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Researchers identify 45 distinct brain connectivity alterations linked to anorexia nervosa

Researchers identify 45 distinct brain connectivity alterations linked to anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa, a severe eating disorder characterized by an extreme fear of weight gain and restricted food intake, has been the subject of increased research to understand its complex neurobiology. A recent study published in Psychological Medicine utilizing robust sample sizes and advanced imaging techniques reveals significant differences in brain connectivity patterns among individuals with anorexia compared to healthy controls. These findings could help in diagnosing and distinguishing different types of anorexia nervosa, potentially leading to better-targeted treatments. Anorexia nervosa is one of the most deadly psychiatric conditions, with a recovery rate of less than half of those affected. Research over the past decade has utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to explore how this disorder alters brain connectivity. These studies, however, often suffered from small sample sizes that yielded inconsistent results and limited reliability. Prior studies identified altered connectivity in regions like the insula and anterior cingulate cortex but could not comprehensively map connectivity across the entire brain due to these limitations. “Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder in which the fear of …

Best home printers 2024 with wireless connectivity for easy printing

Best home printers 2024 with wireless connectivity for easy printing

Best for: top quality printing with affordable upkeep Type: Inkjet with cartridges Functionality: Print Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, USB Size: Up to A3 You won’t find a better print quality for a cheaper price than the Canon PIXMA Pro-200, a home printer aimed at pro photographers and those looking to print their images at the highest quality possible. It’s all down to the eight dye-based inks (two more than in typical photo printers), which deliver a much more generous range of shades for both colour printing and mono printing. This clever printer expertly matches its inks to what you see on your screen, ensuring a truly optimal print, while there’s even a print mode dedicated to black and white printing to ensure your mono photos hit the spot. The 3-inch display is useful for checking ink levels and other print settings and, like the Epson Expression Photo XP-15000, it manages borderless printing up to A3 size, while you can also print directly onto CDs and DVDs with a manual feed tray. The footprint is also …

Shrinking Arctic ice redraws the map for internet cable connections – POLITICO

Shrinking Arctic ice redraws the map for internet cable connections – POLITICO

The problem of critical data relying on only one path is clear. “It’s clearly a kind of concentration of several cables, which means that there is a risk that areas will bottleneck,” Taneli Vuorinen, the executive vice president at Cinia, a Finland-based company working on an innovative pan-Arctic cable, said. “In order to meet the increasing demand, there’s an increasing pressure to find diversity” of routes, he said. The Far North Fiber project is seeking to offer just that. The 14,500 kilometer long cable will directly link Europe to Japan, via the Northwest Passage in the Arctic, with landing sites in Japan, the United States (Alaska), Canada, Norway, Finland and Ireland. It would have been unthinkable until just a few years ago, when a thick, multiyear layer of ice made navigation impossible. But the Arctic is warming up at a worrying pace with climate change, nearly four times faster than the rest of the world. Sea ice is shrinking by almost 13 percent every decade. Source link

Tesla expands referral program rewards with free premium connectivity

Tesla expands referral program rewards with free premium connectivity

Tesla has expanded its owner’s referral program rewards with the addition of free premium connectivity. The automaker has been stacking up incentives at the end of the quarter. Tesla completely revamped its owner’s referral program last year. Owners who refer new buyers now accumulate “credits”, which can be redeemed for a bunch of prizes, like accessories, free Supercharging miles, or raffle entries. New buyers using a referral code only received 3 months of Full Self-Driving (FSD) Capability package. Today, Tesla updated its referral program to add a new award to be buyers: 1 year of premium connectivity: All Tesla vehicles come with internet connectivity, but in order to support the cost, Tesla charges for a “premium connectivity” package to access some of the features that are heavier on data: Connectivity Packages Standard Premium Navigation ✔ ✔ Live Traffic Visualization ✔ Sentry Mode – View Live Camera ✔ Satellite-View Maps ✔ Video Streaming** ✔ Caraoke* ✔ Music Streaming** ✔ Internet Browser* ✔ At $10 per month, it’s not too expensive. A year free is worth $120, …

Transcendent thinking in teens: A pathway to enhanced brain connectivity and well-being, study suggests

Transcendent thinking in teens: A pathway to enhanced brain connectivity and well-being, study suggests

