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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3254

Music to Minerva’s ears. In a study exploring the clinical neuroscience behind music processing, researchers set out to investigate associative knowledge of musical composition, musical emotion, musical instruments, and music notation. All eight of the participants—two of whom were clinically diagnosed with dementia—were music experts and underwent five experiments. The researchers concluded that music knowledge is in part dissociated from other neuropsychological functions but shares some features of cognitive organisation with other knowledge systems, and that general musical knowledge is relatively more robust than knowledge of a particular music (Brain 2010;133:1200-13, doi:10.1093/brain/awp345).

In Papau, Indonesia, a neonate had acquired high levels of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum in the uterus and developed severe clinical symptoms. The baby presented with high levels of parasitaemia, gametocytaemia, and marked splenomegaly, indicating vertical transmission and replication of the parasite before birth. The mother did not have any history of fever; her peripheral blood examination on the day of delivery was negative and remained so 24 hours later. Placental infection was not determined (American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2010;82:563-5, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.2010.09-0744).

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