Calcium channel subunits play a major role in autistic disorders

The ability of the human brain to process and store information is determined to a large extent by the connectivity between nerve cells. Chemical synapses are very important in this context as they constitute the interface for the transmission of information between individual nerve cells. Abnormalities in the formation of synapses cause many neurological disorders such as autism. Neurobiologists at […]

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National poll: Half of parents have declined kids’ play date invites

The new school year often leads to playdate invitations, sometimes between families who don’t know each other. But parents don’t always agree to such invites, with nearly half in a new national poll saying they have declined a playdate because they didn’t feel comfortable leaving their child in the other parent’s care. Parents’ top concerns about playdates include children being […]

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Brain injury from concussion may linger longer than one year after return to play

How long does it take an athlete to recover from a concussion? New research has found an athlete’s brain may still not be fully recovered one year after being allowed to return to play. The study is published in the October 16, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “There is growing evidence […]

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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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Pediatricians have role to play in addressing racism

(HealthDay)—Pediatricians should play a role in advocating to redress biases and inequalities in the health system and other systems, according to a policy statement published online July 29 in Pediatrics. Maria Trent, M.D., M.P.H., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues address the impact of racism on child and adolescent health. The authors note that pediatricians and other child […]

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Do minerals play a role in development of multiple sclerosis?

Some studies have suggested that minerals such as zinc and iron may play a role in how multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses, once people have been diagnosed with it. But little was known about whether zinc, iron and other minerals play a role in the development of the disease. A new study shows no link between dietary intake of several minerals […]

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Inflammatory monocytes play contradictory roles in fungal infections

Immune cells called inflammatory monocytes are often one of the first responders to infections, but they actually facilitate the progression of Cryptococcus neoformans infection in mice, according to a study published March 21 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Lena Heung and Tobias Hohl of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. According to the authors, these disparate results indicate that […]

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