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Those drawings your preschooler did that are hanging on the refrigerator may predict how many A’s might appear on his or her middle school report card. A study published in Psychological Science found that the accuracy of a child’s observational skills as demonstrated by their drawings is tied directly to their level of intelligence in...

An investigational cholesterol-reducing drug lowered patients’ levels of bad cholesterol by about 62 percent after six months, and halved their risk of premature death, stroke, and heart attack versus a placebo, researchers report. The drug, calledalirocumab, was developed by Sanofi, Paris, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, Tarrytown, NY. The companies are encouraged by the findings, but say...

Ebola is starting to make an impact on people in the Western world. A recently released Harvard School of Public Health/SSRS poll shows that four in ten (39%) US adults are concerned there will be a large outbreak in the United States, and a quarter (26%) are concerned they or someone in their close family...

Ben Gurion University (BGU) is leading a unique workshop on emergency preparedness and response for Chinese senior officials from Shanghai.  The workshop is designed to achieve two major goals.  The first is to promote the policy initiated by the Israeli government to enhance relations between Israel and China.  The second is the firm belief that...

An emerging street drug that is up to 15 times more potent than heroin—sold to users as heroin—is looming on the horizon, according to an article in the journal in Annals of Emergency Medicine. The quasi-legal drug, called acetyl fentanyl, is an opiate that is brewed into street drugs. Users generally inject it intravenously. The drug...

If you’re a gardener, this is the time of year where you might be drowning in an abundance of ripe, juicy tomatoes. Don’t worry; if you’re getting tired of caprese salad and tomato sauce you can turn them into car parts. In June, the Ford Motor Company announced a partnership with Heinz to develop a plastic...

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California have found a way to “switch on” a calorie-burning process in brown fat cells. The study, which was reported on in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at a process known as “brown fat thermogenesis.” Most of our fat cells are...

Edward B. Lee, M.D., Ph.D, an assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, has received a three-year Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) for $486,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support his research in frontotemporal lobar degeneration and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

IBM has developed a radically different computer chip whose architecture seeks to mimic that of the brain. A prototype was first built in 2011 based on designs from a monkey brain. It simulates the functions of neurons and synapses. The chip took 10 years to develop and relied on $53.5 million in funding from the...

ElMindA Ltd. of Herzliya, Israel, announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company's BNA™ Analysis System for the assessment of brain function.  Brain Network Activity (BNA™) combines non-invasive, multi-channel EEG technology with sophisticated signal processing and analysis algorithms to measure patterns of brain networks activated during specific brain processes and deliver...