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Bertolt Meyer pulls off his left forearm and gives it to me. It’s smooth and black, and the hand has a clear silicone cover, like an iPhone case. Beneath the rubbery skin are skeletal robotic fingers of the sort you might see in a sci-fi movie—the “cool factor,” Meyer calls it.

I hold the arm in my hand. “It’s pretty light,” I say. “Yes, only a couple of pounds,” he responds.

I try not to stare at the stump where his arm should be. Meyer explains how his prosthetic limb works. The device is held on by suction. A silicone sheath on the stump helps create a tight seal around the limb. “It needs to be comfortable and snug at the same time,” he says.

“Can I touch it?” I ask. “Go ahead,” he says. I run my hand along the sticky silicone and it helps dispel my unease—the stump may look strange, but the arm feels strong and healthy.
From “i-limbs” to artificial organs, advances in technology have led to an explosion of innovation in the increasingly critical field of prosthetics
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Nuanced Viewpoint on ZIka and Microcephaly
It’s straight out of a horror movie: A mystery virus spreads through the Americas, causing serious birth defects in babies born to infected women. Ther ...
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Zika virus might not seem dangerous to people in general, because symptoms are fairly minor, [except if you are pregnant] but it has already slipped under the radar
News of the Zika virus epidemic is popping up left, right, and center, and for good reason. Since this pathogen first reared its ugly head in Brazil last year, infections have been reported in 21 countries across the Americas and the Caribbean, and it’s not anticipated to stop there. Scientists have now warned that this virus has “explosive pandemic potential,” and are calling upon the World Health Organization (WHO) to step up its game and take ...
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Birthdays are cause for celebration, but they can also cause anxiety. Age-related anxiety affects young adults, too. Watch this.
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Inflammation key to Alzheimer's

"These findings are as close to evidence as we can get to show that this particular pathway is active in the development of Alzheimer's disease," Gomez-Nicola said in a statement. "The next step is to work closely with our partners in industry to find a safe and suitable drug that can be tested to see if it works in humans." The findings also suggest that a diet and lifestyle focused on fighting inflammation could be important in preventing Alzheimer's. The researchers noted, however, that it's too early to make recommendations. Other members of the scientific community are buzzing about the research, calling it "an exciting discovery" and "encouraging."  "With an aging population and no new dementia drugs in over a decade, the need to find treatments that can slow or stop disease progression is greater than ever," Dr. Doug Brown, director of research at Alzheimer's Society, told BBC News.

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Brain inflammation plays a big role in the disease's progression.
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Myth of "Learning Styles"

In fact, it’s considered a “neuromyth,” which, as Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol University, writes in a 2014 paper on the subject, is characterized by a misunderstanding, misreading, or misquoting of scientifically established facts.



Other examples of neuromyths include that we only use 10% of our brain, and that drinking less than six to eight glasses of water a day will cause the brain to shrink.



“Perhaps the most popular and influential myth is that a student learns most effectively when they are taught in their preferred learning style,” writes Howard-Jones.

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Such "neuromyths" are “promoted by victims of their own wishful thinking."
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Scientists have found that graphene electrodes in the brain can conduct impulses, and they have no side effects on neurons.
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A new study in rats may provide significant insights into the long-term impacts of over-consumption of sugary foods during adolescence.The study shows that the enjoyment of such foods later in adu
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#NFO: Brain Health: Brain Research And News = NeuroFerritinOpathy
Introduction
Neuroferritinopathy: or NFO for short, is a genetic disorder which affects the brain.

It is caused by a genetic mutation which affects storage of iron, as ferritin or FTL and causes a buildup of iron as ferritin in the brain. 

It becomes apparent only in Adult life, about 40 to 50 years of age.

It is progressive, meaning that symptoms will worsen over time. (10 to 20 years) 

Although some children have it, this is an infant onset disease which affects them, whereas this type of NFO is Adult onset.

Some individuals develop or have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). 

Someone who has NFO develops or has a slurred voice. (dysarthria). 

Some people develop or have some balance problems, (vertigo) which can cause them to fall over, or have an unsteady walk or gait but otherwise, they can seem fine to most people. 

Individuals with this condition can get dizzy, and lose their equilibrium, and can fall because of this dizziness...

Progression is relentless, and becomes generalized over a 10 to 20 years period... 

Eventually resulting in aphonia or: Speech problems, mainly slurring of words, Dysphagia or: Difficulty swallowing, which may require a surgical addition of a feeding tube...

Resulting symptoms are severe motor disability with subcortical/frontal cognitive dysfunction or: Memory problems, reduced ability to handle and process acquired knowledge, personality changes (apathy, anxiety, inertia, or depression), and bradyphrenia or: Slowed thought processes... 

Each child of an individual with neuroferritinopathy has a 50% chance of developing this condition...

There is a genetic test which can be performed which can tell if the condition has been passed on to the children of affected people or not... 

The test is a biopsy, which is performed by a doctor and involves removal of a piece of skin from the arm about the size of a matchhead sing a tool which involves no pain and is very fast...

There is currently no cure for NFO or any treatment...
  
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