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2009-12-14 23:58:55

Waking and walking to the bathroom in the pitch black of night requires brain activity that is both conscious and unconscious and requires a single master gene known as Math1 or Atoh1, said Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) researchers in a report that appears online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Math1 is a master hub for the genes that control various parts of neural networks for hearing, balance, the unconscious sense of one's position in space called...

2009-07-08 19:09:41

Children with autism may rely less than normally developing children on visual cues, U.S. researchers say. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, suggests interventions to enhance visual-motor associations in children with autism as they learn new skills may also improve social skills. If the way their brain is wired is not allowing them to rely as much as typically developing children on external visual cues to guide behavior, they may have difficulty learning how to interact with...

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2008-11-13 14:16:39

Not knowing which way is up can have deadly consequences for pilots. This confusion of the senses, called spatial disorientation, is responsible for up to 10 percent of general aviation accidents in the United States, with 90 percent of these being fatal, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Although there have been no spatial disorientation accidents in space, it is a major concern for astronaut pilots. A National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) study is tackling the...

2006-07-26 09:29:42

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A simple test -- basically standing on one leg with eyes closed -- can help identify whether or not an athlete is at risk of spraining an ankle, a new study shows. As many as one in five athletic injuries are due to ankle sprains, and disability from the injury can persist for up to six months, Drs. Thomas H. Trojian of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Hartford and D.B. McKeag of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis note...

2005-12-06 09:25:00

By Anne Harding NEW YORK -- UK researchers have identified the place in the brain where we process perceptions about the size and shape of our body parts. The spot, within the brain's left parietal lobe, is about the size of a quarter and located at the top back of the head, Dr. Henrik Ehrsson of the University College London Institute of Neurology told Reuters Health. The findings, Ehrsson said, could one day be used to better understand conditions that involve misperception of body image --...

2005-07-25 15:05:00

The brain is bombarded by information about the physical proportions of our bodies. The most familiar sensations, such as a puff of wind or the brush of our own shirt sleeve, serve to constantly remind the brain of the body's outer bounds, creating a sense of what is known as proprioception. In a new study, researchers report this week that the brain's ability to interpret external signals and update its sense of bodily self is more dynamic than had been previously thought and that such...

2005-07-14 17:35:00

KEYSTONE, Colo., July 14 "“ Golfers with low-back pain may be helped by a University of Pittsburgh research study, the findings of which may assist clinicians in designing appropriate back-specific exercise programs for golfers to prevent or rehabilitate low-back injury. The findings are being shown today with a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, July 14-17, at the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo. "More than 30 percent...

2004-11-26 03:00:10

Abstract- This study determined the effectiveness of a 6-month program of regular exercises for the improvement of functional performance of the elderly living in a nursing home. The 40 subjects aged 60 to 99 who took part in this trial were assigned either to a comparative group or an exercise group. The following variables were measured: functional performance with the use of an obstacle course, a lower- limb function test, and a 6-minute walk test (gait velocity); isometric strength of...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.