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New York Eye And Ear Infirmary Of Mount Sinai Hosts Unveiling Of New Superhero Dedicated To Children With Hearing Loss

Source: CHI/Marvel Custom Solutions

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Ear Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) will host an unveiling event by the Children’s Hearing Institute (CHI) and Marvel Custom Solutions to reveal the identity of a new girl super hero with cochlear implants. The new superhero “Sapheara” was created by [...]

Students Sharpen Research Skills With The FDA

NCTR Intern Claire Boyle is a graduate student from Florida State University.
Source: National Center for Toxicology

Biology. Chemistry. Bioinformatics. Toxicology. Practical, hands-on laboratory work is important for all college students who want to become scientists — but, for many of them, such experiences are out of reach. That’s one of the reasons why every summer, our National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) — FDA’s internationally acclaimed toxicological research center in Jefferson, [...]

New Test Scans All Genes Simultaneously To Identify Single Mutation Causing Child’s Rare Genetic Disease

Audrey Lapidus cuddles her son, Calvin, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder after months of inconclusive tests stumped doctors. The UCLA Clinical Genomics Center sequenced his DNA to identify the single mutation causing his baffling symptoms.
Source: Lapidus family

Audrey Lapidus adored her baby’s sunny smile and irresistible dimples, but grew worried when Calvin did not roll over or crawl by 10 months and suffered chronic digestive problems. Four neurologists dismissed his symptoms and a battery of tests proved inconclusive. Desperate for answers, Audrey and her husband agreed to have their son become UCLA’s [...]

Brain Activity Provides Evidence For Internal ‘Calorie Counter’

"Our study sought to determine how people's awareness of caloric content influenced the brain areas known to be implicated in evaluating food options," says Dagher. "We found that brain activity tracked the true caloric content of foods."
Source: © Tijana / Fotolia

As you glance over a menu or peruse the shelves in a supermarket, you may be thinking about how each food will taste and whether it’s nutritious, or you may be trying to decide what you’re in the mood for. A new neuroimaging study suggests that while you’re thinking all these things, an internal calorie [...]

New Antidepressant: Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-Seeking Ahead Of Other Antidepressant Action

PET scans revealed that ketamine rapidly restored bipolar depressed patients’ ability to anticipate pleasurable experiences by boosting activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (yellow) and related circuitry. Picture shows PET scan data superimposed on anatomical MRI.
Source: Carlos Zarate, MD, NIMH Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch

A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of — and ahead of — its other antidepressant effects, in a National Institutes of Health trial. Within 40 minutes after a single infusion of ketamine, treatment-resistant depressed bipolar disorder patients experienced a reversal of a key symptom — loss of interest in [...]