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Prevent Alzheimer’s by vaccinating at 40, scientist suggests

A vaccine could wipe out plaques that stop the brain from signalling if given before the onset of the disease, experts say<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented by vaccinating people as young as 40, decades before any symptoms emerge, it has been suggested.<p>James Nicoll, professor of neuropathology …

Dementia

How Chocolate Might Save The Planet

When you unwrap it, break off a piece and stick it in your mouth, it doesn't remind you of the pyramids, a suspension bridge or a skyscraper; but chocolate, says materials scientist Mark Miodownik, "is one of our greatest engineering creations."<p>True, it begins with a cocoa bean plucked from a tree. …

These neurons order stem cells to crank out new neurons - Futurity

Is it possible that your brain can repair itself from within? The discovery of a new type of neuron opens that tantalizing possibility.

Neuroscience

Regulating brain activity to improve attention

Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>If …

Researchers decode how the brain miswires, possibly causing ADHD

Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark have shed light on why neurons in the brain's reward system can be …

New antibiotic proven effective to treat acute bacterial skin infections

A study published in today's <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> reports that the antibiotic dalbavancin is as effective as vancomycin, the current …

Why Marijuana Needs Chemical Quality Control Testing

Medical and otherwise<p>Medical marijuana isn't always as advertised—at least not in the Seattle area, as one lab found out.<p>The lab, Analytical 360, recently worked with medical-marijuana patient Jessica Tonani to test samples from 22 area dispensaries and growers, <i>The Seattle Times</i> reports. The …

Seriously ill patients could receive untested treatments under new bill

Medical innovation bill would allow doctors to use experimental therapies for patients for whom all other treatments have failed<p>Seriously ill patients who are told there is nothing more doctors can do for them could receive untested medical treatments if a new bill becomes law.<p>The medical …

Beating brain tumours with a scorpion sting paint

Brain surgery is one of the most delicate operations a surgeon can perform. But soon they could be able to paint tumours to make them easier to see – thanks to one of nature’s deadliest venoms. (WARNING: Contains graphic footage of medical procedures)<p>Dealing with brain tumours can be tricky. …

Cancer

The GPS In Your Head May Work A Lot Better Than That Phone

If I tell you to make your way to NPR's headquarters from the NOMA Metro stop a few blocks away, odds are you'll get yourself here, no problem. But how?<p>By using two GPS systems in the brain, one that determines the direct distance to the destination, and another that calculates the twists and turns …

Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

Fasting mice generate new immune systems - Futurity

Prolonged fasting in mice protects against immune system damage, which suggests fasting might be helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy.

Medicine

Light switches memories on and off

Researchers use optogenetics to provide the first hard evidence that long-term potentiation at brain synapses is crucial for memory formation<p>A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, has determined the cellular mechanism of memory formation, putting an end to decades of …

Animal research can be justified – but 'cuteness' is irrelevant

Pictures of kittens with plates in their heads are shocking, but we need to approach decisions about animal research with as much objectivity as we can muster, writes Dr Obaro Evuarherhe<p>I once lost a debate with an animal rights activist. As a medical researcher who has been actively involved in …

Biodiversity, morality pills and killer hurricanes - blogs roundup

Posts on our network this week included issues in animal research, a report on a groundbreaking new optogenetics study, and the curious battle over Chilean dirt in World War I<p><i>Welcome to Signal Boost, our weekly roundup of blog posts over the past week. We also feature our bloggers' favourite pieces</i> …

Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory

In study published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth …

Can a trigger-happy immune system cause cancer after viral infection?

Friendly fire: while the immune system tries to protect us from viruses, it could be causing cancer<p>The immune system is a fickle thing, both hero and villain.<p>The ability of our ancestors to survive plague and pestilence was one of the forces that shaped the evolution of the human species into its …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Holistic Medicine

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Optimize Your Tablet For Movies on The Go

<i>[ This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of PCWorld, and not by PCWorld's editorial staff. ]</i><p>Your tablet isn’t just a way to be productive on the go, it’s also a portable portal for watching movies and other video entertainment. Upgrade the viewing experience for maximum …

Gear & Gadgets

Textual healing: are apps the future of therapy?

One company wants to connect patients and therapists on smartphones, but not everyone's convinced the idea has merit<p>Compared with finding a therapist in a big city, signing up for text-message therapy was a breeze. All I had to do was open an app on my phone, pick a username, and type my first …

Test Driving The ‘Drone Selfie’ With Photojojo’s New Rental Program (Video)

Cave drawings, reflective pools of water, daguerreotypes, Instagram. If there’s one thing that humans have loved throughout history, it’s finding new ways to look at themselves, and photo technology that helps us do that just keeps getting better. But unless you happen to have thousands of spare …

Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 4: Adding Navigation

<i>Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week</i> …

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Why wait for iOS 8? Seven cloud-friendly apps for your photos

Big improvements to iCloud are coming which promise to make it easier to keep photos neatly organized and easily accessible in the cloud. But there are a number of iOS photo apps that have already embraced the cloud.<p>At WWDC this week, Apple officially announced iOS 8 . Included in the list of new …

Chrome Is Now More Popular Than Internet Explorer

Google Chrome has edged out Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the ongoing battle of the browsers, according to Adobe Digital Report (ADI) data.<p>The …

Gear & Gadgets

Grab the remote: Chromebooks can now watch Play Movies, TV shows offline

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>After what seemed an eternity, Google(s goog) Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their …

OpenSSL bug allows hackers to see private communication

The world hasn't yet recovered from the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL and now there's news of a new bug affecting the popular open-source security package. This recently announced, and already patched, exploit could allow an attacker to see and modify traffic between an OpenSSL client and an …