power in marriage
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A new study shows that a wife’s choice of surnames may influence perceptions of her husband’s personality and the distribution of power in the marriage.
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December 8th, 2017 by admin

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Talking to ourselves and voices in our heads
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As far our brain is concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loud, new research shows. The findings may have important implications for understanding why people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia hear voices.
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December 8th, 2017 by admin

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Toxoplasmosis: How a cat parasite exploits immune cells to reach the brain
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Scientists have previously shown that a parasite from cats can infect people’s brain and affect our behaviour. Now, researchers at Stockholm University have discovered how the parasite takes control of our cells.
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December 8th, 2017 by admin

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How individuals with schizophrenia view their experiences and confidence in judgments may influence treatment targets
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A schizophrenia patient’s own perceptions of their experiences — and confidence in their judgments — may be factors that can help them overcome challenges to get the life they wish, suggests a new paper.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Being treated unfairly at work increases risk of long-term sick leave
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Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Mindful yoga can reduce risky behaviors in troubled youth
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Study shows a marked reduction in risky sex and substance abuse in troubled 18- to 24-year-olds after several months of participating in mindful yoga and positive coping strategies.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Screen time before bed linked with less sleep, higher BMIs in kids
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It may be tempting to let your kids stay up late playing games on their smartphones, but using digital devices before bed may contribute to sleep and nutrition problems in children, according to researchers.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Discrimination harms your health, and your partner’s, study shows
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Discrimination not only harms the health and well-being of the victim, but the victim’s romantic partner as well, indicates new research.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Hope for autism: Optogenetics shines light on social interactions
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New research, using mice to identify a neural link between spatial learning and socialization, hints at new avenues to help people with autism and other social behavior disorders that affect their prefrontal cortex.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Monkey feel, monkey do: Microstimulation in premotor cortex can instruct movement
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Finding ways to get around those broken networks in the brain is an important area of research for those seeking to develop treatment interventions. Now researchers are showing in monkeys that stimulation delivered directly to the premotor cortex can elicit a feeling or experience that can instruct different movements, even when the stimulus is too small to induce any response directly.
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December 7th, 2017 by admin

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Why we can’t always stop what we’ve started
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When we try to stop a body movement at the last second, perhaps to keep ourselves from stepping on what we just realized was ice, we can’t always do it — and neuroscientists have figured out why.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Traumatic brain injury causes intestinal damage, study shows
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A two-way link between traumatic brain injury and intestinal changes has been uncovered by research. These interactions may contribute to increased infections in these patients, and may also worsen chronic brain damage.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Routing gene therapy directly into brain
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A new technique, which could be used to transplant donor-matched hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) or a patient’s own genetically-engineered HSCs into the brain, has been revealed by scientists in a new report.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Parents’ reports of children’s autism symptoms differ by ethnicity
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Racial differences in parents’ reports of concerns about their child’s development to healthcare providers may contribute to delayed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in black children, according to a study.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Can diet help reduce disability, symptoms of MS?
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For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be linked to having less disability and fewer symptoms than people whose diet is less healthy, according to a study.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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3-D mini brains accelerate research for repairing brain function
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Hospitals are making mini brains from human stem cells, putting researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system after injury or disease of the brain and spinal cord. Researchers have developed a new system to reduce the time it takes to grow these brain models, which will give them the ability to screen drugs and study what’s behind disease-causing mutations more quickly.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Novel regulation of gene expression in brain tumors identified
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New study results reveal a previously unknown interplay between two key enzymes and a novel understanding of how brain cancer tumors form and spread.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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When a common cold may trigger early supportive care
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A new study shows that in infants who were born severely premature, human rhinovirus infections appear to trigger airway hyper-reactivity, which leads to wheezing, hyperinflation and more severe respiratory disease.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Some video games are good for older adults’ brains
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Playing 3D-platform video games on a regular basis may improve cognitive functions in seniors and increase grey matter in a brain structure called the hippocampus, a new study suggests.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Is laughter the greatest medicine for cancer patients?
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Spontaneous humor is used and appreciated by people with cancer and can be a helpful way of dealing with distressing, taboo or embarrassing circumstances, research shows.
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December 6th, 2017 by admin

