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Unable to sue the Army for medical malpractice, this retired soldier is now fighting the VA for benefits | Military Times

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What began as a treatable birth defect turned into a dislocated neck and a stroke.  Retired Sgt. 1st Class Barbara Ospina is paralyzed, in debilitating pain and confined to a wheelchair for most of the day.  According to Ospina, it was a result of malpractice performed by military doctors.  The Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court decision, prevents her from ... Read More »

Tech time not to blame for teens’ mental health problems | Science Daily

A teenage boy on his phone

Who’s up for a debate?  Contrary to popular belief, a study suggests that the time teenagers are spending online and on their phones is not bad. Published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the study suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online does not worsen mental health.  The researchers found little evidence of longitudinal or ... Read More »

Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices | Science Daily

Wavy multi colored voice analysis bar

A specially designed computer program can help diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices. Published online April 22 in the journal Depression and Anxiety, the study found that an artificial intelligence tool can distinguish — with 89 percent accuracy — between the voices of those with or without PTSD. More than 70 percent of adults worldwide ... Read More »

Autism wristband predicts aggressive outbursts in children with 84 percent accuracy | Independent

Scientists have created a wearable device they say can predict aggressive outbursts in people with autism. Worn on the wrist, the tech detects signs of stress by monitoring heart rate, skin temperature, sweating and arm movements. The makers say it can forecast an outburst of aggression 60 seconds before it happens, with 84 percent accuracy. Source: Autism wristband predicts aggressive ... Read More »

Wearable sensors detect what’s in your sweat | Science Daily

Needle pricks not your thing? A team of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, is developing wearable skin sensors that can detect what’s in your sweat. They hope that one day, monitoring perspiration could bypass the need for more invasive procedures like blood draws, and provide real-time updates on health problems such as dehydration or fatigue. In a paper ... Read More »

Scientists Reverse Aging Process in Rat Brain Stem Cells | Science Daily

New research, published today in Nature, reveals how increasing brain stiffness as we age causes brain stem cell dysfunction, and demonstrates new ways to reverse older stem cells to a younger, healthier state. The results have far reaching implications for how we understand the ageing process, and how we might develop much-needed treatments for age-related brain diseases. As our bodies ... Read More »

Transitional contact lenses are finally here | CNET

I step outside of my office on a sunny morning and the intense bright light makes me squint. Instead of reaching for my sunglasses like I always do, I wait a few seconds for my new contact lenses to adjust to the light. Within 30 seconds, the sunlight is less intense — almost like I am wearing sunglasses, but not ... Read More »

Paralyzed man regains use of hands thanks to innovative nerve surgery | CNN

“Before, I was confined to a wheelchair but I couldn’t push it unless I wore special gloves. If I dropped something on the ground, I had to ask someone to pick it up. I couldn’t drive. To pick up a drink, I’d have to use two hands and squeeze them up.” “It’s made a massive difference to my life,” he ... Read More »

Brain molecule identified as key in anxiety model | Science Daily

Boosting a single molecule in the brain can change “dispositional anxiety,” the tendency to perceive many situations as threatening, in nonhuman primates, researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found. The molecule, neurotrophin-3, stimulates neurons to grow and make new connections. Source: Brain molecule identified as key in anxiety model | Science Daily Read More »

Flavonoid-rich diet protects against cancer and heart disease, study finds | Science Daily

Consuming flavonoid-rich items such as apples and tea protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers, according to new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU). Researchers from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences analysed data from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort that assessed the diets of 53,048 Danes over 23 years. They found ... Read More »