Media Coverage: February roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in February 2024, including The New York Post, GEO, and Marie Claire Australia.
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In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight the top mentions that eLife papers generated in February. You can view the coverage, along with the related research articles, below:

Knights et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Neural Evidence of Functional Compensation for Fluid Intelligence in Healthy Ageing’, was featured in:

  • Laboratory Equipment – How Neighbourly: Brain Recruits Other Areas to Compensate for Cognitive Decline
  • Planet Radio – Cambridge scientists find older people’s brains can adapt to problem solve
  • Neuroscience News – Brain’s Method for Preserving Cognition in Aging Revealed
  • Tech Explorist – Brain counters age-related cognitive decline
  • Aunt Minnie – MRI shows how the brain compensates for age-related cognitive decline
  • Health Day and U.S. News & World Report – Your Brain Finds Ways to Compensate Against Age-Related Decline
  • Aged Care Guide (Australia) – Researchers discover why some people’s brains aren’t impaired by ageing
  • PsyPost – Neuroscience research uncovers key brain region that helps offset age-related cognitive decline
  • Metrópoles (Brazil) – The brain is capable of compensating for age-related cognitive decline, study says (translated)
  • Medical Insider (Russia) – The brain’s ability to retain memory as it ages has been revealed (translated)
  • UPI – Brain adapts to compensate for age-related decline, study shows
  • Medriva – Neural Compensation for Age-related Cognitive Decline: Unveiling Fluid Intelligence in Healthy Aging
  • News Medical – Study provides an important advancement of knowledge by showing neural compensation in healthy aging brains
  • El Debate (Spain) – This is how the elderly manage to compensate for cognitive decline (translated)
  • Hit News (Korea) – Is there a way to preserve cognition as we age? (translated)

This study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘Study reveals how the brain compensates for cognitive decline in old age’.

Monzel et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Hippocampal-occipital connectivity reflects autobiographical memory deficits in aphantasia’, was picked up by:

  • Neuroscience News – Aphantasia Impacts Autobiographical Memory Recall
  • Tech Explorist – Long-term memory and an absence of mental imagery
  • Medriva – Unlocking the Mystery of Aphantasia: New Study Sheds Light on Memory Challenges

This study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘Study finds link between functional brain connectivity and aphantasia’.

Lameira et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Recursive self-embedded vocal motifs in wild orangutans’, was mentioned in:

  • Tekniikan Maailma (Finland) – A complex structure was found in the calls of orangutans, which was thought to be a peculiarity of human language (translated)

Antonio, Weiß, Gao, Sawyer et al.’s Research Article, ‘Stable population structure in Europe since the Iron Age, despite high mobility’, was featured in:

  • El Español (Spain) – The DNA of thousands of skeletons reveals what migrations were like in the Roman Empire (translated)
  • Nauka Telegraf (Serbia) – Scientists study DNA to map migrations in the Roman Empire (translated)
  • Jutarnij (Croatia) – Scientists found out how many people migrated to the territory of Croatia during the Roman Empire (translated)

Sperry et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Identification of pharmacological inducers of a reversible hypometabolic state for whole organ preservation’, was featured in:

  • Nauka TV (Russia) – A drug has been found that can ‘preserve’ donor organs (translated)
  • El Periódico (Spain) – Scientists discover a suspended animation drug that mimics hibernation (translated)

This study was also summarised by the eLife press release, ‘‘Suspended animation’ drug could aid organ transplantation and survival from traumatic injury’.

Gustison et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Sexual coordination in a whole-brain map of prairie vole pair bonding’, was picked up by:

Leonti et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Taste shaped the use of botanical drugs,’ was picked up by:

Lewis et al.’s Research Article/Reviewed Preprint, ‘Remodelling of skeletal muscle myosin metabolic states in hibernating mammals’, was featured in:

  • GEO (France) – Molecular mechanisms behind mammalian hibernation revealed (translated)
  • Nauka TV (Russia) – Biologists have figured out what happens in the muscles of animals during hibernation (translated)

Petersen et al.’s Research Article, ‘Mechanical activation of TWIK-related potassium channel by nanoscopic movement and rapid second messenger signaling’, was featured in:

  • BNN Breaking – New Study Unveils How Cell Membrane Lipids Mitigate Pain: Implications for Non-Opioid Therapies
  • MSN – Study reveals role of cholesterol in pain perception
  • WION – Your cholesterol level has a link to how you feel physical pain. Here is how

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