Guilty or innocent? In virtual courtrooms, the absence of non-verbal cues may threaten justice

Since the beginning of the health crisis, Canadian courts, like those in other countries, have been making a technological shift. The number of proceedings filed online have increased and the same holds for virtual trials. Although their use appears legitimate during the pandemic, video communications applications such as Skype or Zoom are hindering the role […]

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Effects of acute and chronic graft-versus-myelodysplastic syndrome on outcomes following cell transplantation

Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a bone marrow failure disorder characterized by intractable cytopenia and dysplastic hematological changes. MDS has a varied clinical course, with some patients remaining asymptomatic with mild cytopenia for a long time, while others show progressive leukemia a short time after the diagnosis. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is considered the only curative […]

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Is my vulva normal? Not all genitalia look the same, and we’re trying to teach teenagers that

Cosmetic genital procedures are becoming increasingly popular in women. The most common is labiaplasty, which involves the surgical reduction of the inner lips of the vulva—the labia minora. Most women who undergo labiaplasty in Australia do so through the private sector, which does not require reporting of statistics. But in the United States procedure numbers […]

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Study identifies brain cells most affected by epilepsy and new targets for their treatment

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases. It is caused by a malfunction in brain cells and is usually treated with medicines that control or counteract the seizures. Scientists from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet have now identified the exact neurons that are most affected by […]

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Deep-brain imaging at synaptic resolution with adaptive optics 2-photon endomicroscopy

The ability to undertake in vivo imaging of a living brain in a mammalian animal model is crucial for elucidating how the brain functions. However, the brain consists of tens of billions of neurons, each connected with thousands of others via synapses, the sites of communication between neurons that allows transmission of information. Thus, to […]

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Many non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patients can skip radiation, collaborative study finds

Skipping radiation and receiving less chemotherapy may become the new standard of care for some lymphoma patients, according to a recent collaborative study led by a Daniel Persky, MD, associate director for clinical investigations at the UArizona Cancer Center, principal investigator of its Lymphoma Clinical Research Team, and professor of medicine in the Division of […]

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Nearly a half-million poultry deaths: There are 3 avian influenza outbreaks in Victoria. Should we be worried?

As we navigate a global human pandemic, avian influenza (or “bird flu”) has been detected in domestic poultry across Victoria. When scientists discuss avian influenza, we’re usually referring to the diverse subtypes of influenza that primarily infect birds. Avian influenza viruses are commonly found in healthy wild birds and can also cause illness and death […]

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