Andrea Myers Lee

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Genentech: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis<p>Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that occurs when the body’s immune system behaves abnormally and attacks the brain, spinal …

Inflammation Attacks Brain's Reward Center, Increasing Depression Risk

<b>A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly</b> …

Researchers Perform First Surgery on the Human Genome

Ralph Claus Grimm<p>Kristen Earle, Gabriel Billings, KC Huang and Justin Sonnenburg<p>Dr. Igor Siwanowicz<p>Daniel H. Miller and Ethan S. Sokol<p>Dr. Giorgio …

The two most dangerous things about air travel

Despite several high-profile crashes over the last two years, flying remains the safest form of travel. Data from the Bureau of Aeroplane Accident Archives show, with the exception of a minor spike in 2014 (a result of the Malaysia Airline crashes), plane crashes have fallen year on year over the …

Aviation

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Flu

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

University of British Columbia

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Scientists identify neural mechanism responsible for chronic pain

In a new study published in the journal <i>Neuron</i>, scientists from the University of Berne in Switzerland identify a mechanism in the brain they suggest …

Caterpillar fungus could hold the key to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis

A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next …

Activists warn of end of Christian presence in Middle East as Isis seizes 90 Assyrians

Islamic State militants kidnapped 90 Christians in north-east Syria as the jihadis retreated in the face of a Kurdish counter-offensive, a monitoring group has said.<p>The reported kidnappings are the latest blow to the ancient Christian presence in the region, heightening insecurity after a video was …

Middle East

To fight peanut allergy, it's better to eat peanuts than avoid them

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them.<p>But a new study suggests that advice …

Biomedicine

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

This is what happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and …

Neuroscience

Accused human rights abusers attend White House's extremism summit

The White House is hosting representatives from more than 60 nations this week for a summit on countering extremism, but some of the attendees have …

Lessons From Chronic Pain

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." -- Kenji Miyazawa<p>For six years now, I have struggled with chronic pain due to a musculoskeletal and neuropathic condition. Shortly after graduating from college, while working out on the elliptical machine, I felt an unforgettable sharp …

Chronic Pain

Google Tracker 2015: Everything we know Google is working on for the new year

2014 included major expansions in home automation and medicine, so what's next?<p>The new year is almost here, and that means it's time for the …

Medical Blockbuster Book Of The Year: The Patient Will See You Now

Dr. Eric Topol wrote what I believe will be the medical book of 2015 — The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands. Dr. Topol is a leading thinker in healthcare’s age of enlightenment. He does a terrific job of laying out the immense potential of smartphones and iMedicine …

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up …

The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training

At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors has gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to …

257,000 Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut For Using Paper Records

More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed.<p>The Centers for Medicare …

This Top Nutritionist Knows Why Monday Is the Best Day to Teach Your Kids to Cook

Registered dietitian-nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix is one of the nation's leading health influencers, sharing her knowledge of enduring healthy habits on a host of national outlets such as the Today Show and <i>US News & World Report</i>'s "Eat + Run" blog, as well as through her book, <i>Read It Before You Eat</i> …