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Gene Therapy for Life-limiting Blood Disorder Becomes Commercially Available
News   Jan 13, 2020

bluebird bio Inc. have announced that their gene therapy for the blood disorder transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) is commercially available for the first time.

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Brain Diseases That Alter Language Abilities Vary by Native Tongue
News   Jan 13, 2020

English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages, according to new research.

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Twenty-year Follow-up Study Finds Schizophrenia Medication To Be Safe
News   Jan 13, 2020

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and their colleagues in Germany, the USA and Finland have studied the safety of very long-term antipsychotic therapy for schizophrenia. According to the study, mortality was higher during periods when patients were not on medication than when they were.

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Something Chronic: How a Gut Infection May Lead to IBS
News   Jan 13, 2020

A new study identifies how the immune system normally protects neurons in the gut, and why they can die after infection, providing potential insight into IBS.

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Listening to the "Cocktail Party in the Brain" Could Advance Neuroprostheses
News   Jan 13, 2020

Researchers have been able to record, decode and reconstruct neural activity patterns for common movement skills in both motor and sensory areas of the cerebral cortex. The findings have immediate implications for neuroprostheses, devices that bypass neurological injuries by inferring intended motor actions from a patient’s brain

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The Wisdom That Helps Prevent Elderly Loneliness
News   Jan 13, 2020

A new study has identified that people’s experience of living with loneliness is shaped by a number of personal and environmental factors, and how loneliness can be overcome.

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A New Definition of Hikikomori Aims To Treat Extreme Isolation
News   Jan 13, 2020

Experts in the Japanese phenomena of hikikomori say this condition, which involves extreme social isolation, is more widespread than previously acknowledged, and it deserves a clear and consistent definition to improve treatment across the globe.

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Ditch Tongue Fat and Improve Sleep Apnea
News   Jan 13, 2020

The tongue could be a new target for treating sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, according to a new study.

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World-first Genomic Analysis of Puberty Provides Insights Into Cancer and Infertility
News   Jan 13, 2020

In the first-ever genome-scale analysis of the puberty process in humans, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) outline distinct and critical changes to stem cells in males during adolescence.

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Molecular Switch Repairs the Central Nervous System in Models of MS
News   Jan 13, 2020

Researchers have discovered a molecular switch that can turn on a substance in animals that could repair neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

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