New research from the Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education (CANDLE) at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education suggests that engaging in transcendent thinking — a kind of abstract, big-picture reasoning about the world and one’s place in it — can significantly impact the development of teenagers’ brains, with positive implications for their personal and social well-being in young adulthood. This type of thinking was found to predict increased connectivity between major brain networks over time. The new findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports. For over a century, transcendent thinking has been recognized as a critical developmental milestone during adolescence, a period marked by rapid growth in cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial dimensions, as well as brain development. Despite the acknowledged importance of this kind of thinking in shaping a young person’s ability to interpret and emotionally respond to the social world, its effects on brain development have remained unexplored until now. The new study sought to fill this gap by examining how adolescents’ propensity for transcendent thinking influences the …

ADHD linked to unusual brain connectivity patterns in large-scale neuroimaging study

ADHD linked to unusual brain connectivity patterns in large-scale neuroimaging study

In a landmark study led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists have uncovered a connection between symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and unusual patterns of brain connectivity. Analyzing nearly 10,000 brain images from youths with and without ADHD, the researchers identified distinctive interactions between the brain’s frontal cortex and deep brain structures involved in processing information. This discovery, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, provides new insights into the neurological underpinnings of ADHD and opens avenues for future research and potential treatments. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts attention, impulsivity, and activity levels, affecting approximately 5%-10% of school-aged children. Despite decades of research, understanding the exact brain mechanisms of ADHD has been challenging, often leading to mixed findings from smaller studies. The NIH team embarked on this extensive study to clarify how the brain’s connectivity patterns relate to ADHD symptoms, leveraging the power of a large dataset to overcome the limitations of previous research. The study analyzed functional brain images from 9,890 youths, both with and without ADHD, from six different …

Aid ship to leave Cyprus for Gaza within 24 hours, Christodoulides says – POLITICO

Aid ship to leave Cyprus for Gaza within 24 hours, Christodoulides says – POLITICO

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday visited the Cypriot port of Larnaca, the starting point of the corridor, and said that the operation might start as early as this weekend. Cyprus, which is the closest EU member to Israel and the Palestinian territories, first presented the idea of the sea corridor last year. In December, it was announced that a ship with aid had left for Gaza but eventually had to offload aid for Gaza in neighboring Egypt. Christodoulides didn’t specify where the ship will anchor to unload the aid. The hope is that the supplies can help alleviate the dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, where the United Nations says the population is suffering from “catastrophic hunger” after more than five months of conflict. Analysts said that, even if this pilot run is successful, the sea corridor won’t become operational until a planned temporary dock is constructed by the U.S. The American military estimates that will take two months. “This idea of the sea corridor has been brewing for months,” …

Writing by Hand Can Boost Brain Connectivity

Writing by Hand Can Boost Brain Connectivity

Since her retirement, an old family friend has begun visually journaling her travels. She isn’t an “artist,” but that doesn’t diminish her joy in capturing her experiences or the authenticity and appeal of her sketches and musings. It was inspiring and I tucked it away as a good idea for later. When I saw the recent Van der Weel and Van der Meer (2024) study about handwriting and cognitive activation, I thought about my friend, the passage of time, and aging and realized that it was time to hunt up all my retro media (pens, pencils, watercolors, bound journals, and sketchpads) and shift some activities from keyboard to paper as an investment in brain health. Handwriting for Brain Health While it seems most relevant to boomers and Gen X, we should all take note of the study by Van der Weel and Van der Meer (2024), too, who found writing by hand (rather than tapping away on your keyboard) increases brain connectivity. It may be time to consider deleting some of those list-making and journal …

BMW Expands In-Car Connectivity with Ubigi eSIM

BMW Expands In-Car Connectivity with Ubigi eSIM

BMW has announced that it is expanding its in-car connectivity in Europe with Ubigi’s global Personal eSIM solution and this feature will be available in Germany and France to start with and then it will be expanded to more countries. The new Ubigi global Personal eSIM can be activated within the My BMW App and pricing fore the plan is €10 a month nd this gives you unlimited data for your BMW, you can see more information below. Starting today, BMW customers in France and Germany can activate the Personal eSIM of their vehicle with Transatel’s Ubigi 5G data plans to enjoy additional infotainment features and WiFi connectivity, irrespective of their primary network operator for their regular smartphone subscription. The service will be available for BMW vehicles with BMW Operating System 8, 8.5 and 9 with the option Personal eSIM (SA6PA). Depending on the vehicle model, the Personal eSIM enables the in-vehicle WiFi-Hotspot, first-row video streaming services and in the case of 7 series vehicles equipped with the BMW Theatre Screen, a wide variety of …