New research by University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Robert Sorge, Ph.D., and team published today in Nature Neuroscience online challenges the common belief that males and females process pain in the same way.
The majority of existing research shows that men and women have different sensitivity to pain — women are more sensitive to pain overall — but the assumption has always been that a common pain circuit exists in both sexes that is altered by circulating hormones like estrogen.
Sorge and colleagues from three laboratories in the United States and Canada found that this assumption may be false, and that males and females may use very different biological systems to process pain. The key sex difference appears to be in the immune system, and under control of the male hormone, testosterone.
UAB's Office of Undergraduate Research will host nearly 200 student presentations during its Summer Expo on Friday, July 24.University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Office of Undergraduate Research will host nearly 200 student presentations during its Summer Expo on Friday, July 24.The
The EXPO celebrates excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship by showcasing the academic endeavors of undergraduate students covering more than three-quarters of the majors offered at UAB. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to present what they have learned through their research experiences to an audience. This event also provides a forum for students, faculty and the community to discuss cutting-edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education.
Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, UAB researchers have found.University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found. At the same time, the reading comprehension of those 13 children, whose average age was 10.9 years, also improved.Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading,
“This study is the first to do reading intervention with ASD children using brain imaging techniques, and the findings reflect the plasticity of the brain,” said Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and the senior author on this paper. “Some parents think, if their child is 8 or 10 years old when diagnosed, the game is lost. What I stress constantly is the importance of intervention, and the magic of intervention, on the brain in general and brain connectivity in particular.”