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Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Anti-Aging Strategies Can Improve More Than Looks

MEDIA CONTACT<p><i>Available for logged-in reporters only</i><p>CHANNELS<p>Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For many men and women older than 30, the fun of birthdays …

Anti-aging

Scientists Discover New Biological Clock With Age-Measuring Potential

A team of scientists from UCLA have discovered a new biological clock with the potential to measure the age of human tissue. While preliminary, the research has fascinating implications for anti-aging - if it holds up in further testing.<p>Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics at the David …

Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study

Sleep is already known to boost our brains' ability to learn and remember -- and now, a new study actually <i>demonstrates</i> this ability.<p>Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science played a number of tones to study participants as they slept during the night. After playing each tone, the …

Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain

A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain<p>Doctors in Germany may be about to shed a little light on treating chronic pain. Prof Thomas Tolle, a pain specialist in Munich, is beginning a trial using specially designed overhead lighting that imitates a …

Gut Bacteria May Be Implicated in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our …

Health Freaks – incompatible with the duties of a doctor?

It’s a strange, contradictory world we live in. The same month that included an entirely justified sense of outrage at the sale of "Mental Patient" Halloween costumes, also saw the launch of the new Channel 4 series, Health Freaks – with not a whisper of concern that describing patients as "freaks" …

Can a shot of humanities make doctors more humane? | Charlotte Blease

A course of 'medical humanities' is supposed to unlock the empathy so often missing in care, but evidence is lacking<p>A couple of years ago posters of a corpse started appearing on campus. The sight of a (seemingly) dead man with a tag on his toes certainly grabbed my attention.<p>Closer scrutiny …

Call in fetal blood cells to cure sickle cell anaemia

THE secret to curing sickle cell anaemia could be in our genes.<p>People with the disease have abnormally shaped red blood cells (RBCs) and experience …

Prenatal Development

Did Allergies Evolve To Save Your Life? - Science Sushi

By Christie Wilcox | October 24, 2013 11:00 am<p>Introduced bee on a native ʻōhiʻa flower.<br>Photo by Flickr user Zesuri<p>As most of my friends on the …

The cars we’ll be driving in the world of 2050

What will the cars of 2050 look like? What will power them? Will they even have a steering wheel? Sven Beiker peers under the bonnet of tomorrow’s autos.<p>Car companies have recently been telling us what the car of 2020 will be like: autonomous is one word used, electric is another, and it will be …

General Motors

Forget devices; the future of technology is seeded in biology

A lot of you, dear readers, may remember a time when mobile phones didn't exist, let alone smartphones with touchscreens, apps and pro-grade cameras. Some may even recall a childhood completely devoid of TV, when the phrase "playing in a sandbox" meant literally that. Not content with books that …

Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being?

Suddenly a robotised, automated economic reality is moving off the science fiction pages and into daily life. The growing use of unmanned battlefield drones is encouraging the growth of pilotless commercial aircraft – the first ever flew in British airspace last month. Google's driverless car is …

Indian police chief's rape analogy causes outrage across country

One of India's most senior policemen has been forced to apologise after comparing rape to unlicensed betting which, because it cannot be prevented, should be enjoyed.<p>Ranjit Sinha, who leads the Central Bureau of Investigation in India, made the remarks during a discussion at a conference on Tuesday …

Victims' relatives confront Bulger

Family members of victims speak during his sentencing hearing in Boston.<p>BOSTON – Family members who lost fathers, husbands and siblings to gang violence decades ago finally came face-to-face Wednesday with the murderer who wrought havoc on their lives: Boston Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.<p>At …

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Russia enlists Steven Seagal as a special envoy<p>Video captures massive fireball on Bologna highway<p>At least 91 dead, hundreds injured by earthquake in …

Fossil Find Clears Up Big Cat Origins

Asian bones fill a big gap in the fossil record.<p><b>Don't miss our Google+ Hangout to Cause an Uproar with big cat experts, conservationists, and photographers on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET.</b><p><b>Paleontologists have long sought the answer to where and when big cats—mighty predators like lions,</b> …

Warren calls for filibuster changes

Elizabeth Warren has been in the Senate less than a year but she’s already seen enough to call for an end to the GOP’s ability to filibuster President Barack Obama’s nominees.<p>The Massachusetts Democrat took Republicans to task on Wednesday for blocking three nominees this year to the key D.C. …

Paying women to breastfeed won’t work

After cutting its breastfeeding awareness program in 2011, the UK now has one of the worst breastfeeding rates in the world. The government is hoping to lure new mothers to breastfeed their babies for a full six months with offers of £200 ($319) in shopping vouchers. The declining rates are even …

NHS

The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

African Union head calls for end to child marriage

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chair of the African Union (AU), has thrown her weight behind calls to end child marriage, which is increasingly being identified by human rights activists and public health experts as a priority concern.<p>"We must do away with child marriage," Dlamini-Zuma said in a speech at …

Boehner Kills Immigration Hopes

Student charged after 3 injured in shooting outside Pittsburgh high school

Authorities say a 16-year-old student has been charged with shooting and injuring three students as they headed to their cars outside of Brashear High School in Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon.<p>Anjohnito Willett Jr. awaited arraignment on four counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and …

New EpiPen law could save lives of schoolkids with severe allergies

Health news<p>When Dr. Sarah Denny's son Liam was a toddler, she gave him soy milk.<p>Liam had been diagnosed with certain food allergies, but had drunk soy milk about 200 times with no problems, Denny said.<p>But on this particular morning, he started coughing and vomiting, and within a minute, he was …

Epinephrine

One of Jeff Koons’s “balloon dogs” just fetched a record price, but who owns the rest of the litter?

Last night’s (Nov. 12) $691.5-million auction at Christie’s broke multiple records. It was the most expensive ever auction and included the most expensive work ever sold, Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which went for $142.4 million. Also among those sold was also the most …

Fine Art

4 U.S. Marines Killed In "Tragic Accident" At Camp Pendleton

Four U.S. Marines were killed Wednesday in an accident at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.<p>The incident occurred about 11 a.m. during a range maintenance operation at the San Diego County base, authorities said in a statement. According to reports, an unexploded ordnance may have detonated …

Military

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