An electroencephalogram (EEG) study of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) identified a neural signal that may help explain the variation of how those with ASD perceive or understand the mental states of others (called “Theory of Mind”). Led by Matthew Lerner, PhD, of Stony Brook University, the study is published in Clinical Psychological Science.
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Note that some links may require registration or subscription. COVID deaths in Brazil surpassed 500,000, and protesters in more than 20 cities are blaming President Jair Bolsonaro for downplaying the pandemic. (NPR) The more contagious and possibly more deadly Delta variant will “probably” become the dominant strain in the U.S. in the next couple of
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Antihypertensive medications that cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) may be linked with less memory decline, compared with other drugs for high blood pressure, suggest the findings of a meta-analysis. Over a 3-year period, cognitively normal older adults taking BBB-crossing antihypertensives demonstrated superior verbal memory, compared with similar individuals receiving non–BBB-crossing antihypertensives, reported lead author Jean K.
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A new project seeks to combine Minecraft play with counselling to support children’s mental health Tech for Good, an initiative launched by mental health charity North East Children, sees children and young people play video games, specifically Minecraft, as part of traditional counselling sessions. The sessions, facilitated by trained counsellors, run alongside talking therapy and
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Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), particularly those with heterozygous FH, see their low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels slashed with evolocumab (Repatha) and maintained out to 2 years, suggests data from the HEYMANS real-world analysis. However, the results, in more than 800 patients with FH, showed that around half were not already on background statin therapy when
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New vaccine based on the recombinant spike protein antigen (rS-B.1.351) from Beta (B.1.351) virus lineage highly immunogenic in mice and produced neutralizing antibodies Primates boosted with rS-B.1.351 vaccine induced strong neutralizing immune response to original SARS-CoV-2, Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Beta (B.1.351) variant strains Humans immunized with original NVX-CoV2373 vaccine demonstrated robust antibody responses to original
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“We call this ‘scope-a-dope.'” — Ray Callas, MD, a Texas Medical Association delegate at the American Medical Association’s annual meeting, discussing the American Academy of PAs announcement that it’s changing the name of the profession from physician assistant to physician associate. “Get vaccinated. Good for your health. Good for your sex life.” — Bradley Anawalt,
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. More people need to get vaccinated if the United States wants to prevent the spread of deadly variants this winter, says a top vaccine expert. “Vaccines are our only way out of this,” Paul Offit, MD, a member of the FDA
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A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom has found that the coronavirus may cause long-term brain loss and could be the reason some COVID-19 patients lose their sense of smell and taste.   “In short, the study suggests that there could be some long-term loss of brain tissue from COVID, and that would
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Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. But, noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise, leading to May being recognized as Better Hearing Month. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. from 20 to 69 and 5 percent of children
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Understanding cellular metabolism – how a cell uses energy- could be key to treating a wide array of diseases, including vascular diseases and cancer. While many techniques can measure these processes among tens of thousands of cells, researchers have been unable to measure them at the single-cell level. Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker
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The intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis is a leading cause of death among premature infants born in the U.S. and across the globe. Characterized by excessive inflammation that can cause tissue decay in the bowels, the disease provides a pathway for infectious and deadly bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Despite four decades of research, effective treatments
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From appreciating each other and recognising the power of hope, to learning about our planet, we share 10 things to do this July 1. Page-turners The Comfort Book by Matt Haig For most of us, hope is a comforting emotion we rely on during periods of mental ill-health. Matt Haig’s latest book delves into the
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance found in marijuana plants. There are various CBD health benefits such as treating and alleviating skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. For those who want to try unconventional skin treatment options, there are a lot of CBD skincare products that are now available. These have numerous skin benefits due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.  Acne
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Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities, even as some worry that coronavirus-related restrictions were hastily lifted, a new poll shows. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public
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Poppy Jamie has lived experience of the damage that striving for perfection can do to our wellbeing. Now, she’s taking that knowledge, as well as a mountain of professional know-how on self-acceptance, and sharing it so we can all embrace our wildest, most imperfect selves There are more than a few words I’d love to
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