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It’s not just doorways that make us forget what we came for in the next room

Imagine you’re in the middle of watching a riveting episode of your favorite TV show. You decide the situation calls for popcorn, so you get up and head to the kitchen. But when you arrive in the kitchen you suddenly stop and think to yourself: “Why did I come in here?” Perplexed, you walk back […]

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Switching off the ‘survival protein’ for cancer cells

Proteins control almost all vital processes in our cells. If they do not function correctly, if there is too much or too little of them, this can lead to the development of a variety of diseases including cancer. The associated proteins are therefore also important targets for drug discovery in biomedical research. However, there are […]

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Rare mutations may have big impact on schizophrenia pathology

Schizophrenia is a neurodevelopmental disorder that disrupts brain activity producing hallucinations, delusions, and other cognitive disturbances. Researchers have long searched for genetic influences in the disease, but genetic mutations have been identified in only a small fraction—fewer than a quarter—of sequenced patients. A new study now shows that “somatic” gene mutations in brain cells could […]

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Neural mechanism that senses body position in space is present soon after birth

A team of researchers from the University of Turin, New York University and University Hospital of Lausanne, has found that newborn babies have the ability to sense where their body ends and the rest of the world begins in ways similar to adults. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, […]

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3.4 percent of U.S. workers are current e-cigarette users

About 3.4 percent of U.S. workers are current electronic cigarette users, and about half also currently use combustible tobacco products, according to research published in the March 5 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Girija Syamlal, M.B.B.S., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed 2017 […]

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Relationship between type 1 diabetes, interferon response and viral infection is first step toward preventive therapies

A study from an international team of researchers from the Helmholtz Diabetes Center at Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science at University of Exeter Medical School, and the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee has uncovered the role of interferon responses to viral infections and in insulin production and […]

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French nuclear tests infected ‘almost entire Polynesian population’: report

France concealed the levels of radioactivity that French Polynesia was exposed to during French nuclear tests in the Pacific from 1966-1996, with almost the “entire population” of the overseas territory infected, a report said on Tuesday. Online investigation site Disclose said it had over two years analysed some 2,000 pages of French military documents declassified […]