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Working to change the future of prosthetics

Robots powered by human-like artificial muscles are still in the research and development stage, but Taylor Henderson is certain that they’ll change the future of prosthetics. Henderson is an electrical and computer engineering (ECE) master’s student in the Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab at the Jacobs School of Engineering, studying under the direction of Michael […]

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Childhood trauma may affect brain structure, predisposing adults to recurring major depressive disorder

Early life trauma may affect the structure of the brain in a way that makes clinical depression more likely to be severe and recurrent, according to a two-year observational study of 110 patients published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. Previous studies have suggested an association between maltreatment and altered brain structure, while others have identified […]

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Excess hormones could cause a condition that can lead to blindness in women, study finds

Research led by the University of Birmingham has found that increased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that can lead to blindness in women. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension—also known as IIH—is caused by high pressure in the brain with consequences from blindness to incapacitating daily long-term headaches. IIH was originally identified over […]

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The Mastermind approach to brain research

The brain is a complex organ, and researching medicine to treat brain disorders is equally if not more complex. Elizabeth (Liesbeth) de Lange, Professor of Predictive Pharmacology, calls for a structured approach. “In effect, it’s like playing Mastermind.” Inaugural lecture on 22 March. “The brain has always fascinated me,” says De Lange. “This intriguing organ […]

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Tick, tock: The countdown to peak tick season is here

With spring comes glorious sunshine, warmer weather —and ticks. Ticks and some insect pests can carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that may cause disease in humans. One in particular, the blacklegged deer tick Ixodes scapularis, is well-known for its ability to transmit the Lyme disease-causing bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. For the most part, these ticks are […]