Research team pinpoints brain circuitry underlying dissociative experiences

It’s neither uncommon nor especially worrisome for people to lose themselves in a great book or a daydream. But it’s disconcerting when feeling transported becomes so intense as to seem that one is literally separated from one’s own mind or body. Between 2% and 10% of the population will experience the mysterious phenomenon known as dissociation during their lifetimes, said […]

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Deaths increase under new heart donor system, research team finds

Deaths following heart transplants have increased in the year after a new allocation system was put in place to reduce wait times and prioritize donor organs for the sickest patients. The finding by Dr. Rebecca Cogswell at the University of Minnesota and colleagues is a preliminary look at the effect of the new system for deciding which donor hearts go […]

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Psychological abuse is most common form of maltreatment experienced by national team athletes, study finds

The most common form of maltreatment experienced by athletes is psychological abuse, followed by neglect, a new study from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education has found. The findings are the result of a survey to determine the prevalence of maltreatment among current and former national team athletes, conducted in partnership with AthletesCan and with support […]

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Research team identifies a new genetic variant associated with acute respiratory distress

An international collaboration including Javier Belda, professor of surgery at the University of Valencia, has reported a new genetic variant associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The work, with a sample of more than 2,000 patients, has been published in the Intensive Care Medicine Experimental journal. ARDS is one of the main causes of mortality in adults admitted to […]

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Team uses gene editing to personalize clinical care for family with cardiomyopathy

A little over a year ago, a 65-year-old woman with severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—a condition in which the heart’s muscle becomes abnormally thick, potentially causing dangerous irregular heartbeats—had her genes sequenced before her first visit to the Penn Center for Inherited Cardiac Disease. In the sequence, the patient’s care team identified a variant in a gene called TNNT2, which is associated […]

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Team identifies new brain region that suppresses fear

A study conducted at Texas A&M University has identified a new area in the brain involved in inhibiting fear, a discovery that holds potential for clinical interventions in patients with psychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The article was published in Nature Communications on Oct. 30. Dr. Stephen Maren, University Distinguished Professor of psychological and brain sciences and […]

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