White matter microstructure reveals developmental risk for psychosis

Brain imaging studies have shown structural and functional abnormalities in people with psychosis in the connections between the cortex and the thalamus, the major waystation for incoming sensory information and a critical regulator of cortical activity. A new study shows that those differences are not present during development, but that the integrity of the connections […]

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Transforming ‘undone science’ into ‘done science’

Mannitol, a natural sweetener, may help treat Parkinson’s disease, yet was not being tested in clinical trials. The story of mannitol is one of many examples of “undone science”: research questions unfunded or ignored for economic, political, or other reasons. How can public pressure utilizing crowdsourcing, citizen science, and entrepreneurial activism help transform undone into […]

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Radiofrequency ablation of the endometrial tissue reduces excessive menstrual bleeding

Benign tissue formations in the muscle tissue of the uterine wall (fibroids), polyps or endometriosis may cause excessively heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia). However, the reason for these frequent menstrual symptoms is often unknown. In radiofrequency ablation with a mesh electrode, the endometrial tissue (endometrium) of patients with menorrhagia is ablated by high-frequency current […]

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