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2012-05-09 14:49:53

Disorders of consciousness such as coma or a vegetative state caused by severe brain injury are poorly understood and their diagnosis has relied mainly on patient responses and measures of brain activity. However, new functional and imaging-based diagnostic tests that measure communication and signaling between different brain regions may provide valuable information about the potential for consciousness in patients unable to communicate. These innovative approaches are described and compared...

2012-05-02 13:30:37

Although the two disorders may seem dissimilar, epilepsy and psychosis are associated. Individuals with epilepsy are more likely to have schizophrenia, and a family history of epilepsy is a risk factor for psychosis. It is not known whether the converse is true, i.e., whether a family history of psychosis is a risk factor for epilepsy. Multiple studies using varied investigative techniques have shown that patients with schizophrenia and patients with epilepsy show some similar structural...

2012-05-01 16:26:09

High-powered microscopes reveal workings of the cell -- results could impact treatment of Down syndrome, lissencephaly (a brain formation disorder) or cancer Scientists using high-powered microscopes have made a stunning observation of the architecture within a cell — and identified for the first time how the architecture changes during the formation of gametes, also known as sex cells, in order to successfully complete the process. The findings by the international team led by...

Links Between Smoking During Pregnancy  And Autism
2012-04-27 07:28:43

Women who smoke in pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism, such as Asperger´s Disorder, according to preliminary findings from a study by researchers involved in the U.S. autism surveillance program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . “It has long been known that autism is an umbrella term for a wide range of disorders that impair social and communication skills,” says Amy Kalkbrenner, assistant professor in the University...

Progress Being Made In Autism Research
2012-04-26 05:12:17

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Out of four million children born each year in the United States, 400,000 to 600,000 are born with neurodevelopmental disorders - including autism. With this alarming rate, there has been an increase in the amount of research done to examine the disorder.  Recent studies by a number of institutions have made progress in understanding autism as an illness. To begin, an editorial that was recently published by the Mount Sinai Medical Center in the...

2012-04-17 23:02:19

Stem cells derived from neural crest could be ideal for researchers in studying how cells affect development and disease. This embryonic structure found in vertebrates gives rise to many tissues and organs, including most of the peripheral nervous system. However, it has been difficult to find a reliable source for enough of these cells to satisfy researchers´ needs. Work by a team of US scientists could soon change that. “We have found a way that, with a bit more fine-tuning,...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.