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Phone data can predict infectious disease outbreaks

A team of Princeton and Harvard researchers analyzed the phone call records of 15 million users in Kenya -- not to spy on people, but to study the spread of seasonal disease. The team wanted to see if the movement of phone users can predict outbreaks of seasonal diseases like rubella or German …


Dengue and climate: Scientists tackle the nuances | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

August 4, 2015 | For more than a decade, scientists have known that the mosquitoes transmitting dengue fever have been moving from the tropics north …

Dengue Fever

Skin Cancer Checker App, SkinVision, Snags $3.4M To Move Beyond Moles

Can an app warn you that you might have skin cancer? Digital health startup SkinVision is using smartphone tech and vision algorithms to allow consumers to track changes to their moles. Users of its iOS and Android apps, which have been downloaded some 200,000 times since launch back in 2011, take …

Skin Cancer

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease by Drawing a Clock Face with a Digital Pen

Using a digital pen to draw a clock face could help with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.


Malaria vaccine gets 'green light'

The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

It represents a 'green light' for the Mosquirix jab, developed by …


Clear connection between wireless devices and cancer, experts say


Hazardous effects of radiation from wireless devices could be realized through the "classical mechanisms" of oxidative impairments in …


Not getting enough sleep might be way worse for you than we thought

Losing one night of sleep may do far more damage to your body than simply making you groggy the next day.

A few years ago, scientists figured out which genes are associated with your biological clock — the thing that wakes you up in the morning and tells you when you need to get some sleep.

These …


These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions

Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes. Only a few dozen …


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Disease Categories

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How mosquitoes zero in on warm bodies

New research suggests that mosquitoes track down something to bite using a sequence of three cues: smell, then sight, and finally heat.

Biologists recorded the movement of hungry mosquitoes inside a wind tunnel.

The insects were instantly attracted to a plume of CO2, much like a human breath; after …


App Shows You Which Surgeons Are The Most Dangerous

ProPublica's new software allows users to view surgeons' complication rates

In 2012, 71-year-old LaVerne Stiles had spinal fusion surgery to repair a small fracture caused by a car accident a few weeks before. When she chose between the three surgeons at her nearby hospital in central Florida, she …


Nokia's former design chief is now working on a project 'to develop music as medicine'

Marko Ahtisaari was head of Nokia's esteemed design team until the Microsoft takeover was announced a couple of years ago, but hasn't been back in serious professional action since. He's now returning to a more prominent role by taking up the CEO position of The Sync Project, a collaborative …


'Softener' may help kill cancers

It may be possible to "soften-up" cancers before hitting them with chemotherapy drugs, researchers suggest.

A study, published in the Cancer Cell, uncovered how tumours can become resistant to commonly used drugs.

The University of Manchester team suggest drugs already in development may be able to …

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Ultrasound may heal chronic wounds, suggests study

A blast of ultrasound can help stubborn chronic wounds heal more quickly, a study suggests.

Tests on animals, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, showed healing times could be cut by nearly a third.

Experts said the early results were "quite impressive" but needed to be tested on …


Citizen Scientists Tackle Government Data for Public Health

The story of how two strangers became friends and award-winning citizen scientists starts with a months-old tweet:

Ken Patton, an operations manager …

Why The Oldest Person In The World Keeps Dying

As the oldest person in the world, Gertrude Weaver was making the best of her time in the limelight. When I called the 116-year-old Arkansas resident …


Deafness could be treated by virus, say scientists

Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards treating some forms of deafness after restoring hearing in animals.

Defects in a baby's DNA are behind roughly half of cases of hearing loss in early life.

The mouse study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed a virus could …

Medical Technology

Smoking 'may play schizophrenia role'

Smoking could play a direct role in the development of schizophrenia and needs to be investigated, researchers say.

The team at King's College London say smokers are more likely to develop the disorder and at a younger age.

Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, their analysis of 61 separate studies …


Cystic Fibrosis improved with gene therapy for first time

Gene therapy has been shown to have a "significant" but "modest benefit" for cystic fibrosis sufferers for the first time.

The root cause of the genetic lung disorder -- which affects more than 10,000 people in the UK -- was discovered in 1989 at the site of chromosome 7. Since that time, research …

Gene-modded mosquitoes will fight Dengue Fever in Brazil

The Brazilian city of Piracicaba has a potent new weapon in the ongoing fight against Dengue Fever, which infects more than a million people annually: genetically modified mosquito lotharios Created by Oxitec of Abingdon, UK and bred locally within Brazil, these GM mosquitoes (all of which are …


Does cancer follow the rules of math? This scientist certainly thinks so — and she's onto something.

In 2005, at the age of 22, Franziska Michor finished her doctorate in evolutionary biology at Harvard University.

Michor was born in Vienna, Austria, …

Ageing rates vary widely, says study

A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.

The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health.

Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their …


Your incredibly hard job could have a surprising benefit for your health

Days spent crunching numbers or reviewing manuscripts could drive you crazy — but could also protect you from cognitive decline later in life.

That's according to new research, which suggests jobs that involve certain kinds of challenging mental tasks can boost memory and thinking years down the …

The Brain

Sniffing could provide autism test

The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.

People spend longer inhaling the delightful aroma of a bouquet of roses than the foul stench of rotting fish.

The results of tests on 36 children, in the journal Current Biology, showed …


Sensors Reveal How Bad Outside Air Invades Our Cubicles

Office buildings feel like their own little bubbles. The temperature and humidity is tightly controlled. The air is filtered and recirculated. You …

Scientists in South Asia struggle to understand heatwave

Scientists in India and Pakistan say higher temperatures were just one factor behind the recent heatwaves and other causes have yet to be established.

They say low air pressure, high humidity and an unusually absent wind played key roles in making the heat unbearable but they do not know why such …

South Asia

Lab-grown blood, artificial organs – the science transforming our health

The news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in the laboratory raised hope last week that a powerful weapon had been created to tackle disease. Ensuring that sufficient blood is donated to hospitals is a constant problem for medical services and any new source is to be welcomed, …


Foods can trigger pollen-like allergies

— What some allergy sufferers eat, including fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, can make their allergy symptoms even worse, according to experts.

"The …