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While Suffering Across Some Diseases, Access To Care Gives Support

While suffering can be severe across all diseases, access to care is uneven. The hierarchy that determines how little or how much support is available for an illness is known as "disease prestige". The name of an illness can affect the level of care a person receives. Cancer sufferers experiencing fear and uncertainty may have access to cancer care centers. Donations and bequests enable these centers to offer everything from accessible parking to wig and beauty services, to comprehensive clinical care.

Famous Marshmallow Test Predicts Cognitive And Behavioral Outcomes

According to a new replication study of the well-known "marshmallow test," a famous psychological experiment designed to measure children's self-control suggests that being able to delay gratification at a young age may not be as predictive of later life outcomes as was previously thought. This replication uses a larger and more diverse sample of children to reexamine whether the marshmallow test does, in fact, predict longer-term cognitive and behavioral outcomes. The study was published in Psychological Science.

Association Between Anxiety And Decline In Cognitive State

Researchers have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. Although scientists have previously reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia in later life, this is the first study that provides comprehensive evidence for the effect of depression on the decline in overall cognitive function (also referred to as cognitive state), in a general population. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

Redesigned Enzymes Catalyze Assymetric Hydroamination Reactions

Researchers used a computational method to redesign aspartase and convert it to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination reactions. Their colleagues in China scaled up the production of this enzyme and managed to produce kilograms of very pure building blocks for pharmaceuticals and other bioactive compounds. They used a computational method to redesign aspartase and convert it to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination reactions. The study was published in Nature Chemical Biology.