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When infants gain the capacity for pain

A new study has for the first time revealed the time in development when infants appear able to tell the difference between pain and basic touch. The researchers, who report their findings online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 8, say that the results, based on recordings of brain activity in preterm infants, may have implications for clinical...

Weathering the Flood in Harrisburg-Hershey Region, Penn. (ContributorNetwork)

ContributorNetwork - FIRST PERSON | I am located at the east end of Steelton, Penn., for this storm. Steelton is located just outside of Harrisburg. It seems like the rain began Monday and has not stopped since. Steelton is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Longtime residents of the area remember several floods, but few as bad as this one is shaping up to be. Granted, The Patriot-News...

Alzheimer's test developed at Cambridge to be trialled by GPs

Cambridge Cognition, a spin-out of the University, today announced its plans to launch the GP version of their memory test to aid early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.  The company is based on the ground-breaking work of University of Cambridge neuropsychologists Professors Trevor Robbins and Barbara Sahakian who co-invented the original test, the Paired Associates Learning test or...

CRESST team finds new 'evidence' of dark matter

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the never ending search for proof that dark matter really exists, new findings have emerged from a team working under a big mountain in Italy. The group, from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, have pre-published a paper on arXiv, and have also given a talk at the Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics conference in Munich where they describe how their CRESST II...

Genomic analysis of superbug provides clues to antibiotic resistance

An analysis of the genome of a superbug has yielded crucial, novel information that could aid efforts to counteract the bacterium's resistance to an antibiotic of last resort. The results of the research led by scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are published in the Sept. 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Handier than Homo habilis?

The versatile hand of Australopithecus sediba makes a better candidate for an early tool-making hominin than the hand of Homo habilis.

Heart scan could replace angiogram for some patients

A study published today in the journal Circulation showed that a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) scan is as accurate as an angiogram in diagnosing the causes of heart failure in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. The scan causes less pain and discomfort and is also more cost-effective.

Human brain evolution, new insight through X-rays

A paper published today in Science reveals the highest resolution and most accurate X-ray scan ever made of the brain case of an early human ancestor. The insight derived from this data is like a powerful beacon on the hazy landscape of brain evolution across the transition from Australopithecus to Homo.

Joining a diet club could double weight loss

Overweight and obese adults referred to the commercial weight loss programme Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight over a year than those who received standard care from GP practices alone, according to a new study by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC).