People enjoy a good scare at Halloween, it’s an epinephrine rush without the bother of real danger. But could you actually be scared to death? Science says yes, it should really be called the fight, flight, faint, or fatality response. In susceptible people, a severe fright can literally change the shape of the heart and destroy the efficient pumping of blood. Unfortunately, something similar can happen in infants, and it can be lethal as well.... Read more »
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A new step in battling Malaria: making transmission its weakest link. Scientists could prevent the development of gametocytes.... Read more »
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I'd like to think that there are some rather important messages to be taken from the paper by Xiang Sun and colleagues  on level of parental concern, socioeconomic status (SES) and risk of autism. Not only did the authors conclude that: "a higher SES was not associated with the risk of having ASC [autism spectrum conditions]" they also found that: "No child met ASC criteria where parents expressed no concerns".Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?SES - including variab........ Read more »
Sun, X., Allison, C., Auyeung, B., Baron-Cohen, S., & Brayne, C. (2014) Parental concerns, socioeconomic status, and the risk of autism spectrum conditions in a population-based study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(12), 3678-3688. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.037
Following an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture overall cartilage thickness in the tibiofemoral joint increased at an average of 0.4% per year. Patients under 25 years of age showed greater cartilage thickening than older patients.... Read more »
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