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Newly Discovered Face-Detecting Brain Circuit Could Advance Autism Research

Scientists have uncovered a brain circuit in primates that rapidly detects faces. The newly discovered circuit first engages an evolutionarily ancient part of the brain, which can then trigger the eyes and head to turn for a better look.
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Targeting Cell Repair Proteins Offers New Avenue for Early Alzheimer's Intervention

According to a new study, a class of proteins that regulates cell repair and enhances cell growth-signaling systems could be a promising new target for the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
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Umbilical Cord Milking Shows No Neurodevelopmental Risks in Newborns

A treatment to move blood from the umbilical cord into the body of newborns who are limp, pale and with minimal breathing, known as non-vigorous, does not appear to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental impairment.
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Novel Lab Test Detects HIV Strains in Africa, Paving Way for Global Cure

A multinational team developed a test that will help measure the persistence of HIV in people affected by viral strains found predominantly in Africa—a vital tool in the search for an HIV cure that will benefit patients around the world.
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Over 1,000 Gene Variants Can Influence the Age of First Menstrual Period

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers found more than 1,000 gene variants that influence the age of first menstrual period.
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New Blood Test Method Promises Personalized Cancer Treatments

UZH and USZ researchers have now further developed an advanced method to analyze liquid biopsies of DNA fragments in the blood. It is fast and practical, without putting much of a strain on patients.
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Childhood Obesity Doubles the Risk of Hospitalization for Dengue Virus Infection

Obesity in children is associated with double the risk of hospitalization for dengue virus infection, according to a study yesterday in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
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First Case of Down Syndrome Identified in Neanderthals

An international team including Binghamton anthropologist Rolf Quam documented the first case of Down syndrome in Neandertals by studying the fossil of a child found in a cave in Spain.
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Daily Multivitamins Do Not Lower Risk of Death in Healthy Adults, Study Finds

A recent study, led by the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute, has investigated the association between taking multivitamins daily and mortality risk, finding there was not a lower risk of death among healthy adults.
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Study Reveals Lasting Lung Damage from Childhood Air Pollution

Asthma and symptoms of bronchitis in youth do not fully account for the association in a study that underlines the need to reduce pollution according to scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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