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How To Be Less Angry

Do you want to be less angry? Here are seven proven ways to diffuse anger, shrug off frustrations and minimise the fallout for those times when we inevitably lose our cool. When the tennis ace smashed her tennis racquet at the US Open after the umpire accused her of cheating (an accusation she strongly denies), she was slapped […]

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How herpes infection may impair human fetal brain development

Three cell-based models shed light on how herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) infection, which can spread to the fetal brain during pregnancy, may contribute to various neurodevelopmental disabilities and long-term neurological problems into adulthood, according to a study published October 22, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Pu Chen and Ying Wu […]

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How genetic variation gives rise to differences in mathematical ability

DNA variation in a gene called ROBO1 is associated with early anatomical differences in a brain region that plays a key role in quantity representation, potentially explaining how genetic variability might shape mathematical performance in children, according to a study published October 22nd in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Michael Skeide of the Max […]

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Homeless more likely to die after heart attack

Homeless people are three times more likely to die after a heart attack than other patients, a new study finds. “Our study shows a dramatically higher rate of mortality after heart attacks in people experiencing homelessness compared to non-homeless patients,” said researcher Dr. Samantha Liauw of the University of Toronto. “More research is needed to […]

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Boy with ‘half a heart’ gets lifesaving transplant

Wendy Wees suffered a miscarriage during her first pregnancy with husband, Jason Protiva, so they were overjoyed when they passed the nine-week mark of her second pregnancy. At her 20-week appointment, the couple found out they were having a boy. The doctor noticed something else on the sonogram. Their unborn son had a serious heart […]

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Skin breaks down with prolonged AL/CVL use in neonates

Neonates with prolonged arterial line (AL)/central venous line (CVL) use have fewer skin breaks and have significantly larger thalamic volumes early in life compared with those with restricted line use, according to a study published online Oct. 21 in Neurology. Emma G. Duerden, Ph.D., from the University of Toronto, and colleagues serially scanned two international […]

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Type 1 diabetes: Tannic acid encapsulation protects transplanted islets from rejection

Type 1 diabetes, or T1D, results from the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. People with T1D require exogenous insulin and suffer swings in the levels of glucose in the blood that impact life expectancy and increase risks of cardiovascular disease, neuropathies and kidney failure. One therapy is promising—transplanting pancreatic islets from […]

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Robotic trunk support trainer improves upper body control of children with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood physical disability—2.0-3.5 per 1000 births—and children born with it have impaired development and diminished control of movement and posture. In particular, children with moderate to severe bilateral CP have poor upper extremity abilities and segmental trunk control deficits, limiting independent functional sitting. Many children with CP need […]