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Growing evidence implicates herpes viruses in Alzheimer's

Beyond the chicken pox and flu, viruses are increasingly believed to play a role in other serious diseases, like cancer and brain diseases.<p><b>Case in</b> …

Alzheimer's Disease

10 Bloggers Share Their Most Popular Slow Cooker Recipes

While slow cookers are perfectly fine to use year-round, people start to get excited about using this trendy appliance in fall. Slow cooker meals …

Cooking

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

Labradors may be genetically 'hard-wired' for greed

A study of labrador DNA revealed more than a fifth of the dogs carry a genetic variation which could predispose them to food-seeking and weight gain<p>Labrador dogs are well known for being fond of their food, but new research suggests their greedy nature could be down to genetic mutation.<p>Labrador …

Neandertal DNA may raise risk for some modern human diseases

Finding Neandertal ancestors in the human family tree was shocking enough when researchers announced it in 2010. Now the implications for modern-day …

How stress sets off a herpes cold sore

Researchers have finally figured out how herpes reactivates when we—and our neurons—are stressed out. They also uncovered how brain cells are duped …

Making A Case For The Minds Of Animals

Carl Safina, in his new book on animal minds — <i>Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel</i><i>—</i>makes a strong case for the claim that animals, such as wolves, elephants — and maybe also crayfish — have rich mental lives.<p>The tendency to talk about "humans and animals" as if animate life in all its variety …

'Mind Blown': Is Human Ancestor Discovery the Long-Sought Missing Link?

The stunning announcement Thursday that scientists had discovered a "hybrid" early human species immediately set off discussion of whether it's the elusive "missing link" between modern humans and their earliest apelike ancestors.<p>Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand, the National …

Humanity

Fall 2015 Hair Color Trends: Bronde, Hair Contouring, Babylights, and Metallics

The only thing we love more than getting our first dark, vampy manicure of the fall season: fantasizing about getting a gorgeous hair color makeover. With us? Then indulge the daydreams with a few intriguing fall hair color trends we've overheard the pros talking about lately.<p><b>1. Metallic Hair</b><p><b>What</b> …

Common Antidepressant Appears to Alter Brain Structure Differently in Depressed and Non-Depressed People

<b>A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new</b> …

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the …

The real-life superhumans worth billions

IMAGINE being impervious to pain or having bones so thick they are near impossible to break. These are real-life conditions being studied by drug …

Pain

'Gay genes': science is on the right track, we're born this way. Let’s deal with it.

A recent article argued that sexuality is down to choice, not genetics. But the scientific evidence says otherwise, and points to a strong biological origin<p>In a recent Guardian article , Simon Copland argued that it is very unlikely people are born gay (or presumably any other sexual orientation). …

A Perfect Blood Test For Pancreatic Cancer?

It’s not often that <i>Nature</i> publishes on a new way of detecting cancer. Recently the journal reported that bits of cancerous cells – tiny blebs containing protein, RNA and DNA – can be measured in blood samples from patients with pancreatic cancer. These particles, exosomes, might serve as tumor …

Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …

Pope Francis to intervene in climate change debate

Pope Francis to publish a papal letter on Thursday in which he is expected to blame global warming on human activities<p>Pope Francis will go head-to-head with climate change sceptics this week when he issues a keenly awaited encyclical on the environment, in which he is expected to blame global …

Scientists film death of white blood cell for first time and discover alert system

Australian and US scientists capture on video each stage of death of a human white blood cell, revealing the dying cells apparently try to alert their neighbours<p>In a world first, Melbourne scientists have captured on video each stage of death of a human white blood cell, a phenomenon never seen …

Immune System