Specialist technique used to study drugs completed for first time during Ebola outbreak

A specialist technique used to study drugs has been completed for the first time during an outbreak of Ebola virus disease. The study published today in eBiomedicine was a collaboration of researchers from Sierra Leone and the University’s of Glasgow, Oxford, Cambridge and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It used pharmacokinetics—the measurement of the change in drug concentration in […]

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Researchers identify neurons responsible for rapid eye movements/REM during sleep

Rapid Eye Movement—not only the name of a successful American rock band, but also and not least a characteristic eye movement in paradoxical sleep, the stage with high dream activity. This sleep phase has a peculiarity: Although the muscle tone of the sleeping person is completely relaxed, the eyes suddenly move back and forth. The name “paradoxical sleep” is well […]

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Bekah Martinez Gives Herself 'Permission to Be Joyful' During 2nd Pregnancy

Doing it differently! Bekah Martinez’s second pregnancy feels like “night and day” compared to her first. “12 weeks. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is moving,” the Bachelor alum, 24, explained in a Thursday, December 5, Instagram upload featuring her bare baby bump. “I felt embarrassed and ashamed [last time] and I imagined everyone around me whispering about how […]

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Hypnobirthing: scant evidence self-hypnosis reduces pain during childbirth

The latest celebrity-endorsed health trend is the bizarre-sounding practice of “hypnobirthing”. Backed by the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Alba and, reportedly, Kate Middleton, women are using self-hypnosis to help them stay calm and ease pain during labour. Some even use it to replace epidurals and other traditional pain relief methods during childbirth. With these celebrity endorsements, it’s no wonder […]

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Scientists identify brain circuit responsible for building memories during sleep

Neuroscientists at the University of Alberta have identified a mechanism that may help build memories during deep sleep. In a study published last month in eNeuro, the researchers focused on the role of the nucleus reuniens, an area of the brain that connects two other brain structures involved in creating memories and may co-ordinate their activity during slow-wave sleep. “Slow […]

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The 5 Best Positions for Using a Vibrator During Sex

More than half of all women have used a vibrator for sexual pleasure, according to one study—suggesting that these buzzy bedroom devices are becoming a lot more mainstream. Yet some people still hold on to the idea that vibrators are for just masturbation, used only when an actual partner isn't available.  It's time to bust that misguided sex myth. Fact is, using a vibrator during sex with a partner […]

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Changes in radial pulse during menopause may reflect CV risk

(HealthDay)—Changes in the harmonics of the radial pulse wave during menopause may reflect cardiovascular risk, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2019 Scientific Sessions, held from July 29 to Aug. 1 in Boston. Chih-Yu Chen, M.D., from Taipei City Hospital in Taiwan, and colleagues assessed the effect of age, menopause, and body mass […]

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Mechanical forces control cell fate during brain formation

A new study coordinated by the Research Group in Developmental Biology at UPF shows that during the embryonic development of the brain, the cells that are between adjacent segments detect the mechanical forces generated during morphogenesis to regulate the balance between progenitor stem cells and differentiated neurons. The study has been published in the journal Development. In vertebrates, the central […]

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