September 6, 2013 | Eliette

Two facts about me: when I was little I was convinced my name was ‘Ellie-calm-down', and I don't hear very well. But I never thought they could be related.

Scientists have found that hearing problems in mice trigger their brains to produce higher levels of proteins that cause hyperactivity. They tested a medicine that reduced the protein levels and the mice stopped being hyperactive. Even if the medicine had been available for humans back then, I don't think my mum would've given it to me.

This research was published in the 6 September 2013 issue of the journal Science.


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