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Harvard Stem Cell Institute publishes first clinical trial results

New method for improving cord blood transplant success<p>Starting with a discovery in zebrafish in 2007, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Nicotine patches work best for ‘fast metabolizers’

The same gene that controls how quickly smokers process nicotine also predicts how those who try to quit will respond to nicotine replacement therapy.<p>…

Nicotine

Centipede venom kills pain

A molecule in the venom of the Chinese red-headed centipede shows promise as a painkiller—potentially as effective as morphine, researchers say.<p>“We …

Biology

How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow

Research into “neurogenesis”—the ability of certain brain areas to grow new brain cells—has recently taken an exciting turn. Not only has research discovered that we can foster new brain cell growth through exercise, but it may eventually be possible to “bottle” that benefit in prescription …

Super Sugar Keeps Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Free

Although they are quite ugly and confined to a life underground, naked mole rats have at least one attribute that other animals, even humans, might …

Tiny Lab-Grown Heart Beats On Its Own

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, and doctors have struggled to find effective treatments. Heart failure, an …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …

Centipede venom could lead to new class of pain drug

A protein found in centipede venom could be developed into a drug to treat chronic pain that is as effective as morphine but without the side …

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

At the beginning of next year, Clive Holmes will attempt to do something remarkable. But you'd never guess it from meeting this mild-mannered psychiatrist with a hint of a Midlands accent. In fact, you could be sitting in his office in the Memory Assessment and Research Centre at Southampton …

Mini Implantable Microscopes to Watch Living Cells Inside the Body

How miniature, implantable microscopes will cut down on the need for invasive medical testing.<p><b>To get an up-close look at a patient's tissue</b>, a doctor typically does a biopsy—chops off a tiny chunk of organ or tumor and sends it to a lab for processing. The lab encases the tissue in paraffin wax, …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

FDA Approves 'Star Wars' Robotic Arm for Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use.<p>The FDA said on Friday it allowed the sale of the DEKA Arm …

amputees

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance when viewed under the microscope. The myelin sheath insulates the fibres, and helps them to carry …

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 …

Berry extract added to chemo kills pancreatic cancer

A chemotherapy drug was more effective at killing pancreatic cancer cells when an extract from chokeberries was added to the mix.<p>Chokeberry is a wild …

Cancer

Scientists use light to make mice asocial

Scientists have discovered antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that control whether the animal engages in social behaviors or …

Neuroscience

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 …

Cancer

Minorities experience higher levels of discrimination when it comes to accessing reproductive healthcare. Yet their stories are absent from the mainstream<p>The US has a long history of policing women’s bodies and their reproductive choices, especially if they are poor, women of color, or sexual …

Why companies like Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power

The U.S. wind energy industry had a memorable 2015, from installing thousands of new turbines across the country to supporting a growing number of jobs.<p>But perhaps one of the most noteworthy brights spots of the past year, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy …

How Fast Does Earth Move Through The Universe?

Most likely, as you’re reading this right now, you’re sitting down, perceiving yourself as stationary. Yet we know — at a cosmic level — we’re not so stationary after all. For one, the Earth rotates on its axis, hurtling us through space at nearly 1700 km/hr for someone on the equator.<p>That’s not …

Universe

How much energy could the U.S. get from solar?

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Mother Jones <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>It seems like every few weeks …

Earth Is About To Pass Through The Tail Of Halley's Comet, Giving Us A Month Of Meteor Showers

Crane your neck up and get the coffee on; beginning in April, the early mornings and late nights are going to be splashed with meteors.<p>The Eta …

Astronomy

GE wants to use CO2 pollution to make huge solar batteries

Two big problems have been vexing environmental scientists for decades: How to store solar energy for later use, and what to do with CO2 that's been captured and sequestered from coal plants? Scientists from General Electric (GE) could solve both those problems at once by using CO2 as a giant …

Wow, America Gets A Lot Of Electricity From Wind These Days

You’re going to be blown away by these numbers. In some states, it’s producing a quarter of all the power.<p>Wind power is a big deal these days—a bigger deal than you might realize. Last year, Iowa generated 31% of its power from wind resources, the most in the country. And several states, including …

The Sun Belongs to Everyone

<i>The Battle for Rooftop Solar is about People over Profits</i><p>I thought only supervillains like Mr. Burns or Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars were bold enough to try snuffing out the sun...I was wrong.<p>I've been writing about solar power and economic equity for eight years now and I still firmly …

How the Moon Makes it Rain (Less)

For the first time scientists find convincing evidence that the tidal force of the moon influences rainfall, if only a little.<p>Humans have long granted the moon and its avatars extraordinary powers: The ancient Greeks believed that Selene drove her moon chariot across the sky each night; the ancient …

Climate Change