Coma and general anesthesia demonstrate important similarities

NEW YORK (Dec. 30, 2010) — The brain under general anesthesia isn’t “asleep” as surgery patients are often told — it is placed into a state that is a reversible coma, according to three neuroscientists who have published an extensive review of …

‘Greener’ climate prediction shows plants slow warming

GREENBELT, Md. — A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback — a cooling effect — in the Earth’s c…

Study finds possible ‘persistence’ switch for tuberculosis

HOUSTON — (Sept. 17, 2010) — An examination of a portion of the tuberculosis genome that responds to stress has allowed Rice University bioengineers Oleg Igoshin and Abhinav Tiwari to zero in on a network of genes that may “switch” the disea…

Biofeedback for your brain?

Philadelphia, PA, 9 September, 2010 – There is new evidence that people can learn to control the activity of some brain regions when they get feedback signals provided by functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (fMRI).
Dr. Andrea Caria and col…

Scientists begin to unravel rowers’ secret of pulling together successfully

Researchers have recently gained funding for the UK’s first rowing research programme, which aims to reveal the secrets of the best and safest rowing technique. Thanks to funding from the Henley Stewards Charitable Trust and assistance from the British International Rowing Office (through UK Sport) they are contributing to improving top rowers’ performance with the development of a biofeedback system that gives instant visual feedback on their rowing technique. This helps to harmonise their movements with fellow rowers, while at the same time avoiding the causes of lower back pain.

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