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2014-04-21 13:47:39

Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014. "Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," said study author Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove...

2014-04-18 12:30:44

Scientists have identified new pain relief targets that could be used to provide relief from chemotherapy-induced pain. BBSRC-funded researchers at King's College London made the discovery when researching how pain occurs in nerves in the periphery of the body. Dr Marzia Malcangio said: "We have been investigating and identifying mechanisms underlying pain generation and our findings could help chemotherapy patients who suffer pain related side effects." One potential side effect of...

2014-04-07 16:23:02

Skin cells use new molecule to send touch information to the brain In a study published in the April 6 online edition of the journal Nature, a team of Columbia University Medical Center researchers led by Ellen Lumpkin, PhD, associate professor of somatosensory biology, solve an age-old mystery of touch: how cells just beneath the skin surface enable us to feel fine details and textures. Touch is the last frontier of sensory neuroscience. The cells and molecules that initiate...

2014-04-07 16:00:28

A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped solve a long-standing mystery about the sense of touch. The "gentle touch" sensations that convey the stroke of a finger, the fine texture of something grasped and the light pressure of a breeze on the skin are brought to us by nerves that often terminate against special skin cells called Merkel cells. These skin cells' role in touch sensation has long been debated in the scientific community. The new study,...

A Collage Of Senses Help Sharks Hunt For Food: Study
2014-04-07 11:22:28

[ Watch the Video: Sharks Sense Prey In Surprising Way ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sharks are highly-evolved killing machines and a new study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE has compiled a comprehensive picture of how these marine predators hunt – from start to finish. The study portrays the collage of senses used by sharks to detect, track and strike their prey with ruthless efficiency. The research team – from the University of South...

2014-04-01 16:25:30

Welch brings more than 25 years of leadership and global healthcare industry expertise to IRIS as the company expands its regional and national footprint PENSACOLA, Fla., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IRIS: Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, the country's preeminent cloud-based retinal screening technology provider, announced today that Pat Welch has joined its leadership team as Vice President of Healthcare Accounts. "Pat brings to the IRIS team more than 25 years of in-depth,...

Alligator Sound Perception Comes From Air-Filled Canals Between Their Ears
2014-03-28 09:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For an animal without external ears, alligators have a strong sense of directional hearing and a new study published on Wednesday in the Journal of Experimental Biology has revealed that the reptiles’ refined hearing is a result of large, air-filled canals connecting two middle ears. "Mammals usually have large moveable ears, but alligators do not, so they have solved the problems of sound localization a little differently,” said...

2014-03-26 23:32:55

MDHearingAid brings both increased comfort and a more natural sound to budget-minded hearing aid users with new thin tubing and open-fit ear domes on its premium analog hearing aid, the MDHearingAid PRO. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 Thousands of people with hearing loss go untreated year after year because hearing aids can be as uncomfortable on the ear as they are on the wallet. All of that changed in 2010, with the introduction of the MDHearingAid PRO, America’s best-selling,...

2014-03-26 23:01:16

A University of Maryland-led team of biologists shows that alligators can keenly detect the direction of sounds because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears. Birds have a similar configuration and the mechanism probably originated with archosaurs, the shared ancestors of modern crocodilians and birds. College Park, Md (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 By reptile standards, alligators are positively chatty. They are the most vocal of the non-avian reptiles and are known to be...

Magnetic Pull Of MRI Could Diagnose, Treat And Study Inner Ear Disorders
2014-03-20 08:52:28

Johns Hopkins Medicine Magnetic pull of MRI shown in zebrafish and in people with common inner-ear disturbance Expanding on earlier research, Johns Hopkins researchers report that people with balance disorders or dizziness traceable to an inner-ear disturbance show distinctive abnormal eye movements when the affected ear is exposed to the strong pull of an MRI's magnetic field. The researchers first reported in 2011 in the journal Current Biology that an MRI's magnetic field pushes...


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2013-04-30 13:31:11

The ear is an organ from the auditory system that collects sounds, and also balances and enables body position. Formation and Orientation The ear can be broken down into the inner and outer ears. The outer part of the ear is the visible flap (auricle) and ear canal which collects sounds which create pressure that echoes through the middle ear. The inner ear, however, is embedded in the temporal bone. There are hollow areas of the inner ear that are filled with liquids and hair cells...

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