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Mitochondria: Breakthrough for Degenerative Vision Disorder

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[25/04/2012] A research team, led by Doctor John Guy of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, has pioneered a novel technological treatment for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), an inherited genetic defect that causes rapid, permanent, and bilateral loss of vision in people of all ages, but primarily males ages 20-40.Mitochondria: Breakthrough for Degenerative Vision Disorder - Read more

Acoustic Perception: Internet-Based Therapy Relieves Persistent Tinnitus

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[08/03/2012] Those suffering from nagging tinnitus can benefit from internet-based therapy just as much as patients who take part in group therapy sessions. These are the findings of a German-Swedish study in which patients with moderate to severe tinnitus tried out various forms of therapy over a ten-week period.Acoustic Perception: Internet-Based Therapy Relieves Persistent Tinnitus - Read more

Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind

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[08/02/2012] Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tapped onto the visual cortex of the congenitally blind by using sensory substitution devices (SSDs), enabling the blind in effect to “see” and even describe objects.Eyes: Sound Rather than Sight Can Activate ‘Seeing’ for the Blind - Read more

Music: Training Has Biological Impact on Aging Process

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[31/01/2012] Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University. The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process. Music: Training Has Biological Impact on Aging Process - Read more

Hypersensitivity: Why Do Smells Make Some People Sick

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[20/01/2012] Do you get a headache from the perfume of the lady next to you at the table? Do cleaning solutions at work make your nose itch? If you have symptoms prompted by everyday smells, it does not necessarily mean you are allergic but rather that you suffer from chemical intolerance. According to a scientist at Umea University this hypersensitivity can be the result of an inability to get used to smells.Hypersensitivity: Why Do Smells Make Some People Sick - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Psychology: Childhood Hypersensitivity Linked to OCD

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[28/12/2011] In childhood, rituals like regular schedules for meal, bath, and bed times are a healthy part of behavioural development. But combined with oral and tactile sensitivities, such as irritation caused by specific fabrics, these rituals could be an early warning sign of adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Psychology: Childhood Hypersensitivity Linked to OCD - Read more

Scientists Fixate on Ric-8: Understanding Drug Receptor Targets

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[28/12/2011] Half the drugs used today target a single class of proteins – and now scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have identified an important molecular player critical to the proper workings of those proteins critical to our health.Scientists Fixate on Ric-8: Understanding Drug Receptor Targets - Read more

Sensory Perception: Multisensory Integration - When Correlation Implies Causation

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[16/12/2011] New research involving scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen (Germany), the University of Oxford, and the University of Bielefeld (Germany) has demonstrated that humans exploit the correlation between the temporal structures of signals to decide which of them to combine and which to keep segregated.Sensory Perception: Multisensory Integration - When Correlation Implies Causation - Read more

Hearing Loss: Another Danger of Secondhand Smoke

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[19/07/2011] NYU School of Medicine researchers report in a new study that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among adolescents. Hearing Loss: Another Danger of Secondhand Smoke - Read more