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Pioneering Care for People with Down Syndrome
November 8, 2018


As one of the lead authors of the Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, George T. Capone, M.D., is continuing his life’s work of improving evidence-based medical care for...
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New study offers hope for patients suffering from a rare form of blindness
November 1, 2018
A new form of therapy may halt or even reverse a form of progressive vision loss that, until now, has inevitably led to blindness. This hyper-targeted approach offers hope to individuals living with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) and validates a new form of therapy with the potential to tre...
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Pregnant women recognize baby expressions differently depending on mental health history
October 8, 2018
A pilot study has found that pregnant women who have suffered from depression or bipolar disorder (i.e. both mania and depression) recognise babies' faces and how babies laugh or cry, differently to healthy controls. This happens even if they are not currently experiencing depressive or manic sym...
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In depression the brain region for stress control is larger
September 20, 2018
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) 322 million people worldwide were affected by depression in 2015 -- 4.4 percent of the world's population. In the search for the underlying causes of this widespread disorder, researchers have concluded that it could arise from predisposition combi...
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Schizophrenia: 'Resyncing' brain circuits could halt symptoms
September 18, 2018
Schizophrenia is a complex mental condition that is still not fully understood in terms of how brain circuitry links up to behavioral symptoms. Now, however, scientists seem to have found a way to make some of the symptoms disappear.
Recent...
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Blood and brain fluid change first in Huntington's disease
September 12, 2018
A simple blood test can detect the earliest changes caused by Huntington's disease, even before scans can pick up any signs in the brain, a new UCL-led study has found.
The study, published today in , builds on recent evidence by the same research team, which found that a novel blood ...
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The Side Effects of Education: Research and Practice
September 12, 2018


In the early 1900s, Edward Thorndike emerged as the educational leader of the day (Lagemann, 1989). As a behaviorist, he asserted that students should gain knowledge in ways (Thorndike, 1906). On the other hand, John Dewey, one of Thorndike's...
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Epilepsy: New findings 'could change textbooks'
August 11, 2018
New research finds that two key brain proteins are involved in the neuronal misfiring that characterizes epilepsy. The findings "could potentially change textbooks" on epilepsy, according to the researchers, as well as pave the way for new therapies....
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Link found between resilience to dyslexia and gray matter in the frontal brain
July 24, 2018
Dyslexia, a reading disorder, is characterized by a difficulty in "decoding" -- navigating between the visual form and sounds of a written language. But a subset of dyslexic people, dubbed "resilient dyslexics," exhibit remarkably high levels of reading comprehension despite difficulties decoding...
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How music lessons can improve language skills
June 25, 2018
Many studies have shown that musical training can enhance language skills. However, it was unknown whether music lessons improve general cognitive ability, leading to better language proficiency, or if the effect of music is more specific to language processing.
A new study from MIT h...
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