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10 Bonus Health Benefits of Birth Control

"What do you mean, <i>how often do I want to have my period?</i> Are you saying I have a choice?!"<p>We women hear a lot about side effects of birth control, but we don't hear as much about the side benefits. If you haven't had a conversation with your doctor lately about family planning, you may be in for …

People With Autism Share Common Pattern Of Brain Inflammation

While science has yet to pinpoint the exact cause of autism, a new study reveals that the brains of people with the disorder share a common pattern of inflammation from an overactive immune response.<p>Johns Hopkins and University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers analyzed data from autopsied …

Work hour limits for doctors in training don't improve patient safety

Do you think you would be better at your job if you weren't allowed to work for more than 80 hours per week? What if you were forced to clock out after working for 28 hours in a row?<p>If you're a new doctor in your first years of training after medical school, the answer seems to be no.<p>Two studies …

The most detailed nerve images ever recorded are also the most psychedelic

Scientists have published the most detailed pictures ever of nerve endings in mice, applying a decade-old technique known as SNAP-tagging to living neurons for the first time. The resulting images show individual nerves, touch receptors, and hair follicles stained in brilliant fluorescent colors …

A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

An online contest for data scientists has produced a great leap forward in efforts to predict when someone with epilepsy is going to have a seizure. The winning team used data on electrical activity in the brain to develop an algorithm that predicted seizures 82 percent of the time.<p>That "blew the …

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

How to watch a meteor shower. Tips for beginners.<p>Your goal: to observe a meteor shower. You read an article about an upcoming meteor shower, and you …

Astronomy

Artificial Enzymes from Artificial DNA Challenge Life As We Know It

In the decade or so since the Human Genome Project was completed, synthetic biology has grown rapidly. Impressive advances include the first bacteria …

Yeast cells can undo the clumping seen in Alzheimer's - Futurity

When exposed to heat, yeast cells can reverse protein clumping, a condition seen in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Massive Study Reveals Schizophrenia's Genetic Roots

Schizophrenia is a distressing disorder involving hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and agitation. It affects around one in 100 people in the U.S., …

Genomics startup NextCode stakes claim in pediatric disease market | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Small startup NextCode Health will use gene-hunting tools pioneered by Iceland’s Decode Genetics to help a leading U.S. pediatric hospital identify causes of rare diseases in children, marking the latest foray of genetic sequencing into routine medical practice.<p>Cambridge, …

Mystery Solved? How Butterflies Came to Look Like Dead Leaves

Kallima butterflies gradually evolved the distinctive look of dead, veiny leaves, study claims.<p>The secret of how butterflies came to look like leaves may have been revealed—fittingly, by an insect that gave wings to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.<p>The question of how the closed wings of dead …

Researchers discover new class of stem cells

Researchers have identified a new class of lab-engineered stem cells -- cells capable of transforming into nearly all forms of tissue -- and have dubbed them F-class cells because they cluster together in "fuzzy-looking" colonies.<p>The discovery, which was described in a series of five papers …