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BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

Shade-Loving Perennial Flowers: 15 Beautiful Choices for Your Garden

While shade may feel like a limiting factor when it comes to colorful garden plants, it simply isn’t. Yes, your plant palette may not be quite as …

Extreme Sports

The war on gluten

The patients weren't crazy—Knut Lundin was sure of that. But their ailment was a mystery. They were convinced gluten was making them sick. Yet they …

University of Chicago

These Are the Dinosaurs That Didn't Die

More than 10,000 species still roam the Earth. We call them birds.<p>This story appears in the <i>May 2018</i> issue of National Geographic magazine.<p>Nestled among white-sand beaches and brightly colored resorts, the mangrove swamps along Mexico’s Yucatán coast are a paradise for birds and the people who enjoy …

Birds

6 Tiny Daily Rituals that Will Change Your Life (in 6 Months or Less)

<i>Are you willing to spend a little time every day like most people won’t, so you can spend the better part of your life like most people can’t?</i>Think …

Seven simple ways to cope with loneliness

We live in lonely times. The elderly are lonely. The teens are lonely. People are lonely in cities and in rural areas, so much so that it's now considered a public-health issue (one with real, physical health effects). In a cover story for the Harvard Business Review last year, former Surgeon …

Loneliness

20,000 Microbes Under the Sea

Nearly a third of all the life on this planet consists of microbes living without oxygen under the seafloor. If even a small proportion of the …

The most underrated US attractions: readers’ travel tips

<b>Winning tip: Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk, Pennsylvania</b><p>The jewel of Kinzua Bridge state park is the Kinzua Viaduct (once the US’s highest railway bridge). In 2003 it was hit by a tornado, which ripped away a large section. The Pennsylvania government decided that what remained of the bridge should be …

National Parks

Blood-thinning drugs designed to cut stroke risk may actually increase it

Blood-thinning drugs may increase rather than cut the risk of stroke in some people over 65 who have an irregular heartbeat and also chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.<p>The researchers are calling on doctors to be more cautious in prescribing the drugs, called anticoagulants, until …

Medicine

22 Home Hacks That'll Make Renters Say "Why Didn't I Know About This Sooner?"

Save that security deposit.

15 of the best science podcasts that will make you smarter

Podcasts are more popular every year, which means there's a wealth of audio storytelling to listen to — and many options to choose from.<p>We're here to help.<p>Whether you need something to listen to on your commute or just want a brain-boost while you pick up around the house, you can always trust a …

Status Audio CB-1 headphones are affordable excellence

Status Audio may be a new name to me, but I'm so glad it sent its CB-1 headphones over for review. They're affordable and ruggedly built, and the sound quality is as good as I've heard for the money -- just $69 on Amazon (£44 in the UK).<p>It's pretty much a no-frills design, but these closed-back …

Audiophile

FDA approves first shock wave device made to heal wounds

Using "acoustic shock waves" to promote healing isn't just for <i>Overwatch</i>, as Sanuwave has obtained FDA approval for its Dermapace System (Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression = PACE). Its approval is specifically to help heal foot ulcers in diabetic patients, where damage to blood vessels and nerves …

Here Are Rotten Tomatoes' Best Reviewed Movies of 2017

If you’re looking to close out 2017 by watching the best reviewed movies released this year, Rotten Tomatoes has more than 100 options to choose from.<p>…

Living in the Moment: How to Make It Work for You

Hands up if your mind is always wandering one, two or even six months ahead of time. You spend so many precious hours obsessing over the future—or …

Mindfulness

Volunteers respond in record numbers to knit tiny red caps for babies

Volunteers were needed to knit or crochet a tiny red cap for a baby, and they responded in record numbers after a TODAY story.<p>Babies across the country are sporting tiny red hats for National Wear Red Day, thanks to knitters and crocheters with a big heart!<p>After TODAY published an article in …

Chronic fatigue syndrome: Changes in brain chemistry found

New research uncovers molecular changes in the brain that are specific to chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness — two conditions that were …

15 Drought-Friendly Plants That Grow In Lack Of Water

All plants require water to survive, but some plants “drink” less water than others. Certainly, there are plants that grow in a lack of water.<p>They …

Ancient ink for cancer treatment - American Chemical Society

For hundreds of years, Chinese calligraphers have used a plant-based ink to create beautiful messages and art. Now, one group reports in <i>ACS Omega</i> …

Propagating succulents? You can do it three ways

Succulents are the most satisfying plants in my garden. In San Diego County, there are very few varieties we can’t grow, and every trip to the …

San Diego

The 1 (and Only) Way To Discover Astonishing Happiness | Inc.com

You don't need to be a scientist to understand happiness. But recalling the building blocks of the scientific method may help you live a happier life. Occam's razor, which most people know as the law of parsimony, states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the simplest explanation should …

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool

She was in the water for 15 minutes.<p>Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after …

A Mysterious Underwater Forest Warns of Earth's Rapidly Changing Climate

"Like entering a fairy world."<p>The discovery began with a rumour about a fishing "honey hole" somewhere off the Alabama coast where the red snapper …

A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new tool right now

We do know, however, that talking seems to help — especially under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. But therapy is expensive, inconvenient, and often hard to approach. A recent estimate suggests that of the roughly one in five Americans who have a mental illness, close to …

28 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

A simple guide to fixing scratches on your car

Scratches are like the old torture of death by a thousand cuts. Eventually, they'll destroy your car's finish by allowing rust to develop on metal parts. And like the great Canadian poet said, rust never sleeps.<p>Neil Young references aside, a while back I suggested two ways to repair scratches. …

Simple pill can end symptoms of gluten intolerance, scientists say

Gluten intolerance can partly be overcome by swallowing an enzyme pill with food, research has shown.<p>The simple measure can allow people sensitive to the wheat protein to consume small quantities of gluten without experiencing bloating, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.<p>Scientists say the discovery …

Coeliac Disease

The 8 Coolest TED Talks on Psychology | Inc.com

Humans, we all know, are strange, irrational, beautiful creatures who often act in weird and wonderful ways. That makes us hard to deal with sometimes, but it also makes us totally fascinating.<p>All our quirks are fuel for psychologists, who spend their professional lives trying to dig into our …

Hero Houseplants That Thrive Even in Really Dark Rooms

One of the biggest frustrations of low-light living spaces is the difficult job of keeping houseplants happy. While all plants do need some sun to …

What America Stood For

"Where people are desperate, it is still America they count on, whether they love or scorn it, and America they blame when aid does not come."<p>After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election in November, a foreign ambassador accosted one of my deputies at the State Department, where …

Political Science