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30 minute ice-packs could be key to burning away body fat, say scientists

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Chemotherapy: from world war to the war on cancer

Few things evoke the horror of battle so powerfully as Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum Est.<p>Gas! Gas! … flound’ring like a man in fire or lime … guttering, choking, drowning … blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs.<p>Mustard gas was originally used in the first world war, and even though …

Tech and Science

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Science

New Type Of 'Good' Fat Could Help Cure Diabetes

Scientists have added a new type of fat to the list of “good” fats that help keep us healthy. So healthy, in fact, that this new fat may play a role in eventually developing treatments to address Type 2 diabetes as well as inflammatory diseases like Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, …

The myth of the 'superfood'

We're always being told to eat more 'superfoods': broccoli, pomegranate, whatever. But there simply isn't much evidence that it does any good<p>Eat beetroot! Eat kale! Eat mackerel and pomegranate and chard! These are not just foods: they are superfoods. They are health-giving. If you eat them in …

Nutrition

Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer's disease | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia.<p>Professor John O'Keefe poses in his laboratory at University College …

A vitamin D variant may be key to treating deadly pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is nasty, sneaky and nearly impervious to the effects of chemotherapy, and its dispiriting five-year survival rate of 6% has budged not at all in decades. But researchers at the Salk Institute in California reported this week that they have found a way to unmask this stone-cold …

Cancer

Sleep's memory role discovered

<b>The mechanism by which a good night's sleep improves learning and memory has been discovered by scientists.</b><p>The team in China and the US used advanced microscopy to witness new connections between brain cells - synapses - forming during sleep.<p>Their study, published in the journal Science, showed …

The Brain

Taking More Time Between Babies Reduces Risk Of Premature Birth

An ideal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. And it looks like there's also an ideal time <i>between</i> pregnancies.<p>The length of time between giving birth to one baby and getting pregnant with the next should be 18 months or more. Women who get pregnant sooner than that are more likely to have a premature …

There’s Even More Sugar In Soda Than You Think

Sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose—can you tell the difference? Probably not, even if you’re a careful reader of food labels. Unlike fats, …

'Give up dairy products to beat cancer’

A leading scientist, who has been fighting breast cancer since 1987, says the disease is overwhelmingly linked to animal products<p>In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour – a lump in her neck the size of …

Cancer

The Search for Genes That Prevent Disease

What can we learn from people with genetic predispositions to a disease who never end up getting sick?<p>The X-Men’s mutations gave them superpowers. Telepathy. Flight. Teleportation. Some scientists believe that there may be some among us who have a superpower in our genes, too—the ability, against …

No, Urine Is Not Sterile

By: Stephanie Pappas<p>Published: 05/22/2014 05:13 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>The popular notion that urine is sterile is a myth, new research finds.<p>Yes, the myth that comes up every time someone pees in a pool (or drinking water reservoir) is actually false. In fact, bacteria do live in urine, Loyola …

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. So why did it lead to the end of his career?<p>A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in 1972 by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector's item. Copies that had been lying dusty on …

An Apple a Day... Could Give You Cancer?

Do you love apples? You might want to find a new favorite fruit. A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that 80 percent of apples are coated with a pesticide that's banned in Europe because it could be carcinogenic.<p>European regulators were so worried enough about the connection …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Scientists discover 'brakes' to stop cancer-causing 'car-crashes' in cells

(Medical Xpress)—Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered a new role for a protein that may put the brakes on cancer by stopping DNA from …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Singularity

6 Facts About Saturated Fat That Will Astound You

Back in 2000, the journalist Nina Teicholz got a gig reviewing restaurants in New York City for a small paper. It didn’t pay much, but it did come …

Signs You Have an Iron Deficiency

10 Signs You Have an Iron Deficiency<p>If you spot these telltale symptoms, get yourself a spinach and steak salad, stat!<p>About 9 percent of women suffer from an iron deficiency, according to the most recent stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—but that number's even higher for …

Where Genes Come From

In today’s <i>New York Times</i>, I’ve written a story about a simple but important question: where do new genes come from?<p>Some four billion years ago, when cellular life emerged, a typical primordial microbe likely had only a small set of genes. Today, however, genes abound. We, for example, have 20,000 …

Autism risk rises 10 fold if first child has disorder

Children whose siblings have autism are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition, the largest ever study of its kind has found<p>Children are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with autism if they have a brother or sister with the developmental disorder, researchers at King’s College …

The Founder Of Sam Adams Has A Trick For Drinking A Lot Without Getting Drunk — Here's The Science Behind It

In it, he revealed his secret to binge drinking without getting totally wasted — which seems like a useful tip for the executive of a beer company who might have to do a lot of taste testing. Or if you want to keep your head on at a work function.<p>The secret, Koch told the magazine, is to take …

Indiana health officials: MERS patient improving

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man hospitalized in Indiana with the first U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East is improving, state health officials said Saturday.<p>The Indiana Department of Health said in a statement late Saturday that the patient remains at Community …

How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative

When it came to the connection between the left and right brain, Einstein was one remarkable specimen.<p>In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re …

What Happens In Your Body When You Drink And Run At The Same Time

As if running a mile in under five minutes wasn't hard enough, James Nielsen did it while drinking beer.<p>In a record-breaking race now seen on YouTube by over a million people, Nielsen, of Novato, California, ran the Beer Mile, "a perhaps less prestigious (although still extraordinary) feat of …

Weightloss tips

8 Habits that are Messing with Your Metabolism<p>A few little tweaks can help you max out your calorie burn<p>You exercise, and you try to eat right. But unfortunately you may still be slowing down your calorie burn—and your weight-loss efforts—without even realizing it. Lauren Slayton, M.S., R.D., …

CDC Confirms First Case of MERS Within U.S.

<i>Above: Scientists recently linked MERS to a virus in camels, according to this CNN report in late April 2014.</i><p>A patient in Indiana is ill with the first U.S. case of a serious infectious disease from the Middle East. The American, a health care worker, left the Arabian Peninsula on April 24 for …

Public Health

Immune cells reveal genetic risk factors - Futurity

New research links genetic variations among healthy young people to the risk of diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis later in …

Multiple Sclerosis