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Unlike adults, children use both sides of the brain to process language

September 18, 2020

A study which focused on language processing has revealed that very young children use both hemispheres of their brain to do so, and can even develop needed cognitive abilities in the other hemisphere after heavy damage.This differs from adults, who almost universally process language in their left hemisphere, in a process known as “lateralisation” and […]

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Specific brain regions in charge of fatigue-moderating efforts

September 15, 2020

Scientists have revealed that certain brain regions regulate bouts of fatigue – overcoming this clutch will help scientists find therapies that increase physical performance in healthy people as well as in those with physical/mental limitations. The findings were gleaned from a recent study at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, US. Dr. Vikram Chib, […]

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Participation from partners helps heart attack survivors stick to healthy, new habits

September 7, 2020

Heart attack survivors have a better chance of changing unhealthy habits or to form healthy ones, including exercise, when their significant others join their efforts. It also greatly helps patients prevent future repeat heart attacks. Observing programs focusing on lifestyle improvement such as weight loss, physical activity, and smoking cessation, researchers at the Amsterdam University […]

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Protein-specific blood test may revolutionise diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease

September 3, 2020

New research led by fellows at Lund University in Sweden, by way of an inexpensive blood test, could be accurate indicator of both plaques and tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in living patients. So far, the diagnosis of AD has been based on assessments of the brain (neuropathological) after a patient has died, but […]

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Transforming white fat into brown fat handy application to obesity treatments

September 2, 2020

Out of the different fat cells in the human body, brown fat is more beneficial than white fat – scientists at the Joslin Diabetes Center (Joslin) in Massachusetts, US, have developed a variant of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to convert a patient’s white fat cells into brown fat cells. The human brown-like (HUMBLE) fat cells […]

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Scientists confirm genetic variations cause eczema, allows for polishing of genetic tests, therapies

August 26, 2020

Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition caused by an impaired skin barrier. It allows increased water loss from the skin – people with eczema tend to have thick, dry,and intensely itchy skin and easily develop skin infections and allergies. Scientists backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recently […]

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Researchers successfully grow functioning mini hearts from stem cells

August 25, 2020

A breakthrough at Michigan State University (MSU), US, has seen the first-ever miniature human hearts – grown from stem cells – made in the lab. The human heart organoids (hHOs) come complete with all primary heart cell types and have functioning chambers and vasculature. The hHOs could allow for new treatments of conditions like congenital […]

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Curious young minds drawn to explore, stockpile information over easy rewards

August 24, 2020

“Exploration seems to be a major driving force during early childhood – even outweighing the importance of immediate rewards,” according to Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University, US. Dr. Vladimir and colleagues studied how children would jump at the chance to explore the unknown, instead of choosing the obvious “reward” path, […]

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Injecting healthy cells into eyes boosts vision in blind mouse models

August 19, 2020

Scientists studying engineered biomaterials at the University of Toronto (UT), Canada, have happened upon a technique that could one day treat blindness – they demonstrated how a new method of injecting healthy cells into the eyes could address vision loss similar to conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or retinitis pigmentosa. Both conditions see the […]

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Older adults may not be “missing the picture” but interpreting it differently

August 14, 2020

A professor from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), Missouri, has looked at the brain activity of older adults through a slightly different set of tests than common ones for memory. Zachariah Reagh found that aging adults don’t necessarily have “quieter” memory – “It’s just different,” he said. Reagh used a data set from the […]

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