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What Is Bacterial Respiration?

Like humans and other animals, bacteria need to breathe. In some cases, bacteria use oxygen to respire, as humans do. In other situations, bacteria …

Protons

This simple sleep trick will help you fall asleep in under a minute

It's quicker than counting sheep!<p>Even though we spend all day running around, sometimes the biggest task of the day is actually falling asleep at the …

If You Can't Pass This Simple 10 Second Test, Science Says You're 5 Times More Likely to Die Sooner

And don't worry if you can't pass it today. With a little time and effort, you will.<p>Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. No one wants their life to be cut unnecessarily short. But is it possible to predict whether you're at greater risk of mortality? According to a Brazilian physician, the …

Stand Back

How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections

As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected?<p>The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying. That is …

Immune System

Too much stress can make you physically ill. Researchers now may know why.

It took a serious illness to remind me that no amount of achievement or money is worth losing one's health.<p>It’s not a surprise when cold and flu season strike once a year with aches, pains and bodily misery. However, something even more virulent has the ability to make us ill year-round: stress.<p>I …

Immune System

When the Cure Is the Cause: The Case of the Green Hairy Tongue

Too often, a medical treatment can make matters worse. A bizarre epidemic in 1960s Japan should have set off alarms around the world.<p>Keiko …

Science Has Just Uncovered the World's Easiest Hack for Faster Learning | Inc.com

We've all spent a minimum of a decade in formal education, so you'd think that in all that time, we'd have at least mastered the most basic principles of how to study efficiently. But study after study shows that's not true. Many of the best scientifically validated tips and tricks for faster …

Study Skills

North Korean soldier: Surgeon says defector 'was like a broken jar'

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> South Korean surgeon Lee Cook-Jong was already having a busy day in Trauma Bay 1 when he got the call: A US Black Hawk helicopter was on its way with an injured soldier. But it wasn't just any soldier.<p>"I was informed that he was badly shot by North Koreans," Lee said, …

North Korea

People With Certain Blood Types Appear to Be More at Risk From Air Pollution

*Closes window*<p>The kind of blood you have could increase or decrease your risk of having a heart attack in response to high levels of air pollution, …

Is evolution about chance or fate? Well, it depends

IT’S one of the biggest questions in biology: is the outcome of evolution deterministic and predictable? In particular, was the evolution of human …

10 symptoms of gallbladder problems and what they mean

Have you ever come across someone who has experienced gallstones? Chances are that you haven’t heard much else about the gallbladder otherwise.<p>However, this small, inconspicuous organ can cause problems if it gets blocked or hindered from functioning. To determine if this might be the case for you, …

New Jersey

5 Surprising Causes Of Alzheimer's Disease

It's happened to all of us: We forget where we parked our car or why we walked into a room. Some amount of forgetfulness is normal, especially when you're busy or have a lot on your mind. But for nearly five million Americans, that forgetfulness will progress into Alzheimer's disease. (Here are 4 …

Dementia

Survivor tells of brutality in Myanmar

Myanmar's government has strongly denied claims of abuses against Rohingya Muslims by its military, but one man decided to write a letter to the world about what happened to his village. CNN's Alexardera Field reports.

Prolonged periods of standing at work could raise risk of heart disease, study finds

Despite the demonisation of sitting down all day, a new study claims that prolonged periods of standing at work might raise your risk of heart …

Tom Brady

Health Check: what's better for you, fresh, dried or frozen fruit?

“Eat more fruit and vegetables” is one of the most common recommendations we hear when we’re encouraged to eat healthily. But when it comes to eating …

Nutrition

Can economics solve financial injustice?

Joseph E. Stiglitz isn’t shy of tough questions. The Nobel Laureate of 2001 has been Chief Economist of the World Bank as well as Chairman of the …

Economics

Waking Up at 5 a.m. Probably Won't Make You More Productive. Here's What Will

Go ahead and reset your alarm.<p>You’ve heard the stories.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning. Both Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Twitter’s …

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won't rest until he's done the same for Guinea worm disease.

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease.<p>Hopkins has been fighting the …

What Can Prevent Alzheimer's? Here's What the Evidence Shows

Few things are really proven to delay memory loss. Here are the best bets.<p>There’s no strong evidence that anything prevents Alzheimer’s disease, but a few common-sense practices may help delay memory loss, a panel of experts said Thursday.<p>They include controlling high blood pressure, regular …

Dementia

Debunking the milk myth: Is dairy really good for your bones, osteoporosis? - Firstpost

Tell a doctor that you do not consume any milk products and he or she will immediately quip: 'But where do you get your calcium from? You can do it …

World Health Organization

The summer solstice is upon us: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year

Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway?<p>The summer solstice is upon us: June 20th and the 21st will be the longest days of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the solstice is still pretty neat.<p>Technically …

Astronomy

The intensifying strangeness of U.S.-North Korea relations

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>North Korea has been a major irritant in the first few months of the Trump administration. The pariah state, …

North Korea

Why Using Logic Alone To Persuade Others Will Fail Most Of The Time | Inc.com

No matter your level, the size of your company, the industry in which you work, or your role, you need to be able to persuade and influence people. Those that do it really well do so in a way that maintains and even builds solid relationships.<p>What works best? Logic? Emotion? Both?<p>It might depend on …

Psychology
Sea Lions

The Death Rate from Alzheimer’s Disease Is Climbing

As the U.S. population continues to age, experts say rates of Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that involves memory loss, will rise …

Dementia

The Best Natural Remedies For Insomnia

When you have insomnia, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do to help it. No matter how many over-the-counter sleep aids you take, you know …

What is botulism, and how does it kill?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Botulism is a paralyzing nerve toxin, considered to be one of the most potent and lethal substances in the world.<p>It's produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and sometimes by strains of Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii. The rod-shaped bacteria are commonly found in soil …

Bioengineering

'Kissing bug' disease more deadly than thought

<b>(CNN) —</b> The nickname given to the insects that spread Chagas disease is somewhat bittersweet: kissing bugs.<p>Their name stems from the fact that they like biting humans around their lips and faces as they sleep, after which they defecate into the wound with feces that harbor an infectious parasite, …

Public Health

Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the past nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and …

Microbiology

Hydrogen Bonds Have Been Directly Detected For The First Time

We've hit next-level physics.<p>For the first time ever, physicists have managed to directly detect a hydrogen bond within a single molecule - meaning …

Hydrogen