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Media coverage and threat perception

Popular media coverage of infectious diseases greatly influences how people perceive those diseases, making them seem more dangerous, according to a new study.

Are you phonagnosic?

The first known case of someone born without the ability to recognise voices has been reported by researchers, in a study of a rare condition known as phonagnosia.

Glutamate in schizophrenia

While the predominant hypothesis for many years was that schizophrenia was a glutamate deficit disorder, there is growing evidence of glutamate hyperactivity as well.

Pain automatically activates facial muscles

A study has found that people who facially express pain in a more intense way are not exaggerating if their perception of a painful stimulation is controlled.

Reducing nervous system inflammation

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered a new way to limit inflammation caused by the activation of microglia - key immune cells in the brain.

The brain's code for 3-D structure

A team of neuroscientists has discovered patterns of brain activity that may underlie our remarkable ability to see and understand the three-dimensional structure of objects.

Toxic bile damages the liver

Researchers at the Heidelberg University Hospital have discovered a new genetic disease that can lead to severe liver damage.

RSV may hide in the lungs

A study suggests that RSV may hide in the lungs even after other symptoms abate, ultimately resurfacing to cause recurrent wheezing and chronic airway disease.

Inflammation may nurture skin cancer

Inflammation, a frontline defense against infection or disease, can help nurture skin cancer, researchers have found.

The effect of gamma waves on cognition

Research reveals that gamma wave activity in the brains of children provide a window into their cognitive development, and could open the...

Inflammation and blood-clotting markers

Researchers have found that higher levels of certain markers of inflammation and blood-clotting are strongly associated with intermittent antiretroviral therapy and with a higher risk of death from non-AIDS diseases.

Do mobile phones increase brain cancer risk?

Major research initiatives are needed immediately to assess the possibility that using mobile phones may lead to an increased risk of brain tumours, according to an editorial in Surgical Neurology

Contact lenses home to pathogens

New research shows that a high percentage of contact lens cases in Tenerife are contaminated with Acanthamoeba that cannot be killed by...

Respiratory rhythms can predict insomnia

The breathing and heart rates and cortisol levels of women with metastatic breast cancer can be used to predict if they'll suffer from chronic insomnia and sleep disruptions.

Myelin decay contributes to physical decline

After middle age, we start to lose the battle to repair the myelin in our brain, and our motor and cognitive functions begin a long, slow downhill slide.

Integrating antiretroviral therapy with TB treatment

A study shows that mortality among TB-HIV co-infected patients can be reduced by a remarkable 55 per cent, if antiretroviral therapy is provided with TB treatment at the same time.

Alzheimer's and low blood pressure

New study proposes that some people suffering from Alzheimer's disease experience a reduction in their high blood pressure because of cognitive decline.

Circadian clock and remembering

The circadian rhythm that quietly pulses inside us all, guiding our daily cycle from sleep to wakefulness and back to sleep again, may be...

New Hodgkin characteristics discovered

Researchers are still discovering new characteristics of Hodgkin lymphoma, a common form of cancer of the lymphatic system.

Regulating energy supply to the brain

Unlike freewheeling financial markets, the lending process in the body is under strict regulation to ensure that more isn't lent than can be afforded.

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