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Brain activity and anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder
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The error-related negativity (ERN) is a brain signal response to errors that is thought to reflect threat sensitivity and has been implicated in anxiety disorders in individuals without autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Sexual harassment on the job still carries large impact, study shows
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Researchers have revisited workplace sexual harassment issues after the initial study was done nearly 20 years ago.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Women who attempt suicide exhibit different protein levels years after the attempt
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Women with a history of suicide attempts exhibit different levels of a specific protein in their bloodstream than those with no history of suicide attempts, according to new research.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Trace elements of lithium in drinking water linked to longer life in Alzheimer’s patients
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Trace elements of lithium in drinking water may slow death rates from Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. Rates of diabetes and obesity, which are important risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, also decrease if there is a particular amount of lithium in the water, says the study.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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New weakness found in most common childhood malignant brain tumor
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A new weakness found in medulloblastoma, the most common form of childhood brain tumor, could lead to more personalized medicine and improved treatment for some patients, according to an early study.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Pregnant women with PTSD have higher levels of stress hormone cortisol
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A woman’s emotional and physical health during pregnancy impacts a developing fetus, research shows. However, less is known about the effect of past stressors and posttraumatic stress disorder on an expectant woman.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Protein-folding simulations sped up
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Proteins are huge molecules whose function depends on how they fold into intricate structures. To understand how these molecules work, researchers use computer modeling to calculate how proteins fold. Now, a new algorithm can accelerate those vital simulations, enabling them to model phenomena that were previously out of reach. The results can eventually help scientists better understand and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Preschool program helps boost skills necessary for academic achievement
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Children growing up in poverty face many challenges, but a preschool program that aims to improve social and emotional skills may help increase their focus and improve learning in the classroom, according to researchers.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
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A new study reveals that hyperbaric oxygen treatments may alleviate symptoms experienced by patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Multicultural awareness boosts teaching competency, but is an uneven resource among future teachers
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Student teachers with more multicultural awareness foster more positive classroom environments for their students, finds a new study.
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December 5th, 2017 by admin

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Lithium chloride blunts brain damage linked to fetal alcohol syndrom, study shows
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A single dose of lithium chloride, a drug used to treat bipolar disease and aggression, blocks the sleep disturbances, memory loss, and learning problems tied to fetal alcohol syndrome, new experiments in mice show.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Opioid crisis: Criminal justice referrals miss treatment opportunities, study suggests
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Under 5 percent of those referred for opioid treatment from the criminal justice system were directed to medication-assisted programs to treat their disorder, new research has found.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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New Alzheimer’s animal model more closely mimics human disease
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Making an AD mouse model that incorporates both A-beta and tau pathologies in a more AD-relevant context has been greatly sought after but difficult to accomplish. Now, researchers have done that and it’s a big step for AD research, which will allow for new therapies to be tested in a more realistic context.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Repetition can make sounds into music
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New research shows that listeners perceive repeated environmental sounds as music.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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High-stress childhoods blind adults to potential loss
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Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble. According to researchers, this difficulty may be biological, stemming from an unhelpful lack of activity in the brain when a situation should be prompting heightened awareness. And that discovery may help train at-risk young people to be better at avoiding risk.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Autism-linked gene stunts developing dendrites
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Increased expression of a gene linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) leads to a remodeling of dendrites during brain development, according to a new study conducted in cultured neurons and an ASD mouse model. The research identifies a series of cellular and molecular events that may contribute to differences in neuronal connectivity that underlie the social and communication deficits observed in autism.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Computer simulations reveal roots of drug resistance
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New supercomputer simulations have revealed the role of transport proteins called efflux pumps in creating drug-resistance in bacteria, research that could lead to improving the drugs’ effectiveness against life-threatening diseases and restoring the efficacy of defunct antibiotics.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Brain researchers gain greater understanding of how we generate internal experiences
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Our mental life is rich with an enormous number of internal experiences. We can vividly recall an episode from childhood as well as what we did just five minutes ago. We can imagine and plan in detail our next vacation. How does the brain achieve this magic? In a new study researchers showed that internal experiences, such as recalling personal memories, are associated with the simultaneous activity of different cognitive systems.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Online risks are routine for teens, most bounce back
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Teens routinely encounter online risks, such as sexual solicitations, cyberbullying and explicit material, but research shows that the negative effects of such exposure appear to be temporary, vanishing for most teens in less than a week. A new study found that typical teens seem to be resilient and cope with most online risks, moving beyond the temporary negative impacts quickly.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Right-handed or left-handed? Hand preference during gestation
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Are you born or do you become right-handed or left-handed? A study shows that hand preference is already well defined at the 18th gestational week. The predictive capacity of the method used seems a good starting point for the early recognition of pathologies characterized by cerebral asymmetries, such as depression, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Advances to brain-interface technology provide clearer insight into visual system
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Engineers and cognitive neuroscientists have demonstrated that a new high-density EEG can capture the brain’s neural activity at a higher spatial resolution than ever before. This next-generation brain-interface technology is the first noninvasive, high-resolution system of its kind, providing higher density and coverage than any existing system. It has the potential to revolutionize future clinical and neuroscience research as well as brain-computer interfaces.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Researchers ‘dismantle’ mindfulness intervention to see how each component works
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Because mindfulness-based interventions blend multiple practices, researchers can’t always figure out how each one works, so they created a rigorously controlled study to isolate each of them and confirm that they do what is claimed.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Mindfulness meditation can offset the worry of waiting
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Research has shown all the techniques we employ to reduce the stress of worry don’t work. Now an expert has found something that can help: ‘mindfulness’ meditation. That is, focusing on the present using meditation. The research has found that mindfulness is a sort of antidote to the ‘curse’ of waiting.
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December 4th, 2017 by admin

