Researchers develop a new smartphone-based tool to detect visual impairment in young children

In a recent study published in Nature Medicineresearchers conducted a prospective, multicenter, observational study between 14 January 2020 and 30 January 2022 in China. Study: Early detection of visual impairment in young children using a smartphone-based deep learning system. Image Credit: New Africa/Shutterstock They prospectively recorded videos of 3,652 Chinese children aged 48 months and … Read more

Research offers hope for patients affected by rare, hereditary metabolic disease

New research offers potential benefits for those affected by the hereditary metabolic disease methylmalonic aciduria. By combining the results of multiple molecular analyses, scientists can better diagnose this rare and severe disease. In the future, an improved understanding of the disease might also improve treatment options. Methylmalonic aciduria (MMA) is a metabolic disorder that affects … Read more

Adding a handful of walnuts to the diet can provide good nutrition

A new study from researchers at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has found that adding one ounce of walnuts (or one handful) to the diet of children and adults who do not normally eat nuts improves diet quality and intake of some under-consumed nutrients of public health importance. Consistent evidence shows that walnuts as … Read more

Lisa Marie Presley’s Children Won’t See Any Of $100M Fortune Elvis Left Her After She Spent It All

Following the death of Lisa Marie Presley, the fate of her father’s fortune is in transition. As the only daughter of iconic musician Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie was her father’s sole heir. It is safe to assume that her three surviving children will inherit any remaining fortunes passed down to them by their late mother. … Read more

Three genes found to be directly associated with cleft lip and palate

Researchers are finding more genes directly associated with cleft lip and palate. In a new study, a research team led by the University of Iowa identified three genes that when deleted cause cleft lip or palate, a facial deformation that occurs in about 1 in every 1,600 babies born in the United States, according to … Read more

Study describes the variations in drug response across genetic subtypes of childhood leukemia

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are reporting the most comprehensive study to date describing the variations in drug response across different genetic subtypes of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The findings provide a blueprint for precision medicine to further individualize therapy. The study was published today in Nature Medicine. ALL, a cancer of lymphocytes … Read more

Underlying genetic cause for MIS-C complications after COVID-19 identified

Unvaccinated individuals exhibit significant clinical variability during primary infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the causal agent of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Notably, common genetic factors serve as modest risk factors for disease progression. For instance, around 15% of critical COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated patients have been … Read more

Sure, Kids Can Develop iPhone Apps. But it’s not easy

Apple first released Swift Playgrounds as an iPad app in 2016, and a MacOS version followed in 2020. It’s free and lets you edit code in one window and see how it will look in the finished app in another (in real time). There are built-in lessons and challenges to work through, and you can … Read more

Model provides new insights into how autism arises

The development of autism may now become easier to understand, thanks to an explanatory model presented in a thesis from University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This model provides new insights into how various risk factors give rise to autism and why there is such great variability between individuals. Autism, a neurodevelopmental condition, affects how people perceive … Read more

Researchers Grow Brain-Like Organoids To Learn More About Autism

A new study published in Nature Communications delved more into autism by growing brain-like organoids. “The human brain is unique, and certain aspects of human brain development, and brain diseases, are notoriously difficult to study using animal models,” study author Alex Shcheglovitov, PhD told us. “We wanted to develop a new method to model early … Read more