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Improving Babies’ Language Skills Before They’re Even Old Enough to Speak

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In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds “might” be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new by April Benasich and colleagues of Rutgers University-Newark -- published in the October 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Weizmann Scientists Identify the Signature of Aging in the Brain

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Prof. Michal Schwartz and Dr. Ido Amit have found evidence of a unique “signature” that may be the missing link between cognitive decline and aging. They suggest that cognitive decline may be connected not just to chronological age, but also to one’s “immunological age.” The scientists believe this may, in the future, lead to treatments that can slow or reverse cognitive decline in older people.

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Antioxidant Found in Grapes Uncorks New Targets for Acne Treatment

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UCLA researchers have demonstrated how resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from grapes and found in wine, works to inhibit growth of the bacteria that causes acne. The team also found that combining resveratrol with a common acne medication, benzoyl peroxide, may enhance the drug’s ability to kill the bacteria and could translate into new treatments.

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Benzodiazepine Sedatives Linked to Higher Rates of Mortality Compared to Propofol

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A University of Utah study shows for the first time that continuous infusion benzodiazepines – a class of sedatives that includes lorazepam and midazolam, once considered the standard of care in the ICU – are linked to an increased likelihood of death among patients who receive mechanical ventilation, when compared to the sedative propofol.

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AAN: Risks of Opioids Outweigh Benefits for Headache, Low Back Pain, Other Conditions

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. The position paper is published in the September 30, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Deceptive-Looking Vortex Line in Superfluid Led to Twice-Mistaken Identity

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Mysterious effect found in superfluids were pedestrian whirlpool-like structures, not exotic solitons.

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Supersensitive Nanodevice Can Detect Extremely Early Cancers

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Extremely early detection of cancers and diseases is on the horizon with a supersensitive nanodevice being developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) with The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) in Greensboro, NC.

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New Study Lists Top Psychologists of Modern Era

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A U.Va. study ranks the top 200 psychologists from recent decades.

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Talk Therapy – Not Medication – Best for Social Anxiety Disorder, Large Study Finds

While antidepressants are the most commonly used treatment for social anxiety disorder, new research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is more effective and, unlike medication, can have lasting effects long after treatment has stopped.

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