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Otago research holds promise for Alzheimer’s diagnostic blood test

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, In : Cognition 

University of Otago researchers have discovered a promising new marker that could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease — and all that might be required is a simple blood test.

The researchers have discovered that a small number of a large class of molecules called microRNAs — found in both the human brain and blood — are exceptionally good at detecting Alzheimer’s disease.

Before this work began, blood plasma microRNA had been shown to reflect various disease processes, and specific mi...

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Text-speak may strain your brain

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : Cognition 

It takes more brainpower to read "text-speak" than fully written words, research has found.

The study, by the University of Canterbury, also concludes that the mental resources required to read abbreviated writing are more likely to mean mistakes in other tasks carried out at the same time.

Forty right-handed students wearing vibrating belts read two messages from a monitor - one in text-speak and the other correctly spelled.

The researchers defined text-speak as techniques used to present...

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