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Nerve Growth Factor Gene Therapy

New clinical trial data suggest that nerve growth factor gene therapy is safe for extended periods of time<p>An experimental gene therapy reduces the rate at which nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients degenerate and die, according to new results from a small clinical trial, published in …

Dementia

Could a cocoa extract prevent Alzheimer's?

<b>More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and by 2050, this number is expected to increase to 16 million. With figures like</b> …

Dementia

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

Here's what traveling to Mars does to your brain

Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average).<p>In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to Mars, 18 months of isolation caused participants to have high stress …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

Trial Drug Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

Another step towards the cure for Alzheimer’s happened at Saint Louis University, where researchers were able to reverse symptoms in mice. What does …

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …

Prostate cancer test which detects tumour size could save thousands of lives

A cheap test which can gauge the size of prostate cancer tumours has the potential to save thousands of lives each year, scientists believe<p>A £10 urine test for prostate cancer, which not only picks up the disease but also reveals the size of tumours so that doctors know whether to operate, could be …

The War Over Genome Editing Just Got a Lot More Interesting

If you want to drop some real DNA editing knowledge—like, I don’t know, at a party!—here’s a tip. Instead of calling the much hyped precise …

Genetics

Why People Who Get On Your Nerves Can Be Your Greatest Teachers

Sometimes our most negative encounters can offer us great spiritual guidance. For instance, I once had a blow-out fight with a woman at a car rental …

Overfishing Leads to Aggressive Competition in Caribbean Coral Reefs

While they may make great loofas, in the coral communities of the Caribbean reefs sponges are a greater threat than perhaps even humans. Aggressive …

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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Handy gear will make your fishing trips more enjoyable, productive

With streams and rivers beginning to clear, lake levels falling to near-normal levels, and water temperatures in the 60s, fishing conditions are …

8 surefire tips for managing finals stress

Patrick O’Brien, author of Making College Count, entrepreneur and professor, squares off with career expert Dr. Susan Davis-Ali, founder of Leadhership1, author and Carlson School of Management faculty, on how to achieve success after college.<p>Question: I’m a person who gets pretty anxious before …

How exercise can make you happier

A growing body of research suggests exercise can provide a powerful buffer against anxiety and depression.<p>A swimmer runs with relish toward the …

Food for Thought: Can You Save Endangered Animals by Eating Them?

A North Carolina organization has an interesting solution for saving endangered animals: eating them.<p>The Livestock Conservation works to promote the …

Scientists Dress Up as Animals

How can a scientist get closer to an animal he or she is trying to study?<p>By dressing up like that animal, of course!<p>A caretaker brings bamboo to a captive panda that is being trained for release into the wild at the Wolong Nature Reserve.Photograph by Ami Vitale A caregiver wears a whooping crane …

Earth - Animals’ extraordinary sleeping strategies

Catching some kip in the animal kingdom is not always easy: there are predators waiting to eat you; boisterous young to keep an eye on; and while a tree top may seem like a safe bet for slumber there’s the risk of falling out.<p>So many animals have found unusual ways of snoozing while ensuring their …

5 Strange Ways Animal Mothers Carry Their Babies

With Mother's Day around the corner, we take a closer look at how animals tote their youngsters, from putting them on their heads to literally embedding them in their backs.<p>If you think strapping a toddler into a car seat or herding your crew into a minivan is hard work, be glad you're not a wolf …

Omega 3s brighten mood for some with depression - Futurity

People with major depressive disorder and high inflammation levels may benefit from taking omega-3 fatty acid capsules.

The Birth and Spread of Buddhism

8d. The Birth and Spread of Buddhism<p>The Buddha preached his first sermon at Sarnath, shown here. He believed that freedom from desires set people …

Foam filter uses biofilm to clean water - Futurity

A new foam filter could be a way to get clean water to the estimated one in nine people who lack it worldwide.

Bruce Jenner's transgender journey an inspiration

<b>Some people may see Bruce Jenner's transgender journey as part of the Kardashian circus, but to me Jenner's story is one of spirituality that can</b> …

Delicious Soup Diets for Weight Loss

Many people fail to achieve their weight loss goals because they see weight loss as a tedious boring process that forces them to eat bland food. For …