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Video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children

A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who reported playing video games for three hours per day or more performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who had never played video games. Published today in JAMA Network Open, this study analyzed data from the ongoing […]

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Why people with breast cancer should ask their health care team about clinical trials

Treatments for breast cancer have improved over the years, but much research still needs to be done. That’s why Dr. Saranya Chumsri, a Mayo Clinic oncologist, says she often recommends her patients with breast cancer participate in clinical trials, which research innovative therapies and accelerate critical advances in patient care. Therapies for people with breast […]

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Supporting a child who stutters

International Stuttering Awareness Day was observed on Saturday, Oct. 22, which makes this a good time to learn about supporting a child who stutters. Approximately 5%–10% of all children will stutter for some period in their life, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. And boys are two to three times […]

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Dig in: Sand serves up a possible cure for obesity

Engineered particles of purified sand could be the next anti-obesity therapy as new research from the University of South Australia shows that porous silica can prevent fats and carbohydrates from being adsorbed in the body. The engineered silica particles are made from purified sand and are optimally designed with a high surface area that enables […]

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Revealed: Anterior prefrontal-putamen circuit essential to response inhibition in humans

The prefrontal-subthalamic neural circuit within the human brain is responsible for stopping inappropriate responses. The striatum in the brain is the main route of direct or excitatory and indirect or inhibitory signals, and this indirect pathway is thought to serve as an alternative stopping mechanism in humans. However, we do not have a clear understanding […]

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US food insufficiency spiked by 25% after monthly child tax credits expired

When Congress failed to renew advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments last year, public health experts feared that the loss of this monthly federal pandemic relief benefit would push millions of families and children in America back into poverty and hunger. Now, a new study led by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health […]

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New technology enables the manufacture of materials that mimic the structure of living blood vessels

An international consortium of researchers led by the University of Sydney, has developed technology to enable the manufacturing of materials that mimic the structure of living blood vessels, with significant implications for the future of surgery. Preclinical testing found that following transplantation of the manufactured blood vessel into mice, the body accepted the material, with […]