Surprise finding in neurons

Purkinje cells are a central part of the human cerebellum, the part of the brain that plays an important role in motor learning, fine motor control of the muscle, equilibrium and posture but also influences emotions, perception, memory and language. Scientists from the Institute for Virology and Immunobiology of the University of Würzburg and their US colleagues have now made […]

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From sexting to breaking up, texting can bring us close or drive us apart, studies find

Texting has the power to both help and hinder our relationships, whether we’re tapping our fingers to stay in touch or using our smartphones to avoid difficult situations, according to research on texting and sexting presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. For instance, couples with similar texting habits tend to be happier and more fulfilled, according […]

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Discovery could lead to better treatment for leukemia

Previous research has revealed that patients with acute myeloid leukemia who also have a particular mutation in a gene called NPM1 have a higher rate of remission with chemotherapy. About one-third of leukemia patients possess this favorable mutation, but until now, how it helps improve outcomes has remained unknown. Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago report on how […]

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Dietary carbohydrates could lead to osteoarthritis, new study finds

Do your knees ache? According to new findings from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, your diet could be a culprit. In a study led by OMRF scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D., researchers found that the carbohydrate composition of diets increased the risk of osteoarthritis in laboratory mice—even when the animals didn’t differ in weight. “We know increased body fat elevates risk, […]

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