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Sensory Neuron Diversity in the Inner Ear Is Shaped by Activity

A new study by Harvard Medical School researchers sheds light on the molecular repertoire of neurons responsible for encoding sound in the inner ear, which could inform efforts to develop therapeutic strategies to treat or protect against hearing loss.

The team shows that the class of neurons responsible for transmitting information from the inner ear to the brain is composed of three molecularly distinct subtypes. The study was published in Cell.

Being overweight May Change Young Adults' Heart Structure , Function

According to a new study, the research examined that a higher body mass index (BMI), a weight-for-height index results in adverse effects on the cardiovascular system in young adults. Even as a young adult, being overweight may cause higher blood pressure and thicker heart muscle, setting the stage for heart disease later in life. The study was published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

Brain Function After Concussion: Positive Response with Mild Problem-Solving Task

A mild problem-solving task improves brain functioning after a concussion, according to a new study. Currently, there are many questions about rehabilitation and treatment options, with absolute rest often the go-to treatment.

But the new study suggests that a simple cognitive task as early as four days after a brain injury activates the region that improves memory function, and may guard against developing depression or anxiety.

MILabs' Ultra-High Resolution U-CT System

A MILabs dual-energy, ultra-high resolution U-CT system has been installed at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel (HUJI). Under the direction of Professor Galia Blum, this institute has established an internationally renowned research program, focused on drug design, delivery, and therapy.

Nanostructured Sensor System: Brain Aneurysm Treatment Monitored

Implantation of a stent-like flow diverter can offer one option for less invasive treatment of brain aneurysms – bulges in blood vessels – but the procedure requires frequent monitoring while the vessels heal.

Now, a multi-university research team has demonstrated proof-of-concept for a highly flexible and stretchable sensor that could be integrated with the flow diverter to monitor hemodynamics in a blood vessel without costly diagnostic procedures. The research was reported in the journal ACS Nano.

OPD Visits: Insurance It But Within a Limit

Under health insurance, an insured person is covered against the financial risks associated with hospitalisation. All health insurance policies offer coverage for hospitalisation of 24 hours or more, which is why many a times patients demand to be hospitalised for ailments that may not need it. Some policies cover daycare procedures, where patients can be discharged after a few hours of treatment.