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An iPad Game Helps Children with Amblyopia Improve Their Vision

An iPad Game Helps Children with Amblyopia Improve Their Vision

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“She needs to see an eye doctor,” the pediatrician told the parents of a preschool child. I, a first-year medical student at the time, was shadowing a community pediatrician to learn more about medicine. During a physical exam, the pediatrician had noted that the child’s eyes were misaligned — one eye turned slightly inward toward(...)

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Cancer Drug Shows Surprising Potential as Parkinson’s Treatment

Cancer Drug Shows Surprising Potential as Parkinson’s Treatment

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition caused by the death of dopamine-producing cells in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra, which leads to disruptions in neural circuits controlling motor function. Although the cause of this inappropriate cell death is largely unclear, one hypothesis is that it is due to the abnormal aggregation(...)

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Who Cares for Resident Caretakers?

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"Can you check my blood pressure?" This is a common request I get from my co-residents. Even I have taken advantage of the vacant blood pressure cuffs in our clinic to occasionally check my own numbers. Though it seems like medical trainees are constantly surrounded by health care, studies have actually shown that we are,(...)

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Zombie Genes: Life after Death

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Anyone who has ever watched an episode of CSI or Law & Order can appreciate that estimating the time of death in a murder is a difficult task. There are many methods, such as body temperature, stage of body decomposition and other biochemical indicators, but a precise approximation of the period of time since death,(...)

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An Abdominal Window into the Gut’s Nervous System

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As neuroscience has advanced rapidly, unraveling many mysteries of neural circuits in the brain and spinal cord, the gut's enteric nervous system has remained somewhat of an enigma. Now, with a window embedded in the abdomen, researchers can periodically monitor the gut's neurons in a living animal over a period of months. Sometimes nicknamed "the(...)

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Prostate Cancer Therapy Linked to Depression

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A recent study by researchers from Harvard, MD Anderson and Weill Cornell, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed an association between a common treatment for locally advanced prostate cancer and clinical depression. These results are part of a broader conversation about how prostate cancer is treated and could impact the way that clinicians(...)

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