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Bacteria coaxed to deliver chemo drugs right inside tumours

Montreal researchers use magnetic fields to direct bacteria that navigate with natural compass<p>Canadian scientists say they have found a way to direct …

Scientists Have Just Uncovered a Major Difference Between DNA And RNA

Time to update the textbooks.<p>A new study has shown for the first time that RNA - the older molecular cousin of DNA - splits apart when it tries to …

These 15 Supplement Ingredients May Have Serious Health Risks

Despite their popularity in pharmacies, health food stores, and even hospitals, over-the-counter dietary supplements are not regulated in a way that …

Scientists find new antibiotic in the human nose

Scientists have discovered a bacterium living inside the human nose that produces an antibiotic capable of killing one of the most hard-to-treat pathogens — a pathogen that causes serious, even deadly skin and wound infections, bloodstream infections and pneumonia.<p>German researchers found that this …

Medicine

The Fascinating Science Of Why We Yawn

Yawning seems like a basic bodily process, but it turns out that it's much more complex — and mysterious — than you probably realize.Unlike blinking …

Molecular classification of gastric cancer | Annals of Oncology | Oxford Academic

The Global Burden of Cancer 2013<p>Cancer incidence in five continents: inclusion criteria, highlights from volume X, and the global status of cancer …

Is a sexually transmitted yeast infection making people mentally ill?

A sexually transmitted yeast infection has been linked to schizophrenia in men and also appears to damage the memory of mentally ill women, according …

Obesity could be contagious like superbug C.diff, suggest scientists

Obesity could be a contagious condition which spreads in the same way as bugs like C.diff, scientists have suggested.<p>A huge study of bacteria in the human gut has found that one third of species produce spores which survive in the open air and can potentially move between people.<p>Scientists now …

Medical Errors Are Now The 3rd Leading Cause of Death in The US, Study Finds

Terrifying.<p>According to a worrying new report, your doctor's more likely to kill you than chronic respiratory disease. In fact, medical errors - …

These 'Sea-Nomad' Children Can See Underwater Like Dolphins

And the skill can be learned in just one month.<p>If you want proof of how adaptable the human body can be, look no further than the Moken people - a …

Twisted Science: Pain Causes Arthritis

As we all know, arthritis, the leading cause of disability among people over 55, causes pain. But new research suggests that pain also causes …

Science Proves That Wearing Bras Is Bad For Your Health

For most women, there is no better feeling at the end of a long day than returning home and taking off their bra. Scientists have recently figured …

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Sugar

Here’s a quick question: How many spoonfuls of high-fructose corn syrup did you eat yesterday?<p>Oh, you don’t recall slurping down any of the …

Brain Implants Let Rats See In Infrared

Infra-rat<p>Researchers at Duke gave rats an extra sense, and all it took was a little bit of brain surgery. With external hardware hooked into their brains, rats can see infrared light, and navigate it well enough to find rewards. The research builds on a previous study where Duke University’s Miguel …

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

Even CRISPR

A FEW years ago, molecular biologists made a breakthrough. By borrowing an antiviral mechanism called CRISPR-Cas9 from bacteria, they created an easy …

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Biology

Scientists turn to aspirin to turbo-charge cancer immunotherapy

LONDON (Reuters) - Giving cheap aspirin to cancer patients may turbo-charge the effectiveness of expensive new medicines that help their immune systems fight tumors, experiments on mice suggest.<p>Immunotherapy promises to revolutionize cancer care by offering a better, longer-lasting response with …

No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink eight glasses of water a day.<p>It’s just not true. There is no science behind it.<p>And yet every summer we are inundated with news media reports warning that dehydration is dangerous and also ubiquitous.<p>These reports work up a …

Rumored Apple Watch bands will bring more sensors to your wrist

Apple is looking to bring even more fitness sensors to your wrist by creating special Apple Watch bands that will take advantage of the device’s hidden port, according to a new rumor.<p>The special Apple Watch bands would allow current owners to add more functionality to their device without needing …

Smartwatches

Is science pretending both sexes have the same brain? - Futurity

The sexes have different brains, but science assumes otherwise. "We are not doing women any favors by pretending that things are the same if they are …

Strangers, not friends, light up this brain network - Futurity

A newly discovered brain network helps us recognize, for instance, whether the face before us belongs to a familiar friend or a complete stranger.

The Brain

Humans see colour differently in the summer

Colour perception changes between seasons with humans seeing yellow as more green in the summertime<p>Humans see colour differently in the summer with yellow seeming more green than in the winter months, scientists have shown for the first time<p>The researchers at York University looked at how colour …

Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Fighting Cancer<p><b>About Dean Ornish's TED Talk</b><p>Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with patients with some types of cancer.<p>Read Dr. Ornish's studies …

Diets

Researchers engineered a protein factory inside a living cell for the first time

A lab-made ribosome could be repurposed to make new drugs<p>For the first time, scientists have discovered what makes the cell’s tiny protein-making machines run — and have built their own molecular gadget. They created a ribosome, the factory for proteins within the cell, inside a living cell, where …

Biology

Scientists Tweak T Cells Using CRISPR

To treat HIV, cancer, and maybe everything else<p>For the first time, researchers have modified the genes in T cells using CRISPR—a special enzyme that can edit DNA. They hope that by altering T-cells, which are critical to the immune system, these cells could fight diseases that usually sneak past or …

Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer's disease

Solanezumab blocks memory loss in patients with mild version of the disease, making it the first medicine ever to slow pace of damage to patients’ brains<p>Scientists appear to have broken a decades-long deadlock in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease after announcing trial results for the first …