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Medical Xpress / Learning motor skills requires the 'feeling' part of the brain

Contrary to previous research, a new study by Neeraj Kumar and David Ostry at McGill University shows that somatosensory cortex is involved in retaining new motor skills. Published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology ...

9 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / THC use during rat pregnancy found to result in harm to brain of male offspring

A large team of researchers from Italy, Hungary and the U.S. has found that administering THC to pregnant rats resulted in damage to the brains of male offspring. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, ...

13 hours ago in Medications
Medical Xpress / Novel technique helps explain why bright light keeps us awake

In recent decades, scientists have learned a great deal about how different neurons connect and send signals to each other. But it's been difficult to trace the activity of individual nerve fibers known as axons, some of ...

10 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / New DNA 'clock' could help measure development in young children

Scientists have developed a molecular "clock" that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders.

9 hours ago in Genetics
Medical Xpress / Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of birth defects

Children born to women who underwent gastric bypass surgery before becoming pregnant had a lower risk of major birth defects than children born to women who had severe obesity at the start of their pregnancy. That's according ...

12 hours ago in Surgery
Medical Xpress / DNA fracturing rewires gene control in cancer

Understanding the mechanisms that mediate widespread DNA damage in the cancer genome is of great interest to cancer physicians and scientists because it may lead to improved treatments and diagnosis. In this study, a multi-institutional ...

10 hours ago in Oncology & Cancer
Medical Xpress / New treatment combination could work against broader array of cancer cells, study finds

In continuing efforts to find novel ways to kill cancer cells, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified a new pathway that leads to the destruction of cancer cells. The new finding, ...

11 hours ago in Oncology & Cancer
Medical Xpress / Genetic differences in the immune system shape the microbiome

Genetic differences in the immune system shape the collections of bacteria that colonize the digestive system, according to new research by scientists at the University of Chicago.

12 hours ago in Immunology
Medical Xpress / Brain networks more stable in individuals with higher cognitive abilities

The interconnections and communication between different regions of the human brain influence behavior in many ways. This is also true for individual differences in higher cognitive abilities. The brains of more intelligent ...

14 hours ago in Neuroscience
Medical Xpress / Researchers retract paper that suggested Chinese CRISPR twins might die early

A pair of researchers from the University of California has retracted a paper they had published in the journal Nature Medicine in which they claimed to have found evidence that the Chinese CRISPR twins might die early. In ...

13 hours ago in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Researchers reduce heart-attack-caused cardiac tissue damage by 30% in mice

Each year, heart attacks kill almost 10 million people around the world, and more than 6 million die from stroke. A heart attack is caused by clots that block arterial blood flow. Tissues are deprived from blood-borne oxygen. ...

14 hours ago in Medical research
Medical Xpress / Prolonged oxygen exposure causes long-term deficits on hippocampal mitochondrial function in newborns

Findings recently published in Nature Scientific Reports by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Manimaran Ramani, M.D., indicate that in a rodent model prolonged oxygen exposure during the critical developmental period ...

13 hours ago in Neuroscience