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Moustaches Are Great, But Let's Cut To The Chase And Talk Prostate Cancer This November

It is that time of year again when you see men proudly growing moustaches, from the handlebar to the horseshoe. And while it is great that in 2015 …

Cancer

USB stick diagnoses HIV in 30 minutes

A group of scientists have developed a home HIV testing kit that speeds up diagnosis and allows patients to monitor their own treatment.<p>The teams …

Imperial College London

Why drinking beer could be good for your heart

Drinking a beer a day could benefit ‘good cholesterol’ in the body.<p>Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly of beer, was found to contribute to a …

Holistic Medicine

Can worrying about your health make you ill?

People with health anxiety are more likely to develop heart disease, says a study – news that will only make them more stressed. Psychological therapy is the best treatment …<p>Most people are happy if their medical test results come back negative – but for at least 5% of us such news brings no …

Depression
Molecular Biology

Earth - A microbe no one has even seen could explain our origins

Between Greenland and Norway in the mid-Atlantic ocean, 7,546ft (2300m) below the surface, there is a black and smoky region where hot water spouts up from the sea bed. This strange place is called "Loki's castle" after the shape-shifting Norse God Loki: the one Tom Hiddleston played in <i>The Avengers</i>.<p>…

Biology

Some people are immune to Alzheimer's symptoms, scientists find

Some people are naturally immune to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s even when they have the full-blown disease, scientists have found.<p>Several "super-agers" in their 90s who showed no sign of mental decline or memory loss before their death were all found to have the signature plaques and tangles in …

Paralysed Woman 'Locked In' Her Body Can Communicate Again After Brain Implant

This is astonishing...<p>A brain implant has helped a woman with ‘locked-in’ syndrome to communicate again despite her severe paralysis.<p>In 2008, Hanneke …

Neurophilosophy

Bizarre Two-Headed Sharks Showing Up in Many Parts of the World

A slew of rare two-headed sharks have been found from California to the Caribbean and from Mexico to the Mediterranean, leading scientists to ponder …

Sick Dogs Could Be Key to Unlocking Mysteries of Immunotherapy - MIT Technology Review

Novel cancer drugs that harness an individual’s own immune system to fight cancer are showing incredible promise in some patients, but researchers …

Immunotherapy

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Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it's complicated.<p>Coffee is among the most …

Whenever you lie, your brain adjusts to make telling bigger whoppers easier, study finds

Telling small lies causes changes in the brain that lead people down a “slippery slope” towards increasingly large acts of dishonesty, according to a …

Alzheimer's Disease

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Japanese Scientists Have Used Skin Cells to Restore a Patient's Vision For The First Time

Amazing!<p>Japanese scientists have reported the first successful skin-to-eye stem cell transplant in humans, where stem cells derived from a patient's …

Brain 'reads' sentences the same in English and Portuguese

An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain "reads" or decodes a sentence in English or …

We now know exactly how many DNA mutations smoking causes

Every 50 cigarettes you smoke gives you one extra DNA mutation per lung cell<p>A common tactic for people trying to give up smoking is to quantify exactly how much damage — financial or physical — each cigarette or pack of cigarette does. How much does smoking cost you per month, for example, or how …

Cancer

10 Interesting facts about human brain you may not know

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The …

The Future of Getting High

Scientists are working on nonaddictive opiates, pills that sober you up, and pot designed to produce certain moods.<p>In 2014, I walked into a dispensary in Boulder and emerged with something truly surreal: a receipt. For weed. Two years earlier, Colorado had voted to legalize recreational …

UC Berkeley

Here's everything scientists know about how to avoid ageing

It’s rare that a long, technical paper in a biology journal turns out to be a page-turner. But it happens.<p>A team of researchers published a thorough …

Aging

Scientists Create Life That Reads a New Language in the Letters of DNA

Redefining what cells understand when they interpret the genetic code.<p>Marc Lajoie is working on a new type of genetically engineered life: organisms that read a new language of DNA. That is, they have the same letters in their DNA—A,C,G, and T—but they read and interpret them in a totally different …

How to Be Your Own Doctor

Just as personalized medicine and health-related testing seem poised to transform how we diagnose and treat certain diseases, many doctors think all that data gathering has gotten out of control. "Many tests don’t result in valuable information,” says Randall Stafford, professor of medicine at …

Genetic Testing

World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

Experts welcome news of successful mitochondrial transfer but caution against operating in countries beyond regulations<p>The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.<p>The …

Genetics