What makes memories stronger?

A team of scientists at NeuroElectronics Research Flanders reports that highly demanding and rewarding experiences result in stronger memories. By studying navigation in rats, the researchers traced back the mechanism behind this selective memory enhancement to so-called replay processes in the hippocampus, the memory-processing center of the brain. These important findings provide new insights into one of the most enigmatic […]

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This 2-Year-Old Has a Grapefruit-Sized Tumor That Makes Her Look Pregnant

Cleo Keenan, a 2-year-old from the U.K., suffers from a rare cancer called adrenal carcinoma. The condition starts out in either one or both adrenal glands, which are on top of the kidneys. Keenan has stage 3 adrenal carcinoma, and that’s caused her stomach to swell to an alarming size. Keenan’s mother Shannon Latham told the Daily Mail that, as […]

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The pill makes women less able to read other people’s emotions

The contraceptive pill makes women ‘less able to read other people’s emotions’ and could impact their relationships Oral contaceptive causes subtle emotional changes to a woman’s brain Makes her 10% less likely to recognise other people’s facial expressions Thought to be due to the pill’s impact on her oestrogen and progesterone levels   e-mail 11 View comments The pill may blur […]

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Eating a Western diet makes you more prone to listeria

How eating a Western diet makes you more prone to listeria: Menu of pizza, burgers and chips makes the immune system less able to fight the deadly infection Diet altered the gut bacteria of mice, therefore their susceptibility to infection  Listeria is found in contaminated food and can cause serious problems The diet also caused inflammation supporting previous evidence e-mail View […]

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New connected device makes injectable insulin easier to monitor for diabetes type 1 patients

The number of diabetics in the world, both insulin dependent and not insulin dependent, is 415 million and it is expected to grow to 600 million in 2040. If their treatment fails, there is high risk of complications related to vascular and nerve affection and even death. The EU’s INSULCLOCK project is putting forward a solution to help diabetics manage […]

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Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma

Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma—one of the most common childhood cancers—have found that a combination of two drugs made tumours disappear in mice, making it more effective than any other drugs tested in these animals. Professor Murray Norris, deputy director of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, Sydney, Australia, told the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets […]

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