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Flexible implant shows promise for paralysed humans

Last year, researchers at the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, successfully demonstrated a system that allowed completely paralysed rats to walk again. Using a system of electrical and chemical stimulation, the rats -- whose spinal cords had been completely severed -- were …

Spinal Cords

On the 'Cancer Train' of India's pesticides

<b>Bathinda, India -</b> As the digital clock beamed 21:00, the shabby and dimly lit Bathinda train station came to life as frail patients swarmed the platform and jostled for seats on the "Cancer Train".<p>Ramkishan, a man of about 50 breathing heavily and coughing, remained seated until the rush died down, …

A new breakthrough could end our antibiotic crisis

The rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing worry and threatens to put healthcare back to the early 20th century. Such resistance to drugs was inevitable, because bacteria evolve and learn to defend themselves. But we are worried now because new classes of antibiotics aren’t …

Breast cancer breakthrough as Cambridge University finds gene behind killer disease

Cambridge University and the Wellcome Trust’s Sanger Institute have discovered the gene responsible for triple negative breast cancer<p>Scientists have identified the gene behind one of most aggressive forms of breast cancer in a breakthrough which could bring life-saving new …

5 ways your body can talk to your brain - Futurity

A new book offers the latest evidence about the body's influence on the brain and tips on how to move to stimulate the mind.

How Your Teenage Son or Daughter May Be Buying Heroin Online

One element of cybersecurity that is often overlooked is the impact of the cyber world on people’s physical security. Parents seeking to protect their children are often aware of concerns such as cyberbullying and adolescents making inappropriate social media posts, but remain uninformed about the …

New antibiotic: how did they do it?

Scientists go back to basics by growing bacteria in soil<p>Scientists have always believed that soil is teeming with new and potent antibiotics because bacteria have developed novel ways to fight off other microbes.<p>But only one per cent of microbes can be grown in laboratory conditions, leaving …

Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Two medical groups say doctors could replace the Pap smear with a different test to screen many women for cervical cancer.<p>But that recommendation, included in an "interim guidance" released Thursday, is highly controversial; other experts call it premature.<p>For years, physicians have recommended …

5 takeaways from CES Day 3: Fast charging, drones and more

LAS VEGAS — As CES enters day 3, the trends of the show have almost fully solidified. We knew car technology would advance at the show and that …

CES

Researchers Create Artificial Organs That Fit In Your Hand

Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in the palm of your hand.<p>These organs-on-a-chip are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.<p>For instance, you have your gut-on-a-chip …

Microbiology

Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

The first step of virus hunting? Catch bats. Ecologist Kevin Olival travels around the world, looking for deadly viruses in bats. In Bangladesh, Rousettus fruit bats live in ancient ruins — and carry signs of Ebola.<p>Credit: Jonathan Epstein/EcoHealth Alliance<p>A few years ago, disease ecologist David …

Islamic State 'Slave' Manual Permits Sex With Pre-Pubescent Girls, And Gives Details On Beating 'Slaves'

Islamic State fighters have apparently been provided with a manual on how to buy and sell women and girls captured by the militant group, and which …