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What is the Function of the Hypothalamus? –

The hypothalamus is a small area in the center of the brain that has many jobs. It plays an important role in hormone production and helps to stimulate many important processes in the body. When the hypothalamus is not working properly, it can cause problems in the body leading to…

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Brain maintains representation of hands decades after amputation 

Amputees’ brains remember missing hands for years following amputation, find researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. This revelation could help scientists develop a new generation of prosthetics controlled directly by the brain. While there was less hand-related brain activity in the amputees, the specific patterns making…



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Height and spatial awareness: who draws the short straw?

Being able to reach the top shelf in the grocery store isn’t the only benefit of being tall. Research published in the journal Science Advances shows that taller people have better spatial awareness, too. The number of differences between tall and short people are mounting. Of course, all animals are equal, but,…


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Crohn’s disease: Potential treatment to prevent fibrosis uncovered 

Scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada have found a mutation that switches off a hormone receptor, which prevents mice from developing fibrosis. This discovery could lead to potential treatments to prevent fibrosis in people with Crohn’s disease. Scientists can potentially block complications of fibrosis in Crohn’s disease…


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Heatwaves, cold snaps may raise preterm birth risk 

Being pregnant during a heatwave is far from the most pleasant scenario for a woman, but new research finds such extreme temperatures may do more than make expectant mothers uncomfortable; they could increase the risk of preterm birth. Researchers say exposure to extreme heat or cold during pregnancy may increase…


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Caffeine may complicate blood pressure treatment and diagnosis

If you are going to have a blood pressure test within the next 2 days, you might want to keep off the coffee. Research published in the American Journal of Hypertension has found that patients who drink the occasional cup could be reducing the effect of medication for lowering blood pressure. Drinking…


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Chinese team to pioneer first human CRISPR trial

CRISPR (= Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) + DNA fragment, E.Coli. Credit: Mulepati, S., Bailey, S.; Astrojan/Wikipedia/ CC BY 3.0 (Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital has announced plans to begin a clinical trial where cells modified using the CRISPR gene editing technique will…


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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Vaccine developed by Australian and US researchers may reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s

Experts at Adelaide’s Flinders University have made an Alzheimer’s breakthrough that may result in world’s first dementia vaccine. Developed by Australian and US scientists, this vaccine may not only prevent but also reverse early stages of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. Source: Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Vaccine developed by Australian…