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Newborn Genomic Sequencing Detects Disease Risk

As genomic sequencing becomes increasingly commonplace in the clinic, questions remain about its use and role among newborns. Can sequencing provide actionable insights? How common is it to find something relevant to a child's future health? What benefits or consequences will sequencing have for families?.

Botulinum Toxin Reduces Chronic Migraine Attacks

A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of botulinum toxin injections in reducing the frequency of chronic migraine headaches, concludes an updated review and analysis in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Honoraria: Consulting Linked to Positive RA

The first study to document the prevalence and structure of financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) among authors of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) randomized clinical trials (RCTs) found no overall impact of authors' FCOI or of funding source on study outcomes. The study did see, however, that tests were more likely to be positive if an author had received honoraria or consulting fees from the sponsoring drug company.

Child Healthcare: A Towering Figure in Bangladesh

In recent years, a series of studies by the United Nations and World Bank applauded Bangladesh's efforts in curbing child mortality. In Asia, among the least developed and middle-income countries, words of praise were particularly reserved for Bangladesh.

According to Unicef, the UN children's emergency fund, Bangladesh has done an "outstanding job" of decreasing the rate of child mortality by almost 80% since 1990. The country also has a higher than average annual reduction in child mortality rate at 5.5%.

Findings, Graphene-Based Implant Overcomes Technical Limitation

The body of knowledge about the human brain is growing exponentially, but questions big and small remain unanswered. Researchers have been using electrode arrays to map electrical activity in different brain regions to understand brain function. Until now, however, these arrays have only been able to detect activity over a certain frequency threshold.

A new technology developed in Barcelona overcomes this technical limitation, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz and paving the way for future brain-computer interfaces.