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2011-04-08 09:05:00

Contagious yawning is not just a marker of sleepiness or boredom. For chimpanzees, it may actually be a sign of a social connection between individuals.New research at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, may help scientists understand empathy, the mechanism thought to underlie contagious yawning, in both chimpanzees and humans. The research also may help show how social biases strengthen or weaken empathy.Scientists at Yerkes discovered chimpanzees yawn more after...

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2011-04-06 08:25:33

By Carol Clark, Emory University It's been a puzzle why our two closest living primate relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, have widely different social traits, despite belonging to the same genus. Now, a comparative analysis of their brains shows neuroanatomical differences that may be responsible for these behaviors, from the aggression more typical of chimpanzees to the social tolerance of bonobos. "What's remarkable is that the data appears to match what we know about the human brain and...

2011-04-05 00:26:08

Measuring oxidative stress may help doctors predict the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, the most common heart beat irregularity. Research from Emory University School of Medicine has identified a connection between oxidative stress and enlargement of the heart's left atrium, which leads to atrial fibrillation. The data is being presented on Monday, April 4, by Emory cardiology researcher Nima Ghasemzadeh, MD, at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans. Working with...

2011-04-04 13:07:05

A lack of vitamin D, even in generally healthy people, is linked with stiffer arteries and an inability of blood vessels to relax, research from the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute has found. The results add to evidence that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Study participants who increased their vitamin D levels were able to improve vascular health and lower their blood pressure....

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2011-03-31 11:13:27

By Carol Clark, Emory University Children suffering from extreme social anxiety are trapped in a nightmare of misinterpreted facial expressions: They confuse angry faces with sad ones, a new study shows. "If you misread facial expressions, you're in social trouble, no matter what other social skills you have," says Emory psychologist Steve Nowicki, a clinical researcher who developed the tests used in the study. "It can make life very difficult, because other people's faces are like a prism...

2011-03-29 13:39:53

First for Emory - College student from Orlando undergoes 19-hour procedure to improve quality of life Transplant and reconstructive surgeons from Emory University Hospital announced today at a news conference that they have successfully performed a rare complete hand transplant on 21-year-old Linda Lu, a college student from Orlando, Fla.  This is a first for the Atlanta Hospital.  The 19-hour surgery took place on Saturday, March 12 and involved multiple teams of surgeons,...

2011-03-22 00:00:29

Kinetic Muscles, Inc., Emory University and the University of Advancing Technology will present an update on their Department of Defense-funded TBI rehabilitation project at the 6th Annual Barrow Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium on Friday, April 1, 2011. Tempe, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 20, 2011 Kinetic Muscles, Inc., Emory University and the University of Advancing Technology will present an update on their Department of Defense-funded TBI rehabilitation project at the 6th Annual Barrow...

2011-03-03 12:29:42

An enzyme viewed as an executioner, because it can push cells to commit suicide, may actually short circuit a second form of cell death, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered. The finding could shift drug discovery efforts, by leading scientists to rethink how proposed anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs that target the enzyme, called caspase 8, are supposed to work. The results are online this week and will be published in the March 17th edition of Nature....

2011-03-02 01:53:36

Shift in employment balance between spouses a factor Emory University experts predict that rates of depressive disorders among men will increase as the 21st century progresses. In an editorial published in the March, 2011 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry http://bjp.rcpsych.org/, author Boadie Dunlop, MD, writes "Compared to women, many men attach a great importance to their roles as providers and protectors of their families. Failure to fulfill the role of breadwinner is associated...

2011-02-23 17:38:02

High blood levels of a hormone produced in response to stress are linked to post-traumatic stress disorder in women but not men, a study from researchers at Emory University and the University of Vermont has found. The results are scheduled for publication in the Feb. 24 issue of Nature. The hormone, called PACAP (pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide), is known to act throughout the body and the brain, modulating central nervous system activity, metabolism, blood pressure, pain...


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2011-04-18 23:26:47

Sonny Carter was a physician, professional soccer player, naval officer, and NASA astronaut. He was born Manley Lanier Carter, Jr. on August 15, 1947 in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Lanier High School in 1965 and then went to on study at Emory University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 1969. While at Emory, Carter played collegiate soccer and ran track. He was team captain and most valuable player of the soccer team during his senior season. In 1970, Carter...

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