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Study illuminates origins of lung cancer in never smokers

A genomic analysis of lung cancer in people with no history of smoking has found that a majority of these tumors arise from the accumulation of mutations caused by natural processes in the body. This study was conducted by an international team led by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National […]

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Schizophrenia study suggests advanced genetic scorecard cannot predict a patient’s fate

With the help of cutting-edge computer programs, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai went through the genetic and medical records of more than 8,000 schizophrenia patients. They found that a tool commonly used in research for evaluating a person’s genetic risk for a disease, called a polygenic risk score, was no […]

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Measuring the ‘reality’ in virtual reality

You are on a Zoom call when suddenly the audio lags behind the video. Your colleague’s lips move, but it looks like a dubbed movieā€”a minor inconvenience. Yet this minor issue is quite detrimental for scientific experiments using virtual reality (VR). For example, if you are a researcher employing VR to reproduce the cognitive benefits […]

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Urging clinics to take responsibility for IVF add-ons

A new study by Queen Mary University of London, published in Social Science and Medicine warns both private and publicly funded clinics should take responsibility for what IVF add-on treatments they offer and how these are framed to patients. Those that do not do so could cause increased emotional and financial burden, during an already […]

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Virtual specialists have real impact on rural stroke patients

Every minute counts when a person has a suspected stroke and nowhere is time more crucial than in regional areas of New South Wales. Having to travel long distances and a lack of dedicated specialists on the ground can make it hours before a patient receives life-saving treatment. But an initiative overseen by UNSW Sydney […]

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Surroundings affect rhythm of an individual’s walk, according to new study

Stepping patterns become slower and more variable if a person is uncomfortable with their surroundings, researchers have found. Scientists at the University of Bristol have discovered that people who felt more at ease in urban environments had as regular stepping patterns as folk who felt relaxed walking in nature. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, […]

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Significant proportion of people with Parkinson’s disease struggle with instruction-based learning, study finds

A new study led by Dr. Beth Parkin, senior lecturer in psychology from the Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the University of Westminster, has discovered that a substantial proportion of people with Parkinson’s disease have precise deficits when learning from instructions, and these problems are associated with differences in brain functioning. New collaborative research conducted by […]