Elena Mihaylova

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This Man’s Rare Blood Is Responsible for Saving the Lives of Over 2.4 Million Babies

Known as “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Australia-based James Harrison is responsible for saving the lives of over 2.4 million babies. Thanks to rare antibodies in his blood, decades of regular blood donations to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service have helped create a vaccine called <i>Anti-D</i>. The …

Medicine

Easy Ways to Get Kids With ADHD to Take Their Medication

Since many kids can't begin to swallow pills or capsules until they are about ten years old, it can sometimes be a difficult to get a child with ADHD …

Medicine

The 8-hour sleep myth: How I learned that everything I knew about sleep was wrong

I’ve always been at odds with sleep. Starting around adolescence, morning became a special form of hell. Long school commutes meant rising in 6am …

Ritalin does not boost hyperactive children’s exam scores, VU researchers say

Drugs such as ritalin which are given to children with attention deficit disorders to improve concentration have little or no...

Drugs

Why Smoking Weed Makes You Tired And Lazy

Even as the body of evidence of cannabis' potential as a potent medical precursor grows (especially with the development of CBD-rich strains), …

The Next Frontier in Medicine Lies in Our Gut

Does the solution to solving diseases in the future currently live inside our gut? The gut microbiome represents an exciting and promising …

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

Why Our Ancestors Were Protected From Alzheimer’s

A pair of Harvard researchers is challenging what we think we understood about Alzheimer’s—and might have stumbled on a big clue for a …

Computers Can Now Tell What Songs You've Listened to Just by Using Brain Scans

What kind of wizardry is this.<p>It's not quite mind reading, but it's close: scientists have been able to identify songs people are listening to just …

Lefties, you should feel very special

Only 1 in 10 humans are left handed. So why does it happen at all?<p>In graduate school, I earned beer money by modeling for life drawing classes in various art departments. (Don’t judge, grad school doesn’t pay well and beer isn’t free.) In the long hours standing around, I would survey the room and …

Biology

What is sacroiliitis?

Sacroiliitis is a painful condition where either one or both of the sacroiliac joints become inflamed. The sacroiliac joints are found where the …

Scientists May Have Found the Real Cause of Dyslexia—And a Way to Treat It

Dyslexia is often described as trying to read letters as they jump around the page. Because of its connections to reading difficulties and trouble in …

Physics

Consciousness Persists After Death: Scientists Confirm People Who Have Died Know They Are Dead

Recent scientific studies have confirmed that consciousness persists long after the body has died. The studies have forced medical researchers to …

Teens are suffering from anxiety more than depression

7ae2c52f-abd2-4586-ab95-be9aee3a1df5<p>Teens are suffering from anxiety more than …

Artificial Intelligence

Psilocybin in Magic Mushrooms Hits Brain's 'Reset' Button, Say Scientists

Depressed patients reported feeling a 'kick start'.<p>Magic mushrooms are in the midst of a brand makeover, thanks to scientists who are constantly …

MS could be reversed with existing allergy drug

In a recent phase II clinical trial, an over-the-counter allergy drug was shown to improve nervous system function in patients with multiple …

Scientists Have Discovered a Way to Make Alcohol Out of Thin Air

But it's not just for drinking.<p>Friends, the utopia is real. Researchers say they have a way to make alcohol out of thin air, and the technique might …

Medical Tests for Children: Which Ones Are Really Necessary (and When)

Thousands of children are subjected to unnecessary scans and screenings every year. Find out when six of the big ones are truly warranted.<p>If you think pediatricians only order medical tests your kids definitively need, this might be a hard pill to swallow: “At the core of the American health-care …

Your routines might be screwing with your body. Here's how to fix it.

When to eat, drink, sleep, and think deep thoughts.<p>You might think you’re in control of your schedule, but your body evolved to follow a natural rhythm. Sticking closer to that routine can help keep you in tiptop shape.<p>Drink coffee<p>Sipping caffeine is best done early in the day. Imbibed later, it …

Sleep

Acid Reflux May Respond Better To Diet Than Drugs

Reflux is one of the most common health complaints among Americans, and the drugs used to relieve it are among the nation’s best-selling meds. …

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy are typically used to treat cancer, but they do not work for all patients with the disease. In a new …

ADHD and sleeplessness: A critical link?

Researchers suggest that there may be a stronger link between ADHD and sleep problems than hitherto believed, and that the two may not be completely …

Box breathing for anxiety: Techniques and tips

Box breathing, sometimes called square breathing, is a simple tool for managing anxiety.<p>A racing heart, rapid breathing, and dizziness can make …

FDA OKs new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C in as little as eight weeks.The pill combination from AbbVie Inc. was …

Biotechnology

Left, right, or ambidextrous: What determines hand preference?

When you pick up your phone to read the daily science news, do you use your right hand or your left hand? Or do you use both hands equally? …

Schizophrenia breakthrough: Halting protein degradation is key

New research published in <i>Molecular Psychiatry</i> has examined the potential role of novel proteins in the future treatment of schizophrenia. Disrupting …

A chair designed to surprise you

Nice looking chair, right? Reminds me of the Solid Gray Hardshell Backpack, if I’m being honest. However the incredible thing about the chair isn’t …

Researchers Develop a Test for Depression and Schizophrenia

This is a big step forward in the search for physical diagnoses.<p>Researchers have zeroed in on a key biological receptor to test for depression and …

I can't imagine a better potential doctor – but she didn't get the marks for medicine

My patient’s daughter has all the characteristics to make a brilliant doctor but none of the privileges to help her get the marks<p>“You’re the first doctor I have ever talked to,” you say, too shy to make eye contact.<p>“All the more pity I am your mother’s oncologist,” I can’t help but think.<p>Tell me …

Siblings

Autism News: Mapping Of Genomes Leads To Breakthrough Study On Disorder

A new study on Autism released Tuesday reveals 18 new candidate genes. Previously, researchers had identified 42 genes that they knew played a role …