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End of ageing and cancer? Scientists unveil structure of the 'immortality' enzyme telomerase

Making a drug is like trying to pick a lock at the molecular level. There are two ways in which you can proceed. You can try thousands of different …

Immune System

Do Scientists Study the Right Cancer Cells?

<i>Editor's Note: This article first appeared at ScienceNordic.</i><p>Last year the rather religious sounding film ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ was …

Cancer Cells

New cell therapy aids heart recovery -- without implanting cells

Columbia biomedical engineers invent innovative technique to help injured hearts regenerate, through therapeutic application of extracellular …

Cell Biology

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD.<p>It's marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety — and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too.<p>Part of the appeal, at least for people who don't want to get high, is that CBD …

Cannabis

New potential breast cancer drug identified

Scientists, including an Indian-American researcher, have identified a molecule that can help treat breast cancer, giving hope to patients who have …

Cancer

Why You Should be Reading Books Every Day, According to Science

It's a habit that's beneficial on several levels.<p>According to the Pew Research Center, more than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults have not read even part of a book within the past year. It's a shame considering that researchers have found reading is beneficial in many ways.<p>1. Reading …

University of London

U.S. Health Care Ranked Worst in the Developed World

The U.S. health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of …

Health Care

17 Outrageous Amazon Reviews That Will Make You Whisper To Yourself, "Oh My God"

Yes "horny goat weed" is real, no it's not for your goat.

Jurassic Park

How Medicare's Conflicting Hospitalization Rules Cost Me Thousands Of Dollars

A few months ago, I wrote a check for $12,000 but couldn't figure out exactly why.<p>The payment was to secure a place for my mother at Sligo Creek Center, in Takoma Park, Md. It's a nursing home and rehab center owned by Genesis Healthcare.<p>My mother was about to be discharged from Holy Cross …

Health Care

Hope for Great Barrier Reef? New Study Shows Genetic Diversity of Coral Could Extend Our Chance to Save It

A study published Wednesday had some frightening news for the Great Barrier Reef—the iconic marine ecosystem is at "unprecedented" risk of collapse …

Great Barrier Reef

Hydra and the Quest to Understand Immortality

The Hydra, a small freshwater invertebrate, is an advantageous model organism for regenerative biologists. Named after the serpent from Greek …

Biology

Flu virus finally sequenced in its native form

NEWS<p>Direct sequencing of RNA molecules such as virus genomes could help to unpick role of mysterious chemical modifications in genetic material.<p>Ewen …

Genetics

An 80-year Harvard study claims to have found the gateway to happiness

There are some things that money can’t buy. True friends and happiness are among them. In fact, an 80-year-long study at Harvard University claims …

Great Depression

This New Treatment Could Heal Tooth Cavities Without Any Fillings

It regrows the enamel itself.<p>Scientists have invented a new product that can encourage tooth enamel to grow back, which means we could finally have a …

Dentistry

Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy

The odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if, along with the usual chemotherapy, they are also …

Cancer

More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution<p>More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising …

Pollution

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

<b>By MARILYNN MARCHIONE |</b> The Associated Press<p>CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in …

Cancer

First-in-human clinical trial of new targeted therapy drug reports promising responses for multiple cancers: Significant durable disease control seen in patients with lung and thyroid cancers harboring the RET oncogene

Significant durable disease control seen in patients with lung and thyroid cancers harboring the RET oncogene<p>A phase I, first-in-human study reveals …

Cancer

Peptide toothpaste could one day patch up cavities

We've already heard about a probiotic pill, an Alzheimer's-treatment drug and a mineral-replacing toothpaste that could treat or even prevent …

Dental Care

HEALTH SCAN: Researchers learn how to increase brain’s dopamine production

Fathers care more for babies that look like them, Mentally ill get information center<p>><br>• ><p>Lab technician using microscope. (photo credit: INGIMAGE / …

Neuroscience

HEALTH SCAN: Researchers learn how to increase brain’s dopamine production

Fathers care more for babies that look like them, Mentally ill get information center.<p>><br>• ><p>Lab technician using microscope. (photo credit: INGIMAGE / …

Neuroscience

For people age 50 or older, doctors say the new shingles vaccine is a must

Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get this and other recommended vaccines continues to be an uphill battle, physicians and vaccine experts …

Public Health

Want more self-reliant, responsible kids? Try Selbständigkeit, the German way.

The German practice of giving children more independence early on creates more resilient and responsible grownups, says this American mom.<p>When journalist Sara Zaske moved to Berlin with her family a few years ago, she noticed something different about German parents. They don't hover. They don't …

Parenting

Neanderthals 'used plant-based painkillers and antibiotics'

Our ancient ancestors, the Neanderthals, cleverly made plant-based painkillers and antibiotics to treat aches and illnesses, new University of …

Australian Universities

Why The Science World Is Freaking Out Over This 25-Year-Old's Answer to Antibiotic Resistance

Could this be the end of superbugs?<p>A 25-year-old student has come up with a way to fight drug-resistant superbugs <i>without</i> antibiotics.<p>The new approach …

University of New South Wales

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Neuroscience

9 Brain Fog Remedies That Are Actually Backed Up By Science

If you've ever wandered through life feeling like you're under water, brain fog might be to blame. Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, poor diet, lack …

Wellness

Perimenopause doesn't have to be a battle. Here's how I stopped fighting my hormones — and changed my life.

At first I felt betrayed by my body, but perimenopause doesn’t have to be my enemy.<p>If you believe what you read online, perimenopause — the long, slow decline of estrogen and progesterone that leads to the end of menstruation at menopause — is the cause of nearly every imaginable ill for Gen-X …

Middle Age

Brain never stops growing, scientists find, as elderly shown to have same number of new neurons as teens

The brain never stops growing, scientists have found in landmark discovery that could help treat degenerative diseases.<p>Previously researchers believed that the brain did not grow any new cells after childhood, which is why it is so much harder for adults to pick up new skills or learn a foreign …

The Brain

Adult Neurogenesis and the Science of Brain Cell Regeneration

Conventional wisdom has long suggested that we cannot grow new brain cells; that we are born with all of the brain cells we will ever have and that …

Neuroscience