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Helping hands guide robots as they learn
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Researchers help humans and robots collaborate by enabling real-time interactions that modify a robot’s path to its goal. The study will help robots make the transition from structured factory floors to interactive tasks like rehabilitation, surgery and training programs in which environments are less predictable.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Under pressure: Novel technology to model pressure-induced cellular injuries in the brain
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Brain injuries — whether caused by trauma, tumors, hemorrhage or developmental anomalies — often produce elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), which in turn causes cellular injuries in the brain and additional neurological deficits beyond those associated with the initial insult. Little is known about the mechanisms underlying secondary ICP-induced cellular injuries. Researchers have developed a model of ICP-induced brain injury that could help elucidate those mechanisms and uncover novel therapeutics.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Placenta consumption offers few benefits for new moms, small study shows
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Consuming encapsulated placentas has little to no effect on postpartum mood and maternal bonding; detectable changes shown in hormones.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Why do we see similarities across languages? Human brain may be responsible
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For years, researchers have been interested in the similarities seen across human languages. New research suggests that those similarities may stem from the brain’s preference for efficient information processing.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Dropping out of high school linked to child abuse
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Children who have been victims of violence are more likely to drop out of high school before graduation than their peers, according to a new study. One in five people in the United States drop out of high school before graduation, which decreases their lifetime earning potential by 20 percent. More than 30 percent of the survey sample were victims of violence before the age of 16.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Kids and screen time: Signs your child might be addicted
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It’s a familiar sight in the majority of young families: young children bent over a screen for hours, texting or gaming, lost in a digital world.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Skepticism takes many forms
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Not every kind of science skepticism is the same. For example, skepticism about climate change is linked to political ideology, whereas skepticism about vaccinations consistently correlates with religious beliefs. In contrast, skepticism about genetically modified foods is not fuelled by religious or political ideology. These are some of the major findings of a new research study among North Americans.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Researchers validate five new genes responsible for ALS
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New experiments validate the identification of five new genes linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The new study results were validated through five different methods.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Robot learning improves student engagement
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Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep
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When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. This finding has also made it possible to analyze the scientific basis of consciousness, an increasingly important field of neuroscience.
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December 1st, 2017 by admin

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Teens get more sleep when school starts later
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A later school start time could mean teens are more likely to get adequate amounts of sleep, according to researchers.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Cannabis linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults
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Cannabis use in youth is linked to bipolar symptoms in young adults, finds new research.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Brain activity mapped to improve prosthetic design
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High-tech prosthetics allow amputees to engage more fully in everyday life, even to compete in sporting events. Researchers have demonstrated how brain activity is used to identify different terrains — level ground and stairs, for example — a key step in developing prosthetics that allow the user’s prosthesis to automatically adjust to changing ground conditions in real time.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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What gives poetry its aesthetic appeal? New research has well-versed answer
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New psychology research points to the factors that explain why we find particular poems aesthetically pleasing — results that enhance our understanding of ‘why we like what we like.’
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests
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The more you know about the news media and how it works, the less likely you are to believe conspiracy theories – even ones you might find politically tempting. The connection held true overall even where conspiracy theories resonated with an individual’s political beliefs.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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People with disabilities more likely to be arrested
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People with disabilities face all sorts of discrimination every day. New Cornell University research suggests they may also face it while interacting with the police.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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New treatment investigated for brain tapeworm infection
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Treating neurocysticercosis (NCC), an infection of the brain with tapeworm larvae, often leads to inflammation and seizures when the parasites in the brain die. Now, researchers have reported that pretreatment with the anti-tumor necrosis factor drug etanercept (ETN) is a viable strategy to manage this post-treatment inflammation.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Speaking up against bigotry can reduce bad behavior
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If you’re sitting around the holiday table and one of your curmudgeonly uncles says something unintentionally bigoted, your inclination may be to ask for more mashed potatoes and get on with the feast. But researchers say that might be a mistake.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain, study suggests
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Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet.
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November 30th, 2017 by admin

