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Study first to use brain scans to forecast early reading difficulties
(University of California - San Francisco) UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.

EEG study findings reveal how fear is processed in the brain
(Center for BrainHealth ) New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online today in Brain and Cognition illustrates how fear arises in the brain when individuals are exposed to threatening images. This novel study is the first to separate emotion from threat by controlling for the dimension of arousal.

Drug's effect on Alzheimer's may depend on severity of disease
(University of Illinois at Chicago) A cancer drug that has shown promise against Alzheimer's disease in mice and has begun early clinical trials has yielded perplexing results in a novel mouse model of AD that mimics the genetics and pathology of the human disease more closely than any other animal model.

IU study: Combining epilepsy drug, morphine can result in less pain, lower opioid doses
(Indiana University) Adding a common epilepsy drug to a morphine regimen can result in better pain control with fewer side effects. Moreover, the combination can reduce the dosage of the opioid needed to be effective, according to a team of pain researchers at Indiana University.

Study indicates hunting restrictions for tapirs may not be enough
(Zoological Society of San Diego) A published study indicates that lowland tapir populations may continue to drop in French Guiana, despite recent restrictions on hunting. Researchers from the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage in French Guiana and San Diego Zoo Global reviewed data retrieved from camera traps in the Nouragues National Reserve over the last four years and compared this data to current harvest rates in the region.

Study: Web-based training can reduce campus rape
(Georgia State University) Web-based training targeted at college-aged men is an effective tool for reducing the number of sexual assaults on US campuses, according to a researcher in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

Freshman girls know how to eat healthy but lack confidence in their ability to do it
(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Female college freshmen understand the benefits of eating healthy foods and know which foods they should include in their diets. But they lack confidence in their ability to act on that knowledge, especially when it comes to getting enough calcium, says a new University of Illinois study.

Researchers develop improved means of detecting mismatched DNA
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations. It could also prevent the need for a painful, invasive test given to transplant patients at risk of rejecting their donor organs and replace it with a blood test that reveals traces of donor DNA.

Number-crunching could lead to unethical choices, says new study
(University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management) Calculating the pros and cons of a potential decision is a way of decision-making. But repeated engagement with numbers-focused calculations, especially those involving money, can have unintended negative consequences.

When rulers can't understand the ruled
(Johns Hopkins University) A Johns Hopkins study finds a significant gap in demographics, experience and partisanship between Washington insiders and the Americans they govern.

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