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WASHINGTON The intensive care unit is a last frontier for physical therapy: It's hard to exercise patients hooked to ventilators.

Some hospitals do manage to help critically ill patients stand or walk even if they're tethered to life support. Now research that put sick mice on tiny treadmills shows why even a little activity may help speed recovery.

Published in Livin'

WASHINGTON Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.

Reading that section of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' activates some of the same regions in the brain that people use to perceive real people's actions and intentions. Scientists then map what a healthy brain does as it reads.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:26

Summer cocktails more potent than you think

WASHINGTON How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it's made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you're really drinking with those summer cocktails.

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WASHINGTON An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.

Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a joystick, in hopes of offering them more mobility and independence.

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