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The first 3D-printed pill opens up a world of downloadable medicine

Now that the US has approved a 3D-printed drug, pharmaceuticals companies in the UK are hoping their patents will be next – from the pyramid-shaped pill-makers to the man who has done for drugs what Apple did for music<p>With architects printing lumpy plastic houses, fashion designers printing …

3D Printing

How green tea targets cancer cells - Futurity

A compound found in green tea can kill oral cancer cells without damaging healthy cells, and now scientists think they've figured out how it works.

Cancer Cells

Beer could help 'protect brain against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's'

Researchers in China have found that a compound in hops could help fight off degenerative brain diseases<p>As self-delusional arguments go, it sounds like it is up there with claims that a bowl of ice-cream supplies a quarter of your daily calcium needs.<p>However, scientists in China have found that …

Scientists have engineered a bacteria with a genetic 'kill switch'

Genetic engineers have designed strains of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria that can survive only in the presence of a synthetic amino acid that does not exist in the natural environment — meaning that if these bacteria escape the lab, they should, in theory, eventually die.<p>“Amino acids are the essential building …

Microbiology

Chris Christie's Terrible Vaccine Advice

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Chris Christie

Speed drills teach kids to hate math - Futurity

Timed drills and rote memorization won't make kids better at math, says an education expert. In fact, they can make math more difficult by raising …

Education

Chimerix Ends Brincidofovir Ebola Trials To Focus On Adenovirus And CMV

A side effect of the improving status of the West Africa Ebola outbreak has led Chimerix to discontinue its participation in clinical efficacy trials of their lead antiviral drug, brincidofovir (CMX001; BCV).<p>On January 2, an open-label, Phase 2 study was initiated to evaluate brincidofovir’s …

Disease

How long will you live? Researchers say chemical changes to DNA could reveal our lifespan

• <b>Chemical changes to DNA can establish an individual's biological age</b>• <b><br>Compared with their actual age it can reveal their lifespan</b>• <b><br>If biological age was</b> …

Google is making human skin as part of research into 'wristband that can detect cancer'

Google has been making synthetic human skin as part of work to create a wristband that can detect cancer, impending heart attacks and other …

A new biology of diabetes revealed by leptin.

2015 Jan 6;21(1):15-20. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2014.10.011. Epub 2014 Nov 20.<p>1Touchstone Diabetes Center, Department of Internal Medicine, University of …

Diabetes

7 Reasons Why You're Working Out and Still Not Losing Weight

Do you eat well, exercise often, and still feel like you’re not losing that stubborn weight? Truth is, eating well and exercising often is a very …

Fitness
Digital Health

New technology cutting hospital time for premature babies

Every year, one out of every nine babies in the U.S. is born premature and can spend weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Now new technology is helping preemies grow faster – and sending them home sooner.<p>The Pea Pod is a medical device designed to measure the body composition of …

Pediatrics

A Possible Treatment for Peanut Allergies

Researchers in Australia have temporarily rid 23 children of their adverse reactions to the nut.<p>More than 15 million people in the United States live with food allergies that impact every meal they eat. For some, accidentally ingesting a snack that their body deems taboo can ignite a violent …

Immune System

Super Teeny 3-D Printed Livers Go On Sale

Soon, they'll help pharmaceutical companies test new drugs.<p>You can now buy your own, tiny, 3-D printed livers. Haven't you always wanted one?<p>Last year, <i>Popular Science</i> visited the 3-D bio-printing company Organovo to see the livers, then in development. Now, the livers—each "roughly" hexagonal in …

Biotechnology

ISIS Now Controls the Libyan City of Derna and Is Aiming to Expand West

Militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are now in control of a Libyan city of near the Egyptian border, according to a …

Middle East

Sudan denies U.N. access to Darfur village to check rape accusations | Reuters

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has refused to let U.N. and African Union peacekeepers visit a village in the western Darfur region to investigate allegations of mass rape for the second time this month, saying it was skeptical about the motives for the visit.<p>The United Nations said Sudanese troops …

Child Homelessness Hits Historic High

A study released by the American Institutes for Research and the National Center on Family Homelessness shows child homelessness has hit a record …

Homelessness

Fewer babies herald 'economic miracle' for Africa: UN

The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates.<p>The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of East …

Africa

Obama orders review of US hostage policy

Details of shake-up emerge a day after Isil announces murder of Peter Kassig and comes after hostage families have complained that not enough is being done<p>President Barack Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of US policy governing efforts to free Americans being held by militant groups …

Senate to take first vote on NSA spying

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance a bill that would stop the National Security Agency from collecting the phone records of millions of Americans who are not suspected of any crime.<p>Senators voted 58-42 in favor of a motion to allow the USA Freedom Act to …

Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.<p>The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a …

Bird flu: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Germany and Netherlands

Ukraine’s state veterinary inspectorate says ban will be valid until international watchdog says countries are free from virus<p>Ukraine has banned imports of all live birds and bird products from the UK , the Netherlands and Germany due to bird flu cases in those countries, Ukraine’s state veterinary …

Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonia leader Mas

<b>Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against Catalan President Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote.</b><p>The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by Spain's constitutional court.<p>Catalan officials say more …

Europe

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

The different gut bacteria in autistic individuals may be contributing to the disorder.<p>Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain.<p>This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of …

Human clinical trials to begin on drug that reverses diabetes in animal models

A study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has shown that verapamil, a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure, irregular …

Researchers identify epigenetic changes caused by binge drinking

Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have identified epigenetic protein changes caused by binge drinking, a discovery that …