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Gene variant that protects against Alzheimer’s disease identified
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Research details a novel and promising approach in the effort to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Medical researchers have discovered a rare genetic variant that provides a protective effect for high-risk individuals — elderly people who carry known genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s– who never acquired the disease.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Low vitamin D levels at birth linked to higher autism risk
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Low vitamin D levels at birth are associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the age of 3 years.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Employee-job personality match linked with higher income
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An employee whose personality traits closely match the traits that are ideal for her job is likely to earn more than an employee whose traits are less aligned, according to new research.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Innovative microscope poised to propel optogenetics studies
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A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease affect neuron communication.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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NIH study of WWII evacuees suggests mental illness may be passed to offspring
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Mental illness associated with early childhood adversity may be passed from generation to generation, according to a new study of adults whose parents evacuated Finland as children during World War II.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Nerve cell findings may aid understanding of movement disorders
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Fresh insights into the links between nerve and muscle cells could transform our understanding of the human nervous system and conditions relating to impaired movement.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Empowering workers can cause uncertainty and resentment
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Attempts by managers to empower staff by delegating different work to them or asking for their opinions can be detrimental for employee productivity, research shows.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Eye contact with your baby helps synchronize your brainwaves
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Making eye contact with an infant makes adults’ and babies’ brainwaves ‘get in sync’ with each other — which is likely to support communication and learning.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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No evidence that gadolinium causes neurologic harm
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There is no evidence that accumulation in the brain of the element gadolinium speeds cognitive decline, according to a new study.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Child-proofing the Internet of Things
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As many other current, and potentially future, devices can connect to the Internet researchers are keen to learn more about how so called IoT devices could affect the privacy and security of young people.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Sometimes, it pays for the boss to be humble
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It’s good to be humble when you’re the boss – as long as that’s what your employees expect. Researchers studying workplaces in China found that some real-life teams showed more creativity if the employees rated their bosses as showing more humility.
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November 29th, 2017 by admin

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Synthetic cannabis-like drug reduces sleep apnea
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A synthetic cannabis-like drug in a pill was safe and effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea in the first large multi-site study of a drug for apnea.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Marriage may help stave off dementia
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Marriage may lower the risk of developing dementia, concludes a synthesis of the available evidence.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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New genetic variations linked to educational attainment: Genetic overlap between cognitive ability and longevity
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Investigators have discovered dozens of new genetic variations associated with a person’s general cognitive ability. While profiling cognitive ability, researchers also discovered a genetic overlap with longevity.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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How having too much or too little of CHRNA7 can lead to neuropsychiatric disorders
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Using new pluripotent stem cell technology, researchers have discovered unexpected effects on calcium flux on neurons from patients with neuropsychiatric disorders carrying either fewer or extra copies of the CHRNA7 gene.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Dual virtual reality/treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson’s patients
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A new study suggests that a therapy that combines virtual reality and treadmill exercise dramatically lowers the incidence of falling among Parkinson’s patients by changing the brain’s behavior and promoting beneficial brain plasticity, even in patients with neurodegenerative disease.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Exercise may help protect smokers from inflammation, muscle damage
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Regular exercise may protect smokers from some of the negative effects associated with smoking, such as muscle loss and inflammation, according to a new study.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Dyslexia: When spelling problems impair writing acquisition
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Dyslexia is a learning difficulty which affects the ability to adopt the automatic reflexes needed to read and write. Several studies have sought to identify the source of the problems encountered by individuals with dyslexia when they read. Little attention, however, has been paid to the mechanisms involved in writing. Researchers have recently looked at the purely motor aspects of writing in children diagnosed with dyslexia. Their results show that orthographic processing in children with dyslexia is so laborious that it can modify or impair writing skills, despite the absence of dysgraphia in these children.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Complications at birth associated with lasting chemical changes in the brain
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New research shows that adults born prematurely — who also suffered small brain injuries around the time of birth – have lower levels of dopamine in the brain.
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November 28th, 2017 by admin

