Apple claims Google’s unified search, word suggestions, slide unlocking, and data tapping features are illegal
From New Scientist – Online News: Child abuse shrinks key brain memory centre
Anyone that abuses kids should …. I will keep the rest to myself.
Brain scans reveal that young adults who were abused as children have a smaller hippocampus, a seat of memory
From NPR News: How Much Should Kids Sleep? Nobody Knows For Sure
Everybody says children don’t get enough sleep, and they’ve been saying that since at least 1905. Scientists still aren’t sure how much time children need, according to a new study. But the experts always say they need more.
The History of Thomas Edison – Youtube Video
This was made in honor of Thomas Edison’s 165th b-day… Would’ve been awesome to meet him in person.
From Business and financial news – CNNMoney.com: MSG’s slam dunk: The Jeremy Lin effect
Basketball’s Cinderella story of Harvard graduate-turned-Knicks’ savior Jeremy Lin is adding sizzle and viewership to the beleaguered New York NBA franchise.
From Discover Magazine: Cancer Drug Today, Alzheimerâ€™s Drug Tomorrow? Hopeful Results in Mouse Study | 80beats
Amyloid beta deposits in brain of Alzheimerâ€™s patient.
Whatâ€™s the News: A drug used to cure skin cancer is also a possible treatment for Alzheimerâ€™s, according to a new study inÂ Science.Â The drug not only reduced levels of amyloid betaâ€”a protein whose elevated levels are a hallmark of the diseaseâ€”but also reversed cognitive decline. In mice, dramatic effects were evident after just 72 hours.
How the Heck:
Based on known molecular pathways, the researchers thought that the skin cancer drug bexarotene could enhance expression of Â a gene called apoE.Â apoE activates the immune system to break down amyloid beta, and mutations in the apoE gene are a major risk factor for Alzheimerâ€™s.
Turns out the researchers were right. Mice with genetic mutations that make them prone to the disease are the standard model for Alzheimerâ€™s research. When these mice were treated with bexarotene,Â macrophages in their brain gobbled up amyloid beta, and the levels of amyloid beta fell by 40% in just 72 hours.
Molecular changes are good and all, but an effective drug for Alzheimerâ€™s also has to treat theÂ behavioralÂ symptoms. Bexarotene actually reversed cognitive deficits. The team put treated mice through standard memory tests, including …
from Discover Magazine
From Dilbert Daily Strip: Comic for February 11, 2012
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