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Visual Cortex

Computer Program Reveals What Neurons In The Visual Cortex

Why do our eyes tend to be drawn to certain shapes, colors and silhouettes more than others? For more than half a century, researchers have know that neurons in the brain’s visual system respond more to some images than others a feature that is critical for the ability to recognize, understand and interpret the multitude…

Pharmacology

Tumor DNA Gives Treatment Options For The Most Common Ovarian Cancer

According to a new research, circulating tumor DNA can be used detect treatment options for ovarian cancer patients who don’t benefit from chemotherapy. High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) is the most common and aggressive subtype of ovarian cancer. The HGSOC tumors consist of several heterogeneous cell populations with a large number of mutations. This genetic variability makes…

Urethral obstruction

Researchers Find Gene For Urethral Obstruction

Even before birth, an obstructed urethra can cause a variety of issues in the unborn child; ranging from mild urinary problems to kidney failure. This highly variable disease is called LUTO (lower urinary tract obstruction). An international team of researchers led by the University of Bonn has now discovered a first gene involved in this…

Mental Illness

Personal Stories Of Mental Illness Can Help Others On The Road

Inspirational stories of how people have overcome their struggles with mental illness can help others on the road to recovery; a study by researchers at The University of Nottingham has find. However, first-hand accounts that include specific details of harmful behaviour may have a negative impact on some groups, including those battling an eating disorder. A…

Mortality In Children

Depression Increases Hospital Use And Mortality In Children

Children with depression admitted to the hospital for other illnesses like pneumonia, appendicitis or seizure disorders, stay longer, pay more and are at greater risk of death, a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School study finds. The study, which appears in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Child mortality, also known as child death, refers to the death…

Albendazole Treatment

Albendazole Treatment And The Harmful Effect On The Microbiome

A new study has identified no major differences between the microbiomes of people infected; with roundworm or hookworm and uninfected peers. The investigators found no evidence that curing either of these infections with albendazole treatment has a harmful effect on the microbiome; but they identified specific changes that result from curing hookworm infections and from…

Antimicrobial Dosing Regimens

Evolution And Ecology Inspire Antimicrobial Dosing Regimens

Taking an evolutionary view can inspire new ideas in clinical microbiology. For example, evolutionary studies can reveal why some antimicrobial dosing regimens; but are better than others in preventing the development of drug resistance. Looking at microbial communities, rather than just pathogenic micro-organisms, can also lead to new insights. That is why clinicians, bioinformaticians analysing…

Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh

Measles Outbreak in Morang, Dang and Kapilvastu raises concern

Two weeks ago, the World Health Organisation published an alarming report that measles cases across the world rose 300 percent in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. “While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend;” said the United Nations health agency. Nepal…

Right Ear

Buzzing In Ear Alerted Boy To Very Unwelcome Visitor

Connecticut 9-year-old knew something was wrong. Three days after a routine day in the school playground, he felt something “foreign” in his right ear and persistent buzzing noises. Doctors who examine the boy’s ear at Yale-New Haven Hospital quickly ascertained the cause: An eight legged visitor, a tick, had taken up residence on his eardrum,…

During Pregnancy

Mobile Prenatal App Show To Reduce In Person Visits During Pregnancy

Using the mobile app Baby scripts reduce in person prenatal care visits while maintaining patient and provider satisfaction, according to research published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth by physician researchers from the George Washington University (GW). A mobile app has find to reduce in-person care visits during pregnancy while maintaining patient and provider satisfaction, according…

Low-Income Infants

Many Low-Income Infants Receive Formula In The First Few Days

The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding; for the first six months of life. However, new research led by George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services found high rates of mixed breastfeeding; early introduction of formula among their sample of low-income, predominately Hispanic immigrant women participating in…

Haematology

Platelets The Chameleons of Cancer Biology

Have you ever been in a classroom and wonder to yourself whether the information being present is wrong During graduate school, I audit a medical school class in which the professor remark that at some point in the students’ medical training, a fact would be present that later may be show to be incorrect. New…