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Magnetic Brain Stimulation Removes Craving For Cigarettes

Don't worry, it doesn't hurt!<p>Scientists at Medical University of South Carolina temporarily blunted cigarette cravings among smokers by magnetically stimulating nerve cells in their brains. The procedure, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, is already approved by the FDA to treat depression, …

Scientists Create First Cloned Human Embryo

The process that created Dolly the sheep in 1996 has now been proven successful in humans.<p>Human cloning has arrived. For the first time, scientists have made an embryonic clone of a person, using DNA from that person's skin cells. In the future, such a clone could be a source of stem cells, for …

Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects, say researchers

Study of 13,500 babies born in Bradford concludes cultural practice in Pakistani community outweighs effects of deprivation<p>Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to the higher than expected rates of deaths and …

Autism genes activate during fetal brain development

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that mutations that cause autism …

Neuroscience

The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life – major study

Brazilian study of 6,000 babies from all backgrounds since 1982 finds those who breastfed were more intelligent, spent longer in education and earned more<p>Breastfed babies are more likely to turn into well-educated and higher-earning adults, according to a major long-term study.<p>Researchers in Brazil …

Pregnancy

Why Black Women Are Less Likely To Survive Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the more survivable cancers, thanks in part to large strides in education, treatment and post-cancer care. An American woman diagnosed with breast cancer in 1975 had about a 75 percent chance of surviving for five years post-diagnosis. Today, that rate hovers around 90 …

Tiny survivors: Special NICU mimics mother's womb

Ian Chung is nestled in darkness. Born just 24 weeks into gestation, he weighs scarcely more than a pound.<p>He can hear the faint sounds of the outside world mingling with the soothing sound of his mother's voice. His spindly arms and legs shake as he lets out a warble.<p>"Oh, my love," coos his mother, …

How Quitting Smoking Changes Your Body

The grim news is that cigarette smoking is attributed to about 443,000 deaths each year in the United States. The good news is that the younger you are when you quit, the greater the health benefits. But quitting at any age can add years to your life. And some of the benefits are almost …

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

Poses like down dog can bring down levels of inflammation in cancer patients.<p>The more we learn about yoga, the more we realize the benefits aren't all in the minds of the 20 million or so devotees in the U.S. Yoga helps people to relax, making the heart rate go down, which is great for those with …