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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/11/14 Health News: New target for controlling diabetes ♦ Mental illness, associated with gun possession ♦ Problem gamblers ♦ Direct brain interface between humans

Direct brain interface between humans
Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team's initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person's brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal Continue Reading
Expansion of gambling does not lead to more problem gamblers, study finds
In the past decade, online gambling has exploded and several states have approved measures to legalize various types of gambling. So, it’s only natural that the number of people with gambling problems has also increased, right? Science says no Continue reading
Multiple factors, not just mental illness, associated with gun possession, violence among youths
A new study applies the latest computational methodologies to nationally representative data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Researchers identified more than 40 different behavioral factors other than mental illness that are strongly associated with gun possession. These include heroin use, substance use on school property, having been injured in a fight, and having been a victim of sexual violence Continue Reading
Protein linked to aging identified as new target for controlling diabetes

Researchers have identified a small protein with a big role in lowering plasma glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity. The report indicates that Sestrin 3 plays a critical role in regulating molecular pathways that control the production of glucose and insulin sensitivity in the liver, making it a logical target for drug development for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which can produce increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and insulin resistance.Continue Reading

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