Thursday, July 21, 2016


Scientists create updated map of human brain

The Washington Post (7/20, Nutt) reports scientists have discovered many new areas of the brain by combining data from multiple brain imaging technologies, according to a study published in Nature. The scientists, led by Matthew Glasser and David Van Essen at Washington University, created a new map of the human brain that identifies 180 distinct areas, up from 83 that have previously been discovered.
        In a front-page story, the New York Times (7/20, A1, Zimmer, Subscription Publication) reports researchers made the map with data from volunteers who had their brains scanned by different imaging technologies.
        Reuters (7/20, Dunham) points out that the new map may lead researchers to new insights into many neurological and psychiatric conditions.
        STAT (7/20, Thielking) reports the research is part of the broader Human Connectome Project, which is being funded by the National Institutes of Health with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the human brain.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


CDC: Cheap surgery in Dominican Republic results in expensive infections
At least 18 women from the US contracted mycobacterial infections after undergoing plastic surgery at five different clinics in the Dominican Republic, the CDC reports. Some patients required hospitalization, surgery and long-term antibiotics.