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Babies Remember Nothing But A Good Time, Study Says

“We think what happens is that the positive affect heightens the babies’ attentional system and arousal,” Flom said. “By heightening those systems, we heighten their ability to process and perhaps remember this geometric pattern.”
Source: Image courtesy of Brigham Young University

Parents who spend their time playing with and talking to their five-month-old baby may wonder whether their child remembers any of it a day later. Thanks to a new BYU study, we now know that they at least remember the good times. The study, published in Infant Behavior and Development, shows that babies are more [...]

New Online 3-D Tool Seeks Possible Targets To Disable Ebola Virus

This illustration depicts the Ebola virus and proteins on its surface that may provide targets for new drugs that could help treat or prevent Ebola infections. Source: David Hopkins/Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have developed a free, browser-based online tool that could speed up the creation of new drugs to treat or prevent Ebola virus infections. The software, called MuPIT Ebola Edition, enables a researcher to visualize Ebola gene mutations in the context of three-dimensional protein structures. It also offers views of antibody binding [...]

Tapeworm Found Living Inside A Patient’s Brain: Worm Removed And Sequenced

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A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient’s brain has been sequenced for the first time, in research published in the open access journal Genome Biology. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments. Tapeworms are parasites that are most commonly found living in [...]

New Liver Gives Mother Of Three A Life Without Pain

Michelle Linss, center, is the hub of her active family, from left, Kaden, 7; Alexandria, 19; husband Eddie; and Kaleb, 11.
Source: UT Southwestern

The itching started when Michelle Linss, now 37, was pregnant with her third child. When she told her obstetrician, they thought it was due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy and would resolve following delivery. But the young El Paso woman was still itching a year later, launching a six-year journey of testing and treatment, [...]

A New Tool For Identifying Onset Of Local Influenza Outbreaks

Reich and colleagues say their new algorithm will help to signal that influenza transmission is rising in a given region and will assist public health officials, researchers, doctors and hospitals with prevention and healthcare delivery.
Source: UMass Amherst

Predicting the beginning of influenza outbreaks is notoriously difficult, and can affect prevention and control efforts. Now, just in time for flu season, biostatistician Nicholas Reich of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues at Johns Hopkins have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of [...]

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