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How tests fail to detect ‘hidden hearing loss’

Common hearing tests may not detect subtle kinds of hearing loss, particularly those that make hearing in noisy rooms or loud crowds difficult.

This combo may trigger memory loss in Alzheimer’s

Low levels of a brain protein may combine with another long-suspected culprit to trigger the learning and memory losses in Alzheimer’s disease, a study shows.

This tool could let companies make greener choices

Researchers have devised a more accurate way to predict and measure the impact products have on the environment.

Algorithm predicts epileptic seizures in real-time

Engineering students have created a system designed to prevent seizures caused by epilepsy, a neurological disorder affecting millions.

How to know if climate change caused the weather

After an unusually intense heat wave, downpour, or drought, Noah Diffenbaugh and his research group inevitably get phone calls and emails asking whether human-caused climate change played a role.

Solar wind ‘bubble’ is more basketball than comet

The huge bubble formed by the sun’s magnetic influence may be shaped much more like a basketball than a comet, new measurements show.

If you misread someone’s face, blame these neurons

Have you ever thought someone was angry at you, but it turned out you were just misreading their facial expression?

Hormone therapy benefits older women prone to fractures

Postmenopausal women at the highest genetic risk for fractures benefit the most from hormone therapy, research shows.

Gene could let hearing recover from loud noises

A protein implicated in human longevity may also play a role in restoring hearing after noise exposure, say researchers.

Doctors don’t think we’ll answer this identity question

Patients are far more willing to disclose their sexual orientation to health care providers than those providers believe, new research suggests.

‘Assembly line’ measures worm cells with a poke

Microscopic probes have simplified the process of measuring electrical activity in individual cells of small living animals.

Vast halo of hydrogen surrounds the Milky Way

Observing 732,225 galaxies with the 2.5-meter telescope of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has revealed the veil of diffuse hydrogen gas enshrouding the Milky Way.

DNA test may miss some disease-causing genes

A common DNA test used to find genes linked with disease may miss key genetic risk indicators, new research suggests.

These gut microbes may protect babies from infections

Gut bacteria could influence whether or not babies survive infections of the digestive system, new research with mice suggests.

Does swinging in sync make kids get along?

Playing on the swings is more than fun. The measured, synchronous movement can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on other activities, a new study shows.

Lost letters from Susan B Anthony found in old barn

Lost letters found in an old wooden crate inside a Connecticut barn are changing our view of the women’s suffrage movement in America.

Kids struggle to safely cross busy streets

Children under a certain age don’t have the perceptual judgment and motor skills to cross a busy road consistently without putting themselves in danger, report researchers.

To treat hearing loss, listen to your favorite voices

As people with hearing loss work to improve their speech recognition, a familiar voice may work better than a generic one, research shows.

Antibody magnifies tau for potential Alzheimer’s test

Damaging tangles of the protein tau dot the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which plagues professional boxers and football players. Now, however, scientists have found a way to measure tau levels in the blood.

Early mammals probably slunk around at night

New research suggests our earliest mammalian ancestors used powerful night-time vision to find food and avoid reptilian predators that hunted by day.