Archive | March 2017

How new research and Sesame Street are expanding our understanding of autism

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She has bright orange hair, loves to sing, and is excellent at memorizing song lyrics. She can take longer than others to respond to questions, and is…
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Mental shortcuts, not emotion, may guide irrational decisions

Brain activity when people make choices consistent with (hot colors) or against (cool colors) the framing effect.
If you participate in a study in my lab, the Huettel Lab at Duke, you may be asked to play…
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New research reveals happiness is related to napping

The gentle burbling of a brook, or the sound of the wind in the trees can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research explains how, for the first time.

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Fasting during chemotherapy may offset spikes in blood sugar caused by cancer-fighting drugs

A fasting-like diet may benefit some chemotherapy patients, according to USC researcher Valter Longo. Credit: Shutterstock
A short-term fast appears to counteract increases in blood sugar…
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What’s in a placenta? A transcriptomic view

Milk glands evolved from sweat glands. A joey feeds.
I didn’t think much about placentas until I had one and part of it dislodged halfway through a 4-mile…
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These five tests better predict heart disease risk

Cardiologists Dr. James de Lemos (left) and Dr. Amit Khera (right) review a printout from an EKG and a calcium scan, two of five tests they demonstrated could improve risk assessment for heart…
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10 things every child with autism wishes you knew

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Helen Driver, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Joanna Reynolds, Northumbria University, Newcastle

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