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Expanding the brain – Research identifies more than 40 new imprinted genes

It’s among the cornerstones of biology: All mammals inherit two copies ― one from their mother, the other from their father — of every gene, in part …

New material forges the way for ‘stem cell factories’

If you experience a major heart attack the damage could cost you around five billion heart cells. Future stem cell treatments will require this …

Russian scientists find new way to repair DNA that may cure Alzheimer’s

A group of Russian scientists have discovered a new method of DNA repair which may be able to prevent and cure neurodegenerative diseases, such as …

Alzheimer's Disease

Novel DNA repair mechanism brings new horizons

The DNA molecule is chemically unstable giving rise to DNA lesions of different nature. That is why DNA damage detection, signaling and repair, …

Hospital prints first 3D heart using multiple imaging techniques

Congenital heart experts from Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have successfully integrated two common imaging techniques to produce a …

Microrobots Are Joining Forces to Break Through Blocked Arteries

Swarms of microscopic, magnetic, robotic beads could be scrubbing in next to the world’s top vascular surgeons—all taking aim at blocked arteries. …

Brain-computer interface reverses paralysis in stroke victims

St. Louis, Missouri - After three strokes that left the right side of his body paralyzed, Rick Arnold told his wife Kim that he had just one wish.<p>“All I really wanted to do was to be able to hold her hand. In the very beginning, it was to hold her hand,” said Arnold, a paramedic firefighter from …

Neurophilosophy

FDA panel recommends approving new drug that dramatically lowers cholesterol

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended the approval of a new injectable drug that could help prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular health problems by greatly lowering cholesterol. The panel voted 13-3 in favor of Praluent — one of a new wave of medicines that target …

Even Tiny Bumps To Your Brain Can Cause Trauma Over Time

And football helmets only protect against the big ones<p>Your brain is an extremely sensitive organ—little bumps that may cause temporary injuries elsewhere on the body can have lasting damage in the brain. Researchers have been investigating the effects of head trauma caused by contact sports like …

Post-birth contraceptive implants are a 'win-win' - Futurity

Getting a contraceptive implant while still in the hospital for childbirth saves money. So why don't most insurance companies pay for them?

A Woman With Transplanted Ovarian Tissue Gives Birth To Baby

The miracle of life, with a little help from science<p>A woman in Belgium thought to be infertile has become the first to give birth after receiving a transplant of her own ovarian tissue, according to an article published yesterday in the journal <i>Human Reproduction</i>.<p>The patient, 27, was originally from …

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services.<p>Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who …

Pharma

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Health Care

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

'Alone time' is really good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

CNN

Chipotle going GMO-free matters -- for the wrong reasons

The American diet is under the microscope. Beyond the obesity epidemic, scientists are linking the foods we eat to everything from the quality of our sleep to serious mental health issues like depression.<p>The latest villain is, somewhat predictably, GMOs. In our eat-like-our-ancestors Paleo-dieting, …

New asthma therapy? Approved drugs show promise - Futurity

Researchers have identified the potential root cause of asthma and are testing a class of drugs that may reverse symptoms.

High-tech lotion heals diabetic wounds - Futurity

Scientists have combined spherical nucleic acids with an everyday moisturizer to treat wounds on the feet of people with diabetes.

I froze embryos to have reproductive choice, but I nearly lost my reproductive autonomy

Like Sofia Vergara, my ex and I signed paperwork to give us equal rights over our frozen embryos. After we broke up, he wanted to dictate when I could parent<p>Eight years ago, I unthinkingly gave a man – who I loved at the time – the ultimate right to decide whether or not I would become a mother. I …

Pumping iron failing to make you leaner? Blame your genes

You're a regular in the gym's weight room, grunting and sweating in hopes of turning fat into muscle and maybe even losing some weight. And yet your goal eludes you.<p>New research on women finds that some are resistant to resistance training. For these women, the new study suggests, a welter of …

Diabetes

Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training hasn't — until now. Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, some top medical schools around the U.S. are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch.<p>"We haven't taught people how to be specific about …

Education

To Predict Future Diseases, Doctors Will Map Newborns' Genes

The crystal ball of science<p>If you could find out your baby’s future health problems right after he or she was born, would you want to know? Some new parents will get to make that decision soon. This month, doctors in Boston will begin the BabySeq project, in which they will sequence the genomes of …

Antidote for opioid overdoses now available without a prescription

California pharmacists can hand out an overdose antidote to patients on powerful painkillers without requiring a prescription under new rules aimed at curbing drug-related fatalities.<p>Pharmacists in the state will also be able to distribute the antidote to heroin addicts.<p>Patients and addicts may …

Pharma

Children with ADHD 'should be allowed to fidget'

Riding an exercise bike while doing schoolwork and tests could help children with ADHD perform better - according to scientists<p>Jittery and jumpy children with ADHD have for years been scolded in the classroom for failing to sit still and concentrate.<p>But up to 5 per cent of British youngsters who …

Autism

Broccoli sprout extract may prevent mouth cancer - Futurity

Early evidence suggests an extract found in broccoli sprouts can protect people at high risk for head and neck cancer.

Cancer

Does watching CPR help loved ones cope? - Futurity

Patients do just as well at hospitals that allow families to remain in the room during CPR. And loved ones may do even better, no matter the outcome.

China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research<p>China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.<p>In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …

Genetics

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.<p>That's the conclusion of a paper in <i>Cell</i> published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.<p>"This tumor is …

Cancer

For The First Time, Researchers Edit The Genes Of Human Embryos

Rumors that this research was underway turn out to be true<p>Rumors have been buzzing for months that a team of Chinese researchers was intending to edit the genes of a human embryo. According to a study published this week in <i>Protein & Cell</i>, the rumors are true. And though the researchers took pains, …