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Genes of human “mutants” point to a new superpower - MIT Technology Review

The search for mutations that conjure medical superpowers has turned up people who are resistant to liver disease, even if they drink like …

Genetics

Research Says These 6 Habits Improve Future Brain Health

Doctors claim the secret to a healthy brain in years to come is to S.H.I.E.L.D. it.<p>Many of us hope to live a long life, which includes being of sound mind and body. While there's lots of education and emphasis on physical health as a way to live longer--maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, …

Scientists figured out how to stop weight-gain in mice without changing their diet – which could have lessons for humans

The evidence linking brain inflammation to obesity has been building for some time. Consistent overeating causes stress and damage to cells in the body and brain. This damage results in a response from the immune system that has a wide range of effects.<p>Some of these effects help to reduce the …

Neuroscience

Crowded Countries Tend to Be More Long-Term Focused

Oliver Sng—a research fellow at the University of Michigan—and colleagues at Arizona State University compared country and state population-density figures against data on residents’ willingness to invest in education, save for retirement, and otherwise plan for the future. Their analysis revealed …

Modified viruses deliver death to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Engineered microbes turn a bacterium's immune response against itself using CRISPR.<p>Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill …

New Study Finds Parkinson's is Partly an Autoimmune Disease

When Immune Systems Attack<p>The National Parkinson’s Foundation tells us that there are more than 10 million people living with Parkinson’s disease …

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

Scientists watch fat metabolism in live fish, observe real-time lipid biochemistry

Studying how our bodies metabolize lipids such as fatty acids, triglycerides, and cholesterol can teach us about cardiovascular disease, diabetes, …

Biology

Evolutionary biologists have been misinterpreting a key point in Darwin’s theory for years

<i>However, Darwin himself proposed an alternative theory. And it's one that I'm very interested in trying to bring back into the sciences.</i><p><i>Darwin proposed that mate choice is really about the aesthetic quality of the experience of the chooser. It's about what the animals themselves think of as</i> …

Gene editing technique reverses Huntington's in mouse model

Research, published this week in the <i>Journal of Clinical Investigation</i>, offers hope for people with Huntington's disease. Gene editing could be the …

Mitosis study finds potential cancer target

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Structural biologists show in a new study that an apparently key step in the process of cell division depends …

Japanese biologist wins Nobel for work on key cellular process

There is no dispute that autophagy is a key cellular process, deserving of a Nobel.<p>But the committee’s decision to award the prize to Ohsumi alone …

University of Michigan

New regulator of immune reaction discovered

A calcium signal in cell nucleus regulates not only many brain functions, but also defense reactions of the immune system, report scientists.

Immune System

Researchers Uncover What Causes Cancer Cells to Spread and How We Can Slow It

Understanding Cancer Cells<p>Treating cancer can be tricky: for one, cancer cells tend to spread quickly, known as metastasis — a behavior which …

What we know, don’t know and suspect about what causes motor neuron disease

<i>This is a longer read.</i><p>Since 2014, the ice bucket challenge, which involves people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads, has raised …

Molecular Mechanism Underlies Anxiety and Autism

<i>Summary: Researchers have identified a calcium dependent molecular mechanism that could underlie impaired social interactions and anxiety in</i> …

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

This Simple Blood Test Can Predict Cancer Years Before Symptoms Appear

Promising news!<p>A new type of non-invasive cancer test has just delivered promising results in an early-stage feasibility study, paving the way for a …

Is that chest pain serious? New blood test could tell

Every day, a slew of previously healthy people experience chest pains and go to the emergency room. But a whole range of events can then follow; some of these people may be having a heart attack and may die later that day, while others will be sent home with medications and live decades longer.<p>Now, …

Medical Research

A Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Identified Three Simple Steps to Mastering any Subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life. The famous …

Researchers identify antibody that kills 98% of HIV strains

Scientists may be getting closer to finding an effective way to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that leads …

Immunotherapy

Alzheimer's treatment within reach after successful drug trial

An Alzheimer’s drug has been shown to successfully target the most visible sign of the disease in the brain, raising hopes that an effective treatment could be finally within reach.<p>A small trial of the drug was primarily aimed at assessing safety, but the findings suggest it effectively “switched …

Dementia

Motherless babies possible as scientists create live offspring without need for female egg

Motherless babies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered a method of creating offspring without the need for a female egg.<p>The landmark experiment by the University of Bath rewrites 200 years of biology teaching and could pave the way for a baby to be born from the DNA of two men.<p>It was …

Genetics

This is how pneumonia affects the body

Some strands of the pneumonia virus use iron to spread the disease around the body, researchers have found. The discovery could be used to inform how …

New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

This isn’t April fools day, and we’re not pulling your leg – there is indeed a second rocky companion out in space orbiting Earth – besides our moon. …

Astronomy

HIV: Newly discovered component could lead to more effective drugs

Scientists from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and University College London - both in the United Kingdom …

Cure for asthma on horizon as scientists find genetic cause

A cure for asthma is on the horizon after scientists discovered a genetic switch which prevents the condition.<p>The research carried out at the University of Southampton, discovered that the gene ADAM33 plays a crucial role in causing the twitchiness and inflammation of airways that triggers an …

Scientists Have Found a Worrying Effect That Constant Light Might Have on Our Bodies

Uh oh.<p>These days we're pretty much constantly surrounded by light, with the artificial glow of indoor lighting, street lights, computer screens, …

Prone To Depression? Scientists Say It's Due To Your Creativity

Creativity may be linked to mental illness:read here to discover the links to depression and how they might not be the reasons you think.

Depression