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New Clinical Trial For Children With Autism To Target Parents

Debra Zand, Ph.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University and the principal investigator of the trial.
Source: Riya V. Anandwala

In a first of its kind clinical trial, Debra Zand, PhD, and her team at Saint Louis University, will run an intervention program to help parents address and manage their children’s challenging behaviors immediately after being diagnosed with autism. The pilot program, titled Primary Care Stepping Stones – Positive Parenting Program or PC–SS Triple P, [...]

Wii Balance Board Induces Changes In The Brains Of MS Patients

The figure shows the starting point (in red, left image), the ending point (in yellow, center image) and the three dimensional rendering (in green, right image) of the nerve tracts examined in the study.
Source: Radiological Society of North America

A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce their risk of accidental falls, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain [...]

Student Designs A Football Video Game Adapted To People With Cerebral Palsy

A new tool used for the first time by the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alicante, APCA, and which allows any player to have equal access with different physical conditions. Source: AlphaGalileo

Final year student in the University of Alicante’s Multimedia Engineering degree Roberto Gómez has designed a football game adapted for people with cerebral palsy which is operated with a foot switch, a push rod head switch and a hand switch. A new tool used for the first time by the Cerebral Palsy Association of Alicante, [...]

Marijuana Compound May Offer Treatment For Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study tested the effects of the marijuana compound THC on an Alzheimer’s disease cell model.
Source: © Uros Poteko / Fotolia

Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers [...]

Parents, Listen Next Time Your Baby Babbles

New research shows that how a parent responds to an infant's babbling can speed up the child's language development.
Source: Tim Schoon

Pay attention, mom and dad, especially when your infant looks at you and babbles. Parents may not understand a baby’s prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly. That’s according to a new study by the University [...]