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A 65p pill can end delusions that haunt thousands with Parkinson's

Ghostly figures, disembodied voices and plagues of bugs: How a 65p pill can end the terrifying delusions that haunt thousands with Parkinson’s NHS trial will offer 200 volunteers chance to try 65p-a-day drug ondansetron Medication, designed to treat cancer-related sickness, can stop hallucinations  Parkinson’s affects 145,000 Britons and also causes problems with movement Ghostly figures that […]

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How the appreciation of beauty can foster perceptual learning

“Stopping” and “seeing” are crucial components of many types of meditative practices, including Buddhist Zen meditation. In fact, these practices typically entail ceasing all activities to observe the thoughts, feelings and sensations arising at a given time, as well as sounds or other sensory stimuli in one’s surrounding environment. In Buddhist meditation, “stopping and seeing” […]

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Chemotherapeutic agents can have the opposite effect of tissue overgrowth in normal tissues

Vanderbilt University researchers have reported the counterintuitive discovery that certain chemotherapeutic agents used to treat tumors can have the opposite effect of tissue overgrowth in normal, intact mammary glands, epidermis and hair follicles. The researchers also are the first to report the discovery of an innate immune signaling pathway in fibroblasts—the spindle-shaped cells responsible for […]

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New tool can detect COVID-19 outbreaks in U.S. counties that host pro football events

Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 have been detected following football events in the United States, and games have the potential to become “superspreader” events. Because the National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) made the decision to play their games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical […]

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Can a home air purifier system protect you against COVID-19?

Proper ventilation in your living area may prevent illnesses and reduce transmission of viruses. But can portable air cleaners and purifiers fight COVID-19? Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, says that they generally can. “The more air exchanges and the cleaner the air, the lower the risk,” says Dr. Poland. “By itself, […]

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Oral radiography can reveal chronic coronary artery disease

The calcification of the carotid artery is a sign of advanced arteriosclerosis, which may be associated with chronic coronary artery disease (CAD) and can lead to death. Such calcification can be seen in regular oral panoramic radiography. Prior research has already shown that carotid artery calcification is detectable by panoramic radiography. Now, for the first […]