Did you know there also exists a Memory Erasing gene in Mice?

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Researchers state that this finding might someday help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. A newly identified gene has shown to play an important role in erasing old memories that might open up new ways to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The function of the Tet1 gene in “memory extermination” was revealed in experiments with mice. This gene appeared to manage a small group of other genes that were essential for overcoming old memories.

Enhancing the activity of the Tet1 gene might show promising results in replacing traumatic memories and for the people suffering with PTSD.

NIH, September 20, 2013

Sleep therapies help to prevail over traumatic memories

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Researchers publish an excellent research in Nature Neuroscience that says that bed can serve as a psychotherapy setting. Researchers convey that sleep can effortlessly reduce the bad memories and traumatic happenings of life without help of any psychiatric couch. Scientists say that this practice could ultimately be used to treat psychiatric disorders, such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Although the treatment is painful at initial stages, this showed promising result for the psychologically affected patients with traumatic memories says Katherina Hauner, a neuroscientist.

Scientific American, September 23, 2013

Exoskeleton gloves amplifies movements in disabled people

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Many of the individuals are unfortunate to have their limbs functional. Many medical attempts also fail to bring ability in the disabled. But for such individuals Exoskeleton gloves raise hope in carrying out their daily movements easily. This exoskeleton gloves senses the palm kinetic stimulus with the help of a processing system, pressure sensors that runs an algorithm based precision motor mechanisms to hold up the users force and enhance it much better for the functional movements.

This wonder glove was invented by a school student, Charalampos Ioannou, who aims to pursue Electrical Engineering in his future.

Google Science Fair, 2013

Video games enhance multi tasking in adults

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Experts identified which senior citizens whom participate in any 3-D video gaming enhance the capability to sustain focus in addition to perform multitask successfully. The results highlight the prospective of the aging brain to perk up certain skills. As we grow older, brain can amend and affect our cognitive abilities and memory. One such affected ability that might be altered is multitasking—the ability to concurrently carry out multiple goals. Research carried out by Drs. Joaquin A. Anguera and Adam Gazzaley team examined the multitasking abilities in adults who play video games to those that who do not.

Electroencephalography (EEG) results assessed the neural basis of the cognitive changes and found transformation in the prefrontal cortex area of the brain which is a region involved in cognitive control.

NIH, September 16, 2013

Parental divorce in childhood elevates Inflammation in Adulthood

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The study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology carried out in UCL has found interesting findings. People who have experience parental divorce during their childhood have higher levels of an inflammatory marker in the blood. This study has been carried out with 7,462 people in the 1958 National Child Development Study, an on-going longitudinal study which has pursued a large group of people since their birth in 1958. Study suggests that it is not parental divorce or separation that increases the risk of later inflammation but that it is other social disadvantages, such as how well the child does in education, which are triggered by having experienced parental divorce carry importance.

Pathways through education materialize to be particularly important and sustaining children through education may be beneficial.

Science Daily, July 11, 2013

Married individuals pose reduced risk of death from HIV/AIDS for men

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On the contrast to the study carried out by University of California, Riverside analysis of new mortality data for that era reported that race posed a great impact on the death. Like race proved to be a considerable risk factor, with African-American women nine times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS and Latinas seven times more expected to die of the disease than white women. These mortality rates were noticeably higher than those for men of color compared to white men. Although we knew that race carried at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to be a significant risk of death due to HIV in the individuals, Dr. Augustine Kposowa, a UCR sociology professor say that Marital status and HIV/AIDS mortality: proof from the U.S. National Longitudinal Mortality Study — is the first to scrutinize the effects of marital status on deaths of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Kposowa’s analyzed the results of 11 years of mortality data found that marital status was a significant risk factor for men, but not women. Interesting finds were reported like Divorced and separated men posed risk by more than six times more likely to die of AIDS than married men, and those who had never married posed a risk of 13.5 times more likely to die of the disease.

Science Daily, July 12, 2013

Does Antibiotics in Animal Feed pretense risk to Human Health?

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Since 50 years usage of Antibiotics has been existed in animal feed, not just as an antimicrobial agent but also to provide growth and improved performance. The most common antibiotics used are Tetracyclins, Streptomycin, Bactrican, Penicillin, etc. that have become common additives in feed for livestock and poultry. Over a period of time the bacterial strains that were fed in animal feed for a period of time have gained resistance towards the antibiotics that consistently proliferated in the animal. This created increased fears over antibiotic resistance for which two experts had a debate published on whether addition of antibiotics to animal feed posed any serious health problems to humans.

Researchers say that it is highly impossible to convey that it is highly risky rather studies on how the risk is being generated and the host pathogenic interactions need to be carried out before coming to any conclusions.

Science Daily, July 11, 2013