How to Play With Your Kids Even When You Find it Boring AF

First, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, you love your darling child more than life itself. Yes, you would walk over hot coals to make them happy, and yes, the sound of their laughter makes your heart swell with indescribable joy. It’s also okay (and understandable and human!) to get bored to tears with a seemingly endless game […]

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Neuroscientists find brain activity patterns that encode our beliefs

For decades, research has shown that our perception of the world is influenced by our expectations. These expectations, also called “prior beliefs,” help us make sense of what we are perceiving in the present, based on similar past experiences. Consider, for instance, how a shadow on a patient’s X-ray image, easily missed by a less experienced intern, jumps out at […]

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More than 600 people swabbed to find donor match for girl with cancer

One-year-old with leukaemia inspires 600 people to get swabbed in a bid to find her a stem cell donor after chemotherapy failed to cure her cancer Phoebe Ashfield was diagnosed in January but chemotherapy didn’t work Her only option is a stem cell transplant but her parents are not matches Their world was ‘turned upside down’ after her diagnosis at […]

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Researchers find fecal marker could help diagnose early signs of chronic gut conditions

Small molecules found in fecal matter could provide clues to the early inflammation found in chronic gut conditions, such as intestinal bowel disease (IBD), and serve as new biomarkers for diagnosis, according to a study led by the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University. The researchers found that fecal miRNA, small nucleic acid sequences, could be used as […]

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Researchers find new mutation in the leptin gene

The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity. Texas Biomed Staff Scientist Raul Bastarrachea, M.D., is part of a team that discovered a new mutation in the gene that regulates the key hormone suppressing hunger called leptin. This new mutation could help researchers understand why people develop excess of body fat. Dr. Bastarrachea’s research […]

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Researchers find protein marker for the effectiveness of malaria antibodies

The quantity and quality of antibodies that recognize the end region of the malaria parasite’s CSP protein is a good marker of protection by the RTS,S/AS01E vaccine, according to a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and institutional collaborators. The study, published in Nature Communications, provides valuable information for guiding the design of more effective vaccines. […]

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Researchers find screenings for social determinants of health need to be tailored to clinics

Study of community health centers in Boston finds great deal of variation in practice, as well as in provider and staff opinions about what helps or hinders the process. An estimated 70 percent of the variation in healthcare outcomes is attributable to social determinants——but it is only in recent years that healthcare settings have begun formally looking at these factors […]

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Some children find it harder to understand what strangers are saying

New research by New York University Steinhardt Associate Professor Susannah Levi finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know. Levi’s research evaluated school-aged children and found that children with high language skills—a […]

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Researchers find high-risk genes for schizophrenia

Using a unique computational framework they developed, a team of scientist cyber-sleuths in the Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute (VGI) has identified 104 high-risk genes for schizophrenia. Their discovery, which was reported April 15 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, supports the view that schizophrenia is a developmental disease, one which potentially can […]

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Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer

Nearly 30 types of gut bacteria are linked to colorectal cancer, new studies find Researchers found higher levels of nearly 30 different types of bacteria in colorectal cancer patients compared to healthy individuals One was Fusobacterium nucleatum, an oral bacterium that plays a role in periodontal disease  Another breaks down choline, an essential nutrient found in meat, and turns it […]

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