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Gerbil Ear Hairs Act as a Volume Control
News   Sep 25, 2019

The ear’s tiny outer hair cells adjust the sensitivity of neighbouring inner hair cells to sound levels rather than acting like an amplifier, suggests a new study published today in eLife.

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Study Links Longer Sleep Duration to Worse Cognitive Performance in Menopausal Women
News   Sep 24, 2019

Experts frequently tout the value of a good night's sleep. However, a new study casts doubt on the value of sleep time suggesting that women who experience night sweats are more vulnerable to cognitive dysfunction as their sleep duration increases.

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Researchers Used High-Throughput Mutagenesis to Study Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), with Unexpected Results
News   Sep 24, 2019

Results showed that aggregation of TDP-43 is not harmful but actually protects cells, changing our understanding of ALS and opening the door to radically new therapeutic approaches.

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Pressure Within the Brain May Regulate Seizure Activity, New Avenue for Treatment
News   Sep 24, 2019

Researchers have discovered that the spreading of seizures through the brain can be suppressed depending on the amount of pressure within the brain, an important discovery that may revolutionize the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy.

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Gene Regulators Work Collaboratively To Determine Schizophrenia Risk
News   Sep 24, 2019

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, led by Kristen Brennand, have dug deeper into the mystery of schizophrenia's genetic component. In a new study published in Nature Genetics, they explore the potential role of expression quantitative trait loci, or eQTLs, that govern the expression of several genes in schizophrenia.

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New Study Sheds Light on How the Brain Encodes Information
News   Sep 24, 2019

Combining predictive mathematical models and laboratory experiments, a study by SISSA has shed light on several mechanisms behind this phenomenon.

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Cats Develop Strong Attachments to Their Caregivers, New Study Shows
News   Sep 24, 2019

It’s the first time that researchers have empirically demonstrated that cats display the same main attachment styles as babies and dogs.

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Mild Long-Term Depressive Symptoms Among Mothers are Connected With Emotional Problems Among Small Children
News   Sep 24, 2019

The study investigated how the depressive symptoms of both parents affected the child by the age of two and five.

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Cause of Fatal Childhood Disorder Krabbe Disease Identified
News   Sep 24, 2019

Scientists appear to have solved a decades-long mystery regarding the precise pathway leading to a fatal genetic disorder in children that results in seizures, developmental regression and death, usually around age 3. Studying a mouse model with the same human illness — called Krabbe disease — the researchers also identified a possible therapeutic strategy.

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Study Explores Integrity of Research Specimens
News   Sep 24, 2019

Biological samples can be highly susceptible to changes over time, and degraded samples can produce spurious results in research. To address these concerns, scientists have designed a highly sensitive test that can be used to establish the integrity of blood plasma and serum, the most common biosamples used in medical research.

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