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Understanding how pain is bugging you

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Gut bacteria play a key role in regulating abdominal pain and its associated changes in the brain and spinal cord, at least in mice, report scientists.

Feeling sad? Soon your DOLL will be able to tell

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
Researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real have created a new chip that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and be used in toys to recognise emotions.

Study shows that cerebellum plays key role in schizophrenia

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
In a new study, Norwegian researchers have documented that the cerebellum is among the most affected brain regions in schizophrenia.

The (extra) eyes have it: Researchers investigate the wisdom of crowds in the realm of visual searches

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Your doctor is an expert with many years of experience. So when s/he tells you, upon reviewing all the fancy tomographic imaging you had done, that the tenderness in your breast is just some minor irritation, you want to believe her/him and leave it at that.

DNA mutations for poor health may also make you stupid

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that smart people have fewer genetic mutations that negatively affect intelligence and health than people who aren't intelligent.

Gut bacteria play key role in regulating abdominal pain, mice study finds

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
Scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork, Ireland, have shown that, at least in mice, gut bacteria play a key role in regulating abdominal pain and its associated changes in the brain and spinal cord.

Children should be screened for obesity at age six

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
The US Preventive Services Task Force wants doctors to screen for obesity in children starting at six years old. Nearly a third of US children are obese or overweight.

New study explores how refugee and immigrant women develop resilience to cope with stress

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
Refugee and undocumented immigrant women may experience unique and ongoing stress following migration, in addition to the pre- and post-migration traumatic events all immigrants may experience.

Excessive use of electronic devices may be linked to greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
In a study of 48 university students, intensive users of electronic devices reported more wrist/hand pain than non-intensive users.

Head impact exposure increases as youth football players get older, bigger

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Youth football players are exposed to more and more forceful head impacts as they move up in age- and weight-based levels of play, according to researchers.

Underused cancer test could improve treatment for thousands

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
A simple blood test could improve treatment for more than 1 in 6 stage 2 colon cancer patients, suggests new research. The researchers also discovered that many patients who could benefit from the test likely aren't receiving it.

Biological fingerprint of tuberculosis meningitis discovered in children

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Children with tuberculosis meningitis have a biological fingerprint that can be used to assess the severity of the condition, help decide the best course of treatment, and provide clues for novel treatments, report researchers.

Common water treatments could damage DNA

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
A water treatment widely used in developing countries could be damaging the DNA of those drinking it, warn scientists. Despite poor evidence of their effectiveness as a water disinfectant, colloidal silver and silver nanoparticles are increasingly being promoted for treating potentially contaminated drinking water in low income countries.

New antibody uses 1-2 punch to potentially treat blood cancers

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Researchers have developed a two-pronged approach to blood cancer treatment: 1) attacking cancer cells directly and/or 2) driving them from the nurturing bone marrow environment into the peripheral blood streams, where they are more vulnerable (for example, to chemotherapy).

Simple method could help reduce ever-growing risk of bacterial resistance

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
Hebrew University researchers have developed a test for efficiently classifying bacterial strains as tolerant, resistant, or persistent. If implemented in the hospital setting, this innovation could help to guide treatment decisions, and could ultimately reduce the ever-growing risk of bacterial resistance.

Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

News Medical (Australia) - 21/06/2017
A new analysis indicates that the use of opioid pain medications in older US rheumatoid arthritis patients peaked in 2010 and is now declining slightly. By 2014, 41% of rheumatoid arthritis patients were regular opioid users.

Don't lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

CNN (US) - 21/06/2017
Last week, actress Carrie Fisher's autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the "Star Wars" actress' death.

Creating a Stylish World for Children With Autism

New York Times - 21/06/2017
Wolf & Friends is a lush, inspirational platform of fashion and design for young children who have developmental issues.

Hair dye and relaxers increase the risk of breast cancer

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
Rutgers University researchers found that hair dye and chemical relaxers can elevate the chance of developing breast cancer in white and black women.

Late bedtimes fuel obsessive thoughts says NY researchers 

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
Researchers from Binghamton University in New York found sleep timing, rather than the total amount of shut eye, may influence our body clock and ability to control such actions.