Too many pictures hinder young kids’ reading

Extraneous pictures can draw young children's attention away from text and reduce reading comprehension in beginning readers, a new study shows.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
today ~5 min

Tags: learning reading books science-and-technology

A dose of ketamine can treat ‘lazy eye’ in adults

Subanesthetic ketamine, already a treatment for depression and pain, can also treat amblyopia, or "lazy eye." Here's how.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
today ~3 min

Tags: vision brains eyes health-and-medicine medications

More PT and OT cuts death risk for pneumonia patients

Physical therapy and occupational therapy leads to fewer hospital readmissions and lower death risk for patients with pneumonia, a new study shows.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: lungs hospitals pneumonia health-and-medicine physical-therapy

Gun purchase age limits do little to curb homicides

Many young adults get their guns from family members or illicit channels, says Caitlin Moe. "[W]e can't address that kind of availability with age limits."

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture laws guns homicide

Expert: Beirut explosion highlights corruption in Lebanon

An expert explains the Beirut explosion and what the aftermath could mean for Lebanon's already charged political climate.

Simon Goodacre-Brandeis • futurity
yesterday ~10 min

Tags: politics government society-and-culture explosives

Luminescent DNA tool makes cell forces visible

"It's extremely challenging to image the forces of a living cell at a high resolution." Scientists compare their luminescent DNA method to fireflies.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: dna cells fluorescence health-and-medicine imaging-technology

Without vitamin D, zebrafish pack on fat

Vitamin D deficiency resulted in stunted growth and additional fat reserves in zebrafish, research shows.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: metabolism vitamin-d health-and-medicine body-fat body-weight

Does a lot of fructose make IBD worse?

Consuming a fructose-heavy diet increases the likelihood of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBD, according to new findings in mice.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
yesterday ~4 min

Tags: inflammatory-bowel-disease sugar food health-and-medicine digestive-system intestines

Team pins down brain circuits behind dissociation

Researchers have uncovered the brain dynamics behind the experience of dissociation, in which people can feel disconnected from their bodies and reality.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: brains health-and-medicine perception post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Residue reveals plants Native Americans smoked 1,500 years ago

A new study examines ancient pipe residue to figure out what people in America were smoking before and after European colonization.

U. Chicago • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: smoking plants native-americans featured society-and-culture metabolomics

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