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Musical training shapes brain anatomy, especially before age 7

New findings show that extensive musical training affects the structure and function of different brain regions, how those regions communicate during the creation of...

Queen’s develops new brain training app for research into aging minds

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast are taking the first step towards discovering the true effectiveness of brain training exercises with the release of their own app aimed at those over 50. The Brain Jog application is available to download ...

Policies to reduce medical residents’ fatigue may compromise quality of training

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Recent Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) limits aimed to enhance patient safety may compromise the quality of doctors' training, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the March ...

Study looks at getting stroke patients back on their feet

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- Home-based physical therapy to improve the strength and balance of stroke survivors works about as well to get them walking again as treadmill training done in a physical therapy lab, according to the results of a study prese...

Highly interactive training helps workers in dangerous jobs avoid deadly mistakes

WASHINGTON -- Hands-on safety training for workers in highly hazardous jobs is most effective at improving safe work behavior, according to psychologists who analyzed close to 40 years of research. However, less engaging training can be just as eff...

New training instrument allows surgeon to feel grasp force in keyhole...

The number of complications following keyhole surgery can be reduced by giving the surgeons a better feeling of how hard they are grasping the tissue with their operating instruments. This is made possible by designing the instrument in such a way t...

News briefs from the January issue of Chest

DATA SHOWS OMALIZUMAB SAFE AND EFFECTIVE FOR MODERATE TO SEVERE ASTHMA New research suggests that subcutaneous omalizumab is safe and effective an add-on treatment to corticosteroids for moderate to severe asthma in children and adults. R...

New colonoscopy skills assessment tool developed for trainees

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Dec. 15, 2010 -- Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have developed a new skills assessment tool for colonoscopy trainees. A report outlining the development and validation of the Mayo Colonoscopy Skills Assessme...

Strength training for seniors provides cognitive function, economic benefits: VCH-UBC study

A one-year follow-up study on seniors who participated in a strength training exercise program shows sustained cognitive benefits as well as savings for the healthcare system. The research, conducted at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vanc...

Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning in tots

Two toddlers are learning the word "cup." One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and -- according to a new University o...

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