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Despite rising demand, transplant surgeons get pickier with donor hearts

As the number of patients in need of heart transplants has grown, surgeons have gotten pickier about the organs they're willing to use, a new study finds.<p>In 1995, 44% of available hearts ultimately found their way into new bodies, data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network show. By …

Medicine

Camera lowered into deep ocean trench finds unexpected creatures

Scientists have taken their first look into the previously unexplored New Hebrides deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean. At the bottom of the trench — a depth of more than 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) — they found a surprising group of creatures unlike those found in other deep trenches around the …

This Pacemaker Membrane Can Keep A Heart Beating Perfectly

The pacemaker of the future looks crazy<p>You're looking at what might be the pacemaker of a decade from now: a custom-made membrane, developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis, that slides over a heart and keeps it regulated by a …

University of Illinois

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Arthritis drug beats 'Baghdad boil' skin parasite - Futurity

A drug made from gold seems to treat a protozoan parasite that causes potentially disfiguring skin sores that don't heal.

Glowing virus IDs anthrax in hours - Futurity

A virus that glows when the anthrax bacteria is present could speed bioterror responses and save millions in decontamination costs, researchers say.

Acid test: LSD used as drug therapy for the first time in 40 years

Swiss scientists broke a four-decade-long informal ban on LSD research yesterday when they announced the results of a study in which cancer patients received the drug to curb their anxiety about death.<p>The study, which was published in the <i>Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i>, looked at the safety …

Where Do Baby Turtles Go During Their Lost Years?

Never agree to write a turtle’s biography. You will, at one crucial point, run out of material.<p>Every sea turtle begins life in the same way. It hatches within its buried nest, forces its way to the surface, and sprints towards the water past a gauntlet of crabs, birds and other predators. Many die, …

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants

Home-spun medicine<p>We've mentioned this before, but one of the coolest candidates for Material of the Future is silk. It's insanely tough, and in the human body, doesn't put the same strain on tissue that metal does. It can also harmlessly degrade in the body over time, which it makes it handy for …

Tufts University

HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial

A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial.<p>The treatment, which has never been tested on humans before, raised patients' defences against HIV by replacing some of …

Oregano compound may 'crack' tough norovirus - Futurity

Carvacrol, a component of oregano oil, effectively kills norovirus, a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in hospitals and schools.

Centers for Disease Control

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Twenty-five years ago, two pals went out for a seafood dinner while vacationing in the Bahamas. What could be better than some fresh grouper steaks and a night on the town without the wives?<p>Um, plenty.<p>A few hours after dinner, the men started having stomach pains and diarrhea. Their legs began to …

Gay prejudice? It's not easy admitting you're … a scientist

Gay scientists are almost completely invisible, and part of the blame for this lies with the LGBT community itself<p>Where are all the gay scientists? On one level the answer to this question is obvious: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scientists are in their laboratories all over the …

Bonobos, like humans, keep time to music: study | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some animals, like humans, can sense and respond to a musical beat, a finding that has implications for understanding how the skill evolved, scientists said on Saturday.<p>A study of bonobos, closely related to chimpanzees, shows they have an innate ability to match tempo and …

Old moon, red in the morning, from Hong Kong

A waning crescent moon like this one – seen only shortly before the dawn – is called an old moon. New moon comes on January 30, 2014 at 21:38 UTC.<p>The …

Newly-discovered virus has voracious appetite for anthrax

The newly-discovered anthrax-devouring Tsamsa virus, found in a zebra carcass in Namibia, could lead to new ways to combat deadly anthrax bacteria.<p>An …

How To Euthanize A Whale

Some beached whales can't be rescued. Four scientists have developed a humane way to end their suffering.<p>Sometimes, whales end up where they shouldn't. When a whale can't be rescued and sent back to sea, it becomes at once a tragedy, an obstacle, and a potential health hazard. Craig Haims, an …

North Carolina State University

What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised

Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says.<p>Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.<p>Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. …

Superhuman Energy Cultivated by Meditators: It's Science

The energy emitted by people who have reached an advanced level in meditation practice has been shown by multiple studies to exceed normal human …

Patients deserve the truth: health screening can do more harm than good

There was some good news shortly before the Christmas break: the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee announced an enquiry into health screening.<p>The need for a review is pressing. Screening always sounds good – catch disease early, while it can still be treated – but the reality is more …

From Untold Billions To None: How Passenger Pigeons Went Extinct

Their population plummeted with the advent of the railroad and logging in the late 1800s.<p>It's hard to fathom how many passenger pigeons there once were, but writer Joel Greenberg tries to paint a picture in his book, <i>A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction</i>, as …

Birds

A compassionate New Years resolution?

There is no compassion left in the NHS. Or so many reports would have us believe<p>Healthcare services have come under fire in 2013 for their lack of compassionate care, particularly post-mid-Staffs scandal. Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was found to have serious failings in provision of care …

Water's speed in cells may hold clues to Alzheimer's - Futurity

Water in a cell slows down in the tightest confines between proteins and develops the ability to affect other proteins much farther away, say …

New drugs to come from cone snail venom? - Futurity

The extinction of cone snails—and their venom—could mean the loss a yet-undiscovered reservoir of pharmaceuticals.

How a retrovirus can kick-start brain repair - Futurity

A retrovirus regenerates neurons after a brain injury and in Alzheimer's models. The method may lead to therapies for an array of neurological …

Low-calorie diet restricts 'parasitic' DNA - Futurity

As mice age, cells in tissues such as the liver and skeletal muscle lose control over rogue sequences of DNA called "retrotransposable elements."

Virus grows a temporary tube to inject DNA - Futurity

During an infection a certain type of virus forms a tube-like structure to deliver DNA. The tube dissolves when the job is done.

Scientists grow a mini kidney in a dish - Futurity

Using self-organizing stem cells, researchers make a major leap forward in bioengineering and treating renal disease by growing a small kidney in a …

How to treat the mental fog that comes with chemo - Futurity

Chemotherapy patients who suffer from mental fogginess may benefit from similar therapy approaches that are used to treat Alzherimer's and depression.