Alex DeVito

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New imaging method shows how genes activate in the living brain

This could help us develop better treatments for Alzheimer’s<p>For the first time, scientists have figured out how to view changes to gene activity in living brains. The brain scan technique may aid discoveries in how Alzheimer’s treatments, schizophrenia, and other neurological disorders work. And …

Neuroscience

Olympic Cupping: A Practice Rooted in Ancient Islam

At the Rio Olympics, photos of circular purple hickeys decorating American swimmers were featured worldwide. Commentary from Olympians was …

Hospital crises show the gap between how doctors and patients perceive events

Instead of asking, ‘what kind of doctor do I want be?’, which can be influenced by institutional expectations, doctors should focus on a far simpler question<p>As a relatively young oncologist I saw a patient scheduled for surgery that morning. I didn’t know him but he was on my list because he needed …

Medicine

A simple hobby that can help raise your IQ

Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University of Zurich shows that doing one simple thing can actually raise a person's IQ.<p>And we're not just talking about children, whose …

The Brain

'Universal cancer vaccine' breakthrough claimed by scientists

Writing in Nature, an international team of researchers described how they had taken pieces of cancer’s genetic RNA code, put them into tiny …

Chronic stroke patients safely recover after injection of human stem cells

Injecting specially prepared human adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved safe and effective in restoring motor …

Neurology

No, giving my kid ADHD meds is not an easy way out

I am not suitably ashamed of my child's ADHD. It's become something of a sticking point in conversations with other people about her progress in …

Medicine

Bento Lab wants to let DNA enthusiasts test their genetic code at home

Most people are happy to just spit in a tube and get their DNA lab-test results six to eight weeks later. But some do-it-yourselfers won’t be …

Extracted
Medicine

Medical Myth Busting

In my 25 years of practicing as an orthopaedic surgeon working with athletes and people with arthritis, I have learned that much of what we think we know turns out to be only part of the truth.. For that reason, research that challenges our common knowledge makes the art and science of medicine …

Cancer Cells

11 Crazy Gene-Hacking Things We Can Do with CRISPR

New gene-editing technologies are revolutionizing biology by giving scientists the tools to dramatically alter organisms' DNA and resulting physical traits. What will we do with this new power? And what have we already done?<p>CRISPR/Cas9 is a futuristic gene-editing technology that is either the key …

Researchers Kill Drug-Resistant Cancer in The Lab Using 50 Times Less Chemo

This is awesome.<p>Researchers in the US have just made an existing chemotherapy drug way more effective, managing to kill drug-resistant lung cancer …

Cancer

It Works: New Study Outlines What Meditation, Yoga, & Prayer Can Do To The Human Body

I'm in!<p>The medicinal benefits of meditation and yoga are now firmly established in scientific literature. One of the latest studies to emerge on the …

Vitamin D Supplements Are Not Effective, And Could Be Dangerous, Studies Find

Don't waste your money.<p><i>This article was written by Tim Spector from King's College London and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>Everyone …

Wellness

Big names gamble big bucks on blood tests for early cancer detection | Ars Technica

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, others raise $100 million for tests expected by 2019.<p>Forget biopsies, ultrasounds, mammograms, pap smears, rectal exams, and …

DNA Sequencing Company Wants to Develop a Cancer Blood Test

Illumina, which dominates the DNA sequencing world, is dipping a very big toe into cancer testing. The California-based company has raised $100 …

Cancer

A common painkiller has a side effect — it seems to fight cancer too

Diclofenac, a common anti-inflammatory painkiller, has ‘significant’ anti-cancer properties, according to research published in the journal <i>ecancermedicalscience</i>.<p>The investigation into diclofenac was carried out by the Repurposing Drugs in Oncology project, an international collaboration aiming to …

Bravery Genes In Chickens May Shed Light On Anxiety In Humans

Anxiety affects around 40 million adults in the United States, making it the most common mental illness in the country. Data from the Centers for …

Improved Version Of CRISPR Gene Editing Tool Eliminates Errors

It is not called CRISPEST, however<p>From curing genetic diseases to bringing back extinct species, the applications for gene editing tool CRISPR seem as limitless as the human imagination. And though the enzyme complex is more precise and easier to use than many of its predecessors, it occasionally …

Gene Editing Cures Animal Of Genetic Disease For The First Time

A novel approach to treating a genetic condition that causes muscle weakness could soon be on the horizon, after a gene-editing technique called …

Shorter Sleep Gene Identified

<b>You may have wondered why some people seem to need less sleep. Is it in their genes? It turns out that it likely is. A number of so called</b> …

No, This Wasn't Photoshopped. It's What Happens When Idiots Breed Dogs.

Every once in awhile you come across something so special, you can't even wrap your head around it.<p>In 2010, I was working as an animal control …

ASMR and 'head orgasms': what's the science behind it?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the technical term for what some call ‘head orgasms’, or ‘brain tingles’. But what does the research say about it?<p>Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, is a curious phenomenon. Those who experience it often characterise it as a tingling sensation in …

Psychology

Slightly creepy experiment with ants shows that drugs can permanently alter behavior | Ars Technica

Scientists turned guard ants into scout ants with one brain injection.<p>Carpenter ants live in a caste system, where some members of the colony grow …

Marijuana News · High Times

Stay in the know with breaking marijuana news and insights on cannabis legalization, state laws, and political movements.

30 Books to Help Further Your Career

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Careers

Begin Again: Why I’m quitting the tech company I co-founded and going full time against childhood cancer.

My wife Robyn and I’s first born son Ezra died in 2010. He had been diagnosed with cancer on the 400th day of his life, and lived exactly 800 days. …