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Feature: Giving blind people sight illuminates the brain's secrets

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Defying expectations, cataract surgery in Indian children is endowing them with vision—and shedding light on how the brain learns to see.

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How Training Without Helmets Could Reduce Head Injuries

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To protect the heads of football players, it might be advisable to have them occasionally practice without head protection, according to a counterintuitive new study of a successful Division I football program.

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How a Boy's Concussion Death Changed British Sports

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After a young rugby player died in Northern Ireland, his family and a brain expert set about to establish concussion guidelines, looking in part to the United States.

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Easier Than Taking Vitamins

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A nutrient powder can save anemic children, but the people who could benefit are distrustful. Having local mothers distribute the supplement was successful in Bangladesh.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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Autism's full spectrum

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Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of research — an ethical failure. New projects are illuminating autism’s diverse shades and aim to provide care to all members of society.

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Fostering a Team Approach to Drug Cures

The New York Times

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Chronic diseases have remained incurable and difficult to treat and myelin, the proteins in the body that transmit nerve impulses, is an important factor that connects them together. The Myelin Repair Foundation has created a collaborative partnership among different research labs to work on myel...

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DNA Analysis, More Accessible Than Ever, Opens New Doors

The New York Times

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A few years ago, a genetic sequencing test was so difficult and expensive that it was generally only available to participants in research projects like those sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. But the price has plunged in just a few years from tens of thousands of dollars to around ...

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In India, a Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects

The New York Times

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly distribute deworming pills to school children. The benefits decrease student abs...

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Protecting Children From Toxic Stress

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Child First is a program in Connecticut, where staff members deliver home-based parent guidance and child-parent psychotherapy to help prevent the detrimental physical and mental effects of toxic stress on children. The engagement is guided by an evidence-based methodology called Child-Parent Psy...

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