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Exercise During Pregnancy Protects Children From Alzheimer's Disease

in medicine, biology

Based on a study performed with specially bred mice, published in the FASEB journal, researchers say pregnant women who exercise may protect their offspring against long-term neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

When Do Infants Begin To Discriminate Pain From Touch?

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How early can a human brain differentiate painful stimuli from gentle touches? According to a new study, brain wiring necessary to discriminate between a touch and a painful stimulus is in place from 35-37 weeks of gestation in the human brain.

Researchers show they can reverse stem cell aging process

in medicine, biology

Researchers have shown they can reverse the aging process for human adult stem cells, which are responsible for helping old or damaged tissues regenerate. They turned back the clock on adult stem cells aging by suppressing a certain genetic elements called retrotransposons.

Foldit Gamers Solve Protein Folding Puzzle

in technology, medicine, biology, omics

According to a research report, following the failure to solve the crystal structure of a retroviral enzyme by conventional methods, Foldit game players were challenged to produce accurate models. Online gamers solved the structure of the retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stymied scientists.

Genes that determine coffee drinking

in medicine, biology, omics

How many cups of coffee do you drink every day? Did you know that coffee consumption is a model for addictive behavior? Researchers say they have identified genes that play a role in influencing how much coffee people drink.

Data capacity of cell signal is lower than the signal from a dial-up modem

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This might sound strange or unbelievable, but researchers say that the data capacity of cell signal is lower than the signal from a dial-up modem. 

Promising tinnitus discovery could lead to new ways to stop the ringing in the ears

in environment, medicine, biology

Scientists report new approaches to treat tinnitus, including retraining the brain, and new avenues for developing drugs to suppress the ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus, is the perception of sound, such as ringing, within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound.

Musical Memories in Your Brain - Evidence From the Dementias

in medicine

Ever wondered which region of your brain is important for recognizing famous tunes?  According to a research article published recently in the scholarly journal Brain by scientists at Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney, damage to the right anterior temporal lobe in people with a particular form of dementia leaves them unable to recognize famous tunes.