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Blood test for hidden heart disease

<b>A cheap blood test can predict which apparently healthy patients are at high risk of a heart attack.</b><p>Experts say it could be better than just checking blood pressure and cholesterol to assess heart risk.<p>So far, they have tested it only on men, but the British Heart Foundation-funded researchers say …

Prostate cancer laser treatment 'truly transformative'

<b>Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as "truly transformative".</b><p>The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumours, but without causing severe side effects.<p>Trials on 413 men - published in The Lancet Oncology …

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Scientists Accidentally Discovered an Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Whoops! Figured out how to help revert climate change!<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal</i> …

Mutant Mice: How CRISPR Can Put Genetically Modified Organisms Within Everyone's Reach

Gene Editing, Past and Present<p>Before a new medication or treatment can be tested on humans, it much go through vigorous animal testing, much of which …

Engineers Create Disposable USB HIV Test

Researchers have created a disposable HIV test that requires a single drop of blood. The inexpensive, portable test could be used in remote areas …

A New Alzheimer's Drug Just Hit a Major Milestone in a Human Clinical Trial

This could be the first new treatment in a decade.<p>A new drug that targets toxic amyloid proteins in the brain - one of the main hallmarks of …

New Explanation For Symptoms of Fragile X

<i>Summary: A new study looks at some of the underlying causes of fragile X syndrome and offers suggestions for new treatment targets.</i><p>Source: WUSTL.<p><b>In</b> …

CRISPR gene editing fervor pushes another biotech to go public - STAT

Sign up for The Readout: A guide to what's new in biotech<p>Please enter a valid email address.<p>CRISPR Therapeutics’s SEC filing also provides a glimpse …

Study shows how Chinese medicine kills cancer cells - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China – a …

Blocking the migration of cancer cells to destroy them

Lymphoma is a cancer that affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. The disease originates in a lymphoid organ (lymph node, spleen, or bone …

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Maybe It's Not Such A Great Idea To Bring People Back After Brain Death

The reasons have nothing to do with zombies<p>A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as …

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Ruby-red seadragon species spotted in the wild for the first time

There are rubies in the sea.<p>Not gemstones, but ruby-colored seadragons that have been spotted in the wild for the first time, in the waters off Western Australia.<p>The discovery made by marine biologists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography confirms that there is a third species of seadragon, …

Non-invasive treatment produces 98 percent prostate cancer cure rate

Traditional approaches to tackling prostate cancer are generally quite effective, with a 80 to 90 percent cure rate, but a new method, known as …

A New Cancer Drug Shows Even More Promise

When Jimmy Carter took the drug pembrolizumab to treat his cancer, it had just been approved for people like him: those with advanced melanoma that …

Scientists document rare DNA transfer between animals and plants

Very few cases of natural DNA transfers between animals and plants are documented, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but recently …

Protein discovered that spreads cancer

Aggressive cancer cells spread from a tumor to another part of the body through the blood vessel. To be able get in and out of the blood vessel, the …

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The Simpsons is confronting its biggest stereotypes in its 27th season

It's done surprisingly self-critical episodes about the characters of Smithers and Apu.<p><i>Every Sunday, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives</i> <i>here</i><i>. The episode of the week for April 3 through April 9 is</i> <i>"The Burns</i> …

New Stem Cell Treatment Using Fat Cells Could Repair Any Tissue in The Body

Human trials are expected in 2017.<p>In a world first, Australian scientists have figured out how to reprogram adult bone or fat cells to form stem …

NTU researchers make breakthrough to tackle growing concern of antibiotic resistance

You Should Be Using a Serum. Here's Why ... | Valet.

Even Out a Blotchy Complexion<p><i>A high-performance gel packed with stabilized vitamin C to stimulate collagen production, smoothing skin from the</i> …

China's internet is getting creepier and creepier

Here you have a country that suppresses free speech and censors information allowing use of what the rest of the world knows as the information superhighway.<p>Naturally, a great number of the exits in China are blocked.<p>But there are levels to this stuff. Censorship on China's internet can move …

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Wise human Nick Offerman reads more shower thoughts, hurts your brain

Prepare your brain for an exercise in "woah."<p>In a long history of wise men with untamed beards, Nick Offerman might be the wisest. (Sorry, President …

Adrift is as close as most of us will get to a spacewalk — nausea and all

Comparing virtual astronauts to the real ones<p>I'm floating in the ruins of a destroyed space station positioned somewhere in lower Earth orbit, with large chunks of debris passing me by. If my situation wasn't dire enough, my spacesuit is malfunctioning, and I'm quickly running out of the oxygen …

Owning a cat can lead to mental health problems, study warns

If you're prone to sudden bursts of anger, it could be your cat's fault.<p>A new study has found that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) - characterised by explosive bouts of rage - are twice as likely to have been infected by a parasite found in cat faeces.<p>The findings suggest that …

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Top Stories<p>The Latest News from the UK and Around the World | Sky News<p>World Cup semi-final: England 1-0 Croatia<p>Kieran Trippier fires England into the …

This Smartphone Gun Is One Hell of a Concealed Weapon

This double barrel .380 discretely slips into your pocket as a smartphone, but is ready for action at the flip of a switch.<p>Some of those in the concealed carry crowd are always seeking ways to discretely manage their sidearm so as not to reveal it and alarm the public. Shoulder and hip holsters …

Yes, college basketball is getting the Kentucky-Indiana matchup it needs

Since Kentucky and Indiana refuse to schedule each other -- just another story in an ancient, hostile rivalry -- the NCAA Tournament had to do it for …

For first time, scientists use CRISPR-Cas9 to target RNA in live cells

The genetic code stored in DNA determines everything from the color of our eyes to our susceptibility to disease. This has motivated scientists to …