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Munchausen: The Baron’s Stand-in

With Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome, healthy children are taken to the doctor at the request of their parents while carrying faked symptoms. What is it though that makes such parents, mothers mostly, keep reaching out to make use of some poison or a knife? more...

Conditioning: Using Pavlov against pain

The headaches improve abruptly when the phone rings. Sounds like magic, but it's merely conditioning. Scientists have now been able to prove that it also works with pain conditions, opening up new treatment strategies for patients suffering pain. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Genetic surgery, gene therapy but less scary

Scientists at Temple University School of Medicine have blocked HIV gene expression in human cells in a manner that reduces toxicity, suggesting it can "provide a specific, efficacious prophylactic and therapeutic approach against AIDS." But how was this finding shared more...

Blog entry by Hanna Erickson
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Obesity: fat fighter wanted

Obesity has long since become a worldwide problem. Alongside diet, genetic factors appear to play a role. Scientists are currently in the process of developing a pill against excess pounds. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Lucid Dreams: Spielberg in the night

Trapped in a dream. This phrase does not apply to lucid dreamers, because they assume the director's position and can have a say in defining the drama happening in their sleep. A research group has now discovered that these lucid dreams are able to be switched on using more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Baby memories: Are they being erased by the generation of new brain cells?

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to retain memories from your early childhood? Now, by performing experiments in rodents, scientists provide a plausible answer to this question, showing that baby memories may be erased by the generation of new brain cells. more...

Blog entry by Rozina Kardakaris

Orphan diseases: together instead of alone

Currently there are around 17,000 rare diseases of genetic origin. Across Europe, about 30 to 35 million people are affected. They are looking not only for medical assistance but also for fellow sufferers to interact with. The platform "Ben's Friends" supports them in more...

Cancer therapy: millions for ions

The irradiation of tumours using charged particles is much more effective than that using X-rays. In view of the high costs however, the procedure probably finds its way onto the list of options for only a tenth of all cancer patients. Therefore there exist doubts: is more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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Depressed? This microRNA may play a role

New research shows that miRNA135 may act as an endogenous antidepressant and that its levels in human blood can indicate clinical status as well as response to treatment, which brings us one step closer to better treatments for patients with Depression. more...

Blog entry by Hanna Erickson

Infantile amnesia: Early fogging in the brain

Memories of earliest childhood experiences reach back only as far as the age of three to five years. The maturation of the nerve centres is a neurological explanation for the fact that the time period before this "disappears". However the cultural sphere also more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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