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Severity of post-operative delirium relates to severity of cognitive decline
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There is increasing evidence that the level of delirium in post-surgical patients is associated with the level of later cognitive decline in those same patients.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Opioid antidote naloxone: Gaps in knowledge
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A new systematic review of evidence by clinicians and researchers reveals important gaps in knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of widespread off-label use of naloxone among patients, families, friends and emergency responders. Naloxone rapidly reverses the effects of opioid overdose.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Brain cortex development: Ryk needs a chaperone
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Proteins named Ryk and Smek contribute to the development of the brain’s cortex, which is the gray matter responsible for consciousness, report scientists.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Mothers of teens with autism report higher levels of stress, but optimism can be a buffer
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Researchers found that mothers of teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID) reported higher levels of stress and other negative psychological symptoms — think depression or anxiety — than mothers of teenagers with typical development (TD). Those levels climbed even higher when teenagers with ASD or ID also showed signs of clinical-level disruptive behavior disorders.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Novice pilots improve visual responses to simulation by watching experts’ eye movements
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Novice military pilots can improve their visual responses to a simulated emergency procedure by observing the eye movements of expert pilots.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Unforeseen new drug target discovered for acute myeloid leukemia
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A new study has found an unexpected new drug target for acute myeloid leukemia that could open new avenues to develop effective treatments against this potentially lethal disease. Researchers show that inhibiting the METTL3 gene destroys AML cells without harming non-leukemic blood cells and reveals why METTL3 is required for AML cell survival.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patients
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A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of human patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds
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Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to learn how to control the device, even several years after an amputation.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech
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Psychologists have discovered that when you shift your attention from one place to another, your brain ‘blinks’–experiences momentary gaps in perception.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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White male gun owners with money stress more likely to be morally attached to their guns
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White male gun owners who have lost, or fear losing, their economic footing tend to feel morally and emotionally attached to their guns, according to a study. They are also more likely to say the violence against the government is sometimes justified.
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November 27th, 2017 by admin

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Radiologists detect injury patterns of intimate partner violence
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Common clinical and radiologic patterns could alert radiologists of potential intimate partner violence, to spark a conversation with the referring physician and multi-disciplinary care team to get patients the help they need.
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November 24th, 2017 by admin

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Avatar therapy may help to reduce auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia
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An experimental therapy which involves a face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar representing their auditory hallucination may help reduce symptoms, when provided alongside usual treatment, according to a study.
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November 24th, 2017 by admin

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Small but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain
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The most dramatic divergence between humans and other primates can be found in the brain, the primary organ that gives our species its identity. However, all regions of the human brain have molecular signatures very similar to those of our primate relatives, yet some regions contain distinctly human patterns of gene activity that mark the brain’s evolution and may contribute to our cognitive abilities, a new study has found.
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November 24th, 2017 by admin

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How badly do you want something? Babies can tell
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Babies as young as 10 months can assess how much someone values a particular goal by observing how hard they are willing to work to achieve it, according to a new study. This ability requires integrating information about both the costs of obtaining a goal and the benefit gained by the person seeking it, suggesting that babies acquire very early an intuition about how people make decisions.
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November 23rd, 2017 by admin

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Imaging technique shows progress Alzheimer’s disease
Source: Science Daily
Using ‘Raman’ optical technology, scientists can now produce images of brain tissue that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The images include the surrounding areas, already showing changes.
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November 23rd, 2017 by admin

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Hormone therapy in the menopause transition does not increase risk of stroke
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Postmenopausal hormone therapy is not associated with increased risk of stroke, provided that it is started early, according to a new report.
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November 23rd, 2017 by admin

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Neurobiology: The chemistry of memory
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Learning requires the chemical adaptation of individual synapses. Researchers have now revealed the impact of an RNA-binding protein that is intimately involved in this process on learning and memory formation and learning processes.
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November 22nd, 2017 by admin

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Do birdsong and human speech share biological roots?
Source: Science Daily
Do songbirds and humans have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds? Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research provides new evidence to support this idea.
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