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  1. Eyes wide, a baby reaches for a toy. Her caregiver, sensing her interest, brings the toy within her grasp.
  2. From Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to Dexter's Laboratory cartoon series, sleep-learning has been a recurring theme in fiction. The idea that we can learn while asleep has fascinated many, but whether it is sheer fantasy or scientifically possible has long remained a mystery.
  3. Africa needs to combat a suicide rate that is the highest in the world yet remains widely unrecognised and often stigmatised, the UN said on Thursday.
  4. The latest government study on teen vaping suggests there's been little progress in keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of kids.
  5. Lebanon's health ministry on Thursday announced the crisis-hit country's first case of cholera in decades.
  6. Research involving Strathclyde has shown the effectiveness of a world-first contact tracing method to identify, test and treat sex partners of people with chlamydia—a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects 250,000 people in the UK each year.
  7. A new paper from Public Health Wales and Bangor University shows that suffering adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as child maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence can affect individuals' parenting behaviors later in life, increasing their risks of using physical punishment towards children.
  8. Scientists from Università Cattolica in Rome, together with colleagues from the IIGM Foundation (part of Candiolo Institute at Turin), have discovered a new drug-resistance mechanism in breast cancer that leads to the formation of cancer stem cells, (the cells that feed the tumor and cause relapse and metastasis). They have also devised an experimental therapy to bypass or prevent the emergence of drug-resistance.
  9. The technology of medical needles has not changed dramatically in 150 years. In his doctoral research, Emanuele Perra explored if nonlinear ultrasound can be used to overcome the limitations of currently used medical needles, such as the pain experienced by patients, inaccuracy and variable quality of needle samples. The study follows on from previous research into the use of ultrasound.
  10. A new animated video—released today on World Cerebral Palsy Day (October 6)—highlights how hard it is for adults with cerebral palsy to get the physiotherapy help they need, and recommends ways in which future services could be shaped.
  11. By analyzing key enzymes in a new way, an international team led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine has discovered how a well-known signaling molecule can either stimulate or suppress tumor growth depending on where it's produced. The work, published Sept. 27 in Cell Reports, reveals a new aspect of tumor cell biology, and points to a promising strategy for treating many types of cancer.
  12. A new type of COVID test is set to be available from November for Australians to use at home.
  13. Vegetarians have around twice as many depressive episodes as meat-eaters, according to a new study.
  14. We've known for some time now that the physical effects of the pandemic have not been distributed evenly across society.
  15. Is there anyone who isn't aware of breast cancer?
  16. A discovery about how some visually impaired adults could start to see offers a new vision of the brain's possibilities. The finding that the adult brain has the potential to partially recover from inherited blindness comes from a collaboration between researchers in the University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine. Their paper appears in Current Biology.
  17. Low vaccination rates in poorer countries have little to do with so-called "vaccine hesitancy" according to a study that examined access to COVID-19 tools across 14 low-income countries.
  18. An end to outdoor marketing of gambling, alcohol and junk food is urgently needed to protect children from harm, according to new University of Otago-led research.
  19. A team of Western researchers is working to improve our understanding of how exposure to cannabis during pregnancy may impact the developing brain of the fetus.
  20. A Veterans Health Administration project that provided resources for lung cancer screening programs increased the number of veterans screened, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Chest.