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Synapse discovery could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease
(University of New South Wales) A team of researchers led by UNSW Australia scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease -- work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition.

A common mechanism for human and bird sound production
(University of Southern Denmark) When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research reported in the journal Nature Communication shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird sings and a human speaks.

Top priorities named in hearing loss research
(University of Nottingham) Experts have published a list of the most urgent priorities for researching a debilitating condition that affects more than 10 million people in the UK.

Cognitive behavior therapy can help overcome fear of the dentist
(King's College London) Cognitive behavioral therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King's College London.

Stem cell study paves the way for patient therapies
(University of Edinburgh) Stem cells that have been specifically developed for use as clinical therapies are fit for use in patients, an independent study of their genetic makeup suggests.

Study shows white matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis
(King's College London) Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new study by scientists from King's College London and Sapienza University of Rome.

Personally tailored diabetes care reduces mortality in women but not men
(Diabetologia) A follow-up study to assess the effects of personally tailored diabetes care in general practice has revealed that such care reduces mortality (both all-cause and diabetes-related), in women, but not men. The study is by Dr. Marlene Krag, The Research Unit for General Practice, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues, and is published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Recommended activity levels not achieved by obese children and those with liver disease
(University of Surrey) In a new study published today in the journal Nutrients, research from the University of Surrey and the Children's Liver Disease Foundation has found that both obese children and those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are not meeting the UK recommendations for a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Recent Western blood pressure guidelines may boost stroke risk in Asian patients
(BMJ) European and North American blood pressure guidelines, issued last year, may actually boost the stroke risk if used for Asian patients, particularly the elderly, suggests an expert opinion published online in the journal Heart Asia.

More than 1 in 4 older Indians on low and middling incomes have midriff bulge
(BMJ) More than one in four middle-aged Indians on low and middling incomes now has an unhealthy midriff bulge, with women most likely to carry a spare tire, reveal the results of a nationally representative survey, published in the online journal BMJ Open.

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