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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Health Research: Implant procedure helps patients with sacroiliac joint pain ♦ New insights into REM sleep crack an enduring mystery ♦ Study combats 'anxiety' as barrier to breast cancer screening

New insights into REM sleep crack an enduring mystery has long fascinated scientists, clinicians, philosophers, and artists alike, but the identity of the neurons that control REM sleep, and its function in sleep have been controversial due to a lack of precise genetic methods to study the sleeping brain. Now, in a remarkable demonstration of a recent brain technology, neuroscientists provide the first answers to both questions, identifying a neural circuit in the brain that regulates REM sleep, and showing that REM sleep controls the physiology of the other major sleep phage.
Advocating for raising the smoking age to 21 A physician, who during his 31-year career in medicine has seen the harmful effects of smoking on his patients, advocates for raising the smoking age to 21. He says the move would help curb access to tobacco products at an early age and lead to reductions in smoking prevalence.
Study combats 'anxiety' as barrier to breast cancer screening A new article describes a successful intervention to decrease anxiety accompanying breast cancer screening, lessening this barrier to mammography.
Implant procedure helps patients with sacroiliac joint pain A minimally invasive implant procedure is highly effective in reducing pain and disability for patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Plague in humans 'twice as old' but didn't begin as flea-borne, ancient DNA reveals New research dates plague back to the early Bronze Age, showing it had been endemic in humans across Eurasia for millennia prior to first recorded global outbreak, and that ancestral plague mutated into its bubonic, flea-borne form between the 2nd and 1st millennium BC

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