New discovery in how mammals sense the cold could lead to new pain relief drugs

Researchers at UCL have shown for the first time that mammals detect different intensities of cold using distinct sensory neuron systems, a finding which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cold pain. The study on mice, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, set out to understand more about the two known sensory neuron […]

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Brains of blind people adapt to sharpen sense of hearing, study shows

Research has shown that people who are born blind or become blind early in life often have a more nuanced sense of hearing, especially when it comes to musical abilities and tracking moving objects in space (imagine crossing a busy road using sound alone). For decades scientists have wondered what changes in the brain might underlie these enhanced auditory abilities. […]

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Dietary supplements: What vitamins make sense and which are not – counselors

The times, as the vitamin tablets were declared to be the elixir of life, are long gone. Rather, studies are piling up, the vitamins in pill form that are considered risky or, at best, superfluous. But there are exceptions. Who wants to do something Good for his health, often resorts to food supplements. Numerous studies have demonstrated that isolated vitamins, […]

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Sound changes the way rodents sense touch

The brain assigns sensory information from the eyes, ears and skin to different regions: the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex. However, it is clear that there are anatomical connections between these cortices such that brain activation to one sense can influence brain activation to another. A new study by the laboratory of Associate Professor Shoji Komai at the […]

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Rich people found to be more charitable if given a sense of control

A pair of researchers, one with Harvard Business School, the other with the University of British Columbia, found that when soliciting donations from wealthy people, it pays to offer them a sense of control. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, Ashley Whillans and Elizabeth Dunn describe their study, which involved sending donation request letters to […]

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