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Aging changes how people view themselves and others through 'mind wandering'

November 22, 2017

The right answer, of course, is that she looks in the closet. But many autistic individuals say Jane looks in the box, "because they know that the marble is in the box and they think that everyone else knows that," Washington says. The ability to see the world from the perspective of others is called "Theory of Mind" (ToM) and certain nodes of the DMN have been associated with it. The failure to develop ToM seen in many autistics individuals and younger children may lie in as...

New protocol reduces radiation exposure in pediatric electrophysiology procedures

November 21, 2017

22 percent reduction in the time that the X-ray machine was on 52 percent reduction in the dose of X-ray entering the skin, which helps to prevent skin injury 51 percent reduction in median effective dose, which correlates with the lifetime increased risk of cancer from radiation exposure."While we did not measure what these lower doses mean in the long run, we presume, for example, that reducing the effective dose will decrease the child's lifetime increased cancer risk from radiation expo...

DOD-funded METRC consortium receives $38.6 million grant to improve care for wounded service members

November 20, 2017

The scientists that develop MoDEL work from an international catalogue of static protein structures (approximately 40,000) called the Protein Data Bank (PDB). "1,700 videos of proteins from the 40,000 that make up the PDB may appear to be a small proportion, but many of the structures in the PDB are very similar. Therefore, following internationally established similarity criteria, we are representing about 40% of the proteins with a known structure".But for Modesto Orozco the most rel...

Researchers study Rett neurons in a Petri dish

November 19, 2017

Marchetto started with skin biopsies taken from four patients carrying four different mutations in the MeCP2 gene and a healthy control. By exposing the skin cells to four reprogramming factors, she turned back the clock, triggering the cells to look and act like embryonic stem cells. Known at this point as induced pluripotent stem cells, the Rett-derived cells were indistinguishable from their normal counterparts. It was only after she had patiently coaxed the iPS cells to develop into fully fu...

Hartford Hospital research team receives $238,000 grant from InHealth to study prostate cancer

November 18, 2017

The study, "Technology and Access to Work During and After Prostate Cancer Treatment," will be led by principal investigator Andrew L. Salner, MD, director of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center and associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. It will involve researchers from the Hartford Hospital Research Program; the University of Connecticut, Storrs; and the -cole Libre des Hautes -tudes, in New York City. Salner and his team will recruit pa...