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New Google App Lets You Conduct Science Experiments With Your Phone

Google’s latest free app for aspiring scientists transforms your smartphone into a laboratory and the world around you into a science experiment. The …

When Great Minds Think Unalike: Inside Science's 'Replication Crisis'

It started with a report published last year entitled, "Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science." It's a rather unassuming title given the amount of hand wringing, head scratching, and eye rolling it's incited in what's come to be known as psychology's "replication crisis."<p>The …

Artificial, Womb-Free Births Just Got a Lot More Real

Scientists have grown a human embryo for two weeks in a petri dish.<p>For the first time, scientists have managed to grow human embryos to at least 14 days old inside a petri dish. Their work has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of what makes us human—and it's the next step on the road …

Inside the Mind of a Mad Scientist: The Incredible Importance of Personal Science

For decades the world's greatest doctors and researchers had believed that stomach ulcers and, eventually, stomach cancers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid in the stomach.<p>Barry Marshall wasn't buying it. Marshall was an Australian physician and microbiology researcher and he …

Soviet-Era Treatment Could Be The New Weapon In The War Against Antibiotic Resistance

Health and Medicine Photo credit: They might look like an alien species, but these bacteria-eating viruses could be the next big thing in the fight …

Pharma companies are taking a new interest in drugs that want to medicate your microbiome

The other half — the trillions of microbes throughout your body — haven't historically interested drug makers.<p>But as scientists learn more about the microbiome's role in conditions ranging from allergies to anxiety to cancer, they're increasingly interested in drugging its constituents.<p>Two teams of …

Cambridge professor reduced to tears by noisy hospital before death

A former chief scientific advisor to the Government, who died of stomach cancer, had complained of not being able to sleep properly for six nights before his death, because his hospital ward was so noisy.<p>Cambridge don Professor Sir David MacKay began blogging about his experience of battling cancer …

University of Cambridge

Richard Feynman Creates a Simple Method for Telling Science From Pseudoscience (1966)

How can we know whether a claim someone makes is scientific or not? The question is of the utmost consequence, as we are surrounded on all sides by …

Cure for HIV and AIDS could be only a few years away after scientists prove they can snip away the virus

A cure for HIV and AIDS could be just a few years away after scientists proved they can snip away the virus from infected cells and prevent the …

Researchers find 'simple' methods to prevent heart attacks and stroke worldwide: Statins and antihypertensives studied

Statins and antihypertensives studied<p>Three studies involving 228 centers looking at the effects of the three treatments in people at intermediate …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Neurology

Scientists have discovered a new way to fight antibiotic resistance

Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers report March 9 in <i>Science Translational Medicine.</i><p>The discovery could provide new tools in the fight against microbes such as methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus,</i> or MRSA<i>,</i> which causes …

To treat the heart, start with the gut

Blocking gut reactions could help defend against heart disease.<p>Intestinal microbes break down the essential nutrient choline, abundant in meat and …

Don't kill cancer, learn to live with it, say scientists

Managing cancer with low doses of chemotherapy could be more effective than attempting to kill the disease, scientists believe.<p>The controversial approach suggests that cancer patients may have a better chance of survival if they live with their illness long term.<p>"The potential to reduce gruelling …

Cancer

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Migraine sufferers should take statins to reduce risk of stroke

People suffering migraine with aura are at much greater risk of suffering heart disease and stroke and could benefit from statins<p>All men over 55 who suffer debilitating migraines should take statins because they are at greater risk of suffering heart disease and stroke, a health expert has …

Medical Research

A 'huge milestone': approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era

A new cancer treatment strategy is on the horizon that experts say could be a game-changer and spare patients the extreme side effects of existing options such as chemotherapy.<p>Chemotherapy and other current cancer treatments are brutal, scorched-earth affairs that work because cancer cells are …

Cancer

Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

Tens of thousands of Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for problems caused by dietary supplements, federal health officials are reporting.<p>The complications include heart problems such as irregular or rapid heartbeat or chest pain, says Dr. Andrew Geller of the federal …

Lungs lose function as obese patients age - Futurity

Breath tests find worse lung function among obese adults who were treated for asthma as children.

Record epileptic seizures with an Apple Watch - Futurity

A new app for the Apple Watch makes it easier for people with epilepsy to track data about their seizures—before, during, and after.

Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Crowdsourcing research 'gives space to dissenting opinions'<p>Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in <i>Nature</i> shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well …

Elderly falls may be caused by infections not mental decline

Family members and care providers should not rush to judgment and think falls are a sign of fraility and mental decline<p>A fall at home is often the final decider for family members when considering whether their elderly relatives should go into care.<p>But a new study has shown that nearly half of …

Study reveals why gowns and gloves can be so dangerous for hospital workers

A hospital ought to be the last place to get a life-threatening infection, but it happens. A new study helps explain why.<p>Researchers asked real hospital workers to remove gowns and gloves smeared with fake bacteria. When they did, the fake bacteria wound up on their skin or clothes 46% of the time, …

Ancestry is talking to the FDA about using DNA to estimate people's risk of disease

CEO Tim Sullivan says Ancestry's genomic database is bigger than that of 23andMe<p>Ancestry.com, a company that's all about the past, wants to tell you about your medical future. The amateur genealogy company is seeking permission to use its DNA kit to tell people about everything from their disease …

Glass of red wine a day can keep diabetes under control

Red wine lowers bad cholesterol and keeps diabetes under control, Israeli scientists have found<p>A glass of red wine a day can keep diabetes under control, say scientists.<p>A study of patients who did not normally drink found those having the regular tipple with their evening meal had healthier hearts …

Malaria vaccine for pregnant women kills cancer - Futurity

Scientists testing a malaria vaccine in pregnant women made a surprising discovery that shows promise for treating many different cancers.

Cancer

New multiple sclerosis drug ‘can cut relapses by nearly 50%’

Patients welcome results for treatment from pharmaceutical firm Roche, which says it could also treat the primary-progressive form of the disease<p>A new drug for multiple sclerosis can cut relapses by almost 50% more than the current standard treatment, its manufacturer claims, raising the hopes of …

Multiple Sclerosis