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Malaria parasite alters host body odor to entice mosquitoes

The parasite that causes<p>malariatinkers with the body chemistry of its host, causing it to produce odors that attract more mosquitoes during a key phase in the parasite’s reproductive cycle, a new study suggests.<p>The study, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of …

New Supercooling Technique Extends Shelf Life Of Transplant Organs

By using the active ingredient in antifreeze, researchers from Harvard University have developed a 'supercooling' technique that triples the length …

Biotechnology

ECT and ketamine in the treatment of depression - a response

Ian Anderson, the chief investigator of a new study looking at the effectiveness of ECT and ketamine on depression, responds to claims that it should be suspended and investigated<p>Health experts attack ketamine plan to tackle depression<p>Earlier this month, the Observer reported that a group of …

Fertility problems linked to children's mental health issues, research claims

Children born to parents with fertility problems are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders than those with healthier mothers and fathers, research suggests.<p>Doctors found higher rates of mental problems – from anxiety and schizophrenia to autism – in children whose parents had issues getting …

Aspirin may lower pancreatic cancer risk by half - Futurity

Taking aspirin regularly may reduce risk of developing pancreatic cancer in half—and the degree of protection could increase the longer the its taken.

Better Know a Plague: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is in the news again, in part because you’re more likely to get the illness in the summertime. But what is it?<p>Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, which is related to the <i>Treponema pallidum</i> bacterium that causes syphilis. Most <i>B. burgdorferi</i> are …

Disease

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy's Mysterious Bacterial Disease

This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.<p>For the first time, doctors have used DNA-sequencing technology to diagnose and treat a boy in an emergency. It's a big step for DNA sequencing—that the technology is able to work so quickly, and to help a …

Medicine

Infection in malaria-transmitting mosquito discovered

Researchers have found the first evidence of an intercellular bacterial infection in natural populations of two species of <i>Anopheles</i> mosquitoes, the …

Bioengineer is working to make E. coli fight obesity, depression

Scientists have made great strides in cataloging the human microbiome, the collection of tiny organisms that live on and in our bodies. Now some researchers want to put those microbes to work.<p>At the forefront of this effort is Jeff Tabor, a synthetic biologist in the Department of Bioengineering …

Microbiology

Brain's production of new nerve cells may account for loss of early memory

Have you ever been told about an incident that happened when you were little that you cannot recall? Perhaps the time you had an unstoppable crying fit at the mall, ate your first piece of pizza or hit your head on the coffee table and had to get stitches?<p>This inability to remember specific events …

Kawasaki Disease Wafts to Japan on the Wind

Air from China brings a major cause of childhood heart disease to Japan, study finds.<p>The agent of Kawasaki disease, a potentially fatal illness in children, floats into Japan on seasonal winds from northeastern China, according to a report published today in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy</i> …

What Does It Take To Make Meat From Stem Cells?

More than you might realize<p>Made with some breadcrumbs, egg, and 20,000 lab-grown cow muscle cells, the world's first lab-grown burger made its debut last year. It was a proof of concept, evidence that you can make meat in lab. The technology is too difficult and expensive to show up grocery stores …

Stem Cells

A Tiny Rabbit Pacemaker That Charges Wirelessly

The technique could soon power implants in humans.<p>Scientists have implanted a tiny pacemaker in a rabbit and wirelessly powered it to regulate the animal's heart beat. It's the first time such a device has been powered this way in a living animal, suggesting that the same technique could run …

Stanford University

Alzheimer's research 'needs new strategy'

<b>A shift in medical research priorities is needed to meet the challenge of fighting dementia, say animal welfare campaigners.</b><p>Animal research into new therapies has failed to deliver after years of experiments, they say.<p>Instead, labs should focus on human-based models such as brain scanning or …

Virus experiments risk unleashing global pandemic, study warns

Benefits of scientific testing in the area are outweighed by risks of pathogenic strains spreading round world, say researchers<p>Public health experts have warned that controversial experiments on mutant viruses could put human lives in danger by unleashing an accidental pandemic.<p>Several groups of …

Mysterious Kawasaki Disease May Be Carried By The Wind

The researchers say it could be caused by a type of fungal toxin.<p>Kawasaki disease afflicts about 12,000 children per year in Japan. It causes rash and a swollen tongue, and often a high fever. When severe and untreated it can cause swelling of the arteries, which can lead to aneurysms and heart …

Disease