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Gambling Monkeys Give Insight Into Neural Machinery of Risk

Duke University Medical Center neurobiologists have pinpointed circuitry in the brains of monkeys that assesses the level of risk in a given action. Their findings, gained from experiments in which they gave the monkeys a chance to gamble to receive juice rewards, could give insights into why humans compulsively engage in risky behaviors, including gambling, unsafe sex, drug use and overeating.

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Reducing the Risk of "Economy Class Syndrome"

With summer vacation season just around the corner, many long distance air travelers will face an increased risk of developing DVT, sometimes called "economy class syndrome." DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a circulatory condition in which blood clots form deep in the legs, often after lengthy periods of immobilization.

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