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New Brain Imaging Research Shows That When We Expect Something to Hurt it Does

Expect a shot to hurt and it will probably, even if the needle is not really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you'll likely flinch again, even though-second time around-you should know better. That's the takeaway of a new brain imaging study published in the journal  Nature Human Behavior which found that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Surprisingly, those false expectation scans persist even when reality repeatedly demonstrates otherwise, the study found

Recessive Genes Explain Only Small Fraction of Undiagnosed Developmental Disorder

The Deciphering Developmental Disorders study has discovered that only a small fraction of rare, undiagnosed developmental disorders in the British Isles are caused by recessive genes. The study by researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators estimated that only five percent of the patients had inherited a disease-causing gene mutation from both parents, far fewer than previously thought. This will guide research and could lead to a better understanding of the risk for future pregnancies