Autism and theory of mind

Suppose you are helping your friend search for their missing phone and while they are looking around another room, you find it behind some cushions. When they return, you seize the opportunity to play a prank on them and pretend the phone is still missing. You are able to envision this prank because you know…

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New technology gives unprecedented look inside capillaries

IMAGE: An image of capillaries taken with spectral contrast optical coherence tomography angiography, which is the first technology to capture blood flow and oxygen exchange. view more  Credit: Vadim Backman/Northwestern University EVANSTON, Ill. — More than 40 billion capillaries — tiny, hair-like blood vessels — are tasked with carrying oxygen and nutrients to the far reaches…

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Yale psychologists find that adults take girls’ pain less seriously

Gender stereotypes can hurt children — quite literally. When asked to assess how much pain a child is experiencing based on the observation of identical reactions to a finger-stick, American adults believe boys to be in more pain than girls, according to a new Yale study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The researchers attribute…

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MD Anderson study shows FGL2 protein may be an effective target for glioblastoma

IMAGE: This is Shulin Li, Ph.D. view more  Credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center HOUSTON — Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered an immune regulator that appears to dictate glioblastoma (GBM) progression by shutting down immune surveillance, indicating a potential new area of therapeutic investigation. Findings from the preclinical study led…

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Modern Love: Are You My Husband?

Recently I found myself on the receiving end of a tarot card reading at a summer potluck. A woman I had met only 30 minutes earlier peered at me over her glasses, the cards spread out on a cooler between us. Holding the five of pentacles, she said, “Have you grieved the loss of your…

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Fish oil does not appear to improve asthma control in teens, young adults

IMAGE: Fish oil supplements do not improve asthma control in teens, young adults. view more  Credit: ATS Jan. 22, 2019—Fish oil does not appear to improve asthma control in adolescents and young adults with uncontrolled asthma who are overweight or obese, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In…

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Cancer patients can quit smoking through lengthened medication time, counseling support

CHICAGO — Quitting smoking can significantly improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment, according to the U.S. Surgeon General, yet almost half of cancer patients continue to smoke after they’ve been diagnosed. A new study from Northwestern Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania found cancer patients have better success quitting and are not…

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Penn’s ‘enhanced recovery’ protocol reduces opioid use in spinal surgery patients

PHILADELPHIA — A novel «Enhanced Recovery After Surgery» (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine showed that when an ERAS protocol was employed—which optimizes patients’ surgical care before, during, and after surgery, including patient…

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