Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning

The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain ...

Jun 12, 2014
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Inside the adult ADHD brain

About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many of these children eventually "outgrow" the disorder, some ...

Jun 10, 2014
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The Internet of medical things

Each year, more than a million people suffer from medication errors in the United States. In recent years, the spread of barcode-based medication-administration systems has cut the rate of errors, but the barcode systems ...

Jun 04, 2014
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Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. This technique, the first that can generate 3-D movies ...

May 18, 2014
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Yeast studies suggest alternative cancer approach

Yeast populations exposed to a sudden environmental shock can be driven to extinction, MIT researchers have shown. Could this principle also apply to human cancer cells? Possibly, argue researchers from MIT, ...

May 05, 2014
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Delving deep into the brain

Launched in 2013, the national BRAIN Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of cognition by mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain, revealing how brain circuits interact to create ...

May 01, 2014
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How a health care plan quickly lowered infant mortality

Few problems in developing countries are as gut-wrenching as high infant mortality—and yet it is a problem that has solutions. A policy change in Thailand's health care system has quickly led to significantly ...

Apr 30, 2014
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Biotech to the rescue

MIT professor Ram Sasisekharan's three biotech companies—Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cerulean Pharma, and Visterra—share a similar goal. "It's about the impact we can have on patient care," says Sasisekharan, ...

Apr 28, 2014
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Fast way to measure DNA repair

Our DNA is under constant attack from many sources, including environmental pollutants, ultraviolet light, and radiation. Fortunately, cells have several major DNA repair systems that can fix this damage, ...

Apr 22, 2014
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