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Dyslexia not Linked to Lower Pass Rates in the AKT

A new study has found that UK general practitioners (GPs) with dyslexia are just as likely to pass the knowledge component of the licensing exam as their counterparts. The Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) is part of the qualification needed to become a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) and become licensed to practice independently.

New Device Could Improve Quality of Life for People with Tetraplegia

A person with a spinal cord injury could improve their ability to grip and move household objects by using an electrical stimulation device controlled by their own thoughts, according to a study presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The study suggests that this new technology could one day allow people with disabilities to live more independently and enhance their quality of life .

Lab-Grown Human Cerebellar Cells Provides Fresh Clues to Autism

Increasing evidence has linked autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with dysfunction of brain cerebellum, but the details have been unclear. In a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry , at Boston Children's Hospital used stem cell technology to create cerebellum cells known as Purkinje cells from patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The lab-grown cells showed several characteristics that may help explain how ASD develops at the molecular level.

A Microbial Assessment Of The International Space Station

Researchers from the University of California, Davis who analyzed swabs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and compared them with samples from homes on earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project found that the microbial community in this unique habitat was very diverse and more closely resembled that of homes than of humans. The study has published in PeerJ.

MRI, Machine Learning could Help Determine Efficacy of OCD Treatment

UCLA researchers have developed a way to use brain MRI scans and machine learning to predict whether people with obsessive-compulsive disorder ( OCD ) will benefit from cognitive behavior therapy. The technique could help improve the overall success rate of cognitive behavioral therapy, and it could enable therapists to tailor treatment to each patient. The study findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .