Experts call for ethics rules to protect privacy, free will, as brain implants advance

Public Release: 13-Nov-2017   Columbia University The convergence of artificial intelligence and brain-computer interfaces may soon restore sight to the blind, allow the paralyzed to move robotic limbs and cure any number of brain and nervous system disorders. But without regulation, this flurry of innovation spells trouble for humanity, warns a team of researchers led…

Parkinson’s disease: A looming pandemic

Public Release: 13-Nov-2017   University of Rochester Medical Center New research shows that the number of people with Parkinson’s disease will soon grow to pandemic proportions. In a commentary appearing today in the journal JAMA Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. and Bastiaan Bloem, M.D., Ph.D., with Radboud University Medical Center…

Left-brained: Study suggests conservative Democrats don’t compute for liberal voters

Public Release: 13-Nov-2017   Progressives more likely to scrutinize inconsistency, new research finds University of Nebraska-Lincoln   Caption A new MRI study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates self-identified liberals give more scrutiny to Democrats who deviate from the party line — and are more likely to evaluate them as “bad.” Credit: Craig Chandler|University Communication|University…

Researchers offer new information warfare model

Public Release: 9-Nov-2017 Sporadic propaganda achieves nothing, say mathematicians Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology   Caption Russian experts managed to define the mechanism of the very manipulation of the minds of the masses. Mathematics brought a number of formulas that describe the behavior of participants of the information war that allows you to determine…

Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficial

Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficial Fighting rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and progression with a list of food items proven beneficialResearchers created a list of food items with proven beneficial effects on the progression and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis based upon prior clinical studies. As well as bringing…

Penn study shows nearly 70 percent of cannabidiol extracts sold online are mislabeled

Public Release: 7-Nov-2017 Mislabeling may lead to adverse effects for patients, including children with epilepsy University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine PHILADELPHIA – In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the medicinal use of Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that naturally occurs the in cannabis plant (aka “marijuana”). There is interest in CBD…

Sheep are able to recognize human faces from photographs

Public Release: 7-Nov-2017 University of Cambridge Sheep can be trained to recognise human faces from photographic portraits – and can even identify the picture of their handler without prior training – according to new research from scientists at the University of Cambridge. The study, published today in the journal Royal Society: Open Science, is part…

Mothers exposed to common toxin have lower levels of hormone crucial for brain development

Public Release: 6-Nov-2017   Society for Endocrinology   Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of a common environmental pollutant, perchlorate, had lower levels of a thyroid hormone crucial for normal foetal brain development, according to a study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate. These findings suggest that exposure to this common…

Pesticide residues on produce associated with poor pregnancy outcomes

  Pesticide residues on produce associated with poor pregnancy outcomes Researchers discovered that the EPA permitted level of pesticide residues of Fruits and Vegetables may have a significantly negative effect on pregnancy outcomes.Citation: Association Between Pesticide Residue Intake From Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women Undergoing Infertility Treatment With Assisted Reproductive…

How toxic air clouds mental health

Public Release: 2-Nov-2017   University of Washington   IMAGE: This graph shows that as the amount of fine particulate matter in the air increases, so do levels of psychological distress Credit: Victoria Sass, University of Washington There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty…

Gut microbiome may make chemo drug toxic to patients

Public Release: 1-Nov-2017   Albert Einstein College of Medicine   IMAGE: This is Libusha Kelly, Ph.D. Credit: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers report that the composition of people’s gut bacteria may explain why some of them suffer life-threatening reactions after taking a key drug for treating metastatic colorectal cancer.…