Abnormal proteins correlate with aggressive behavior in dementia

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have together with American colleagues studied deceased patients who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia. They observed a correlation between certain proteins and dementia sufferers’ tendency to commit criminal acts. «This study is unique in that we studied deceased patients, something that means we are 100 per…

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New studies can inform programs to prevent sexual violence among teens locally, globally

PROVIDENCE, R.I.[Brown University] — Across cultures and geographic locations, the teen years are a time of growth, development and exploration into adult interactions — and romantic and sexual relationships are often some of the most critical interactions that many teenagers navigate. A series of new studies by researchers at Brown University examines how teenagers in…

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Researchers develop effective method to diagnose pancreatic cancer

Thus, the prospects for early pancreatic cancer detection are of enormous importance. Innovation Fund Denmark has just granted 13.1 million kroner for new and promising pancreatic cancer diagnostic technologies. Associate professor Birgitte Regenberg, University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology heads the project. She and her research group have developed an extremely sensitive diagnostic method using…

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Virginia Tech joins global effort on vector control strategy to prevent malaria

IMAGE: From left: Virginia Tech researchers Roger Schürch, Kang Xia, Cassidy Rist, and Douglas Pfeiffer (not pictured) were awarded a $1.4 million grant to undertake the economic and environmental impact assessments… view more  Credit: Virginia Tech Malaria, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues to be a leading cause of illness and death worldwide.…

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Listeners immerse themselves in audiobooks in very different ways

Researchers at Aalto University analysed how listeners immerse themselves in audiobooks by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and words that the story brings to mind. The study indicated that word lists resembling each other also predicted similarities in brain function. In the study, 16 people listened to an audiobook written by Professor Iiro Jääskeläinen…

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Bigger portions lead to preschoolers eating more over time

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Preschoolers may not be as good at resisting large portions of everyday foods as was previously thought, according to Penn State researchers. In a study, the researchers examined whether children between the ages of three and five were susceptible to the portion size effect — the tendency of people to eat…

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Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks

IMAGE: In a study of healthy volunteers, NIH researchers found that taking short breaks, early and often, may help our brains learn new skills. view more  Credit: Courtesy of Cohen lab, NIH/NINDS. In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just…

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Signs and symptoms of MS in women

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that interferes with the flow of information in the central nervous system. It causes a variety of symptoms and can affect women differently than men. Researchers do not know what triggers multiple sclerosis (MS). Once it develops, the disease causes the immune system to destroy a type of tissue…

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Opioid Sales Reps Swarmed New York at Height of Crisis

Purdue Pharma’s sales force swept through New York State, visiting doctors and pharmacies nearly half a million times between 2006 and 2017 to promote OxyContin and other opioid painkillers. That is roughly 160 sales stops in the state each weekday during the height of the nation’s addiction crisis. The company’s flood-the-zone sales strategy was among…

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Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same.

For 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself. He drew blood from his arms. He saved his urine. He played computer games to test his memory and reaction speed. He measured the shape of his eyes. Two hundred and forty miles below, Mr. Kelly’s twin brother,…

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