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Medical News Today: Scientists discover key cells involved in touch sensation

Researchers have long known that the sense of touch is a result of sensory receptors sending signals through the nerve cells to the brain, but the exact mechanisms behind this process have been unclear. Now, scientists from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, say they have identified the key cells involved in touch sensation.

Medical News Today: Researchers teach a computer to recognize 21 different human emotions

Ohio State University researchers have taught computers how to recognize 21 different human emotions from distinct facial expressions. If you did not realize there are that many feelings in our emotional vocabulary, however, then you may have forgotten about seemingly contradictory emotions, such as "happily disgusted" or "sadly angry.

Medical News Today: Drugs that reverse fibrosis in scleroderma step closer

Researchers say they have discovered a promising target for new drugs that might be able to reverse the fibrosis process in systemic sclerosis or scleroderma - a rare disease that cuts short the lives of many patients and for which there is no cure or effective treatment.

Medical News Today: Quick, simple blood test for solid cancers looks feasible

The idea of a general, quick and simple blood test for a diverse range of cancers just came closer to reality with news of a new study published in Nature Medicine.Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine have devised an ultra-sensitive method for finding DNA from cancer tumors in the bloodstream.

Medical News Today: One-third of patients to survive intensive care 'will suffer from depression'

New research in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine finds that one-third of intensive care patients experience depression. What is more, this depression will typically manifest as physical rather than psychological symptoms.Every year in North America, 5 million people are admitted to medical or surgical critical care units - this is more people than are diagnosed with cancer.

Medical News Today: 'Childhood obesity costs $19,000 per child,' researchers say

According to the latest estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of kids and adolescents in the US are overweight or obese. And now, researchers looking at total lifetime medical costs have estimated that, per head, childhood obesity costs $19,000 more than lifetime costs for normal weight children.

Medical News Today: New test could accurately predict prostate cancer recurrence

Researchers have created a test that they say can predict whether a man is at high risk of prostate cancer recurrence.The research team, led by Prof. Robert Bristow of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University of Toronto, both in Canada, presented their findings at the 33rd conference of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO33) in Vienna, Italy.

Medical News Today: The hormone that allows us to love may also encourage us to lie

Oxytocin - the "love" hormone produced by the body to encourage bonding - may also help us to lie to the benefit of our group, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.Produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain, oxytocin is a peptide of nine amino acids that functions as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter.

Medical News Today: Materialistic people 'more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied'

We have all met materialistic people. These individuals want the best of the best, whether its the latest phone or a top-of-the-range car. But even when their demands are met, these types of characters may not be happy. And now, new research suggests that materialistic individuals are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life.

Medical News Today: The origin of Lou Gehrig's disease may have just been discovered

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - is a condition that gradually attacks nerve cells that control our voluntary movement, leading to paralysis and death. In the US, a reported 30,000 individuals are living with the disease, but now, scientists have identified a fault in protein formation, which could be the origin of this condition.