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Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

Two common herpes viruses appear to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.<p>The viruses, best known for causing a distinctive skin rash in young children, are abundant in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's, a team of scientists reports Thursday in <i>Neuron.</i> The team also found evidence that the …

Dementia

Controversial gene-editing technique injected into cancer patients in China

Latest use of technology seems to avoid use of embryonic cells, may spur international race<p>Experiments in China with a controversial gene modifying …

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

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

Depression Worsening in Teens, Especially Girls

More and more teens say they’ve had serious depression, researchers reported Monday. But more are not being treated for it.<p>The troubling trend suggests doctors are afraid to ask about and treat depression, which is a major cause of suicide, the researchers said.<p>And they say it’s important to find …

Thought Provoking Political Dystopian Books

If 2016 can teach us anything, it is that fiction can become reality. As a common rule, humanity strives for constant progress; movement towards a …

5 Speculative Novels to Help You Survive a Trump Presidency

From 'The Handmaid's Tale' to 'American Gods,' here are fictional works to help you make sense of reality.<p>The looming reality of Donald Trump in the …

Books

Over 130,000 patients a year are not receiving vital NHS cancer care on time

Hospitals struggling with growing number of people suspected of having the disease as doctors warn delays may be harming chances of survival<p>More than 130,000 patients a year are not receiving vital NHS cancer care on time because hospitals are struggling to look after the growing number of people …

Pass mental health reform for the very young

The Nov. 1 Health & Science article “Help is scarce for troubled youth” discussed the shortage of child psychiatrists, which is leading to a critical lack of access to mental health care for adolescents. Even before adolescence, however, the need for mental health intervention exists and access to …

Mystery Arctic 'Ping' Prompts Military to Investigate

Is an "acoustic anomaly" driving away marine mammals in the Canadian Arctic?<p>It sounds like a mystery pulled straight from science fiction: reports of …

Scotland generates enough wind energy to power almost every household for an entire month

Wind turbines in Scotland provided enough electricity to supply the average needs of almost all Scotland's homes last month, according to a …