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Several Down syndrome features may be linked to a hyperactive antiviral immune response – new research

People with Down syndrome, or trisomy 21, a genetic condition caused by an extra copy of human chromosome 21, experienced a remarkable increase in...

Drugs that melt away pounds present more questions than answers, but they could be a key tool in reducing the obesity epidemic

In the past five years, several new drugs have been brought to market that could lead to a profound, if not revolutionary, change in...

Your body naturally produces opioids without causing addiction or overdose – studying how this process works could help reduce the side effects of opioid...

Opioid drugs such as morphine and fentanyl are like the two-faced Roman god Janus: The kindly face delivers pain relief to millions of sufferers,...

After the ALS ice bucket challenge and the rise of MrBeast, stunt philanthropy might be here to stay

Stunt philanthropy is what happens when influencers, other celebrities and people who aren’t famous at all use entertaining videos to encourage support for a...

A little-understood sleep disorder affects millions and has clear links to dementia – 4 questions answered

A little-known and poorly understood sleep disorder that occurs during the rapid eye movement, or REM, stage of sleep has been garnering attention for...

Including race in clinical algorithms can both reduce and increase health inequities – it depends on what doctors use them for

Health practitioners are increasingly concerned that because race is a social construct, and the biological mechanisms of how race affects clinical outcomes are often...

Anesthesia can cause disturbing sexual hallucinations, leading to lasting psychological trauma

Some patients can have vivid and detailed sexual hallucinations during anesthesia with sedative-hypnotic drugs like propofol, midazolam, diazepam and nitrous oxide. Some make suggestive...

Rhythmically stimulating the brain with electrical currents could boost cognitive function, according to analysis of over 100 studies

Figuring out how to enhance a person’s mental capabilities has been of considerable interest to psychology and neuroscience researchers like me for decades. From...

How wildfire smoke can harm human health, even when the fire is hundreds of miles away – a toxicologist explains

Smoke from more than 200 wildfires burning across Canada has been turning skies hazy in North American cities far from the flames. We asked...

Chronic pain can be objectively measured using brain signals – new research

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. Using a brain implant that can record neural signals over many months, my...

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